Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #12: Mast Landing Sacca Rappa India Pale Ale; Westbrook, Me.
Date: June 9, 2019 —
The Story— One of the best beer stores in the country is Julio’s in Westboro, Mass., a short drive west from Boston. They have hundreds of beers, which is impressive enough, but those hundred change with the seasons and the onslaught of new breweries. The sell all beers by the can or bottle. We drive from the DC area to the Boston area at least twice a year and return with many dozens of beers we have not tried.
One of the new breweries on our last trip north was Mast Landing in Westbrook, Maine not too far Northwest of Portland. It’s a homebrewers turned-pro operation, but in our limited sample these guys brew like experienced pros. . The Northeast style is usually hazy and sometimes so “unbitter” that it’s gummy. This sort of fits the style but there’s a balance that does not always make it into the can with this style.
The Beer– More fruit than bitter and as much chalk as fruit. Big grapefruit throughout. Herbal smooths somewhat as it drinks. It’s Northeast, but nicely brewed – hats off to Mast Landing!
Value — Good. We’re looking forward to trying more of their beers — if we can just retire and travel from brewery to brewery.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”