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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: 874
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
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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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank two of these, sorry Wil one was meant for you...

Pale gold with frothy white foam that leaves plentiful lacing in the glass. Bright clarity and lasting head retention.

Aroma is the strong suit, aromatic and fruity, indistinct citrus and passionfruit.

Taste was less intense with more pale malt flavor coming through and an orange peel citrus flavor lending some bitterness in the aftertaste. Body was on the lighter side of things, easily drinkable but not all that substantial. Overall it was good but I'd prefer most other Maine APA/IPA's to this one. Still it's worth a try if you find a fresh one.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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

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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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ravenz98
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orange hazy look. Beautiful sweet smell. Sweet clean taste. MBC can do no wrong.

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Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Guden
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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!

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 HoppySeb
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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