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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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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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: 641 | Reviews: 83
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.

Photo of tpdunn
2.07/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Sunset in Boston. Not sure if the keg was old but I thought this was the worst beer I've ever had by MBC

Photo of humuloner22
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer in my opioion. but i got an off taste as it warmed up which is why im not giving it a full 5 starts.

bottled on 11/25. Wonder if anyone else got an off taste from this batch

Photo of wildyeast910
4.86/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not very active here on BA, but I've been a user for a while and I've never felt compelled to really participate until now. For some reason this beer blew my mind. I had it in a bottle at Cecil in NYC. The name immediately became apparent after the first sip. The fleeting blossoming of hops somewhere in the middle just took my breath away and left me dying for more. Perfectly clean finish as well. Also, after sipping for a while it didn't lose any of that character.Some very good pales and ipas kinda lose their charm after a few sips, in my opinion.
I gladly ordered another $14 bottle, and would not hesitate to do so again if I come across it in the future. This was my first introduction to Maine Beer Co. and I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings!
Also will be keeping an eye out for these el Dorado hops.

Overall, the best beer drinking experience I've had in a while, and this is while sitting in the airport returning from visits to de cam and cantillion in Belgium.


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

Orange zest and mint? Cool combo

Photo of brians52
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good - way too light.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rinsing from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/orange zest hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and just about sessionable with a nice showcase of the El Dorado hop. I continue to be impressed with everything I have sampled from Maine Beer and will continue to seek out and try their beers.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose—oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by favors of orange zest. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very nice job of showcasing the El Dorado hops in both the smell and taste. It was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

On the color, be sure to roll the bottle to get the yeast incorporated onto a beautiful rich orange

The aroma is slightly restrained, but still hoppy of orange zest, a touch of citrus Starburst.

The flavor follows with some green grass and floral up front. Then it moves onto orange zest, spritzy fruit notes, clementines, a touch of sweetness, with a beautiful clean malt backbone.

In general, a really refreshing brew, but restrained to the point that it is probably the weakest of MBC's hoppy offerings. Despite the prices, perfect for food pairing and summer drinking.

Photo of Esper1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Hazy gold

Smell: Orange Zest

Taste: Orange and lemon zest through and through.

Mouthfeel: Silky and lacey. Shall we say sexy on the palate.

Overall: It may be due to my inability to differentiate tangerine/nectarine/orange zest from one another which is why I give such a simple taste profile, but that's just what it appears to be, a crisp, slightly bitter as zest of a citrus fruit is, which might explain why it's so abruptly salient and then fades out rather quickly, and supremely drinkable beer. An excellent example of a pale ale.

Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Appearance: gorgeous bright citrus color with 3 finger head that is soft, luscious and pillowy.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, guava, pineapple, even a touch of proseco minerality.

Taste: medium-thick mouthfeel with bitterness playing a flavor dimension as opposed to making the beer "bitter". Not quite IPA like. more of an orange, tangerine feel. Alcohol is hidden too well.

I will have to say but I have had a lot of beers from the maine beer company portfolio and this is my favorite one without hesitation. The complexity, just the right amount of hoppiness, the clean finish is just absolutely unreal and unlike anything I have had in this category.

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Look: Hazy gold with a thick aggressive white head and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Big citrus hops, lots of pineapple, white peach, tangerine, a noticeable pine, and a big sweet malt sets it apart from most MBC beers. Smells fantastic.

Taste: A big punch of citrus hops on the attack with notes of tangerine, white nectarine, and peach. Followed by a solid honey malt back bone with that balances beautifully with a dusting of citrus hops on the finish. Simple yet balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate yet packs a bright fresh flavor. This brew is one of the most drinkable I've ever had yet still packs a big flavorful pale.

Overall: Another home run from MBC. The beer is so drinkable and yet showcases a beautiful american pale ale. It's evident how much thought and craft went into this beer. Anyone can hide a shitty beer behind a load of hops or a high ABV but to have something so delicate and yet so well balanced and tasty is a sign of true craftsmanship. A real treat.

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

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on date of 10/21/2014.

Appearance: A glowing orange hued yellow bodied beer with a massive 3 fingers worth of head. Leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass and the head has a lot of staying power just like all the MBC beers do.

Smell: Citrus right away. Tangerines, orange flesh, and citrus zest. Slight dirty dankness. Hint of pine and grapefruit. A little bit of perfume that I smell too.

Taste: Mild bitterness. Slightly bitter orange zest and sweet and juicy orange flesh start things off. Pine of pine resin and grapefruits. Slightly floral and fruity hop flavors intermingle. Light bready and cracker malts are a nice "canvas" for the hops in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation and a very smooth drinking beer. The beer does come across as slightly watery which is really my only minor dislike of this beer.

Overall: Everything about the APA says orange! The color, the aroma, and the flavor. This is probably on the lower end of the spectrum of MBC APA's, but its still pretty enjoyable. I would not hesitate to grab another fresh bottle at a future date.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized wine glass. Color was a nice medium amber, a bit hazy with a thin white lacy head. Aroma was a slightly sweet grapefruit/orangey smell, not sour, with a small hit of pine in the back. A bit of malty hops for flavor, with some of the tartness of the grapefruit as well. Felt ok in the mouth, beer itself coated nicely letting the flavor linger, but almost left my mouth feeling like it was an overly carbonated beer from foam/tingly bubbles. Not bad, nice to taste a single note from the hops instead of being overwhelmed by multiple. Perhaps a tad expensive at $7 per.

Bottled 10/21/14

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Aromas of citrus, pepper and pine resin.
In mouth, there's a lack of flavors despite all these aromas. Good hop taste but he abruptly vanishes for a small bitter and dry final.

Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice orange/yellow color with a solid 1 finger head when poured into a goblet.

Smell was a bit bland, not much on the nose for the promise of orange.

Taste was balanced and citric. Again, a bit mellow, but very smooth

Photo of WunderLlama
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle poured into antique Pilsner glass. Bottled 8.26.14

Golden orange yellow clear liquid with a great stream of carbonation leading to a white foam cap. One finger , fluffy with very good lacings.

Aroma of citrus, orange, pine,

First sip, Clean, crisp, pine notes on the side of the tongue. Second sip, Slight bitterness on the tip, orange notes. Third sip, grapefruit notes.

Light sudsing , light to medium mouthfeel, slight bitter aftertaste

Clean, crisp, refreshing. A nice beer.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad the rating system has changed. This format I like! Well time for the brew. This is a beautiful looking brew. Nice golden orange body with a soapy white head. A bit hazy with straw colored hues. The aroma is quite pleasant, candied citrus (orange juice and lemon zest). Nice touch of crushed crackers. Smells clean. Taste test time! Orange citrus with a touch of lime. A little touch of peppermint. Very dry finish with a subtle clean bitterness. Lime, mint and bread in the aftertaste. The feel is medium-light and tight fizzy carbonation.

Overall: This brew is gorgeous to look at! Nice and pleasant aroma. Yet the flavor doesn't seem meld as nicely as the aroma. Its a hoppy ale, yet it lacks something. Maybe some more resinous hops or residual sugars? IDK, it's still enjoyable and well crafted. This brew is worthy!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottled 8/26/14

Pours a straw color with a huge white head, fades at a decent rate, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice strong lemon citrus aroma with a mild hop presence, the hops essentially get pushed to the back on this one.

Taste is a bit of a mixed bag, the lemon citrus dominates yet it has that weird bitter rind flavor that leaves a bad aftertaste, piney hop bitterness is less represented with the El Dorado hops, carbonation is between medium with a foamy softness to it yet a touch lacking in fullness.

Bit disappointing when compared to the other hoppy offerings from MBC, I'd really like them to expanding beyond the IPA/APA style, maybe something that's not hoppy at all as it's starting to become rather one-noted.

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
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