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A Tiny Beautiful Something - Maine Beer Company

A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RKing44 on 02-18-2014)
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into stone glass. Bottled 2/11/14

Pours a very hazy dark orange amber. Smell has lots of flowers, hibiscus and lavendar. Some apricot as well. Taste has lots of citrus and sugary fruit. Some breadiness, sweet malt and bitterness as well. Finishes very clean. This is a great summer beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:15:47 | More by hops202
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Tiny Beautiful Something pours a hazy honey amber with a small head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, orange, and a little pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor has lots of tropical notes with a piney bitter finish. Mango, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. There's some malt sweetness throughout. It finishes with a minty, pine bitterness. Once gone the pine and tropical fruit lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer with interesting fruity flavors. Not your typical hop profile for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 18:49:01 | More by WanderingFool
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New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clean light golden copper pour with 2 fingers o foamy bright white head, slow dissipation and great lacing left behind. Smells awesome - citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel, bready, mango.
The flavor is bitter grapefruit up front followed by a sweet strawberry/mango fruitiness. A bit of breadyness and then a nice mellow hop bitterness in the finish. Light body with higher carbonation.

This is a deliciously refreshing sessionable beer. Wish Maine stuff came in six packs at times like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:50:00 | More by facundoCNB
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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vaguely cloudy golden amber pour with a lingering white head and lots of lacing. Sweet upfront maltiness with tropical fruit citrus beaming in at the end. Balanced well. Medium body. The taste begins with toasted and sweet malts followed by a tropical fruit citrus character that hangs on until the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:19:06 | More by jbaker67
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pale amber, foamy off-white head, just the slightest haze to the body.

S- Really unique aroma, almost like a white wine. White grapes, hints of grape leaves, tree fruits, orange zest. Really different and enjoyable aromas.

T- Lots of similar flavors to the nose. Tree fruits, hints of white grapes, vinous fruits, slight earthiness. Still as bitter as you would expect from a Maine pale ale.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable with a slight carbonation tingle.

O- A very interesting beer. Great use of the El Dorado hop variety. One of the more different hoppy beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:09:51 | More by stephenjmoore
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle stamped 021114. Sampled on March 16, 2014.

The pour is a slight foggy golden amber with a long lasting off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma begins sweet and malty and then the grassy and earthy hop bitterness kicks in. But the malts never stray.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is very much what I expected after that nose with a fine caramel and toasted biscuit malt character up front followed by a modest earthy hop bitterness. Another topnotch beer from Maine Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:43:31 | More by puboflyons
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New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Moderate lacing, foam around the edges, some mapping of bubbles on top. Hazy.

Smell- fresh, fruity, very pleasant. Like the smell of the first few days of spring. Do I smell carmel too, or am I nuts?

Taste- Immediately fruity- grapefruit and orange peel with a moderate after taste of wheat. Very bright and uplifting taste. This would be a grade A beer to drink after doing yard work on a hot day. I don't think my taste buds are crazy, but I feel like there is some sort of vegetable related or plant like aftertaste?

Mouthfeel- very crisp and well carbonated.

Overall- Very surprised by how tasty this beer is. I haven't found myself motivated enough from many beers to type a review, but this one definitely stands out. Pleasantly fruity, but not super fruity or sweet. A perfect balance of different flavors and textures.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:24:11 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on an orange-infused dark gold. Head is bubbly, dense, and off-white. Drops to a small cap with sheets of lacing clinging to the glass. Moderate carbonation leaves a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: Spicy lemon zest. A touch of juicy citrus and some slight hints of orange, grapefruit, and vague tropical notions. Malts run very mildy sweet with a slight toasted edge. Bready with some pale cracker snap thrown in for good measure. Pale malt sweetness. Slight spicy esters coupled with something that reminds me of lemon Pledge. A touch herbal in the back. Lemon builds as it warms, but it never gets too aggressive or sweet.

Taste: Pale and slightly sweet. A touch of caramelized malt thrown in with a light bready component and some slightly toasted elements as well. Hops are mild compared to the nose, and they weren't aggressive there either. Touches of lemon flesh and oily zest. Some vague leafy herbal hop elements. Some grapefruit pith. Mild and balanced like all MBC beers. Slight biscuity push as it warms. Peppery and lemony through and through. Some vague stone fruit as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with a bubbly moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp.

Overall: A tiny tasty something.

Dear MBC, I would drink this and every other beer you make forever...but this has an issue with bottle price (like all MBC). A super easy drinking and unique pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:10:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw-color with a hint of orange, hazy to cloudy, with nice sustaining head. Smell of citrus, lemon zest, orange rind, and a little wet leaves.

Taste is quite similar to the smell. The El Dorado hops reminds me a bit of Sorachi Ace, but this beer is not quite as lemony as some Sorachi based beers I have had.

Overall this is a decent beer, refreshing in nature, maybe tending a bit towards a blonde ale in taste. It fits in with the other maine beers in terms of smoothness. However, it also seems just a bit one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:53:37 | More by cjgiant
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A striking color combination between the head and body. A just off white head sitting on top of an orange amber beer which is a bit hazy. The head shows good retention and never really fades leaving patches of lacing around the glass.

The aroma is equally up to what I've come to expect from MBC, very aromatic.
The aroma featuring the El Dorado hop variety is very fresh and has plenty of fruity notes.
I can smell pineapples and citrus but also candied orange slices and honeysuckle. The aromas are bold but subtle and never get to the point of being intrusive.

The taste sports fresh candied malts. The hops are not as prevalent in the taste as in the nose.
The hops are fresh and bold with a decent amount of flavor but not enought in either malt or hops to stop a lean washed out feel.

Drinks pretty clean on the palate with a smooth easy drinking feel. There is a hint of refined bitterness.

I like this beer, it smelled fantastic and looked fantastic. I wish some of those El Dorado hops came through in the taste, but it's a dual purpose hop and that could be difficult when used as a single hop in the brewing process.
Still it was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 11:39:47 | More by micromaniac129
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured bottle dated 2/11/14 batch 1 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a 2 finger and a half of off-white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of orange citrus, light floral notes, fruit and honey.

T-Tasting notes of orange citrus, biscuit, citrus peel/rind, floral hops and honey.

M-Semi-juicy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

O-Another awesome offering from Maine Beer Company! Way to use the El Dorado hops very mummy!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 23:53:38 | More by reebtaerG
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 021114 (Batch 1)

A: Pours a lightly hazed and muddy copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thick layer of bubbles that leaves sheets of lacing

S: Nice and citrusy, with tropical and fruity hop notes and a good dose of malt. Almost a candy-like sweetness come through as well

T: Starts off with the fruity hops and a good deal of sweet malts. Some grassiness comes through with some earthy undertones. Very well balanced throughout. Not very bitter at any point. Finishes more malt-forward

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very well balanced and drinkable APA. I'm a little surprised by the lack of a real hop "pop" given the brewery, but it's still nice. I'd take MO over this for an APA, but this one is still worth a try

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:34:24 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Very hazy golden-orange. A creamy, whipped-looking off white head retains very well and leaves behind a webbing of stubborn, sticky lacing.

S: Soft pithy and floral hop aromas abound. Wild flowers. Sweet orange peel. Pears and orchard blossoms. Perhaps some candied ginger. Doughy yeast and quiet bready malt underpinnings.

T: The same pithy and floral hop character follows in taste. Pear, very floral. Orange peel. Pithy. A touch of hop oil. Very mild bitterness. Perhaps just a hint of star fruit and a dab of honey. Some doughy yeast. Light bready malt flavors. Drying finish with a slight graininess and a predominantly floral flavor.

M: Medium-light in body. Airy and silky all the way through. Very soft and round with a slight crispness from the carbonation that barely bites through. Awesome texture.

O: Some brewers have been experimenting with El Dorado lately, notably Smuttynose. This is the first time I've had it in a single hop environment. It has the same pear/orchard qualities that I remember, but with a little bit of citrusy nuance here. It can be an awesome complement in a well made saison, a la Smutty's Luna Moth, but it works very well in this charming pale ale too. By the way, the body/mouthfeel of this beer is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:42:57 | More by ryan1788a5
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Poured into my Abandon Brewing tulip.

Light, peachy orange pour. 2 fingers of head, decent lacing.

Sweet aromas of peach, and pineapple, and some dank, grassy sort of aromas as well.

The taste follows the aroma, but is slightly muted, honestly. A little watery, with a weird metallic twang that I am not enjoying. Very low hop bitterness. Slightly grassy.

As stated above, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Well carbonated.

Probably the least of the Maine Beer Co brews I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:53:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice, paler yellow with orange and gold hints. The beer forms a beautiful head of creamy, medium-sized bubbles that settles to a half-finger’s width and leaves a fat fluffy drizzle of lacing on the glass. In body, the beer is clean but cloudy and nearly opaque. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully hoppy. Grass, pineapple, apricots, and even a ghost of peach work their way across the nose. Pine prickles at the back of the nostrils as well buts melds really nicely with the fresh-cut grass smell. Little to none of the malt can be sensed, as this beer is really here to showcase the El Dorado hop, but as it warms I do start to sense a creamy-bread scent on the edges of the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes far more balanced than the nose would have you believe. Healthy, shivering bitterness blends with bready sweet malts and only comes out healthily bitter, but not overpowering. The beer finishes wonderfully dry with just a touch of acidity along the edges of the tongue. In flavor, the beer tastes of grass, unripe pineapple, apricots, and just a touch of wheat crackers and bread. The malt and bread build towards the finish, though the flavor is surprisingly dry. The finish is fresh cut grass and pineapple juice. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and tingly, with a body on the light side of medium and a mild carbonation that does provide a nice prickle, but also comes off nicely fluffy. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left sticky dry with lots of saliva in the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice drinking hoppy pale ale. What makes this a pale ale and not an IPA is really semantics in my opinion. It is a beautiful hoppy beer that really showcases the El Dorado hop, and it also has some great malty balance that gives those hops a perfectly light stage to work upon. Another fresh, hoppy, crisp beer from MBC. Superb beer, superb taste, superb company concept (giving back, etc…) I just wish the prices were a little lower. MBC’s pale ales would go great in six-packs, but none of us could ever afford it. I know the cost is going to good causes, but I really wish they could step back on their pricing… 7.00 for a pint of 5.5% beer is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:48:02 | More by Maxwell
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2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Considering how much people love this brewery, and how hard it was to find this beer, I certainly expected a lot more. Pretty basic, nothing really stands out in particular. Smells okay, tastes somewhat citrus-y, fairly bitter. Fine enough, just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:03:25 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium-to-deep golden body, hazy and dull; two fingers of fluffy head showed good retention and left some lace trails behind

S: grains and herbal notes atop a mildly fruity undercurrent - suggestions of citrus and pale dried fruits

T: I got a lotta grains, like a field ripe for harvest; fruit and citric and yeasty flavors were subtle - overall impression was dry grains and mild yeasts, slight fruitiness and very mild bitterness

M: light and crisp, medium-thin body, ample carbonation, slight drying on the finish

O: a decent pale ale, which is not a style I drink too much of - so take my notes with a grain of salt - would probably be very session-able if not for the high price. Worth a try and buy, and probably great for fans of the APA, but slightly underwhelming if that's not a go-to style for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:38:22 | More by Greywulfken
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened this in anticipation of being wowed. Cloudy gold color with slight citrus aroma. Slightly more carbonated than expected. Easy drinking and smooth on the throat, Decent legs. A good ale but no Mo; the John Muir quote on the back label made it worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:06:42 | More by Robo1854
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Feb 11th 2014.

Not that great on appearances as usual per Maine Beer Co. Muddy. Muted dull apricot orange and yellow body. Head always manages some good appearances. Three fingers tall, fluffy, good retention and clumpy thick lacing to match.

Just the perfect sense of light tropical and specifically pineapple aromatics. Zesty, fruity, no hop bitterness noticeable at all. Goes to peach and grapefruit like fruit, real nicely and soft tropical warmth. Pineapple, and juicy to match. Very impressive fruit nose on this.

Taste brings much more tropical goodness. Lots of pineapple and juiced warmth. Very light, but feels highly sessionable and lighter than the abv indicates. Juicy large tropical girth but does manage to quickly dissolve into some light wet qualities. Minimal carbonation. Malt backbone is simple but carries flavours well, some tonic like but super fine carbonation on the palate feel.

Perhaps it's the easy drinking pale ale qualities that make me want to discount this but I can't. It's pineapple beer with great aromatics in the glass. it's excellent stuff. Classic Maine Beer Co. goodness. Pineapple easy drinking beer punch in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:43:14 | More by smakawhat
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4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle (enjoyed 14 days after bottling), served in tulip glass. Melon and berry hop profile, medium bitterness, medium mouthfeel, coats the palate with deliciously balanced fruity aftertaste. Well worth seeking out, though I imagine this might be a one-off release (unfortunately).

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:23:44 | More by Zive
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 2/11/14 very fresh.

The beer poured an attractive honey color with a 3F head in a stein. The beer is unclear and appears to be unfiltered.

Nice aroma: vanilla, pine, mango.

The taste was not typical for an American pale ale: tropical fruit, citrus, and grapefruit.
APAs can be lackluster in taste.

Finish: excellent. crisp, fresh, and light bitterness. Very hoppy.

Unlike other pale ales, this beer is not lightweight. It's a sipper.
There is heft to this beer, and the bitter hoppiness makes one want to slowly drink it. The body
is light, but it has character.

Another excellent beer from the Maine Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:21:18 | More by brureview
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4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company - A Tiny Beautiful Something, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours an orange straw hazy with a beautiful foamy head. Retains very well. Perfect lacing. This is a 5/5 here.

Smell - Mango/pineapple from the El Dorado hops, what an amazing aroma! Malts are subtle in the background, lower ABV pales tend to be the best at showcasing hops.

Taste - Taste is crisp and fresh. Hoppy tropical with a nice pineapple linger.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Not boozy at all. Great drinkability. Remarkably sessionable. A+ here as well.

Overall - Another phenomenal MBC brew. Truly Maine's Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 17:11:54 | More by JMScowcroft
A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
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