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MO - Maine Beer Company

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2,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 203
Gots: 238 | 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:
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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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

UnionMade, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw. A little cloudy. Fine bubble egg shell head. Sticky laces. The smell bursts with citrus notes: grapefruit, mangos, lemon peel, and pineapple. The taste follows. This is a great beer for citrus-heads. Very light malts backbone and distinctive yeast character. Very smooth, crisp, and light body.

This is a great beer - all around. A lot of the citrus notes of Zombie Dust are similar and the light malt to hop ratio of Pliney is present.

I think this is excellent and is underrated.

macher0, Oct 12, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

vermilcj, Yesterday at 04:11 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%

bbut, Thursday at 01:37 PM
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in DC at Churchkey.

A: Pours a light gold. 1 finger head, a little cloudy.

S: Incredible. One of the best smelling Pale Ales I've ever had. Huge tropical fruit notes.

T: Same tropical fruits from the nose. Pineapple, citrus, lemon. Light malt backbone.

M: Good carbonation. I wouldn't even know there was alcohol in this one. So easy to drink.

O: One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. Damn.

hoppytobehere, Wednesday at 11:14 PM
Photo of mertzhb15
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mertzhb15, Wednesday at 03:20 AM
Photo of PublicMuffin
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Drank a pint on tap at Moxy in Portsmouth, NH. Well balanced flavor and great finish.

PublicMuffin, Wednesday at 03:20 AM
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

AdamTebbs, Tuesday at 03:55 PM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Madskill, Tuesday at 06:41 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Twal, Tuesday at 04:00 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

brittanylicious, Monday at 11:17 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Trashcat, Monday at 10:14 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

heysuz, Monday at 03:20 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Bluetree, Monday at 03:23 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ViragS, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of MichaelLamb
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

MichaelLamb, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of 44leaves
4/5  rDev -6.8%

44leaves, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of dd43
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from a 16oz bottle dated 28-Oct 2014. In other words, really fresh. Thank you MBC for making these dates so legible, I wish other brewers would follow suit.

I can't think of a more appealing pale ale than this one. Beautiful translucent orange color, lovely citrus nose, crisp and very pleasantly drying on the tongue. Malts are very subdued both in flavor and aroma, but in a good way. Maine Brewing really knows what they're doing, and I applaud their restraint as far as not trying to make every imaginable style of beer. Drink this pale ale fresh!

dd43, Nov 21, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

mbmiche, Nov 21, 2014
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MO from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.