Category Archives: Maine Beer

758. Austin Street Double Dry Hopped Patina Pale Ale (Galaxy)

Austin Street DDH Patina Pale AleAnother double dry hopped beer with this one coming from Austin Street Brewery in Portland. I believe this is the second double dry hopped version with the first being a Nelson Sauvin. I didn’t have the opportunity to try the Nelson Sauvin but after having the Galaxy version I wish I had.

Being a double dry hopped beer you get a nice hazy orange glow. Aroma is huge for a low ABV beer with lots of citrus and passion fruit. Taste starts with a big punch of hops but quickly mellows out and finishes clean. Really enjoyable beer and hopefully Jake continues to work with these double dry hopped varieties of Patina Pale Ale. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Austin Street Brewery
Brewers Description: 

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755. Baxter Brewing Ceremony

Baxter Brewing CeremonyI drink three things; milk for breakfast, tea (usually iced) during the day and beer in the evening so when Baxter Brewing announced a green tea IPA I had to find some and give it a try. Looking at other reviews of this beer many note the lack of flavor but one has to remember this is a 4.2% session beer so flavor usually is a bit muted. That said Ceremony met my expectation and is another solid offering from Baxter.

The beer pours a super clean golden yellow color with a thick white head. It seems the can shaped glasses give a larger than normal head. Aroma is light with some lemon, pine and maybe a hint of tea. Taste follows with a mild lemon and subtle citrus and tea flavors. Finish is fairly bitter but overall this is a nice beer that will not blow you away but shouldn’t disappoint either. 
Pros:
Subtle yet flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 55
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Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Session IPA brewed and flavored with green tea. This Fourth Anniversary Release uses Chinook, Mosaic and Sorachi Ace hops as well as gunpowder green tea. Look for Ceremony to be packaged in 16oz cans and the beer comes in at 4.2% ABV and 55 IBU.

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752. Bissell Brothers Brewing i-Lucky

Bissell Brothers i-LuckyI believe i-Lucky was first brewed for Pai Men Miyake a Japanese Restaurant on State Street in Portland. It was also available for tasters at the brewery and eventually made it into cans. Unfortunately this beer simply did not work for me and I ended up giving away three of the four cans I purchased.

Appearance and aroma were fine with a nice light orange color, solid white head and a muted aroma of ginger and other spices. Taste is where it fell apart as it was all ginger. I tried this beer on its own and then with my dinner and the ginger simply overpowered everything. Maybe my taste buds are sensitive to ginger or maybe the beer would work with Japanese or Thai food but it didn’t do anything for me. By the time I was half way through the can my tongue was tingling and I decided to move on to something else.

I feel like there was a well crafted beer in there somewhere but the ginger was simply too much for me. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: IPA brewed with rice & fresh ginger. a homage to restaurant workers everywhere.

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751. SoMe Brewing Apostrophe IPA

Some Brewing Apostrophe IPASmall update to this post SoMe Brewing has started to can a few of their beers including Apostrophe IPA. I bought a 4-pack and drank it over the course of a couple weeks and the beer actually seemed to get better over the course of a couple weeks. Really easy drinking IPA with loads of Mosaic hop flavors.

Some Brewing ApostropheDave from SoMe Brewing gave me this beer to try when I met with him at The Great Lost Bear. It is one of their best selling beers and a bit different than most of the IPAs out there. All Mosaic hops for this beer but unlike many single hop beers Mosaic works well for all three components; aroma, flavor and bittering.

Apostrophe pours a deep orange with minimal head and very light on the carbonation. Aroma has lots of tropical fruits and hints of onion. Taste switches gears entirely with some pear and a bit of citrus but the beer is also very sweet. Bitterness is light for an IPA.

Overall a pleasant beer that I recommend you try.
Pros:
Mosaic hops
Cons: Needs more carbonation
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: SoMe Brewing
Brewers Description: Mosaic hopped IPA

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746. Austin Street Brewery Brett Loves Hops

Austin Street Brett Loves HopsThis is the second batch of Brett Loves Hops using only Nelson Sauvin hops. I missed out on the first batch as it sold out the same day it was released but I was able to grab two bottles of this batch, one for now and one for later even though the brewer says not to age it.

Brett Loves Hops looks like your typical IPA with a nice orange color and bright white head that is probably a little thicker than most. Aroma is a nice mix white grapes and a slight funk from the brett. Taste follows with the brett taking a back seat to the fruity hops. I enjoyed this beer but I think I will like it even more when the brett has taken control. Will update this review when I try it again in 6-8 months.
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Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Austin Street Brewery
Brewers Description: Brett Loves Hops is an IPA fermented with brettanomyces. This will be a rotating series of beers with the hops changing from batch to batch.  The beer is named for the way brettanomyces and hops interplay and compliment each other so well.  When used as 100% of the primary yeast brett lends big tropical, overripe fruit flavors and aromas to the final beer.  We will work hard to choose the best hops to compliment those flavors.  Despite containing brettanomyces this is still an IPA and is meant to be enjoyed fresh.  We do not recommend aging this beer, but if you must have the signature barnyard funk that comes from aging, you will do so at the cost of hop flavor and aroma.

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740. Bissell Brothers Brewing Swish

Bissell Brothers SwishUpdated for 2016: Bissell Brothers changed the yeast strain they were using across all their beers and I feel it has improved the beers. The more recent releases of Swish have been even better than they were last year making it one of the most sought after DIPAs in Maine.

Original review: I tried both batch 1 and batch 2 of Swish and I am glad I waited for the second batch before writing this review. Not sure if my palate was off for the first batch but batch 2 was much more of what I expected from the Bissell’s.

Swish pours a pale orange, color is actually a little lighter than the photo and certainly on the lighter side for a double IPA. Aroma is strong and filled with tropical fruits; pineapple, grapefruit. Taste has lots going on with layers and layers of hops; grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple flavors being the most prominent. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall very impressed with Swish from Bissell Brothers and glad this one will be available for the next few months. 
Pros:
Big hop aroma and flavor
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: The double IPA we have dreamed about.

availability: october through april
Hops: mosaic, citra, simcoe, apollo
Malts:  2-row, golden promise, flaked wheat

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739. Foundation Brewing Epiphany

Foundation Brewing EpiphanyFoundation Brewing came out of the gate with two solid saisons; Blaze and Eddy. Initially it seemed this would be their niche but they have since released a solid brown ale named Burnside and now with the release of Epiphany a straight up American Double IPA it is clear Joel can brew anything.

Epiphany uses a mix of Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella, Mosaic hops and clocks in at a manageable 8% ABV. For me this is a good ABV for a double IPA as you get all the hoppy flavor without the alcohol burn. Most of my favorite DIPAs are right around 8%.

The appearance is really the only thing I can find fault in with this beer, I like the unfiltered orange color but there was minimal head retention and little to no lacing. Other than that this beer is just about perfect with a sweet tropical / citrus aroma. Taste starts off sweet but those hops quickly jump in with a slightly dank and extremely juicy punch. Bitterness is there but not overpowering in the finish.

With the release of Epiphany you now have three great options for DIPAs in one building. Check out Catherine from Austin Street and Swish from Bissell Brothers as well. 
Pros:
Juicy and drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: We indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through.  Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer.

Epiphany was designed to showcase the glorious flavor and aromatics of hops without any astringent bitterness.

Citrus, tropical fruit and pine blend to provide you with a sublimely juicy hop experience.

East or west coast? No. This is a Maine IPA.

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730. Bissell Brothers Brewing Angels with Filthy Souls

Bissell Brothers Angels with Filthy SoulsUpdated 2015 batch: I got a fair amount of push back on my original review of AWFS. Many felt that I was far too generous of the beer but I did enjoy the 2014 batch even though it was a bit unorthodox. In 2015 Noah completely changed the recipe for AWFS making it more of a traditional porter and added maple syrup to give it a bit of complexity and that probably also helped to bump up the ABV a bit. Overall a different beer but still enjoyable.

Original review 2014 batch: The fourth beer release from Bissell Brothers Brewing is their first dark beer and it comes in the form of a heavily hopped porter. Angels with Filthy Souls is a reference to Home Alone that I completely missed but both my wife and eldest daughter picked up on it immediately. For those that have not seen Home Alone 100 times Angels with Filthy Souls is the black and white movie playing while Kevin is in the hotel room, the one with the machine gun noise and “keep the change, ya filthy animal”.

As you can see in the picture this beer pours a deep brown with a very thick tan head. Aroma has mix of roasted malts and floral hops, interesting aroma but nothing too exciting. Taste follows the same path a very mild chocolate/coffee start that is quickly replaced by the Amarillo hops and leaves a slightly oily film on the tongue and teeth.

An interesting beer and one I enjoyed but seemed thin for a porter but it wouldn’t really fit into the black ipa/Cascadian dark ale category either. Certainly worth trying if you can find a can of it.
Pros: Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: Our first dark offering; this porter is laced with lactose sugar to balance the tremendous amounts of amarillo hops contained within. Debuted in December 2014 to commemorate both the holiday season and our first anniversary, this unique celebratory ale will always rear its yellow, no-good, fore-flushing kiester around Christmastime.

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727. Bigelow Brewing Lying Bastard Pale Ale

Bigelow Brewing Lying BastardI picked up some fresh bottles of Bigelow Brewing’s Dementia Dog and their Lying Bastard pale ale. Dementia Dog was actually better from the bottle than I remember it, may be that the newer batches are an improvement on the first batch. If you tried their beer early on I would recommend trying it again to see if you notice a difference.

Lying Bastard is Bigelow’s answer to the transition beer and meant to be drinkable by both craft beer drinkers and those that typically drink Bud/Miller/Coors. Because of this it may not appeal to the experienced craft beer drinker. Lying Bastard pours a very clean orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is minimal with a bit of sweet malt but no hops to speak of. Taste reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager with a light fruit character but little to no hop flavor.

Overall this beer works well for what it is intended, a transition beer for non-craft drinkers but it does not compare well to other craft pale ales. No doubt it is easy to drink and enjoyable but it will not knock your socks off, if you want hops try the Dementia Dog. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bigelow Brewing
Brewers Description: 

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726. Foundation Brewing Blaze

Foundation Brewing BlazeUntil recently Foundation only offered beer in growlers either directly from the brewery or at the Bier Cellar in Portland. This changed recently with the introduction of 750 ml bottles available both at the brewery and through select retailers. I picked up this bottle of Blaze at the brewery.

Blaze is Foundation’s hoppy saison using their house yeast with six different varieties of hops to create a very interesting beer. Appearance is an unfiltered orange with a nice off white head. Aroma is a mix of citrus/tropical hops and the spice from the saison yeast. Taste starts with the spicy saison then the hops come in with a nice juicy flavor.

The hoppy saison, Belgian IPA, hopped farmhouse ale or whatever you want to call it continues to grow on me but I still prefer a straight up saison or American style IPA.
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 68.5
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Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: Vivid hop aromas, citrus, and tropical fruits meld with pine and spice. A touch of malt sweetness finishing with a smooth yet crisp bitterness. This is our marriage of classic American hop flavors with the fruity, spicy nature of our yeast. Honoring the tradition of a Saison, while exploring the spirit of the American IPA, this farmhouse IPA blazes its own path.

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