Lunch - Maine Beer Company
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4.03/5 rDev -8%
500ml bottle, bottled 3/22/12, enjoyed in a Pilsner glass at McKay's in Bar Harbor during my 5th anniversary dinner. While not as fresh as I'd like it to be, I just couldn't turn down the opportunity to try such a well-regarded beer on such a special occasion.
A: Clear amber body under an inch of dense, sticky off-white head. Tremendous retention and sheets of lace. Gorgeous.
S: Wow - despite being almost 3 months old, this still smells incredible. The hops are entirely dominant, showing off a complex array of aromas: mango, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and flowers are all evident, and mix together divinely. Not as vibrant and fresh as I could imagine, but a terrific hoppy nose regardless.
T: Thing start out terrifically, following the nose: hops deliver tropical fruit, resinous pine, and bitter grapefruit flavors in a constantly evolving display of complexity. Midway through a solid dose of toasty, lightly caramelized malt shows up, and the finish is dominated by rather harsh bitterness. Sadly, and a bit surprisingly, there's a definitely touch of ethanol on the aftertaste. What begins as a delightful hop explosion ends on a very rough note. A little discordant, but fascinating.
M: Medium-bodied and surprisingly prickly in the carbonation department. Not over-carbed, just very sharp. A little disappointing.
O: This was a really, really enjoyable beer, and I just can't wait to try a super-fresh example. Whatever the hop bill is, it's incredible. Pity about the finish, though.
06-11-2012 01:59:15 | More by woosterbill
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Brewed two weeks before consumed for this review.
A - Dull ice tea caramel color. Great head; lightly off-white with fantastic retention and lace.
S - Simply awesome. Bright wood, racy lemon, a kick of fresh pepper, and fresh herbaceous parsley.
T - Bitter citrus rolls into bright woody hops. Just enough caramel malt balances the profile beautifully. Soft, bitter, woody sweet backend. Delicious, dry, fresh hop finish.
M - Fantastic carbonation balance on a medium frame.
O - There's something about this beer that is greater than the sum of it's parts. The bitterness, malt character, hop profile, and texture are everything that I love about the best examples of the style. An absolutely fantastic IPA
06-09-2012 21:21:08 | More by vfgccp
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
Big thanks goes out to ferillo for sending this one my way as a part of a very recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller Teku. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, spice, earth hop, floral, floral hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really happy to get the chance to finally try this one and for good reason. Upon pouring it into the glass I put my nose right up to it. I was surprised at how nice this brew smelled on first inspection. Really well balanced and all the right notes in all the right places going on here. The flavor was pretty nice too, but just wasn’t as balanced as the aroma unfortunately. The earthy note felt a little invasive to me, but it didn’t hurt the brew at all. Definitely worth your time to try or seek out if you have never had it and call yourself a hop-head.
05-31-2012 12:04:09 | More by thagr81us
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, frothy head almost an inch high. Great head retention, too. Clings all over the glass as you drink. Aromas are citrus-hop blend that smells amazing, with lime, orange, and grapefruit blending with the pine, fresh cut grass, and resin to entice you right into the glass. Flavors are rich and resiny. Hop forward with a follow up blast of tart grapefruit keep your taste buds standiing at attention. There is a subtle caramel backbone that supports all the other profiles, which is exactly what it should be doing. Peppery and roast qualities at the end of the palate transition into the aftertaste, where a resiny and bitter kick displays the hops presence once again in this gem. The finish is clean, smooth, and only slightly drying. Amazing. Utterly amazing brew!
05-22-2012 18:13:02 | More by GarthDanielson
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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