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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

656 Ratings
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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 85 | 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: 656 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 04/08/14

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with the pillowy foam cap leaving large streaks of soapy lacing in it's path. A little darker and cloudier than I prefer and possibly over carbonated but otherwise looks pretty good.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with strong hints of sticky pine needle, hop resins and fresh cut grass countered by sweet tropical fruit notes, caramel malt and boozy sweetness. Smells more like an IPA with dank grassy hops countered by grapefruit, pineapple and citrus zest, although these fruit notes are somewhat muted. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than expected with hints of bread, biscuit, toffee and caramel. More alcohol than I expect/prefer, especially at only 5.5%.

Lighter body than expected with soft carbonation and a crisp hop bite that lingers over the sweeter notes, yeast and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Smells like an DIPA but tastes and feels more like a pale ale. Nice earthy hop bitterness with hints of sticky pine needle, grass and wet hay countered by subtle citrus fruit. The tropical/citrus fruit presence found in the nose are mostly gone in the flavor. There's some grapefruit and orange rind but it's a delicate presence providing some needed balance. This is followed by some bready yeast and a prominent malt backbone. Sweeter than expected with biscuit, cracker and faint caramel. Not the most complex beer but A Tiny Beautiful Something is very drinkable with a nice balance of interesting flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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 sjones5045
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a little haze. Very nice white head that lasts pretty well.

The smell of sweet citrus is prominent and very clean. Of all the citrus fruit, pineapple come out of the gates strong. Right away makes you excited for the beer.

The taste is delicious. I love when a beer matches the smell and the taste is clean and hits you with a pineapple presence. The back half remains clean, and your easily ready for more.

Very smooth, clean, and crisp. Maine keeps churning out very impressive beers. One of very few top notch east coast breweries, but quickly become one of the best in the country. Great work on this beer. Side note, having this beer aug 1, 2014, with a bottle date of feb 2014 label date. So I would have to imagine this beer is even better closer to label date.

Photo of Zive
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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).

Photo of charlescorley4
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Caramel orange color, verging on copper.

Smell: Smells like opening a bag of dried apricots and taking a big whiff. Pretty amazing. Also some sweet orange, peach, but to me, this beer really smells like an apricot.

Taste: Lives up to the aroma, but much more delicate, whereas the aroma is pretty intense. Dried apricot, orange, little bit of pine, light sweet malt. Very drinkable and clean. I wish this beer was much hoppier - the apricot flavor of the el dorado hops is so clean and refreshing. Wish they made this into an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very light, good carbonation, dry mouthfeel and finish. Very clean.

This is a unique pale ale. The El Dorado hops really shine in this, especially in the aroma. I LOVE what Maine Beer Co has been doing. Amazing beers. Their beers are consistently so clean and fresh tasting. This is no exception. I wish it was hoppier, but overall, I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of larryarms847
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly rust red with a plush, frothy head.

Smells slightly like potato chips, slight pine, and a hint of caramel.

Taste the slightest bit of caramel and it is delicious, some plum, definitely citrus undertones, just overall a tasty treat.

Very well carbonated and very smooth, almost cream ale like or a nitro pour.

Overall a magnificent, sessionable ale, so light and tasty that I would pound these while grilling food outside this summer, but the $7 price tag on this puts a damper on things.

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 antott0523
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/10/14 bottle date. Poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy golden straw color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. Airy, bone white, one finger hear that leaves lace.

S: Light on the nose with a minor amount of hop resin that comes through as sweet grapefruit, pine, apricot, caramel. A tad bit grassy.

T: Grass, unsalted crackers. A hint of indistinguishable tart citrus. Not much malt coming through here and not much of a defined hop character.

M: Effervescent. Dry, almost tannin-like finish.

D: Extremely well made beer as with all MBC beers that I have had. The flavor profile is muted compared to MO and Peeper. Less complex hop profile. It's a solid beer with a dry finish and has the extremely clean and fresh flavors that I have come to enjoy in all of their beers. While this one is the least favorite of the MBC beers that I have tried, it is a another great example of the extremely high quality beers being made by this brewery.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter...

Skipping over appearance, smell moutthfeel ill go straight to the overall.

A good looking beer which didn't dominate in smell but made up for in mouthfeel. A super clean drinking apa thats silky smooth and dry. This is a beer you could drink all day of it wasn't $8 a pint. It passed my "burp test" which produced a glorious hop flavor.

Overall its super clean and easy drinking. Not over powering hop bitterness. I would say definitely try this beer but priceless you wont be returning to it

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 puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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.

-wy

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Zella2010
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Golden amber color, huge white head from a normal pour, long head retention.

Smell – A little grassy, a little citrus, a bit of ripe fruit, almost reminded me of a subdued farmhouse ale. Overall a great nose.

Taste – Very smooth. Noticeable, not overwhelming, hop finish. Does not linger. The citrus, ripe fruit smell was less noticeable when tasting.

Mouth – Crisp, but not too, good carbonation, just enough chewiness, like everything else I’ve had from Maine Brewing.

Overall – What a great session ale. I just wish these were easier to procure. This, in a way, reminded me of BBC Steel Rail, being light and flavorful, very easy to have a few. The biggest difference was that this did not have the malty sweetness BBC often has, a bit more hop. I like that. Can’t wait to find some more of these.

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 Robo1854
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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.

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 DrinkSlurm
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/8/14 - consumed 5/8/14. Really excited about this one.
Poured a golden grain color with thick foamy head into tulip. Lots of sticky lacing.
Mellow but pungent hop aroma.
Taste is big hop upfront but is actually quite mellow...kiwi, passion fruit, tropical, with a hint of grain. Its super dry and so so mellow...I can chug this.
What I love about this is how much flavor and personality is packed into such a low abv and in such a delicate package...nothing overwhelms here. Its all so subtle yet in your face. Why this doesn't have a higher rating, I don't know. Its not a hop bomb, but its such a well crafted beer its insane. Love this brew!

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 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

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.