Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that settles so slowly that a dome lasts throughout the tasting and it leaves lots of fluffy lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy but an attractive dirty gold color.

Pleasant fresh, bitter hop. Attractive, but I cannot detect the malt.

The hop is the story of this beer as to be expected. There is also a strong alcohol bite to the taste. The malt is present but plays second fiddle. The body is spot on. Pretty good combination for me. A classic IPA.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber orange, with about 3 fingers of white, pinkish head. The head lasts a while, before slowly dying away. There's substantial lacing along the edge of the glass.

S - Delicious smell, lots of tropical fruits and some piney resin. Quite a smell, one that I haven't had in a while on this coast.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell in content, but it's a bit weaker than the smell. Lots of fruity hoppiness, but there's a bit of malt to balance it out in the finish.

M - Solid mouthfeel. The finish is good, and the carbonation is very pleasing.

Overall, this is another wonderful beer from Maine Beer Co. I'm a huge Zoe fan, and I now consider myself quite the Lunch fan!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot #05.18.11

Pours a golden amber color with a wicked huge fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate (probably my biggest complaint on the looks because it takes forever and held me up from drinking it), leaves a good deal of patchy lacing.

Smell is terrific for an IPA, the nose is hugely pine and grapefruit with the edge going to the pine, citrus makes a good presence, eventually the hop front melds with a caramel malt backing as part of the "afternose".

Taste is definitely on the hoppy side, starts out with a resiny hop bitterness that calls on the pine, the citrus and grapefruit that was part of the nose is not as heavily prevalent in the taste, for as much head that was produced the carbonation seems rather low or soft (maybe the excessive head took all the carbonation away), eventually the caramel malt backing takes hold before leaving an aftertaste of bitterness.

Another good beer from MBC, they have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber body with a huge, creamy white head. Retention is pretty much too good, I am waiting to drink it. Nice thick lace webs down the glass.

S- Aroma has a very nice hop presence. Hops have a nice tropical fruit feel, citrus, pine and some floral.

T- Nice hops once again. A good deal of pine and floral but the citrus and fruit still come through. Malt lends some sweetness.

MF- Creamy lighter-end body with a smooth feel to it. Finish is pretty bitter.

Kind of feels like a mix of West and East coast, bringing a nice balance. Somehow I get a cotton candy feel out of it but it really is a nice beer. Reminds me of the late Uber Sun.

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

Big thanks to jmu500 for this one!

looks like angel juice. caramel apple hue with tangerine highlignts. thick, billowy, pillowy, chunky, meringue-like head a few fingers high lasts longer than I thought possibe and leaves solid lacing. a touch more lace and this would be a 5.

pine, grapefruit, tangelo and starfruit. hints of tropical fruit hop aroma without being over-the-top pineapple and crap. This smells amazing. like perfumed hop elephants. sweet clover honey and a hint of malt hint at some balance. but damn... this smells amazing. I could inhale this all day.

pine hops up front, with apple, caramel, and toffee behind. rich malt backbone is stronger on my tongue. so is a bit of boozy heat? weird. only 7%? tastes a bit hotter. unless my mind has been blown by the hoppy aroma. more lush piney hops finish it out, leaving a pleasantly sweet bitter hop finish.

mouth is fluffy and almost billowy in my mouth. which sounds odd. but it works pretty damn well with the flavors. ample carbonation - almost a touch high - but somehow it works. a hint slick, but settled down by a lightly drying finish.

damn. This is definitely going to be a permanent ISO. I've had pliny more times than i can count, and I think this blows it out of the water. the only problem is that I don't have any more.

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Photo of Sebowski
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks really good. Full thick creamy head. Big ol bubbles. Caramel coloring.
Smells like an IPA. Hoppy, Piney, IPA
Tastes like it smells. Hoppy, piney, little bitter, and delicious.
Good mouthfeel. Mostly dry.
Glad I got to have one of these. Good stuff. Hope I come across it again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find a bottle of this at Spirit Haus in Amherst!

Poured a nice amber color with a very good inch or more of white fluffy head.

Aroma was crazy pine and grapefruit. This reminded me of all those west coast beers that seem to make most east coast IPAs sort of weak in comparison. The gap is bridged with this beer as I was absolutely blown away by the nose of this brew. I felt like someone was torturing me by thrusting my face into a bag of hops over and over again. Such sweet torture.

Flavor was piney, citrusy, grapefruit and resiny delicious. Medium-bodied without being too sweet and very nicely balanced. I love being able to enjoy this beer 18 inches before my mouth reaches the glass, thats how good this beer smells! Hits all the marks in flavor and easily comes out near the top as one of the best IPAs I've had from here in New England..ever.

Good on ya Maine Beer Company! Love the expansion of both the brewery and the styles you're adding. I'm psyched to be able to find these beers down here in MA after leaving Maine.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed amber leading with some gold edges. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and sticky as can be. Great lacing and the head retention is impressive.

Smell: Nose is aggressive on the hops without being in your face. Loads of citrus up front, but a nice touch of pine brings it around and rounds it all out. Malts pack a nice surprise, bringing some touches of biscuit/bread to the party. A touch of sweetness from the malts as well.

Taste: Almost a spot on match for the nose. The hops linger and provide a solid bitterness, but the malts act as a countering sweetness and balance the whole thing out. This is definitely a balanced IPA and definitely inline with the "East coast" style.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full. Carbonation is almost perfect for my take on the style. Drinks super smooth. Maybe some dryness near the end of the beer.

Overall: My first take on this beer was that it was mindblowing. I decided to drink a second bottle to make sure. the second bottle showed me that it's not a knock-your-socks-off kind of beer, but it's extremely well balanced and delicious to boot. Probably one of the best examples of the East coast IPA, and at $7-$8 for the 500mL, it's a solid find.

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Photo of sitarist
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another blind review via the blind bif, thanks to Brez07.

Pours a beautiful sunset color. Thick off white head that lasts awhile, webs of lacing. This is one nice smelling IPA! Tropical fruits, and citrus. Imagine a hop marmalade if you will. The flavors follow the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and pepper. Light to medium body, it is just a little thin for my liking. Its a bit warm. An easy drinking, straightforward IPA. It goes down fast an easy!

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

16 ounce bottle

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, top notch medium tan head...Impressive staying power! Another great looking beer from these guys, even a blob of dense meraingue staying behind seemingly forever...loads of thick sheeting, window panes of lacing..nice

Moderatly citric, hopped up nose.

Fresh and fragrant, with notes of lemony hop goodness, light tropical fruits, maple sweetness and bready notes to balance out this stunner...How come I have not heard more about this brewery?!? and where can I get more of their brews?!?

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head into my glass. The head is probably the best part of the appearance.

Highly aromatic with a citrus hop kick (Cascade?) to greet the nose. Obviously, it's an IPA! I wonder if the taste is equally as appetizing?

Crisp and followed by a grapefruit knockout. The low ABV helps here as it doesn't overwhelm the taste buds with excessive alcohol heat, etc. Buttery malt.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt all around. No harsh flavors. Just pure hoppiness.

As I said, highly enjoyable and strongly drinkable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "lot 051811" which I'll assume is a bottled on date.
Served in a pint glass.
Thanks to Baconsausage for sending this one my way!

Dark golden orange with a HUGE brilliant white head. The retention on this is amazing. The lacing too is incredible. Huge sudsy bubbles form a rocky cap of foam and hang in wild 3D chunks that look great. This is a 5 for appearance.

The smell is amazing-- like an amped up version of Zoe! Lush pineapple and tropical fruits play off a sweet bready malt and citrusy grapefruit notes. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but thats because the bitterness is a little harsh and astringent. The flavor profile follows the nose, but any gentle nuance of deliciousness is lost to a hard bitter bite.

Body is decent. Medium, good carbonation, an oily feeling lingers. Not mind blowing here, but not bad at all.

Overall-- I'm impressed with this brewery, and I look forward to trying more from them! The beer is certainly interesting and tasty, but the nose and appearance crush the other aspects.

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Photo of Pahn
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 5/18/11, drank 6/3/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly (imperceptibly) leaving a solid wall of lacing. Pours a hazy orange and leaves small, scattered swatches of lacing.

Smell: At first, grapefruit, orange, some pineapple; west coast hops. Some lingering sugary sweetness. Smooths out to a mild tangerine-like sweetness. Continues developing, but not necessarily for the better; gets a little dish soapy and halloween make-up-like, then kind of earthy. Remains good, but not great.

Taste: Nice bitterness up front, immediately apparent toast-like malt backbone, with a caramel malt sweetness through to the finish. Tropical fruit hops highlighting the entire flavor. Flavor stays consistent throughout, toast and cookies, tropical fruit.

The flavor could almost be called "pedestrian" if the balance weren't so exceptional. It seems like it's about to hit you with bitterness, then resolves as this really great softness. Everything about the flavor is soft, and in harmony. If you like something simple done very, very well, this is the IPA for you. This tastes like a recipe that's been made, tweaked, and remade over and over again until it's exactly to someone's tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry. Creamy and airy. Overarching impression this beer gives is "soft".

Overall: The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer combine to make an extremely refreshing IPA. I could easily drink a lot of these, especially on a hot day. Maine Beer Company continues to impress.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lunch IPA pours a hazy amber (yellow/orange) with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and a thick sheet remains until the bottom of the glass. Lots of clumps and netted patterns of lace. From the bottom of the glass a flurry of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is loaded with citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Notes of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, very effervescent with a dry finish. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt, peppery spice and bitter hops. It begins with a hoppy flavor of grapefruit citrus, pineapple and pine. Peppery spice fills in the middle and lingers to the end. Towards the end some sweet malt notes appear. It finishes bitter with pepper and pine flavors lingering on the palate.

A very tasty, fairly well balanced IPA. Hops dominate, but don't overwhelm. Easy to drink, but a bit overcarbonated.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a big foamy white head and a bunch of lace.

Big grapefruit aroma with some light malt. Not much else. But the depth of aroma works. You want hops in an IPA, and you have them, well defined.

Juicy hops, some toasted malt, some light fruit sweetness transitioning to hop bitterness with citric rind aftertaste. Great depth of flavors here. A little spicy. Overall a bitter beer, but it just doesn't seem like it. For one reason or another, it seems fruitier and sweeter than it is. Juicy is a great definition.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

A real drinker. I will buy anything from these guys. Keep it coming!

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Photo of busterthecat
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle 05/18/11. Poured into the large allagash chalice.

A- Pours a semi-transparent light brass hue that sits a nice copper orange in the glass. A casual pour creates a huge milk white foamy head that stays around for a while. Lacing is an intense sea foam.

S- smell is mild, pineapple mostly. Some soft biscuity note but not much. Decent for an IPA.

T- A sharp zesty bitterness upfront with a unique woodsy dry pine flavor that leads into more of the zesty pineapple type of notes with some grapefruit spritz. The hops are a fresh and zesty blend. The mid is where the upfront bitter quality melds into more of a soft and mild toasted toasted malt and light oatmealish flavors in the end and finish. Quite complex.

M- A sharp dry initial champagne feel on the palate that really widens and becomes moist. The body rounds out and begins to dry very well after finishing a sip. The bitterness is mellow on the palate and the light fruity qualities of the hoppy pineapple notes do rest on tongue. Some abrasive feel on tip of tongue after drinking for a bit.

O- A great IPA. Lots of variety in the taste department during a sip. I strongly suggest picking this beer up.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle invites consumers to "just keep swimming." This is also a common ultrarunning mantra.

Translucent cowardly lion yellow color. Thick, shaving cream white head sticks all over like...well, shaving cream. I never thought I'd give a 5 to an IPA that didn't have crystal clear complexion but here it is.

Smells and tastes just like ruby red grapefruit and pineapple. Not hops that smell like grapefruit and pineapple but the actually fruits themselves all up in my face. Love it. Bubblegum and sweet malty backup round out the aroma.

Taste is the aforementioned grapefruit and pineapple with sweet honey malt. Perfect amount of bitterness that invites sip after sip and was gone before I knew it. If I ever see this on tap I'm in trouble. Ample hop resin but I'd like more.

Off the top of my head one of my top 10 all time IPAs.

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

Bottled 5/18/11, poured into a nonic, thanks Conor!

Appearance is halfway between clear and hazed, dark copper, almost brownish. Massive, airy bubbly off white head. Excellent retention and sparse lacing. Bready and piney aroma with an appreciable amount of tropical sweetness, but that's not the focus.
Medium thick, light carbonation, syrupy body with a slick, sweet finish that is only mildy bitter or dry. Flavor is dominated by biscuit and caramel malt with some resin and pulpy citrus in the finish with some dry pine hops. Very well balanced and drinkable, but a little too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into Allagash chalice at the Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

A: Pours a fairly dark apricot with straw highlights. Three finger rocky head lingers with excellent retention, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass as it settles.

S: Big grapefruit character in the nose. Piny hops dominate, with a touch of sweetness on the back end. Similar in smell to Central City's excellent Red Racer IPA.

T: Extremely clean right off the bat, with grapefruit continuing to prevail. Sweet, juicy-fruit malts in the middle. Semi-bitter finish makes this very well balanced and refreshing.

M: Thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Silky and perfect.

O: Maine Beer Co. continues to impress with another excellent offering. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that this was bottled only a week or so ago, but this is clearly a well-made west coast-style IPA. The price makes it difficult to drink regularly; otherwise, this would be a mainstay.

An extremely solid IPA, and the best Maine Beer Co. has to offer.

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

Lot 051811 on the label.
A slightly hazy amber color with a voluminous white head, even with a careful pour. Lots of sticky lace.
Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Good sweet malt background.
Tropical fruit taste, very sweet. Grapefruit leading to a little bit of piney hops that I hadn't detected in the aroma. Bread.
This was a very well-balanced IPA. Will pick up more of these.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Even with a semi delicate pour it yields a 2+ finger head of thick rich foam, with nice lacing as it slowly fades, over semi hazy maple nectar orange slight reddish-brown color, great head retention.

Nose explodes as soon as I crack the cap, erupting citrus hops, tropical fruit, hints of pine, grapefruit, very light orange peel which separates it a bit from most IPAs in this category as the bitter orange rind is less so I think, a light chewy hop base as well with very slight spicy hops, also theres some nice sweet malty base aromas.

Second bottle re-review:
Taste brings earthy and fruity hops to start, a slight sweet malt base also comes out first, then comes more of the nice hops, citrus, tropical fruit, light candy like hop taste, touch of tangerine, bit juicy, and just a hint of slight booze, it gets pretty bitter as it goes, bringing some spicy hops as well, touch of pine leads to the finish, which dries a bit and gets slightly more bitter, plenty lingering hops and bit of malt feel lingering. As it goes, warming and more bombarding the mouth, I'm starting to get a slight earthy and very light herbal hop character as well. The fresh tropical fruit hops and hints of citrus really dominate on the more recent bottle I had, much better than the first.

Mouth is a bit thicker than medium bodied, with good carbonation and just the slightest hint of warming booze, and a bit oily.

Original overall:
Overall pretty good, great nose, good hop flavors, nice malty balance, just a touch of warming booze which is a bit more than I would expect for only 7%, and as I mentioned the aromas were great but the hops on the flavor are a little left short, with much less tropical fruits and citrus as I expected. Lot from 5/18/11 so it's very fresh (less than 2 weeks old) but slightly resembles a slight aged IPA in taste.

New bottle overall:
Much better than the first, tons more citrus and tropical fruit hops, fairly bitter, still got the earthy hops and quite bit of bitterness, but really tasty on this batch, still a bit more booze than I would expect for 7% too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Warren Store last weekend. Shout out to my favorite glassware hound for getting a beer named after him. Glad Dr. Abmuh already got you one. Served in a Bruery tulip because I don't have any glassware from Maine. For shame.

Pours a somewhat-hazed copper color. Pretty bright, actually. The head sits at two-to-three fingers for awhile before falling down and leaving a cascade of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Thin cap and collar throughout. Good looking beer. The nose brings a bit of citrus and a fair amount of tropical hops. Everything blends together quite well. Just a light bit of bread in the background.

The flavor starts off tropical with some mango, slight pineapple, and actually a bit of cantaloupe. Light orange there as well. Really smooth bitterness hits throughout. Medium body and only a slight hint of alcohol, which actually works its way in nicely with the bitterness. Average carbonation. Smooth going down again and again. Really nice beer. Cheers to the whale who inspired this brew.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stevenstofen for this awesome beer!

A - Golden to light brown in color with a plethora of frothy off-white head. Plenty of lacing surrounding the pint glass.

S - Thank goodness for the healthy head-retention to adequately preserve the strong hop esters! The aroma screams hops, hops, hops...very sweet with strong piney bitterness. Some alcohol is detectable here as well.

T - The hops are definitely dominant here as well, but the malt background is lacking...I was expecting a more syrupy/sugary backbone to support and play-up the hop bitterness. The alcohol is present...although the hops intend to hide it, the weak malt profile provides a gap for infiltration. I was expecting more here, but still very good.

M - A lighter-bodied IPA with a heavy hop aftertaste. No syrupy malt to comfort the tongue, just hops served to the palate.

O - This is a good IPA, but I was expecting better because I hold Maine Beer Company in very high regard with Zoe and Peeper in their arsenal. There are better IPAs out there, but this one definitely deserves respect. I believe that this beer is going for a "refreshing" IPA like all of Maine's other refreshing beers, and it definitely achieves this characteristic. Prosit!

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber hue

Aroma: citrusy/piney hops with a hint of the malty backbone

Taste: hops smack you in the face but in a good way. Finishes nice and dry

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation

Nice beer. well made. I like this breweries stance on giving back.
Good solid beer. Abv well hidden


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Photo of beer4colin
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy amber with a healthy 2 finger head that fades into seriouslyncling lace.
S - bright, fresh, clean floral hoppy!
T - Big hop start but very creamy as well. Hops mute in the middle as toast comes in. Good hop finish though.
MF - Very creamy, medium body.
O - you have got to love this beer simply because Maine exhibits such CSR.

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