A Tiny Beautiful Something - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 779
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

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 farrago
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a huge head, fills close to a third of a pint glass, eggshell white with a very mottled surface, wispy and airy, the lacing slowly slides down the glass at a pace which might as well be stickiness. Cloudy golden liquid that just nudges up against a deeper orange hue, fully opaque, makes it hard to see the tiny yet active bubbles. The nose has a clear focus on crisp citrus notes, tangerine, lemon and a little white grapefruit, peppery with a bread crust and biscuit element, not that sweet, some caramel, more by way of wet, leafy herbaceous matter, the peach, apricot, pineapple fruit fresh and cheery. Medium-bodied, steady churn to the carbonation lends firmness. Dry in texture, more tacky than wetter sticky. The florality and seed oil more upfront, pairs well with the orange and lemon citrus, this latter not too sour. Straight up peach, apricot, nectarine fruit, falls short of tropical. Subdued breadiness, but indistinct spiciness gives it lift. Light touch of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Blends it all together into a seamless whole yet also allows for you to analyze it if so chosen. Gentle persistence at the end. (1,139 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours pale orange with some golden cloudiness, nice thick fluffy off white 1 1/4" head. lasts a while then leaves a film on the beer and thick lacing on the glass.
smells peach, biscuit, some hint of strawberry, passion fruit ,pepper, mild spice, pale malt, yeast, hint of earth, can't wait...
well, it's tasty but doesn't live up to my expectations based on what i see and smell. pale malt, fruity hops, yeast, nice balance
feels, smooth, medium bodied, slight carbonation tingle, finishes slightly dry and yeasty
overall it's an interesting beer and the presentation makes it special, wish it had a little more something in the flavor, be it malt, hops, spice (661 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thick white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, citrus, hops notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of light hops and pine notes with a hint of citrus.

Overall: Like always, Maine Brewing does not disappoint! (317 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to pound down for a whole evening. (777 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: vet light golden look
Smell: Not much of a smell to it. Just a small hint of hops
Taste: not much of a hippy taste but a nice smooth pale ale to enjoy
Feel: enhhh.. Needs more hops to it
Overall: solid beer (212 characters)

Photo of Budlum
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is an effervescent golden color with a long-lasting firm white head. The nose is loaded with the smell of fresh pine hops and the flavors are just the same with strong shots of grapefruit. Overall this is enjoyable to drink and always a treat. (254 characters)

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid pale ale from Maine brewing. Pale orange in color, citrusy and well balanced; very similar to MO. My only complaint with maine beers is that I can get equal quality pale ales from many breweries for 1/3 of the price. (230 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light orange coloring with a thin cap of tight foam. Grass and mango in the nose, yet fairly mild. Slight touch of hop bitterness in the taste but this is definitely not a hop bomb. More mango and citrus in the taste with a pleasant sweetness to finish. (253 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A more delicate hop profile featuring light fruits. Mostly a mango like pineapple taste. Definitely not the piney in your face character of Lunch. Definitely enjoyed this one. (178 characters)

Photo of jirons88
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Slight haziness to the golden hue, nice floral nose with a lovely soft, almost delicate mouth feel. Great citrus but incredible velvety zest, for some reason it came to mind that I was drinking lace...a tiny beautiful something lace. This edges out Lunch as my favorite by MBC. (279 characters)

Photo of MrBoh
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber, very opaque, with a thin white cap that has a bit of lacing.

Scent is dank and resiny, a little grapefruit rind, then a musky smell finishes it off. A tad bit of floral, lemon and spent grain notes linger.

Taste is a tad metallic. A little sweet, almost clementine like, earthy and musky. Nothing spectacular, but enough to keep me going back.

It has a good bit of body for a light APA. Moderate carbonation, and a surprising touch of alcohol burn despite the low ABV.

A good spring day or summer night beer. Not the most refreshing, but still light and full of flavor. (598 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gorgeous. Pour carefully, because the white colored head is abundant, even with a slow pour.

Smell - My nose is a little stuffed up right now, but I get mild whiffs of sugarcane, wheat and hops.

Taste - Like most pale ale's, this one is quite basic. It really holds the same taste from sip to swallow.

Feel - Smooth and subtle.

Overall- Smoothness is the first property I noticed here. I could drink this for days, it's so glorious, one of my favorite APA's of all time. (486 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A citrus heavy pale ale, with a solid orange/satsuma/clementine feel to it. Looks strikingly golden/orange in color. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but a nice clean sipper. (166 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful bright orange with puffy white head and nice lacing throughout. Light bready aroma with notes of lavender, hints of apricot and grapefruit. Clean hop notes that with a rather simple flavor profile, bready, with little bitterness. Very light body, very simple one note pale ale overall. (303 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. This is an amazingly delicate pale ale, though a little lacking in pop. I get nice notes of apricot, peach, and tangerines though. The malt backbone is prevalent without being sweet, leading to great drinkability. It's not one of MBC's better offerings, but that's only due to their consistently high quality. Probably won't buy again, because of the high price.

3.55/5: a tiny beautiful delicate drinker (421 characters)

Photo of GlassOfHops
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, incredibly underwhelmed with the smell and taste here, especially after such a beautiful pour. Hoping this is just a bad batch or something. Won't be buying again at $9 a bottle. Bottled 4/07/15 exactly one month old. (222 characters)

Photo of mhs413
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Man, what a refreshing beer on a warm, spring day. Grilling with a growler of this great ale was just about perfect. So clean, just like the other Maine Beer Company brews I have had the pleasure of tasting. (207 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled April 7th, enjoyed April 25th

A - Pear wheat body with a touch of orange. Really nice paper white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and fantastic lace.

S - Nose isn't great. Wet bread, spinach, and cilantro. Unpleasantly musky for the style.

T - Earthy with wet grass, yeast, and dried leaves. Light coriander spice. Tastes unfinished to me.

M - Pleasantly light body with par carbonation.

O - I really like Maine Beer and was really excited for this, but was unfortunately disappointed. The flavors felt dull and damp, and the net effect wasn't very appealing. (594 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall I really liked this beer. However, it is a really odd and interesting pale. Juicy as all get out, which is usually a good thing but it comes off as so different. I don't know what to make of it. Like Watered down orange juice or something. I'll need another one to write a better review . . . Or Another One would be nice too, maybe better. (348 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was simple and balanced, as everything that Maine beer company does. There is no doubt that the orange notes come through but it almost feels like an orange popsicle. I didn't get as much of the oatmeal mouth feel as I was expecting. But I have to say, Maine Beer always makes a very balanced and delicious pale ale. Don't be confused, this is not an IPA. Try this while you can and experience the new and intriguing "El Dorado" hop. (443 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a lively head that dissipates slowly. Light yellow-orange with impressive clarity.
S: citrus, sweet mango, bread
T: bready malts, light tropical fruit, honey
M: silky soft with a dry finish, excellent.
O: the light bread and honey malt notes combine well with the fruit of the El dorado hops. Great beer. (313 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light floral notes and citrus are prevalent in the aroma. Straw in color with beautiful off white pillow cap that floats for a while. Traces of lacing gently glide down the edge of the glass. Flavor profile is soft and for me a bit lacking. Picking up on some citrus, pine, and maybe hoppy resin. Pretty smooth and not too bitter with a pleasant aftertaste. In summary I would of said this was near perfect except I felt there was a lack of taste. Overall another awesome brew from Maine Beer. (493 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a copper hue and there is just the slightest amount of haze suspended in my glass. A frothy, fluffy eggshell white head rests on the surface and is about 2 cm dense. The foam is fading slowly leaving some windowpane lattice and large pockmarked craters on the surface.
Aroma is rich with citrus notes, grapefruit and orange peel is dominant. Some floral notes like clover mixed in the nose as well. Nice nose, but very mild.
First sip reveals a light and crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is brief grainy malt up front and rolls through some orange peel, grapefruit, and a bit of aspirin astringency on the finish. The finish is dry and lingers on my palate, making me thirsty for another sip. Booze is well hidden and the beer drinks very easy and quickly from my glass.
Simple, straight forward and well made. Easy to appreciate this beer. (929 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this one from a trade. I have not had many Maine beers but I thought the John Muir quote on the back was pretty cool. I am not sure if that is common or not with Maine beers. Anyway, just an observation.

Appearance: Pretty light straw yellow, soapy head that lingers through the pour.

Aroma: Not a lot here really, its not a very pungent aroma, some light citrus, orange or tangerine zest going on in there. Some mild floral notes but not really intense. I have not had another beer that is exclusively El Dorado, so maybe that is a characteristic?

Taste: Its not a very bitter beer, pretty clean as advertised, and I could see this one being very sessionable. I had this one with dinner and maybe the flavors from the pizza I ate overwhelmed the subtle notes in this pale ale, but Its really not as intense as I would prefer out of the style.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any stretch but its not as potent as I tend to like my beers. I guess I might be suffering from palate fatigue from all the other intense beers I have drank lately? If you find this one definitely seek it out and i am very appreciative of this nice offering in trade! (1,151 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle code is 112514 06. I hope that is the bottled on date, not the best by date. My in laws flew this in from Chicago.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a respectable head that fades slowly. Medium carbonation. Smell is bright, juicy, fruity. Maybe a little pineapple. Very pleasant.

Taste is straw (which I kind of expect from pale ales), strong bitter flavor which I'm struggling to describe. It's a little pine, a little hop oil, and a little soap. Not a terrific combination, but refreshing and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, crisp. Overall, good pale ale. I've been happy with every Maine beer I've tried. (675 characters)

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
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