Sunday, July 6, 2014

Maine Beer Another One

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1124) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2014
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 6/24/14 and cost $7.99 ($0.47 per ounce).

Appearance: Lemon-skin yellow hue over a very hazy body, though carbonation can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Pours to a large, gleaming white, fluffy head with leaves thick rings of lacing around the glass and maintains a consistent layer on top of the beer.

Smell: The epitome of the “New England IPA” style with a pungent nose of tropical fruit and herbal/earthy characteristics. Very enticing.

Taste: We here in the Northeast have been lucky to get so many great IPAs coming out of the New England states in the last few years. There’s a commonality to them as far as aroma and tastes goes, though the one thing they have in common is they’re delicious beers. Maine Beer Company’s “Another One” lives up to its name: another one in a long line of great IPAs. Nothing wrong with that.

This beer definitely follows the path blazed by Heady Topper and many brews of the style. There’s a light maltiness with notes of honey, but otherwise the hops dominate. A delectable delivery of tropical and stone fruit right off the rip: pineapple, mango, passion fruit, pomegranate, etc. Not citrusy per se, though. There’s an underlying spiciness which becomes very apparent on the second half. Notes of basil, pesto or oregano can be found here. It’s definitely bitter, but not aggressively so. Just the right amount of IBUs to wow the palate without ruining it. My only complaint would be the maltiness is just a tad underplayed, but it’s still strong enough to stand up to the hops.

Drinkability: What makes great beers great aside from their taste is when they’re actually highly drinkable. At 7% ABV, “Another One” isn’t quite a behemoth, though it’s far from a session beer. The mouthfeel is rather soft with an almost creamy-like texture, with consistent crispness throughout. Refreshing for a moment, though there’s a slightly starchy aftertaste, but the hops aren’t saturating or obnoxious in their stay. It’s very tempting to throw back several pints of these. 
Grade: 10/10