Woods & Waters
Maine Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #271
Ranked #3,665
4.1 | pDev: 6.34%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
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Notes: We brewed this special IPA to commemorate the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We incorporated Maine-grown barley and wheat, along with generous amounts of hops with flavors and aromas of pine and citrus, reminiscent of the outdoors. Cheers to Mother Nature and all she provides us!
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Photo of donspublic
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2+ finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Clear bright yellow in the glass. Smells of citrus, lemon and floral, somewhat bright on the nose. Taste follows the nose, sweet malt, citrus, lemon, tropical fruit and a crisp mildly bitter finish. I love the finish on this beer, dry and crisp, keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good as is lacing. Love the citrus and piney aroma with this one. Nice piney taste. Crisp citrus. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Goldenrod yellow, ever so slightly opaque. A two finger head of white dimpled phone sits on top and lingers long. Aroma of tangerine, and grapefruit. Bright hoppy flavors right up front, similar to the nose but with some added notes of fresh pine. Very flavorful. A honey malt back bone rides beneath but the hops really emerge throughout. Moderate but even mouth feel. Crisp and full at the same time. Very drinkable. Excellent beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/21/20

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and plenty of lace left behind.
S: Love the nose. Floral, grassy, citrus rind, herbal tea like. Peppery spice, which is something I got that carries over from Spring as well. A delicate but really engaging aroma.
T: Floral, fresh cut grass, and herbal. Citrus and grapefruit rind, with that peppery spice. Cracker like malts and a beautiful bitterness brings everything together in the finish.
M/O: A medium body with excellent carbonation. Spritzy , crisp, amazingly clean and wonderfully dry. Superb drinkaability, and I can come back to this again and again.

I loved Spring, and this is its equal, if not better. I really enjoy the delicate freshness of the nose a bit more here. Regardless both are great, and again really happy to be able to get these fresh in Houston.

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Photo of beeragent
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a medium straw, forming a thick white head, with medium rings of lace on the glass.

S - Strong herbal and slightly lemony hop aroma on the nose.

T - Very floral and light citrus hops up front, coating the palate, and with a moderate bitterness in the finish. The malts are completely covered by the hops, and just there for the body.

F - Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth in the swallow, and lingering aftertaste of the hops in the finish.

O - Its nice to see a brewery focus on good quality IPA's, when most are currently in the NEIPA vain. Non-fruit forward hops, good bitterness, and clean finish. This reminds me of what got me into craft beer almost 20 years ago! Prost!!

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is Maine filled with a bunch of rich dumb asses that like to spend $7 per beer?

Just noticed Maine Beer Co here in Houston for the first time. Picked this up at a local HEB for $7.50 per bottle. For a $1.50 more I could’ve bought a six pack of any other fresh IPA on the shelf. I will not be buying any more of this overpriced bullshit.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 04/21. This one's right up my alley... pours a really nice cloudy light golden with a sticky white cap that laces. Aroma are kind of mild with just a bit of both citrus and pine - smells like it's going to be watery - wrong! Flavors pop with freshness bringing both citrus and pine in balance with delicious malts. Medium mouthfeel and finish is slightly dry with a slight lingering bitter. Makes me want a lot more but $8/bottle is a little ridiculous.

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Photo of Peach63
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a 1 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is lemon, grapefruit, pine, floral.

Taste follows nose: Lemon, grapefruit, pine.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

The way a pale-colored beer should look. Great tasting and decent bitterness.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright, slightly murky straw yellow with a touch of light copper and orange. frothy, 2-3 finger vibrant white head

s: interesting aroma on this. sweet pine, pineapple, orange zest, wood, and a touch of pear and green apple. a little pepper spice along with some strawberry and biscuity malts. finish is crisp with just a hint of sweetness with the citrus

t: sweet orange and lemon upfront. bitter grapefruit and pine behind that with a touch of grass. pineapple and kiwi as well. a touch of that green apple that i got in the aroma, along with a little bit of red pepper. finish is piney with a touch of sweet biscuits

m: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

o: pretty decent for the style, but nothing amazing. it leans towards the bitter side, but doesn't quite have the hop balance i'd like out of a American IPA. it is interesting that i pick up green apple in the aroma and taste, which is quite a nice little note for me. i would buy again though

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint .9oz bottle into a pint glass. Born on 12/3/19, so 7 weeks old.

Looks excellent in the glass. Hazy golden yellow body with a generous bright white head. This shrinks to a ring and solid covering, leaving very good lacing.

Clean hoppy aroma, lightly piney.

Upon tasting, there is a piney bitterness laying on a lightly sweet malt background. A faint cattiness. Very, very drinkable, even slammable. Really good beer

Mouth closing in on full. Finish a light bitter pineyness actually makes the mouth water.

Another quality brew from Maine Beer. One of these days I hope to get to Freeport to thank them in person for the diligence they put into their brewing.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

—hazy golden tap pour with a thin, fine foam cap and a subtle spruce aroma. The flavor follows; clean malt and a light resiny hop flavor. The finish is slightly dry. This is tasty, but lacks depth of flavor.

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I run hot and cold with MBC; no offense but imo I often think their brews are overrated. This one is nothing special—it’s fine, more Pilsner in taste that IPA, it’s crisp and piney and goes down easy. But at $7 a bottle, there are much better brews to spend my money on. It’s not offensive and I’m glad to drink it, it’s just not something memorable nor a beer I’ll purchase again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold with excellent clarity; three fingers of fluffy white foam; long cap retention; medium heavy lace sheets the glass, top to bottom; heavy ring and cap is still present entire way down. Pine, spice and herbal hops; lemongrass in the nose as beverage warms. Light bitter herbal, spicy and pine tastes up front; semi sweet malt base; lemongrass/citrus finish. Medium lite body; moderate carbonation; lite sticky resin feel. Overall, excellent lite bitter hop linger; easy drinking IPA and poundable.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A one pint and .9 ounce bottle dated 08/06/19, 3 months old, poured into a Spiegelau glass, a pale straw in color, nice thick, creamy head and lots of carbonation. Some lacing as the head recedes. The smell is great. The hoppy aroma is nice and piney like. The taste follows the nose. Hoppy and pine tasting that's not strong nor obtuse. A fine and smooth IPA. No bitterness and a slight coating on the tongue that's quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pleasant. Overall an excellent IPA I had the pleasure to discover at Total Wine, Charleston, SC. Definitely glad I picked this one up and should have gotten 2. I may never find this beauty in Texas. It does remind me of 'Yellow Rose' a little bit. The age doesn't appear to hurt it. I must try these when I find them as I may never see them again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, frothy, uneven, billowy snow-white head. Retention is good, and lacing is fine, but the production and formation itself is remarkable. Body is lively, light lemon-yellow, and transparent.

Lemon zest, orange peel, coriander seed, grass, a touch of pine, and grainy, crackery pale malt with a touch of honey on the nose. Crisp and clean.

Light and almost watery up front, bringing a combination of citrus tones and pine resin. Moderately pungent dankness on the back half, blending with candied orange, pine, pepper, and lemon.

Light bodied, with very slick hop oils clinging to the palate.

A classic MBC IPA, with a profile and aroma you could probably identify as theirs in a blind test.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Pours clear golden with an ample white head. Smells of lemongrass hops, pine, biscuit malt, and a strong earthy and spicy hop aroma. Almost smells like brett. Tastes follows suit. Bright lemon hops quickly give way to pine and biscuit malt. Bitter immediately with a lasting pine aftertaste. Earthy and spicy finish. Medium body. Distinctive and flavorful. Another excellent IPA from Maine.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not really an IPA. More like an english pale ale. Slightly less malt though.

tastes almost like the slightest hint of a toasted malt? / actual wood?

Earthen and slight fungal hints.

Just a miss for me.

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Photo of arizcards
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a pint sized bottle from the brewery 8-24-19 for $6. Batch 046 bottled on 8-6-19; consumed 8-30-19.

Beer poured a lager like pale golden with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is dank like grapefruit, lemon, and pine - very nice!

Taste is lemon, orange, light grapefruit over a moderately sized malt body. Finish is with some light pine and a touch of rind bitterness; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing on a lovely 75 degree late summer day.

Overall this is a really nice beer as the brewers extracted quite a bit of hop aroma for the size of the beer. Have to say it is my favorite MBC to date!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 04/23/19. Hoping it’s not past it’s prime.

Fairly hazy golden yellow in color. Loads of frothy white head bubble up to about two fingers above the beer, with huge gobs of sticky lace left behind in its wake.

There is trace amounts of malt emerging, but the nose on this is still bursting with lemony citrus, and floral hops.. with an almost perfume-like sweetness on the back end.

The malt has made its presence known more on the palate than on the nose, but this IPA is holding up nicely. Bready, floral, and lightly dry, with a floral hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Crisp, clean, and mildly dry. Carbonation is seltzery, and that biscuity dryness in the finish compliments nicely.

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Photo of mntlover
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw like yellow clear with two fingered sized white head that laces well.

Aroma is nice bright lemony and zesty smelling lighter citrus mixed with floral and herbal notes along with some wheat bready goodness of the base holding the hops. Digging the smell nice this IPA isn't all fruity and hazy like most of the IPA's I have had on this trip up north.

Taste is nice light bready wheat notes may play a roll in that, crisp and zesty from the lemony citrus. Finishes more earthy and herbal with just hints of lemon rind. Nice favorable easy drinking almost mistake it for a great sessions brew.

Mouthfeel is light and zesty and seems to fit this brew perfectly.

Overall I like it a nice change up from most of the IPA's I drug home.

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers wroth of crisp white foam with excellent retention... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass... Color is a glossy honey with light carbonation... Very pleasant notes with equal parts citrus and earthy hops... Crackers, floral hops and citrus on the palette... A light hop resin presence lingers on the tongue... Goes down fairly easily... Smooth with a big carbonation swell... I become a bigger fan of Maine Beer Company with each new offering I try...

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Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

straight up straw, plucked right from the central casting mane of a scarecrow, yes, that much like straw, active carbonation going all footloose in the glass (sans Kevin Bacon or even John Lithgow), two, two full fingers of white fluff capping this one off, craggy and huge bubbles but it stays quite put, a well fashioned look if I do say so, and I do

mild lemon zest, mild earthy hops, forest and earth, a bit of yeast, nice for warmer weather

taste etc...
the wheat makes this one different, kind of reminds me more of something like prima pils (but lighter), sort of lemony, effervescent, quite refreshing, so damn easy drinking, the mouthfeel, here it comes, and the landing... ! sticks it... absolutely sticks the landing, what a performance, this is perfectly crafted weight wise in my opinion, I like the flavor ride as well, lemony up front, gives way to grassy/wheat, leans into mild bitters activating saliva for another sip... until sadly, there is none...

there is something to be said for execution and craft, this says it, consistent sip to sip and seems to hit exactly the mark the brewer was going for, interesting beer, great to have as an option around the pool this summer, maybe not the best IPA but unique, so if you dig it you will dig it... dig?

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light color similar to a pilsner. Has the hoppiness of a new england IPA but good balance and enjoyable drink to have. Like the head retention and solid

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Really like how clean and well-structured Maine's smaller hoppy beers are, but they admitedly aren't particularly noteworthy. After working my way through a number of their 5-ish percent APAs, this was my first Maine IPA. Similar storyline, though this time it was the flavor profile that I found most lacking.

Very pale, almost pilsner-like light gold coloring, with great clarity and just the slightest chill haze. Huge, multi-finger head of fluffy, soapy, eggshell head that hangs around seemingly throughout the drink and provides layers and waves of foamy lacing. Average look (for an IPA) with an A+ head.

Nose is mild but quite interesting. Grapefruit rind, dank grass, white grape musk, coriander, bready and lightly toasted malt, lemon zest, some additional hidden citrus, and maybe a tiny bit of bubble gum. The dankness picks up nicely as the beer warms. The aroma profile is multi-layered and quite attractive, but still quite tame in the world of American IPAs. But I guess that's kind of Maine's thing.

Unfortunately the flavor profile isn't nearly as nuanced or multi-layered, just a bitter flow of lemongrass, grapefruit pith, and nondescript grains. There's a bit of a minerally or herbal green note, as well, that can work in beers with more complimentary flavors going on, but here is a bit too noticeable. Again, it's better as it warms, with some additional citrus coming forward and the graininess falling off. Unfortunately that almost sour green note becomes more pronounced, as well. I'm certainly having no trouble drinking this one down, and the lingering grapefruit bitterness (which I've enjoyed in every single Maine beer I've had, to date) is quite nice. But this particular IPA flavor profile isn't one I would actively seek out again.

Also in keeping with other Maine beers, the carbonation and silkiness is on point. Incredibly drinkable.

As much as I appreciate the industry's push towards canned beers, extra credit for Maine's fantastic and easily recognizable pint-plus brown bottles. Something about pouring beer out of those things adds meaningfully to the drinking experience. Or maybe that's just me.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light golden with a massive white foamy head which is very slow to diminish, massive lacing. 3 fingers of marshmallow like head.Smell is some grapefruit,wet crackers,lemon zest,hops yeast. Feels very well put together. This IPA somehow excels because of it's simplicity. Like a farmhouse IPA? Overall I would highly recommend-

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