Named in preparation for my summer vacation up to Maine. Iwasn't particularly pleased to be forced to use a Belgian Abbey yeast strain for this Pale Ale, but it did provide the desired Belgian flavor. Fantastic fresh appealing nose with multiple notes of sweetness. Translucent pour with nice head. Taste has solid malt profile but is not overly-heavy. Bitterness is light, pleasant, and on-par for a Pale Ale. Yeast imparts a wonderful musty, Belgian component and some medicinal notes on back end. Even with big flavor, Vacationland has a light mouthfeel and is very sessionable. Probably my tastiest beer yet. Could not keep it on the shelf. Working in tandem, Dan and George quickly wiped out my inventory as the Patriots season progressed. A ringing endorsement, I suppose.
Republic of Cascadia Dark Ale, Score: 5
I was hoping to produce a Pacific Northwest-style Black IPA but wound up with another Robust Porter. The body was simply too heavy, Black IPA's are lighter and more sessionable. Pours dark murky color with neat head. Sweetness and hops hit nose nearly equally. Acidic bitterness is first flavor to hit the tongue, followed by heavily roasted coffee flavored malts. Sour, off-flavor note becomes more prominent as beer ages. Warrior, Willamette, and Cascade hops did impart a tasty bitterness at least. Smooth and lively. I will take another whack at this style at some point. It is worth noting that while I scored this lower than past porters, I think my grading scale is getting tougher as time goes on. Not a bad thing.