Tasting: September 21, 2014
Beer #: 617
Admittedly, Maine Beer confuses me and it’s probably because their labels are barely distinguishable from one to another. They also make quite a few pale ales and IPAs and I guess the name Another One is apropos. Frankly, I was certain that I had had Another One once before. I was so sure that I traded away the only bottle I had. I realized that it was Little One and luckily found a few fresh bottles at Fairway Markets this past week.
As I’ve mentioned in many posts, the key to IPA is freshness and a bottling date of September 2nd is about as fresh as a bottle of Maine Beer gets in New Jersey.
Most of the Maine Beer I’ve had display a delicate balance. In the first few sips, Another One fits that to a tee as the mild tropical fruit sweetness washes in first then gets overrun by a very complex bitterness of grapefruit, tangerine, pine and a spicy black pepper. Really a crisp finish as Another One leaves a pucker dryness. I wish there was some more sweetness here – but that would be a different beer from Maine. How’s that for a new name? – A Different One, I like that. I like Another One enough to call it 90 points.
Maine Beer – Lunch (94 points)
Maine Beer – Zoe (92 points)
Maine Beer – Red Wheelbarrow (92 points)
Maine Beer – King Titus (90 points)
Maine Beer – Mean Old Tom (86 points)
Maine Beer – A Tiny Beautiful Something (85 points)
Maine Beer – Lil One (93 points)
Maine Beer – Weez (88 points)
Maine Beer – MO (90 points)