Woods & Waters
Maine Beer Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #298
Ranked #4,185
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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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - $7.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale yellow body with a lofty, frothy, foamy, white head.

Smell: Clean, fresh-cut grapefruit and little pinch of citrus zest. Slighter touches of pine, peppery herbs and floral peach. Underneath, a lightly milky maltiness hinting, a bit, of wheat.

Taste: A nominal sweetness upfront with scant, pale maltiness and touches of crustless bread, turgid grains with a little inkling of wheat. It's got piney, herbal qualities, but the citrus really pops for me and has a good bit of brightness to it. Glistening white grapefruit, grated lemon and a teensy-sized plop of tangy kumquat marmalade. Medium-plus bitterness. A bit of cereal creaminess on the mouthfeel, further fruity niceties and a low degree of dogged bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Has an all-around, light airiness about it.

Overall: It's wonderfully balanced, has a pleasing freshness about it and an overall inviting drinkability. With junk beers as far as the eye can see, it's a delight to get a nice one from time to time.

Sep 18, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

my first beer from these guys in years, awesome to find it on tap in upstate new york, not always the beeriest place, and i was stoked on this overall. really light, it drinks like a session type and i was surprised to learn its even as strong as it listed here, its so light and clean. its radiant yellow colored clearish but not immaculate, and holding an inch of frothing white head with sticky lace on the edges of the glass. it smells like pineapple juice from the can, light juniper, floral honey, and clean citrus, slightly grassy too, like the best of all possible hop worlds here but in a very delicate package overall. its springy and light, the malt is flavorful but minimal in body, light biscuit to it, wheaty almost like a saison base too, earthy and not at all sweet to me. there are some light hop oils swirling here, juicy ripeness to the fruity side and a blooming botanical liveliness. nice carbonation here, very refreshing and drinkable, but also interesting and well refined, sort of reminds me of some of their other awesome lighter ones, peeper comes to mind, its been too long for me with their beers! i was thrilled to encounter this one and continue to love maine beer company, this is wonderful summer ipa!

Jul 30, 2021
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale lemon colored beer with a bit of cloudiness. The head is thick and long lasting and sticks to your mustache. It smells like an evergreen forest with a splash of citrus. The taste follows the smell with a nice defined bitterness and a touch of wheat detectable. It is light bodied and refreshing.

Jan 11, 2021
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Strong carbonation of macro-bubbles rush through a hazy lemon peel coloring. Soapy, old white head stands over one and a half inch with a strong standing retention. Big display of splashy lacing smothers the glass walls with a good density.

S: Fresh pine and wet spruce. Earthy wet forest, spicy citrus, clean crisp grains, and some grapefruit peel, all of good strength.

T: Bright piney-orange hops mixes with some bitter grapefruit pulp. A dry flowery bite of citrus hops. Crisp hard delivery of hops, bready malt and dry barley with a huge flowery dry finish.

M: Very crisp and near full body, bready malt depth. Dry finish.

O: Earthy dry and bitter IPA. Lots of piney grapefruit with a big punch. Substantial bready malting.

Dec 05, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle dated 7/7/20

pours a slightly hazy straw yellow gold body with a billowing and fluffy foamed soft-white head that has a decently high retention and leaves behind thick patches of lacing

has an easy aroma of bright and ripe citrus fruit with lightly earthy pine that finishes with a soft doughy yeasty malt. bright, crisp, and a little earthy, settling on a soft easy malt.

follows the nose. then throw in a solid slice of ripe melon/cantaloupe and light dose of zesty earthy orange peel. throughout, it follows the mantra: bright, crisp and a little earthy with a soft easy malt.

high carbonation, medium but full feeling body, with a pleasant easygoing dry finish that primarily hangs out on the roof of the mouth. aftertaste is exaggerated dose of ripe melon with suggestion of earthy pine accompanied dryness.

very neat and easy IPA. not a common experience for me so far with how bright yet hoppy the brew manages to get. plenty of layers going on, yet manages to be an easy sipper with a full body, which I am currently attributing to the wheat addition. this positioning of pine hop, being certainly present yet slightly subdued to blend evenly was a sublime twist.
would hands down recommend to everyone except ardent hop-haters.

Sep 20, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

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

16.9oz bottled 7/7/20, opened 8/9/20.
2+ finger white head of dense foam, excellent retention. Thick lacing left behind as it slowly faded.
Glowing golden IPA with brilliant clarity. Outstanding looking IPA.
Aromas of melon, lime, pine. Faint doughy malt.
Zesty citrus, bitter orange, grapefruit pith, pine flavors ride on a malt base that's just enough to carry these hops over the goal line.
Light body, medium carbonation. Big punch of piney bitterness leads into a lengthy, hoppy dry finish.
Very Good.

Aug 09, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

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

Pours a pale, fairly clear yellow with thick, soft head.

Smell is fruity and piney, with notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon peel and a hint of grapes.

Taste is soft and fruity, with a bit of florality. Notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon peel and some pine. Soft bitterness and a slight erthiness on the finish. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit sticky and well carbonated.

Overall, a very good IPA, super drinkable.

Jun 19, 2020
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one does everything well. WCIPA in style, it nails the citrus and pine, but most everyone can do that. It's the finish that really sings. Drys, bitters, and emotes resinous lusciousness in an intertwined dance of perfection. Great beer

Jun 07, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

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.

May 20, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

May 18, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

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.

May 17, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

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.

May 10, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

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!!

May 08, 2020
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StArnoldFan from Texas

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.

May 08, 2020
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

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.

May 01, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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.

Apr 09, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

Mar 15, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 26, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

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.

Jan 11, 2020
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

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.

Jan 08, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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.

Nov 20, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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.

Nov 07, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Oct 27, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Oct 26, 2019
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brother_rebus from Maine

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.

Sep 08, 2019
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