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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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Reviews: 134
Hads: 926
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 34
Gots: 190 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RKing44 on 02-18-2014

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.
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Photo of emount91
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy yellow, nice head that dissipates quickly into a thin one that retains most of the glass. smell is fruity and light: citrus peel, oranges, lemons, tart and bitter smelling. no apparent malt on the nose. taste is a very zingy citrus, but still very light and crisp. something you would want on a nice warm day. malt is light and buscuit-like and it has a very clean taste that does not linger very long on the tongue. lots of carbonation and a great dry feeling after every sip. decent beer from Maine Beer, although very far behind their IPAs.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Heavy white foam that dissipated quickly, leaving relatively thick rind of bubbles. Nose is almost sour/gose-like, but taste is more tart, light hoppiness than saltiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. In January, it makes me want to find some grass to cut and a pool to jump into.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tiny beautiful glass of beer....

To say this is an awe inspiring earth shattering beer would be a lie. However, it is a perfect example of an American Pale Ale. Pours a gorgeous light golden/orange, big citrus nose, similar taste, some pine, perfect carbonation. MBC did it again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another Maine Beer Co awesome beer
Look - a more orangey haze darker than other PA's rich looking deep and as all the Maine Beer Co offerings crazy beautiful head and great great lacing, smell lots of citrus and orange at front and more pine follows, taste - follows smell profile magnificently w smooth long length w impressive smooth aftertaste.. feel nice carbonation overall again a great beer. Maine offerings are something to buy and drink when one beer satisfies for the evening, drink in class!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, these guys just don't miss, so its no surprise this ranks among the best American pales I have had all year long. I could dessert island with this beer, its that good, and interesting, and drinkable. super pale shiny golden in color, crystal clear until the last inch or so in the bottle, and it holds an airy white head the whole drink. el dorado hops seem to always be used in combination with others, so my palate for them in isolation is undeveloped, but I really like what they do I the nose. I get a mild red pepper whiff, with bright orange and limey oils. kind of a neat complexion, but somewhat more fruity in the taste, with mango and grapefruit and even clover honey coming in successive waves. insanely light grain base, low alcohol, almost no residual sugar, all things I love and appreciate in the style, and that are executed brilliantly here. almost no bitterness at all, seems more about the subtleties of the hops than anything else, and they do a great job with that. cool they send beer down the Syracuse way now. thanks so much to my brother for saving this one for me. never had a beer from these guys that wasn't an A across the board. they rule!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - turbid tangerine juice. Light, but hazy.

S - light, orange sweetness. Peach. Bright.

T - pineapple and lemon-lime. Slight must up front. Satsuma. Grassy and earthy.

F - light and airy. Almost has a feeling of false fullness, like most Maine brews. Must be low calorie or something. Maine does it very well though.

O - lots of flavor for a pale ale! Tiny and beautiful indeed.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Poured in the dark, but looks orange and a little hazy. Bright sweet orange aroma. Light graininess. Has a candy aroma. Tastes of pale ale and the same orange candy flavor. I'm thinking of a particular gummy orange candy. Light grain. Drops off quickly. Light body. Very nice.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 27, 2015 and enjoyed December 20, 2015 in a snifter.

Look - One finger of white medium bodied head settles to a white ring. A lot of lacing is left. Body is dull yellow.

Smell - Orange. Musty, Lemon-lime.

Taste - Musty. Pine. Pineapple. Orange. Lime.

Feel - Dry finish. No burn or tongue tingle. Not a carbonation bomb.

Overall - If I call it a session, I like it. Interesting hop. Really great feel.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear golden-orange with a half-finger bubbly whitish head. Some lace.

S: Good balanced nose of citrusy hops and brown sugar/caramel malt.

T: First impression: sweeter than expected. Starts out with a honey-malt sweetness, with a touch of brown sugar, then sweet and bitter hops kick in: citrus (tangerines come to mind), tropical fruits, some apricot, and a bit of earthiness about 3/4 of the way back on the palate. Lingering earthy bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest but provides a little bite.

O: A good APA. Nothing earth-shattering, but clean, good and an easy drinker.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 12/1/15. Pours a dark yellow with a 2 inch fluffy white head that behind beautiful lace and settles slowly.

Smell is papaya, peach, fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely, a very balanced beer with earthy and tropical hops, a little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall a very good beer from an excellent brewery who need to do 4 pack format soon, because it is excellent, but at $6.99 I am not buying this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bottled on 10/27/15. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like lemon peel, lemonheads candies, oranges, grassiness and some bready malt. It tastes like citrus/lemon peel, grainy/bready malt, oranges and grassiness, and it has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was good, it was an enjoyable pale ale that I'd like to try again. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was expecting a bit more from this since Maine Beer Co always seems to deliver. Still a great beer all in all. Looks is semi cloudy, straw yellow. The oat gives it a look similar to a heffe. Nice lingering head and lacing. Smell is very light citrus and grass, not much in this aspect although lacking still pleasant. Taste is heavy lemon and orange fruit and zest, some light dankness as well. Mouth feel is light and fluffy with decent carbonation. All in all a decent beer, I would buy again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a hazy, bright, golden orange coloring with a tall, foamy, frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of tangerines, subtle grapefruit and lemon, grassy highlights, and a subtle cracker backbone. Very balanced aromas. Flavors are extremely citrus heavy forward, with a blend of lemon, lime, and tangerine keeping things light and sweet. Subtle grassy and bitter hops profile, with a toasted cracker backbone. The bitterness picks up a bit into the aftertaste, but the majority of your taste buds are occupied by the citrus blend. Smooth, crisp, dry finish, with a roasted edge to the linger. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Fruity, herbal, honey, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Flavor follows aromas. Nice raw wildflower honey flavor. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation. Sessionable and crushable.

Overall: Pretty nice pale ale. I like the use of El Dorado hops and definitely will revisit this one.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy rounded and rustic looking orange with an invading one finger white foamy head that dissipates at a decent pace. This one ends up leaving a nice foamy lacing. The smell is spectacular as it showcases a decently noticeable candied orange and citrus zest. The taste models the same flavors coming out in the smell and has the same aftertaste that leads to a somewhat clean dry finish. On the palate, it sits a moderately medium on the body and has a carbonation that is good for the APA style and for me. This is fairly sessionable. Overall, well worthy of having again and would seek out to possibly see if I could put this with some food, however I’m drawing a blank on that because of the orange and citrus zest that comes out.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very cloudy golden orange color with a huge fluffy bright white head with excellent retention and lacing. The smell is sweet orange citrus and a slight hint of bready malts. Very subdued but also very nice. Taste follows suit, very mellow but still very flavorful. Light body, crisp, very refreshing and super drinkable. Overall an excellent pale ale that is actually a pale ale and not an IPA in disguise.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle dated 10/27/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, slightly hazy with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Grassy, orange peel, a hint of pint, some wheat notes underneath
T: Dry, herbal, a bit light, more subtle notes of citrus zest and wheat
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Solid though straight-forward pale ale. Shows the El Dorado hop well. Part of me wishes it had a bit more complexity but that would take away from featuring one hop

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 10/27/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dull orange in color. Like most Maine beers, the head just sticks around forever. When it finally dissipates, the layer left behind is still fairly thick and creeps up the side of the glass.

Smell - Interesting aroma. Orange and earthy, floral tea-like character. Hints of bread.

Taste - Follows the nose. Equal notes of orange and floral ooling tea-like flavor. Soft and delicate, but the flavor lingers. Hints of bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft, velvety delivery delivers a smooth, easy drinking experience.

Overall - Similar to most Maine beers I've tried, the appearance and delivery outweighs the flavor profile, though that's no slight on the taste . This is a quality all-around beer, and unique to the pale ale category.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a honey straw color with two fingers of fluffy head.
Aromatic aromas of citrus, sugary candy and even floral elements.
Taste was more mellow, mellow citrus fruit was prominent.
Finished very clean.
Overall, I loved the aromas the most, wished the flavors were just as intense, but this is a really delicious beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 10-06-15 into a pint glass today. Pours a hazy gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. Smell is a strong backbone of hops, resin and sweet citrus. Taste is mild, but balanced. Some sweet cracker malts, finishes bitter with hints of orange. Dry on the mouth, smooth. Overall a bit too light on the flavor, but these are easy to drink multiples of.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from bottle dated 9/15/15 (36 days). An inch of pure white foam that lingers quite nicely for a few minutes. Liquid is light amber and clear.

Aroma is a big burst of hops. Similar to classic west coast hop characteristics with touch of lemon. Taste is clean pale ale: smooth malt, light bitterness, nothing else to complicate things. It's dry and crisp. Well carbonated and slightly more mouthfeel than the flavor might suggest. The oats for mouthfeel make their presence known.

Not quite as unique as I had expected, but smooth and very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very expensive but if you can afford it, really good beer. nose is subtle floral with piney notes. super crisp, nice hoppy bitterness to it. incredibly drinkable and refreshing!

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Photo of pagriley
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly floral, with soft slightly lemmony flavors and an unexpectedly firm bitterness to finish. Very tasty pale ale, and worth a try if you see it, but not anywhere near special enough to justify the price.

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Photo of BeeHoppy860
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty smooth ale. I was really diggin the aroma, not much foam on the head though when I poured it in my glass. Golden color. I would buy it again. Had this one with a plate of friend egg roll, smoke sausage jerky, and jerk chicken.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow body with red tints with two finger head that left some lace patches. A dry, citric hopped aroma with a sharp note of orange (stronger than usual, almost sour and lemony) hits me in the aroma. The body is light and has a citric sharpness taste so I get this spicy orange/floral note and there is enough sweet malt and tropical fruit notes to keep this bitter from going bitter and unpleasant; easy drinking dry pale ale that retains a smoothness to let it easily flow and a good hop taste profile to keep me wanting more.

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.