Maine Beer

Tasting: May 24 – 28, 2014
Style(s): Ales
Beer #: 539 – 542

Maine Beer

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A Tiny Beautiful Something
Lil One
Weez
MO

In a year end review of 2012, I called Maine Beer Company my up and coming brewery of the year. With an initial introduction to beers like Lunch, Zoe, Mean Old Tom and King Titus they just had an excellent base of offerings.

I had assumed that since they were a small brewery that they would concentrate on making a small line of beer but it seemingly hasn’t been the case as they have a number of labels in their stable. I’m torn – while I’d like to see their legendary IPA – Lunch – on shelves with some more frequency, I didn’t mind discovering and loving new offerings like Red Wheelbarrow.

It may be a philosophy or just a circumstance of production limitations but it appears that the result leaves the crowd wanting more. It’s certainly a recipe that has worked elsewhere and even if it isn’t by design – the variety and creativity keep brewing artists and me happy.

A Tiny Beautiful Something: The alcohol by volume (ABV) on this American pale ale is 5.5%. My quick impressions are this is totally the hop dominating the malt. It’s crisp but the hops resemble more citrus rind – a bit harsh. Some cracker/bread wisps in the background. Eventually, I can determine some minor sweetness. While it is entirely drinkable – 85 points.

Lil One: Supposed to be a mid-winter offering. I guess I’m a bit late on this one. Called a strong ale it comes in at 9.1% ABV. Right out of the gate reminds me of Double Bastard. This type of ale is right in my wheelhouse. Delivers vanilla, over-toasted caramel, oak, dank hops. I’ll put this one a notch behind Lunch at 93 points.

Weez: Uses the same hops as Another One. The malt base differs in that they use roasted malts to give it its dark color and somewhat roasted flavor. Has an ABV of 7.2%. Potent citrus hops – tangerine and orange rind shine through the roasted burnt smokey toast. Another solid offering 88 points.

MO: Bigger than your standard pale ale – very IPA-like. Only 6% ABV. Nice citrus aroma – delivers the same in my first few sips. Not much sweetness here at all – some cracker-ish grains. Bitterness is a bit clunky can’t discern it as citrus or earthy bitterness – just bitter. It is a nice pale ale – 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)

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