Woods & Waters is an American IPA that’s brewed by Maine Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 500 ml bottle.
What You Need to Know
To honor the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine Beer Company crafted this IPA powered by a quintet of hops and balanced with locally sourced malts. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The ale pours a cloudy — nearly opaque — bright golden hue that is topped by a thick cap of rocky off-white foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind gobs of sticky residue on the sides of the glass.
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The aroma is bright with a scent of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. The nose picks up a bready malt as the beer warms.
The palate is led by a taste of bready malt that transitions to a moderate bite of hoppy pink grapefruit citrus. The bitterness mellows with sweet fruity notes of pineapple and melon. There’s an earth character in the underlying base, imparting subtle notes of onion and garlic.
The feel is relatively smooth with a crisp, dry finish. The bitterness is moderate and the astringency is about the same. There’s a touch acidity in the finish.
Woods & Waters presents quite nicely and while its aroma isn’t particularly strong, it is pleasant. The feel is spot on the palate is wonderfully layered and quite delicious. Overall, Woods & Waters is a thoroughly enjoyable brew and one well worth trying.
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