February 14, 2013

What Ales You: Three brewers brimming with midwinter cheer

Sebago Full Throttle Double IPA is a big beer, with a lot of hops fairly well balanced by some malt sweetness.

By TOM ATWELL

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The Tasman Red was described as a red IPA, coming in at 6.75 percent alcohol, and it was a good beer with fairly well-balanced hops and malt, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Dark Depths was described as a Baltic IPA at 7.6 percent alcohol. It is a Baltic porter with a bit more hops, and is quite good. Baltic porters, like this IPA, are brewed with lager yeast, giving them a slightly more complex flavor than most porters.

This was my favorite beer of the three. It was rich and with a really pleasant and smooth mouthfeel.

CHRISTIAN AND I SHARED the bottle of Lil One from Maine Beer Co. that I bought at the Bier Cellar at $7.49 for a 16.9-ounce bottle.

The beer had a strongly floral hops aroma, and we thought it was going to be a total hops bomb. When we tasted it, however, the dominant flavor was a malty sweetness that contrasted wildly with the hops -- which was milder in flavor than it was in aroma. 

The beer had a lot of flavors, and did not taste as alcoholic as the 9.1 percent alcohol it is. It was a really interesting beer.

Lil One was created by head brewer Kevin Glessing and named after his new daughter. It comes in at 9.1 percent alcohol.

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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