MO - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
We pop a bottle, pouring a brew of hazy goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger tall head of creamy, soapy eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention into ringed and patterned lacing down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be intermittent but active. The aroma is wildly fresh, giving notes of grapefruity and herbal hops, tangerine juiciness, lemon rind zest, white sugar sweetness, tinny metallics, pale malts and chlorine-washed barley, sea foam, sandy dryness, passion and star fruitiness, and manila paper muskiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring remains true to style, respecting the boundaries of the hop profile, in that it doesn’t encroach on the obviously pale maltiness of the base. As we sip, the taste begins with metallic pale and amber maltiness, spicy ale yeastiness, board chalk, fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, lactic acidity, light black pepper spiciness, tin, dried herbals, laundry detergent chemicals, and fresh picked cotton blend. The middle peaks with bitter arugula greens, celery and spinach vegetals, dried sage and thyme spiciness, lemon and tangerine juiciness, coven phenols, clayed minerals, and citric, floral, and softly soapy hoppiness. The end comes with dried pencil graphite, strawed plastics, eggplant vegetals, spicy grapefruit and tangerine rind, fresh squeezed orange juiciness, lemon-lime zest, balmy herbalness, parsnip rootiness, potato starches, and green mustard weed spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of stinging citric and grassy oiliness and rind of hops, pencil woodiness, gravel dustiness, clean ceramic, fumy wood stain and plastic phenol bite, dried straw, leafy green vegetal leafiness, iced water, and sticky orange flesh and seed. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, foam, and pull, working its way easily around the mouth. It is initially coating, but drags into a clean and tannic puck of hoppy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, and following flavor. The nose, right from the start, gave freshness and cleanliness that is hard to come by. Although the taste rushes in rather abruptly, it too gave a spice and ease of sip that followed rather well. This is the last of the Maine Beer Company “heavy hitters” for us to sample, and it was certainly no disappointment. Compared to Lunch and Zoe, however, we did find this guy to sip back a bit easier, and flow a touch lighter. While this can be attributable to stylistic differences, it detracts nothing from the overall sentiment of flavor and forward punch this beer has to offer. This is a fantastic beer, and one of their best, most consistently drinkable to date.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 02:21:01 | More by TheBrewo
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4.48/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Nonic from the MBC bottle dated 20140701
A: Clear body and a big white soapy head that settled into a tight 4mm disk. It can not be excited back to a big head, yet has medium activity still 1/2 way through.
S: Pineapple, tropical fruit. Modern hop, like an oniony azzaca and mosaic, is mild but present. Gentle and a reminder that lightly hopped beer must be consumed fresh. Malts are lighter 2row style with some very faint aliphatic hydrocarbon notes and malted sweetness are way back in the nose and do not get in the way, as the yeast also seems to be a very gentle and unobtrusive strain.
T: WOW. Great freshness and very hop driven on the uptake. Aeration of the uptake is initially very tropical and light, then goes to a sweet malt note.
M: Slick on the palate, mildly bitter in the middle and a slight malt dry finish. well balanced finish that stays creamy on the tongue for quite some time. Tight bubbles in appearance must be playing a part on that front.
O: crazy good Pale Ale, and easily eclipses my favorite from Founders. Great example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:32:31 | More by Scrapss
4.16/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Cloudy, perfect looking pale ale, decent carbonation. Can't imagine you can make a pale ale look much better than this.
S: Grapefruit, orange, citrus, not much sweetness, smells almost dry, nice.
T: Very citrus, orange, grapefruit, a little bit of malty light sweetness, very nice. Quite dry, very pronounced bitterness, but not too much. Crisp. Very, very nice beer.
M: Would have preferred it just a little less dry, maybe a little less carbonation.
O: Really solid beer. Probably my favorite from Maine beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:40:12 | More by mattbk
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