Black Barn Program No. 13
Maine Beer Company

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Blonde Ale - American
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3.69 | pDev: 8.67%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazed golden blonde colour, topped with that signature MBC loose, fluffy, sticky white head with amazing retention, leaving impressively tenacious lacing as it slowly deflates. Some lazy effervescence is visible.

Nose: Interesting malt profile here. Very pale, and very grain-forward. Definitely some pilsner malt influence - raw, grainy, and just a touch of sweet caramel. The hop bouquet is an exquisite work of art. Ripe blood orange, Meyer lemon, ripe strawberry, passionfruit, alphonso mango puree, intense pine sap, an endlessly complex floral arrangement, and some fresh green grass in the background. It's delightfully complex and aromatic.

Palate: While the aroma strongly hints at this being an IPA, once you taste it, the blonde ale nature really comes forward. The malt is so delicate and fragile, lending just enough of a grainy bed to stack the hops over. As a result, the beer is essentially bone-dry. The hops, while shiny and fresh, are also dialed back, as to not completely obliterate the palate. Quite grassy and zesty, with lemon, lime, and orange peel, with a kiss of pine and a subtle earthy component. A delightful Saaz hop spiciness emerges, along with that classic German hop floral note. A kiss of pink grapefruit peeks in and out, and there's a whisper of dank overripe stone fruit underneath it all, which eventually fades to the resinous Saaz and Magnum bitter notes that wrap it all up.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is delicate and crisp, sporting a light, airy body - incredibly drinkable and refreshing, but never thin or watery. The effervescence is racey and zippy, giving the beer additional lift. It's overall crispness is further enhanced by the complete lack of malt sweetness, and it's ultimately dry delivery.

Overall: A particularly enjoyable and unique Black Barn series release from MBC. While it may blur the stylistic lines and not quite fit the mold of a textbook "blonde ale", it certainly offers an incredibly refreshing experience with a unique hop profile, and an absolutely divine aroma. The aroma is the star of the show here. Nevertheless, amidst these sweltering summer days, I'm hard pressed to think of a more refreshing, thirst quenching ale.

Aug 27, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a small white head. Leaves a good bit of lacing before settling into a thin ring.

The aroma is grainy with some mild citrus and pine. Pretty boring and straightforward.

The flavor is the same: Lots of grains with some citrusy hops and a subtly earthy finish.

The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Drinkable and crisp.

Overall, this is an ok Blonde ale. It's very accessible and drinkable without much flavor. Not bad but not really good either.

Aug 12, 2020
Black Barn Program No. 13 from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 4 ratings