What is the best American craft beer of all? No, not a free one. It is a beer that is quietly surprising and comes from out of no where to impress and surprise and inspire the senses to new heights. by Maine Beer Company did exactly that for me. I was a little leery as it is from a small brewer up in Maine and this is their first attempt at bottling for distribution off of their premisses. Also, sometime American Pale Ales from the east coast fail in comparison, in terms of hop profile, from their brethren out west.
Opening the bottle quickly shot down all my nike zoom hyperrev apprehensions as a wet burst of the bottle conditioned beer hit my nose. Nice floral, citrus, and fruity hops exploded from the bottle as did a nice bit of sticky, white foam. There is a nice fruity sweetness to the beer but the hops profile is the star. The mix is pleasant, subtle yet strong, and enticing to the senses. There is a touch of hop bitterness to the beer but it is not long lasting. A good drinking light beer that has enough aroma and taste to make up for the light body. 9/10
Now I just have to try and get some more of that delectable nectar. Enjoy!