Maine Beer Company
Spring India Pale Ale
American IPA
Really frothy head that nearly spills over from a normal pour, airy and light, seems to barely touch the glass hence there's not much lacing to speak of. The liquid is more grimy than hazy, not close to opaque, light coppery color, a veritable wall-to-wall sheet of bubbles is what fills the glass. Crisp and well delineated nose of grain, toasty bread crust, and white pepper, strong cornerstone of dry grassiness, then rounds if off with dried orange peel and pineapple, peach fruit scents, the nose most interesting for the texture. Medium-bodied and closer to light than full, very dry but thankfully only about half bitter. More persistence in the orange, tangerine to lemon citrus, particularly as it warms. Still, the dry dankness and tarry, piney components make sure this won't be considered a soft, easy chugger. The carbonation is interesting in how it starts to foam up and then quickly pulls back into pinpricks. Not much fruit flavor, smattering of apricot, peach to pineapple, comes off as intentionally crafted to avoid fruitiness. Piney residue lingers through the finish. Given the level of perceptible bitterness it's hard to imagine consuming more than one bottle in a sitting.
3 out of 5