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587. Penobscot Bay Brewery Mountain Man DIPA

Penobscot Bay Mountain ManThis beer was first brewed for Nocturnem Drafthaus’ second anniversary and eventually made its way to some brewfests and into bottles. I had a sample of the beer at the brewery prior to its release and really enjoyed it. When I saw it at The Vault in Lewiston I decided to grab a bottle.

Mountain Man DIPA comes in a cork and cage 750 ml bottle which is unusual for a double IPA. Appearance is a nice deep orange with a thick off white head. Aroma is almost entirely malt with only a very small amount of flowery hops. Taste is certainly malt forward but the same flowery hops are present. I prefer my DIPAs to be full of citrus, pine or dank hops not flowery.

When I posted this on my Facebook page originally I had a few comments from people that had it both on ta[ and from the bottle  and liked it more on draft. Overall I like the beer from Penobscot Bay Brewery but this one missed the mark.  
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Mountain Man, first brewed to celebrate the second anniversary of Nocturnem Drafthaus in Bangor, is an American Double India Pale Ale that an experienced beer drinker will love. Intensely hoppy at 100+ IBUs. Made with Warrior, Centennial and local Cascade hops. Drinks clean with notes of citrus, pine and earth yet nicely balanced with a smooth, rich malt backbone. Best to drink this one cold and young. In 750ml cork and cage bottle. Photo – Hunter at Shin Pond – courtesy of Patten Lumberman’s Museum.

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445. Penobscot Bay Brewery Winnah 2012

Winnah 2012For the past two years there has been a homebrew competition in Bangor and the winner gets to brew their beer at Penobscot Bay Brewery and have it distributed to local bars and bottle shops. Quite a treat for a homebrewer. In 2012 the winner was Zafra Whitcomb with this Sorachi Ace Pilsner.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I don’t drink pilsners very often so I was quite surprised when I opened and really enjoyed this one. The beer pours a very pale yellow – looks like a Bud or Miller with a huge white head. It took a few minutes to get the glass full enough for this photo.

Not a lot happening in the aroma but it does smell crisp (if that is possible). Taste follows with nothing too outrageous but very clean and easy to drink with quite a lot of lemon flavor. This would be a great beer to have a growler of for a summer picnic or family gathering. Certianly one of the best pilsners I have had. If you come across a bottle in a local shop you should pick it up. 
Pros:
Light, refreshing
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: 162
IBU (Bitterness): 42
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: 

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307. Penobscot Bay Brewery Wildfire Rauchbier

Rauchbier is such an interesting and unique style of beer that it is hard to compare it to other styles. The style is known for its smokey taste similar to BBQ meats. I believe the only other Rauchbier I have tried is the Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier which was in last year’s fall variety pack.

Pour has a huge head and is a very deep red / brown color. Aroma has some smokey sweetness and is quite good. The beer itself has big smoke flavor balanced with some nice sweet malts, finish is clean and the carbonation level seems just right. Overall a very good beer from a style that is rarely seen on shelves. 
Pros:  
Original style
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: ???% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: The smokiness and color of Wildfire Rauchbier comes entirely from using only specialty grains. Weyermann Rauchmalz for the signature flavor, Munich for body, Cara-Pils adds richness and Carafa deep color.

Serve with bold, full flavored foods, such as smoked pork, rubs, sausages and steaks.

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273. Penobscot Bay Brewing Whig Street Blonde

Last night my wife wanted to share a beer before supper so I checked the fridge for something light and not very hoppy as that is her preferred style. Whig Street Blonde from Penobscot Bay was a great choice.

Being a blonde ale it is light in color, body and alcohol content. Color is a crystal clear pale orange with a slight white head. Color is a bit dark for a blonde but still a nice looking beer. Aroma is quite mellow with some malts. Taste is simple with a slight hop bite in the middle that fades fast. Finishes clean and quite refreshing. Overall a simple beer (as most blondes are) but good stuff for a warm afternoon.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Penosbscot Bay Brewing
Brewers Description:  Whig Street blonde ale is soft and delicate with balanced flavors and aromas. The taste is uncomplicated and clean. It is made from pale malt, a handful of malted wheat and finished with Perle hops for bittering and Cascade for aroma. It’s an easy drinking, comfortable ale for those lazy days and laid-back nights.

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250. Penobscot Bay Brewery Winnah 2011

I visited Penobscot Bay Brewery last week and while I was there picked up the 3 beers they brew that I had not tried yet including the Winnah 2011 which is the beer that won the 2011 Home Brew Contest in Bangor, ME. The winner was Nate Engelbrecht and he was invited to the brewery to make a batch of his Rye IPA to bottle and sell. Penobscot Bay brewed another batch of this beer in recent weeks and is bottling one last time before the next home brew contest. I believe the beer will remain in their lineup under a different name and I hope it does.

Color is a deep orange almost brown with a thick off white head. Aroma has some citrus hops and plenty of sweet malts. Taste starts with plenty of malts and has a solid hop finish with some grapefruit and pine flavors. This is the first rye beer that I truly enjoyed and is very well balanced. Really enjoyed this one and will grab a couple more bottles the next time I am in Winterport. If you are interested in a bottle let me know and I will grab you one too as this will be gone soon.
Pros: Very well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Not currently listed on their website.

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203. Penobscot Bay Red Flannel Ale (growler)

Visited the winery / brewery / restaurant in Winterport last week and picked up a growler of Red Flannel Ale as it was on special. This is my first growler from Penobscot Bay, I really enjoy growlers. The beer itself tasted just as I remember it from the bottle although this time I had 64 ounces of it instead of just the 22 from the bomber. Also while visiting the brewery I saw bottles of their 2011 homebrew contest IPA which I hope they bring back this year. If you happen to be in the Winterport area I suggest you stop by Winterport Winery. Also be sure to check out their website for the schedule of beer or wine dinners, cooking classes or events check out the link below. Great people making quality beer and wine right here in Maine.
Pros: Complex flavor, the right amount of sweet
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Red flannels keep you warm and so will this hearty ale. Mostly Pale malt but full bodied and flavor from the Special B. Roasted Barley and Munich for color. There is a sweet aroma followed by rich, malty flavors with added notes of Perle hops for bittering. Best enjoyed slowly and at cellar temperature. Drink some now, and lay some aside for the future.

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195. Penobscot Bay Brewery Half Moon Stout

My fifth beer from Penobscot Bay Brewing and one their better offerings. The beer pours a very dark almost black color with thin tan head. Taste was what you would expect from a stout; roasted malts, some chocolate tones, nothing too surprising here but a solid every day stout. Mouth feel was right on as well. This is a slightly above average stout but not as good as Gritty’s or some of the other stouts I have reviewed in the past few months.
Pros: Good example of the style
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: In 1609 Henry Hudson entered Penobscot Bay in the vessel the “Half Moon”. Four hundred years later the Half Moon is back in Penobscot Bay! Based on an old porter recipe described as brave, proud, or “Stout”. A one hour mash of pale, crystal, chocolate and wheat malts, and a large portion of roasted barley yield this dark, full-bodied stout with a heavy aroma of fresh roasted coffee. The mild Fuggles hops balances the bitterness.

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160. Penobscot Bay Humble B

This is the fourth beer from Penobscot Bay Brewery and so far this is the first that is truly forgettable. The color is a clean light orange with a decent white head. Minimal aroma, slightly sweet but the taste is where it falls short. Very simple with hints of ginger but really not much else going on. Easy to drink with a low ABV made this one tolerable but not really my style. Guess I have been having too many stouts and porters recently to really enjoy a light beer.
Pros: Color
Cons: Lack of taste
Alcohol Content: 4.9 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Humble B spiced lager is our version of a “Light Munich” or pale lager. It was slowly fermented and then cold conditioned for months before bottling. Made with lager malt, a touch of wheat, ground fresh ginger, and local Winterport honey. Lightly hopped with Hallertan and Tettmanger which are noted for lower bitterness and more aroma thus allowing the spice from the ginger and the sweetness from the honey to fill the glass.

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144. Penobscot Bay Brewery Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale

This is my third offering from Penobscot Bay and so far I have been impressed with this small brewery. This one was a bit of a disappointment though. Color is great with no head, not a lot of aroma but a bit of grain. When tasting the beer the first thing you notice is how thin it feels, almost watered down. It is easy to drink and does not taste bad but I really had hoped for more. Overall something I did not mind drinking but if I had my choice of offerings from Penobscot Bay Brewery this one would be on the bottom of the list.
Pros: Color
Cons: Thin almost watery feel
Alcohol Content: 6.2 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Old Factory Whistle, our signature ale, is patterned after red ales that have a rich Scottish heritage. This ale utilizes crystal, pale, chocolate and Munich malts with a dose of roasted barley resulting in a complex mixture of the toasty flavors of caramel malt and sweetness, and a classic rich red color. English Kent Golding hops add to the depth and help produce that pleasing balance

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