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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Maine’s Best IPA is a unique blend of American hops with a British body utilizing English 2-Row Pale malts. This IPA starts with a hoppy aroma and taste; ending with a sweet finish. Plenty of Munich and caramalts are used to give the beer that golden hue. There are fifty-six pounds of Cascade Hops used in each 50 barrel batch that is brewed! Then we finish the beer with Willamette & Warrior Hops, (Warrior is a high-alpha acid variety of hops). AKA, "Uncle Andy’s IPA".

jcos' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcos (1706) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
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 Maine’s Best IPA...a solid IPA, would compliment a meal but not one I want just for beer’s sake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (972) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Pours a reddish amber with a huge white head that stays long. Nose is faint wet grain and straw. Taste is bitter up front, fading to sweet malt. Fuller medium body. Lively carbonation. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. A clear, dark golden beer with a minimal sized off-white head. Rather malty aroma, with a grassy, light piney touch. Decent bitterness in the flavor, it’s medium bodied and smooth on the palate, soft carbonation. Grassy, piney and generically fruity. Long, soft finish. Boring, easy drinkable. 150609

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (9762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Draught @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, Portland, ME
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, some fruitiness and hint of citrus. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, fruity and citrus finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1284) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2015
This is an ipa??? Below avg pour - amber w/ no head or lacing. Aroma doesn’t seem to contain any hope. The flavor is dominated by malts which makes the beer rather sweet. It’s yet another disappointing offering from gritty’s!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalchopz (2629) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Part of their mixed pack on my trip to Maine. Pours a deep amber colour, clean, with a frothy off-white head and decent lacing and retention. Mild grassy nose with fruity malts. Wet mouthfeel with a little dryness in the end. Caramel malts with the hops. One of their better brews, but still, nothing too fancy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Kind of an English style IPA with a lot of malt and caramel. The aroma is lager like, kind of bland. The flavor really has no hops at all. Watery finish. Not Maine’s best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2783) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a light golden colored body with a small off-white head that disappeared within a couple seconds, it left a slightly foamy lacing around the glass and rings as it went down, there was a decent amount of bubbles that came up. The smell had some hops and just a bit of pine and citrus. The taste had hops, but it wasn’t heavy or overbearing, some of the pine and the citrus comes back at the end. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, and was fairly sessionable. There was a moderate amount of harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish. Overall, this was a pretty decent brew and I might have it again. However, I would most likely lean towards to trying to get it on tap somewhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (737) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
12oz into a glass. Pours a rustic amber, dark orange, some cherry flare, and copper. Head is small, light, 2cm,and some lacing sliding down the glass. Aroma is caramel malts, granola, lingering hops, and orange peel. Taste is very malty, cider, dry and chewy instances of toffee, caramel and orange. Definately not a full frontal hop ipa, Im finding it hard to consider this one of the type in the first place. More like an amped up amber or a hoppy oktoberfest, but Maines best ipa? No. A full bodied brew, drinkability is easy with the sweet kick in the aftertaste. 6.8 sort of eases upon the senses but is not detected from the get go. Carbination is strong and fullfilling, as is the overall enjoyment of the beer. But not really an ipa in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (5223) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
12oz bottle from a Hannaford Supermarket in Kennebunk, ME. Golden amber with a tight cream head; aroma of orange and caramel; soft orangey taste; and a soft orangey finish with some lingering fresh piney hops. Not bad, but not really an IPA in the modern style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Deep copper pour with a white head. Rotten fruit, caramel malt, stale hops, crackery malts, not good.

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