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721. Maine Beer Company Sapping Mammoth

Maine Beer Sapping MammothMaine Beer Company and Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL) collaborated on two beers in 2014. The first was brewed in Chicago and was called Great Plain Jane Ale and the second, Sapping Mammoth, was brewed in Freeport. One of the fun things they did with this collaboration was the artwork on Great Plain Jane Ale (see image here) is the typical Maine Beer super simple style and when it came to the label for Sapping Mammoth they let the people at Half Acre do the artwork. This made for a very interesting and unique label for a Maine Beer Company beer. Thanks to Brewbound you can see the full label here.

The label art is the only thing that moved away from the Maine Beer style as this beer is very much in line with the other Maine Beer Company beers. Appearance is a very nice orange with a bright white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is juicy and dominated by citrus hops. Taste follows with a bright citrus start but an added layer of pine resin comes in towards to the end. My only complaint is it does seem a little thin which is normal for their beers.

Overall this is another solid beer from Maine Beer Company and if you missed it let me know as I do have a few extra bottles in the fridge. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: 

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633. Maine Beer Company a tiny beautiful something

Maine Beer a tiny beautiful somethingI believe I have drank and reviewed every bottled offering from Maine Beer Company other than their most recent release, Barrel Program 1, which I will get to in the coming weeks. Overall I really enjoy their beer with Mo and Lunch being my two favorites but all are enjoyable.

a tiny beautiful something is a single hop pale ale using El Dorado hops. I am not familiar with El Dorado hops but from the brewers description (see below) they seem to give the beer an candied orange, citrus taste and aroma. Appearance reminds me of other MBC beers, cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma has some citrus but I also got a lot of floral hops.

Taste follows with some citrus but floral seems to dominate. Finish is clean as always with MBC but this one did seem a bit watered down. Overall a good beer but they have better options and for the price point it is not something I would seek out again.
Pros:
Cons: watered down
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: a tiny beautiful something showcases a new hop variety, El Dorado. We started playing around with this hop last year. We brewed a pilot batch with this hop exclusively and one with it blended with some of our other favorite Northwest varieties. In the end, we decided that the El Dorado had such a unique and interesting character on its own, so we decided to brew it as a “single hop” pale ale. The aroma and flavor offer intense candied orange and citrus zest. A touch of flaked oats provide a rounded, silky mouthfeel. And like our other hoppy offerings, tiny was brewed to finish dry and clean.

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628. Maine Beer Company Dinner

Maine Beer Company DinnerPicked up my four bottles of Dinner at Maine Beer Company the day of the release and scored two more bottles from the person I was meeting at the brewery. Ended up trading or giving away all bottles except for this one to people that could not make the mid-week trip to the brewery. Maine Beer does a nice job with their hoppy beers and after moving to their new facility in Freeport they have released a fairly steady stream of new beers; Weez, Another One, a tiny beautiful something and now Dinner.

Dinner is their first double IPA although Lunch, Weez and Another One have only a slightly lower ABV. The beer looks like many other Maine Beer brews; orange with a thick off white head. Aroma is pretty strong with plenty of floral and grapefruit. Taste was what you would expect from Maine Beer Company, hoppy and pretty smooth. Unlike many other DIPAs I have tried this one is fairly bitter up front and even though the alcohol is only 8.2% there was a fair amount of alcohol burn. I expect this from IPAs in the 10%+ ABV but didn’t expect it from Dinner.

Overall this was a very good DIPA but it really doesn’t compare to those from The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and a few other breweries. Hopefully Maine Beer will make this again as I know a lot of people that missed out on it.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice with over 6 lbs. of hops per barrel. For the best experience, please enjoy fresh as possible.

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553. Maine Beer Company 2013

Maine Beer Company 2013Maine Beer Company is sending out new beers on a torrid pace lately, at least when you compare it to their prior release schedule. We have had Another One, Weez and Red Wheelbarrow along with some brewery only pilots. For me the core Maine Beer Company offerings are still my favorites but it is nice to mix it up a bit. 2013 is their anniversary ale brewed with Allagash and In’finiti. It is a blend of two different beers, one a Belgian pale ale and the other an American pale ale. This makes for a very interesting combination of flavors.

Appearance is a very nice orange color with a solid off white head. This beer left some great lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the citrus hops but there is also a bit of Belgian yeast smell in there. Taste was much better than I expected with a solid hop profile and just enough malt and Belgian yeast to balance things out and add another layer of complexity.

The collaboration between In’finiti, Allagash and Maine Beer Company worked very well in this anniversary ale. If you can find a bottle I recommend giving it a try.
Pros: 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our 2013 Anniversary beer is collaboration amongst friends, Allagash and In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation.  Given our focus on hoppy American ales and Allagash and In’finiti’s focus on Belgian-inspired ales, we thought it only natural to blend the two styles.  The result is what you might call a hoppy Belgo-American Pale Ale.  2013 is actually a blend of two separate fermentations, one, with our American ale yeast and one with Belgian yeast (Allagash house strain and a Trappist strain preferred by In’finiti).  The “American” version was dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and the “Belgian” version with Saaz.  Both were then blended together to taste.  The result, a hoppy pale ale with notes of both citrus (American hops) and spice (Belgian yeast and continental hops).

Vitals:

Color – Tangerine

ABV – 5.5%

O.G. – 1.050

Malt – American 2-Row, Raw White Wheat, Flaked Oats, Caramel 40

Hops – Falconer’s Flight, Saaz

*This beer was only brewed once, in October of 2013, and will be available in bottles in most of our markets for a limited time, beginning 10/29/13.   Please enjoy fresh.

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550. Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow

Maine Beer Red WheelbarrowAmber/red ales and brown ales are two of my least favorite styles as they tend to be fairly boring and very similar from brewery to brewery. Occasionally a brewery decides to break the mold a bit and do something a little different and Maine Beer Company certainly tried to do that with Red Wheelbarrow.

This beer is red in color with a thick off white head. Aroma has some hops but still has plenty of dark fruit and malt character. The taste starts with a nice dose of hops followed by the sweet malts and only slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a decent beer but nothing to get too excited about and not up to par with Mo, Lunch and the others from Maine Beer Company. 
Pros:
Hoppy for a red
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Like many of our beers, Red Wheelbarrow (which started out as a pilot batch brewed by Brewer Dan Roberts) doesn’t fit neatly into a style category — think of it as a stronger, more hop-forward interpretation of a traditional red ale.  Red Wheelbarrow is not, however, a “red IPA” – there is robust malt character (think raisin and fig) on both the nose and palate that temper the abundant hop presence (think citrus fruit).

Malt – Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80

Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight

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496. Maine Beer Collaboration Time III

Maine Beer Collaboration Time IIIIn late June The Festival came to Portland Maine bringing in many talented brewers from Europe. While they were here many of them took the time to do some collaborative brews with local breweries including this one from Maine Beer Company and Nogne-O. I drink mostly American beer so I am not all that familiar with Nogne-O.

This collaboration is a saison not the usual hop forward pales and IPAs that Maine Beer is known for. It pours a beautiful orange with a perfect white head. Aroma has plenty of rye spice and is very pleasant. Taste is balanced and a bit hoppier than most saisons but still seems fairly simple.

Collaboration Time III is an easy to drink beer and would pair well with most meals. 
Pros:
Easy to drink and well balanced
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Brewed with a new friend, Kjetil Jikiun, founder and brewer at Nogne-O.  Our aim was to brew a delicate, sessionable beer incorporating elements of the saison and hoppy American ale styles.  We used a blend of our house ale and saison yeast strains.  The result, an ale, golden in color, generously hopped, with background notes of saison funk accented by soft rye and wheat flavors.

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376. Maine Beer Company King Titus

Maine Beer King TitusThis is the newest release from Maine Beer Company a robust porter. This is a 16.9oz bottle, same as the others from Maine Beer Company. This beer is dark with a nice thick tan head.

Aroma has lots of chocolate and roasted malts and is very inviting. King Titus has a very smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation that makes it  easy to drink. Taste has lots of chocolate and some coffee but that seems to take a back seat to the chocolate.

Overall this is a great beer and even if you do not enjoy dark beers like stouts you should give this one a shot. 
Pros:
Appearance and rich taste
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our take on an American robust porter.  Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.

Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops – Centennial, Columbus

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356. Allagash / Maine Beer / Rising Tide – Prince Tuesday

This is a collaboration beer between 3 breweries that were all located on Industrial  Way in Portland. After this beer was brewed Rising Tide moved to Fox Street in Portland but the other 2 remain. I believe this beer uses Allagash’s yeast, Rising Tide’s malt and hops from Maine Beer Company. It was brewed at Allagash, bottled by them in 750 ml cork and cage bottles and distributed by through their distribution channels.  I went to the release party at Mama’s Crowbar and met fellow bloggers as well as Nathan and Heather from Rising Tide and David from Maine Beer. I left before Rob Tod arrived but it was still a fun event.

Nice looking beer with a solid white head when poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is fairly subdued with some of the Belgian yeast and a bit of floral hops. Nothing overpowering here but what is there is pleasant enough.  Taste is alright with the Belgian yeast taking over but a slightly bitter finish makes this an easy drinking beer.

Overall this is a nice beer that is not quite as good as Hugh Malone from Allagash which I believe is my next beer to be reviewed. 
Pros: 

Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing / Maine Beer Company / Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Brewed at Allagash Brewing Co. w/ Rising Tide and Maine Beer Co. with Maine grown rye, copious amounts of hops and a Belgian yeast strain. Proceeds to Portland Trails.

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288. Maine Beer Company / Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Collaboration Time I

I heard about this beer a few months ago when it was being brewed and before my trip to Vermont. After trying a couple of Lawson’s beers and all the varieties from Maine Beer Company I knew this would be a good beer. Ended up grabbing 4 bottles from The Vault in Lewiston and I believe as I write this they still have a few bottles left.

The first thing you will notice is the appearance; dark brown almost black color with a thick head that rises well above the rim of the glass. Almost looks like a root beer float. Aroma has some nice roasted malts up front followed by some citrus. The taste is very interesting with those roasted malts coming through with some coffee/chocolate but then the hops kick in and finishes with a nice bitterness. Very interesting taste and mouth feel as it has plenty of malt character but also a nice hop bite. Many black IPAs just seem to be darker colored versions of your typical IPA but that is not the case with this one. It has the hop flavor but also lives up to the color. An excellent beer all around and something you should try to find if you have not already had it.
Pros:  Complex flavors
Cons: Will be hard to find
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description:  A hoppy American dark ale incorporating New England-grown barley, wheat, rye, and whole cone hops.  Special thanks to Valley Malt for malting up the special batch of local Chocolate Rye and Crystal Wheat.

Vitals: Color – Dark Brown / ABV – 7.2% / O.G. – 1.069 / Malt – American 2-Row, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Rye, Crystal Wheat, Caramel 80L, Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats / Hops – US Magnum, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus

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194. Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom

Maine Beer Company makes some of the best hop filled beers out there and I enjoy them all. Their take on a stout is not as good as others but still a well brewed beer. Pours truly black with mid sized tan head – a great looking beer. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and just a hint of vanilla in the nose. Taste follows the smell and nothing really stands out about this stout. I was hoping for a bit more vanilla flavor. Overall feel of the beer is a bit thin for a stout and maybe a bit more carbonation that it really needed. My least favorite of the beer from MBC but still worth trying.
Pros: Appearance
Cons: Thin
Alcohol Content: 6.5 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Stout aged on special vanilla beans – Bottle Description – I think it was the Summer of ’76, I was 5 years old and my uncle Tom came to paint our house. It was in the tiny town of Louisiana, Missouri, on the mighty Mississippi River, where he would take me to troll the roadside ditches to gather one man’s junk (beer cans). In honor of his magnificent treasure (his beer can collection) and his spirit for fast cars, tough motorcycles and mean smile, we brink you Mean Old Tom. Thank you for drinking our beer, David & Daniel Kleban.

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