Lunch - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 25 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you for this big "Want!" This label also deserves mention; it's a parchment-like paper with minimalist printing that is simply gorgeous person. An artistic beauty both inside and outside of the bottle, but I'm getting ahead of myself now...
Pours a rich gold color with what seem to be ruby hues throughout the body. About an inch of fluffy, pillowy, pure-white head develops, but dissipates after a minute or so; gobs of lacing remain. The aroma is of spicy hops, pine resin, orange citrus, lemon zest, various grains (straw, hay, wheat), and a muddled earthen sensation. It tastes of spicy hops, bitter/piney hops, various citruses, straw, and wet earth (read dirt, but in the best possible way; strange, yes). It is surprisingly delicious (or unsurprisingly, given your expectations; either way, it’s damn tasty). Mouthfeel is crisp, and finishes clean. Overall, a very good IPA that I’m very happy to have finally tried. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while, and Bill deserves another mention for his generosity.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2011 03:43:33 | More by eclipse54
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4.54/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle dated 2/18/14 into a pint glass.
Appearance: on the paler side of golden-yellow. Tons of bubble action, 1" foam head at doesn't seem to want to go away. Seriously intense head—I don't usually go in for hat feature, but bonus points just for execution.
Aroma: lots of spicy hop notes, with some faint earthiness, like damp rocks. Citrus/spice stings my nostrils if I inhale too deeply.
Taste: oh wow. Glorious! First sip just tastes like... good. There are individual favors there, but they just meld into a delicious whole. Definitely lots of citrus—pineapple, maybe some lime, grapefruit—along with a perfect amount of malt. Not really getting any of the earthiness I picked up in the nose, though if someone said they got some hay/barnyard character, I wouldn't disagree. Bitterness is really dialed in as well—fans of pure hops might find this too tame, but it's incredibly enjoyable to drink.
Feel: really creamy. Maybe I'm just being thrown by the head, but thus almost feels like nitro. Contributes perfectly to the quaffability of this brew.
Overall: I went into this with suppressed expectations; I've been trying some East Coast IPAs over the past few days, and generally not loving them. But this knocks it out of the park—might be my favorite all time single IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:12:20 | More by neurobot01
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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