ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Itís actually pretty uniform in texture - thick, too. Retention is pretty solid and lacing is minor.
S: Itís mainly toasted malts on the forefront, with a fruity undercurrent (think stone fruit). Slight hints of diacetyl are also present. As it sits in the glass, it shows off more fruit notes. Not bad, not bad at all.
T: Again, toasted is a decent word to describe the flavor profile. Some nondescript fruit esters congeal at the middle of the palate before an upsurge of (malt) bitterness finishes this off. The aforementioned fruit notes pop up more strongly on certain sips. Itís certainly well made and balanced well - itís just not my style at all.
M: I could use a bit more crisp dryness to help counteract the malty linger on the palate. The carbonation here is quite zesty, but itís not quite enough. Having said that, itís not undrinkable by any stretch - it seems to become drier as I drink more of this, in fact.
O: Biases against crystal malt and English-style pale ales aside, this one does the job well. Itís richer than its low ABV would suggest, too. The old adage "itís not you, itís me" is appropriate for this one. Still, I can imagine this one being rock-solid on cask.
Christpuncher (1389) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty and dey flavored. Ends with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Leaves a malt flavor on the palate. Pours a deep cooper in color with a thick tan head. Had at home from beer of the month. Okay at best
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Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Copper amber brew iwth off white head. Nice aroma of light malts, aromatic hops and a hint of fruit. Taste is dry up front and moderately hops foreward with some crispness showing up at the start of the swallow. Toasted malts with a moderate but complex hoppiness in the middle and finish. Good palate, good all around.
Bork (334) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rather watery concoction with a tarty bitterness that isnít balanced out very well. Decently refreshing but not your best bet.
ttutony (700) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a thin white head. Pleasant spicy, herbal, and floral hop aroma. Toasted malt on the palate. Dry. Medium body.
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got a couple bottles from my good friend of mine who visits Maine pretty regularly. This isnít a bad pale ale, but not a really great one either. The beer pours a dark amber color with minimal head and lacing. The nose is balanced pretty well with a good mix of floral hops and light caramel malt. The flavors, though, werenít balanced as nicely. I tasted a bit too much malt and not enough hops.
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíd put this as a solid average beer. Much better than any macro brew and better than the basic Sam Adams, too. Not much aroma coming from the foamy, off-white head. The initial flavor has a decent bitter bite to it, but it dissipates much too quickly. Good but not great. I may have given it an extra .1 because it comes from Maine (which is super cool).
Metalchopz (2402) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Purchased in their mixed pack on a trip to Maine. Pours a clean deep amber colour with a frothy warm cap, decent retention and nice lacing. Mild cereal grain malts with what seems adjuncts. Grainy taste with a little hops. OK, but not the best pale ale.
GIJOE (688) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a thin, off-white head. Nose is malt with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is mildly bitter. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Decent brew.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very disappointing. Has a grassy aroma. The flavor is bitter with no sweetness or anything. Very bland. Watery finish
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at a bar in Boothbay. Run of the mill pale ale. Dry herbal hops and doughy malt flavor. Its not.