Maine Beer Company Lunch

I’m skipping a few beers in the queue to try this one. My parents brought me back a bunch of beer from Massachusetts that I can’t get here. They actually put the beer guy on the phone and he really hooked me up with a great stash. I’ve had one beer from Maine Beer Company and it was fantastic, so I’m stoked to have this one. It said to drink fresh, so this one is getting popped open immediately.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our ‘East Coast’ version of a West Coast-style IPA.  Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate.  A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.”

Random: How did I miss the Monday night game? I completely forgot about it and now a New Jersey Senator is proposing legislation about replacement refs?

This brew poured with a huge three finger, fluffy head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with low-moderate carbonation. The nose was simply amazing, a hop head’s dream. I got heavy pine on it with some grapefruit, followed by tangerine and some tropical fruits. It just had this really nice, fresh citrus smell. The taste was even better than the nose. I got pine, fresh-cut grass and lots of bright citrus. I also got some pineapple, clementine and then some malt came through. A bit of spice came through as well. Lemon was also thrown in for good measure. Wow, this beer was just great. The body was perfect as well. It was medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The finish was long with pine resin and some pithy grapefruit. I haven’t had a beer this good in awhile. I can’t find anything wrong with this one. This beer was just the perfect IPA. I wish we got this in New Jersey because this could be an everyday drinker. Get this one if you see it!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Maine Beer Company Zoe

This is definitely a two-review type of night, especially after the week that I had. At least I have next Friday off, which is good because next Thursday is IPA day. I’m thinking of hitting up Philly and trying to find some Pliny. Well, that’s what one of my buddies wants to do because he’s obsessed with Pliny. I’ll just be the willing accomplice. So, this is another beer from the Massachusetts stash. I’ve never heard of the Maine Beer Company and their website is pretty sparse, to say the least. It matches their label as well. It was one of the most simple and plain labels that I’ve ever seen. But, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: The motto of the Maine Beer Company is “Do what’s right.” I’m down with that.

Random: Hunter Pence is going to be joining the Phillies. I think that’s definitely a good trade.

First of all, this beer poured with a crazy head, as you can probably tell by the picture. It was a generous three finger tan head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark chestnut-brown with no visible carbonation due to the color of the brew. The nose had two distinctive scents to it. First, I got a great deal of grassy hops. Then, it followed up with lots of caramel malt. This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from an amber…I was definitely intrigued at this point. On first sip, I got a lot of caramel and toffee maltiness. Then, after a few sips, the hops make an appearance. But, for me, the malt took the front seat on this one and lasted until the finish. I also got a bit of brown sugar and breadiness that lasted through the finish. This was definitely an enjoyable beer, but on it says that this is a hoppy amber. I definitely would not agree with that. For me, this is more on the malty side than the hoppy side, but totally worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0