The last brewery that we went to in Maine was Sebago. Much like Sea Dog, it was a brewpub. We sat in the bar and I picked one of their session beers. I watched some football while I checked out the place. They had about 6 beers on tap with varying selections of styles. The bar was relatively large with televisions and the service was alright. It was pretty empty and I didn’t see any food come out. It was in the same parking lot as a large supermarket, so I could see it getting crowded. The beer was fine, nothing impressive. And thus ended our Maine brewery visits.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Like a sound system that fills the room with audibles swarming in every direction. This massive stout overtakes your senses with aromas & flavor of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, smoke, earth & wood, It’s heavy I know, but you have to drop that bass every once in a while if you really wanna get down. Label Design Notes: Surround’s geometric pattern is based on a piece of tape used by an early analog computer that may have been used in multi-track music production during the 1960s. The type is set in Helvetica Neue LT Std so that we can maximize the area used for the pattern on the label without compromising legibility of the mandatory text.”
Random: I am really enjoying this scheduling my posts. It allows me to massively update, but still have only one post show each day. How did I not do this before? It’s brilliant.
This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malts, smoke and cocoa powder. The taste had very intense smoke and roasted malts. What was really interesting about this beer was that I didn’t get the normal coffee and chocolate notes that accompany a stout. The beer had generous bitterness without being overwhelming. It had a thick body with well-hidden alcohol. The carbonation was moderate. The finish was length with roasty notes. The single was $3.50 for the bottle, which came to $.29 per ounce. Although this wasn’t cheap, it was a really interesting beer that I’m glad I tried.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0
On our way home from Portland, we only needed to visit two more breweries for a tee-shirt, so we stopped in South Portland at Sea Dog. We pulled up and it was obvious that this was more of a brewpub than an actual brewery. We sat at the bar and I asked the bartender what the smallest beer I could get was. She said I could get a sampler paddle of 6 or a full beer. She then disappeared for 10 minutes. When she came back, I managed to get a 10 ounce beer so that she would sign our passport. The space itself was fine, albeit a little old. They also had a Bloody Mary bar, which I thought was a brunch bar. I didn’t see any food, but the place was just a bit sad. We left and were on our way to the last brewery stop in Maine.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Try our new refreshingly light and crisp Strawberry Best! we start with an American Wheat style recipe that’s a perfect compliment for fruit. We add real strawberry puree to the secondary fermentation, which gives the beer a naturally subtle strawberry flavor and aroma with a slight tartness. light in color and soft in bitterness this beer is designed to specifically to be enjoyed during the hot summer months.”
Random: I used to love Sea Dog, but I guess I grew out of them.
This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A very tiny crown was left on top of the clear, straw yellow body that had moderate carbonation visible. The nose smelled like strawberry soda or strawberry candy. There wasn’t anything else that I picked up from this. The taste was like lightly flavored strawberry seltzer with artificial sweetener. It didn’t have a huge amount of flavor, but what was there was bad. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with artificial sweetness. This beer was pretty awful. At $1.67 a bottle ($.14 per ounce), this isn’t expensive, but it isn’t worth drinking.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0
The next brewery we went to was in the office park across the street. This was Geary’s, which had a giant flag outside telling you it was open. I wondered why they needed it, and then we walked in. It was a very small tasting room with just us and the person working. We got a single sample and went outside (again, no indoor seats) to try the beer and I played cornhole by myself since Val’s feet hurt. I played a few really good rounds and since their beer was only alright, we left to grab some food. The next day, we were headed back home, but still managed to stop at a few breweries.
Style: Cream Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A coffee ale with a touch of cream. Calm Before the Storm came from a quest for a warm weather alternative to our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Like its more robust cousin, we infuse a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. But this time, we added it to a lighter-bodied golden cream ale. The end result is a surprisingly bright, coffee-forward beer that’s perfectly refreshing.”
Random: Val’s review of this beer was that it was not Carton Regular Coffee. Every cream ale will now be compared to that.
This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of vanilla and burnt coffee. The taste had the same burnt coffee note along with light vanilla. The coffee overwhelmed the palate. The body was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with burnt coffee. This was $2.83 for the single ($.24 per ounce) Given all of the hype around this beer, I thought it would be better.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0
The next brewery we went to was Austin Street. This brewery wasn’t nearly as crowded as the other two. As like the other ones, there was no indoor seating space. We got a few samples and made it the plastic chairs outside. They had giant Jenga, but it was on a very wobbly plastic table, so we didn’t partake. Their beers were fine, but nothing I would rush back to have. After that, we were on our way to the last brewery of the day…
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler is a zesty, refreshing take on a tradition of mixing beer with soda or lemonade to create a light, thirst-quenching beverage ideal for warm weather. Radler (literally, ‘cyclist,’) takes its name from active German sportsmen of a hundred years ago, but our version tastes just as good even if you do nothing more strenuous than lifting it to your lips.”
Random: This is beer review #2000!
This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had pungent ginger with lemonade. The taste was no better than the nose. Ginger came through initially and then artificial lemonade. It was slightly tart at the end, but this beer was just downright unpleasant. The body was thin with light carbonation. The finish was quick with the same artificial lemon taste. The price on this was $1.50 per can ($.12 per ounce). This beer was just not to my taste, at all. I struggled to take a few sips of this, luckily I poured it for Val, so I didn’t have to finish it. I won’t be having this again.
Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0
The next brewery that we went to was a few storefronts down from Bissell Brothers. This was Foundation Brewery, which was also quite crowded. It had no indoor seating, so we got a sample and sat at a picnic bench outside. Their beer was pretty good, but in all fairness, I only tried one. It took about 15 minutes to get a sample because they were so crowded with people wanting growler fills. After about 15 minutes, we were on the way to the back of the office park for another brewery…
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.”
Random: I have never visited so many breweries in such a short period of time.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan head the dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown on top of the dark brown, almost black body. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of roasted malts, coffee, smoke and cocoa nibs. I didn’t pick up any of the vanilla or ancho peppers at this point. The taste had even more depth. At first, I picked up vanilla and cocoa nibs. Then, strong espresso coffee with smoke came through and lingered. I still didn’t pick up the ancho chiles, which I would have liked. The booze was insanely well-hidden on the beer. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and smoke. The single cost $9 ($.75 per ounce), which is definitely on the expensive side. But, it was an absolutely outstanding beer that actually lived up to the hype. Go find this beer now!
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0
After we went to Allagash, we started to go to all of the other breweries that were in the same office park. The next brewery was Bissell Brothers. It was absolutely packed. They had a small window to order beers where you could peer into the brewery. Since it was so crowded, I couldn’t see much. They had no indoor seating, so we took a table outside. They ran out of two beers that day, so I got two samples of the remaining ones and they were really good. I can see why this place gets so much hype. Due to the large crowd, we didn’t spend much time here before moving on to the next brewery, but I did get a glass from them.
Style: American Porter
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aroma is coffee, roast, and chocolate malt with raspberries, light earthy hops and dates. Flavor is malt dominant, sweet dark chocolate, light roast malt, light hops, medium bitterness, light raspberries, peppery alcohol and a sweet finish.”
Random: I thought the label art on this was cute.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose presented with light roasted malts with lots of raspberry. The taste was dominated by raspberry juice. I picked up cocoa on the back-end with slight smoke. I didn’t pick up dates, but most likely because the flavor was so berry-forward. The alcohol was perceptible on the beer and created some warming at the back of the throat. The body was overly thin with light carbonation. It had a long and fruity finish. This was $11.99 for the bomber, which came to $.55 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer, but the fruit was just too much and hid all of the other flavors in the beer. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0
Posted: September 27, 2015 in Cider, Citizen Cider, Reviews
The next brewery we made our way to was Allagash. We had registered for the 3 PM tour, so we got there a few minutes early. Their tasting room was moderate sized and they had their merchandise all around. The first thing that I noticed was that there were not any rare beers for sale at the brewery. This was beyond disappointing. When we asked, they told us that they send them all to stores now, so the only rare beer they had was their house beer, which you could only purchase by the case (we didn’t). The tour was informative and we got to see their barrel aging room, which is where we had our tasting. We tasted 4 beers, but there wasn’t anything rare to taste either. Our tour guide was really nice, which was a plus. It was nice to visit, but it was a bit of a letdown.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “from the blossom, to the bee, to the pollinated tree, B-Cider is a delicate blend of cider with honey that gives you an opportunity to drink the full circle of life on the orchard. The apple trees need the bees for pollination, the bees need the apple trees for sustenance, and we need both to make this floral and aromatic cider.”
Random: Val picked out this cider at Half Time.
This cider poured with no head on top of a clear, green-tinged body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of only green apples. The taste was quite tart with the same green apple note. It was very crisp, but I couldn’t pick up any sweetness from the honey that I expected based on the description on the bottle, and that was a total letdown. I also didn’t get any floral notes either. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick, yet tart with green apple skins. This was a completely one-dimensional cider and one that I won’t be having again and at $15.99 a bomber ($.72 per ounce), it’s not cheap either.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0