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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
733
Ratings:
4,966
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
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1,192
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1,330
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Photo of dexterk1
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance upon pouring is dark orange or maybe light brown. Head was relatively thick on this pour. Good lacing.
Smell was a mix of citrus and green. Some pine and a little malt as well.
Taste is s very nice blend of pine, bitter citrus and a small amount of sweet from the malt. Well balanced and had a nice finish. Al little fruitiness comes through as well(besides the citrus). Mouth feel is about middle of the road for body. Some nice depth.
Overall another excellent beer from Maine Brewing. I have liked every one of there beers I have had. Well balanced with some nice pine and citrus notes. Great all around.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head fades rather quickly leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of tropical fruit smell of tangerine, pineapple, and papaya mixed with a nice aroma of a ruby red grapefruit. Along with the grapefruit are aromas of a pine and slightly grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins a much drier than anticipated flavor with some slightly bready and crackery flavors mixed with a moderately strong grapefruit hop. As the taste advances, the grapefruit remains at a relatively constant level with the light level of sweetness that was present upfront (lighter tangerine and tropical fruit flavor) fading and being replaced by more hop flavors. The hop flavors that replace the sweet are a mix of a grassy and pine flavor, with the combination of flavors leaving a nice crisp somewhat drier blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is lighter side for a beer of 7 % abv with a carbonation level that was rather average. For the crisp feel of the brew, in conjunction with the drier flavors the slightly thinner body and moderate carbonation were quite nice as they made it quite refreshing and crisp all while not compromising the nice fruit and hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – A nice and tasty IPA that is a bit on the drier side but has a great flavor and drinkability. Quite nice.

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Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/03/2014 date.

A- Pours amber/orange with a large fluffy white head. Lots of fluffy lacing remains.

S- Pine, citrus, sweet malts. Slightly dank. Classic good IPA scent.

T- Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced malty backbone. No alcohol taste to speak of really.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. A great bitter aftertaste.

O- A wonderful IPA. Will have again when I can find it.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear copper hue with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Piney hops, caramel malts, tropical fruit, lemon zest.

Taste - Nice bitter hit of piney hops. Sweetness of caramel malts and tangy tropical fruit shines through. Nice moderate bitterness overall.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable American IPA with a level of bitterness that satisfies both hopheads and non-hopheads alike.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

I enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is beautiful golden w/ sunny straw hue with voluminous bone white head and fine bead with thick lace and great retention 5. The smell is very citrus scented with mild tropical tangy fruit aroma with grapefruit and light floral hop notes with subtle toasted malt accent. The feel has a texture that is moderately bitter with light astringency and gentle malt sweetness with the perfect amount of juicy resinous body with moderate carbonation that keeps the malt in check with very dry finish and no alcohol noticeable.

The taste has tons of hops w/ the right complexity -blend of citrus and tropical flavors of grapefruit with mild malt adding a very gentle toasted taste with some sweetness on the palate and yeast adds a slight creaminess with gentle fruity orange-like accent with a peppery spice aspect which adds to the subtle dry yet bitter and very enjoyable quality to the finish. Overall this is on of the best IPA's in the realm of standard American style ales: Truly a work of liquid art -Kudos Maine!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this ipa. Solid in every aspect, a well crafted representation of the style and a silky feel as well. Not as flavorful as some of the more readily accessible ipa's around but the mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy orange liquid. No carbonation visible. Frothy white head. Sticky lace everywhere. Persistent head.
S- blast of citrus, than dank and piney hops, sweet with a hint of caramel.

T- initially tastes like the session ipas going around... Light but bursting with resinous hops... The citrus is gone. More of an earthy hop taste. Some lingering sweet caramel.

M- lighter than I like. Thin mouthfeel like session ipas. Fierce bitterness that lingers and bites.

O great nose, good flavor. But the price and the thinness make it closer to a 4 than a 5.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, just over a month old, so I guess that means that we (me and the beer) are good to go!

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves a fair bit of layered dried sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat dank leafy pine resin, muddled quotidian citrus rind, pineapple cores, a soft mixed berry fruitiness, white chalk, gritty biscuity and crackery pale malt, and a further mineral stoniness. The taste is quite hoppy, but more fruity than bitter - orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime drink powder - that same chalky character from the nose, lightly toasted pale malt, a subdued Werther's Original sweetness, and a weakening pine and leafy astringency. No sign at all of the 14-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly-wound frothy sense, the body a so-so medium weight, and plainly smooth, the exact nature of the hops precluding any interference here. It finishes quite dry, the fruitiness rolling over, and that chalkiness persisting, amongst still edgy pine and leafy notes.

An interesting gutting of the West Coast IPA bitterness paradigm, while keeping the rest of the hop goodness well intact. The malt perhaps suffers in this one-sided focus, and that powdery/chalky character, while weird, is not really off-putting in the least. Another (or was it the first - I'm too lazy to look that up) decent IPA from this brewery - glad to see them available around here.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with a white head that retains and leaves ample lace.

Ample citrus aromatics. Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Underlying pine.

Not a whole of bitterness. More hop flavor going on. Tons of citrus and done pine. Medium body and carbonation.

Top notch IPA.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifer.

A: A hazy golden brown.

S: Sweet citrus aromas with a hint of pine.

T: Same as the smell. Sweet citrus with a piney bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the tongue and has a slight bitter finish.

O: Very good IPA. A very well balanced beer with a great citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is sweet candy, slight resin and pretty citrusy.
Taste follows the nose with tingling citrus flavors and sweet honey.
Not super complex but its extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a perfect lingering bitterness.
I did this side by side with dinner and preferred it SLIGHTLY.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a golden amber with a fairly tight white head and a good bit of lacing on the glass. Nose has a hint of grain and some sweet malt with a fair bit of citrus hop and lots of resin. Taste follows the nose, sweeter malt and lots of resiny hop. Citrus is mild, moderate bitterness, strong hop flavor but not the kind I love and gets a touch sweet. It is heavily carbonated, moderately soft but a touch of syrup.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milestone review (#500) and it came down to a Maine Beer Co. brew versus one from Green Flash. Since I am pretty pumped that we just got another wave of four Maine beers hitting Alberta, here goes. Different array of hops from Another Round and this one is rooted more firmly in citrus and herbal territory, with Another Round skewing more tropical and perhaps more pungent overall (see that review). This one is a cloudy lemon yellow with a rich beige head, a matrix of smaller bubbles encapsulated in a layer of larger ones. A remarkable fresh hop aroma greets the drinker, pineapple, mixed citrus and fresh spruce needles, resinous with hints of berry. Palate is a sublime mix of orange/grapefruit/tangerine/lime rind and juice, pineapple, rock candy, baby aspirin, sage, red berry, guava, and a whiff of burnt toffee. Largely a hop flavor and aroma showcase but with enough malt to add a balancing sweetness to the equation. Very bitter but said bitterness is ultra-clean, buttressing an assertive and juicy finish of mentholated cough candy, lime, and flower shop. Body on the low end of moderate with the carbonation on the high end. Another clear cut masterpiece from this brewery, sophisticated and nuanced yet bold of flavor. The worst thing anyone can say about these guys is the high price point, which frankly I will keep paying so long as the quality remains this high. The social and environmental initiatives these guys take only sweeten the deal.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/30/14 poured on 6/13/14. Picked this up for $7.99 at Whole Foods Union Sq.

Poured a very light beige color which was very interesting as I figured it would be darker simply because of the amount of hops plus the malt. Lacing was scattered on the glass but hung around for the entire drink. Very large frothy head.

Citrus taste with not an overwhelming amount of pine. This beer was not terribly intense or bitter which I appreciate. You could actually taste the malt backbone and sweet hops up front.

Incredibly crisp and clean with a very easy finish. Left me wanting sip after sip. Not too cloying.

The freshness was great. I guess its easy to create a beer with a bunch of hops, but it’s much more difficult to craft a beer with lots of hops that feels balanced but not sweet. Excellently done MBC.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A hazy orange amber with lots of tiny particles, slow tiny bubbles throughout feed a two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit on the nose, tangerine, grapefruit, over ripe pineapple, sweet orange, citrus all the way, very juicy, pine and vitamin C chewable's and just a hint of sweet malt but you gotta look for it

T lemon rind comes out of nowhere in a big way, more pine, less tropical fruit, just a little hard toffee, more rind, no real complaints but the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied, quite bitter, gritty, not quite foamy but airy, lots of rind lingering for ages

O I could've gone a little higher for smell or taste so a little higher here, very well rounded and has pretty much everything you look for in an IPA

Exactly a month old I'm feeling pretty lucky landing this in Alberta, I think this is my fifth beer from Maine and all have been great, I'm stoked to have 3 more to try

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Photo of fgmiele
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber..almost rusty orange.. Deep foamy white head with prominent lacing. Aroma is deeply citrusy and bitter..bright. Flavor is grapefruit, hops, bitter orange. Bold and intense..oily mouthfeel that's thick and chewy. Overall a full bodied IPA.

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Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly gentle pour generated a big foamy white cap. Lots of carbonation streaming up. Head lasted a decent amount of time before settling into a quarter inch blanket on top of an awesome copper orange beer. Lots of citrusy hops on the nose not much from the malt bill. Smells awesome. Taste is great. Lots of hops but no overpowering bitterness. This isn't a beer about power as much as it is about balance. I feel like its limited availability gives unrealistic expectations. Taste the beer not the hype, and this [email protected] is tasty.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 4/29/14 poured on 5/31/14. Pours hazy golden colored with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel maltiness, grapefruits, some orange peel. Flavor is a bit brighter. Sweet grapefruit and orange rind, some grassy vegetal hops that I like. Much fresher flavor than aroma. Very light bodied and drinkable with medium carbonation. Very nice. While this is a solid brew I’m not quite on the hype train for this one. With that said, would be happy to have again.

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Photo of toppoop
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out with a slight haze into a snifter forming a solid 2 inch head which sunk back in after a minute. Smells of pine, grapefruit, and prominent pineapple. Taste is a solid mix of pineapple and grapefruit with the latter in the finish with a bit of bitterness. This brew tingles the taste buds hitting the front of the tongue and palate most. Overall a very solid IPA which I would highly recommend.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy, dark honey; pillowy, 2 finger white head; great lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and pine

T: pine and pineapple up front; some malt sweetness in the med-palate; some bitterness, but it doesn't dominate; sweet clementine along with the bitterness during a long finish;

M: medium bodied; carbonation is perfect; really easy to drink; dry finish;

O: if I could get this beer regularly, I'd never drink anything else.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and vibrant orange with a spongy white head. Great retention.

Delicate aromas of orange and lemon zest, then some pine. Grainy malt accent.

The pine is heavier in the taste and duels with the orange and lemon. The lemon is long in the finish along with a sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

A very good IPA, though I have to say I was expecting a little bit more out of it based on what I've read. Very good, but not elite.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in colour, slightly hazy, with a foamy head that recedes to a creamy top.

The nose is slightly piney, but is dominantly sweet with citrus and earthy hops. Notes of orange, pineapple, and kiwi play very smooth over a slightly sweet malt.

The characteristics of this IPA taste as well-blended as they smell. The pine is more intense and adds a stronger bitterness than the nose, but overall the complex blend of hop flavours are extremely smooth. Slight sweetness from the malt balances this blend.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but well-bodied for this style.

This American IPA can stand up with some of the best, even if it's a little over-rated.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Deep golden pour with just over two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that retains quite nicely.

S: Grapefruit soda, fresh orange, malt character akin to toasted bread.

T: Pine, citrus, orange, bready malt. Bitter, dry citrus in the middle and a light caramel-like maltiness in the finish.

M: Dry, smooth, and silky, with a malt-driven cream-like character.

O: Very, very good. Maine's attempt at a west coast-style IPA certainly lives up to it's ambitions.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded willi becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold orange with some amber accents topped by a two and a half finger slightly off white fluffy, creamy white head. Fantastic retention with thick lacing that coat the glass all the way down. Mandarin orange, herbal notes including green tea and fresh cut grass, citrus blossom notes, some breadiness and grain. Starts with citrus and fruit notes, mandarin orange, kumquats, nectarines, fresh green tea, light floral notes. Some breadiness and grains midpalate and semisweet malt. Finishes semi dry with mildly bitter citrus rind and just a very light touch of caramel. Smooth, slick, silky mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. Wonderful! Lunch lives up to the acclaim for sure. A superb American IPA.

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