Oilspot (5) - Atkinson, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Almost beyond words. A good punch in the nose greets the drinker at first, pours just slightly hazy, a bountiful dense head quickly forming as the brew swirls into the glass. Piney citrusy hops and a strong alcohol content dominate, but donít overwhelm. As the beer approaches becoming a fond memory it retains a mound of head to the bottom of the glass and leaves a nice lacing down the sides. Practically perfect in every way.
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at beer study about a month ago. Tasty beer here. The east coat version of the west coast ipa is now more satisfying to me than the west coast one. Nice and dry and tasty.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells resiny. Taste combines resin, pepper, spice with a bitter finish.
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good but Another One really blew my mind here. Pours dark golden with good head and lacing. A very piney flavour to this one, with some crisp malt hanging around. Soft carbonation, very bitter finish. Slick texture. On tap at brewery.
ryanfolty (1928) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 12, 2013 - bottle from Matt. Cloudy orange pour with nice long lasting head and lacing. Citrus, fruit, pine and malt in the aroma. Taste was a bit malty and fruity up front and then a citrus and mild piney bitter finish. Medium body and some carbonation. This was nicely balanced and very drinkable for those of us non-hop heads. Bottled 073013.
Tejas (889) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Draught > Maine Beer Company taproom. Delicious beer! Dry and hoppy and crisp. The dryness reminds me of Sculpin but this is much better. I could drink dozens of these.
kramer (5171) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is showing bright citrusy hops with a minimal malt interference. Bracingly bitter flavor without being too overbearing, very citrusy hops with a light pale malt backbone. A slight sweetness underlies the hop forward flavor. Lingering grapefruit notes with some moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a slight resiny stickiness from the hops. Pretty nice IPA, not as good as some of their other beers, but still solid.
BrettTaylor (575) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful rich gold with a creamy white head . Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus - very much a typical west coast IPA aroma. Nicely carbonated, bitterness is obvious on the palate with a bit of malt underneath. Finish is medium length and nicely clean. I could drink an awful lot of this. Delicious and one of the best IPAs I have ever had.
Chad9976 (1268) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/13/13 and cost $7 ($0.41 per ounce) (thanks to Jon H. for selling it to me).
Appearance: Burnt umber/rusty orange hue. So hazy that itís opaque. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains wonderfully.
Smell: Stone fruit with significant vegetable component of garlic and other seasonings.
Taste: 2013 has been the year of the New England IPA for me. Iíve had quite a few beers of the style from breweries Iíve never been able to try before, and I notice thereís an eerie similarity to their taste. However, what they also have in common is my enjoyment of them. And while Maine Beer Company Lunch is another great example of the regional style, I think Iíve reached a point where it doesnít impress me as much as it once did.
Like the other New England IPAís, "Lunch," is a palette of two distinctive movements. Up front itís sweet and juicy with a tropical fruit flavor of passion fruit, guava and red grapefruit. Then it transforms on a dime to garlic and green onion with a residual flavor of spice rack seasonings (which become stronger as the beer warms). The bitterness is noticeable throughout, but restrained, and complements the palette nicely. Thereís an arid dryness as it finishes, though it fades away quickly. The body is well-balanced with plenty of amber and pale maltiness, but I wouldnít consider it a sweet or malty beer per se. Overall, itís a very good IPA, and Iíd probably rate it higher if I hadnít already had so many comparable beers prior.
Drinkability: Though plenty robust and full-bodied, "Lunch" is a remarkably easy drinker. The mouthfeel is calm and soft, with an almost creamy texture and smooth finish. There is a slight aftertaste of spicy hops and general dryness, but itís mild and tolerable. Each swig is refreshing for a short moment as it crosses the tongue. At 7% ABV itís a strong beer, but not an obtuse one. Itís also versatile as it can be enjoyed on its own or with a meal.
rejtable (1454) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my is this ever good! Nose is a tropic fruit explosion with just a sweet malty touch in there. Notes of fruit and pine and cereal and a long lasting grapefruit bitterness to the finish. Taste is very light sweet and heavy bitterness that lasts a long time. Full sticky body with lively carbonation. Awesome!