TDH Kineo
Battery Steele Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,277
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,851
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
18
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Battery Steele Brewing
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by digboy:
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium orange gold color with a half finger fizzy head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the glass edge inside the beer level.

Aroma is bright with mostly sweet notes of pineapple and lime and a little candy thrown in.

Taste is similar to smell but with the addition of strong stone fruit notes - not on the sweet end of it though, more like unripened nectarine and peach. This is in part due to the moderate bitterness that works well to counteract the sweet notes. Actually a really well done balance that makes for an unusual but pleasant taste profile, especially with the faint candied notes behind it.

The feel is soft and seltzery, lightly sticky on the lips.

This one shows some craftsmanship from Battery Steele. While they are not known for branching out in variety, what they do make is quality and this is no exception. At the time of review this has a 3.88 rating and I think that is too low compared to others in the category.

Mar 24, 2018
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smcel371 from New York

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

Mar 24, 2019
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rab53 from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a Spiegelau ipa glass

A honey golden color, only slightly hazy with a very clumpy, all white foam. Big chunks of lace, excellent retention.

The nose has an abundance of sweetness in the hops, bright citrus, honey malt and very floral with light peach and cucumber aroma's. Very fresh hops with moss and dried grains pop out later.

The mouthfeel and texture is hits you as bright and fresh at first, decent bite, medium overall with some chewy edges , slight dryness in the finish as well.

A cripy, golden, honey wheat bread maltiness pops through at first; the layers of the three x dry hopped gives off several layers of hoppy complexity, pine sap, dry earth, tangy and bitter fruits, mostly orange, pineapple and grapefruit combo.

TDH Kineo is pretty quality stuff.

Mar 23, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from El Jefe, thanks for the hookup.
Cloudy murky deep yellow color with a frothy bubbly white head that persists. Bright lemony citrus and light fruity hops with a bit of bready malt to counter. Soft on the palette bright and tasty beer!

Jun 02, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 2/21/19. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a finger white head that leaves thin lines of lace with solid retention. 4.25

Smell is guava, tangerine, pineapple, and white grapefruit rind really bold for 6.5% ABV. 4.5

Taste is even bigger guava, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, and a healthy shot of grapefruit that scrapes the tongue making your entire mouth feel sticky like velcro. 4.75

Mouthfeel is big for the ABV, not dry but sticky from the insane amount of dry hopping, extremely drinkable, but drinks more like 8% in flavor and feel. 5

Overall this is a masterpiece, this one really surprised me, I thought Flume2 was good but right now this is even better. 4.75

Mar 09, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes up front. Not too much in the way of the hops aside from very light yeasty notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of tropical and citrus fruit and then goes into the yeasty aspect. Finishes with lingering yeast and fruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, quite yeasty

O: I think this one could have benefitted from a little filtering to let the hops shine more in the taste and get some of the yeasty aspects out of the way in both taste and feel. Overall though a nice upgrade to the nose and still very drinkable

Jun 04, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor ME. Pours a hazy yellowish-burnt orange with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is unsweetened grapefruit, lemon, maybe some mango - there is a noticeable bitterness/bite that are cleverly offset by a touch of caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for my taste and for the style, but OTOH a chewier feel might mask the interaction of tart and sweet. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter, but in a good way.
I was constantly back and forth between not liking something on first impression, but then deciding that whatever it was, it was pretty good after all. This one takes some focus to appreciate, but it's worth the effort.

May 25, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into water glass canned on 5/7

A: bright yellow murky body leaning towards a tan. Head was fairly small white.

S: lots of orange a little pineapple but mostly orange.

T: Very juicy lots of the orange very little bitterness light bits of lemon and grass on the finish.

M: Medium bodies leaning towards watery with low carbonation doesn’t have that chalky mouthfeel characteristic of NEIPAs though.

O: not a bad beer, it’s not earth shattering but it’s not bad either.

May 23, 2018
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jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

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

Oct 27, 2018
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hockeypuck from Maine

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 20, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, dated 03/05/18. Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a just barely hazed, pale caramel-gold colour with a scant finger of tight fluffy suds. Retention is very good and leaves swooshes of sticky lacing.

Very faint, light flowery nose. Orange flowers, lime.

Taste is light, too, with fruity sweetness and good piney bitterness. Caramel, tangerine and lemon cream, key lime pie, pine, and some spicy wheat. Some sticky-tacky orange and caramel linger followed by an odd shredded tobacco aftertaste.

Feel is mostly crisp but a little tacky, medium-light bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, pretty decent.

Mar 23, 2018
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

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

Mar 06, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing NEIPA, bursting with flavor, beautiful in the glass, and superb in feel, especially considering its relatively low ABV (6.5%). This has the flavor of a much bigger beer - so much flavor, so much to offer! Wow - this one has more character than about 75% of the 8% IPAs on the market. You can enjoy this one later in your session, and not miss any of the flavors. This one compares favorably to the best DDH Trillium offerings, and that's a big complement from me. A true, amazing achievement that will bring me to their taproom the next time I'm in Maine.

Dec 19, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 10/01/18 - poured into my trusty tulip at 45f.

Pours a completly opaque burned lemon yellow. Murky. Almost two fingers of bone white head slowly recede to a cap of foam with good lacing. Edit: big sticky lacing has persisted through a full 10oz so far.

Nose is subtle, but what going on is fantastic. Huge mango, dark berries, coconut, orange juice, papaya, a little pineapple, and some vanilla. As I swirl and open it up, the citrus really comes out more. I get orange rind, and grapefruit, and even a little bit of strawberry action. It smells like Acton tropical fruit smoothie, and I really think there might be Mosaic in here.

Palate takes a slightly different turn here. It drinks much bigger than it is. I get more of a sour overripe fruit profile. More towards the pineapple and grapefruit end, with some good mango notes. The malt backbone here is modest, and timid. It stands it's ground, providing a body for the hops, and a miniscule touch of sweetness, but it's really just a small platform for these hops. HUGE blast of hops, as expected from a triple dry hopped IPA. The bitterness comes in quick, storms the palate, and shuffles those fruity notes away, replacing them with big, piney dank, resin notes. The bitterness is there for sure, but it's much more organic and hoppy and resiny, and I can't say "astringent" is appropriate. It's...tastefully bitter. As such, it finishes so much drier than you would think from the nose, and the front palate. Bitterness is no lingering that long at all.

Mouthfeel has just a touch of that New England creaminess, but it's quickly displaced, and turns much crisper and dry. I like them creamy, but this one is definitely sure to please the West Coast IPA lover, as it does not translate as a smoothie at all. Has some texture and a bit of weight, but it thins out at the end. Well carbonated. Perfect amount of bubbles to give it life, and keep it dancing, without coming across as seltzer.

Overall, this is a unique NEIPA. It's got some interesting character. It's murky, but not a creamsicle. It's big and bold, but quite drinkable. It's MASSIVELY hoppy, but not a bitter bomb, and it's got some damn good subtleties layered within. A solid offering from Battery Steele that really hybridizes some stylistic traits. Definitely a unique one for sure.

Oct 19, 2018
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Fitzy01 from Maine

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 28, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 2/21/19.

Pours murky yellow with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention or lacing. Pungently hoppy in the nose with grapefruit pith and pine. Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly crisp mouthfeel. A tongue-numbing onslaught of pithy hops on the palate with zero malt and a substantial bitterness. Grapefruit and pine aplenty. Finishes bitter and pithy.

No apologies from this hop-bomb.

Mar 21, 2019
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2019
TDH Kineo from Battery Steele Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 18 ratings