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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 LeRose
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with reddish hues. An inch or so of pure white foamy head that lingered and laced well. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Big citrus notes - couldn't really tell what kind of citrus. Didn't think it was grapefruit for sure from the aroma. While it smelled "nice", it wasn't really outstanding in the aroma.

Taste: The taste was clearly grapefruit-like much more than the aroma. Nice malty/caramel sweetness in the middle with some pine-like resin taste, then the citrus takes over again on the finish. A hint of green grassy flavor, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: A bit lively, but the carbonation was not aggressive. Sufficient to keep things clean. A medium body - not syrupy as it looked. Very clean with just a hint of grapefruit lingering behind.

Overall: a very tasty brew that is easy to drink and enjoy. Refreshing enough for a hot day. The only negative is the price, but I would buy this one again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1645th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip
500ml

Bottled 9-16-12
Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A dark orange with some yellow running throughout. A bit clear with a 2 finger of pure white head that just stays put as the beer falls. Huge webbing and cling. Not as good as Peeper but close.

Smell- A nice soft but assertive aromatic profile. This has a large amount of tropical citrus but yet retains a good hop note with only a touch of bitter and a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Taste the follows the nose but just tastes a little better. This is a bit more in line with a bigger "Hoppy Birthday" from Alpine. or a "Zombie Dust" from FFF. A good amount of flavors but just brewed a bit bigger. Floral, Citrus, a little bitter. with some good tropical notes and a balanced pine flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very clean profile. Residual flavors are of piney hops and tinges of citrus.

Drink- Just a very good beer. Right on par with ZD and Hoppy Birthday in the hoppy pale ale category. Super refreshing. Would love more of this.

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Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden in color, slightly hazy. Big and frothy eggshell head from the pour.

S - Lots of sweet tropical hops (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest).

T - Very lemony to start out, lemon rind dominates and intertwines with grapefruit. Malt comes forward and ends with just enough hops for a pale ale.

M - Crisp Body is just right for the style with medium carbonation.

O - An easy drinking pale ale that was crafted right.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottled November 16, 2012. Right at 3 months old.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves thick sheets of bubbly lacing and holds a great cap.

Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, very citrusy, floral hops, a hint dank and catty, some bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, lemon, again very citrusy, hint of pine, mild bready malt, great bitterness and minimal alcohol on the finish. Crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Excellent Pale Ale, right up there with the big boys from Three Floyds that I’ve had. Even right at the brink of the best-by date, this is fantastic.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Light translucent amber formed a killer two inch white head which dissipated to a heavy foam surface layer with dense though spotty lacing. Great! But let's face it, one should expect no less at $7 a pint.

s: Grapefruity citrus. Nice!

t: Citrus hops predominate, becoming more piney as quaffing proceeds. Refreshing.

m: Medium, smooth and easy-drinking. Clean aftertaste.

o: A top-notch pale ale which could easily pass for a medium-hopped IPA. Roughly on a par with Lagunitas IPA for taste, but heavier mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this, but considering the price, I'd pick Lagunitas IPA at 14 cents an ounce over this at 44 cents, or, bottlewise, at $10 per sixpack, 12 ounces of L-IPA would be $1.67, while Maine Mo would run $5.25 per 12 oz. Stuff us Scots take very seriously LOL.

I do have New England loyalties, but they only stretch so far. If Mo was the same price per pint bottle as Jack's Abby Hoponius Union, (about $3), I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it over the nationally distributed product mentioned above by that California brewery.

PS: Just drank the dregs which allegedly included the bottle conditioning yeast, and it was really smooth. Nice going, Maine brewers!

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

Bottled 8/27/13
Drank 10/3/13

Mo is another IPA from Maine Beer Co that I've been wanting to try a while and thanks to facesnorth I'm cracking one tonight. Thanks again, Ryan! MO (Madeline & Oliver) looks similar to Lunch with the glowing orange body and chunky dirty white head. The head is incredibly dense and leaves clumps of lacing down the glass. The body is slightly paler than its big brother Lunch.

This IPA is dense with tropical fruit, pine, and grass. Mango, papaya, ripe pineapple and a buzzsaw of grassy hops dominate this brew while pine remains in the background but certainly an important component. The malt is way back there and it's crackery, Ritz crackery. I have to work to get any malt at all and the Ritz cracker comment is me grasping at straws. In the end all I really know is that this IPA smells mouth-wateringly good.

The flavor can't match the in-depth complexities of the nose. First of all the tropical fruits aren't nearly as pronounced. Bitter ruby red grapefruit takes over and that buzzsaw grassy hoppiness cuts through on the swallow. The flavors are still damn good and bright but it's certainly missing the tropical notes I expected from the smell.

This beer seems much more bitter than Lunch and tends to be a palate wrecker. The body is lighter than moderate and has a very nice airy feel. The bitterness grows throughout the drink and the lighter, but still appropriate, body make me want more and more.

MO isn't as complex or enjoyable as Lunch but with that said its still a really well made IPA. The grapefruit is large and in-charge while the tight grassy bitterness is something I don't come across very often in IPAs. If you're looking for something bitter and easy drinking get you some MO!

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Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/4/2014 bottle date poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white one finger head that leaves an large amount of lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Strong hop notes of grapefruit and pine. A hint of sweet notes along the lines of mango, passion fruit and papaya.

T: Generic bitter citrus hop notes. Long, moderately dry and tart finish with notes of pine and citrus pith.

M: Moderately carbonated with a lingering dryness.

D: Highly drinkable, though I was disappointed that the sweeter fruit notes did not translate through to the taste. It's extremely fresh, crisp, which seems to be the trend with MBC beers.

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Photo of mickyge
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear yellow color, citrus smell as it's poured, I tasted citrus maybe some pine. Very crisp mouth feel with a dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Think Heady but a bit on the lighter side. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid American Pale Ale. I agree with jmasher85, not to be compared to Heady or anything from Treehouse, but a very good beer and I'll try it again. Slightly citrus and stonefruit with a nice finish. I'm a fan of Maine Beer Company, they are putting out some great beers.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15


A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, slightly cloudy color with a white head. Smell is more on the sweet side with orange and mango notes. There's a pine/resin smell but it's not dominant. The taste isn't necessarily what I expected given the smell; more grapefruit, pine and bitterness than sweetness. The feel has a nice clean pop of carbonation and is light-to-medium bodied.

Suggested food pairing: Pasta with a light pesto sauce

If you like this beer then you should also try: Zombie Dust

Ideal time to drink this beer: Sitting on the porch in late summer and enjoying a meal as the sun goes down. Given Maine's latitude, I would bet that the sun goes down pretty quickly so drink fast.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This is my first beer from Maine Beer Company and it didn't disappoint. Nothing not to like here, but also nothing really overwhelmingly great about it. I wouldn't necessarily go out looking for it, but if someone offered me MO I might have some mo'.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Trader Joes, poured into willy glass. A slightly hazy, light pinkish-orange with a small white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with just a hint of pine. Taste is really well balanced with citrus hops, vague sweet malt and a nice finishing bitterness. Mouth is just right for the style, medium-thin, nicely carbed, refreshing. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour - Burnt orange with a thick white head
Smell - a small burst of pine
Taste - mild upfront with a nice bitterness at the end. Not as balanced as other Pale Ales I've had, but still very good beer
Overall - soft mouthfeel, leaves a little tang at the end. Easy to drink at only 6%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Big pear notes, some soft grapefruit citrus, melon, more citrus as it warms.

L: Hazy, burnt orange, big, white creamy, dense head with great retention and lacing.

T: Pear-like malt up front with a soft malty sweetness. Citrus-like medium bitterness with some grassy and melon-like hop flavor quickly following. Finishes fairly dry with a little grassiness. Medium low sweetness throughout.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation

Really good and quite unique. Not sure if its worth the price tag though, but worth trying.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 052113-15. Sampled on August 13, 2013.

The color is yellow to orange with a tremendous, lacing-leaving puffy white head and cloudy through and though. Looks like its unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

The aroma is very hopped up with a piney, floral character and a lesser citrus note along with an even lesser pale malt, biscuit feel. This smells more like an American IPA.

The body was nice and in the medium range with a smooth creaminess going on.

The taste also had a good hop flavor although the roasted malts were a but more forward in the taste than on the nose. Hop bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A pale golden yellow with a very big white head and good lacing.
S: Smells amazing. Lots of citrus in the nose with a malty sweet background.
T: Very good lots of citrus taste with a nice little balance of sweet malts. Some good grassy hops taste with a nice slightly bitter finish.
M: This beers weakness as its very carbonated.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/06/2014 printed on the label. So this is some pretty fresh beer right here, considering it came to me all the way from Maine. My third beer from Maine Beer Company, expectations are high given this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with some semi-clarity and some fine sediment in the glass. Three fingers of thick off-white foamy head with excellent staying power. Very rocky, like the head on a root beer float. The second pour is a much more cloudy orange.

S - The smell is bright, fresh, fruity, floral, and tropical. Notes of pine needles, oranges, mangoes, lemon, grass, and citrus peels. Smells very fresh and juicy.

T - The taste is on par with the nose, but the earthy bready malt and yeast have taken the front seat to the hops. Fruity hop bitterness - grapefruit, orange, lemon rinds, pine resin. All the flavors are in nice balance with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Easy-drinking with a moderate 6.00% abv. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation with the bottle conditioning.

Overall, a lovely example of the style. Lovingly crafted and executed. Perhaps the abv could stand to be toned down just a smidge, but otherwise, it is a wonderful beer, at a nice price point, in a nice single serving bottle. I would definitely drink this again; highly recommended.

Maine Beer Company MO ---4.5/5

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Photo of mattsander
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, golden, good clarity, white long lasting head.

S: Orange peels & flowers, lemon, tropical/pine-y (seems simcoe?), basil. Very hop forward but not oppressively hoppy. Malt is totally out of the way. Smells awesome.

T: Juicy, hop-centered but never 'big' or 'bold', clean and mineraly. Citrus fruits, very floral. Seems like a low-cohumelone 'clean' bitterness. A beer with a wonderful quality of flavor, and a restrained quantity of flavor.

M: Very dry, a delight to drink.

Great pale ale from Maine.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color that glows when held up to the light, there is also some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer at the edges of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of tropical fruit hops - combination of passionfruit, guava, peach, and mango. Lighter amounts of citrus and grapefruit hops with some caramel malts.

T: The beer has a solid caramel malt backbone with some light sweetness but not too strong in flavor and it does not overpower the hops flavors. There are some really nice hop flavors in this beer with the strongest being tropical fruits - peach, mango, and passionfruit. Very light notes of grapefruit + citrus hops. Light to moderate bitterness but not overly agressive, it lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is incredibly enjoyable - a delicious aroma and flavor that is very enticing. Wonderful tropical hops. I found this beer easy to drink and not too strong in ABV making it very easy to drink - I would enjoyable sitting back and having a couple of these.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a 2015 ucl commerative glass!

Clear golden with hazy streams of bubbles,frothy white two finger cap.

Aroma of citrus, pine

Hop taste on the back of the tongue, not bitter, lingering.

Good mouthfeel.

Nice beer but I like lunch better.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A great pale ale with understated malts and an assertive hoppiness. This is really "well made" and definitely tasty, but as with other Maine beers I feel like it could be a bit bolder. I know, I'm quibbling. It is great.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 022312 1

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a big fluffy 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing and retains well

S: An intensely hoppy nose with mostly citrus, pine, and grass. Grapefruit/orange rind stands out the most. Some pale malt in there as well, but it is hidden behind the wall of hoppy goodness

T: A little maltier here than in the nose, but it is extremely well balanced while still being nice and hoppy. Alcohol hardly noticeable except for enhancing the malts a little

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The extreme care and hard work shown by the brewery is evident yet again in this newest beer. Not sure if this is a one-time deal or if they will release more, though. This is a lot like peeper, only a little maltier in the taste. Very easy to drink and evenly priced with the rest of the line-up

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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