Thirsty Botanist
Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern

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IPA - American
Ranked #481
Ranked #5,934
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern
Maine, United States
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured in to a nonic glass. Can is dated 06/10/2020.

Look- Hazy darker orange juice color, decent off white head that quickly recedes to basically no head at all, modest lacing. Little carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (tangerine/orange and lemon/lime), tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), nectarine, resinous pine, a bit of dank, grainy malt, some grassy/earthy notes.

Taste- Joosy citrus and tropical fruit, nectarine, grainy malt, light pepper and some other herbal hop notes.

Feel- Medium bodied and pretty crisp, sweet and sticky up front with a lingering dry bitter finish. Medium/light carbonation on the tongue.

O- A very nice IPA, the lack of head retention was disappointing and the taste wasn't as complex as some other NE IPAs. Still very nice and worth trying.

Jul 03, 2020
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jclough from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to the Burlington last week for Heady Topper, had it, found it no where near the beer the Thirsty Botanist is, this is fuller even though it has less alcohol. This site seems to cater to stout drinkers, I love stout but not while I am eating and this would pair well with just about anything you might think about having dinner with.

Feb 21, 2020
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WorksforBeer from Maine

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You smell this as soon as you open the can. Very floral - like mangoes. The first taste is very fruity. An IPA you can drink slowly and enjoy thoroughly. Not for guzzling in front of the TV football game.

Oct 25, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz shaker at Uno’s, Bangor, ME. Reviewed 7/30/19.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Unknown
Body – Light orange, hazy.
Head – Chopped by bartender. Remainder off-white, dense, average retention, two mm crown and complete cap.
Lacing – Fair. Narrow, EKG-like tracings of tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 3 – Piney, otherwise unremarkable.
Flavor – 3 – Slightly bitter, just a hint of pine. No alcohol taste or aroma (7 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – just another IPA.

Jul 31, 2019
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MaineCoaster from Maine

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this NE IPA. Lots of body and hints of citrus. Perfect hoppiness! I do, however, prefer something with a lower ABV for summer enjoyment. Notwithstanding, top notch beer from the coast of Maine ...

Jul 29, 2019
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Juicy yet still refreshing and quenching. It brings a touch of pine and earthiness behind the tropical fruit which is needed and often missing from most NEIPA producers. Honestly I'd rather drink this than Tree House IPAs right now.

Jul 29, 2019
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obamanaut from Massachusetts

4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal beer from Boothbay, extremely tasty and a new favorite. With thanks to the folks at the beer cave in Bethel, ME who turned me on to it. Smooth, delicious, a little bite but not too much. I have shared this with several friends and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend.

Apr 10, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up for the first time from the shop I work at. Having just moved to Maine, I asked a bunch of locals what a good Maine IPA would be, and more often than not, Thirsty Botanist was the response. So what the hell. I am honestly a little surprised by this one - especially with IPAs not exactly being my favourite. I have it right in front of me, so let's get down to it.

Points off the bat for can artwork.

Pint canned on 8/17/18, to tonight is 8/22/18
Poured into a tulip at about 40F.

Pours a slightly hazy brass colour, with a finger of slight off-white head. Very good retention and pronounced lacing that has lasted a good 20 minutes so far. Head eventually settles to a thin film, but will build right back up with a little twirl. The nose is what really got me. Big juicy pineapple. I mean straight up sweet tropical pineapple, with a little bit of mango, and a hint of papaya and over-ripe peach. Cannabis-like resin notes if you really dig for it, and some wisps of pine - all in that order. As it warms up, I actually get a pretty noticeable onion scent, that also translates to the palate a little bit.
Taste follows the nose in a very delightful way, with that pineapple really coming through right out of the the gate. Floral floral floral hops, without the overbearing grapefruit notes you get from a lot of Citra hops. I don't know what the hop profile of this is, but it doesn't reek of or taste like grapefruit rind, and that makes me so happy. Very moderate bitterness makes this much more drinkable than I anticipated at 7%. Alcohol is well hidden. A very fragile malt backbone doesn't make this cloying at all, but just gives a tiny little bit of sweetness to make that juicy tropical flavor pop, and also to subdue the little bit of bitterness. Carbonation is relatively light, but it's no so bad that it's bothersome. A little more bubbles wouldn't have hurt it, but I like effervescent beer, personally. The hoppiness definitely sticks around on the finish. The fruits all slowly dissipate, and then you're left with bitter, which fades gradually into the resiny, piney, floral hoppy-ness that lingers over your tongue for a good couple minutes.
Overall, this is a fantastic IPA, especially for those who aren't 100% sold on IPAs, but are determined to find one that really sticks out. This one really sticks out, and I am quite please that I took the plunge. I look forward to trying it again on a day off, maybe when I don't have food in my stomach. Nevertheless, this is a standout beer, and I totally get the local hype. Highly recommended.

Re-review: March 26, 2019
Will update any scores, if need be, and put original scores in brackets.

Can dated 03/06/19 "Happy St Paddy's Day!"

Poured into a large red wine stem at 50F

Pours a delightfully (almost completely) clear clover honey golden colour, with 3 fingers of fluffy, rocky, ivory head, that slowly slink down, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Head never fully dissipates, leaving a good full cap and collar. Beautiful translucent IPA 4.5 (4)

Nose: Juicy and grassy. Candied orange, grapefruit juice, papaya, melon, pineapple, peach, green apple, fresh cut grass, a touch of black pepper, and orange blossom honey. Lots of both East and West Coast aromas. Some Mosaic notes, and perhaps Summit ot Simcoe? Some fresh earthy tones. 4.25 (4.25)

Palate: Immediately sweet orange pulp and grapefruit, followed by pine, melon, white grape, grass, honey, and wildflowers. It's so crisp, clean, and refreshing. You just want to chug it. There's a gentle bitterness that comes in early, and plateaus low, dimishing towards the finish, but nicely counteracting the juiciness, and giving some clean dryness. Some lemon-lime notes show up, green apple, and a huge presence of just classic "hops" flavor. Like Cascade or something. There's a very Sierra Nevada fresh green, whole-cone hope thing. Hoppy. Clean. Crisp. Green. Juicy. It definitely has a "botanical" thing about it. 4.5 (4)

Mouthfeel/Body: This beer is fluid. I like to use that world for this kind of feel. It's not thin. It's not watery. It has heft and weight, but it's crisp, tight, clean, and smooth. Soft, but crisp. It's not sticky, or fluffy, or pillowy, or turbid. It's just a crisp, clean liquid, with a very nice level of effervescence that keeps things lifted, and distributes the flavor throughout the palate. It makes me think of a rushing river or waterfall. Forceful, but fluid. 4.25 (4)

Overall: Man, this beer has changed for me. This is why it's so important to revisit beers, and reevaluate them. I remember this tasting like pineapple juice, which was awesome, but being a little too bitter, and having a "catty"/"onion" flavor. Not this time. This is a stellar IPA that isn't trying to be anything. It's not trying to be New England, and it's not trying to be West Coast. It's just trying to be great, and it has fully succeeded. I'll be keeping this in my rotation from now on. 4.5 (4)

Original: 4.06
Updated: 4.42

Sep 23, 2018
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Boston_E from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have tried it on tap at a pub near their brewery (In a standard type of pint glass) and also picked up a 4 pack of cans. I really enjoyed this. Nice fruity aroma, hoppy but not overly so and a really clean finish. Not quite as hazy as some of the new IPA's (which to me is good.. I think some have gone overboard with the haze and juice taste). For me this one is a near perfect balance.

Aug 22, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured can into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, slight haze, off white head that presents about 1/2 inch thick and quickly dissipates to a thin top; head lingers with some ring along the glass sides, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit light and required some agitation to get some aroma to come forth but the fruity/dank hop blend starts to come through - light sweet tropical fruit, some pineapple, light pine and earth.

Taste follows the aroma but brings forth much more - nice tropical fruit blend with a potent pine/earth finish. Notes of pineapple, sweeter tropical fruits, then light earth, herbs and pine. Malt is notable but not sweet, light pale malt characteristics maybe some light bread and toast.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a light sweetness and lingering bitter dryness.

Overall a good, balanced hop forward IPA, malt is not all that present in aroma or flavor, mouthfeel lingers on the bitter side, with a hint of sweetness.

Jul 25, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz long stem tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a massive 2 plus finger head, that leaves big thick streaks of lace yielding amazing retention. 4.75

Smell is tangerine, ripe melon, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, and apricot. 4.5

Taste follows tangerine, cantaloupe, passionfruit, papaya, pineapple, and apricot really really tasty and balanced, crazy low on bitterness and very juicy. 4.75

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, really soft carbonation, slightly sticky but never dry, and at 7% goes down really easy but packing loads of flavor. 5

Overall I will be looking for more of this one from Boothbay Craft Brewery. I am very impressed with this NEIPA Thirsty Botanist. 4.75

Apr 08, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours a cloudy darker golden color with a small white head. Some lacing. Juicy hop nose. Mainly orange and a little pineapple. the taste is very good. Slightly bitter. Lots of juicy hop flavors, mainly orange and some pineapple, Nice brew!

Aug 05, 2017
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger head, decent retention and nice lacing.

Aromas of pineapple, lime, mango, citrusy sour, mossy earth, some onion and floral character.

Taste has a lot of stonefruit, some pineapple, lemon-lime, tangerines. Then theres another layer away from the fruit that has pine, moss, and slight catty/oniony flavors, rather dank. The fruitiness and the dank work well together. Sweet over dry. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, carbonation is a smidge low, no alcohol presence or astringency.

Overall this is a tasty IPA, I do enjoy some of the more classic styles they brew, but putting some brews like this into rotation wouldn't hurt my feelings. Its not quite up there with the big guns, but its git a lot going for it and some more experience brewing it and some tweaking could easily put this into the top tier Maine IPAs.

Jul 11, 2017
Thirsty Botanist from Boothbay Craft Brewery / Watershed Tavern
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 49 ratings