ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. Thereís about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and itís beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.
S: Itís about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.
T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.
M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.
O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. Itís definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer thatís only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...
dlovell2 (1002) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy dark amber with a thick, foamy khaki colored head. Aroma is citrus, floral, spicy pepper & pine. Big hop forward grapefruit start followed by biscut malt and mineral notes. Finishes dry citrus and big pine hop bitterness.
raoul_duke (99) - - MAR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Labeled 1/28/15, so I?m drinking it about 45 days post bottling. Giant foamy brownish white head. Dissipates really slowly. Lemon huge on the nose, refreshing. Hazelnut brown appearance with some red tones. Some wonderful hop note on the front with the body of a brown ale. This is interesting. In fact, I love this.
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really confused about the fresh notes everyone else is mentioning. This bottle is stamped one month ago, and is devoid of fresh hop notes. Even tastes a little phenolic, like it was fermented too hot. Some pine resin in the background, but otherwise medicinal over too much malt. Really disappointed by this one.
jacobrm (15) - - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good for an amber. Large white head that dissipates slowly. Smell is very hop foreward for the style.
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plaugher (228) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle into an English pint. Pours a gorgeous opaque amber, with lasting off-white head and plenty of lacing. Nose is big-time citrusy hops with grapefruit predominant. Similar citrus flavour, but a bit lighter on the palate. Good hoppy, bitter bite to it. As usual, a solid Maine Beer Co. brew! Probably better sampled mid-summer.
Ctplt777 (249) - - MAR 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous dark amber color. Huge notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. It just explodes out of the bottle as soon as you open the top. It smells like some of the best IPAís out there. Taste is like biting into a fresh grapefruit. Really big grapefruit and tropical fruit. The "hoppy, hoppy" part is definitely there. For an "amber ale" it tastes like some of the best IPAís out there. Better than a lot of them as well. This is the first Maine Brewing beer I have had and I highly recommend it. Absolutely delicious. Cheers!
eggraid101 (27) - Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of a 22 oz bottle. A deep Amber color, pleasant aroma of light hops. First sip had plenty of malt, the rest of the glass the hops showed
Up. They were not overpowering like many hyper hopped beers. A great, clean Amber.
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ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good rich ipa. Not overpowering bitter. Not a lot else to me outside of the usual ipa flavor though
jlioi (22) - - FEB 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has a strong bitter kick immediately and then dies off. The hops are potent with a sharp bitter taste. You could easily mistake this for an IPA.
MadIndian (2511) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Philly craft. Interesting brew with a bit going on. Notes of Pine needles, caramel malts, lemon, grapefruit and citrus. Finishes piney and sweet, with a dry bitterness. Odd , but good.