Definitive Ale
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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,301
Ranked #5,261
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Definitive Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Definitive AleDefinitive Ale
Notes: 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.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange peel, grapefruit zest, mango, grassy hops, and herbal hops.

This is a really solid flagship IPA, with a healthy bitterness and a very pleasant mango/lime/grapefruit sort of juicy hop character. There's not really any maltiness to this one, and it's very well balanced, especially if you still appreciate some bitterness in your beers.

This is light bodied, clean, and dry, with a very nice drinkability.

I like a well done straightforward IPA in this world of overmurked IPAs - this is a nice step back from the biggest excesses of the style.

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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Freed from a pint can and now in a clear Imperial pint glass, the contents now sit. The color is a rich and opaque orange-amber. On top lays a perfect tight and enduring head. The following glass lacing is also notable. There's a juicy hop aroma that's neither pungent nor complex. The taste is moderately juicy hopped. There's nothing here close to being out of near perfect balance. Sweet through the finish, via a solid malt body, but not close to overly so. Hoppy, but in a juicy way and never bitter, even during the drying finish. All the while, going down as smoothly as any IPA one can drink. The sediment at the bottom of the glass was beautiful to see. As for the listed category, this seems more like an unfiltered American India Pale Ale than the New England category. Either way, it's wonderful.

Apr 28, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can marked CANNED ON 12/11/20 09:14 STRICTLY 80's JOEL

Poured into my tulip glass this beer is a murky opaque gold with a huge creamy off white head which leaves sticky fluffy lace on the glass.

Scent is immediate on popping the can: pineapple and tropical fruit. Further investigation yields orange creamsicle and citrus.

Taste is tropical fruit, orange creamsicle again, and an earthy oniony dank note in the background. Cantelope emerges. Spicy hop notes. Definitely a NEIPA - creamy, juicy, low bitterness. Additional green melon notes. Papaya.

Mouth is creamy with soft carbonation.

Excellent NEIPA.

Feb 09, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

S: A mix of citrus and tropical fruit up front along with some lighter floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit and then picks up some floral notes and some light bitterness. Finishes with lingering tropical fruit notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the fluffy side

O: A very good NE IPA that is super drinkable. Nearing juice bomb territory for sure. Definitely worth checking out

Jun 15, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a nice, hazy bright orange/copper/matte yellow color with a frothy & rocky 1.5 finger vibrant white head

s: mango and a huge amount of stone fruit...peach, dragonfruit, passionfruit, pomegranate. an earthy, herbal sweetness. big crackery bready yeast. a dank herbal note in the nose here as well. raw cascade hop pellets and straight wort. earthy fruit trees, strawberry and guava. a really unique aroma on this one

t: peach, pineapple, and guava right away. sweet crackery malt, strawberry kiwi, and ripe mango behind that. a touch of pepper. a sweet floral note as well as lemongrass. a touch of grapefruit and dragonfruit at the end

m: medium, super fluffy mouthfeel with medium carbonation (a bit high carbonation for the style)

o: unique beer here. the aroma and taste have combinations which you don't smell & taste too often..and it works. mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than you want from the style, but it's not terrible

Apr 08, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/27/20

Hazy yellow-orange with a slight pinkish tint, looking like a mix of tangerine and grapefruit juices, with moderate, quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Smells of tangerine, pineapple, mango, and cooked peaches. Brief flashes of floral hop aroma & faint bready notes. Open also gives off some peach pit.

Taste is slightly unripe peach/peach pit, but less sweet than the fruit, light grapefruit pith, overripe pineapple, and a bit of mango toward finish. Slightly sweet at first, with moderate bitterness kicking in later, and lingering for awhile after finish.

Feel is smooth, lightly oily, as in unfiltered fruit juice, with fine, lightly prickly carbonation coming in about halfway through. It feels "just right" for what it is. Very easy-drinking.

Overall, another one added to the (getting long-ish) list of very good NEIPAs, that I'd gladly have (almost) anytime. :)

Mar 31, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can from 12/5/19
Opened and reviewed on 12/17/19

Milky shake style gold and frosty white haze appearance is full on New England Style. White foam top scatters forth fast but leaves plenty of clumpy leftovers.

The West coast and Australian hops give off a dense tropical sweetness and tangy earth aroma. Cantaloupe and pine tree sap, creamy golden malt with orange creamsicle and husky golden grains make up a rather interesting and bold nose.

A very tart and earthy hop bite happens first within the flavor. Dry earthy pine and tangy citric fruits from the hops leave a big first impression. Peppery cantaloupe and earthy pine bitterness pushes the boundaries of the New England Style, but delivers good complexity. Creamy golden malt with dry earthy grains proves to be perfect for style and balance.

The mouthfeel and texture goes like this: double dry and crisp bite>light but smooth and soft>round and full>bitter dry finish. ... You just gotta love the New England Style mouthfeel complexity!

Overall, Definitive Ale draws a base line of quality. A nice place to start if you like the West Coast style bitterness within your New England IPA's.

Dec 17, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left large bubble covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cantaloupe melon are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of cantaloupe melon along with hints of gooseberries and pithy grapefruit. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit juicy, and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the taste of this beer to be rather complex with flavors of gooseberries, grapefruit, and melon.

Serving type: can

Nov 10, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy, media sample from the brewery.

Hazed out pale orange-ish hue, decent amount of head on top. Suggestions of fresh cut hay, melon rind, citrus pith, and mealy apples. Smooth with a moderately sized body, good amount of carbonation lifts the softness of this brew up. Biscuity malt, modest hop bitterness but with a full compliment of flavor. A pretty good brew to be had here, rides around the middle of the pack when it comes to hazy IPAs.

Sep 27, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up as part of a mixed 4 pack of 16 oz Definitive Brews as put together by the purveyors of Global Beverage Warehouse in Ellsworth Maine on 8-28-19 for $4.25. Canned on 8-16-19; consumed on 8-30-19.

Beer poured a murky golden orange with an okay head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is melon, guava, papaya, and orange forward, very nice!

Taste follows the nose with those tropical flavors and citrus combining nicely with a modest pale malt base. Finishes with a pulp bitterness; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light and very refreshing.

Overall i like the flagship brew for Definitive. Look forward to the other three i have!

Aug 30, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jul 14, 2019
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AntonBruckner from Maine

1.36/5  rDev -67.1%
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.

Mar 20, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update:6/28/21. Different beer. Excellent citrus flavor with warming. Very smooth mouth. Will revisit.

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.

Jan 03, 2019
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Nov 24, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Nov 21, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Nov 14, 2018
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Fitzy01 from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Oct 05, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Jul 27, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.


Jun 15, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

May 26, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

May 26, 2018
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