MO - Maine Beer Company
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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
4.04/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.
A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, dry, bubbly, white head. Craters slowly. Dry, sticky lacing, and a persistent foam blanket.
S: Hops and pine resin.
T: Light hop, citrus pith is prominent.
M: Light body, bitterness lingers on the palate.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is really nice. Great persistent head, and some very persistent lacing. Nose is hoppy with a slight balance of sweet resin. Hoppy bitterness rules the day. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 03:13:47 | More by bmwats
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a large frothy head cresting around three fingers of eggshell white foam, very whipped up and airy, lots of dimpling across the surface, the retention is so-so, the lacing is comprised of a few razor thin but very long streaks. The liquid is a pleasing light orange with a mild metallic sheen, quite clear and pretty, slight yellowing at the rims, plenty of fat bubbles, no beads, all randomly dispersed. The nose has a certain purity to it, milled grains, sour mixed white citrus, spoonful of honey, pine cone, not very sappy, minimal herbaceousness, soft cocoa maltiness, needs to warm to really release the peach, yellow apple, apricot fruit scents. Full-bodied, in fact a little too broad shouldered as it tends to progress slowly through the palate. Here it’s much more floral and the white to pink grapefruit and orange citrus a bigger overall element. The fluffy carbonation helps relieve some weight and create lift and mouth perfume. The sweetness of the apricot, peach, pear fruit takes hold with force. Some peppery notes but the graininess lost a bit. Otherwise, does a good job of masking the total sweetness and making it a blended experience versus bunch of soloists jockeying for position.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 23:39:37 | More by farrago
MO from Maine Beer Company
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