Estuary
Fore River Brewing Co.

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From:
Fore River Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,099
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,934
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Ratings:
40
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 20, 2021
Added:
Apr 08, 2017
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  8
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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Photo of rpierce1956
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rpierce1956

Clear - Not overtly hoppy, but definitely a DIPA - Reasonable bite - Overall satisfying - Did not lack for anything

Jul 20, 2021
 
3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2020
Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From an April 2020 can. Sampled June 24, 2020.

Golden pour with a chill haze and a modest foamy ivory head.

I pick up an aroma of tropical fruit, pine, and dankness on top of a breaded cereal grain character.

Medium yet smooth, soft mouthfeel.

It's over 8% but I'm not getting a hint of alcohol in the taste. I do get a sweet start and the a mildly bitter dank finish. Enjoyable.

Jun 24, 2020
 
4.19 by teletaylor from Maine on May 18, 2020
 
4.22 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire on Oct 02, 2019
Photo of papposilenus
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, undated as best I can determine. Served in a Mast Landing-branded willi becher glass, because wrong brewery but broadly correct geographical region.

Pours a barely hazed, glowing yellow-gold with two fingers of soft, white, fluffy foam. Retention is very good, settling to a thick, puffy cap and a fat curtain of lacing.

A pleasant sweet and malty nose with strong aroma of oily orange peel.

Taste starts out in line with the sweet and malty nose but then falls flat delivering on the aromatics - I can sort of make out the oily orange peel and some resinous pine but they’re smothered under a wet, bready blanket and any other flavors that may have been present have, regrettably, left the building.

Feel is dense, doughy and chewy, medium-thick bodied and well carbonated. There’s a comfortable warmth going down which is completely appropriate to the abv.

Overall, a mixed bag. This had the potential to be one of my very favorite things, a hybrid of west coast and NE-style IPA. It looked, smelled and felt terrific and, frankly, it tasted decent as well - it just failed to ‘pop’ somehow. I have no way of knowing how old this can was although I know it hadn’t been at my LBS for more than a week or two but, knowing how distribution works around here, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I’m going to make a point of hunting down a fresh can.

Aug 28, 2019
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

16 oz. Can reviewed on 8/18/19

Pours out a rather unique color and look for a DIPA. A light looking pale golden color, almost clear.. which is strange with all the hazy IPA's I review. Looks more like a pilsner really. Carbonation seems ramped up.
A short white foam top rides up, chills out quick. Leaving a solid fine layer of coverage.

The hop aroma is also unique, maybe even strange...
Green apple cider, stone fruits, lemon and mint, cucumber and light orange citrus scented hops... It's nice, but pretty weird. I'm not saying weird is bad.

An incredibly light, crisp mouthfeel surprises the palate. Tart, dry earth and spicy citrus flavor Hits me first. Black pepper on wheat crisps and cantaloupe is next as the mouthfeel gets slick, dry and then slick again. The golden grains style malt is actually very flavorful, yet almost buttery. The malty aspect seems like an English IPA with it's buttery taste and feel until the dry earth, spice bite hits next. Rolls it all away.
My favorite aspect to the hop flavor complexity is the intense bite from the spicy earthy tones. The fruity side can easily be described as sharp and boozy citrus bites.

All in all, there are some extraordinary aspects, unique and even whimsical effects. I can't really say this DIPA is like any other I can think of, it's like some strange hybrid of many styles. Low points for not nailing down any of the style guidelines. Bonus points for being so interesting.

Aug 18, 2019
 
4.31 by DeFender from Maine on Jul 03, 2019
 
4 by bluehende from Delaware on Apr 14, 2019
 
3.99 by eleimbach from Maine on Mar 31, 2019
 
4 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine on Mar 09, 2019
Photo of Zach423
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Zach423 from Massachusetts

Old fashioned ipa. Sort of a double ipa version of another one by maine beer co in my opinion. Not much smell and some taste. Honestly amazing this is 8.4% really good overall especially if you aren't too high on very hoppy beers

Jan 17, 2019
 
4.21 by Klister from Maine on Dec 13, 2018
 
4.13 by DAS30 from Massachusetts on Nov 15, 2018
Photo of illpass78
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by illpass78 from Maine

13 oz. in a snifter at Green Elephant.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy straw with a short white head that recedes swiftly to film.

Aroma: Fruity. Mango, grapefruit, orange. Somewhat tropical. Decent hops.

Taste: Follows nose. Leads with mango and pineapple and finishes with grapefruit. Fruity-forward IPA. Fair amount of booze punch on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Boozy enough to be worth sipping. Pleasant on the palate. Somewhat juice-like. Almost like watered down OJ.

Overall: A very nice DIPA. One of the best beers I’ve had from this brewery!

Oct 20, 2018
 
4.02 by Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2018
 
4.16 by BAsbill from California on Jul 13, 2018
Photo of rorjets
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rorjets from Connecticut

Poured from a one pint can into a IPA style glass. Full off white head with excellent staying power and fine lacing. The body of the beer is a light amber, minimal haziness. Very fruity on the nose. The first sip reveals the citrusy hops flavor with mild bitterness on the backend, just enough to cleanse the palate. Overall a very fine DIPA!

May 30, 2018
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrus, stone fruit, and earthy hops up front along with some lighter floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrus, stone fruit, and earthy hops and then picks up some floral and tropical notes. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering earthy and floral notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky

O: A solid DIPA that is decently easy to drink. Very well balanced. Worth a drink

May 18, 2018
 
4.17 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2018
Photo of Ronl12
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Nice semi-clear yellow look.
Nice juicy smell.
Taste is juicy with a little sticky. Also has little alcohol at end.
Very good beer.

Mar 02, 2018
 
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 20, 2018
 
4.25 by Ned57 from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2018
 
4.23 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Feb 02, 2018
 
4.02 by holzman57 from Massachusetts on Jan 23, 2018
Photo of digboy
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by digboy from New Hampshire

Pours a slightly hazy dark-ish orange gold color with a 3 finger soapy bisque colored head.

Aroma is moderate in intensity with bright notes of grapefruit and candied lemon rind.

Taste follows the smell with a bright clean burst of semi-sweet lemon and grapefruit and orange rind tones up front, gradually fading away to the finish. Caramel malt is light but present. This is not a complex flavor profile at all and barely changes over time. There is a "flatness" to the flavor that I can't put a finger on - maybe a lack of effervescence?

The feel is lightly sticky and there is a moderate bitterness that kicks in near the finish as a sort of tartness on the tongue. There is also a moderately strong alcohol burn but its not too intrusive.

Jan 17, 2018
 
4.25 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2017
 
4.13 by smi69 from New York on Dec 17, 2017
 
4.18 by brewnme from Maine on Oct 28, 2017
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

16 oz undated can.

Pours clear gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are fruit-forward with a nice blend of orange, pear, and pineapple. Slightly dank but the nose is a bit subdued for the style. A tacky, sticky body with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Plenty of citrus on the palate with some honey undertones and a firm bitterness. A bit minerally with very light malt. Finishes with lingering citrus and some sweet malt.

Pretty tasty. More hops in the nose and dry it up a bit and this beer would be over the top.

Oct 26, 2017
 
4.23 by crotharagain from Rhode Island on Oct 05, 2017
 
4.23 by Chomp from Connecticut on Oct 02, 2017
 
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Sep 24, 2017
 
4.25 by neil2me from Connecticut on Aug 28, 2017
 
4.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Aug 24, 2017
 
4 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Jul 31, 2017
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

A light gold color with a faint haze. Thick white head with good retention. Some sticky lace.
Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. A hint of pine.
Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit, melon, faint pine.
Medium-bodied. Nice DIPA.

Jul 09, 2017
 
4.31 by jebrew from Maine on Jun 22, 2017
Photo of 123moops
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by 123moops from Maine

Killer DIPA

May 17, 2017
Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by John_M from Oregon

On tap over at the Little Taphouse the other day.

The beer pours a fairly hazy golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's considerable citrus, tropical fruit, light dank weed and a hint of pine. This really smells pretty good. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though thankfully, there's some decent bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean, lightly bitter, dry finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though one gets the impression that the abv. is up there a bit as you go along.

Nice DIPA from this new to me brewery Tried a taste of it Thursday afternoon, and ordered a full glass with lunch on Friday. Would definitely order it again.

Apr 08, 2017
Estuary from Fore River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 40 ratings