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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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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | 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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Reviews by corby112:
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3.86/5  rDev -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 -0.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good - way too light.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
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