Banded Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,491
Ranked #14,708
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Banded Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: IPA
Soft, smooth mouthfeel that is vibrant with hops. Hazy and heavenly. Notes of orange creamsicle, candied Meyer lemon, fresh papaya + mango. Citra, Azacca & Chinook hops.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer makes for a fine return to beers with expressly more pine and resin notes than the ever popular hazes. A medium to light body delivers all the botanic goodness that the can's label promises, like a Pacific Northwestern cornucopia.

Jul 07, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy, slightly darkened honey golden, with two fingers plus of snow white fluffy head what leaves strong peaks of lacing.

Nose: Lots of pine. Lots of grapefruit. The Chinook must be in fairly high proportion, because there's some serious true pine notes in here, I'd have surely guessed Cascade. Beneath a sea of grapefruit, and the forest of pine, there's some very typical new-age tropical hop notes. Lots of mango, papaya, guava and perhaps some pineapple. Loads of sweet citrus. Tangerine, Mandarin, orange, Meyer lemon, all working with the dominant grapefruit note. Smells mostly like a NEIPA, with some darker malts, and some classic hoppy pine aroma.

Palate: An instant honey malt sweetness hits you first and foremost. There's a clean-ness about the malt, but there's also a sticky, honey sweetness that builds a big foundation. Those pine and pithy grapefruit notes take centre stage, along with a field of fresh, green grassy notes. The Azzaca really comes into play with its unique, earthy, mossy, grassy flavours. Some late-hopped flavours of mango, guava, kiwi, and melon appear - but predominantly big mango, transforming the beer into essentially a New England IPA, before the greener, more resinous notes come back in, bringing fresh grass, pine sap, grapefruit pith, orange oil, with a decent dryness, but very little bitterness. Much less than would would expext from a beer of this nature. I should also note that that 6.0% ABV is shocking. In flavour alone, I would bet money on a minimum of 8%. It drinks like a big beer.

Mouthfeel/Body: There is certainly a pronouced softness to it, and id gkadly categorise this as a NEIPA. Not fluffy or pillowy, but soft. It also has a lot of body. The malt just lends this thick, sticky sweetness that you generally find in beers of might higher ABV. This does NOT feel like 6%. It's full, thick, soft, and a little sticky. Very well done. Lower effervescence, presumably due to the next of the beer, and very wet and sweet, until the end of the finish arrives, bringing some slight drying.

Overall: I understood this to be their take on a West Coast style IPA, and this is most certainly not. It's a piny NEIPA, with an excellent grist bill and excellent choice of hops. While I'm disappointed that it isn't a West Coast style offering, it holds its own as a unique, and well executed NEIPA with some interesting flavour attributes, and drinks so much larger than its mere 6%AbV. I'll surely revisit this again in the future.

May 09, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-opaque pale orange can pour with a 2 cm cap o’ fluff. The aroma is of clementines and mango, but light. The flavor is very tangy and tropical with moderate bitterness. Flavor persists in the finish.

Apr 27, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; pale gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, and mango;

T: all mango with a nice malt backbone; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but too much mango flavor for my taste;

Apr 05, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a golden orange with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, one eighth of an inch, bright white head. Nose expresses note of mango, citrus and soft malts. Taste follows nose with a light, earthy/herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, decent and drinkable at a fair price point.

Oct 08, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can, 9 Days Fresh

A: Pours a milky, peach colored yellow. Cloudy. One finger of off white head. Retention is minimal with some silky/wet lacing. looks great.

S: Pine. Citrus. Strong aromas. Lemon. Grapefruit. Spices. The smell fades slightly as the beer warms.

T/M: Pine and citrus are strong. Hops are plentiful. Grapefruit, lemon and peach? Dankish. Bitter. Spicy. Citrus dominates. Has a resinous bitter aftertaste. Crisp and dry feel. Malt is minimal. Sadly the flavors fade quickly and the beer becomes a little bland.

O: Interesting IPA. Sharp/strong hop profile. Flavors don’t last long. Great price...worth a try.


Sep 16, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Gold's in Middletown.

A mildly hazy orange with a white head with decent retention and lacing this looks ok. The nose is a grassy, hoppy mess with weed smoke, skunk, moderate fruit and some honey. interestingly, the gritty hop flavor is more like super dank weed. The palate opens with plenty of weed and some orange peel. Earthy, dank, mildly bitter with some orange and grapefruit present. The malt character is mildly sweet, mildly honey like and mildly grainy. Drying on the finish with a grassy and dank hop character, this beer has a surprisingly low level of hop oils. Slightly overcarbonated, exaggerating the thin palate with a carbonic bite, this beer is uninspiring.

Aug 24, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield, MA. The beer was dark orange with a pretty massive head. Aromas had some piney hops but I more sensed a malty tone to the aromas. A little bitter with its aftertaste; mostly got a mix of dark fruits and hops. Decent body. Overall, good appearance and aromas.

Aug 13, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip shaped pint glass: color is hazy gold, head is off white with fine bubbles and presents 1/2 inch thick off the initial pour; after settling for a time the head remains a solid thin top with some spotty lacing.

Smell is piney, earthy, subtle grapefruit rind, hints of malt.

Taste is similar with earthy piney hops in the forward flavor, not quite resinous with a more earthy like middle flavor, with some grapefruit and lemon following; malt is notable but not emphatic but enough to back stop the hopping profile.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but a dry, bitter lingering finish on the tongue. it works well with the earthy, pine chinook and simcoe hops.

Overall a very good ipa with a more traditional hop profile with light malt, good piney hops and light citrus notes.

Jul 19, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can traded from tasterschoice62.

Very bright sunny yellow color (semi-hazy) with a tall head of 3 fingers. Really fluffy, lots of lace left behind. Quite nice.

Aroma is of tin and grapefruit peel; metallic dirt and faint orange peel.

Very clean flavor profile, with lots of Chinook and Simcoe action - slightly ashy, kinda dirty, piney, green...with faint tropical fruits propping it up a little bit giving it some brightness and clarity (grapefruit, orange, papaya). It was really refreshing at first but the more I drink it the more I feel like I'm smoking cigarettes.

Feel is crisp and creamy, nothing wrong here. Nice carbonation level. Slight drying resins.

Overall, not a beer I'd particularly return to. The hop bill fits a Black IPA nearly perfectly. The ashy, roasty, piney dirt goes good with black malts. In a way I feel like I'm drinking a white stout. It's okay though, and I can't judge it on a price point so I'd just say pass along if you see it.

Jul 09, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can * update on 1/3/19 a can from 11/18/18.

A yellow-golden color, semi hazy with a fine, white foamy cap that lays low pretty quick but still had decent coverage. Fat lacing.

A nice aromatic mix of tart lemmon zest, sweetly scented tropical fruit, light honey scented malt, pine and subtle earthy notes.

A crispy, crunchy and very healthy mouthfeel, crisp and earthy dry that becomes pretty smooth in the finish. The flavor seems to be dominated by crisp, earthy tones from both the light English crystal malt and earth based hops. Crispy wheat, herbs, earthy-bitter kick from the hops, dry effect....pine and tangy fruits in the finish.

Overall, there is alot to like about this earthy, crispy light IPA. Not exactly big complexity, but easy and fun. Excellent summertime, hot weather style drinking.

Jun 08, 2018
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Ocalafox from Florida

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full bodied but easy drinking. I really get the spruce not so much the tropical fruit taste. Good, full hop flavor, great color, a healthy haze and quite full to the nose.

Mar 13, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a decent looking semi-hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. Light stringy lacing slid into the beer. The smell started off with a light tropical citrus to a light pine. The taste copied the smell leading into the aftertaste and a dry bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable sticky bitterness over my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good IPA, might not be one to go with food, but I’d have again.

Jun 09, 2017
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far333 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apricot colored with a low white head that settles out quickly and disappears. Low and citrusy aroma, notes of orange pulp and rind. Similar flavors, plus subtle honey malt, and a crisp hop bitterness. Lots of tingling on the tip of the tongue, partly from carbonation and partly from hop bitterness. Not overly complex hop flavors. Moderate bitterness. Good, not great.

Jun 09, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[Edited 08/2019 for new recipe - slight upgrade]

Pours a cloudy light gold and a bright white half finger head. Aroma is rich and sweet with citrus, almost floral. Taste is hop forward with lemon and grapefruit rind notes and a light sweetness. Not too sticky with a mild bitterness in the aftertaste but very soft and filling. Overall enjoyable and preferable over most neipas.

Feb 20, 2017
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Lonborgski from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter from a 12oz can, not dated.
Deep gold/copper look, lingering creamy head, very nice look.
Slightly toasty fruity piney smell.
Taste a bit too malty for me for an IPA, not quite as fruity and fresh as the best Maine IPA's like Patina, Lunch or the Substance.
Feel, very smooth and drinkable.
Overall, one of the best local IPA's readily available and less than $7.00 per bottle.

Jan 08, 2017
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JRed from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in body with thin white head that stays. Aroma of fresh grain, grass, lemon skin, and pine. Tastes of pine, grass, lemon skin, medium bitterness, dry. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Nov 24, 2016
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely balanced, very delicious IPA. Not a 'New England' style of new IPA, more of a well-crafted classic. Dark gold pour on draught with decent, clinging head that was a bit creamy, quite nice. The aroma was fairly standard IPA: cirus/grapefruit. Medium bodied and good balance of citrus, bitter and malt; almost a bitter tangerine taste. Very much enjoyed.

Nov 21, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/23/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then an earthy but mild for the style hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer overall but there are many better choices within the style.

Oct 23, 2016
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Bestinyourgirl from Maine

1.53/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

An IPA I could actually stand, It wasn't that bitter, tasted like grass and orange juice combined, but with a watery consistency which makes for an overrall terrible beer.

Oct 03, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours cloudy hazy yellow gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells really dank and hoppy with juicy tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya, passionfruit, peach, guava, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, some bready malts, with resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes dank and slightly bitter with some tropical citrusy fruit notes of mango, passionfruit, guava, peach, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, resinous earthy herbal grassy pine, with some crackery bready malts. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

Sep 01, 2016
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daudelin2000 from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a slightly underrated beer. Pours a golden yellow color, nice white head, with some haze. Aroma is some citrus with lots of grassiness. There's also a familiar dankness to the smell as well which I like in my IPA's. I'm not getting much malt aroma. Taste is also very grassy and dank with a touch of citrus. Only a mild bitterness on the finish. Just enough malt sweetness for balance. Mouthfeel is a little light for my liking, but it doesn't take away from my enjoyment. I'm liking this beer way more than I expected. Very drinkable and could envision drinking lots of these on a hot day.

Jul 30, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Portland, ME.

This pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a one inch head, and just a bit of lacing.

Smells like zesty grapefruit, a bit of toasty malt, lemon, pine, and grassiness.

This is a simple but still satisfying IPA. It's got a nice smack and bite on the finish, moderately bitter, with juicy grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of orange up front. It's nothing that hasn't been done a million times before, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

This is medium bodied, very crisp in the mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation.

This review probably describes a million other IPAs out there, for sure. But I'd still recommend this one.

Jul 06, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, murky golden straw color.

Nose a little fruity, generic stone fruit, a little citrus, a little peach tangerine fruit, mild citrus, little grassy floral hop, a little juicy citrus fruit character almost tropical like, with a mild creamy malt.

Taste brings an herbal earthy hop, bitter chewy hop, a mild citrus rind, bitter rind and herbal grassy hops, with a little sweet malt, pretty biscuity and toasty, some granola flavor is really weird and not very nice in there, a touch of pine and earthy forest floor, some generic stone fruit, a little tangerine note, touch lemon zest. Finish is dry bit a little sticky, a little sweet malt flavor, more mild pine and earthy forest floor, more lemon citrus zest, and more biscuity grainy granola flavor.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, hops aren't bad but also bring pine and forest floor flavors that are meh, the weird malt and granola flavors are meh, but not too bad in the end.

Jun 04, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed within 3 weeks of canning. Pours a hazy (not turbid) orange gold with a light head. Aroma of peach, apricot and pine. Taste of peach, apricot and guava supported by a solid malt backbone that keeps this from being too tropical or sticky. There's a sweetness present (likely from the honey and granola) that combats the citrus and bitter profile. It's what sets this IPA apart. Finishes light in the palette without much bitterness. Great highly drinkable IPA.

Apr 24, 2016
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