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MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 2,708
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23%
Wants: 254
Gots: 441 | FT: 16
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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 jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 1, 2013

Beer is cloudy orange-gold. Moderately-sized white head. Good retention, decent lace.

Nose contains passionfruit, soap, grapefruit and lemon. Slight pine. Only a small bit of sweet, biscuity malt.

Taste is similar to the nose. Citrus is the focus, grapefruit, lemon and passionfruit. Moderate bitterness. A bit of sweet, bready malt flavours. Well balanced. Citrus is bright but not overly strong. Refreshing.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level.

Overall, tasty. A nice APA. Flavourful yet fairly mild.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have a chance to try another brew from these folks.

Looks good on the pour. Nice citrus nose. Good punch on the mouth, in a refined way. That's how I would define this beer: refined. It's not overdoing it just for the sake of things. Carbonation is a bit much and biting. But overall a very nice drinker.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, 30 days old, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy, unfiltered looking orange color with a billowy white 2-finger head that quickly retreats to some cream that floats on top of the liquid. Lots of lacing.

S- Fresh citrus nose, lemon and grapefruit. Some pine, some floral esters.

T- Mostly citrus hops, some caramel and pale malt flavors. Slight pine taste.

M-Refreshing. Wet, cool, and hoppy. Tangy hop zing, not overly bitter. Lively carbonation.

O- At first, the nose made me think of American IPA, but it is truly a properly amped-up APA.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When you spend $6 for a pint anticipating world class flavor, the bar is set high. MO pours a murky off orange color with a couple fingers of head,and decent lacing.

If you are expecting a traditional ale, the aroma immediately lets you know that it is much more: the tropical fruits are prominent like a hopped up quality IPA, and the flavors follow suit.
Overall a nicely balanced hop explosion on your palate.

Whether this fine ale would suit traditional ale drinkers is debatable, regardless it is worth a try for the taste experience alone, and lovers of hoppy IPAs should seek this one out for sure.
There is a certain delectable peach-mango flavor going on here.

Finding that many of the top ranked New England brews worth trying simply aren't available in a six pack, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth the price tag if the bottom line is quality.

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Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Black Sheep, Mineola, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white cap. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit aromas, with a touch of pine.

The taste consisted of thick and resinous waves of apricot, mango and pine atop a chewy muddled pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full with a low level carbonation and lingering hop spice.

Overall a balmy hop bomb that lulls the palate to sleep with the dulling body.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this bottle into a tulip style glass. The beer is golden colored with quite a bit of head on it. There was some pretty good lacing from some sticky foam.

The nose is pleasantly hoppy. You get that full amount of citrus without being overwhelming. It smells more like an IPA than an APA. The hops fall off in the flavor which makes for a proper label of APA.

There is some very good balance in this easy drinking brew. I recommend this to pair with many other beers. Maine Beer puts out many quality brews... this is definitely among them.

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Photo of Profchaos20
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a nonic pint. Bottled 1/3/13, reviewed 2/3/13

A - Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three finger fluffy head, clouds up quite a bit when/if you pour the yeast in. Slighty resembles a hefeweizen, leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Hops jump out quite a bit on this one. Citrus, grassy, herbal, earthy, and dank hops. Maybe a slight underlying hint of malt.

T - Not as hoppy as the nose but still a strong presence. Also a fairly strong malt, grainy sweetness. As far as hop flavor, its similar to the profile in the nose with maybe the grassy and herbal dominating. Very balanced flavor which differs greatly from the aroma. It finishes with medium to mild bitterness.

M - Light body, very easy to drink especially considering its on the high end of strength for a pale ale. Definitely smooth, light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall a 6% pale ale, I guess some would consider it an IPA. The balance, light body, and drinkablility definitely say pale ale and a damn good one. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.11.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a bubbly light cream head that fades slowly with good lacing.

S - Hoppy pine and citrus, nice!

T - Nice subtle citrus that turns into bitter grass and some hop pine.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Hoppy and light. Refreshing and smooth, not bitterness.

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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 grover37
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle bought from Connecticut Ave Wine & Spirits for $7 or $8. Born on 1/3/13, so about a month old. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (4): Very cloudy orange with puffy white two-finger head. Good retention and a touch of lacing at the top. This is much closer to 5 if not so cloudy. j

Aroma (4.5): Beautiful dank pine and citrus. A touch of caramel intermingles but mostly big citrus aromas of grapefruit, lemon and mango.

Taste (5): Taste follows the aroma and somehow improves on it. Hugely hoppy with a firm bitterness on the back end. Orange and lemon up front, grapefruit though the middle and passion fruit and mango on the finish. Bitterness comes through in the middle to the end but isn't overly prominent. Pine lingers nicely without overstaying its welcome.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Medium to full bodied and medium-high carbonation. Slick at first then a nice creaminess from the higher than usual carbonation. It really dances across the tongue and then the bitterness hits the back of your mouth and lingers a bit with the coating pine flavor. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4.75): One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had but it's really more of an IPA. Still really good under that style. Not much to detract from this one. Gotta pick this one up if you haven't yet - not sure what took me so long. Well worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of gr0g
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a slight haziness. A three-finger develops and lasts for ages, leaving chunks of lacing behind. MO is wonderfully aromatic, with plenty of tropical fruit notes emanating from the glass. A pine note lurks beneath the surface along with a honeyed, floral note.

Flavor profile is hoppy and quite dry. Grapefruit and citrus rind are abundant. Malt backbone is light and biscuity. Finishes dry, and the flavor becomes a bit lifeless on the finish. Clean, dry, and crisp, this drinks much smaller than its 6% ABV would suggest. Bottle conditioning yields a vigorous carbonation, but it's not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is otherwise oily and slightly soapy.

Very dry, aromatic, and refreshing, this would be an ideal APA for the summer months. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of jesterdeal
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

4 week old bottle from Wineworks. Aroma is fresh pine, grass, and a lemon zest. Pours opaque and golden with a huge foamy head. Taste is delightful with citrus notes, grass and a slight pine underneath. Mouthfeel was a little muddled and busy but the hops shine through. Overall, this was wonderful and tasty. Love it.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 01/12/13

Pours a light amber colored apricot with a thick white head that eventually settles to a thinner collar. The scent is very bright, forward and fresh. Smells of pine and citrus, especially orange. A faint pale malt sweetness lurks in the background providing contrast and balance.

Taste is similar. Very cleans refreshing, but with a very complex hop favor. Begins with a resinous quality and turns over to grapefruit and orange peel. The malt is not complex, but provides a wonderful bread like background tying it all together. Very drinkable on the lighter side of medium bodied yet a creamy impression. Very enjoyable and much appreciated beer.

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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 ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Inch and a half fluffy, white head. Hazy, golden orange with visible bubbles raising from the bottom.

Aroma - You can smell the hops as soon as the bottle is cracked opened and it smells amazing. Piney, resinous, and some citrus fruits as well.

Taste - Citrus fruits + piney/resinous = amazing.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, on the lighter side, bitter and sticky as well.

Overall - Definitely one of my top pale ales. If it weren't for the mouthfeel, it would be up there with HF Edward (but Edward would still be on top for me).

Note: Bottled on 1/28/14 and drank on 2/13/14...so it was super fresh!!

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Capones the other night.

The beer pours an attractive golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also quite attractive in this beer, as I pick up light wet tobacco, dry citrus, white pepper, light tropical fruit and a hint of pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted pale ale, and I appreciate the amount of flavor it delivers in a (relatively) low alcohol beer. This pale ale is very much on the dry side, with a light, crisp, bitter finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this delicious, medium bodied (at most) pale ale, and so drinkability is excellent.

Maybe not quite up there with zombie dust and bone-a-fide, but nevertheless, this is an excellent, well made pale ale. I just wish it were available where I live!

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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 Jacobob10
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Born on 1/3/2013. Enjoyed immensely on 1/19/2013.

Poured carefully into a red wine glass as to not disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. A large frothy white head that seemed to last forever sitting on top of the orange beer. A fair amount of lacing on the glass. Heavy hop aroma with great complexity. Tons of flowers, pine, apples, bananas, and citrus. A little unbalanced as the malt is not very present, but it doesn't really matter. The smell is fantastic and it tastes even better. All of the flavors just work so well together. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. A long, bitter finish caps off one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a while.

I love everything about this beer. The label, the way it looks, the way it tastes... This is an expertly crafted pale ale. A bit of a larger malt backbone could really give this beer some incredible balance and bump it up to world class, but this was meant to be a hoppy beer and Maine Beer Co. has succeeded in creating such. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden yellow that gets hazier as you pour the sediment out. Excellent retention and pretty great lace

Scent: Complex hop notes including mint, herbs, citrus, pine and floral notes with some light malt. Yeast brings some nuttiness to the table as well

Taste: Almost like a Lunch-lite if you’ve read that review of mine. Fairly malty and even with some citrusy hop freshness

Mouthfeel: On the middling side of thin with a crispness and refreshing quality akin to most good APAs. Nice, even temperament to it

Drinkability: Probably the easiest beer to drink that MBC makes. Peeper is its only rival in this category but this is higher quality overall

Overall: This is pretty much MBC's "session pale" ale (I know it's 6%), and it functions pretty well in that space. I feel like some of the dry-hopping can get a bit lost, but this is fantastic in almost every way and deserves to be praised and enjoyed by everyone who can get it.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/12/22/maine-beer-mo/

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

I believe it was $7.49 at Bourbon Street for a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Yellow gold , a bit tarnished, body. Bright white four finger creamy head. Thick coating on the glass, not really lace, more like double knit.

Clean and strong, inviting citrus aroma: lemon, orange, grapefruit.

Firm sweet malt foundation. Lots of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow, which lingers on and on.

Solid light- medium mouthfeel.

A all round well done pale ale. Recommend a bottle, maybe a little too expensive for bulk purchases.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of sentomaster
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy golden straw color with a massive frothy white head, looks magnificent and inviting.

S- Wow, big hop aromas jumping out. This is definitely a hoppy pale. Bright notes of citrus and pine with a good smattering of tropical fruit also.

T/M- What an amazing brew. Big, big flavors, yet nothing in your face or overpowering- it seems paradoxical that they could pack so much flavor in here and yet maintain a pale ale subtlety. Flavors follow the nose except with a perfect measure of toasted breadiness and caramel to provide just enough balance. The tropical fruit plays more on the palate than it did in the nose with a bit of pineapple and orange coming through. The body is light to moderate and almost creamy. Cleans up nicely on the finish with a bit of grapefruit, pine and citrus.

O- What a sublime beer. Flavors and aromas are bright and balanced, powerful yet subdued. This sets a new mark for pale ales.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated: 111612

(4.25) A: Clear and copperish with a tall white and creamy foam head Very good retention and equal lacing.

(4.5) S: Loads of fresh pine erupt from the bottle as it’s opened. Very buttery baked bread-like malt undertone is fantastic. Grapefruit rind and crisp orchard fruits of pear and apple. Overall a very complimentary aroma that is also quite potent and powerful.

(4.25) T: Similar to aroma with pine bitterness coupled with juicy pear and grapefruit flavours. Even some tropical flavours including papaya. A toffee and buttered bread-like malt backbone is subtle. Incredibly drinkable with minimal bitterness and nicely balanced.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with a low carbonation. Oily texture with a bit of resiny chewyness. This is coming across a tad like semi-flat grapefruit juice but it’s not a game breaker at all.

(4.0) D: Would really like to try this fresher but was still impressed with the taste profile and dynamic aroma. Maybe not their best offering, but that being said, an excellent addition to the Maine Beer Co. family.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/06/12 notes. Not sure of the exact date but was told this was almost a 2 month old bottle. Shared by WheretheWildBeersGo; thanks Joey!

a - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruits, and some fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of fruits and citrus to it.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, floral hops. Tiny bit of bitterness but almost none at all. More grapefruit here and less tropical fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and almost no bitterness for a hoppy beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but like all Maine Beer Co. beers, make sure you check the bottled daye before buying their stuff in NYC or it might be months old. This one holds up much better than 2-3 month old bottles of Peeper and Zoe, but I get the feeling this could be great if you got it super fresh. Still a lot of nice fruit and citrus and something I'd certainly revisit if I saw a fresh bottle/it on tap.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice gold color that is slightly hazy but clear for the most part. The white head has good retention and the beer leaves quite a bit of lacing.

A strong scent of tropical fruit such as pineapple with hints of lemon and grapefruit rind. The malts do not come through.

A pineapple taste dominates the pallate with hints of grapefruity hops and possibly a little bit of lemon. Generally, the hops lean on the citrus end of the spectrum. The malt is light when compared to the hops. The malt taste like a light caramel flavor and complement the hops.

A light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. Smooth.

A fairly easy to drink beer but I think their Peeper Ale is the better of the two. My main problem with MO is that the flavor comes on too strongly.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.