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MO - Maine Beer Company

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373 Reviews
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Reviews: 373
Hads: 2,761
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23%
Wants: 254
Gots: 472 | 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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Photo of jbertsch
2.79/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Its color is a hazy amber with a sufficient white heads that hangs around and laces nicely.

The aroma pops with a citric hop snap and leafy green grass notes. Real nice.

The flavor sees the hops follow through along with a prominent earthy malt profile in the background. The levels of everything are really pleasant.

Full mouthfeel with enough crispness lot keep it refreshing.

This beer, along with Hill Farmstead's Edward set new benchmarks for the pale ale style. But this one is borderline ipa.

EDIT: I had another bottle of this just 1 month old anod it couldn't have been more bland and boring. The aroma was non existent and the flavor practically vanished at the first hint of any flavor. Highly dissapointing. I have to dock points for inconsistency. Too bad, because the first bottle was so good. I felt taken the second time around given the price.

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Photo of tewaris
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass, thanks islandboi8204!

Hay golden with a pronounced haze, very good head and good head retention. Aroma is hops AND malts upfront with a generally light, floral-fruity character. Drinks closer to an AIPA in terms of bitterness even if the distinction is rather arbitrary... firmly bitter that I like but without much of a malt backbone, and therefore quite empty and watery feeling.

Strangely not as dry as it could have been with all those malts missing, but crisp enough. Light and easy drinking but with its own flaws, mainly in the taste and feel departments. For reference, not even close to Zombie Dust or Daisy Cutter.

4, 4, 2, 2.5, 3.5

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle shared with friends, poured into plastic cups. Golden orange in color with a two-plus finger off-white head that settles to a cap. Not much lacing, but probably due to the "glassware". Aroma is very nice: citrus, floral, and grassy hops jump out followed by a slight malt sweetness, mango, and tropical fruit. Taste is a muted version of the aroma. Good hop bitterness, light sweetness - just faded. Not an old bottle by any stretch - less than 30 days post-bottling, well inside the recommended 90 day window. Light-medium body, crisp but thin, thin, thin texture, moderate carbonation, dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of mikeywtc
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber / orange color, foamy head. Slightly hazy, left the last 1/8" or so at the bottom of the bottle to avoid the live yeast.

S: Cracked this beer a few days after picking it up but it still had a great floral hoppy aroma to it.

T: Similar to an IPA but not too hoppy. Good aftertaste, just the right amount of bitter.

M: Nicely carbonated and no funny aftertaste.

O: This is the third beer I've had from Maine Beer Co. and it's my favorite so far. Definitely seems like it'd be a great beer to drink in the nicer, warmer weather. Easy to drink and definitely one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a very light gold with a thin whitish head that fades quickly, leaving lacing along the sides of my pint glass. Carbonation is clearly noticeable.

Smell: Not as much as I expected but there are some grassy notes with some citrus fruit undertones. Decent smell to it but doesn't beg me to taste.

Taste: Citrus fruit, maybe some lemon and tangerine, but this could benefit from some more hoppy character in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for an APA with slight creaminess and a lot of carbonation. Goes down fairly easily.

Overall: This is only the second beer I've tried from Maine Beer Company and it definitely doesn't live up to the hype for me. It was ok, but definitely not something I'll rush to try again. I'll take SNPA over this all day.

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Photo of Roser
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy golden hue. Big frothy ivory head (creamy like meringue). Very light lacing.

S- earthy, lightly floral, herbaceous, very piney and resinous.

T- some spice, fairly tart. Moderately bitter. Surprisingly, given the pine and resin nose, not much of that came through in the taste.

M- medium, crisp.

O- a solid beer. Good. Slightly disappointed as I'd never had a Maine Beer Co. beer and was really looking forward to it, given their reputation. I wouldn't argue with anyone who thinks it's great, but not worth having again, for me.


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Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz, dated 2/23/12.

Pours a hazy amber with a very nice and thick head. Great lacing and solid retention.

Aroma is subtle, but nice, with fruity, tropical hops. Mango, apricot, peach.

Assertively bitter, with a semi-dry, bready malt flavor with just a hint of caramel malts. Not as much hop flavor as expected, some earthiness. Very bitter finish, which is surprising for an MBC beer, since they are usually far less bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with creamy medium carbonation.

This is a good Pale Ale, but I expect a lot more from MBC. A pretty underwhelming offering when compared to the quality of Peeper, Zoe and Lunch.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dated 2/28/12. Consumed on 4/2/12.

A: Pours a clear, light gold color. The large, creamy, pillowy head has superb retention. Thick foamy rings of lacing cling all the way down the glass.

S: Aromatic hops: piney and floral with subtle hints of mango and orange. Malts scents of bread, flour, and grain. Yeast adds a touch of chalk and must.

T: Green, plant-like hop tastes open. Hints of tangerine and lemon rind. Dry grainy tastes emerge as the hops start to fall away. Cheerios and toast come to mind. Slight peppery accent. This beer is bone dry. The finish is almost non-existent, just a ghost-like dry graininess and some hop oils that fade in a hurry.

M: Light in body, slick, a touch oily (from the hops), and pretty smooth. Slightly coarse astringency. Not a bad mouthfeel.

O: Just too dry for me. The malt bill seems emaciated.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated Feb 23.

Bright light amber color with a large creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing and maintains itself at about 1/2 finger thick throughout the glass. Beautiful!

Very light aroma. I think I can detect a bit of citrus. Light clean and crisp taste and body. Spicy hop finish. Good stream of medium fine bubbles hint at the palate cleansing carbonation.

A very light example of a pale ale, bordering on a lager with the impression it gives.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark yellow -- like a hefeweizen -- with a finger of lasting white head. Nice citrus and passion fruit on the nose. Very tropical. No hop bitterness at all in the flavor, and very little malt profile either. Almost like a watered down fruit juice. Interesting. Not necessarily good though.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes, this was served on tap in an 8 oz tumbler at the UES Pony Bar on opening day.

MO pours an opaque orange. It actually looks just like orange juice, but for the finger or so of white foam that's sitting atop the beer. There's both solid head retention and lacing. The nose is of dank, bitter grapefruit peel, an aroma a typically associate with Centennial hops. The flavor displays a brief bit of bready malts at the open, before a very snappy bitterness comes along. The close tastes of grapefruit peel, but also the pith, which ends up giving the beer a slightly unpleasant close. The body is a tad chewy, and the carbonation dull, but both are super close to being right on the money. MO is right at the upper end of the APA category, trending towards an IPA, and it's just an alright version of the style. I definitely prefer Peeper from MBC.

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Photo of harrymel
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 16APR13 (best by mid July)

Nice honey colored ale with a solid, persistent quilt of soapy whites atop. Nose is pretty simple, some resin, some pine, some grapfruit pith, and light english malting. Taste follows suite with some decent bitterness, a good resiny, piney, PNW-ey character and a sweet tea malt backbone. Tastes more English aggressive than APA to me, but I dig. Medium bodied with fluffy carb and an off dry finish. Not sure what the price is on this, but on tap at average prices, I'd probably slam a good several annually (with one night probably being pretty top heavy)

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Photo of joeseppy
3.62/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big amounts of hop aroma and pours lighter than I would have thought. Looks on the grey side of tan.

Aroma is blatant hops and citrus.

I thought this was pretty bitter for a pale ale and tasted more like a ipa light.

Good beer, tasted some galaxy hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has hints of grain with strong hops and a bit sweet. A ton of citrus, orange peel, and light resin. Taste has more grain than the nose, clean. Still a bit sweet, lots of citrus, hints of pepper and some earthy notes, with a finish of resin and light bitterness through the finish. Fairly dry, a hint syrupy on the feel, well carbonated. Decent stuff.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a darker golden color with a big bubbly white head crowning the glass.

Smell - The aroma was based largely in pineapples and bread. The hops that come through in the aroma are sweet.

Taste - My initial impression includes pineapples and bread. The citrus is mild but the sweetness is certainly present. There is a mild grassy flavor but the overall profile is far from resiny. The aftertaste is dry with the hops failing to carry over for the most part.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is active but does not overwhelm. The taste is swept away cleanly leaving a dry impression.

Overall - This is a solid impression of the style, but not one I would actively seek.

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Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head. Good head retention.

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, like a fresh cut orange. It smells very nice.

T: Again lots of citrus, it has a bit of orange and grapefruit flavor with just enough bitterness. Nothing really comes through on the malt. It's very good, but I wouldn't put it as outstanding.

M: Light bodied beer, at times it felt a bit too light. Good carbonation, fairly dry but not too dry.

O: Overall it was a very nice pale ale. It wasn't very complex or anything, but it was a good tasting beer that was enjoyable to drink. In the Pale Ale realm this one felt on the lighter side of both bitterness and body. I would have liked to taste some of the malt in there, but it was still a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an earthy burnt orange color. two to three fingers of a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a huge lacing all over the side of the glass. completely opaque with lots of haze

Smell: orange, orange zest, floral hops. slight bready malt sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fairly juicy orange, along with a dash of orange zest and lemon. hops flavors round out with an earthy pine and some florals. backend has a slight sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: light, some lingering bitterness, a touch dry. fairly refreshing

Overall: better than the other pale ales I have had from Maine Beer but still fair from my list of top pale ales. the taste come off with too much earthiness, along with a hop profile that just doesn't do it for me. That said it is refreshing as a pale ale should be.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 10-22-13

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color. Produced a giant 3+ finger frothy white head. Great retention and tons of clumpy lacing.

(S)- A great balance between juicy citrus and mellow pine bitterness. A little lime and pineapple. Minimal underlying sweetness.

(T)- Not as hoppy as the smell let me to believe. Mostly some pine with very mellow honey sweetness. Extremely small hint of lemon citrus on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A git too strong on the pine bitterness side for my tastes, but otherwise has a good feel to it overall.

(O)- I look forward to seeing what else Maine brewing puts out, but for $6 a bottle, I suppose I was expecting more, but it is one solid pale ale if you like alot of pine in yours.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle stamp is 8/12/12 which puts this at about 3 months old. I threw this in the fridge and consumed it within 24 hours of seeing it for the first time on a shelf. I really wish I could get at least one of these hoppy Maine Beer Co bottles fresher... The brew appears a hazed golden copper with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap slowly fades leaving thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain just shy of a finger throughout the entire duration.

The aroma contains hop character smelling somewhat zesty like orange. Hints of herbal components are also present with a soft grainy character and mild hint of cheese. The malt is bready and brings with it a hint of sweetness that uplifts the fruited quality of hops that at this point are also started to smelling a bit perfume-like and floral.

The flavor has plenty of hop attributes tasting of the previously described orange zest and minor accenting grapefruit appeal. A hint of cheese and sulfur blend with a cheesy note. The malt is present with a toasty to bready or biscuit quality that while maybe focused a bit more than I would like, is still fitting and appealing in the style. As the brew warms up, the hop aspect really draws into more of an herbal quality with a touch of grass.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is effervescent yet it is soft enough on the tongue to not distract and help move the flavors across the tongue. The 6% abv is very well integrated and overall this is a pretty solid pale ale. Again, I can only image that this brew is pretty awesome the fresher it is. Since this is the freshest I have been able to get one, I can only call it as it is. It is good and I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose. No questions asked if it was fresher than 3 months old of course.

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Photo of safaricook
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a small white wine glass at the Collonade hotel in Boston, room 544. Bought at the Bauer wine and spirit at Newbury street just a few blocks away. Label says it should be drunk fresh and mine was bottled just 20 days ago.

Poured a finger of fine white foam that shows great stability and leaves thick lacing.
Body is a pale orange with quite some carbonation visible. 4.0

Smell is changing in back and forth from fresh citric hops to something I fail to place. Something much more mellow maybe tangerine. 3.75

Taste is citric hops mainly, with bitterness in the aftertaste. In my opinion not enough of a balancing malty backbone. 3.75

Fine tickling carbonation makes it quite refreshing. Body is a bit thin. Refreshing but not much more. Foam feels rough. 3.25

I like the beer and its the fresh hops. This is what this beer is about. Like many other american beers it focuses too much on the great hops this country produces and forgets about balance or modesty. Learn from the Belgiums! 3.75

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/23/12. Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice soapy white head on a dark sunset orange colored body. Lots of carbonation. Huge piney aroma of hops. Nice hop flavor balanced well with malt. Not overly assertive, which is what I like. Mouthfeel was nice, with just a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. A very nice beer; tasty and solidly built.

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Drink within 90 days of stamped born on date. 052113
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazed, straw yellow appearance. The liquid as capped by a billowing, three-finger crown of ecru foam. With such a substantial head, I was surprised at the tiny amount of lacing.

The aroma was simply astounding. Super hoppy with a plethora of exotic tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple came through strongest. Lots of passion fruit. Hints of peaches and nectarines were also noticeable. The fruity hops lent a pleasant sweetness.

The flavor profile was quite simplistic and radically different from the aroma. Like the nose, it was also quite hoppy, but that is where the similarities ended. The hops came across as much more dry and bitter. Pithy grapefruit rind dominated. Lots of pininess. The finish was super bitter with lingering notes of pine resin. I usually frown on overloading hoppy beers with malts, but this definitely could have used a bit more balance.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied with a very fine and mellow carbonation. The liquid almost felt a bit flat.

After smelling MO, I was really excited for what was about to follow. Unfortunately, both the flavor profile and the mouthfeel were quite disappointing.

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Photo of crispinol
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best part of this beer is the aroma - very citrus pine in a classic IPA sorta way. Taste is thin and not as satisfying, general bitterness without too much identifying citrus or pine character. Aftertaste is of hard resiny bitterness. Not my fav MBC brew

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell.

The beer pours with a beautiful big fluffy white head that goes down very slowly.cnice hazy dark orange hue, great look.

The smell has a nice light grassiness to it, a little sweeter than a pale usually smells but smells very clean and nice.

The taste is good, but has a strange kind of fruity candy like taste to it behind a thin veil of grassy hops, a little too sweet for the style. A little bit of maybe a peach like flavor?

The feel is oily, a little sweet and decent carbonation.

Ok overall but not the greatest, especially with some really nice pale ales being made out there these days.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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