The IPA was a dark amber color with a light body along with an estery and hoppy flavor. The McDuff's Best Bitter was a clear amber color with a light body, light malt flavor but hoppy flavor balance, and definite hoppy aftertaste. The seasonal Raspberry gave and intense fruity aroma along with a golden appearance, sweet fruity flavor, medium body, and tart finish. The Light Ale was a gold color, light-bodied with a hoppy flavor. The McDuff's Brown was a light brown color with very light body, malty flavor and very clean finish. The Portland Head Lights Pale Ale appeared dark gold in color, with a very light body, even flavor balance, and all flavors on the subtle side. The Black Fly Stout was expectedly opaque in appearance with a nice head, creamy mouthfeel, decent body, and dry chocolaty flavor.
Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 PM and by request. The small, space-efficient brewhouse is definitely worth visiting. Regulars can even take advantage of the Mug Club and its ceramic drinking vessels. The two "beer engine" handles used for drawing cask-conditioned brews was a nice surprise. One TV offers visual diversion for those so inclined. Although two steps marked the entrance of the large merchandise room, overall, the establishment was wheelchair-navigable. In addition to the usual logo'd clothing, five liter cans of select beers were available to go. Even in the summer high tourist season no price gouging was evident with $2.75 pints or $4.75 and keep the glass.
396 Fore Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996.
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