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MO - Maine Beer Company

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373 Reviews
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Reviews: 373
Hads: 2,757
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 253
Gots: 468 | 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:
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 mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a friend.

Pours a slightly hazey golden color with a couple fingers of thick sudzy head and leaves breat lacing as it falls. MO has a great hop blast of a nose, with lots of citrus (grapefruit) and other tropical fruit, pine resin and some floral notes. The taste follows suite and this APA drinks almost like an IPA with big juicy fruit, pine and spicy hop notes but with a nice bready malt backbone with a clean, dry finish. The body is full but light on the palate and there is plenty of carbonation making MO light and refreshing. Really well done!

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

Glad I was able to pick a bottle of the MO up. One of the final beers from Maine Beer Company I have to try. I'm a big fan.

A: Pale honey, amber body. Medium-Small head and a good amount of lacing along the glass.

S: A sweet smelling ale with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Great hop smell- earthy, floral and full of citrus. Very inviting, let's get down to business.

T: Very hoppy APA and just great. Bitter upfront and with that, I'm getting a lot of what I got in the smell, tropical and citrus fruit. Followed by a nice, sweet biscuity flavor. Well balanced despite it's hoppyness. It really could pass as an IPA. As it warms, the flavors become more pronounced. Nicely done.

M: Fairly light and crisp, drinkable. Carbonation is light, makes for a refreshing APA. Finishes with that bitter-sweet citrus and leaves a very nice after taste in the mouth.

O: Another job well done by Maine Beer Company. Some might find the $8 expensive for the bottle, but I find it well worth it. I think it's somewhat similar to the Peeper Ale and would like to do a tasting side by side to find those subtle differences. Pick this up if you can.

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Photo of tewaris
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass, thanks islandboi8204!

Hay golden with a pronounced haze, very good head and good head retention. Aroma is hops AND malts upfront with a generally light, floral-fruity character. Drinks closer to an AIPA in terms of bitterness even if the distinction is rather arbitrary... firmly bitter that I like but without much of a malt backbone, and therefore quite empty and watery feeling.

Strangely not as dry as it could have been with all those malts missing, but crisp enough. Light and easy drinking but with its own flaws, mainly in the taste and feel departments. For reference, not even close to Zombie Dust or Daisy Cutter.

4, 4, 2, 2.5, 3.5

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Photo of mverity
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow orange. Healthy amount of white head with a very thick collar; both of which lasted pretty dang well. Aroma is floral, slightly sweet malt, good amount of sweet citrus. Medium-light body and same carbonation. Taste is overly floral, some pine, again with the citrusy hops. The balance in the nose is not there on the tongue.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

BOD 3/10/15. Pours a clear golden with just a touch of amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class rich complex nose of tropical hops (pineapple, mango), citric (orange), a touch of pepper and pine resin over very subtle biscuit.

Light body with a smooth texture coupled with a subtle oily character. Normally carbonated with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It lacks just a bit of biscuit sweetness to provide more balance and enhance the complexity. It is a tropical hop forward pale ale with a pine resin background. Bitterness is mild with a subtle orange bitterness underneath. The hop flavors of the nose all make an appearance. The finish is slightly dry and a pine/rind bitterness lingers.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.58/5  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.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although the packaging might not be the most eye-catching or engaging, but within is a great beer. A light gold color with a thin head yet the smell was fantastic with hop and citrus notes in the nose. The taste was even better with well defined notes of hop through out with great flavors of lemon peel, banana, and I tasted notes of elderberry although those I was with said they didn't agree. One of my favorite kinds of beer, simple yet excellently crafted. It was a little thin for me but I thought this beer was great and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a slightly hazy orange body and a large, dense, and sticky bone white head. Wonderfully hoppy aroma gives you a boatload of grapefruit and citrus goodness and leaves little room for much else.

As expected, the hops shine through with a bright and fruity citrus character reminiscent of MBCs other hoppy beers. Just a bit of malt backbone comes through the balance things out a bit. While hoppier than the average pale ale, it doesn't really pack the bitterness and punch that you'd get from an IPA, making this one a really tasty easy drinker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth finish. Overall, MBC has another top-notch hoppy beer with MO. Fills the slot nicely in between Peeper and Lunch.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear golden color with a slight amber hue and a two finger head that is very creamy just slightly off white and has large bubbles which linger for a very long time, leaves a really beautiful amount of head around the glass
S: purely a beautiful bright and fresh grapefruit hop note, perfectly what i look for in an APA, nice resinous hops notes
T: a nice taste but not quite in line for what i had seen in the scent, the grapefruit hops are absolutely there in the middle but do not taste as bright as they had smelled, there is a very brief note in the middle which reminds me of green peppers but it is extremely fleeting
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth, leaves just the sides of the tongue feeling slightly dry
O: im mad at myself because i bout this beer about a month and a half ago and stuck it in the back of the fridge, i entirely forgot what it was and thought it was a stout so i just kinda kept letting it go, i wish i had drank it sooner so that it was even fresher, that being said it drinks quite nicely and has a nice taste, maine beer co has once again come through in my opinion

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Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head. Good head retention.

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, like a fresh cut orange. It smells very nice.

T: Again lots of citrus, it has a bit of orange and grapefruit flavor with just enough bitterness. Nothing really comes through on the malt. It's very good, but I wouldn't put it as outstanding.

M: Light bodied beer, at times it felt a bit too light. Good carbonation, fairly dry but not too dry.

O: Overall it was a very nice pale ale. It wasn't very complex or anything, but it was a good tasting beer that was enjoyable to drink. In the Pale Ale realm this one felt on the lighter side of both bitterness and body. I would have liked to taste some of the malt in there, but it was still a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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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 StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 10-29-2013. Consumed 12-3-2013.

A: similar to zombie dust in appearance. the color's a tad lighter however.
S: wonderful mix of citrus and pine. there is malt with deep inhalation.
T: less pleasant than the nose, with a little more pine than i like in a pale ale.
M: creamy, medium carbonation.

solid beer, even at 7.49 per

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Photo of MCain04
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to try anything new from the guys at MBC. This one pours a very vibrant gold, very clear, huge rocky head. Lively, and screaming fresh. Very hoppy in the nose, lots of green pine, some citrus, herb-y. Flavor is indeed very hoppy but this beer remains balanced. Lots of bright hops, herbal and grassy and pine again, woodsy, light doughy malts, and a definite crispness. This beer is super light on the palate for having so much flavor. Very airy and quaffable. Definitely along the same lines as Peeper and Lunch but a testament the brewery that they can pull off such a variety of hoppy light colored beers that all have their own identity. Curious to see if this makes it into the regular rotation or is just a seasonal / one-off. Always a delicious, fresh, well made beer from Maine

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Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 2/21/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Broken Bow Pint Glass

Appearance: Golden and foggy, it is difficult to see through the glass. The head is two to three fingers tall and dissipates slowly.
Aromatics: Grapefruit is the strongest aromatic and it hits hard. There is some some flavor of orange and a light malt as well. And some of the pine you would expect from a pale ale.
Flavor: The mouth-fill is very creamy and juicy. It brings a lot of those flavors from the aromatics with it and the malt hits more in the taste
Finish: It finishes with the zests from the fruit and that tart and sour flavors also stays on the mouth.

Notes: Born on date: 12/31/13

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with about three fingers of white head that lingered from quite some time. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, sweet citrus scents popped right out as I poured the beer, no need to put my nose to the glass for this one.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to light bodied. Taste was amazing! Bittersweet hops and citrus. Left a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: What a spectacular brew, Maine Beer Company needs to keep it up, all the beers from them so far have wowed me in being some of the best so far! Definatly will have this one again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: very soft pour so almost no head. Nice orange color with good clarity, beer has legs for low ABV

S: very crisp orange smell with a little bitterness and some cracker

T: just a very vibrant orange taste so crisp malty crackery on the finish but the explosion of pure orange taste is very nice

M: Amazingly crisp with a dry finish and as this beer ages the dryer it gets very light mouthfeel

O: about near as perfect so you get for a lower ABV pale ale, very clean dry orange on the tongue and very light in the mouth it looks great, it smells great, it tastes great find if drink it. Beware of bottle dates at two months this beer is shockingly bland on citrus, falls off quick. Under a month you will just sit there dumbfounded.

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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 WheelsPSU
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Maine Beer Co and it definitely lived up to the hype. Poured a strong yellow into a tulip glass with a larger than expected head. The aroma was a blast of citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. You don't even need to raise the glass to smell the wonderful scent. The taste was light in a sessionable way. Could have drank a few of these. The peach or passion fruit flavor shines.

This was one of the best American pale ale's I've ever had. Thanks guy in the liquor store that I made small talk with for recommending this beer for a Labor Day treat.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

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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 WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a 2015 ucl commerative glass!

Clear golden with hazy streams of bubbles,frothy white two finger cap.

Aroma of citrus, pine

Hop taste on the back of the tongue, not bitter, lingering.

Good mouthfeel.

Nice beer but I like lunch better.

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Photo of metalgdog
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid inch and a half, stiff white head. No pun intended. Very nice retention and carbonation level. Coudy, light golden color with a smidge of pink.

A big whiff brings out a bouquet of some hops mixed with pink grapefruit.

Flavor continues with a marriage of hops with grapefruit. The bitter citrus element is enjoyable and ends with some maltiness on the back end with the grapefruit lingering.

Overall this has a uniqueness about it that warrants a tasting. Definitely an enjoyable pale ale.

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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 Treb0R
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled approx. 4 weeks from the date of this review...

Golden yellow body with a moderate orange tinge. A tiny bit hazy, probably from the yummy hop oils. Two finger tall white head which dissipates slowly, but remains throughout the experience. Tons of residual soapy lacing, and a high carbonation level.

Smells of the usual suspects. Some combination of Amarillo/Simcoe/Centennial. Citrusy, floral, and subtle pine on the nose. Could be stronger, but it's still very pleasant as is.

More pine on the palate than the nose, though floral citrus is still at the forefront. Floral notes carry through to the aftertaste, leaving a refreshing taste which lingers on your tongue. You get a lot of grapefruit, fresh Spring flowers, and freshly picked pine cones here. Very clean malt flavors that do not hinder the hop focus. The crisp/clean fermentables add the minimal of what is needed without sacrificing wateryness or making the beer uber bitter.

Dry with a light-mod body. I could drink 6 of these just for the flavor/aroma before I realized I was in deep & drunken trouble.

A very yummy and hoppy American pale ale. Makes my cheap go-to APA, Blue Point Pale Ale, taste rather average. This beer is very smooth yet more like an IPA in character.

This beer reminds me of my homebrews quite a bit. With a touch of English malt complexity and wheat malt to add to the clean American 2-row grist, and some more intoxicating American hop aroma, this APA would probably be a 5 out of 5.

Add more pine, body, and aroma and you'll have something almost identical to Pliny the Elder.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.