Fore River Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,198
Ranked #7,080
4.16 | pDev: 4.33%
Fore River Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of papposilenus
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Zach423
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of illpass78
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of rorjets
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of digboy
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Estuary from Fore River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 36 ratings