Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two for two...

Maine Beer Company - Lunch IPA

This is the second beer by the Maine Beer Company that I have tried in the last few days and they are knocking it out of the park. Here is a review:

7% abv. Had this on the eve of Hurricane Irene. Pours to a big head that dissipates quickly. Rich piney and sweet orange hops aromas right from the pour. Lots of delicious yeast and sediment all over the glass make it dirty water murky (but in a good way). Nice initial hop flavor. Hop profile seems similar to HopDevil IPA and maybe even Lagunitas Censored (two beers I absolutely love). Dry and astringent at finish, but slightly spicy hop flavors linger and continue to bite. Sneaky strong at 7% abv. Has a wonderful cask conditioned taste, smell and mouthfeel. I love nano breweries that can produce this kind of quality. Some slightly fruity and cracker-like malt sweetness, but pretty much all hops. This is another one that I could drink all night long.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I love garage beer...

Here is a review of Maine Beer Company's Seeper Ale
5.5% abv. These guys started by making beer in their garage and wanted to share. I am glad they did. They still only brew in one barrel batches and that is what makes it so fantastic. This is a bottle conditioned small batch beer...a true nano brewery. It pours to a huge cauliflower head. Excellent piney fresh hop aroma. Wow, this has a truly cask conditioned flavor in a bottle. Hops are mildly bitter, but very tasty. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, maybe honey, and graham cracker. Piney hop flavors collide with orange zest and sweet grapefruit. This is a complex and delicious beer. Superb head and lace. This has a truly craft brewed feel to it. Dry astringency toward finish. I could drink this beer all night and if I had more, I would. Fantastic.