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MO - Maine Beer Company

MOMO

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,580 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1580
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012)
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Miller's Pub. Pours a orangeish gold with slight haze. White head forms and retains a collar. Some lacing present. The nose is heavenly, loads of tropical notes, mango flesh, peach, and pineapple. This is backed by some pine and resin as well as mild malty notes. The taste is hop forward with moderate bitterness and an emphasis on tropical fruits. There is not much body or malt backbone, which works to make this brew light, refreshing, and full of flavor! High carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted pale with an excellent hop profile. Check it out!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 17:29:48 | More by homebrew311
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times in bottle, but this review is on tap.

A: almost clear, golden-orange. Any translucence is more from color than contents. Good head, significant lacing - coverage sustains at thin 80-90% coverage of surface
S: a little sweet, mango mainly, far from overpowering in strength.
T: similar to nose, a pretty straightforward taste and beer. Crisp refreshing flavor (which I am growing to believe is the water they use). There is a light clay undertone that could also be construed as slightly watery.
M: very subtle dryness that hits the front of the tongue with a mildly metallic taste.
O: a thoroughly enjoyable beer from a great brewer. No match for some of their other brews, but I would offer this as a decent entry APA to a new craft drinker to see if they appreciate the smell and fruity/floral tastes that are present in many IPAs that pack a more bitter punch (if I felt they were worth the cost)

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 00:48:04 | More by cjgiant
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 20:30:00 | More by gillagorilla
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy gold with bright white head that stays & stays, good laces too
S - citrus, grapefruit mostly
T - tart, hopes, bitter beauty
M- citrusy finish balances the bitter, dry end makes the next sip (and glass) inevitable
O - a superior APA, ABV manageable -"wow" factor on my first glass - a great beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont NJ

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 19:58:19 | More by EBeckett3
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at three rivers six pack. Pint glass. Pours clear dark grass yellow, hints of tangerine, a bit lighter than orange, mostly light, actually. Half-finger white head sticks around, lots of lacing on the glass.

Subtle floral citrus aromas, very sweet.

Flavor is way more intense, with a dry finish, very dry. Citrus hops most prominent, slight sweet taste, with a hint of cream. Definitely zesty.

Feel is also dry, but fresh, crisp and bitter on the end.

Overall, clean and crisp, pretty much what I expected, if a bit dry. Maine has a good setup, look forward to trying more in the future, cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 23:18:17 | More by rodlavers
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DavidBart

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive seen bottles of this around, but have forgotten about the name and only picked it up at a local craft dispensary after looking it up on my smartphone and seeing the rave reviews. I must say, as is mostly the case, I agree with my beer buddies here. This is a great beer. I've been on the lookout lately for lower abv beers witb full flavors that satisfy the taste buds, and I must say this one definitely fits the bill.
A: Beautiful golden tone with almost no head. Could be the pours. Everything I've been getting today has been coming with virtually no head. Better for me...more beer, but cant truly evaluate the brews characteristics. Still no complaints.
T: Slightly bitter, hoppy and all that good stuff. Tastes a lot like a refined ipa rather than a pale ale. I also detect some qualities that I cant quite put my finger on that are usually common in DIPAs. And at only 6% and easily sessionable, I'm in heaven. Regardless of ABV, this is a gem. Anything above 93 rating on BA usually is. Do try it if you have a chance. As I'm finishing this glass a waitress brought another beer along the same style to sample. I can already tell this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 20:05:16 | More by DavidBart
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

even better than lunch, this is one of the best beers made in maine as far as I am concerned. it pours a hazy straw color with an orange glow. the head isn't much, white and airy, but not lasting real long. the nose is like fresh pineapple juice, not bitter at all, real tropical and real fresh, reminds me of hill farmstead or lawsons stuff, east coast and hoppy, but more than high alcohol oily dankness, its insane how good this is. a veritable fruit punch of hop flavors, lemon and grapefruit too. I love the intensity of it, while staying not too bitter. jazzy carbonation, clean finish and feel, as good as any American pale on the market I think. the lightness is what impresses me most. I could drink this forever, and my 10 ounce pour just isn't enough! all beers on at maine beer company were tasty, great examples of their respective styles, but this to me was the pick of the litter. already looking forward to my next one, whenever I may be so lucky. a true gem.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 13:48:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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Hopcycle

Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 18:02:13 | More by Hopcycle
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notchucknorris

California

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 21:50:47 | More by notchucknorris
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RaulMondesi

California

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA.

It's one thing to feel it, but it's another to do it. And with a Mo in Boston, Raul is straight feeling it! Kind of like Pliny's lil brotha (that's a good thing, my peeps), this thang is all kinds of hoppy, floral and nasty. Not nasty like the red eye I took from LA to get here; nasty like your mama at prom.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 22:26:05 | More by RaulMondesi
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LeRose

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 23:53:59 | More by LeRose
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 15:01:35 | More by Mikecap
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a small foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of citrus notes with some floral hoppy notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes with some floral hoppy notes and some citrus notes with lightly sweet non-descript malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really like the take on this one with nice floral aroma notes and limited bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 01:50:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours a burnt golden orange in the glass with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stay smooth and creamy looking, leaving back a robust smattering of lacing behind. Smells fresh and floral with a little dankness and pine mixed in. Lot of juicy tropical fruit notes. Taste has a zesty grapefruit bitterness with a resinous finish. Sticky notes of fruit, herbal flavors and neutral malt sweetness do a tremendous job of balancing and adding extra flavor to this. The mouthfeel is medium with a firm and sharp feel in the mouth which is undercut by just the right amount of creaminess. This was really nice. An APA with a good bit of aggressive to it yet was still extremely well balanced, with those tropical passion fruit flavors in particular really standing out. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 12:39:49 | More by Kegatron
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16 served in a ¾ pint glass. Why is a 6% APA not in a full pint? Hmm…

A: Very lightly hazed pale amber body, with a finger of dense, pillowy white head. Terrific retention and lace. Excellent.

S: Floral hops dominate, with some light fruity and honey notes as well. Fairly light, very fresh. Enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose at first, with bright floral hoppiness dominating the front and middle; toward the finish the honeyed malt comes into play with a bit of biscuity sweetness ahead of a cleanly bitter aftertaste. Hop-forward but still balanced. Simple and very tasty.

M: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. A bit too thin and bubbly, but not bad for the style.

O: Very good APA, and well-worth the $3.50 price at happy hour - even for a 12oz glass. It's nowhere near amazing enough to justify the price of bottles, though. If this came in a $10 sixpack I’d be all over it.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 22:12:41 | More by woosterbill
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plaid75

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 23:17:01 | More by plaid75
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 15:00:32 | More by johnmichaelsen
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 14:09:54 | More by tobelerone
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 21:28:03 | More by dbrauneis
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 23:44:50 | More by axeman9182
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brystmar

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the original Pony Bar.

Golden/amber pour yields plenty of head and the most lace I've ever seen from an APA. Absolutely gorgeous!

Smells of fresh, tasty hops with plenty of citrus and malt in support. Taste follows suit with impeccable balance. MO is strongly hoppy while not carrying an abundance of bitterness. Fresh, mildly fruity, and surprisingly malty for a pale ale.

Not quite as good as Zombie Dust, but remarkably close. Very impressive!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 04:07:58 | More by brystmar
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright glowing orange amber with light haze, prickly cap of white bubbles, decent lacing. Scent is huge whiffs of juicy tropical and citrus fruits such as mango, tangerine, pineapple, kiwi, lightly floral with sweet light malts. Taste follows suit bith big tropical and citrus notes, lightly sweet malts with faint residual sugar, lightly bitter. Only knock was the active and prickly carbonation, could be toned down a notch,medium bodied. Fantastic fruit notes that few pales or IPAs produce, an all around winner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:26:51 | More by rfgetz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy golden orange with a delicate white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is hop-dominant, with scents of fresh citrus. More of the same in the taste, loads of fresh juicy citrus hops, floral notes, orange, passionfruit, light caramel sweetness. Light and crisp, medium body, very drinkable. Another MBC success.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 15:12:49 | More by Rifugium
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 00:23:39 | More by xnicknj
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 17:23:18 | More by Kadonny
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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.