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MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,498 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 237
Gots: 331 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

Our first run at an American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit, and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.
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Ratings: 2,498 | Reviews: 357
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Photo of macher0
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw. A little cloudy. Fine bubble egg shell head. Sticky laces. The smell bursts with citrus notes: grapefruit, mangos, lemon peel, and pineapple. The taste follows. This is a great beer for citrus-heads. Very light malts backbone and distinctive yeast character. Very smooth, crisp, and light body.

This is a great beer - all around. A lot of the citrus notes of Zombie Dust are similar and the light malt to hop ratio of Pliney is present.

I think this is excellent and is underrated.

Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a golden amber color, relatively clear, with a thin cap of foam.

Smells very floral, with some pine and herbal notes. The malt is very, very clean, allowing the very subtle nuances of the hops to be picked out. Citrus is there, but I'm picking out a lot more of those very soft hop tones that are normally buried beneath heavier malt aromas. Given that the malt is all but nonpresent, you can really get the full hop experience.

My first impression is that the flavor is very good, but like Peeper, is unexpectedly light bodied. Not quite as airy as Peeper, but definitely lighter than what I normally expect from an american pale, and certainly a 6%er. The malt is incredibly clean and dry, offering very little to get in the way of the hop experience. For such a mellow beer, the depth of the hops is remarkable. Some juicy citric flavors, but it finishes off dry, foresty and floral. Maybe a little light on the tongue for mid-october, but there's no denying that these guys know what they're doing.

These guys certainly know how to brew. Northern New England is really experiencing a brewing renaissance after decades of buttery ringwood sameness. Two thumbs up.

Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a dull medium golden with a large blooming white head,maybe a little over carbonation issue.Juicy grapefruit in the nose with a little grassiness as well,not much malt profile just juicy hops.Maybe the best hop profile of any "standard" pale I have had flavor-wise,fresh grapefruit and grassy flavors with a dryer base making for just hoppy goodness.A tad sharp in the mouth but man this is just a hopped up flavor punch of an APA.Wow.

Photo of MadScientist
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden colored beer. This pours with two fingers of rocky/creamy off-white foam with a persistent head that leaves sticky, ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong pineapple, grapefruit and lemon, citrus hops aroma along with a medium grassy character from dry hop additions. Mild ale esters a light malt character biscuits.

T: A strong grapefruit hops flavor with a very strong hops bitterness. There isn't much malt backing this up just a slight sweetness with a light bready and slight caramel quality to it. The balance is very bitter and the finish is quite dry. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and flavors of grapefruit and a touch a pith.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation and a medium amount of creaminess.

O: An outstanding American Pale that is almost nothing but a showcase for strong citrus hops aromas and flavors with a very enjoyable grapefruit character.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

022312 on the label.
In an imperial pint glass the beer was amber colored with a thick white head and a lot of lace.

Hoppy aroma. Grassy and piney, a little bit of citrus. Some sweet malt.

Hops at the forefront in the taste. Mostly piney and grassy hops, but there was a bit of grapefruit there too. Nice biscuity background.

This was a hoppy, but not overly hoppy, beer. Very pleasant to drink.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a exceedingly lovely clear copper color with a bubbly white head.
The aroma is loaded with citrus notes and a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, lots of orange and a hint of grapefruit, maybe a bit of peach and sweet pineapple. A very nice malt balance and a perfect, slightly bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding: Medium, smooth, nearly creamy.
Overall, I just can't stop drinking this beer. Wish I could get it regularly...

Photo of mverity
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow orange. Healthy amount of white head with a very thick collar; both of which lasted pretty dang well. Aroma is floral, slightly sweet malt, good amount of sweet citrus. Medium-light body and same carbonation. Taste is overly floral, some pine, again with the citrusy hops. The balance in the nose is not there on the tongue.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with about three fingers of white head that lingered from quite some time. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, sweet citrus scents popped right out as I poured the beer, no need to put my nose to the glass for this one.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to light bodied. Taste was amazing! Bittersweet hops and citrus. Left a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: What a spectacular brew, Maine Beer Company needs to keep it up, all the beers from them so far have wowed me in being some of the best so far! Definatly will have this one again.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/16/12 (roughly 2 months old)

Pours a cloudy deep hazy golden color. A nice full 2 fingers of white head. Settles to a thick retentive layer. Good lacing.

Nice pine aromas with ripe citrus fruits and juicy tropical fruits. Really nice hop aroma, can definatly pick up that simcoe. Malt not really noticeable.

Really quite hoppy, yet still barely in the confines of a pale ale. Nicely done. Pine, ripe citrus, juicy tropical fruits, fresh pine needles. Hops are in your face, yet kind of subtle at the same time. A bit of grainy, slight buttered biscuit malt rounds it out a bit.

Light to medium in body, refreshing carbonation. Great drinkability. Finishes with a good hop bitterness, just shy of IPA levels.

A solid pale ale. I'd really like to revisit this super fresh because I'm betting its something magical. Look forward to more from Maine.

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazes faint apricot colored with a firm head of tight foam that lingers long and settles out slowly. Inviting aroma of citrus and honey, some pine. Flavor matches the nose, very citrusy, full of tangerine and melon, hints of mint, sappy pine, grapefruit rind and honey. Finishes dry, pine and orange rind itch lingers. Great beer, pretty hoppy for a pale ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like a standard good pale ale should: copper, white head, about 7/8" in height. Aroma was mostly Cascade and C hops I'd venture to guess. Balanced in the way of bitterness and hop aroma aside from straight bitter.

Taste, fractional crystal/caramel malt, solid hopping, not bracing bitterness, solid body, but not an in your face kind of way. Really good mouthfeel that doesn't get old, nice and delicate breadiness that is subtle, allowing the hops to come across. Minorly grassy and grapefruity. Pretty dry throughout. Another winner as far as I'm concerned from the Maine brewing company.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled served in weizen glass.

Clear pale wheat with 2 finger eggshell head, good retention, thin lacing.

Smells mainly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. Tastes bold grapefruit citrus, bitter, a touch of malt sweetness, nice balance. Great dry finish, the highlight of this beer. Moderate carbonation, just a touch of alcohol.

Nice pale ale but I don't think I'll seek this one out as I don't enjoy it that much more than pale ales that are more accessible to me. Great extra, thanks buddy!

Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottled 10/28/14, Consumed in mid-November. Exquisitely fresh for being here in Maryland. Seems like Maine Beer Co. is moving product pretty well down here! Good to know. The beer force is strong with New England.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy golden orange

Smell: Masterful nose--tropical fruits like pineapple and mango just explode, with only a light layer of citric bitterness.

Taste: Follows the nose but adds extra dimension. Initially you're hit with tropical fruits and lightly bitter grapefruit. But then you get a major hit of smooth grain that's crisp and dry, and lends needed balance. The malt isn't really sweet, rather crisp and lightly bready/cereal-like. The flavor profile is the picture of balance within the style. Just stunning stuff. The best pale ale that I can get around these parts (Metro DC area). Yes, DC Brau makes a fine pale ale, but this is the jam right here.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly on point carbonation (medium) and a solid medium body that is a little thicker than you'd expect from a pale ale (albeit one higher in ABV than APA normally weighs in at. The dryness in the finish is exquisite.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers.

Photo of Guess2814
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

This might be my favorite American Pale Ale. Great Beer.. I love having this beer on tap and bottle is great as well. This beer has just the right amount of hops.. Nice and smooth..The percentage of alcohol at 6% is perfect ..if u haven't had this beer, try to get a hold of it

Photo of rdilauro
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding and brilliant color. Stood back an minute or so just to look at the color!
Aroma was typical of a good IPA, the grapefruit, citrus overtones was present but not overdone. The first sip was so very smooth. The bitterness was there, but this was a bigger softer ale which balanced the bitterness.

The aftertaste lingered and lingered and lingered. That to me was the best. If I can get a beer
to last this long with the aftertaste, oh BOY!

Loved this one will have MO again

Photo of Hopcycle
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hoppy nose and great beer. It was a very welcomed surprise as we do not get many Maine beers down this way! It held up well to other beers as well as I had just come from an IPA tasting. This beer vanquished the ones I had just tried and set up shop on my palate!

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, simple black and white label, with a small touch of colour - classy. I know that this is named after the brewer's two kids, but all I can think of when I see this offering's name is 'Mo. Mo. Mo.' a la the Simpsons - not so classy.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, shiny, silky, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a massive array of splattered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pineapple, blood orange, overripe Texas grapefruit, and sassy lemon fruit right up front, with some fast on its heels acrid leafy, piney notes arriving thereafter, a hint of uric acid, and finally, a rather timid crackery and biscuity pale malt. The taste is a little more, but hardly evenly balanced - nice tropical and domestic fruity hops, and grainy, dry bready pale malt, with a bit of pine and leaf bitterness bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is fairly light and frothy, the body a lean medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight airy creaminess building as it settles. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt having bled out, and the citrusy, piney, and floral bitterness of the hops keepin' 'er tight and true.

A very well rendered American pale ale, the hops definitely in charge, but they don't abuse the power - they're much more about the flavour, than any bitterness chip on their collective shoulders. Pretty tasty - other than the high-end single serving price around here, I could see enjoying a number of these in a single sitting. I know - a 'session' with a 6% ABV brew - blasphemy!

Photo of joeseppy
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden yellow with a generous off-white head that recedes and doesn't do much.

On the nose we have pine cone, grapefruit pith and dried apricot. A nice overall tropical fruit smell.

Taste is mildly bitter, weak malt and dried fruit. Pretty much a flat line on taste given the nose.

Very light, smooth and dry on the finish.

Not digging this one. Overall not bad but not great either.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with orange highlights. A solid white head forms on top and lasts for a very long time. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh citrus fruits, plenty of grapefruit and a little orange and orange zest. Some faint caramel and grainy hops, but really like the tropical fruit explosion up front.

T: Upfront some more citrus, similar to the aroma but not as intense. Grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a bit more of a malt presence on the flavor profile than on the aroma, a bit of bready malt and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Another solid offering from MBC. If the flavor profile had been as intense as the aroma it would have been a real winner.

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is pale gold, and a little tangerine orange. Head is bright white and foamy. Nice splotchy lace and good head retention. Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit. Some pine, flowers, leaves, and generally tropical. Like peeper, a mouthwatering aroma, but bigger. Taste is fruity, tropical, zesty, grapefruity, piney, and a weeee bit herbal. Mmmm. Texture is gritty-like/resiny mixed in slickness. Really good stuff.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: very soft pour so almost no head. Nice orange color with good clarity, beer has legs for low ABV

S: very crisp orange smell with a little bitterness and some cracker

T: just a very vibrant orange taste so crisp malty crackery on the finish but the explosion of pure orange taste is very nice

M: Amazingly crisp with a dry finish and as this beer ages the dryer it gets very light mouthfeel

O: about near as perfect so you get for a lower ABV pale ale, very clean dry orange on the tongue and very light in the mouth it looks great, it smells great, it tastes great find if drink it. Beware of bottle dates at two months this beer is shockingly bland on citrus, falls off quick. Under a month you will just sit there dumbfounded.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange bodied with a lasting bubbly off white head. Great smell, grapefruit and oranges. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability, creamy. Very tasty orange creamy good hoppyness. The proof is in the taste and this is an excellent American pale. From Capone's Restaurant.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with thin foamy white head.
S: Very piney in smell, some mango like citrus notes.
T: Tastes slight bitterness, some hoppy dryness, notes of citrus upon mid sip.
M: Medium amount of carbonation, smooth finish, prickly to tongue due to the hops.
O: Overall, a very good pale ale. I'm lucky to have tried it.

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pale golden ale, nearly transparent yet hazy and lively. Big head from a center pour, solid white, and firm. Head retention is excellent; lacing is unbelievably thick and sticky. Beautiful beer.

Big citrus hop aroma, some cat pee sneaking in (the only MBC brew where I get this consistently), light biscuit and pale malts, some honey, and a lot of pine. Hop-forward.

Flavor completely matches the aroma: a hop-forward, pine/citrus/resin of a beast. Extremely bitter, but on the flavor end; there's no Bitter Without a Cause going on. All this floats on a light but present pale malt backbone, dry biscuit and grains. The malt flavor marks this as an APA vice IPA, but the bitterness tries to seduce you into changing your mind.

Very drinkable mouthfeel: comes across as medium-light, nearly gulpable, yet it has an almost chewy maltiness that makes you pause and really consider it. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, no sting (yet lively). Nothing off-balance at all.

This is among the better APAs out there. It doesn't have the big Citra notes of ZD, or the amazing mouthfeel of Edward, but I can't think of any others I'd put above it. A worthy, updated successor to SNPA.

Can't believe I never reviewed this beer until now! Super-fresh bottle, 2 weeks old.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.