Spring | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spring is our take on an American IPA, tailored for days when we start to look forward to warmer weather. Utilizing Cascade, Amarillo, Simcoe and Ekuanot hops, Spring has floral hop aromas and notes of citrus, tropical fruit and mixed berries.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 52
Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from Fiddlehead.
Nice orange bronze color, slightly opaque.
Thick filmy head.
Faint citrus nose.
Very pleasant mouth feel.
Taste of orange with some pine.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange beer with a huge, sticky, off white head. Smells a little malty with a lot of fruit. Some caramel, citrus and berries. Light taste, lightly sweet with orange and berries. Floral hops and a bitter finish. Quite tasty.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle dated 3/26/19 to a Nonic.
Orange with a slight haze, but you can still see the tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white and is medium sized, consisting of multi-sized bubbles. Glass lacing is beautiful and stays the entire session,
Spring has a refreshing hoppy nose, suggestion of citrus, but definitely hop created.
Damn this thing tastes good. A complex hop profile serves it well while the mouth feel is just right, free flowing with perfect carbonation. The perfect bitterness for my pallet. A nice vacation from the fruity IPAs I frequent too often.
Overall a refreshing treat. I hope I find more before this one-off is done.

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03/26/19. Not much I can say other than damn delicious hoppy goodness. Was happy to see a new beer from MB and it did not disappoint. Super clean and drinkable. A tad bitter but a tasty hopbill overall.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Trillium glass.

Look is a slightly hazy yellow with a big frothy head.

Aroma is very herbal hops.

Taste matches aroma, lots of bitter herbal hops not much sweetness from the malt.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of lacing

S: Some citrus, light pine, floral hops, and berry notes. Very nice combo

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine notes and then picks up some lighter floral and berry notes. Moderately bitter throughout. Finishes with lingering floral and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice spring-tailored IPA that is super easy to drink. Extremely well balanced. Definitely worth checking out

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

16.9oz bottle dated 3/26/19 poured into a tulip
A: Orange with a two-finger head that lingers
S: Citrus, herbs, tropical fruit
T: Dry, a bit herbal, floral, some malts, lighter citrus/tropical fruit towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: A pleasant IPA, indeed pleasant as warm weather approaches

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

Bottle dated 03/26/19.
This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a golden to bronzed semi-copper color with a sly transparency about it. Beautiful soft foaminess in the head swerves to gliding valleys allowing some lace to bend upon my glass.
The aroma returns a favorable orange blossom floral sweet character colliding with some sweet pine and a touch of woody bitterness. Remnants of freshly cut grass slide in underneath.
The flavor pulls in a substantial bitter to zesty hoppiness up front throttling some clean biscuity malts through the blend. Mild aftertaste of orange blossom floral zesty and bittersweet qualities.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Semi-malty yet clean and showing some zesty to bittersweet hops in the finish.
Overall, a very nice American IPA well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of malrubius
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Hazy orange copper with long lasting head and lace. Orangey citrus aroma with a little pine. Medium sweet toasted toffee and cereal and some fruit with medium-heavy citrus and pine bitterness in medium soft body. Hoppy but also refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Verona Inn. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of hman43
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden orang with a slightly off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There is a strong citrus, tropical fruit, and flora aroma for the first. There are very low levels of berries. There are also low levels of subtle spiciness blend in.

Taste: The flavors contain floral, tropical fruits, and berries with the citrus elements being in more of a supporting roll. There are low levels of bread in support. There is a subtle spiciness very low in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with high levels of bitterness, but the bitterness is not harsh.

Overall, a well constructed IPA with plenty of hop elements that are well blended.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Uno. Sampler.

Clear yellow. Ok white head.
Nose is a touch fruity
Taste is super bitter. Tons of flavor, but all of the resinous pine variety.


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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops and limes.
T: The taste follows the smell except that there are additional notes of sage herbs that linger into the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA feels a little more delicate compared to others in the style and has an interesting mix of hop aromas and flavors, particularly in the taste.

Serving type: can

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

Pouring from a bottle dated 3/26/19 (11 days old) into a snulip glass, this beer pours out a dark, golden hay color. Not clear or necessarily hazy either, I can see my fingers on the other side of the glass, but with difficulty. It forms a full two fingers of dense, thick and creamy, off white colored crown. So tightly packed in some spots that it resembles whip cream. 4.5

The nose brings a slightly resinous pine to the nostrils while also showing quick hints of dry orange peel, floral notes, candied lemon and slight grapefruit. 4

The taste comes in with the candied lemon, dried orange peel and quick grapefruit before showing way to a balanced use of crystal malt. Dry floral notes, that I’d almost guess would resemble chewing on flower petals. The slightly resinous pine from the nose is still there, but playing very faintly in the background. 4

The mouthfeel has a dryness that makes me picture licking an orange peel, or chewing flower petals before finishing with even more dryness from the candied lemon. It’s not like a sour or tart lemon candy, but just one that sucks every bit of saliva out of your mouth. 4

Overall, this is another extremely clean offering from MBC. I am usually not too big on that “lemon candy” presence I described, but it works alright here with the other layers and complexities. 4

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Photo of RJQ3
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This maybe is my 3rd favorite MBC beer behind Dunner and Another One! Its a perfect Spring beer with just hops on top of hops giving you the full American coast to coast flavors of flower, pine, and citrus.

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Photo of digboy
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange, slightly hazy. Nose is light with some vague citrus notes. Taste is more definitive with a solid moderate malt base with a light citrus taste that is strongest in the finish. Feel is a little crisp with malt lingering in the finish. Very good, tight beer. Typical for MBC. Refreshing.

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Photo of Holderness
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled a week ago.

L -- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with some hop particulate in suspension and three fingers of thick off-white head produced with aerated pour. Great retention and good lacing
S -- Grass, grapefruit zest, melon, pine, caramel malt
T -- Largely follows the nose, with maybe a bit of berry character and some biting earthiness as well. Pretty west coast-y, has an almost oxidized taste which is unexpected given the age but expected given the brewery
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Has a nice robustness to it for the ABV and a bitter but not overwhelming finish
O -- Yep, this is definitely a MBC offering. Good for those who like their IPAs almost-but-not-quite west coast. Not so good for the rest of us, especially at the price point


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Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle.
Bottled Tuesday, the 26th of March.
Three days old!
Moderate pour yields a 1.5 inch white head over a nice and bright, golden amber body with beautiful, sticky lacing. Nose of some tropical fruit, slight citrus, and some bits of herbal/ floral attributes as well; also, there is just a tad of pine resin lurking. Taste mirrors nose somewhat as the pine resin flavor comes forward with a smooth and gentle bitter finish. Very nice feel and overall, a nice West Coast-ish flavor that doesn't stray too far west. Cheers to MBC for their new offering!

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamped 001 - 12:14 - 03/26/19

Less than a day old,

Pours a deep, slightly hazy tarnished brass hue, with two fingers of dense, frothy ivory head, with tremendous lacing. Head stays put for

Nose: Bursting with bright pine, sweet grapefruit, orange, soft peach, mango flesh, mixed berries, wildflowers, honey, and some fresh green grassy notes.

Palate: Surprisingly light and fresh compared to the nose. Lemonade, Christmas trees (Douglas fir), nectarine, a hint of mango, and some forward grassy/green notes very indicative of Simcoe, as well as lots of super classic pine/floral/herbal/green notes from Cascade. Definite Ekuanot notes too. Starfruit, dry oak, and botanicals. It's incredibly light, crisp, and dry, with a bright, lively acidity, and then an oily, resinous finish ramps up the flavor, and brings lots and lots of pine, and a firm bitterness. Very little sweetness. The suggestion of honey, as in an essence, but no detectable malt sweetness. All hops. It truly does taste like spring. Bright, light, floral, fresh, and green. It's a little light at first, but the flavours establish themselves over time, and the gentleness is just an inherent part of what I think this beer is trying to be, and it works. All of the Maine Beer Co IPAs have this identifiable character, and it definitely shows in this one. Right in the middle of East and West Coast.

Mouthfeel/Body: The body is certainly on the lighter side. Very little malt weight going on. It's very fluid, bordering on slightly thin, bit has a nice level of hop oils, which help counteract some of that thinness. This beer wouldn't have the bright, dry, fresh flavor if it had any more malt, so I don't see this as a flaw, nor as "watery", because there's more than enough flavor. It has a lively effervescence, is ultimately dry, and has a nice acidic pop.

Overall: I'm slightly biased/privileged, because this beer is just hours old, and there's nothing like a one day old hoppy beer. Others later on won't have the same experience. Maybe othet aspects will improve? Either way, as it is right now, it absolutely conveys its intended message of bright, vibrant, fresh, clean springtime. Worth every penny, and is really worth trying while it's super fresh.

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