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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via tap at TJs in Paoli. Fresh keg. I've had the Peeper, so I'm interested in the difference.

A: A clear medium golden color that you can see through. A nice one finger white head sits atop. Lacing is sticky, full and lasting.

S: Wow, am I the only one that gets tons of tropical fruit on the nose? I do, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple and some grassy hops to mix with some biscuit malt.

T: Same thing. Loads of citrus that is tropical even with grapefruit, mango, guava and pineapple. The hops are bright and mix with some grassy flavors and biscuit and bready malts. Finish is all citrus with some bitterness. Nice beer, Citra hops maybe?

M: Medium to light, but perfect for the style. No alcohol and some nice bitterness on the finish.

O: How people are not getting tons of citrus and tropical fruits is amazing to me, they jumped right out from the first smell. Freshness maybe? Anyway, what a great pale ale that I will no doubt seek again.

This is a far and away better pale ale than Peeper, seek this one out and you won't be sorry.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from HiphopIpa -Thanks Hollie.

Poured into Duvel tulip , 2012 new release

A: Pours a hazy orange/golden yellow with three finger head that descends into a thick frothy off white lacing,great carbonation.

S: Hops , citrus , lemongrass ,malt.

T: Smooth hops that are not overly bitter with a clean citrus / lemon zest , sweet malts .

O: A very solid American Pale Ale that has a clean aftertaste ,
I could easily polish off a few of these in a setting.
Well done Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopcycle
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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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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 SuperChugLosAngeles
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am used to drinking outstanding IPA's and this is very similar, but more dry. I can taste the artisanship, because it is not a one trick pony. It is complex in subtle ways. It gives good feel. The amount of carbonation is above average which goes well since it is so dry. The balance of everything is put together without anything overriding other feature.

I wish it could be a bit more bold in smell or flavor, but this is a top notch offering that cannot be denied. Is sum good shit.

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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 ChrisMon02
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour into a tulip glass.

A nice bright yellow color with clean citrus in the smell and taste. Goes down easily and finishes clean. Soft and approachable. Could crush a lot of this in one sitting. Maine beers have now become available in the Cleveland, OH area and I am glad they have. Highly recommended.

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

from a bottle to a teku
look; orangy golden with a nice 1" white head, moderate retention, leave a covering, good lacing
smell; pineapple mango grapefruit, grass, a little pine, hint of earth, predominately big fruity citrusy hop aroma
taste; here's the pale ale, sourdough bread, pine and citrus, delicious,
feel; smooth, feels light bodied, dry finish, too easy to drink
overall; taste smell and feel seem like three different beers but come together beautifully in a deliciously drinkable hoppy apa. no thoughts of ' i wish it had more this, less that, the other could be tweaked'. a perfect whatever it is, kind of what maine beer co does

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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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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.