Definitive Distant Gardens

Another day, another beer. This is another one from Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. Portland’s population was 66,417 as of 2018. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population, making it the most populous metropolitan area in northern New England (an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) and the 106th-largest in the United States. Portland’s economy relies mostly on the service sector and tourism. The Old Port district is known for its 19th-century architecture and nightlife. Marine industry still plays an important role in the city’s economy, with an active waterfront that supports fishing and commercial shipping. The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, Dorset. In turn, the city of Portland, Oregon was named after Portland, Maine. Portland itself comes from the Old English word Portlanda, which means ‘land surrounding a harbor’.”

Random: Portland is one of my favorite places that I’ve ever been.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It was relatively thick and dissipated at a slow pace. It left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was expectedly hazy and orange colored with no visible carbonation. The nose started with some tropical fruit, specifically mango and papaya. There was a candy like sweetness as well that transitioned into a green herbal note. The taste had even more fruit. The same mango and papaya were there, but it transitioned into strawberries and a sweet milk note, like milk left at the end of a bowl of Lucky Charms. The alcohol was hidden and the body was on the medium side. There was plenty of carbonation as well. It had a sticky and fruity finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Definitive Spirals

Tonight’s selection hails from one of my favorite beer cities, Portland, Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.2%

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: It looks like this brewery’s offerings are now available in Jersey, which is very exciting.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of incredibly loose white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up watermelon, lemon zest, lime flesh and some tangerine. The taste was huge. There was so much fruit. I got the tangerine and lime that was present in the nose along with cantaloupe, peach, apricot and pear. There was a touch of alcohol, but nothing could take away from the fruit brightness of this beer. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. This had a lengthy finish with fruit. This beer was outstanding and I highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Definitive Contee

Happy Leap Day! Tonight’s selection is a beer that we brought home from Maine.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Kolsch

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: The only information about this beer on the website is that it is a Kolsch.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose started with some cracker malt and had a touch of grass and some green grapes. The taste was crisp. It had the same cracker malt that was apparent in the nose with a decent amount of grass. I didn’t pick up the green grape note. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with malt. The beer was alright, but not a standout for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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

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