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Ratings: 2216
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%


Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/8/13 and consumed on 10/17/13, so very fresh.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy medium orange colour with two fingers of thick cream-coloured head.

S - Fresh tropical fruit aroma with mango pineapple, peach and tangerine notes. A slight caramel/honey malt sweetness is also present.

T - A nice, sharp bitterness up front accompanied by peach, tangerine, pineapple and some pine flavour. A very slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 13:31:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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allenson21

New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/8
Drank: 10/17

I finally was able to get my hands on the first IPA that I read rave reviews about back when I joined the Beeradvocate community.

I love that MBC's bottles look like cover pages for academic research papers and/or official reports.

a- Murky/hazy golden orange with more than a helping of a thick, creamy, off-white head. (As a relatively new BA, this is the creamiest head that I've seen on an IPA)

s- Flowers, flowers, flowers, and mango.

t- Matches the smell--- floral and tropical fruit notes. The bitterness comes through as grapefruit.

m- A bit highly carbonated, but nothing worth noting.

o- Excellent brew. Hopefully, I can revisit this one sooner than it took me to get my hands on it for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:19:18 | More by allenson21
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange body with a foamy white head. Some light shines through, but there is a definite sediment haze present.

S- Lots of strong citrus, hints of tropical fruits, tangerine, orange zest.

T- Tons of citrus in the flavor as well. Lots of fruity bitterness, lots of zesty citrus peel. Even some hints of peach and sugar orange marmalade.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight stickiness to it.

O- A really nice IPA, lots of delicate flavors, pungent fruity flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:04:39 | More by stephenjmoore
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far333

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a crystal snifter. Deep amber color with a hint of red. Thick dimpled foam rises up an inch and a half and lingers long, setling very slowly and leaving chunks of meringue up the sides of the glass. Bright and inviting aroma of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind.

Taste is juicy hops right upfront, full of tangerine and grapefruit, some piney notes, tingly on the tip of the tongue. Good balance of honey malt riding along, but this is hop central. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly slick, a bit watery. Great beer, been looking forward to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:26:58 | More by far333
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emerge077

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Bottled on 9.24.13, less than 2 weeks old!

Brilliant golden orange, sharp clarity with rapidly rising carb trails. Compact head of white foam that leaves a halo of sticky lace in the glass. The foam has a stiff meringue texture to it, and has lasting staying power.

Citrus aromas dominate, with an undercurrent of pungent green hops. Definitely has a west coast vibe going on already.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, earthy bitter greens. Very hoppy with a firm bitterness that lingers for awhile. The bitter citrus peel is the key flavor, and tapers off towards the end. Medium bodied with a light manageable feel. Overall it's a nice all around IPA, though it seems a little similar to others.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:03:31 | More by emerge077
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joe1510

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Bottled 9/24/13
Drank 10/2/13

I've been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now and facesnorth hooked it up big today, thanks Ryan! First of all Maine Beer Co's labels are sweet, simple and classy. The yellowed white head billows nearly out of the glass on a moderate pour. The foam is craggy and incredibly dense with chunky lacing draped down the glass. All of this sits atop a lightly hazed, glowing orange body. This is one great looking IPA!

The nose is hugely aromatic and interesting. There's enough sweet orange hoppiness to remind me of orange creamsicles along with sweetened grapefruit, tangerine, and a quick flash of zesty pine sap. Each swirl of the glass makes the pine sap more dense but as it settles the sweet fruitiness takes over again. There's some malt in there and it's that of the very blonde caramel variety allowing the stellar hop profile to shine.

Pine is the most prevalent flavor but the hop profile is supremely balanced. The orange, tangerine, and grapefruit all play major roles as well; each with their own little nook in the overall taste. The bitterness is moderate but soft, this IPA is all about bursting fresh flavor. As it warms a touch of pineapple emerges. Again, there's that caramel maltiness but all it does is provide a touch of balance for the plethora of hop produced goodness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, but not much lighter, and the carbonation is soft allowing this beer to work through at its own pace. The bitterness grows but never beyond medium.

This IPA falls right into my wheelhouse. I've always felt the best IPAs are in the 7% range with a moderate bitterness and a juicy hop profile. This is a really well crafted beer and I'm glad to have been able to give it a whirl. Thanks again, Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:12:31 | More by joe1510
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beerbully

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-LIght golden clear beer. Foamy, thick 1 inch head with thick lacing

S-Powerful aroma that you can smell as your pouring into glass. Big whiff of citrus hops lots of grapefruit fruit and some piney notes

T-Lots of hops, follows the nose. grapefruit and pine, a bit of lemon.

M-creamy, chewy sticky good body crisp finish

O-well done ipa drinkable and great flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:25:02 | More by beerbully
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tarheels86

California

3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear orange amber with a massive, off-white head. Massive retention and giant lacing. Nose is fruity hops with squashy melons. Softer aroma with some subtle complexity like vanilla ice cream, peaches. Yum. Taste is a little sugary and sticky with vanilla, nutty bitterness, sugary strawberry. Gets a little cheesy. Probably not the freshest bottle, but very well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:57:51 | More by tarheels86
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thezach

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Max's during Hops Fest with a turkey frank and homemade chips and was thoroughly impressed. Crisp, slightly biscuity malt, great hop flavor and a nice hop aroma. I got some citrus and light pine and resins. Well-balanced, not overly bitter. It was a bit of a challenge because I had a half dozen other hoppy beers prior to this one, so the old flavor-taker was being challenged, but I loved every drop. I would have this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:20:02 | More by thezach
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 13, 2013. Nine days old.

Slightly hazy orange colour, with a large, frothy white head. Good retention.

Excellent nose. Bright tropical and citrus fruits, pineapple and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

Flavour is similar to the nose. Pine is more prominent than in the aroma, though the tropical and citrus fruits are still strong, again pineapple and grapefruit stick out for me, perhaps with some orange as well. Moderately bitter, but there is a a bit of sweet caramel malt in there for balance.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, very tasty. The nose is the highlight for me, but it is very nice all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 23:09:19 | More by jrenihan
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to Tree house snifter. 7/30/13 bottle date. Poured with a monster head. Like half the snifter. I don't pour very vigorously, so very surprising. Dissipated fairly quickly though, leaving good lacing. Very bitter earthy smell. Less citrus than I remember from previous batches. Taste is also very bitter. Not a to of citrus. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I feel that MBC beers, and lunch in particular, suffer from batch variation. I've had amazing bottles of lunch, and mediocre bottles. This one fell somewhere in between.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:08:19 | More by DonFrap
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml served at beer study thanks to jon. 8/16/2013 bottling date.

dark copper color with a nice head. the aroma is very fruity with a good mix of hops and malts. taste is also extremely fruity and sweet, a bit too sweet of an IPA for me. no bitterness whatsoever. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall very good and extremely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:00:19 | More by Axnjxn
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on date 7/2/2013

A: Hazy orange hue with a four finger head, after a gentle pour. Head is a creamy white color that leaves thick fluffy lacing all down the glass. Very good looking beer.

S: Fresh cut grass, pine trees and grapefruit with hints of vanilla sweetness.

T: Loads of piney earthy hops followed by a citrus sweetness and a touch of vanilla smoothness. The carbonation then blends it into a good grapefruit/resin bitterness that finishes clean. Well balanced without the bitter burn or punch.

M: Very creamy beer. Nice smooth carbonation that blends the flavors well.

O: Very solid and approachable balanced IPA. This is one of my favorite IPAs. The aroma is great and the flavor is very good. Also makes very good beer batter for fish or chicken.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:58:05 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/2/13

A - Golden Brown, HUGE thick white billowing head - dissipates very slowly, large sticky lacing, translucent and small carbonation rising

S - Juicy, sticky, sweet hops, citrus, fairly piney

T - Briefly bitter - quick transition into sweet fruity, fairly piney/grapefruit/tropical fruit/carmel. After taste has lots of pine.

M - Very frothy, big, thick, very nice carbonation, carmel/hoppiness covers excellently

O - Pretty awesome. Love the thickness, this is one for the bitter lovers - bitter-sweet-bitter again, but certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly drinks like a IIPA. Certainly happy about this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:47:28 | More by weonfire
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

lunch is one of those beers ive been dying to try for a long time. finally found some, albeit not on tap, at the maine beer company itself, a very cool spot to visit. it was bottled a mere two days before I bought it, so freshness was prime. bottle pours a burnt orange sort of color, maple syrup looking, with half an inch of thick and lasting khaki colored head. the nose is a lot more balanced than expected, with some amber type malts, caramel color and aromatic to the roast, a bit sweet, and definitely robust. the hops are on the tropical end, quite apart from the picture the malt paints. pineapple and passion fruit, less bitterness than flavor. almost English pale ale sort of malt bill, way fuller bodied than I expected this to be. the hops come in about half way through, and crescendo into a really sunny fruity island sort of bouquet. the division here is pronounced. just a tad more body than I need in my ipa, but its sturdiness is appreciated, and id like to best in winter I think. a beer I am super stoked to have gotten to drink, share with my lovely girlfriend at out beautiful maine campsite, and contemplate at length. a great great beer from a fantastic little brewery. worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 13:27:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 2 months from bottling date.

Straw to light-copper colored brew with foamy white head on top, somewhat opaque.

Dank resin hop aroma, chewy pine with a bit of overripe melon.

Good crunch of hop bitterness with each sip, just shy of ringing my taste buds. Taste is dominated by the piney-resin bitterness from the hops. A bit of dry cracker malt underneath but barely perceptible.

Medium body carries the bitterness well, not too light and not too sticky on the mouth.

Stays very dry and bitter throughout the finish, leaves barely anything behind.

This brings the IBU's but balances the finish just shy of overpowering. Still would have liked to see more layers of hop flavor, mostly dominated by a dry, bitter piney-resin taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:51:36 | More by neophilus
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/2/13

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English Tulip glass.

a: A nearly clear amber which sprouts an enormous white head requiring additional pours to fill the glass without losing some foam over the top.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Prominent piney hops. It's all about hop bitterness without becoming annoying. Finish is clean except at the very back of the throat.

m: Light. Smooth for an IPA with this much hop bite.

o: A versatile IPA, tasty, bitter without being unpleasant. Versatile in that you get the feeling that because of the light mouthfeel under the powerful hops, you could session it or sip it. But if you session it, at $7 a pint you had better have a hefty wallet. And at 7% ABV, by the second or third one you'd probably be pretty slammed LOL.

For me, at this point I'd stick to Double Jack, Union Jack or Resin for half the price, or Torpedo for even less. But no question this is a superior IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:55:41 | More by scotorum
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/02/2013. Poured into a glass goblet.

Hazy, golden orange-amber. Huge head on top , off–white in color, three finger’s worth. Wonderful retention as I’m drinking. There’s juicy grapefruit and fresh orange aroma, sweet pineapple, and bright green grass. It smells extremely fresh and inviting, brightness everywhere. The taste is almost as juicy and fruity as the aroma, but it quickly fades into a more bitter, piney flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, nothing spectacular with good carbonation levels. I wish the flavors would envelope my mouth more because the hoppiness is great – it just needs a little bit more body. This is surely a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:37:40 | More by greenmtn1111
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nataku00

California

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, dated 060413 around 2 months old, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy copper with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head retention is good, sticking around for several minutes before slowly dissipating with some thick swathes of lacing. Small bubble carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose citrus hops, sweet orange and grapefruit, peach, light pine, and a decent caramel malt presence.

Taking a sip, good hit of bitterness, citrus peel and pine, mellowing to sweeter hot flavors, orange, grapefruit, peach. Not as much caramel malt on the taste as I was expecting given aroma, which is nice. Medium to dry finish, with some linger pine and lighter caramel malt sweetness.

Lighter side of medium body with smooth but ample carbonation. Easy drinking IPA with pretty good balanced flavor profile. The aroma might have been a little better with less age, but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:11:00 | More by nataku00
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deereless

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep ruby to dark gold, impressive head, significant lacing along the edge, sea foam froth, craggy head – 4.50, S: Nose isn’t overpowering and actually quite meek, some caramel and mild citrus such as grapefruit – 3.50, T: Unquestionably an IPA, not over-the-top, quite herbal some grapefruit, doughy sweetness – 4.25, M: Slight crispness from the effervescence, hint of creaminess – 4.00, D: 7% beer and very drinkable, a little cost prohibitive but worth a premium, very nicely crafted and worth searching out – 4.25

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 13:17:06 | More by deereless
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/31/13
Drank 8/2/13
So yes, I had the honor of drinking this very fresh

Lunchstarted off very hoppy, mostly piney with some subtle citrusy hop flavor. The finish is dry and the bitterness fades quickly but the taste does not - wonderfully lingering. The malts are there just enough to keep this beer perfectly balanced.

This has to be my favorite IPA after Lagunitas Sucks (which is very different as an IPA I know) I highly recommend this beer it was a real pleasure

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:53:42 | More by Givemebeer
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2 week old bottle poured into a monic glass. (Though i've also had it on draught many times).

The appearance is nice, mild copper, hazy, huge head, lacing all the way down.

The aroma is very citrus-y / melon, completely my style.

Overall, nice bubbles, amazing fruity, melon, smooth taste. Just the right amount of alcohol, absolutely one of my favorites. Though, Mo and Another One may be higher in the Maine Beer Co. line.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:08:52 | More by mjstacker
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 07.02.13. poured into a snifter.

A: lots of haze. sort of a deep orange hue. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: smells super tropical. a pungent hop aroma. hop resins, maybe a little bit of ganja. mango.

T: a shit-load of bitterness. a little bit of astringency in the finish. basically hop flavor is there, but bitterness is so strong that it masks a bit too much for me.

M: mellow, but has a presence. medium on the border of full-bodied.

D: interesting....seems that my opinions have sort of flip-flopped here. I am loving this nose, tons of hop character, super American, super tropical, very inviting. however, the bitterness on the body is distracting. a good beer, but I think a bit over-hyped.

bottled 11.18.12. poured into a snifter.

A: pretty hazy brew, but I it bounced around a bit on the ride home. very thick tightly bubbled head. retention is great. slightly off-white. tons of thick lacing. (4.25)

S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. lots of pine. the citrus is definitely a bit muted. a little oxidized. (3.75)

T: very piney. very floral, a little bit of rose water. grapefruit is there, but definitely more on the earthy pine side of the flavor wheel. a sizeable amount of grain sweetens things out a bit. slight oxidation follows onto the palate. (4)

M: mouthfeel is great. a vibrant carb on a medium/full body. (4.75)

D: even with the bottle conditioning, they aren't fucking around with the consume within 90 days from the stamped on date. there is a slight oxidation that takes it down a peg for me. bummer. however, ill keep my eyes peeled for a fresher bottle and try again for sure. (3.75)

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:59:16 | More by Jimmys
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/28/13.

A: Pours a dark orange, hazy body, with a big billowing head that leaves great lacing and settles into a frothy rim that resembles the consistency of a latte froth.

S: Loads of pine and hops in the nose. Subtle orange and lemon citrus sweetness. Biscuit and bready malts.

T: Hoppy and bitter upfront. The pine follows the nose. More citrus in the finish than the smell suggests. Tangerine sweetness. A bit of bread malts linger in the finish.

M: Oily, although a bit creamy too. Heavy carbonation. Medium body.

O: The hype-train hasn't stopped rolling once this one got started and I see why. This is a great, balanced IPA. I tried at about 60 days after bottling, so I am sure some of the hops have faded, but its still a fantastic beer at this juncture. I'm lucky to have tried, and I hope to be able to try again. I love the tangerine notes mixed with huge, upfront pine.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:40:22 | More by Justin_Neff
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notchucknorris

California

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at Churchkey last weekend.

A: Clear gold with a two finger white head.

S: Mango, peppery citrus, pine.

T: Opens on the sweeter side, with mango coming forward the most, then progresses to a peppery citrus middle and a peppery pine resin finish. A smooth caramel malt backbone holds everything up. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:48:20 | More by notchucknorris
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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