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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   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".

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcos (1855) - 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.

MacNJ (108) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Nice, clear light brown appearance, but the head dissipated quickly (and virtually no lacing is there). The nose was evident with malty bread and caramel notes. It has a bitter bite that matches the 60 IBUs, but the English and German malts dominate. Seems to be an "Extra Special Bitter Ale" and not an IPA at all. Cheers!

drhino1 (2) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2017 does not count
Was in Maine recently and tried Gritty’s Maine’s Best IPA.... Very, very good beer. I’m disappointed it’s not distributed in CT, but will find a way to get my hands on more of this beer.....Awesome product!

BrewBrain (189) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Definitely not the best IPA in the great state. Orange amber clear pour. Herbal resin caramel aroma. Taste is a bit shocking, overly sticky caramel earthy flavor. Modest bitterness.

AirForceHops (7793) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Color is a caramel maghony with weak lasting white head. Aroma weak earthy pine and herbal notes.

Taste needs some help. Caramel toffee base with a slightly sticky texture. (WAY too much crystal malt) The hops are overly herbal and bold pine. The hops just come off astringent. Maybe I had an older bottle but… I doubt it. Sugar and astringent hops, no thanks.

markducommun (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Interesting orange-red color, clear. Light tan head. Roasted grains, touch of pine resin. Bit of honey. Moderately bitter upfront. Nice sweetness balances it out. Medium body, decent amount of carbonation, some oiliness. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jandd1983 (4577) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. It poured a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus, grapes and some pine. The taste was similar to the aroma with more citrus, pine, hops and some sweetness. Not bad.

kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Orange clear with white head. Poured from draft at the Grittys taproom in Portland Maine. Not good

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2015
LSAT Freedom Trip #49. Keg at the Auburn location. Clear copper, thin foamy white head, fair retention. Aroma of citrus, lemon, pine, caramel. The taste is citrus, mild pine, caramel malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Decent, but no longer Maine’s Best IPA.

DiarmaidBHK (5881) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Sample at brewpub. I'm probably not the first to say this but what a terrible fucking name for a beer especially if you don't deliver the goods. I wonder how many breweries started in Maine just to disprove this name. Anywho pours golden with a white head. Not much on the nose or tongue. Kind of dull for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Copper poir with a quick head that leaves zero lacing.cminimal nose. Light bitterness, grassy funk and finish with pour lemons. Light to medium body. Instantly forgettable.

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