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95
world-class

1,572 Ratings
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Ratings: 1572
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%


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

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first run at an American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit, and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012)
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/9

Pours dark gold, thick big bubbled white foam. Over one inch high. Pine nose, grassy too. Smooth, mellow malt flavor. Hop held in check. Perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. Simple but great.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 13:11:35 | More by KTCamm
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle date of 12/31/13 and poured on 1/5/13. Kind of strange that first bottle opened was flat so we opened another and it was perfect.
Golden with big pillowy head that fills about half the glass. Smell is beautiful for a hop head: fresh cut grass, subdued citrus, slight pininess
Taste is spot on with a nice citrus and pine upfront but not in a bitingly bitter way and mellow malt profile.
a bit more grapefruit, citrus, citra and this could be even better but won't complain

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 12:49:59 | More by alaimoa
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. Well past it’s prime most likely with a 7/3/13 born on date, drinking 1/4/14. The Maine Beer stuff was this old everywhere I went in MD while visiting so I figured I would take a chance anyway. Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a massive fluffy white head on top. Aroma of zesty, earthy hops alongside some citrus and a big sweet toffee/caramel malt bill. Just smelling this I have to assume it isn’t fresh enough to enjoy as intended so I’ll tick for now and rerate another time with a fresh one. Flavor begins with some light grass, a good bit of lemon zest, grapefruit, and ending with some sweet toffee. Even with this age the beer is light and zesty on the palate. I will have to try this fresh because it must be glorious. Hops are a bit on the stale side and the malt bill is taking over a bit. Goes down easy with medium high carbonation. Nicely crafted beer. Now someone trade me a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:07:49 | More by BMMillsy
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mverity

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow orange. Healthy amount of white head with a very thick collar; both of which lasted pretty dang well. Aroma is floral, slightly sweet malt, good amount of sweet citrus. Medium-light body and same carbonation. Taste is overly floral, some pine, again with the citrusy hops. The balance in the nose is not there on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 20:36:30 | More by mverity
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hopsputin

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy burnt orange with some bright yellow - like yellow waves of grain. large 3 finger rocky thick white head

s: potent. a punch of hops to the face. loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine. its a juicy, earthy smelling hopness. there are some sweet malt in here too. smells very crisp and clean

t: holy MOly (see what i did there). i was a little worried that bitterness would be overwhelming from the aroma, but it is incredibly smooth. its mostly grapefruity and pine - definitely East coast tasting. there is like a crystally-caramel malt that smooths out the flavor after the hops it. i'm picking up a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit in here as well. real nice

m: medium, with some carbonation that fizzez in your mouth

o: real good stuff. its not too complex, but is so smooth and clean. i feel healthier just drinking this

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 18:59:54 | More by hopsputin
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Huge fluffy white head that settles to a thin layer of foam and a few big streaks of lace.

S - Big dose of grapefruit and tangerine hops but they also seem very subtle at times. Some grainy, cracker like malt in the background. Some pine as it warms.

T - Grapefruit zest, herbal and citrus hops. Hop forward. Tangerine notes on the finish. This beer is somewhat unique in that it seems full of big, over the top hop flavors but is somewhat subtle and subdued at the same time.

M - Creamy with crisp carbonation and a light lingering bitterness.

D - A little hard to describe. Like an elegant, refined pale ale. All the hop flavor without over the top bitterness or sweetness. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:49:38 | More by brewcrew76
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite American Pale Ale. Great Beer.. I love having this beer on tap and bottle is great as well. This beer has just the right amount of hops.. Nice and smooth..The percentage of alcohol at 6% is perfect ..if u haven't had this beer, try to get a hold of it

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:34:53 | More by Guess2814
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $8 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and resiny hops. There is also some caramel and apricots.

Overall - Another very good and really hoppy beer from this brewer. A tad pricey but you can tell that there are some quality ingredients being used. It reminds me a little bit of the founders all day IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 23:56:40 | More by spinrsx
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 10-29-2013. Consumed 12-3-2013.

A: similar to zombie dust in appearance. the color's a tad lighter however.
S: wonderful mix of citrus and pine. there is malt with deep inhalation.
T: less pleasant than the nose, with a little more pine than i like in a pale ale.
M: creamy, medium carbonation.

solid beer, even at 7.49 per

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:44:36 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 10-22-13

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color. Produced a giant 3+ finger frothy white head. Great retention and tons of clumpy lacing.

(S)- A great balance between juicy citrus and mellow pine bitterness. A little lime and pineapple. Minimal underlying sweetness.

(T)- Not as hoppy as the smell let me to believe. Mostly some pine with very mellow honey sweetness. Extremely small hint of lemon citrus on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A git too strong on the pine bitterness side for my tastes, but otherwise has a good feel to it overall.

(O)- I look forward to seeing what else Maine brewing puts out, but for $6 a bottle, I suppose I was expecting more, but it is one solid pale ale if you like alot of pine in yours.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 18:36:41 | More by sweemzander
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superspak

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the entire glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge hop complexity and a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright juicy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:15:57 | More by superspak
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-a beautiful orange color with a white head

S-a zesty sweet pine citrus aroma very complex

T-fantastic citrus hops and balanced with the malt

M-has a nice bitter finish, piney and resiney. Smooth at the end

This pale ale taste different from other pale ales that would make you want it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:28:46 | More by reebtaerG
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a GI chalice

A: Pours a golden-orange color with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin, spotty cap. Moderate lacing.

S: Moderate notes of orange peel and tangerine. Also a light herbal character.

T: Pine and grass are dominant, but not particularly bitter. Also notes of mandarins and citrus peel. A mild, light, and sweet caramel malt complements the bitter quality of the hops. The finish is crisp and dry with a lingering alcohol flavor and some floral notes.

M: Medium thin, with small, effervescent carbonation.

O: Just an incredibly well balanced beer. Hop flavor is clean, crisp and with the perfect amount of malt backbone to complement but not overwhelm. Supremely drinkable. I could go through a pint of this in a few minutes without trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:41:01 | More by WankelEngine
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into two glasses. I really like that the date is displayed prominently.
Head was nice and large (about 2-3 inches). Color is a slightly hazy golden.
Aroma is nice! Plenty of citrus and a little floral.
Taste is excellent. Well balanced. Light citrus and some pine and floral. Ends with just a little green.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A little of the haze might come through.
Overall an excellent beer! Very well rounded. Great pale ale!!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:18:53 | More by dexterk1
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2BDChicago

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure gold with a very slight haze. Thick meringue foam, soft and delicate like a french pastry, almost pure white color.

S: Grassy, fruity, and light piney are my initial reaction. The tropical fruit is citrus, maybe orange or tangerine. A very faint toastiness in the background. Very well mannered and balanced. It's drawing me in, got to taste it now.

T: Wow, really nice. First comes the tangerine citrus with light floral notes. Almost no sweetness, except maybe in a way certain breads are slightly sweet. A sharp and crisp beer. It's a mix of light to medium mouthfeel, and no issues with the carbonation.

O: Super pysch-ed this beer has come to Chicago. My best friend has a great trading partner who lives in Maine, so I've had a few Maine Bee Co brews and they have all been SOLID. I love clear date stamping on the bottle and the additional recommendation of number of days to best enough the beer by. Purchased on 11/2, bot said drink within 32-days of 10/22. Everything is correct with this pale ale. Love the flavors of citrus and pine, with the additional notes of spice and/or herbal and/or floral. The 6% abv is perfect and in the right portion with a 17-oz bottle. And it's a clean and refreshing beer to drink. I know this statement might be challenging, but I had a fresh Pliny the Elder a week ago, and I think the brews from Maine BC are on par with the WC powerhouse.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:14:47 | More by 2BDChicago
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MCain04

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:33:20 | More by MCain04
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/13
A - huge ivory head tops an amber colored ale. Incredible head retention and lacing
S - super fresh aroma of zesty citrus, tropical mango, pine, juicy fruit, caramel, biscuit
T - excellent blend of bitter and sweet: pine, grapefruit zest, orange zest, juicy fruit gum, tropical notes, mango, caramel, grassy, slightly earthy, juicy spicy hops
M - medium, resinous, hop oils stick to the palate, finishes very dry and fairly bitter with lingering pine, very easy to drink
O - impeccable American Pale Ale. Excellent complexity and balance; just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:16:05 | More by barnzy78
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CloudStrife

New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:42:04 | More by CloudStrife
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shigg85

Japan

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7/30/2013, consumed about 95 days after... a bit beyond the recommended time frame. Regardless, I can't find a single flaw with this bitter, exotic fruit flavored pale ale. Absolutely love it!!! Will definitely try it again when I can find it fresher!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:55:35 | More by shigg85
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brewskis

Indiana

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a finger and a half white head. Great head retention that leaves a thin blanket of lacing. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of more citrus fruits up front like grapefruit and orange. Then beneath that there are some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as a tiny hint of pine and floral. The malt imparts a sweet breadiness note that makes the fruit aromas seem more juicier. Taste is outstanding. Reminds me of a Hill Farmstead beer. Starts with hefty doses of bitter grapefruit and orange notes. The the middle brings a crackery, bready, sweet malt presence that balances quite nice with the increasing bitter, yet juicy grapefruit. Also starting to get tropical fruit notes as well. The finish brings more juicy tropical fruit notes like pineapple. Also getting more juicy grapefruit and a good amount of pine. Definitely detect the red wheat on the finish as well. Getting almost like a bubblegum flavor. Bitter, but not as aggressive as you might expect. In-your-face, yet delicate from the balance of malt and hops, as well as the clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect, as it refreshes the beer and cleanses the palate, which makes you want to take another sip. I’ve had a lot of amazing pale ales, and this one is right up there with those. Glad they are in Chicago now.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:36:12 | More by brewskis
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:56:09 | More by MasterSki
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger eggshell shade. Retention is very good, and so is the thick texture. And so is the lacing left behind, really.

S: The first whiffs heave a goodly amount of grapefruit, with a subtle backing of tropical fruit. Give it time to open up, and some biscuity malts will appear, along with a piny touch. Aromatically, it doesn't beat the senses over the nose - rather, it works through delicate, balanced subtlety.

T: While it opens fairly bitterly on the tongue, it finishes with a healthy dose of mango and melon. The bitterness washes away nicely on the back end, and even supplanted by a hint of malt. It's quite Simcoe forward, and I that's precisely why I like it so much.

M: Superbly crisp and clean. Very little of anything lingers on the tongue, apart from a slight bitterness. I'd even call it thirst quenching, which is frankly amazing taking its dry finish into consideration. It does all of this without relying on strong carbonation, too.

O: No singular element of this blows the mind, but in the same way that Lunch or Sculpin work, continuing to drink it will reveal a very elegant, refined example of a style that's mainly reliant on brute force. Still, this is a LOT of money for a simple pale ale, even one as good as this.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:06:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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eclosson22

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy copper with about two fingers of head with great retention and lacing

S - Smells well balanced, some light citrus but not overwhelming

T - Balanced, as expected from the aroma, more bitter than expected but again not aggressively

M - Medium body, heavier than a number of other pales I've had recently

O - a well balanced fresh APA that I would definitely have again

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:47:25 | More by eclosson22
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle (dated 10/22/13 - 8 days old!) into imperial pint glass with a huge 3 inch foamy white head that took it's time to settle down. Color is a dark golden with some slight haze.

Love the aroma! A burst of citrus hits your nostrils, like someone just zested a grapefruit on top of my beer. It was noticeable as I was pouring the beer. get a little bit of pine/resinous hops as well.

Taste has plenty of citrus fruit and a nice malt presence that is well balanced by a great hop flavor, but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation, smooth drinking but a somewhat dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding Pale Ale, love how much hop character it has without being too bitter. This is the first beer from Maine Beer Co to land in IL, I can't wait to get my hands on Lunch. I'm a big fan of this format ( 16.9 oz / ~500ml) as opposed to bombers, although not a big fan of the price point ($6.99) but I can appreciate they are a member of 1% for the planet.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 23:45:14 | More by maxcoinage
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atomic

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass

A: This has the most beautiful, fluffy, white head that just won't let up. Had to stop my (careful) pour about 2/3 of the way into the glass because the head had risen up to the top. After drinking a bit, it subsided to about a finger to a finger and a half of soft white foam. The glass above it not only laced with foam, but I'd call it caked with foam.

S: I'd say equal parts piney and floral notes.

T: Definitely more floral in the taste, a little bit of bitterness towards the end but not a harsh bitterness.

M:Slightly prickly carbonation, medium body

O: Lovely beer. Price is a bit steep though for what is ultimately a pretty simple Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 04:35:19 | More by atomic
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