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A Tiny Beautiful Something | Maine Beer Company

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A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tiny beautiful something showcases a new hop variety, El Dorado. We started playing around with this hop last year. We brewed a pilot batch with this hop exclusively and one with it blended with some of our other favorite Northwest varieties. In the end, we decided that the El Dorado had such a unique and interesting character on its own, so we decided to brew it as a “single hop” pale ale. The aroma and flavor offer intense candied orange and citrus zest. A touch of flaked oats provide a rounded, silky mouthfeel. And like our other hoppy offerings, tiny was brewed to finish dry and clean.

Added by RKing44 on 02-18-2014

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This American pale ale pours a semi-opaque orange color with a medium white foamy head. The scent is very fresh and strongly of citrus with orange and grapefruit notes. It’s a very pleasant scent that is reminiscent of fresh squeezed juice. The flavor has some bready malt base and some light florals, but this is largely overshadowed by citrus (orange and grapefruit) character. Given the scent and the strong floral and citrus hop flavors you would think that this would be pretty bitter, but you would be wrong. There is actually very little bitterness, which I guess is characteristic of this new El Dorado hop that this exclusively uses. The finish is semi-dry and very crisp. The body is fairly light. This beer is definitely very unique and it is a very refreshing beer. I am not normally big on super hoppy, bitter beers, but it is really kind of throwing me that I expect some more ibu’s, but am just not getting them. Although as this beer warms there is a bit of bitterness that emerges, so I actually prefer this one just slightly cooled. Definitely a nice summer beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company "A Tiny Beautiful Something"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "053116" on 061516

Appearance: Hazy golden body. It's bottle conditioned, so it can vary depending on how you handle it. The frothy white head holds remarkably well and it leaves excellent lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma: Surprisingly mild aroma. Citrusy (orange) over a biscuity malt.

Flavor: The flavor delivers more orange, which is nice, but I wouldn't call it "juicy", and some soft pine/herbal character rounds it out. The malt is mild as well, which works for the balance it has going on. It's got a solid bitterness to it though, and it finishes dry and lingering with some yeast as well. I purposefully tried to keep the yeast from pouring and I think that worked, too much yeast in such a soft beer would throw it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a smooth, median carbonation due to bottle conditioning.

Overall: The softness of the bottle conditioning leaves it very much like a "real ale" via cask, and together with the balance of the malt and hops it's remarkably drinkable. Worth trying.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/31/16

Pours hazy cloudy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like crackery honey malt, spicy passionfruit, sweet guava, mango, peach nectar, candied orange, zesty grapefruit, pineapple, with woody floral pine and earthy grass. Tastes like sweet passionfruit, spicy guava, crackery honey malt, mango, mild peach, zesty grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, with resinous pine and woody earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, dense and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice single hop pale ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: orange and lemon zest are easy to detect here.

Taste: caramel, orange slices, lemon zest, a hint of biscuit, and a nice bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a real easy to drink beer that leans more to the citrus side.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and is hazy. It is topped with several inches of fluffy, white head the leaves not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is orange peel and grapefruit.

The taste is citrus with a pine finish.

Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Another well crafted beer from Maine. The cost is a little high, but it probably has to do with the intricate artwork on the labels. Sarcasm aside, I do like the simplistic approach to the labels.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was at the brewery on a trip north and discovered this beer and am very happy that I did. Lots of tastes that seem to work very nicely together when the beer got poured into my glass.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


Breakfast beer again. Bottle to slim pint glass.

LOOK: Slightly hazy Yellow; Big White Head.
AROMA: Grass, hay, mold.
TASTE: slight ash, slight citrus, vegetable. The El Dorado Hop seems very light.
FEEL: Good Carbonation; Light and smooth drinking.

A nice beer from Maine, but not something I'd go after again. Lacks some oomph.

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Photo of teromous
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the label: "050316 27"
It looks like the beer is only 11 days old.

Appearance: The body is a very pale straw color with a lot of haze. I don't see anything floating in the beer but it is just really hazy. There is a ton of carbonation visible in the beer. The head is huge, fluffy, and white. With all of this carbonation it is no surprise that it maintains a constant large head. The head stays up until the glass is finished. It didn't really form rings of lacing but rather it just kept pillows of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma: It has a delicate fruity aroma like the way the outside of a strawberry smells when it isn't ripe yet. It is a bit floral as well; not any particular flower though.

Taste: Light flavors to match the delicate aroma. It has a bit of an herbal taste to it with a faint citrus pith flavor that rides the light bitterness. A bit of a woody character as well but not heavy.

Mouthfeel: It has a great mouthfeel. The beer is refreshing and light with a bright carbonation and a semi-dry finish. It is very easy to drink this beer as it floats across the palate.

Overall: It's a bit of a unique American Pale Ale that is not bursting at the seams with flavor and aroma. It is just floating along like a dandelion seed in the wind. That might sound absurd but it should make sense once you taste this. It is an enjoyable alternative to the standard American Pale Ale. If you want big huge hop flavors and aroma then this beer isn't for you. If you are looking for something light and refreshing then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a hazy amber with a fluffy white head.
Smells of lemon candy, candied lemon and orange peels, yellow grapefruit and a touch of pine and cilantro.
Tastes of lemon candy, sugar cookies, lemon zest, orange peel, lime zest, honey, and cilantro. Finishes clean, save for indescript lingering hop oils.
The mouthfeel is medium, slightly creamy, and lightly carbonated. Neither too sweet nor bitter.

This is excellent. A beautiful showcase of El Dorado hops!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a week-old bottle, pours a beautiful golden orange. Two fingers of white foam leave nice lacing. Smell is mostly bright lemon citrus and grassy herbs, with a bit of spiciness and a touch of cherries and orange hard candies.

Taste is bright and lemony, with a little bready malt on the back end. Pleasant bitterness. Feel is on the thin side, but good carbonation props it up. Overall this is a clean and classy beer, which is exactly what you'd expect from MBC.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color. Large initial head. Moderate lace, but it is of the blanket sort.

Good blend of paler malts and floral hops. Very clean to the nose; attractive. I get a bit of freshly cut weeds (dandelions?).

The clean, refreshing-ness comes through in the taste. It's subtly different from most pale ales. There's a green, raw vegetable element but very much in a good way. The predominant flavor is the hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste. I get a bit of freshly cut grass. I also get just a touch of yeast which gives this beer the taste of a really well made home-brew.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-29-2016

Pours a hazy honey gold with a beautiful fuzzy white cap that settles at a chunky film. OK retention; speckled lacing. (4)

Bright citrus pith and some tea-like hop aromatics with doughy malt rounding it out. (4)

Aromatic, citrus-tinged, herbal, woodsy hop tea. (4)

Light+ body, very smooth and enjoyably drinkable, with medium tiny carbonation, a touch of astringency from the hops and a super dry finish. (4.25)

Nice little hoppy pale ale.
It is nice looking in the glass. Like honey with some snow on top. The aroma is bright and slightly tart with some floral sweetness and bready malt. The flavor is more of an earthy hop tea with with citrus and bread as accents. Very drinkable, well-balanced tasty ale. There is a pretty prevalent light lemon flavor in both the nose and taste that kind of make me feel like there is a little Arnold Palmer in my glass. Nothing too fancy, not too punchy, simple and good. Didn't know it was a single hop till after I finished it, but it would explain a lot haha.
Would have again if I came across it. (4)

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Photo of thepenguin
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy medium gold with an ample white head. Pretty substantial lacing for the style.

S: Distinctive El Dorado aromas of peach, apricot, citrus zest, and Jolly Rancher. Some marmalade.

T: Hoppy, semi-dry with a pretty decent malt level for an APA and nice acidity. Lots of orange and other sweet citrus flavors, with stonefruit, grass, and some sweet candy flavors. Finishes semi-dry with some bready malt, citrus and marmalade hop notes.

F: Medium-bodied with soft yet ample carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. Fuller bodied and more chewy than most APAs for sure.

Thoughts: Very nice. One of my favorite Maine beers to date. Great showcase of a great hop variety to create a relatively robust hoppy APA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of orange with a thin lace.
The aroma is pleasantly fruity, reminded me of strawberries, orchard fruit, and slightly tropical.
Clean, simple and refreshing. A very mild lemony twang, a kiss of peppery hops and a clean finish. Medium to light bodied and crisp.
I had this after being out in the sun all day and it hit the spot. It was delightful. It reminds me of Maine Beer co Peeper Ale. Hard to tell which is better as they are both great examples of the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bottled on date 03/29/16. Finally acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A nice hazy golden amber colored body. Just over a finger of frothy soapy white head that clings on and leaves good scattered lacing.

S - A fresh & floral aroma. The El Dorado hops don't provide the best aromatics, but it smells nice for what it is. Notes of soft citrus and lemongrass, and some honeyed bready biscuit malts.

T - Taste is the same: fresh, floral flavor. Fresh squeezed citrus, orange, lemons, zest. Dry bready malt / yeast content balances the hops nicely.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a nice fresh pale ale from Maine Beer Company.

Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something -----4/5.

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz on tap poured into a tulip.

A - golden clear orange. Half finger head that dissapates quickly.

S- hop citrus (orange) , pine

T - very much in line with the aroma with some toasted bread. Pine, mint, semi bitter finish.

M - carbonation is medium, feel is medium light.

O- almost like an IPA light (versus a session ipa). Pretty tasty and seasonable at the ABV.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint .9 oz bottle on April 15, 2016. Born on date 03/29/16. Look is hazy gold with a thick head and sticky lacing. Smell is sweet citrus fruit with some oat malt aromas. Taste is sweet orange, bitter citrus zest and light oat malt flavors. Feel is light in body with a clean dry finish.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from 3/29/16 poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Slightly hazy amber, 2F+ head, decent retention, lots of lacing and a ring.

S: Light-medium lemon and grapefruit citrus, orange rind, light oat malt.

T: Slightly sour citrus backed with sweet orange. Light oats.

F: Light body, medium to heavy carbonation, possibly too much. Drying finish. Crisp like all Maine offerings.

O: Would exchange a bit more forward Amarillo for some of the carbonation, but my guess is that would lead to bitterness. It's a decent experimental one-off.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - A deep orange at its widest, almost orange soda-ey color, some light comes through but is thick and holds the color nicely.

O - orange, very floral.

T - very nice floral up front hoppiness up front, wet biscuity center and dry, bitter clean finish. No malt detected or if so it's very subtle.

MF - pretty high carbonation, which it doesn't look the part of at all. very light in the mouth.

O - solid APA! Great work, I took these notes and then read the description so pretty spot on for what they were looking at. Well done.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice cloudy orange color with a small head that doesn't hang on for long. Smells of navel oranges and cereal malt. Simple but in a good way. Mouthfeel is soft and finishes clean. A really tasty APA that I would gladly revisit. Recommended.

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Photo of 98green
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Look is light orange and mostly clear. Smell is light citrus hops. Taste brings an amazing bright citrus hop punch. Not much malt so the hops shine. The feel is great too with nice carb and a clean finish. Overall an amazing beer

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not loving this offering, but the smell is amazing. Pours hazy yellow with minimal skim of white bubbles that fades to a ring, and leaves no lacing. Aroma is bright - tropical fruits, citrus zest, and a bread dough that I was hoping would be the backbone in the flavor. Tastes different from the nose, mostly pine up front, with dryness setting in mid-sip. Not much malt backbone, and no hint of the oats mentioned in the commercial description. Could have been more balanced for me. I'll try it again sometime to compare.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This most excellent pale pours a lightly cloudy deep amber gold color with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of bright citrus laden hops, sweet caramel malts, and subtle lemon grass. Flavors exceed the nose with moderately heavy citrus notes of lemon and orange zest on the middle and sides awash all over in sweet honey touched malts. Light and subtly creamy mouth feel, great mouth feel is lively and well carbonated, and a lightly bitter finish. All around an excellent pale that is English in nature and American by standard. Excellent, this coming from someone who is NOT a hop head or a big fan of pale ales.


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Photo of gcasher
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Guh!!! This beer smells so good. The Hop bouquet is mesmerizing and entrancing. The malt base is light, but solid. It is so enjoyable to drink. The hops are not too bitter and very floral.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy yellow pour into pint glass with a loamy two finger head. Very citrusy to the nose. This is a very delicious pale ale with a lemon zest finish. Very drinkable and will be a fantastic summer beer

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