11/16/12 Taste Test
West Coast-style IPA
ABV - 7.0%
Purchased at Local in Brunswick, ME
Santa Rosa, CA
ABV - 8.0%
Purchased at Whole Foods SOMA in San Francisco and then transported via checked baggage - SFO>PWM
ABV - 8.0%
Purchased at the Cannery in Waterbury, VT
First off, I think it’s definitely hard to compare Lunch to Pliny or HT. It’s a great beer but I don’t think this context gives it a fair shake. I think Blind Pig would be the more apt comparison. Definitely seek Lunch out if you haven’t had it. Maine Beer Company has a line up of other great beers (Peeper and Mean Old Tom are both exceptional) and they’re starting to expand rapidly.
Pliny and Heady Topper
Pliny was no worse for wear after the cross country plane ride. Side-by-side with HT, there are pretty significant differences between the beers. Pliny is so aromatic when you smell it with HT having a more subdued aroma. Then when tasting both beers, Pliny has a much smoother taste. It’s very refined in that all of the flavors are very balanced…everything works together. Heady Topper on the other hand—for lack of a better description—has a lot of bite. It’s an agressive beer with a lot going on.
Which is better? I don’t think it really matters. They’re two great beers that really highlight two unique takes on the same style.