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MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 2,855
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 22.54%
Wants: 262
Gots: 515 | FT: 17
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, light, 2/3" head. Old school hop aromas, seems like they were used for bittering and dry hopping.

Taste, minimal heavier malts, stuck with the lesser toasted pale throughout. Its like the bridge between the 90s ipas and ibu busters and the newer vibe of softer bitterness and more aromatic pale ales with a cracker dry malt bill. Good stuff, but still $5 bottle, better kick ass.

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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 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 benloho
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN.

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Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, citrus zest, hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit, mango), bready malts.

Taste - Light to moderately bitter citrus hops that come across the palate with a clean finish. Bready malts and hints of tropical and citrus fruits support the hops well. Hint of soapiness. Bitterness lingers well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - A tasty American Pale Ale that delivers on quality flavour. I can see myself having a few of these on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell.

The beer pours with a beautiful big fluffy white head that goes down very slowly.cnice hazy dark orange hue, great look.

The smell has a nice light grassiness to it, a little sweeter than a pale usually smells but smells very clean and nice.

The taste is good, but has a strange kind of fruity candy like taste to it behind a thin veil of grassy hops, a little too sweet for the style. A little bit of maybe a peach like flavor?

The feel is oily, a little sweet and decent carbonation.

Ok overall but not the greatest, especially with some really nice pale ales being made out there these days.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 7/09/13. Pours a dark yellow with a sticky, white, billowy head, that leaves behind amazing lace. Smell is tangerine, mango, pineapple, and earthy hops. Taste is all about citrus and a little grapefruit in the finish that lingers a bit. Body Is medium for the style, nice amount of life, a little dry, and great drinkability. Very nice beer, as you would expect from this company.

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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 cfrances33
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/26/12 served in a tulip glass on 7/10/12, so about 2 weeks old. Hell yeah!

Pour: Very hazy golden orange with three fingers of very fluffy white head that would linger if not for drinking it. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Orange juice and grapefruit with some pine mixed in.

Taste: Citrus juiciness with some more pine than the nose hinted. Light caramelly backbone that isn't the showstealer, but is more substantial than in Peeper.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and light. Bitterness subsides quickly after each sip.

Overall: Really great APA and MBC continues to impress me. Seek out again for sure.

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Recently acquired in a BIF from Cuzco. 500ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead win glass. Bottled 4/16/13.

A: Pours a semi hazy golden yellow color with some orange highlights. A thick and bubbly head forms on the pour. The retention is off the charts (similar to my bottle lunch). It creates a crater filled pillow of head and thick, sticky lace. Just a beautiful looking beer.

S: Sweet cracker malts mixed with some stone fruit and sweet grass. Lightly floral as well.

T: Lightly lemony with some grassy undertones. Some stone fruit with some white bread malts. Nicely sweetened on the finished with a very mild bitterness that just lingers around.

M: Bubbly and light. The drinkability is off the charts. Lightly bodied with a medium-high carbonation level. Slightly swet finish.

O: A wonderfully light and flavorful pale ale that has exceptional drinkability. I wish I had access to this as I would work it into my summer rotation of Daisy Cutter and Zombie Dust.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. cloudy yellow in color. Good 2 finger head that lasts.

s. Smells of pine, hops

t. Pine and hops but not over the top, or too biting. Very smooth.

m. Well carbonated.

o. This was an excellent APA that was a bit pine heavy in the profile but so well balanced.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Murky yellow-amber in color, slightly hazy with slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe oranges, weed, and a bit of peace.

Taste: Oranges, sweet malts, a bit of pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A delicious APA. Refreshing!

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle to flared pint glass. $8.00 for the single.
Bottled 080812
Sampled 09SEP12

[A] Pours with a big, bright white fluffy head, 2 1/2 fingers high. Excellent retention. The body is a beautiful tint of golden orange. Modest haze on first pour, moderate haze and light sediment on the second. A wavy ribbon of lace spans 2/3's of the glass.

[S] Mango, papaya, passionfruit, kiwi, keylime pie - all complimented by a nice dose of pine. Light caramel malt mostly noticeable right after the pour and only slightly in the deep background.

[T] Beautiful tropical hop flavor matches the nose and provides a smooth yet somewhat edgy bitterness. The caramel malts support the foundation of hop flavors and are a bit less prevalent than they were on the nose, even as light as they were then.

[M] Carbonation is medium low. A gentle prickling sensation moves gracefully over the entire tongue. Finishes on the drier side.

[O] What a fantastic pale ale. But...I wouldn't expect anything less from such a solid brewery.

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Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Bier Cellar in Portland, ME. Finally got my hands on this killer brew! Stamped 06/26/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a big, white, fluffy, pillowy head that fades into great lace but little retention.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be. A bit of sweet, sugary malt and earthy hops, as well. Incredible nose.

T: And an equally incredible taste. Explodes with hop flavors. So damn fresh! In my opinion, as good as a hoppy, American Pale Ale can get.

M: Not overly hoppy or bitter, though. An extremely balanced PA. The epitome of how tasty hops can be on the palate. Drinkable? I'd say so.

O: Stands up against all PA's and most IPA's. Keep 'em comin' Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an earthy burnt orange color. two to three fingers of a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a huge lacing all over the side of the glass. completely opaque with lots of haze

Smell: orange, orange zest, floral hops. slight bready malt sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fairly juicy orange, along with a dash of orange zest and lemon. hops flavors round out with an earthy pine and some florals. backend has a slight sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: light, some lingering bitterness, a touch dry. fairly refreshing

Overall: better than the other pale ales I have had from Maine Beer but still fair from my list of top pale ales. the taste come off with too much earthiness, along with a hop profile that just doesn't do it for me. That said it is refreshing as a pale ale should be.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one in bottles at a local beer shop. Pint sized bottle, Bottled 06/28/12, nice and fresh...

A: A deep hazy golden orange color. A small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Smells of awesome orange citrus with some tropical flavors blended in. I get pineapple, lemon, and orange the most. Very fresh smelling. Good.

T: Starts with a citrus maltiness which quickly blends into a water and bitter hop wetness. An orange peel / lemon backend. Good.

M: Light body with a very heavy carbonation. A dry citrus finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I kind of expected more from this as Peeper, Zoe, and Lunch are amazing beers. This one is a little over-carbonated and I wish it had a little more body to it. It's a good beer, but a few tweaks away from being a great beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 5/21/13, enjoyed on 7/1/13

The beer pours a nice, clean, copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A finger or two or white, soapy head rises up and has great retention and leaves a lovely network of webbed lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, wildflower, light pine and sweet pale malt, really balanced, really well integrated. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, on the tongue with great earthy pine and wildflower qualities with some crisp spiciness before a smooth, sweet malt profile takes over the finish. The body is crisp and bubbly, with higher than average carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A damn fine APA from Maine Beer Company, bright, vibrant with a great earthy balance. It's clean, simple and refreshing, yet easily satisfies any hop craving.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is pale gold, and a little tangerine orange. Head is bright white and foamy. Nice splotchy lace and good head retention. Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit. Some pine, flowers, leaves, and generally tropical. Like peeper, a mouthwatering aroma, but bigger. Taste is fruity, tropical, zesty, grapefruity, piney, and a weeee bit herbal. Mmmm. Texture is gritty-like/resiny mixed in slickness. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This rarity in these parts pours a chill hazed golden color with a firm head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, light layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of pineapple, pine, lemon zest, and subtle sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with pineapple and lemon notes on the front and sides that are pounded by resinous pine and spruce notes on the middle to back overcoming any malt backbone with sticky dank hops. Coating bitter finish with a touch of seltzer water, very well carbonated. A great brew for Indian and seafood dishes. Solid, but lacking in enough malt for those who are looking for a touch of sweet to their bitter.

Glad to have tried this one, but was hoping for a more balanced brew.

Cheers

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slight haze. Golden orange with a thick fluffy head.

S - Heavy on the citrus.

T - Light pine, light citrus (not as heavy as I thought) Well balanced.

M - Very light, bubbly.

O - AN excellent beer from Maine Beer Co. Happy to have gotten a fresh one. Would definitely seek out again, although it is a little pricey.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden orange/yellow with a finger of fluffy white head and a little bit of sparse lace.

No messing around here; juicy hops that remind me of papaya and orange citrus with a good bitter finish. A little bit of doughy yeast in the background. The pallet gives a little more of a grapefruit flavor with good pine and a sharp bitter finish. Really rock solid.

The body is nice and light and the carbonation is a little bit on the sharp side.

Real good stuff here. MBC is really hitting home runs with their hop forward beers. I need six packs.

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Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled September 24, drank September 27 (it pays to check unmarked cases in liquor store refrigerators).

Appearance: Semitranslucent yellow. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Slight orange/grapefruit citrus, much more hard water. The major aromas are hard water and soft flowers. Sweet, light floral aromas; not thick like rose, more like lilac.

Taste: The aroma carries through to the flavor, with subtle but distinct hop flavors (sweet floral, mild orange/grapefruit). Great fresh grain flavor before the crisp dry finish.

Everything is subtle, even at just 3 days in the bottle. It's not like the beer is green, or weak, or prematurely old, it's just subtle. Additionally, doesn't drink like 6% ABV at all, more like 4%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, gives a soft and creamy impression. Low bitterness, but sharpens up with the dry finish. Great stuff.

Overall: This is a great but mellow beer. It's not fabulous, but it is flawless. It's refined and subtle without being "challenging" (you taste what's there, it's just not punching you in the face).

This beer kind of exemplifies my problem with Maine Beer Co. Forget that it's overpriced (though it is: love MBC or hate them, deal with it: you can get beer this quality for a much lower price), the problem is that it's widely distributed, and either produced at such a quantity or distributed inefficiently enough that it's rare to find Mo or Peeper that's younger than a month old.

...which is sad, because this is an every day pale ale. This is a vision of what day to day fresh beer can be: delicate flavors masterfully put together. A pleasure to drink, provided it's fresh and plentiful. I'm not chasing the delivery truck around to get a chance to taste this, but I'm loving the hell out of the fresh bottle I lucked into. Why not just sell every drop of this fast, fresh, local?

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Photo of brewskis
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a finger and a half white head. Great head retention that leaves a thin blanket of lacing. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of more citrus fruits up front like grapefruit and orange. Then beneath that there are some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as a tiny hint of pine and floral. The malt imparts a sweet breadiness note that makes the fruit aromas seem more juicier. Taste is outstanding. Reminds me of a Hill Farmstead beer. Starts with hefty doses of bitter grapefruit and orange notes. The the middle brings a crackery, bready, sweet malt presence that balances quite nice with the increasing bitter, yet juicy grapefruit. Also starting to get tropical fruit notes as well. The finish brings more juicy tropical fruit notes like pineapple. Also getting more juicy grapefruit and a good amount of pine. Definitely detect the red wheat on the finish as well. Getting almost like a bubblegum flavor. Bitter, but not as aggressive as you might expect. In-your-face, yet delicate from the balance of malt and hops, as well as the clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect, as it refreshes the beer and cleanses the palate, which makes you want to take another sip. I’ve had a lot of amazing pale ales, and this one is right up there with those. Glad they are in Chicago now.

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Photo of adam42381
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 5/20/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium straw color with golden highlights and a huge 4 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: An excellent combination of sweet citrus with just a bit of pine and bitter citrus.

Taste: Pine and a touch of grapefruit up front followed by some pale malt and just a hint of sweet citrus in the middle before ending with another round of pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, yet long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a couple bottles without much difficulty.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is another one that walks a thin line between American Pale Ale and IPA, but I'm really liking it no matter how you classify it. I highly recommend checking it out.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.