ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy gold color and a three-fingers high head, shaded just off white. There’s an appropriate level of froth to the head’s texture, and an incredible amount of lacing is left behind as it recedes.
S: The hops here take a grassy, mildly citrusy tone here. After a while, this gradually shifts into a spicier note. Malty sweetness is evident yet non-intrusive.
T: Piny, peppery bitterness opens the palate, while the close seems to introduce a very subtle touch of grapefruit juiciness to counteract the mild bitterness. The cracker-like maltiness stays even throughout, providing a good ballast to the pleasant hoppiness. There’s a nice level of finesse here, and even a modicum of depth.
M: I certainly appreciate a crisp, light feel like this one has. The body is medium in thickness and quite firm, yet with a wonderful finishing dryness. Carbonation is medium.
O: This is quite good, I must say - but I have to dock points here. Simply put, it’s priced like an import, without any significant standout qualities to justify it. $6/500ml is a hard sell for something not really far off from SNPA. The increased level of refinement and subtlety compared to its peers might make it a worthwhile purchase to some, though.
DialSquare (3787) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint from Market, Italian Village: light yellow pour, soapy white stick. aroma of citrus, earthy. tastes are herbal, resiny bitter citrus, grain. even. slight vegetal.
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/05/16: Aroma of fresh citrus zest and lemongrass; pale yellow color, slight chill haze, white head, and good level of visible carbonation; lemon grass, citrus, light wheat maltiness, biscuit moderate bitterness, zesty and crisp finish; medium-light body and effervescent; very enjoyable with a great hop flavor; uber sessionable. Draught at Dutch’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.
BierMeHoos (471) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
Appearance: Very light, pale yellow, decent finger of head depending on how strong the pour.
Aroma: Light lemon, orange, grapefruit, wheat, grass.
Taste: bright and refreshing, bit of hop bitterness with citrus the primary other aspect.
Palate: light and watery.
Overall: Pretty good, bet its even better in the summertime.
voyageurmike (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Kappy‘s in Sudbury, MA. Cloudy golden, hoppy aroma, medium body. Session beer worthy, slightly fruity hops taste with pleasant finish.
ByTheirLimpin (93) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared from a bottle donated to the cause by a good friend. Decent head fades quickly. Clear amber / banana yellow in the glass. Nose is sweet hoppy lemon. The hop follows for the first taste and surrenders nicely to a sweet piney tart grapefruit citrus. The finish is clean and pleasing. Yum.
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at ginger man, ny. Hazy golden color, white head. Aroma has fruits, mango, hops. Balanced malty body, fresh hops, grassy notes.
lightbias (397) - USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Always a big fan of Maine Beer Company, I’m excited to peel back the cap on this beer tonight. The tilted bottle delivers a crystal clear delight, lemon-drop yellow and capped with a thick, frothy white head. The aroma lofting from the glass is light juniper berries on a subtle foundation of yeast; gently funky and promising to be a delicate kiss on my senses.
- The first sip brings a stream of earthy juniper, fresh pear and light malts. Cool is the word I’d use to describe the feeling it brings to my tongue, my lips, the inside of my cheeks as I pull at the rim of the glass. Refreshing and delicate, the beer teases my olfactory senses and tempts my taste buds into tipping the glass over and over again. The second and last pour is cloudy, the more aggressive cascade obviously liberating the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
- The soft head is receding, leaving a trace of itself on the inside of the glass as I drink down. A threadbare blanket of foam remains to assist in transporting the light flavors, and succeeds in creating an aesthetically pleasing display as well. The head thickens easily again with a deft swirl of the glass, but lists quickly but gracefully back into the beer.
- The light body is stunningly carbonated, perfect for the weight, the flavor, the taste. Peeper is tantalizing in subtle fashion; tempting softly without being obvious. The finish is clean, fairly dry and consistent with the first sip. The flavors are all nicely merged and an excellent finish to a hot summer day; or a long winter’s day with a blazing wood stove. I’d suggest this excellent brew to any first time beer drinker, or someone who would enjoy a mild transition from wine. Fabulous.
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a great Pale Ale. It’s got a bit of grain taste from the malts, but the best part is the tons of fresh hop aroma. Maine Beer Company can basically do no wrong.
AndresTM (423) - Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean, refreshing aromatics: grapefruit, lime zest, sourdough, wheat fields, light apricot, and grass. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel with a medium-to-thin body. The taste is moderately bitter, with the flavors mostly mirroring the aroma for a dry, mildly grainy finish. Refreshing and easy to drink, but not very exciting.
mambossa (215) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a sunny gentle straw hue with mild head, some gentle soapy lacing lines. Nose of candy lemon, white wine, grass, fresh green foliage. Flavors of soft candied lemon zest, flower petals, grass, green bell pepper, and pale malt. Super clean drinking. Overall very subtle and inoffensive, but some unique flavors and aromas make it fairly unique.