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434. Black Bear Brewery Tough End IPA

Black Bear Tough End IPAI stopped by to see Tim last week and grabbed a growler of Tough End IPA to bring home. Tim recently changed to clear growlers in an effort to keep the cost of his beer down. By going with clear growlers he is able to sell the beer and the growler for an even $10. Refills are only $8 so this is one of the best deals in Maine.

The Tough End IPA pours a nice orange color with an inch thick off white head. The aroma and taste on this one are both very bitter. Much more so than other beers I have had from Black Bear and not really what I like in an IPA. I finished the growler in my typical 2 nights but will probably opt for one of Tim’s other beers next time I am in Orono.
Pros: 
Cons:  Overly bitter for my taste
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: Orono locals know the Tough End as the area below railroad tracks, just down the hill from the brewery. We wanted to keep that name alive and lift a pint to a piece of Orono history with our own in-house-only American West Coast Style IPA.

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253. Black Bear Brewing IPA

On a bit of a growler kick lately, visiting lots of breweries and I just cannot seem leave empty handed. Left with three growlers last time I went to Black Bear Brewing in Orono including this classic growler with their old art work and even has the old address for the brewery.

Beer pours a nice orange with nice white head. Aromas are minimal but what there is smells great. Taste is very solid for an American IPA nothing over the top like many other IPAs try to do, just a very drinkable refreshing IPA. Finishes clean and makes you want another glass. Black Bear Brewing makes some excellent beer and I am looking forward to trying their Red, Stout and whatever else is available when I visit the brewery next.
Pros: Very Smooth
Cons: Only available at the brewery in a growler
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: Not listed on the website

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247. Black Bear Brewery Liquid Sunshine

Met with Tim at Black Bear Brewing last week and got a chance to check out the new 8 tap keg cooler for the tap room he is opening at the brewery. The taproom will have some of your favorites from Black Bear as well as some one off options that will only be available at the brewery. Looking forward to seeing the finished area from this experienced Maine brewer.

While there I picked up 2 growlers of Liquid Sunshine which is Black Bear’s Hefeweizen. I dropped one off to my brother-in-law and took the other home for the week. Beer pours a nice pale yellow with solid white head. Aroma has plenty of clove and banana which draws you into the beer. Taste follows with lots of crisp fruity taste. Very easy to drink and refreshing on a warm summer day. One of the better hefes I have reviewed and something most any beer drinker would enjoy. If you find yourself in the Bangor, Maine area take the extra time to visit Black Bear Brewery in Orono, chat with Tim, try some beer and buy a growler.
Pros: Light and refreshing
Cons: Only available at the brewery in a growler
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 11
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: Liquid Sunshine is a Bavarian style Hefewiezen. This beer has the traditional clove aroma with a touch of lemon peel, but there are no spices added. The unique flavor comes from a traditional yeast selection which has been used in Germany for centuries.

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228. Black Bear Brewery IPA (Single Hopped with Centennial)

Visited Black Bear Brewery again on Monday and Tim was nice enough to set aside a growler of his single hopped IPA for me. IPAs generally use at least 3 and as many as 10 different hop varieties to increase the hop aroma and flavor. It is always interesting to taste an IPA that uses only one hop variety in the brew process. I know Samuel Adams did a variety pack of their Latitude 48 IPA using each individual hop variety.

This one looks like your typical IPA with a nice orange color and slight white head. Aroma is not overpowering but has some citrus notes. Taste is a solid IPA with a fair amount of bitterness but definitely not overpowering. This beer is easy to drink as most Black Bear brews are and the growler was finished in a couple of nights. Overall this is a quality beer although not as big as many of the IPAs have reviewed in the past. I don’t think that was Tim’s goal in brewing this one so overall great job and I look forward to the next growler from Black Bear.

If you ever go to the Bangor area be sure to take the few extra minutes and go to Orono to visit Black Bear Brewing, a small but very capable brewery located in a college town.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons: Only available at the brewery in a growler
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: Not on website as this was a one off brew.

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196. Black Bear Brewery Dry Hopped Pail Ale

Had the opportunity to stop by Black Bear Brewery yesterday afternoon and talk to owner/brewer Tim Gallon. Sampled the four beers he had in the tasting room including the dry hopped version of his Pail Ale. After trying all I decided this was the one to take home in a growler. $9 for 64 ounces of fresh beer is a real bargain. Color is an amazing cloudy orange with minimal head. Aromas of citrus hops and taste is a very pleasant light bodied ale with a nice hop kick. It has been a while since I had a true session beer and this one certainly falls into that category. The 64 ounce growler will certainly be finished off tomorrow evening. If you happen to be in Orono, Maine be sure to stop by and talk to Tim, super nice guy that really enjoys what he does. Looking forward to trying their Hefe this summer.
Pros: Color, drinkable
Cons: Only available at the brewery in a growler
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: This is a dry hopped version of their Pail Ale. Pail Ale is a hoppy American pale ale. Large late American hop additions give a big aroma and flavor balanced with a sweet malty backbone for a very drinkable pale ale.

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