Archive for the ‘Maine Beer Company’ Category

As you can read below, this is the “fraternal twin” of Another One. If you want to see what I thought of that beer, take a look here.

weez

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We took a bold blend of hops and brewed it two ways. Weez is the hoppy result of blending with dark malts, while Another One is the smart blond fraternal twin. Hoppy and ‘roasty’ from start to finish, this version is named Weez after our brewer Mark’s cat. A tasty black ale, it’s dedicated to stray cats everywhere — especially those cared for by a group we support, HART, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine.”

Random: I love the simplicity of Maine Beer Company’s labels.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It also left a huge crown on top of the dark brown, almost black body. Because of the color, there was no visible carbonation. The nose was really piney, almost like Pine Sol. Then, it went into deep roasted malt notes and cold brew coffee. The taste was the opposite. It started with the roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee came through too and was backed up by grassy hops and pine sap. The body was thick and had a touch of booze. It had mild carbonation that I wish was a little more prevalent. The finish lasted on my tongue forever with smoke and roasted malts. This was $8.99 for a 16 ounce bottle, which meant I paid $.56 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer, just like I enjoy every beer from Maine Beer Company. I wish it had a touch more hops, but that’s really my only complaint.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

When we made our annual holiday trip to Half Time in Mamaroneck, Val found this gem while I was online. I think I had it at the brewery, but I didn’t do a formal review and wasn’t sure I’d get to try it again. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about that anymore…

beer1

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Hop Program developed as a way to experiment with new hops and new hop combinations, and also incorporate different styles of beer. It is important for us to keep learning and growing as a brewery, and the Hop Program allows us to do that. Never standing still, and always moving forward are some of the goals we aim to accomplish through this series. We hope you enjoy each new Hop Program creation.”

Random: This was first brewed in February of 2015.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on my IPA glass. There was also a small crown on top of the body. The body was ever-so-slightly hazy and a lemon-yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. It had grass and citrus, specifically lemon and orange. It then went into tropical notes of pineapple and mango. There was also some floral notes. The taste was much more dank than the nose. It also had something vegetal, almost like onion. It also had earthy grass notes and lemon pith. I didn’t get the tropical notes that were apparent in the nose, which I think would have balanced the onion note. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass hops and onion. A bottle of this set me back $9.99, which came to $.62 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but I’ve had better from Maine Beer Company. I still would highly recommend it, though.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s time for another beer from Maine Beer Company. This will be the seventh selection that I’ve had from them. Let’s see how it was.

atinybeautifulsomething

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There was a new hop in town, and it was called El Dorado. At first blush, we thought we’d give it a tumble with some of our other favorite Northwest varieties. Then inspiration struck and we decided to brew it as a single-hop pale ale. The aroma and flavor offer intense candied orange and citrus zest. The rounded, silky mouth feel comes from the touch of flaked oats. Brewed to finish dry and clean, it’s a little bit smooth, but still a rugged individualist.”

Random: I waited to try this until I made sure my matching glass was clean. Dorky, I know.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on my Maine Beer Company glass. The body was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant with floral hops, pine and cracker. The taste had the same floral hops. The pine was more muted in the taste than the nose. There was a bready note as well. After a few sips, I picked up lemon and pineapple. The body was on the thinner side with a decent amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with floral hops. A bottle of this ran me $7.99, which came to $.50 per ounce, which isn’t cheap, but given what’s inside, was well worth the price. This was another outstanding beer from Maine Beer Company that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We’re watching a show called “Flipping Virgins” and they just showed a house that has a pink kitchen and a pink master bedroom. Why would anyone paint their rooms that color? Anyways, let’s talk about this beer from Maine Beer Company.

anotherone

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sometimes when we’re brainstorming, another cold one helps the ideas flow. Like the time we said, ‘Hey, let’s take this awesome hop blend and switch up the malts.’ That insight explains the goodness that is Another One, the lighter side of Weez (both beers use a nearly identical kettle and dry hopping schedule). An intensely hoppy American IPA with a clean malt palate, it leaves little but hoppy resins on the tongue; a dry, crisp finish; and a sense that anything’s possible.”

Random: The simplicity of Maine Beer Company’s labels make them stand out on shelves.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left generous lacing on the IPA glass. The body was a light, lemon-yellow color which was very cloudy. As a result, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was fragrant with light citrus that was quickly overtaken by grass and tropical fruits (specifically mango). After a few sniffs, tangerine was also a major scent. The taste had even more tropical fruit notes. Mango and papaya came through with tangerine. It then went into a really authentic peach note. Grass and fresh pine were the next notes on the flavor profile. The alcohol was insanely hidden. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the remnants of the fresh pine. This was $6.49 for the bottle, which broke down to $.41 per ounce, which is a bit pricey, but definitely worth it. This beer was ridiculously good and one that should be at the top of anyone’s list to seek out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Everyone is going crazy for Maine beers lately. I thought I had reviewed this one, but after some research, I figured out I was wrong and needed to rectify that.

mo

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our first run at an American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passion fruit and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.”

Random: I love the simplicity of their labels.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger, fluffy white head that looked like whipped egg whites. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had fresh-cut grass and light pine. The taste had the same grassy notes with pine, but also had a generous dose of citrus in it. Specifically, I picked up grapefruit pulp. Some tropical fruit was there as well, but was in the background. There wasn’t a lot of malt to this, which was 100% fine with me. It had a thick body with light carbonation. It could have used a bit more, but I don’t think this was a fresh bottle. The finish was long with pine and grapefruit pulp. This was a good beer, but I think if I had it fresh, it would be outstanding. The one thing I really enjoyed about this beer is that it was an assertive pale ale with strong flavors. Some beers of the style tend to be bland. This was another beer gift, so I don’t have an idea on price, but free beer is always good beer! I would have this again even if I had to pay for it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I think all the snow from yesterday finally melted. I can’t wait until it gets a bit warmer because that can only mean one thing: baseball. And, with baseball comes another of my favorite things: barbecue. For Easter, I’ll be smoking a pork shoulder to make pulled pork, coupled with some homemade barbecue sauce. I usually make a sweet barbecue sauce with molasses and brown sugar and then I do a spicy barbecue sauce with some chipotle peppers. I’m quite excited as I think Kate will be when she reads this post as I haven’t confirmed the menu with her yet. Anyways, let’s review this brew.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. Intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate lead way to subtle notes of natural vanilla. Flaked oats generate a silky mouthfeel.”

Random: The cat is now obsessed at staring and meowing at the deer in the backyard.

This poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was pronounced vanilla, cocoa nibs and roasted malts. I really enjoyed the nose because it is pretty rare that you can actually place vanilla on the aroma of a beer. The taste was vanilla primarily and then bitter chocolate and black coffee. There was no alcohol warming on the brew, which is to be expected due to the relatively low ABV. The vanilla in the flavor was very authentic. The taste was just amazing. The body was moderately thick with high carbonation. The finish was long with roasted malts. This beer is just awesome. It had great flavors and was complex, yet drinkable. This is one you need to grab off the shelf if you see.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is one of the beers that my parents brought back for me when they went antiquing out-of-state. When I was reviewing another one of their beers, I was reading a press release that came out that day that they are now distributing in New Jersey. This news makes me very happy. The three beers that I’ve had from them are solid and standouts in their styles. To be able to get them whenever I want? Score!

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.”

Random: This is the beer that is first going to be distributed in New Jersey.

Oh Maine Beer Company, how you can do no wrong in my eyes. I was seriously excited to pour this one. When I did, I got a huge pure white head that was fluffy and three fingers high. The head dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation. The nose was really clean and had notes of lemon and grapefruit. The taste had a few more notes than the nose. I got lemon, grapefruit, citrus zest and pepper. After a few sips, some malt sweetness came through at the end. The flavors were pretty strong, but worked very well together. The body was a medium thickness with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with some caramel malt. This was just an easy drinking, seriously flavorful pale ale. I would definitely have this beer again!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0