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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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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 876
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 25.12%
Wants: 31
Gots: 163 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +1%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 +3.2%
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
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | 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 +1.5%
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 +1.2%
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%
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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Photo of anteatr23
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and hazy with a two finger head. Really nice lingering lacing. Smell is of hops with a grapefruit punch. Definitely citrus. Taste is light and calming with some faint hop and citrus. Very moderate sweetness. Incredibly easy to drink and insanely refreshing. Mouth-feel is a light buzz, almost like a champagne. This beer really is modest but great. Another awesome beer from MBC.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a hotel tumbler from a bottle. Dated 08/25/2015.

Color is hazy light gold with a thin white head. Aroma is floral and lemony - very clean smelling - reminds me of fresh laundry. Taste is bread and citrus - very balanced. It's a very good pale ale that I would like to drink out of proper glassware someday.

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Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottled 7-7-15, enjoyed 9-26-15

Appearance: Opaque gold, thin lasting head.

Aroma/Flavor: Nice watermelon and berry El Dorado hop character, neutral grain/yeast character,

Mouthfeel: Crisp clean no bitterness.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like many of MBC beers, this one finishes like it starts - clean and crisp. Enjoyed two weeks after bottling - pours an amber gold with light head. Aroma of faint citrus and pine; taste of apricot, orange, lemon zest and biscuity malt. I wouldn't call this hoppy, even if it is focused on the El Dorado. It's more a balanced malt/hop profile than an imbalanced hop-forward pale ale; pretty similar to Mo. Good beer.

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Photo of kculrich
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 08/25/2015, poured into a cool nonic. Hazy light gold with a slight foamy head, fading quickly leaving moderate sticky lacing. S: Fresh bread and lemons. T: lemon, sweet and tart, fall fruit and crackers, slightly spicy, like allspice and cloves, but just the barest hint. F: substantial, creamy and well carbonated. O: Yum. I'm not getting the 'finish dry and clean' part but would surely be a nice beer to sit out in the sun with, regardless.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a lovely beer! Contrary to the ingredients, I'm inexplicably picking up a strong, sweet nose of apples and cinnamon. The taste is less sweet, less cidery, but rather dry, smooth, and gentle. I love the texture on this one, but the appeal is all in the nose, so make sure you're drinking from a proper glass to get the fruity, autumnal scent.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: floral and clean laundry. Great nose. I could smell this for an hour before tasting it.
T: floral, stronger and more perfumey than the nose, some creamy Lennon, cracker, a little pine.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a cloudy golden orange wheat color body, fantastic+2 finger white foam head, heavy stringy lacing, carbonation
S: orange, citrus, cracker, malt
M: medium light body with semi dry finish
T: orange, kinda watery, cracker, low hop bitterness, hints of pine resin
O: great brew for being only one hop

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.
The beer pours a nice fluffy and very white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lovely lacing and clings to the side of the interior. The beer itself is a very nice looking pale gold. The look of the beer is fairly clean and has a very nice appearance that makes it appear to be a lighter drinking beer.

The smell is very nice and light but not weak. The hop note gives off a nice citrus and lemon smell touched by a bit of oat sweetness. The oat notes really add to the beer and make it fairly unique among pale ales. Instead of a malty sweet note, the oats give off a creamy kind of sweet that buoys the El Dorado hop notes.

The taste is the same as the smell. A citrus and lemon hop note from the hops and a creamy sweetness from the oats.

The feel is fantastic and very refreshing despite being slightly dry. The body is medium but it feel much lighter thanks to the oats and fluffy carbonation.

Overall, another very good beer from Maine and worth getting if you can.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big, fluffy white head slowly turns to a pillow, leaving webbed lacing on a Cisco fisheye pint glass. SRM 6-7 (clear amber) with columns of casual carbonation.

The aroma is filled with lemon and pine. Spectacularly fresh. Some cut grass, white bread, and floral notes.

Crisp, clean, moderately bitter and balanced. Biscuit malt with caramel and pineapple in the background. The finish is modest in strength and duration, carrying the bitterness throughout. Light sweetness is lasting.

Palate cleansing, with a medium body, fizzy carbonation and satin texture. Alcohol is undetectable.

This is a thirst quenching and refreshing beer, just right for a cool, sunny summer afternoon. One can easily wind down with this one after work.

Maine Brewing Company certainly knows how to present hop aroma and flavor without overwhelming bitterness. A Tiny Beautiful Something is another example of that proficiency.

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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.

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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

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.