Maine Beer Company / Nøgne Ø Collaboration Time III - Maine Beer Company
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3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottled July 2013, opened August 2013.
A - Appropriate haze on a solid dark apricot body. Bright white head has nice retention and lace.
S - Super fresh hop cone nose, with a warm bready backbone. Lemongrass, sake, orange zest, bread dough.
T - Moss, rye grain, earthy hops, touch of lemon on in the center, and light plant stem and resin finish.
M - Medium frame. Maybe just a shade watery on the backend. Could use more carbonation.
O - Nice concept and decent execution.
08-29-2013 23:06:18 | More by vfgccp
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
The beer pours bronzing orange with a huge, rocky head of creamy, yellow bubbles. The head sits at about a fingers width and lasts for a while, leaving a lacing of fuzzy curtains on the side of the glass. In body the beer is a murky haze, practically opaque with just light smudges of the other side of the glass coming through. The body is free of particles, but it is quite murky. On the nose, the beer displays its “pale ale parts,” bursting with juicy, citric hop aromas and a nice funky yeast background that gives the beer a little pop. Oranges, tangerines, pineapples, and candied lemons all come to mind as you stick your nose in the beer. Light, yet clean pepper and funk notes come from the funk, but they are not glooping on the nose like they sometimes do. This is a crisp and fresh smelling beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes different from the smell. Initial citrus moves into a quite dry finish with a light, tart pop from the yeast and a nice spiciness from the rye. In flavor, the beer begins as light orange juice, which builds into beautifully bright citric flavors, mostly staying true to and orange juice flavor. In the middle of the swallow, this is shouldered lightly aside by spicy rye flavors that dry out the tongue and suggest light cereal graininess that lingers into the aftertaste. The finish is a marriage of the rye spice and the citric flavors, with light hints of creamy funk as the only proof of the saison yeast in this beer. As the beer warms, however, light bubblegum flavors do start to come out. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium or the heavy side of light in body, with a big fluffy carbonation that provides a light bite on the tongue, but mostly just carpets it with smoothness. The mouthfeel is a little slick, and slightly chewy, which is odd but not disconcerting. The mouth is left nicely dry with light saliva working on the sides off the mouth to counteract the beer’s acids. Overall, this is a really nice, flavorful beer. I’m not quite sure what to refer to it as in terms of style, since it lacks a lot of the strong flavors that a saison or farmhouse ale might offer, and it most certainly is not a pale ale. It does have some very complex rye and hop flavors, however, which have me coming back for more sips. This beer is another success from Maine Beer Company, though the price tag does give me pause.
08-20-2013 18:59:43 | More by Maxwell
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Big thanks to Tauroe for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with moderate level of visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly.
S: Rye and bready malt, saison peppery spices, and some barnyard funk from the saison yeast with a nice hop presence (grassy, citrus rind, and floral). This has a nice aroma, but seems a bit subdued overall.
T: Rye malts, yeasty with just a bit of fruity esters, some pepper, clove, funk, and barnyard. Then comes citrus rind and grapefruit hops. Has a fairly dry finish - yeasty and hop bitterness. Then some rye graininess on the exhale.
M: Heavy body for an APA, low alcohol presence, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.
O: This is a complex, challenging beer. There's a lot going on, but ultimately quite tasty. It would be interesting to see what a Brett addition would have done for this one. Recommended for a session of contemplation of the flavors in a beer.
08-19-2013 19:26:32 | More by macrosmatic
3.29/5 rDev -13.4%
Appearance: Slight haze on a straight amber color. Head is white and bubbly and slightly creamy. Head is small with solid retention. Leaves some small bits of lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.
Smell: Soft spice with clove and some mild peppery elements. A good bit of banana and hay with some bubblegum. The rye adds a small backing malt spiciness. Some lightly sweet and caramelized malts. Almost Belgian with a later of light powdery yeasty funk. Hop profile adds some citrus and earthiness to the whole thing. Yeast is mild but assertive. Bready and light overall.
Taste: Yeast jumps out front. Lightly spiced with some lingering clove. Adds in a touch of ripe banana and apple core. Malts run light and bready. More bread crust than dough. Pale crockery malt with a slightly sweet caramel malt. More hops than the nose would indicate, leaving an earthy and floral bitterness on the back. Nice clean yeast profile. Slightly caramelized. Warming adds some rye spice and drops the malt sweetness. Floral.
Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean.
Overall: Good times, not great times.
Solo collaboration with a unique approach. Nice compliment of rye and yeast spice. Feels a little lackluster after warming.
08-18-2013 18:22:40 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from my maine beer co wine glass. bottled on 071613 (one day shy of a month ago).
a - brew poured a murky orange yellow with a thin bubble foamed head that hung out for a while.
s - grassy clove with some hints of banana and bubblegum.
t - wheat. grainy rye. peppery saison.
m - crisp with a hint of spiced bitterness on the finish.
o - overall a unique bird. as the label suggests...rye pale ale saison. that pretty much hits it on the head.
08-16-2013 00:57:11 | More by cosmicevan
Maine Beer Company / Nøgne Ø Collaboration Time III from Maine Beer Company
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