Posts Tagged ‘maine lunch’

a tale of three beers

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Hey all. Had three fantastic beers recently (and a lot of good or average ones as well). Two of them were East Coast newbies for me and the third was the return of a Midwest beer, under a new name, and also one of my top five favorite beers.

  1. I got three different beers from Trillium from a new trading partner out of Connecticut. Haven’t drank the FREE RISE saison yet, and SCALED didn’t do much for me, but VICINITY was freaking insane. Cloudiest IPA I have ever had. It had very healthy foam and lacing, but it was so cloudy I couldn’t tell if there was any carbonation. Of course, I didn’t give a rat’s hindquarters, because I so rarely get to try beers like this. It presents with a big bitter hop nose which follows through on the taste. There was a slight citrus flavor and malt notes underneath everything, but the overall feel was light for a DIPA. The alcohol was very well disguised, and that helps make it feel very well balanced. Midwest beer folks, I have to tell you you should find a friend out East who could help you this one.
  2. But if you can get your butt to BJ’s in Oswego, keep an eye out for the next time Maine Beer Company LUNCH comes back around and you won’t have to pay for postage. Had a two week old bottle of it about two hours after picking it up on Monday. I couldn’t wait, as I’ve been wanting to try this one for almost as long as I’ve been into craft beer. I like the idea of an East Coast brewery doing a West Coast style. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and at first taste, I thought “Is THAT all there is?” But once I started getting used to it and met it on its own terms, it really impressed me. It was a very good looking beer, golden orange with healthy foam/lacing and an amazing amount or particulates for an IPA (at least in my limited experience). It had a strong and well balanced hop and malt smell with a mild funk behind it. The malt was more forward on the taste than the hops, which presented as a bitter background. It was very refreshing and tasty, and if I can get more of it, I will. I am dying to try DINNER even more now, if it’s anywhere near as good as this.
  3. We’re now at the returning local favorite: EMERALD GROUPER, aka SQUARE GROUPER renamed. I’ve had this on the previous two releases. The second time, it seemed to disappoint me. The first time, I gave it a five star review. This time was more like the first. It was the cloudiest Midwestern DIPA I’ve ever had, almost like an East Coast style. There wasn’t strong foam to it, and like the VICINITY, I couldn’t tell if there was carbonation due to the cloudiness, but the lacing was pretty healthy. The nose is super strongly bitter-it’s one of those beers that I don’t have to ask my wife to drink to know she wouldn’t like-she smelled it, made a completely disgusted face, and handed the glass back to me. When that happens, I figure there’s a 75 percent chance or more that I’m going to love the beer. The bitter hop scent is accompanied by sweetness from the honey, and both the hops and sweetness present themselves strongly on the taste, backed up by slight bitterness. Absolutely one of the best tasting beers I’ve ever had. For a DIPA with honey, I’d say it’s as good as HOPSLAM.

Anyways, just some thoughts that I wanted to share. Thanks all. Going to get back to my FOUNDERS DEVIL DANCER before turning in.

Cheers!

Maine Beer Company Lunch

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
maine beer company lunch

Maine Lunch

The freedom of having favorite American craft beers over and over again is sending a tingling sensation down to the very fibers of my being that appreciate beer. It brings back fond memories, sort of like muscle memory for athletes but for American craft beer connoisseurs. The aroma, the flavor, the look, and the feel on the palate are all titillated with old repetitions and snap into shape quite quickly. Of course this is all bull shit but it makes my mouth water for the American craft beer that is on the docket for this evening.

Lunch, brewed by Maine Beer Company, is an American IPA that can confuse you from which coast this beer is brewed. Citrus and pine hops are center stage in all facets of this beer, there is an underlying sweetness that is barely noticeable, creating a ridiculously delicate balance.

I always get his beer from a transaction partner up in Maine. I am delighted each time I receive it and any of the other Maine offers. They do a solid job and you owe it to yourself to try their beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.3

Useless Fact: A “clue” originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to “unravel” the clues of a mystery.

Maine Beer Company Lunch (365 Day 242)

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Maine Lunch

American craft beer transactions are the best way to get American craft beer that you normally can’t get your hands onto. Finding someone on the other end that you can count on, creating a relationship of “friends” without every meeting them is bliss. I am fortunate that my transaction buddy in Maine, Matt, have created such a relationship. It is nice to receive a package that you never even knew about, especially when it is full of crazy goodies.

I have had three other American craft beers, via Matt, from Maine Beer Company. All three have been well above average and high on my list of “have again.” This time something knew was in the box: Lunch an American IPA.

Lunch might come from the east coast (actually about as far east as you can get) but the hop profile of pine and grapefruit citrus quickly make your senses think back to all those wonderful west coast IPAs. Well balanced, easy to drink, and refreshing with only a slight bitterness, this beer was fantastic after a day at the pool.

Thank you Matt for another great beer and kudos to Maine Beer Company for hitting four for four on their beers. Keep up the good work. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.3

Useless Fact: Toward the end of her life, Sarah Bernhardt had a wooden leg and often wore it on stage. The “Divine Sarah” slept in a coffin, owned her own railroad car, and played Juliet when she was seventy.

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