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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

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602
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2,449
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at "The Pony Bar" in NYC.

I'd been wanting to try this one forever since it's #2 in the American Amber/Red category here on BA right below my favorite, "Nugget Nectar."

Served in an 8oz. shaped-glass.

A: Poured a glistening amber color, with a slight chill haze, and with a head that had huge, almost chunky bubbles.

S: Pow hop fruitiness with a good bit of yummy red velvet cake batter in the mix as well. Nice malt to ALMOST equal out the hops. Bold, assertive, and fresh!

T: Almost as intense as "Nugget Nectar" with quite a bit of hop sizzle and interesting malt bill, with a bit of warm candy-coated alcohol thrown into the mix. Excellent!

M: Bitter and very hoppy, but I dug the nearly dark, chocolatey malt undertow. The lacing was moderate to substantial and my palate was totally coated with hoppy, pixie stick dust candy!

O: Man, this one gives the Troegs a run for its money and I think if I were to have access to it all the time, it my become an "old shoe" the way "Nugget Nectar" does when the season rolls around.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour. Even though this classified as an amber/red there really isn't a hint of that color in its appearance. Strong head and good lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with some chocolate malt. Taste is started and finished with malt with hops appearing somewhere in the middle to end. Lots of layering and well done beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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Photo of herman77
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MarkF150 for this great extra. Bottled 6/28/12

A: Pours a dark amber, super hazy amber. Pretty much brown and you can't see through it. Big light tan head that looks really thick and frothy. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly toasted carmel malt. Grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Has a nice sweet perfume aroma.

T: Big backbone of lightly toasted carmel and biscuity malts that are very prevalent all the way through. Almost a honey like sweetness to the malt profile. Good dose of citrus, grapefruit, floral and just a tad bit of earthy hops to provide an excellent balance. Nice sweet and semi hoppy finish that is not dry.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Awesome hoppy amber. Hands down the BEST of this style I've ever had. Great drinkability. Think I actually prefer this over Lunch.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. (clearly unfiltered)

S- Great hop character, citrus/tropical fruits, some resinous varietals as well

T- great flavor profile. Hop bitterness is accentuated by the caramelized malts, some citrus flavor present as well

M- Full bodied, and not overly carbonated.

O- an excellent beer by an up and coming brewing company out of Maine! I really liked this one (usually like my beers filtered)

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Photo of bosox941827
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into Harpoon Imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted. Bought from the refrigerated case at Table & Vine W. Springfield, MA.
A - Pours a cloudy, amber/dark brown, nearly opaque with a thin film of persistent head on top that hangs all the way down the glass.
S - hops with a bit of malt in the background; I know there are Simcoe in here from the website, and that is right on with the aroma; might have guessed Amarillo too, but alas....
T - If I had closed my eyes when trying this I would have guessed it was a Black IPA; the hops are *in your face* and are very earthy and chewy, especially on the front end. It's seriously like eating a bowl of hops. The aftertaste is absolutely delicious, with a mouth-drying, soapy effect that is well-balanced by the malt bill. Very, very tasty. Alcohol is only slightly detectable as the beer warms.
M - Mouth-filling; very smooth (bottle-conditioning); finish completely dries out the tongue. Front-end has this almost gritty feel to it (not in a bad way).
O - Surprising beer; "amber/red ales" are not my favorite but I bought this b/c of the brewery. Glad I did - another great one by Maine Beer.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ox botle int pint glass
A- deep reddish amber, nice large whit ehead stays for a bit
S - nutty and malty
T - the perfect amber ale, very nutty, whit a little hoppy bite
M - crisp and clean
O- perfect amber ale, I never find them super enjoyable, but this is such an excellnt beer

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with aboutthree fingers of off white head that lasted several minutes with medium lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops, maybe some other fruits like apple maybe?? Toasted malts were also present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Well balanced medium bodied beer, taste of hops and toasted malts with a faint sweetness in the backround.

Overall: Personally not a big fan of reds, but this was a well crafted beer and credit is due were needed. I did enjoy this brew, but won't buy again myself. I can see why it gets high marks, and people that really like reds will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, I was looking forward to trying this as I had 2 other beers by Maine Beer and they were both enjoyable. I tasted this chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is deep crimson w/ copper hues and light haze with thick 2 finger light beige head with tight bead. I really love the aroma as it stands out from other amber ales I have had recently with some fruity and hoppy floral notes with slight ruby red grapefruit odor and a sweet pine tinge accents the subtle malt in the nose. The feel is great -mostly dry, semi-bitter with slight nuttiness and hint of malt sweetness with semi-high carbonation and bitter dry finish.

The taste has a light toast and cocoa-nuttiness with a mild tinge of citrus zest and pine hop flavoring. The hop flavors do add a slight chalkiness to the middle with mild bready malt coming into its own with subtle biscuit-like essence bu a nice interplay of the hops with mostly grapefruit flavor in the finish. Overall this kind of amber is kind of a red IPA as is has a very spicy and highly hopped example of the American Amber style which can range from dull and almost a brown to this style which is hop forward and yet still has a nice backbone of malt. I can't say enough good things about this it was as good as I hoped it would be with a nice refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 2 weeks ago, bought at Winooski Beverages. Pours dark brown with abundant soapy off-white head. English hop and rich malts aroma. Soft mouthfeel, though bitterness erases the palate in the finish. Toasty malt. Very drinkable and tasty.Lots of thick lace.I could have bought more!

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had Zoe from a bottle that was not even a month old.
However, the difference from bottle to draft was a huge difference.

Had this on tap at the dirty truth in Northampton on a beautiful summers day.

The pour is a nice dark red, almost brown. Which really leads me to my next point that.. Maine Brewing calls this an amber but its really its own category of greatness.

There is so much going on in the taste of this beer. Spices that are also in the smell, citrus taste, bitterness (just the right amount) from the hops, as well as a roasted malt taste.

There is nothing I can really complain about in this beer.
Maine Brewing definitely knows what they are doing.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with 3 finger head that retains really well. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops, caramel, malt, some chocolate too maybe

T: Starts off with slight hop character, followed by caramel, malt, dark chocolate, finishes with hoppy bitterness

M: Smoooth~ and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. Smooth and creamy feel really make this beer stand out.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark for a red ale with a deep dark brown amber color, reminiscent of a more earthy red wine an brown sugar, and with a huge lightly maple syrup-drizzled head that lasts forever and leaves a nice sticky spatterwork of lacing on the side of the glass.
The beer smells thick with some great resiny pine hops and fruity grapefruit mango. There is also a light underlying mingle of sweet biscuit and caramel malts along with a ghost of chocolate.
The beer tastes fantastically balanced for a hop-forward red. The pine hops are definitely the big thing here, and leave a lovely pine taste in the mouth with hints of mango, nectarine, and grapefruit. This beer also delivers a lovely bit of caramel malts that put a nice sweet body to the bitter pine and balance the beer tremendously. The clash of the hops and the malt seems to make a slightly roasted taste that could be in the malt or just could be from the collision of flavors. Mouthfeel is cool and slightly jellying, yet very smooth and clean on the tongue, only leaving a light cloying pine hop linger and lots of clean saliva lining the mouth. There is a slight tingle of carbonation which is definitely present in the beer, but it is not harsh at all.
Overall this is a supremely great red ale that I am very excited to live near. I still need to try Troëg’s Nugget Nectar, but as of now this is the best red I have tasted! I can guarantee I will be trying Peeper Ale (their summer seasonal) within the week!

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Photo of Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, dark brown with a 3-finger tan head into a 13-oz goblet. Good lacing. More head than when I had it on-tap earlier in the day.

S - Tropical fruit, pineapple, dark herbal tea, caramel and hop floral. Pleasant and moderately saroma, which was just a bit less strong than on-tap.

T - Nice sweet and spicy caramel malt with a bit of chocolate, which is quickly followed by a bitter hop bite and more earthy spice. The aftertaste includes sweet malt, pepper and some lingering grapefruit zest. Very flavorful and rich tasting.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation yield a velvety smooth feel like an oatmeal stout. It's a bit prickly as it dries. I really enjoyed the substantial feel.

O - A very fine brew. Smells, tastes and feels great. Kind of pricy but I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in an in person trade with Hayesez, thanks Erik!

This is to complete my first week of my holidays. We had nice warm weather in the weekend so i figured this was a good one to try.

Poured in a Duvel glass this beer is perfect. Very deepdark ambercoloured beer with a very nice head which leaves some lacing after a while. Nice carbonation visible.

Smell of pineapple. Nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of carbonation. This is one hell of a beer for a warm day!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Purchased in Portland, bottled 10 days ago.

A - Pours a very dark auburn with about a finger of dense off-white head. Darkest beer in this style that I have seen. Leaves an amoeba lacing

S - Intoxicating blend of malts; sweet and bready. Citrus hops round it out. Some spiciness that reminds me of a rye beer.

T - Starts with a big citrus punch and mellows with sourdough malts. Herbs and bitter hops on the finish with a clean aftertaste. Different and impressive.

M - Extremely smooth with a creamy feel. Drinks easily, but too full bodied to drink several.

O - I was happy to find this beer so fresh on a trip to Maine. In the vast sea of hoppy ambers, this one isn't aggressively hopped and allows the malts to shine. Shows great balance as well as complexity in the malt profile. Hops are certainly present but don't overpower. This is one fantastic beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1382nd review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Pils (Mike Ditka)
500ml

Couldnt read the bottle date

Thanks to RudZud and Jlindros for this one

App- Dark amber, almost caramel mixed with cola brown. A huge creamy off white/tan head with a good 2-1/2 fingers stuck around for a long time. Nice and thick cling and lace.

Smell- A bit full on the nose of caramel malts. A little hoppy but seemingly one sided with only tinges of citrus.

Taste- Its a very nice beer, I would say its a poor mans NN. Has striking citrus with a more tropical note and moves into a creamy malt flavor with some bitter. Not going to steal the show, very solid and drinkable.

Mouth- A little bit thick for me. Needed to come down a bit to let flavors mingle a little bit better. The medium body was good, but a bit thick and chewy on the carbonation.

Drink- Overall, a good beer. My 2nd from Maine and they are doing a nice job up there. Flavorful and pretty balanced. Would have this one again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with 040512 on the side. Pours a dark chestnutty brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and floral with a nice overall sweet smell. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet caramel & brown sugar, and some earth. Floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Not too much of an alcohol presence. Drinks very easily. Overall, not the best hoppy Red I've had, but certainly one of the best.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep amber color with a 4-finger pillowy tan head. Nice retention but not really any lacing until I started nearing the end of my glass. Slightly hazy with a good amount of bubbles from what I can see.

S - Toasted and caramel malts with grapefruit, grassy, and floral hop aromas. A faint hint of maple syrup in here, as well. Well-balanced between the malt and hops.

T - Starts with a big sweet caramel and toasted malt presence and builds to a bitter hop taste with grapefruit, orange, and earthy notes. The two flavors are somewhat separated between the start and the finish, but they are equally balanced in intensity.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. The alcohol is very well-hidden, as there’s not really any sign of it.

O - This is a very well-done amber ale. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced in the aroma and the taste, and it has a great mouthfeel. One of my only complaints is the lack of clarity, but it doesn’t diminish from the rest of the beer. This is a tasty, very drinkable beer that I’m glad I got to try. Next time I come back home to Massachusetts, I’ll look for more Maine Beer Co. beers.

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Photo of palma
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet color body. Frothy tan head lasts forever.

Aroma is more hoppy than expected. American hops. Very cascade like. West coast memories. Citrus. Earthy malt aroma. Nutty. Remeniscent of some of the few more hoppier English brown ales. Maple syrup as the beer warms up. Unique.

Wow flavor is great. Not too hoppy as the nose might lead you to believe. More malt forward here especially up front and definately more so for an American amber ipa. light biscuit notes. Rum, some raisin, juicy. Finishes with a pungent strong, yet very clean bitterness all at an american ipa caliber. I wouldnt call this beer highly complex but the balance is amazing. Excellent play between with the hops and malt going on here.

7.2 abv but goes down more like a five O.

Color of the beer and the aroma make this beer very intriguing especially after you taste it. An excellent offering. Looking forward to one day visiting the brewery for this one on tap.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass. fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty. medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't beat down doors trying to get more, but i will happily pick it up if and when i happen across it again.

(originally reviewed: 06-10-2011)

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head of light tan/mocha foam. Large bubbles which stick around and become rocky. Body is a new funky brown that reminded me of root beer when I poured it. Now it has some good red to it. Deep colors. Solid lacing.

S - Very smooth and sweet hops. There is an unknown fruit that could be a green grape but on the opposite side of a wine scent. Maybe it is apple.

T - Fresh and hoppy. Some darker malt flavors but the mouthfeel makes it lighter. Hops are harsher than on the nose. More of a rind bitterness.

M - The carbonation is high but body is light and makes this taste refreshing.

O - An interesting beer that has a lot of new aspects I have never experienced before. Decent all around, but not something I would need to seek out again.

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Photo of suspect
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger latte colored head that disappears very slowly. Lacing is thick, consistent and super sticky.

S: Very nice malt mixture perks up first in the nose followed by slight hop zest and resiny blend that almost smells like a faded IPA.

T: Follows the nose and brings with it flavors of a faded IPA with a nice malt blend that again makes me unsure of whether I'm drinking an amber or an old IPA. Malt blend is most definitely the highlight.

M: Thick mouthfeel, hop oils coat the mouth making me reach for more. Bitter finish.

O: This is a solid beer but again, not one that is amazing. Maine seems to be brewing up some solid, not risky, beers.

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