Jordan Pond IPA - Jack Russell's Steak House / Maine Coast Brewing Co.

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Jordan Pond IPAJordan Pond IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack Russell's Steak House / Maine Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 07-25-2003)
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Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with one finger of large bubbles. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, with a good amount of citrus hoppiness over just a bit of malt. The taste is a little bland at first. A little bit of malt, but a fairly flat taste. A bit of hops come up on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and watery. The drinkability is ok. An average IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color an unclouded mahogany with a spumous light tan head that is portly in size, as it slow disappears into the sunset the lace forms a tight sealing sheet upon the glass. A tiny hint of the hop flower noted along with the sweet malt freshness that I find quite appealing, fresh, crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, decently malted with a middling top. Finish is delicately acidic, the hops unassuming in their spiciness, once again a fine drinking beer that would make a great daily sample, a “Big Thang” in my book.

Photo of marc77
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tawny amber hue. Covered by a thick, burly, mountainous, Belgianesque steadfast cream white head that leaves dogged lace. The aroma is comprised of apricot and cinnamon like esters, along with a restrained citric and earthy hop combination. Initially sharp snap of hop bitterness tapers readily and is ensued by a pronounced, dry cracker malt and grain tannins. Woody, date like sweetness eeks in mid palate and feigns contrast, but cessates abruptly, leaving a near void in flavor that's partially filled by a static, tracely earthy hop presence. Lightly dextrinous with passable viscosity in mouthfeel-- only a notch thin. Finishes with a hint of papery oxidation and bitter fruit skin. Perhaps this bottle was past its prime, but the flavor fell short of its appearance and aroma. A bit astringent, but a decent brew all around. Thanks to Bennybrew for the opportunity.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to me to be in the English strain of IPAs rather than the ultra hoppy west coast IPAs. It is heavy on the malts without having the hops do too much work. It poured a copper color with a thin filmy head with bubbles and a ring. The smell was somewhat akin to the Fuggles IPA from Shipyard with a slight metallic/copper malt aroma coupled with a slight nutty note, and just a slight floral hint of hops. The taste was tasty and refreshing with a kind of bitter coffee malt flavor and more subdued hops flavor in the form of mellon and almost a syrup like fruitiness. Carbonation again did not at all interfer with any of the other factors. It seems to me that Maine coast brewing has the market cornered on session brews. I could sip these all night long!

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a Xmas gift sampler of Maine brews from my friend Joe. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, excessive foaming. Once it calmed down, it had formed a frothy 2" eggshell head above lightly cloudy golden amber brew. Lacing is spotty heavy foam bits left here and there. Aroma is tangy sour citrus with a slightly sweet malt component. Taste starts with the light malt character, but is quickly overpowered by tart citrus notes. The sour may be due to the age of this product, but can't find a date on the bottle, and no mention of the brew on the company website. Nevertheless, I still found it as a reasonable brew, and I will review it as is. Also don't think this brew fits the AmIPA category, I will review it on its own merits, not against a style standard. Mouthfeel is reasonable if you can appreciate the tartness, and drinkability is excellent. I am sure this is a totally different beer fresh, but I don't mind it in this condition either.

Photo of RBorsato
2.13/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy light golden with a full pillowy clumpy off-white head and very active carbonation bordering on infection-like proportions. Intense pine-spruce hop aroma at first with signs of infection/oxidation(?). Infected and/or oxidized but not horribly destroyed as these qualities got less as the beer sat. Overcarbonated light and airy body. Possibly infected...

'03' emb on bottom
Tasted: 01/18/05

(M. Ryan)

Photo of jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a white, two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy, the hops are not overbearing but still a fairly typical IPA. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Maine Coast Brewery Bar Harbor, Me.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and clear. Some head remnants will stick to the glass, spotty.

Very low level of smell. Frankly, I couldn't smell anything, but my daughter said she smelled pineapple (a good sign).

The taste is an improvement to the taste--beautiful fresh hop flavors. The body is fuller than the pale ale offered. Interestingly, the swallow is less bitter. I can taste the pineapple that my daughter could smell.

Photo of ecoboy
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated in some samples within one six pack. Craggy head: suggest a gentle pour. Some solids in suspension visible during the pour. Amber pour.

Aroma actually contrasts the mouthfeel. Aroma is of the crisp, biting, bracing citrus variety of hop, not the big round oily or leafy variety. And yet the mouthfeel was big and woody and meaty with a resinous hop character.

Outstanding size of flavor mixed with good malt to hop ratio. Mainers note: malt character similar to the woodsy big middle of the Andrew's pale. Not at all an "overhopped pale," but an impressive IPA built from the ground up.

Recommended for fans of original thinking.

OT? Odd packaging in firm plastic six-holder actually caused one bottle to open while removing it from the holder.

Photo of cretemixer
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper in color with minimal head. A thin large bubbled collar holds on.
Malty aroma catches me a bit off guard at first. I've heard rumors about these maltier Maine beers, but I wasn't expecting such a malty nose in an IPA. Floral hops are there too, just more in the background.
A grapefruit like bitterness is present in the taste. It's not biting, but kind of sneaks up on you. The malts lend a sweetness to offer up some balance. Dry on the finish.
A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Thanks to bennybrew for the nice assortment.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the Jack Russell's restaurant adjacent to the brewery. The label depicts an absolutely beautiful spot in Acadia National Park where two perfectly round hills ("The Bubbles") rise above a pristine little lake.

Not your typical IPA, in my opinion. Poured amber, with a mountain of white foam, like a Belgian ale. Some sticky lace remained on the glass throughout drinking. The smell was of bitter fruit and spice; definitely of hops, but not of any hops that I'm used to in an AIPA. More like an English Bitter that's way amped up.

Tasted of bitter hop resins -- acidic citrus, cinnamon bark -- and these tannins tore up the pale malts. Intensely flavorful, but unbalanced (which is what we've come to expect from an AIPA, isn't it?). This beer had enough body to stand up to the carbonation that I've found problematic in the other bottles I've gotten from MCBC, and its finish, though bitter, is dry. An interesting IPA, and one that I'd recommend to hopheads looking for something different.

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA poured pretty bland, with virtually no head and a dull copper color. My impressions, however, became increasingly more favorable as my experience with this Maine Coast ale progressed: the smell was a nice balance of hops and light maltiness, underscored by the merest touch of citrus. The taste was initially hoppy, but there followed an unexpected, and fun, butternut aftertaste, making this ale just a bit more complex (and more to my liking) than I had anticipated. The mouthfeel is light, and it has just the right soft touch of sparkle. It's not brash, like some other American IPAs, but the Jordan Pond is a very worthy choice (and the label is pretty cool, too).

Jordan Pond IPA from Jack Russell's Steak House / Maine Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.