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

Maine Beer Company Second Dinner

Maine is one of my favorite places to visit, and it certainly helps that they have exceptional beer. Maine Beer Company beers used to be incredibly difficult to find, but because so many new breweries and popping up and everyone seems to want to try the flavor of the week, they are becoming more readily available. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 8%

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 loved the new Maine Beer Company tasting room. It was so spacious and really beautiful.

The beer poured with half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with little carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose on the beer was exceptionally fragrant. It started with some tropical fruit, specifically pineapple and mango and then went into pine hops. The taste was even better than the nose. The pine resin came through first, but quickly made way for mango, apricot and tangerine. The alcohol was well hidden and the body was medium thickness. There was generous carbonation. It had a sticky finish with tropical fruit. This beer was exceptional and is worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Maine Beer Company Thank You 2019

This year, Val and I took a trip to Maine and Boston and part of the trip included a stop to Maine Beer Company. Since we had been there last, they had done a complete renovation of the brewery and it is awesome. The space is clean and huge, with lots of beers on tap and they have food now. Although we didn’t get to try their pizza, it smelled amazing. This beer was on tap, but I knew I had it in the beer fridge, so I tried it at home.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Thank You is an IPA brewed with a different recipe each year, and dedicated to all who enjoy our beer. Thank you to our customers, nonprofit partners, employees, wholesalers, retailers, and everyone who continues to do what’s right.”

Random: I remember when it was really hard to get Maine Beer Company beers.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate. The body was clear and yellow in color, with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with canned pineapple and mango and transitioned into a note of honey baked oats. The taste started with the fruit as well. The canned pineapple and mango were pronounced and took some tangerine along for the ride. Apricot came through as well and then transitioned into barley with some honey as well. The body had some heft to it with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with a lot of pineapple and mango. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Maine Beer Company Weez

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.

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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

Maine Beer Company Hop Program – Beer 1

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…

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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

Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something

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

Maine Beer Company Another One

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