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Reviews: 358
Hads: 2,641
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
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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 Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange bodied with a lasting bubbly off white head. Great smell, grapefruit and oranges. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability, creamy. Very tasty orange creamy good hoppyness. The proof is in the taste and this is an excellent American pale. From Capone's Restaurant. (273 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 3/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors. (591 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit along with some hints of tropical fruits. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of hoppy aromas and flavors like an IPA but is very to drink since it is an APA. (658 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to chowdahead for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Maine Beer wine glass.

Pours a clear light apricot color with a nice white head and a pretty good ring of white lace as the head falls. Good cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Light mango. Just a touch of pale malt lingering in the background for some depth. The flavor has the same elements with a bit of orange peel sneaking in. Nice and light. Light body with crisp carbonation and a slightly-bitter dryness through the finish. (562 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a massive head; great retention and multiple layers of lacing

Smell: Vaguely bitter aroma - more East Coast woodsy/earthy bitterness than citrusy

Taste: The malt base adds just a touch of sweetness but is pretty clean with the hops bringing good bitterness in the middle; some tropical fruit elements but they bitterness is more earhty and slightly grassy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle is a couple of months old and, from reading the other reviews, I suspect the hop profile on this one fades rather quickly; a very nice beer but I am not digging it like some others who conceivably had a fresher example (691 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,605 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a dull medium golden with a large blooming white head,maybe a little over carbonation issue.Juicy grapefruit in the nose with a little grassiness as well,not much malt profile just juicy hops.Maybe the best hop profile of any "standard" pale I have had flavor-wise,fresh grapefruit and grassy flavors with a dryer base making for just hoppy goodness.A tad sharp in the mouth but man this is just a hopped up flavor punch of an APA.Wow. (462 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. This beer has some great retention.

Smell: Quite light with a mild hop aroma. Just a little citrus fruit and a mild malt sweetness.

Taste: This is much nicer than the smell. Citrus peel hop bitterness hits the tongue, but the malt balances things out well. My only complaint is that the taste seems a bit watery in the middle of the sip. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Another really nice offering from Maine. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I would definitely have another. (712 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of grassy hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easy, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to pound down for a whole evening. (796 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/23/12, gotta love when they date the bottle. Pours a big fluffy 2+ finger fluffy pasty white head that fades pretty slowly with some soapy and fluffy big thick lacing, over semi clear honey darker orange colored beer.

Nose is somewhat like peeper if I remember correctly, fresh hops, bit of resinous fresh hop aroma, very slight hints of tropical fruit, peach, grapefruit that disappear after the first couple sniffs, then slight pine and even touch grassy with some earthy hop aromas. THen just a touch of a malty base that props up the hops, with a hint of caramel or another reddish malt.

Taste starts with a light pale ale flavor, some sweet malts start it off, with a hint of caramel and toasty reddish malts, and almost syrupy. THen the hops kick in with a decent bitterness, pretty average bitterness for an APA, with some spicy hops, hint of resinous fresh hop, not really any tropical fruit this time and no real citrus either, but I do get a hint of apricot like fruit. THe malts break through again to add another wave of toasty malts. Then the finish dries quite a bit, but leaves a slight sticky malt feel, and a decent hop bitterness with some grassy, slight spicy and earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, def not their best beer so far. It's more like an amber than APA with the amount of malty flavors in it, esp the reddish toasty malts. THe hops aren't quite what I was expecting either, but all in all a decent tasty beer that is worth a try. I would like to try this again on tap and see if it changes, like Peeper did. (1,581 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago. (1,288 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, frothy near-white head that settles in a dome-like fashion. Cloudy liquid with a gold to amber color. Sports spots of chunky lace on the glass.

Fresh evergreen and grapefruit hop aroma with a touch of pineapple. Appealing.

Slight fruitiness initially. Dry bitterness takes over quickly and is particularly tingly on the tongue. Exceptionally long bitter aftertaste. The body leans on the richer side while the carbonation is as expected. (446 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #11 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. This beer is far better than everyone told me so. Shame on all of you for not liking beer. Served with sediment (sorry Maine). Beer is yellow and amber with a yeast based haze, nice one finger / two finger tight white head, small bubbles. Lots of lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is very hoppy, fruity, floral, strong aroma, a little biscuit.

The hops are a little clashy on the palate, there is simultaneously a strong fruity hoppy sense with this other pine hop flavors, they don't play well really well but it is still a good beer. I'd ditch the pine hops and just make a second pale ale with those hops. Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter at the back, a good beer, minimal malt character, no sweetness. I'd have this again. Especially on draft. (871 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the entire glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge hop complexity and a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright juicy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,466 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Hollie for this one! I could instantly smell the citrus when I cracked it.

Poured into chalice. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed dull golden orange.

Aroma: A massive amount of hops and citrus. Grapefruit, oranges, and clementimes. I get some floral hops and a light amount of caramel with some bready malts.

Taste: Very citrusy to start things out. All kinds of fruits. Grapefruit, oranges, and maybe some blood orange. Some bready malts with a caramel sweetness that shoes up in the backgound. Floral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a great APA. I have been impressed 2 out of 2 times with this brewery. Their hoppy stuff is legit. Very flavorful and very drinkable. This is right up there with TH APAs for me. (885 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with orange highlights. A solid white head forms on top and lasts for a very long time. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh citrus fruits, plenty of grapefruit and a little orange and orange zest. Some faint caramel and grainy hops, but really like the tropical fruit explosion up front.

T: Upfront some more citrus, similar to the aroma but not as intense. Grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a bit more of a malt presence on the flavor profile than on the aroma, a bit of bready malt and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Another solid offering from MBC. If the flavor profile had been as intense as the aroma it would have been a real winner. (738 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,908 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden to yellow with a mild haze and a huge, white, frothy head. The aroma brings some zesty citrus, floral notes, pine, a light sweetness. Hop forward and refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Big floral and citrus notes. Oranges and lemons with a touch of bitter pine, finishing dry. A wonderful pale ale. My only complaint is that it's $6.99 per 500 mL bottle, when a beer of this ilk should be $9-12 per sixer. For that reason alone, I won't be revisiting this one, as tasty as it is. (516 characters)

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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