Definitive Ale | Definitive Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Definitive Brewing Company
Maine, United States
definitivebrewing.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Definitive Ale is our mainstay IPA that is built upon a soft pillowy malt structure and is dry hopped twice with some of our favorite hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Australia. Drinking this ale with bring forth notions of ripe cantaloupe, freshly squeezed limeade and tons of tropical fruits that we have never tried before.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
47
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 47
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with SawDog505. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/31/2019. Pours opaquely hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense/creamy/rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, lychee, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, lychee, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, lychee, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.7%. Overall this is a fantastic NEIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; great soft feel. Fantastic Citra, Simcoe, & Topaz profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

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Photo of AntonBruckner
1.36/5  rDev -67%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Tasted and smelled like butterscotch. Looked like a mimosa. It was incredibly sweet, almost no hop presence. There wasn't really citrus either. If they were going for unique, they nailed it. It sort of reminded me of a yeasty Werther's original hard candy. Not my thing, but I understand that it is other people's. Great people at the brewery, but bad beer in my opinion.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite interesting, a departure from the usual current IPA styles. More mellow and toned down.

Floral aroma, hoppy- not overdone. I can’t quite pinpoint the citrus, almost weird, combo of stone fruit and citrus. Semi-cloying MF.

Very enjoyable for the different approach. Not my kind of IPA, which needs strong defined fruit.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/12/18; bought today at the brewery; my fault but I assumed that a can bought at the brewery would be fresher than over 2 months old, which is well beyond my personal window to enjoy a fresh, hoppy beer; still a tasty beer overall

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9/28/18
Pours a large foamy fizzy head that fades semi slowly, nice retention, a bit of lacing, super murky hazy golden tangerine orange color

Nose explodes from the pour, tons of citrus, orange juice, orange creamscicle, tangerine, mango, papaya, generic tropical, then a dank onion pine note like mosaic, creamy base malt wheat, tropical fruit bubblegum

Taste starts with loads more citrus, orange juice, tangerine, orange cream, mango sorbet, then spicy hops and slight pine and dank, generic tropical, big papaya as it warms, mild creamy wheat malt, then floury paper pulp thing, soft but not juicy, drier but slight sticky finish, bit of bitterness

Mouth is med to lighter bod but soft creamy, nice creamy carb

Overall not too bad, doesn't compare to many other local Portland area beers but not bad

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Photo of Ronl12
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 9/28/18.
Beautiful hazy golden orange look leads to sweet fruit nose of papaya, pineapple and orange. Taste follows nose and is great. Feel is medium and creamy. Overall a wonderfully executed AIPA that I would seek out. Try this beer.

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Photo of Fitzy01
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- hazy looks like pineapple juice little head and nice lacing
Smell- mango cantaloupe biscuit
Taste- cantaloupe grapefruit mango biscuity finish
Feel- juicy feel with a dry finish
Overall this is a great NEIPA

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Photo of SawDog505
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a glass of pineapple oj, with a 2 finger sticky off white head that leaves gorgeous rings of lace behind. 4.5

Smell is guava, papaya, a little herbal, pineapple, and some grapefruit rind.4.5

Taste follows tropical front to back, with some hints of weed and grapefruit in the lingering balanced finish. 4.75

Mouthfeel is a big medium, soft and slightly sticky, juicy, and goes down extremely easy at 6.7% ABV. 4.5

Overall this is outstanding, would love to get my hands on more. 4.5

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 5/11/18.

Pours murky gold with a cream-of wheat head of off-white. Pineapple and grapefruit pith in the nose with shades of mango and starchy proteins. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a creamy and soft but somewhat chalky mouthfeel. Tropical citrus starts the palate with plenty of grapefruit pith, pineapple, and pear. Zero malt with a minimal bitterness. Finishes fairly dry aside from the juicy, fruity character.

Nice NEIPA!

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Photo of digboy
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy gold color with a white head. Nice bright citrus atoma. Taste has so.e nectarine and grapefruit notes. Feel is soft. Great IPA with a so.ewhat different flavor profile.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can, dated 05/11/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a murky, dull pineapple-gold with two-plus fingers of rough and thick-bubbled, off-white head. Retention is good and leaves a heavy, scuzzy honeycomb of lacings down the sides of the glass.

Nose is thick with richly maltiness, grass and sharp, pungent fruit notes.

Taste is, again, thickly malty, heavily earthy and grassy, with sticky pineapple and grapefruit rind. The bitterness dial is cranked two to three notches past the midpoint. Finishes with an unfortunate witch-hazel/petroleum aftertaste which I noted both here, out of the can, and on draught at the taproom.

Feel is smooth and slick, medium-hefty bodied attenuated by fairly heavy but welcome carbonation.

Overall, a pretty-much OK IPA but a little disappointing, mostly due to the mild but decidedly unpleasant aftertaste. This could clean up into a really decent beer with a little fine-tuning so, meantime, I wish them the best and I'll try it again next time I'm in the neighborhood.

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Definitive Ale from Definitive Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 47 ratings