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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Dark ruby color, moderate head of foam, big fruity nose. Robust fruity palate is packed with apple-pear character, nice malt backbone, barely balancing hops in the finish.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle (12oz - best before Aug’06). via trade with Fyrecrakker05. Poured bright clear copper with a large lasting foamy-rocky off-white head, decent lacing. Rich aroma of sweet, bread-dough yeast, dairy cream, oily-resiny juniper-like drop herbal hops, rich caramel, almost butterscotch malt character with warming - I"m quite surprised! Taste is more bitter than I expected, still lightly lactic but the caramel seems more artificial, the hops are slightly stale, funky-resiny rather than floral-herbal, and there’s an odd note of wet newsprint and mushrooms, but there’s solid malt here and that saves it. This has a longish finish, with almost harsh hop bitterness at the end - mouthfeel is very thick (I felt it at the back of my throat), almost cloying without being all that sweet, not all that carbonated - and I don’t know if it’s the power of suggestion, but I get some brine in the finish. Unusual - more of a "red" than an amber, not that "red"s a style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A luxurious head slowly collapses onto the filtered copper.
-Deeply breaded pils malt aroma recalls the opening of a box of croutons (with a little garlic too?)
-An intriguing, well-rounded caramel, butterscotchy maltiness is nourishing.

What if you dig deeper?
-Citrusy hop flavor roams, and a touch of green hop bitterness rises after the important caramel maltiness.
-Some peachy, papaya-like fruitiness hugs the malt sweetness.
-The fine carbonation serves the malt structure well.
-It doesn’t stand out amidst other well-brewed amber ales/red ales, apart from that hugely bready perfume.

Bottle; best before August 2006.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2005
(Bottle, best before 7/06) Rocky off-white head on clear reddish orange body. Some lacing. Nose is malty sweetness. Mouthfeel smooth. Flavor nicely balanced between hops and malt, with bittering hops fairly upfront. Nice very drinkable beer, would go well indeed with Maine’s most famous crustacean.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours amber with a pinkish white head. Smells of grapes. Tastes watery with some very bland malty notes.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (4518) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Headless, with a lifeless deep brown body. Very malty caramel - but DID THEY ADD HOPS?!?!?!?! Bitter finish but SO malty!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Draft - Poured a copper-amber in color with a thin whitish head. Aroma was not very strong, but some hint of fruity malts. Flavor was well surprisingly well balanced with a decent mix of estery malts and spicy hops. Easy drinking...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Overall good presentation. A bit of carmel malt undertone. The label says red ale, but seems a bit more fruity than a typical red.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Reddish color, slightly small head that lingers the entire beer. Smells pretty good with a fruity smell. The fruitiness and other tastes in the beer are all perfectly matched. A decent amber I must say.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2005
12 oz bottle. Clear light reddish copper, with a big, lasting creamy beige head...malty, light apple and brown sugar-inflected aroma...very full body features lots of sour cherry, a bit of citrus, and some dry woodiness towards the finish...sour, dry, long finish. This is definitely one of the better Maine micros; I want to try more.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
From a 12oz bottle Pours a deep amber, reddish brown. Nice tan head, about 1/2 inch thick that leaves little lace. Smells slightly bitter with light malty aromas and hints of apple. Tastes immediately bitter and hoppy although that quickly fades. Not that hoppy. Smooth and buttery if you can imagine that, hint of coriander with a caramel finish. Light to medium bodied and a very drinkable brew. I grab a six-pack of Lobster Ale, cross Rt. 1 and drink it while eating lobster dinners at Young’s Lobster Pound here in Belfast. Tastes best under these circumstances.


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