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A Tiny Beautiful Something | Maine Beer Company

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A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by RKing44 on 02-18-2014

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 1,036
Reviews by micromaniac129:
Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, these guys just don't miss, so its no surprise this ranks among the best American pales I have had all year long. I could dessert island with this beer, its that good, and interesting, and drinkable. super pale shiny golden in color, crystal clear until the last inch or so in the bottle, and it holds an airy white head the whole drink. el dorado hops seem to always be used in combination with others, so my palate for them in isolation is undeveloped, but I really like what they do I the nose. I get a mild red pepper whiff, with bright orange and limey oils. kind of a neat complexion, but somewhat more fruity in the taste, with mango and grapefruit and even clover honey coming in successive waves. insanely light grain base, low alcohol, almost no residual sugar, all things I love and appreciate in the style, and that are executed brilliantly here. almost no bitterness at all, seems more about the subtleties of the hops than anything else, and they do a great job with that. cool they send beer down the Syracuse way now. thanks so much to my brother for saving this one for me. never had a beer from these guys that wasn't an A across the board. they rule!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company "A Tiny Beautiful Something"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "053116" on 061516

Appearance: Hazy golden body. It's bottle conditioned, so it can vary depending on how you handle it. The frothy white head holds remarkably well and it leaves excellent lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma: Surprisingly mild aroma. Citrusy (orange) over a biscuity malt.

Flavor: The flavor delivers more orange, which is nice, but I wouldn't call it "juicy", and some soft pine/herbal character rounds it out. The malt is mild as well, which works for the balance it has going on. It's got a solid bitterness to it though, and it finishes dry and lingering with some yeast as well. I purposefully tried to keep the yeast from pouring and I think that worked, too much yeast in such a soft beer would throw it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a smooth, median carbonation due to bottle conditioning.

Overall: The softness of the bottle conditioning leaves it very much like a "real ale" via cask, and together with the balance of the malt and hops it's remarkably drinkable. Worth trying.

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Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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 -2.2%
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 tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not loving this offering, but the smell is amazing. Pours hazy yellow with minimal skim of white bubbles that fades to a ring, and leaves no lacing. Aroma is bright - tropical fruits, citrus zest, and a bread dough that I was hoping would be the backbone in the flavor. Tastes different from the nose, mostly pine up front, with dryness setting in mid-sip. Not much malt backbone, and no hint of the oats mentioned in the commercial description. Could have been more balanced for me. I'll try it again sometime to compare.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color. Large initial head. Moderate lace, but it is of the blanket sort.

Good blend of paler malts and floral hops. Very clean to the nose; attractive. I get a bit of freshly cut weeds (dandelions?).

The clean, refreshing-ness comes through in the taste. It's subtly different from most pale ales. There's a green, raw vegetable element but very much in a good way. The predominant flavor is the hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste. I get a bit of freshly cut grass. I also get just a touch of yeast which gives this beer the taste of a really well made home-brew.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ravenz98
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -7.2%

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Guden
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ledouge
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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%
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 -1%

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.