Maine Beer Company Dinner

I’ve been riding the stationary bike every day to get more exercise. It’s been getting easier every time and I’ve been hitting at least 10 miles each day. I’m thinking about adding a morning workout in too, but we’ll see.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our expanded tasting room features 20 draft lines, including some limited and brewery-only releases. We serve pizzas from our wood-fired oven using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our mezzanine offers additional seating overlooking the tasting room and the production space. We also offer merchandise, gift certificates, and bottles of our beer to go. The tasting room is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.”

Random: I’m on pace to hit my reading goal of 200 books this year. So far, I’m 20 books ahead of pace.

The beer poured with a one finger, thick white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very fragrant with lots of fruit. I picked up mango, pineapple and lots of peach and apricot. The taste was even better than the nose. It had lots of fresh fruit. There was mango upfront and then peach and apricot. There was some grapefruit zest at the end. The booze was hidden very well and the body had some heft to it. There was generous carbonation. The finish was sticky and fruity. This beer was worth the hype and was outstanding. I highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Allagash Terration Pomar

During our trip to Maine, we made a stop at Allagash and enjoyed it so much, we stayed for hours. The new patio is amazing. We picked up some bottles to bring home, including this one.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Terration Pomar blends three traditions: brewing, winemaking, and cider pressing. In clay pots—historically used in winemaking—we aged a combination of wild and spontaneously fermented ale with locally pressed cider. While resting in clay, the beer blend developed a flavor that combined aromas of fresh lemon zest and tart apple, a hint of minerality, and well-rounded funk from our spontaneously fermented beer. Old-world technique, a new generation of brewing.”

Random: The food truck that is usually outside of Allagash has the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had. They have a teapot full of butter they offer to pour on them.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a very small, incomplete crown on top of the body. The body was a cloudy, lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation visible and floaties as well. The nose was really fragrant. I picked up some green apple skins, yeast and some horse blanket as well. The taste had some light white vinegar notes along with some dry apple juice and apple skins. There was a white wine note as well with some mineral water. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with apple skins. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Definitive Ale

Tonight’s beer is another one from Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our brewery consists of a 15 barrel brew house, six 30 barrel fermenters, two 15 barrel fermenters and two 30 bbl Brite tanks. We pride ourselves on making great beer and having something for everyone be it a low ABV Session Ale, our Kolsch (Contee), IPAs, Stouts and Sours. Stop by and check us out! We self distribute in Maine. If you are interested in offering our beer in Maine please email sales@definitivebrewing.com. Outside of Maine we have regular distribution in Massachusetts and Rhode Island through Craft Collective, and in New Hampshire through Vacationland Distributors. We also have limited distribution in New York and New Jersey through Remarkable Liquids, and in Pennsylvania through Nevulis Beverages. If you are interested in offering our beer outside of Maine, please contact your local sales representative.”

Random: I haven’t seen Definitive beers in Jersey, but maybe that will change.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose started with lots of melon, specifically cantaloupe. The taste was much of the same with cantaloupe that quickly transitioned into grapefruit segments and juice. There was very little malt to speak of. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. The alcohol was undetectable. The finish was lengthy with melon. This is what I want out of New England IPA, something bright with lots of fruit. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Eight & Sand Raspberries & Cream

Val and I did some hiking recently and found a trail that at one point, had a pretty steep incline. It was also incredibly muddy. Like, getting water and mud inside the vents of my shoes. Next time, I’ll take my hiking shoes that don’t have vents.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Eight & Sand Beer Co. is a full production brewery and tasting room featuring 20 taps. All beer is made on premise in the brewhouse seen right through the windows behind our 40-foot bar. Our tasting room has a rustic industrial style that feeds right off of our train brand. Sitting in our beer garden or even at our bar you can hear the occasional train go by just a few buildings away.”

Random: The brewery itself was spacious and the staff was incredibly friendly.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated quickly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a bright pink color and clear and had a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of raspberry extract and a touch of lactose as well. The taste was raspberry extract dominant as well and there wasn’t lactose in the taste. There was a hint of grass, but that was it. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with raspberry. The beer was alright and definitely had some raspberry flavor, but not much else. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Definitive Vanilla Dome – Strawberry

Breweries are popping up all over Maine and this is one that got high marks from the guys at the beer store we stopped at before we left Portland. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Definitive Brewing was formed in 2017 when we came across lightning in a (beer) bottle. After months of planning, we were introduced to our now Director of Brewing Operations, and found an ideal location, all in a single week. Our investment group is made up of friends and family all with ties to Lake Cobbosseecontee in Manchester, ME. After 6 months of tireless efforts to transform an old scaffolding company into a production brewery and tasting room, we opened May 19, 2018 on the legendary Industrial Way. At Definitive Brewing we strive to provide a memorable tasting room experience for all of our customers. This is culminated by our wide variety of beers, including our Kolsch (Contee), Session Ales, IPAs, Stouts and Sours! Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon!”

Random: We didn’t get to visit the brewery, but will have to make a stop when we’re in Maine again.

The beer poured with a loose, three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and had some cloudiness. There were some floaties visible as well. The nose had big notes of powdered strawberry and vanilla with lots of lactose. The taste had a lot of sweetness from the lactose along with the strawberry and vanilla notes in the nose. Although this sounds pretty simple, it was well-executed. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with strawberry and vanilla. This was an easy drinker that I’m glad I got to try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

New England Brewing G-Bot

On the way back from Boston, Val and I stopped in Connecticut at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. We stopped at a beer store in town and this was just chilling on the shelf. It had to come home with me.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The beer. The ‘Bot. The legend. This sought-after Double IPA packs in a whole mess of hops in order to churn out a bombastic citrus taste full of orange peel, mildly dank whiffs of pine, and a deceptively easy-flowing flavor. There’s just enough haze in this one to satisfy the ‘Hops Heads’ while it’s not to bitter/crazy for first-timers to enjoy this fruity brew.”

Random: The brewery’s website is weirdly slow.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow in color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lots of fruit. I picked up grapefruit, pineapple and mango along with oranges. There was also some malt on the nose. The taste was even better than the nose. There was a lot of fresh tropical fruit with the same pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange. It had a green herbal note that followed up with fresh cut grass. At the end of the sip was a touch of caramel malt to balance out the hops. There was a touch of booze that came through. The body was on the lighter side of the style with a generous amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with grass. This beer was exceptional and a great example of the style. Get your hands on this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ Hair Raiser

When Val and I were in the Boston area, we stopped at a few breweries, one of them being Exhibit ‘A’. It was outside of the city and basically empty. They had an outside area, which it was a bit too hot to be in and the indoor bar which was dark and empty. We decided to grab some beer to go instead of having a beer there. This is what we brought home.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big citrus peel hop aroma greets your nose followed by flavors of citrus zest, grapefruit and hints of mango and peaches. Hop bitterness is balanced by sweet malt with a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Exhibit ‘A.’

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. The head took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and very cloudy. There was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I picked up mango, kiwi and pineapple. There was some passionfruit as well. The taste was even more fruity and upfront. I got the same mango, kiwi and pineapple along with oranges. There was a touch of grass at the end of the sip. There was a touch of alcohol, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. I thought this beer was exceptional and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0