A Tiny Beautiful Something - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 746 | Reviews: 104
Photo of themind
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underrated! this is a fantastic brew. No after taste, really a top notch beer.

Photo of smaddock
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really ordinary and unimpressive pale ale

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outlier detected. Justify rating with a review.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Bobbymozz
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply a perfect light ale

Photo of mriley1984
4.96/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So delicious. Reminds me of Lunch

Photo of jirons88
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of MrBoh
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome single hop pale. El Dorado hops give a nice citrus feel and smell. I'd love for MBC to drop a single hop IPA with this hop variety.

Photo of RyBrew54
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of jhaas1
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is nothing special. It's decent, but buying to rave over.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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

Photo of GlassOfHops
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of mhs413
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
2.87/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crisp finish, really good and clean beer

Photo of snowmageddon
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.63/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
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