Wolfe’s Neck
Maine Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #302
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,359
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 6.52%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
128
From:
Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  8
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Wolfe’s NeckWolfe’s Neck
Notes: A gift to the people of Maine and its visitors, Wolfe's Neck reminds us of the importance of protecting land for future generations to experience and enjoy.

"We've dropped a pebble, now we have to see where the ripples go."
-Eleanor Houston Smith

Malt bill: Briest, Blue Ox pale malt, Blue Ox malted wheat, Briess C40, and Briess Carapils. Hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Sabro hops.
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 128 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$7.47/500ml brown glass bottle at a grocer in Texas:

"India Pale Ale." 6.5% ABV.

Clean drinking and well balanced though its hop profile leans a bit too much on a tired New World tropical flavour for my taste. Citrus, nectarine, fruity hop flavours. No blueberry from the Mosaic, unfortunately. What I do dig is the citrus from the El Dorado. Certainly a juicy brew, but I think the Sabro is hurting not helping...I'd imagine this would be better with just an El Dorado & Mosaic focus.

B- / WORTHY

Nov 19, 2021
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champ103 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a touch of haze, a golden/orange color. With a finger worth of white head forms, excellent retention and rings of lace left behind.
S: Oh, big ripe melon and fruity hops. Going from berries, to peach, lemon and orange rind. Seems like a fruit salad, but it all mingles perfectly to make that modern American IPA profile pop.
T: Like the nose, all that berry, melon and peach. Orange rind with a bit of peppery zesty character. Becomes a little sticky sweet, and some definite caramelized sugars going on in there. Though a nice bitterness brings it all back together
M/O: A medium to full body. Its a bit sticky and resiny, but not bad in that department. Well carbonated, but not the effervescent explosion Maine can sometimes be. Though it all works well, and something I really enjoy.

Yeah, a quality IPA and that is not in any way surprising from this brewery. The sticky, resin like sweetness isn't really a detriment but keeps it from being among their better IPA's IMO. Though saying that, it is still very highly recommended as always.

Nov 11, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle dated 05Oct21

Pours hazy cloudy golden amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells tropical and zesty, a bit soft and sweet, with notes of melon, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine, lemony orange citrus, subtle hints of vanilla, woody coconut, caramelized malt, and dank earthy floral pine. Taste follows, fairly soft and juicy, minimal bitterness, some citrus peel and rind notes, orange, lemon, grapefruit pith, tropical mango, pineapple, melon, peach, nectarine, stone fruit, subtle hints of vanilla and woody coconut, some light caramelized toasty malt, with dank floral earthy herbal pine. Feels medium plus bodied, soft with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

Nov 10, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle purchased off the shelf for $6.99. Bottled on 6/29/21, so this is 7 weeks and one day old.

Look: Pours a beautiful light orange / golden color. There was a slightly rocky, fluffy white head of about a finger thick. The head has reduced to a thin layer and leaves behind a taller crest of meringue-like fluffiness along the rim. This is nearly clear beer as it has just a slight chill haze. After pouring the bottle of the bottle with its sediment, it looks more like a hazy juice-bomb IPA with a bright orange translucent color.

Smell: The aromas are very nice: ripe tropical fruit including passion fruit, mango, guava, and coconut. This could be coming along with the coconut note - this beer has a nice creamy vanilla note to it. There is some green bell pepper and other green notes on the finish. Some woody and piney notes as well.

Taste: This is a very refreshing West Coast new-school style IPA. The flavors are mirrored from the nose, perhaps the tropical fruit and vanilla aromas are less prevalent on the palate, with some added citrus components. There is a nice orange peel flavor. The beer finishes quite dry and crisp, with a moderate bitterness of that lingers for a bit with pithy orange and piney, woody, and slightly sweet coconut notes. The flavor improved and became much fuller and juicier after pouring the bottle of the bottle.

Feel: The body is medium; it's very drinkable and nicely carbonated and has a relatively soft mouthfeel to it.

Overall: It's tasty. It was like I was drinking two different beers between the top half of the bottle without the haze and the bottom half of the bottle with the haze. I would buy this again, and when I do I would pour the entire bottle at once because the sediment really improved the flavor, juiciness, and body of the beer.

Aug 18, 2021
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6 weeks ago.

Pours medium-hazy orange with a finger of white head.

The nose is orange, pineapple, mango, doughy bread, and light minerality.

The taste is orange, peach, doughy bread, and mellow bitterness. Subtle floral notes and minerality, and hints of berry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium for the style.

Overall, very nice. Clean and enjoyable.

Aug 10, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden, lightly hazy body; fine carbonation; thick, frothy, white head, very sudsy. Interesting woody, herbal hop nose; mild pine resin in the background. Delicate, light malt backbone with a light to moderate hop bitterness; an obscure kind of mild citrus lurks around. Moderate body; semi-juicy but with a slightly dry edge, especially towards the finish.

Generally, a fine and tasty India pale ale. It distinguishes itself more with its hop bitterness than anything else.

Poured out at 61 F; bottled on 29JUN21

Aug 02, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: color is copper and burnt orange. 4 finger rocky off-white head

S: pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit. Some sweet malts, grass, tangerines and kiwi

T: orange juice, sweet grapefruit, and a generic citrus sweetness. Pineapple, sweet resin. Some caramel and slight pine. A touch of grass as well. Finish is crackery with a little malt punch

M: smooth, lighter side of medium with medium carbonation

O: awesome IPA. Not too complex, but super well-made. Great harmonization

Aug 01, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly cloudy orange color. Thick frothy white head forms on the beer and then starts to dissipate leaving a layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of overly ripe fruit, apricots, honey, some spicy herbal notes, orange peel.

Taste follows the nose with notes of apricots, ripe stone fruit, orange peel, a light honey like sweetness, mild grassy/piney bitterness on the back end.

Feel is medium bodied, a bit thicker and slick, prickly carbonation. Drier on the finish.

A very nice IPA from Maine Beer Co.

Jul 31, 2021
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bobv from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottled 29JUN21.

First beer this month!
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch white head over a golden orange body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, floral, slight citrus, and even slighter pine. Taste is sweet tropical fruit with citrus and finishing with a slight citrus pith while having a pleasant, earthy bitterness. Nice feel, very smooth and well balanced. I'd have another and would definitely recommend to everyone.
I could crush a few pints of this for sure!
Cheers!

Jul 19, 2021
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malrubius from Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Golden orange with slight haze and flat head. Tropical fruit citrus aroma. Medium sweet honey apricot with fresh citrus lime and tropical fruit finish. Clean finish clean medium body still soft and lively without the murk. I miss IPAs like this.

Jun 21, 2021
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potownbill from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with other Maine beers, this one does not overpower you with strong aromas and tastes. It is subtle, well balanced, no lingering aftertastes, and the right ABV. I finished it and thought “mmmm, that was good”!

May 24, 2021
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first impression of this product is that it's a nearly perfect beer. Born on date of 3/2/2021, it's within the 90 day expectation. It hits smooth for the style and is stunningly well balanced. I enjoyed how it hit my palate and I enjoyed lingering flavors. The malt and the hops are both present and lovely. Happy.

May 08, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottled 02Mar21, opened 5-2-21.
2 finger off-white head with fantastic staying power.
Gold-bronze color IPA with a slight haze. Thick, sticky lacing.
Orange peel, lemon, along with bready, caramel malt.
Citrus - orange peel/zest, stone fruit (peach/apricot).
Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, prickly carbonation. Lengthy semi-sweet finish.
Very good.

May 02, 2021
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great golden hue with a thick lacing and light head on top.
More floral than citrus but a great light aroma.
Easy drinking hop-forward flavor with a great wild grass taste that changes with every sip.
Really smooth and easy to drink. Looking forward to the next glass.
Great IPA!

Mar 27, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

**
03/26/2021

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: bright yellow, light haze, wispy foamy white head. very good retention.

AROMA: raw barley, veggie, light pine.
TASTE: veggie, grains. light woody finish. not unpleasant, but just a bit blah.
FEEL: very good carbonation. light airy feel, light body.

Very clean and well crafted, but just a bit weak in the flavor department.

**

Mar 26, 2021
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profpilky from New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/10/20

Delicious hoppy beer that looks and smells like a true IPA. Tastes like a new beer with every sip, just a lot of depth here. The subtle fruit is balanced well with hoppy bitterness. Another great get from MBC

Mar 06, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A gentle IPA. Clear golden pour with a solid cap of foam that laces nicely. The flavor profile is very mild--modest IBU--with tropical and citrus, and without aggression. Light-bodied beer that seems like a spring-summer natural, though my tasting was in January. Not as flavorful as some of Maine's other IPAs, but eminently pleasant.

Jan 13, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/17/2020

Clear golden copper with large-bubbled white head. Spotty lacing and a full cap.
Strong grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine aromas.
Bracing citrus hop bitterness, orange, pine, light coconut, good balance of hops to pale malt.
Light bodied, dry finish, good carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste, easy to drink the 1 pint 9 oz. bottle too quickly.

Nice fruity WCIPA,

Dec 27, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another solid offering from Maine...

Reminds me of an old school IPA from 10 years ago...

Nice touches of bitterness...the bottle was a little older than I would've liked but it still maintains a solid IPA character..

Lunch still reigns as their go to IPA but this is nice as well...I'm not a huge fan of their format and the price point that goes along with it...as a sixer I would have no issue paying $10-12 for this but at $7.99 per bottle it needs to be upper echelon...

Dec 21, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single bottle at Bradford's in Plymouth for about seven dollars. My fifth brew reviewed from these guys. This was very good, dinged for price point & MBC's ridiculous single-bottle distribution (I only buy when returning lots of empties, & I have other beers @ home).

Dec 21, 2020
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange. Excellent bright white pillowy head retention. Tangerine and tropical gummy worms on the nose. This just tastes like a Maine Beer Company offering in that presented in an elegant way. It's light and not at all aggressive. It's tropical citrus up front - I get orange pez (without the pez texture), starfruit, and a little pineapple that evolves into a bitter black licorice, anise note that doesn't really get into the bad characteristics of black licorice and anise. It's minty mentholy. It's got chewy malt character that isn't heavy in like a Port Brewing way. It's still characteristically MBC in every way, which shows that MBC can use these new school hops in a way that is tame, complex, elegant, and drinkable.

Dec 19, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tall glass. Bottled 11/10/20, so 5 weeks old.

Looks great in the glass. Hazy amber body with good carbonation. Big craggy bright white head leaves excellent lacing.

Hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus.

On tasting, a nice hoppy bitterness resting on a firm malt bed. A little orange and grapefruit. Also a touch dry.

Mouth close to full, finish dry, but also mouth watering. Bursts of citrus bitterness.

Overall, another very good brew from Maine Beer.

Dec 18, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber / yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, a bready quality, and pine.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish; a solid backbone), a decent bit of citrus fruit (orange and lemon, in particular), some pine (just enough to make things interesting), a little of the bready quality (a subtle presence), a good shot of hops (the dominant force here). A solidly done, focused, and likable flavor. Pretty tasty stuff.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a dry, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A good old-fashioned, well made IPA. Worth a try.

Dec 16, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a hazy APA or IPA. Nicely sharp and bitter but easy drinking with a bit of citrus and herbal hoppiness.

A - hazy orange yellow
S - spicy with some underlying sweet knock out rose/blossom.

Dec 06, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle dated 11/10/20. Sampled Dec 3, 2020.

A cloudy golden-amber pour with a modest, lasting white head. Lacing.

Aromatic for sure. I get mango, tropical fruit, pineapple, resin, and a breadiness underneath it all.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

Sweet then bright hoppy finish. Crisp. Clean. A nice beer all around.

Dec 03, 2020
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 128 ratings