October 24, 2013

What Ales You: High & Mighty beer company considers making Maine home

Whether or not that comes to pass, its good-tasting, low-alcohol beers deserve a place here.

By Tom Atwell

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High & Mighty’s two core products, Beer of the Gods and XPA, are sold in 12-ounce bottles and six-packs. Its seasonal and specialty beers come in 22-ounce bottles. All are available on draft. Beer of the Gods and XPA are about $8 a six-pack, although I bought singles for $1.65. I spent $6.49 for a 22-ounce lager Purity of Essence and $7.49 for its 22-ounce saison Pas de Dieux.

Of the four beers, the one that Nancy, son Zachary and I liked best was the XPA, an extra pale ale that the company describes as being at the midpoint between the hop fields of Oregon and East Kent of the United Kingdom, a hoppier, more flavorful version of an English pale ale. It was cloudy and golden, with a good head, a lot of malt flavor, with a great hoppy finish.

The bottle says it is 5 percent ABV, but the website says 4.5 percent, so it might vary among batches.

Beer of the Gods is a flavorful beer, borrowing from four different German styles with an American swagger, and only 4.5 percent alcohol.

Purity of Essence is described as an India Pale lager, and has a strong hops flavor in an otherwise crisp beer. It did not have a lot of nuance, but was easy-drinking and 4.9 percent ABV.

Pas de Dieux is 4.5 percent, had a nice saison yeastiness and more nuances, with a lot of citrus notes.

All of which means that High & Mighty would be a great addition to Maine, even though it is originally “from away.”

Tom Atwell is a freelance writer living in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:tomatwell@me.com


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