Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

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:
758
Ratings:
5,096
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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1,189
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Photo of Dools9
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh, bottled 11/18/12, poured into a Founders snifter. Yea kid.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color, nice three finger creamy head leaves nice lace and retains with a thin, tight cap.

S: Big, juicy orange and grapefruit, lots of citrusy hops, very swee tropical, a bit of pine and a nice malty, cracker, sweetness.

T: Getting mostly bitter orange rind, sweet tangerines and oranges. Also some resinous pine and a slight sour hop tang on the finish. Solid, malty backbone sweetness, very dry hoppy finish, really delicious stuff.

M: Light to medium, smooth medium carbonation, very, easily drinkable and goes down nicely.

O: Been searching for this one for a while and finally got my hands on some and damn, this is good stuff. Top 2 or 3 IPA for me. Now having completed the entire MBC brew lineup, I think its safe to say that these guys up in Portland mean business.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at RSVP in Portland on sale for $5 and some change for a 16.9 oz bottle. Per the label this was bottled two days ago :)

A - I poured lightly but it produced an immense head, beer was light almost amber in color, cloudy and unfiltered, head was three finger and frothy. After a few minutes it was reduced to one fingered light and airy with great lacing. Lace lasted thoughout the whole experience with a steady layer of head making the beer look lively and not ever flat. In fact the beer appears lively until the last drop, probably the best looking bottle conditioned IPA I've had.

S - great hop smell citrusy mostly grapefruit, sweet, piney, slight malt in background. Very fragrant, overall amazing nose. Making my mouth water.

T - All I can say is water has replaced the malt character that this beer sorely needs, maybe it's just me but it's certainly missing a lot of body. The taste is good but is lacking in comparison to the smell and appearance aspects. I get a good hop bitterness but the aroma hops I smell really don't come through as I would expect, they are there but take on a more grassy flavor over the beautiful nuances I was expecting from the nose. The taste generally lacks complexity.

M - Watery and slightly over carbonated. Does a great job at hiding the alcohol. This beer is 7% and from the taste and mouthfeel I would say this beer is sessionable, if only it came in 6/12 packs... It is certainly enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall I was let down from the taste, mainly from my own expectations and what I have heard of this beer, I was generally excited picking this up and seeing it was bottled 2 days ago.

But for what it is worth, it is a really good local IPA, which I could really dig if I wanted something of low complexity to enjoy with some casual fair and light conversation, or sitting by the pool in the summer, maybe a cigar with a connecticut shade wrapper to add to (or even escape) the flavor experience. For the price and format though I cannot see myself buying this again as there are many more examples in the segment that have a more fulfilling taste and a better price point.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to trevdawg

pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. loads of thick white head and crazy lacing. a lot going on here

juicy on the nose, fresh ripe tropical fruit. very potent

more bitter in the flavor but still very tropical as well. complex hoppiness and faint malt body allow this to shine.

not thin and not thick, just right. mild to moderate bite. stickiness and oil feel.

pretty impressed with this, i want more. like now.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden orange with a very slight haze. Carbonation bubbles are visibly raising from the bottom of the glass. An 1.5 inch off-white head sits atop and slowly dissipates while leaving spider web lacing all the way around the glass.

Aroma - The hops can be smelt as soon as you pop the bottle cap. Citrus and a resinous aroma comes to the forefront. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste - Citrus flavors abound in this one along with a slight resinous/piney flavors. Awesomeness all around.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, bitterness is on point. Goes down smooth land I can't stop sipping this one.

Overall - This is not only one of my favorite IPAs but one of my favorite brews. Love this stuff!!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/14/12.

This beer poured with a solid finer or two of head that dissipated fairly rapidly but leaving good lacing. Beer is clear with light to medium amber hues and fairly apparent carbonation.

The nose on this beer is nothing if not subtle. I get serious bready notes that are balanced with a distinct sour note with solid hints of pine.

This beer has some serious malt body! This quickly dissipates to a piney-grapefruit like flavor. I know that sounds like a really odd combination, but I LOVE IT. This is probably the most delicious IPA I have ever had.

This beer has serious presence and really fills the entire palate.

I will definitely be buying this beer again, like I said, perhaps the best IPA that I have ever had

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome extra from an awesome BA. Thanks! It may not be lunch time, but I poured this beautiful IPA into a Duvel tulip. Dated 081012. Larger than 2 finger off-white/yellow/straw colored head that sticks around for a while. As it falls it leaves minimal lace. Aroma is of simple sweet citra hops. Floral and lemony. Flavor is a bit more harsh and bitter. Still very floral with a little bit of pez sweetness. Body is great, full body and good carbonation.

Overall a quite nice beer. Nothing spectacular, but I feel it is a little different from anything else I have had, so I'm glad I got to try it. Would be nice to get a sip direct from the tap to see how that compares.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled date of 10/14/12 puts this at the freshest Maine Beer Co offering I have had at only about a month old. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with nearly 4 fingers of mostly white, somewhat yellowish stained head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves patchy to webby lacework on the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back on top.

The aroma of this brew is hoppy with fruity citrus elements that blend into strong herbs and grass. A bit of cheese and sulfur are also present mingling with the fruity elements. Grapefruit comes to mind here with a hint of pine and dank qualities.

The taste is predominantly citrus, pulp, zest and rinds of grapefruit and oranges. The hop flavoring comes first, with the bitter rind elements coming in after the fact. As the bitterness rests on the tongue, it gets to be quite herbal and shifts away from the citrus and fruit aspects. A bit of toasty grain is present along with a soft touch of neutral spirit-like alcohol. Across the back are some hints of minerals and more sulfur.

This is a medium bodied brew with ample carbonation. I had high expectations for this one based off of it's freshness and how I enjoyed their pale ale at 3 months old. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a let down and I think I give the nod to the pale ale over this ipa. While it is decent and without fault, I felt it came up a little short and was lackluster. I would pass on spending $8 for 500 ml again in the future.

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Photo of RichD
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 3/26/13 which means that this beer is a hint over 1 month old. Poured this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellowish orange color. There is an enormous, sudsy head which leaves a generous amount of lacing for the glass to collect.

S: I smell some serious citrus and a little bit of pine going on here. The citrus consists of mainly orange and grapefruit. I could smell this when I poured it. Awesome!

T: This is such a tasty brew. Orange and grapefruit with some piney undertones. I can taste some malts as well. This is such a balanced tasting brew. This is not as bitter to me as others may suggest. It may be due to this being the 2nd IPA I've had tonight.

M: A medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. No alcohol being tasted at all.

Overall: This is one of the best IPAs you'll ever have. By no means is this something that will blow your face off. This is a nice warm weather brew that you just enjoy. I've had this in the bottle and in a pint glass and it was delicious either way. I'll pay the 7 bucks for this almost every time.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazed deep yellowish orange color with good carbonation and head retention leaving a small white cap, nice bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Not very empowering on the nose. I do get some light citrus notes on the nose.

T: A very subtle taste, not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting a big hop fwd IPA but this is a balanced treat. Initial taste leaves some citrus; light orange peel, some grass with a light caramel backbone. Smooth, not overly bitter, just well rounded. Finish has a light hop bite, almost no booze with a grassy citrus, floral finish

M: Medium bodied, balanced, well carbonated.

O: Well done! I would have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack.

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

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very nice bright gold with a big fluffy white head and lots of visible carbonation. The first pour is very clear, with a bit of haze showing up as the bottle gets emptier.

S: Big citrus aromas, with pine and resin as well, and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Pine, resin, citrus hops, some tropical fruit and a bit spicy. Hop bitter in the hang that seems grassy. Nice hop bitter bite.

M: Thin body, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: Quite tasty, but falls short of the best in class. So far, I've had three brews from Maine Beer and been extremely impressed with all of them.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gehrig13 for the bottle!

Pours a murky light orange colour, with a soft white finger or so of head that dissipated somewhat quickly. The aroma was tropical, with some mango and citrus fruit, a touch of an almost orange juice aroma, slightly piny and resinous. Lots of tropical fruits on the taste, orange, pineapple, pine, a crisp and assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Upper light bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth and clean. Easy drinking.

Excellent IPA all around!

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

A - Pours a deep orange/amber color with puffy two finger white head.

S - Very citrusy nose, a bit of apple and honey. Very strong and aromatic. Great.

T - Mmm, on the taste, the citrus is balanced out with a solid piney hop presence that permeates throughout. Actually well balanced.

M - A bit dry, but full bodied and crisp.

Overall - An incredibly good IPA. Loved this one.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am from California, the land of big IPAs and hops hops and more hops...and this is seriously one of the finest of the style I've ever had.

Pours golden, could use a bit more head but passable lots of lacing, good color.

Nose is pure hop juice goodness, not too much simcoe, just enough - strawberries, a little grapefruit and fresh pine.

Taste is very geared, starts out refreshing and fruit-filled and moves on to a dry hopped bitterness...intense but not at all out of balance or overwhelming. Malt backbone carries it through incredibly well.

Mouthfeel is bright and not sticky.

Overall this is a truly world class IPA from a tiny brewery (brought this bottle back to SF with me from the brewery) outside of portland, ME. Well done guys.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 9oz / 16.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Bottling date of September 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the side of the front label (“090912 10”) and a note to drink within 90 days of the bottling date. That makes three and a half weeks after bottling (24 days), so I am heeding your advice, Mssrs Maine Beer Co.

Appearance (5.0): This immediately yields a solid four fingers of cream-colored head, very tight and foamy, sitting on top an orange-amber, perfectly cloudy body. The head leaves gobs and webs of lace all around the glass as it recedes, leaving a rocky cap in the middle. This is exactly my vision of the perfect American IPA, in terms of appearance.

Smell (4.5): Sweet citrus and some moderate resiny dankness predominate in the nose, immediately calling to mind passionfruit juice and fresh-cut pineapple. There’s a nice mix of mild caramel and bready tones that fill out the malt character here, too. That mix of citrus and slight catty / dank is just so good.

Taste (4.25): The hops are not as aggressive as I was expecting, which isn’t a bad thing. They come in as a mix of moderately sweet-citrusy and moderately bitter zest / pith. Lunch has a long, moderately bitter finish, which is pithy and herbal but bordering on vegetal, slightly oniony but not in a bad way. The malt body is relaxed but not totally out of the picture, adding a sturdy wheat bread kind of character and a bit of caramel—but the hops really do dominate. No alcohol or yeast notes to be found.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subdued carbonation, tingles slightly but is never prickly or coarse. The body is about exactly medium-bodied, not too slick or oily but with a pretty dry finish. This is good, not excellent in terms feel, but it certainly does the job.

Overall (4.5): This is an excellent IPA. I know it’s not weighted heavily here, but I’m a sucker for a really good-looking IPA, and this looks fantastic. It smells fantastic, too, and the taste is great—not perfection but I really can’t knock it much. Every IPA is different and this one does what it does very well: not blindingly bitter, but with a great flavor and a fantastically dry-hopped aroma, with a nice body and excellent look thanks to some good bottle conditioning. This is a great beer. Too expensive and hard to find to make it a regular, but a nice treat when it’s fresh.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-09-29 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately-hazy yellow-orange with a 2.5-finger pillowy white head and nice lacing.

S - Herbal/grassy, citrus, touch of peach, pine and maybe a faint hint of mint.

T - Elegant touch of hop forward grapefruit flesh and hop cone taste, then a very delicious lightly-tart orange, green apple, light grass and pale malt. Finishes with some really flavorful apple and orange/grapefruit sweet/tart/bitterness. A really well-balanced, subtle and flavorful brew. Not overly bitter and it doesn't need to be.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Crisp, prickly, lightly resinous, refreshing. Excellent.

O - The best Maine Brewing Company beer I've tried. Top-notch stuff. I want more.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 09/09/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a thick three-finger white head, leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, very vibrant, some pine and lightly bready malt. Smells great.

T- Citrus and tropical fruit, also a more pronounced caramel than was apparent in the nose. Caramel and orange are dominant until the finish, when a piney hoppiness takes over for a moderately bitter finish. A tiny hint of spice and alcohol is noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of BobZ
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with an amber haze, nice frothy head which builds to 1” to 1 ½” and recedes to a ¼”. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, as expected citrus and pine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit in all their hoppy glory. This is pine resin wrapped in bitter, bitter, grapefruit citrus. Fits the description of an IPA to a tee, actually more like a DIPA.

Mouth feel: Smooth with the hoppy bitter finish cleaning the palate with some bitter burn.

Overall: Very solid example of the style, not a style I love, but this beer certainly meets expectations.

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

500 ml bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to share a bottle of this with a friend that I bought from Tru Beer, a bottle shop in Northampton, MA. Nice find there! Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a two inch off-white head that laces well throughout and settles into a nice creamy-looking top. The aromas are rich tropical fruit, citrus, sawdust and a bit of malty sweetness. On the palate, it is full of flavor - pine sap, cedar, earthy spice and a nice counterbalance of ripe fruit; pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The finish is long and woodsy with a good bitterness bite. A bit overrated as I’ve had better IPAs, but this was a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gorgeous golden brown and murky, with a huge fat cream head with big patches of sticky lacing on the sides. The color is really gorgeous and I am loving the two finger width head that lasted for quite some time. The smell is beyond heaven with its fruity punch. Mango, papaya, and a wonderful pop of pine are the dominant smells here, but the malts are also there with a very slight biscuit. There’s even a slight bite of alcohol in the back of the smell, along with a classic bitter bite. On the taste there is a lighter bite of fruit. Mango and papaya are still dominant, but there is also the classic tinge of grapefruit in the taste. Malt is light and biscuity, but definitely a side show to the delicious hops of this beer. Mouthfeel is also to die for with velvety smoothness. Carbonation is effervescent in the start, but mellows out instantly into a sweet caress on the tongue. The mouth is left with some nice saliva along the sides of mouth and great dry bitter streak on the top and bottom of the mouth. The afterfeel is a little too dry for my taste, but still pleasant. Overall this is an awesome IPA with terrific fruitiness and a dry streak. This is a must drink, and is up there with the best IPA’s of the East Coast. This one doesn’t top Heady Topper, obviously, but it is quite tasty and a tremendous example of the style. Drink this beer.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wanted to revisit this beer. The first time I had it, I was just getting into IPAs, and it blew me away.
My first sip was solid grapefruit. I mean like James Cagney smashing a half grapefruit into your face. I think the beer was too cold, because as it warmed up I got more of the skunky/ganja/pine hops that I remembered from the first time. The finish was dry and short, and left you wanting another sip as soon as you finished the first one! This is an amazing "East Coast" IPA from a one barrel, eco-friendly brewery. It is a hidden gem, and you should seek it out wherever possible.
Bottle marked 8-10-12, one month old when I tried it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden color. The head was white and had a good retention and a nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer has a piney resin like aroma and a subtle malt sweetness in there. That taste of the beer has a good spicy flavor from the hops. It's got a decent balance of flavor blended with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is tingly and remains smooth at the same time with a subtle booze kick. Overall this is a good beer, one of the best from this company this far.

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Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor.

Pours a hazy honey gold with moderately active carbonation. Some light sediment (yeast, I think) at the bottom of the bottle creates some interesting swirls in the glass. Thick, 2-finger lighter cream head. Nice retention and thin lace round out an attractive glass of beer.

Nose is mainly grapefruit and lighter floral hops. Slight hop burn. Very nicely done.

Grapefruit hits right up front and finishes with a strong, sour grapefruit kick. You can almost feel the pulp here, it's that forward. Good malt backbone, but none of the malt pushes through in the flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

Feel is solid and substantial. Grainy and filling.

Wish I could get this more often.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9 fl oz bottle courtesy of valdieu2. bottled on 8/10/12 and poured into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, light amber color that becomes a golden shade around the edges. gave me a massive, 3 finger, dense, rocky head upon pouring that eventually calmed back to a finger of thick, off white foam. a really fantastic looking beer.

s - fresh grapefruit and orange citrus, grassy, faint toffee.

t - big fresh citrus notes over a lightly sweet, bready malt base. notes of grapefruit, orange, flowers, and maybe just a hint of pineapple. hop bitterness is piney in nature, but doesn't dominate the palate or hang on the tongue like many others. finishes crisp and dry.

m - lighter side of medium in body with the right amount of carbonation. a fine co2 profile lends a creamy smoothness to this brew.

o - this is a damn fine beer and one that falls in the supremely drinkable category. goes down easy and it's so good that i have to make myself slow down and enjoy each sip. worth seeking out.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch IPA deserving, I believe, of its much-heralded status. If this was more easily accessible, and a bit lower in price, I could easily see making this a staple.

Pours light gold, just a touch of haziness, with a big fluffy white head that settles down slowly. Nice lacing. Truly exceptional aroma, perhaps the finest aspect of this beer; vivid floral, perfumy, herbal notes; pine; tropical fruit; light biscuit sweetness underneath. I could just cram my nose in the glass and sniff this one all day.

The flavor is also very nice if not up to the all-world status of the nose. Again there is a fruity tropical mango/pineapple/passion fruit aspect intermingled with floral and pine notes and a lot of other subtle hop characteristics. Gentle biscuit malt backbone that never overshadows the hops but supports them beautifully. Very artfully blended; extremely tasty hop variety combination; lovely balance of malt and hops overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Finish is dry, with a lingering aftertaste that’s more flavorful than bitter. Tropical fruit and flowers linger on the tongue.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, a nicely creamy feel. This is totally drinkable, full of flavor and finesse, putting a lot of the more heavy-handed hoppy beers to shame in my estimation. Get one and get it fresh if you can!

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4.33 out of 5 based on 5,096 ratings.
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