thunderhops (214) - Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper color with small white head that diminishes quickly. Light caramel,citrus hop aroma. Taste sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, good hop presence. Medium body, bitter finish.
bbbeer (411) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice orange-red with medium small light tan head. Aroma is sort of hoppy but not overly pleasant with some skunk background. Medium body, some carbonation. Flavor is somewhat sweet and has some nondescript soapy hops and is on the malty side, but comes across as muddled rather than balanced. Not awful but fairly mediocre.
fiveacestx (351) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - dirty gold color with a cream head. Has an earthy hops taste and something a little on the funky side. Medium body and hardly drinkable. If this is Maineís best IPA then things are pretty bad in Maine.
Scrapersnbeer (977) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is the best Maine made IPA apparently, and given how Shipyard/Sea Dog fare at RB, itís entirely possible. Amber orange, clear color. Strange malty, resinous, malty almond and sugar aroma...all the Portland area beers have this to some degree. It must be the water. Decently bitter in a non-specific way, and balanced with a good dose of caramel malt. Medium body. Decent IPA, but fairly basic and too sweet.
Reimer96 (589) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Portland brewpub, pours a a clear orangish amber color with a white head that leaves some lace. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is big on malt up front then the citrus grapefruit and pine tastes come through with a nice bite of hop bitterness.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th August 2012
GBBF. Light haze on this amber beer. Smooth palate with a little fine carbonation. Quite a sweet IPA this one! The pale malt has a subtle estery note of sweet banana and bubblegum and also some honey. The citrus hop is also quite sweet. Finishes dry. Nice.
jcos (1173) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location/Date:Bottle on October 21st, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a copper opaque.
Aroma: Faint grapefruit hop.
Taste: Light bitterness, faint pine, grapefruit, faint caramel malt.
Palate:Medium light body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: I am not qualified to confirm this is Maineís Best IPA...a solid IPA, would compliment a meal but not one I want just for beerís sake.
BeerSquare (114) - - SEP 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is ok, itís fine, itís good, but itís not the best IPA in Maine or any other state.
In general, Grittyís beers are better at the maltier end of the spectrum, and on tap v. bottled.
Iíve only had this one bottled, and it has some good hop flavors, but nothing horribly unique, and it has a relatively strong barley / malt note that some here have described as "buttery"-- I agree it really takes away from the flavor.
Perfectly drinkable, but so many good maine beers ahead of this one.
conway (570) - - SEP 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Uploading from Beer Buddy App. Notes from memory. Disappointing. On tap at the tavern it's delicious. Bottling robbed the beef of all it's flavor and charm. Stick to getting it at their brew pub.
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ben4321 (2982) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from a 6 pack, a gift from the in-laws from their recent visit to Maine, I have no idea where it was purchased, 8/29/12, as "Maineís Best IPA"
Aroma: The aroma is fairly muted, with earth, grapefruit/citrus notes, caramel, and a little butter
Appearance: It pours a caramel-orange color with an inch thick foam of beige colored head
Flavor: The flavor is way too butter heavy, with some bitter hop notes and a little caramel sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a smooth, creamy feel, and a lengthy, dry finish to it
This one would have been a lot better if it wasnít for that annoying buttery flavor that pops up. The other components are there, and even sneak out a bit as the beers warms, but they just canít completely overcome that weird buttery flavor. Iím being a touch repetitive intentionally, because thatís my Maine (pun intended, sorry I couldnít resist) recollection of this one. Even though it is out of character, Iíll skip the "Maineís Best IPA" joke. With a little work I could see this one getting better. Maybe one of the 5 remaining bottles will change my mind and force a re-rate?
ausomeawestin (63) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber with intense rocky and bubbly off white head with lots of intricate lacing.†
Aroma is sweets and spices, almost apple pie.
Taste follows suite with fruity hops and caramel malts.†This IPA is marked by a strong malt presence that is sugary rather than sweet and creamy.