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MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 398
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 22.54%
Wants: 262
Gots: 515 | FT: 17
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from full notes at time of consumption over the weekend. I had heard great things and fully agree that this is a very good Pale Ale.

A- Poured into two pint glasses from the 500ml bottle. Slightly hazy, deep golden body receives a frothy, foamy white cap. The head retention is pretty good and it eventually falls to a thick ring and a bunch of pillows on the beer. Lacing is immediately thick rings and drizzles down most of the glass.

S- Bright and fresh hop blast right when opening the bottle. Hops have a nice bouquet of equal amounts of juicy tropical fruits and citrus juice plus rind. Some floral hints as well. Rounded out by fresh cracked grains, light sweets and some yeast bread.

T- Follows right where the nose left off with the citrus grapefruit, stone fruit pith, tropical juicy and floral hops just edging out the other elements of the beer. Balance is achieved as I think it should be in an APA with cereal grains, biscuit malts and light yeast bringing fruit and bread notes.

MF- Light body with a texture that is just between creamy and foamy. Carbonation at a high end and it really works well with the flavors here. Finishes with a light bitterness lingering with hop flavors.

Damn nice balance is struck here by Maine. The hops are super fresh and fairly pungent but it all rounds out in the end. This is what hoppier APAs should be like, great hop flavors with balance at the same time. It is not a mini-IPA in my opinion, just a great Pale Ale.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours darker golden in color with a one finger white head.

Nose has nice resin piney hop qualities to it with a grainy malt background that is very plesent.

Some of the piney hops pull through into the taste but does not overwhelm the grainy malt at all, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and light crisp and there is alot of piney hop resin

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very recent arrival to mercurial Calgary in April, four beers from this Maine brewery have appeared in my fridge thanks to a heads-up from my favorite neighborhood beer dealer wordemupg. Cheers brother. This is only round one and frankly things might have already plateaued based on how f'ing tasty this pale ale is. A somewhat cloudy yellow with orange and red tints, featuring a lively pour with a soapy white head managing to fill much of my shaker pint glass. Phenomenal head retention, stuff sits there like a milkshake. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and redolent with a hoppy spice. I get lychee and white grape, mango, orange, faint pineapple, kind of a gummy worms effect presumably from the crystal malts. An absolutely masterpiece on the palate, with uber-clean yeast, pine, grapefruit rind, peaches, and some weedy and catty notes all in a well-integrated interplay. Bitter but very clean, faint onion and pepper apparent from the IPA-level hopping regime but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Toasty caramel malts provide the backbone and the finish is leafy and a tad woody, with more citrus rind and tropical ghost notes lingering until the end. This could be the best American pale ale I've had to date, a hop-centric brew but with sublime malt balance and nary a flaw to be found.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2/21/12 bottle, this was a gusher as soon as I popped the cap. Head is close to pure white and a legit four fingers in my tulip glass. Settles down after five minutes with great lacing. Big refresh of foam with every subsequent pour.

Aroma is pure fruity hop resin- more pineapple and orange than tart grapefruit. Hops show up first on the tongue, but a bit different from the nose, as now I get some pine. Pale malts add just enough sweetness to remind me this is only a PA. This is a bit like Peeper in that the flavor never quite reaches the strength of the nose.

Mouthfeel nice and light, carbonation good. This is wonderfully complex for such an easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz bottle dated 28-Oct 2014. In other words, really fresh. Thank you MBC for making these dates so legible, I wish other brewers would follow suit.

I can't think of a more appealing pale ale than this one. Beautiful translucent orange color, lovely citrus nose, crisp and very pleasantly drying on the tongue. Malts are very subdued both in flavor and aroma, but in a good way. Maine Brewing really knows what they're doing, and I applaud their restraint as far as not trying to make every imaginable style of beer. Drink this pale ale fresh!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014-12-24
16.9oz bottle split between a few little plastic cups. Mine's pink. I didn't write down any dates from the bottle.

Pours mostly clear, small head, lots of carbonation. Smell is tropical fruity, juicy. Flowery. Light and bright. Pretty awesome for a pale ale.

Taste is very nice pale ale -- solid malt bill with a little hay and some really nice bright fruit and flower highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice golden-amber with a finger and a half white frothy head. Really looks nice.

S - Subtle aromas include pine and stronger citrus hops, underlying malt base sweetness. Overall very clean and pleasant.

T - Simple and delicious. Sweet citrus, grapefruit, crackers/grain, great malt balance. Really enjoyable.

M - Lighter body than I tend to enjoy APAs, but certainly within reasonable bounds. The light body suits the toned-down but exciting collection of flavors and makes this a very very drinkable beer.

O - A spectacular Pale Ale, it emphasizes what an APA should. It's isn't so intense that you think it should be an IPA (Like Dale's can be some times) and it is perfectly balanced and very drinkable. Worth seeking out, no question. Man does this do down easy. Really need to find me some Lunch.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow.. wish I would have brought more of this back from my trip to Maine!! This was an exceptional beer for the style. There is a great bountiful representation of fruit flavors; balanced by a mild but adequate hop presence. The smell is wonderful, taste to match

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Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served with a light chill into tulip glass. Produced a large white head with great retention and lacing. Beer itself was a slightly hazy orange gold. Very attractive.

S: hop forward, and yet juicy and sweet, mandarines, sweet caramel, woodsy, florals are prominent, some peppercorn, apples, light and fragrant, but with serious flavour. Also a bit of a dank/funky aspect.

T: some fruity mandarine and grapefruit, bitter light pine notes. Sweet apple and fruity with florals, dank pine, a bit of a crisp salty lychee and passionfruit. Leaves a pleasant drying aftertaste, with florals and a balanced earthy bitterness.

M: carbonation is light, body is quite light with a smooth malts, hints of caramel, with a slight coating hop oiliness. Has a light bitterness with a smooth profile and a light balanced hop finish.

Combines a very fragrant hop aroma with a complex flavour and a highly sessionable profile, I could drink this all night with no complaints. Taste has lots of complexies, smooth green fruits, citrus, and florals with pine and earthy undertones. Carbonation felt on the low side but it really helped the hops come through. Comes highly recommended. Delightful beer and shows excellent character as it warms.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 120115. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy hops, tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, pine hops and some bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel and a bit of floralness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. It's easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think it's a good citrusy pale ale, glad I got to try this one! I'd certainly drink this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (062812 date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky dark orange, cloudy, with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes with minimal lacing, stopping at about half a finger of head. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a fresh pine and grapefruit peel with an underlying biscuit and toasted malt sweetness. Some lighter floral notes and yeast esters come through as it warms.

Taking a sip, a touch of pine and grapefruit bitterness before mostly sweet fruity esters, almost candy like, and toasted malt. Finishes dry and mostly clean.

Light body with a refreshing effervescence. Very easy to drink even if the abv is on the higher range for a pale ale. Another nice beer from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy goldenrod color. A very heady brew it looks like there's a growing mound of soap scum spilling out of my glass. Great retention and a few slithers of foam stuck to my glass even on this sultry evening.

Prickly pear citrus hops and agave nectar. Light bodied, resiny citrus flavor. Not very malty but that seems to showcase the wet and juicy citrus all the more. Maine Beer always does a great job of saturating their beers with resin and this is no exception.

Kinda makes me think of Lunch light.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy burnt orange with some bright yellow - like yellow waves of grain. large 3 finger rocky thick white head

s: potent. a punch of hops to the face. loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine. its a juicy, earthy smelling hopness. there are some sweet malt in here too. smells very crisp and clean

t: holy MOly (see what i did there). i was a little worried that bitterness would be overwhelming from the aroma, but it is incredibly smooth. its mostly grapefruity and pine - definitely East coast tasting. there is like a crystally-caramel malt that smooths out the flavor after the hops it. i'm picking up a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit in here as well. real nice

m: medium, with some carbonation that fizzez in your mouth

o: real good stuff. its not too complex, but is so smooth and clean. i feel healthier just drinking this

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Photo of MCain04
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks Lauren!

fresh date of 06/26/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange to light amber bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaving behind some thick lace on the glass.

Smell: This nose is really balanced between pine and citris hops notes. Nice grassy notes and a little floral too. Malts are more cracker like and a touch bready.

Taste: Really nice hop profile in this beer its on the high end of low bitterness from the hops. It starts off with pine, grass, and orange peel are the prominent flavors. Malts and hops balance well with little bit more hop flavors than malts. The beer finishes with grapefruit and pineapples notes that are on the low end of bitter and dont linger around for very long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is really drinkable and carbonation is fantastic! It a great APA. Crisp and clean. Just taste really fresh and juicy.

Overall: Maine Beer Company is all about fantastic bottle conditioned beers. MO and Zoe are without a doubt my favorites; honestly they are tied for 1st place. Lunch is pretty good too, but this APA definately beat out Lunch as the better beer in my opinion. I wish that Maine Beer Company was available to me as a local beer!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Bottled on 06/26/12
Consumed on 09/18/12

Appearance
Burnt gold with 4 fingers of fluffy head. Big fluffy clouds of lacing. Cloudy with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated navel oranges, lemon juice and caramel. Hints of pineapple and papaya.

Taste
Candy like caramel malts, sugar coated navel oranges and lemon wedges. Light notes of papaya and pineapple. A hint of pine needle and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium, silky, smooth and slightly drying.

Overall
An incredible APA! Maine Beer Co. really knows what they're doing with their hoppy beers. This, along with Peeper, are some of the best examples of what a Pale Ale can be.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clear golden color with a faint orange hue. Thinner white head fades out fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Prickly hops jump right into the nose with some citrus peel and faint fruit sweetness. Orange and pear with some bready malt and grain.

Hoppy and citrusy up front with orange peel. Hints of lemon with a balancing of sweeter fruits. Grainy with decent bready malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue but super refreshing. This drinks superbly - not exactly the most complex thing out there, but a really well done, straight up, no frills pale ale.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01/03/13.

A: Pours a graduated orangish golden clor with a half finger of nice looking white head. Very good lacing and streaks of lacing.

S: Orange and a touch of pink grapefruit, and a very little bready malt.

T: Juicy orange and slightly pine hops, slight grippy bitterness which provides some nice structure, a little light malt towards the back end, finishing juicy without any bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good stuff, well executed. I appreciate the lack of bitterness. This succeeds as a moderately hoppy PA, and does well with food.

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Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled September 24, drank September 27 (it pays to check unmarked cases in liquor store refrigerators).

Appearance: Semitranslucent yellow. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Slight orange/grapefruit citrus, much more hard water. The major aromas are hard water and soft flowers. Sweet, light floral aromas; not thick like rose, more like lilac.

Taste: The aroma carries through to the flavor, with subtle but distinct hop flavors (sweet floral, mild orange/grapefruit). Great fresh grain flavor before the crisp dry finish.

Everything is subtle, even at just 3 days in the bottle. It's not like the beer is green, or weak, or prematurely old, it's just subtle. Additionally, doesn't drink like 6% ABV at all, more like 4%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, gives a soft and creamy impression. Low bitterness, but sharpens up with the dry finish. Great stuff.

Overall: This is a great but mellow beer. It's not fabulous, but it is flawless. It's refined and subtle without being "challenging" (you taste what's there, it's just not punching you in the face).

This beer kind of exemplifies my problem with Maine Beer Co. Forget that it's overpriced (though it is: love MBC or hate them, deal with it: you can get beer this quality for a much lower price), the problem is that it's widely distributed, and either produced at such a quantity or distributed inefficiently enough that it's rare to find Mo or Peeper that's younger than a month old.

...which is sad, because this is an every day pale ale. This is a vision of what day to day fresh beer can be: delicate flavors masterfully put together. A pleasure to drink, provided it's fresh and plentiful. I'm not chasing the delivery truck around to get a chance to taste this, but I'm loving the hell out of the fresh bottle I lucked into. Why not just sell every drop of this fast, fresh, local?

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 1L bottle into ale glass on 4/5/15, bottled 2/24.

A: Pale amber, somewhat cloudy. Light frothy two-finger head, fair rention, moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus up front with some bitterness, malt behind. No sense of alcohol at all.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish. Well-balanced. Slight bitterness.

O: This is quite good, definitely in the league of something a Hill Farmstead would put out, if you're looking for a comparison. Buy it when you see it and drink as soon as possible.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle marked with a bottled on date of Feburary 23, 2012. Served chilled from the refrigerator in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really thick and creamy, two finger white head. The head holds really well and doesn't recede quickly at all. Clear and golden yellow in color. Looks like the ideal pour.

Aroma: Nice some citrusy and fruity hop notes. Sweet tropical fruit notes throughout. Not much in the way of malt character.

Taste: Really nice bright tropical hop character. Lots of mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some light malt sweetness balances out the fruity hop notes. Nicely balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with some light carbonation. Nice and creamy.

Overall, a really nicely balanced pale ale with some great citrus hop notes. The hops are really delicate and offer some great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer. It seems everything they is quality and top notch for the style, even if its just a pale ale.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Churchkey last weekend. Really excited to try this one.

A: Pale gold with a thin white head.

S: Clean and peppery hops with a nice hint of grapefruit.

T: Starts with a nice, crisp piny hop bite, then brings some pepper and grapefruit rind. A really great pale.

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Photo of AltBock
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with a pain and simple classic egg shell white label with the name of the beer in the front. Directly to the left is a stamped born on date. My bottle was born on 1/12/13. They ask you to drink their beer within 90 days. I drank mine on 3/21/13. Nothing really else on the label except for a brief description of the beer and the Government warning.

When poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, MO was a nice looking golden lemon color. This beer was hazy. So hazy that I could only make the brief silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top of this hazy lemon brew was a massive 1 inch fluffy head of cotton white head of foam. It had semi fast retention that left behind a white film and numerous sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful appearance!

The aroma was a little citrusy in the beginning. This is where I found bitter grapefruit, lemon, and crispy citrus hops. Directly behind the citrus elements was the mild aroma of pine. When the pine left, that's when the aroma finished up with a little grass and toasted malts. Not the most potent aroma, but this is the type of aroma you want to find in a beer like this.

The taste was crispy and lightly citrusy. Like the aroma, it was the citrus elements that kicked off the taste. I got plenty of bitter grapefruit, lemon, a hint of orange, and some crispy peppery citrus hops. There was some pine after the citrus elements, but they were a little more stronger in the aroma than the taste. After the subtle pine, the taste finishes up with a unique grassy toasted malt mix.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with medium carbonation and a crispy yet dry citrusy aftertaste. The aftertaste featured more grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, and grass. This dry aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about a minute or two.

I have to give this beer high drinkability marks because its light bodied, easily drinkable, and filled with great flavors. I got this beer in a trade so I'm not quite sure of the price. Would I drink it again? I sure would! This is my second Maine Beer Co. beer and I've been very impressed with both of them. The ones I had make me want to try their other offerings.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.