jcos (1525) - 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 Maine’s Best IPA...a solid IPA, would compliment a meal but not one I want just for beer’s sake.
Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
hockeybeerguy (1961) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
PhatB420 (623) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
berkshirejohn (4477) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep copper pour with a white head. Rotten fruit, caramel malt, stale hops, crackery malts, not good.
DrinkinWell (262) - - OCT 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color, small whit head. Hints of caramel, citrus. However, the bitter hops completely overpower the sweet malts, making this beer somewhat unappealing. Not worth the calories.
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at the Portland branch. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Bready malt nose, some pine needles. Medium sweet flavor with upfront alcohol, light dry pine, semi-dark bread, ripening orange. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with alcohol, orange, pine needles, bread. At best this is average.
jdobbs (375) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
snoworsummer (2085) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours amber with white head. Smells like bread, light fruit, and fresh hops. Tastes like bitter hops, grapefruit, and some sweet malts. Medium body and light carbonation.