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MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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95
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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 2,860
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 22.54%
Wants: 264
Gots: 519 | 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 mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/06/2014 printed on the label. So this is some pretty fresh beer right here, considering it came to me all the way from Maine. My third beer from Maine Beer Company, expectations are high given this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with some semi-clarity and some fine sediment in the glass. Three fingers of thick off-white foamy head with excellent staying power. Very rocky, like the head on a root beer float. The second pour is a much more cloudy orange.

S - The smell is bright, fresh, fruity, floral, and tropical. Notes of pine needles, oranges, mangoes, lemon, grass, and citrus peels. Smells very fresh and juicy.

T - The taste is on par with the nose, but the earthy bready malt and yeast have taken the front seat to the hops. Fruity hop bitterness - grapefruit, orange, lemon rinds, pine resin. All the flavors are in nice balance with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Easy-drinking with a moderate 6.00% abv. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation with the bottle conditioning.

Overall, a lovely example of the style. Lovingly crafted and executed. Perhaps the abv could stand to be toned down just a smidge, but otherwise, it is a wonderful beer, at a nice price point, in a nice single serving bottle. I would definitely drink this again; highly recommended.

Maine Beer Company MO ---4.5/5

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Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into two Sam Adams perfect pints.
date 3/25/14 - 2mths n 1 week. not bad fresh for out of state.

pours two fingers of beutifull head and leaves nice thick lacing.
smell is amazing tropical fruit and hop pine.
taste is the same. mouthfeel is lasting sweet balanced hoppy dankness. LOVE IT.

not sure but this may be the first beer I rated 5 across the board and I thought I was getting more conservative in my rating.

thanks to my bro John for sharing the spoils of his travels. highly reccomend.

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super drinkable and a great clean mouth feel. Not overly hoppy and not the typical tropical fruit bomb every other brewery is pushing out these days. At around 6% ABV you can have a few and not be disturbing the neighbors. Enjoyed this one sitting by the campfire on a cool night. I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/6/14

Appearance: Big head of about three fingers on the pour. Bold orange color with a murky transparency. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Below to average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Definitely big pine front. Crisp, sharp medium bodied fruits play well off the pine lead-in. Resinous pine continues to dominate into the body. A touch of a bready, caramelized malt body is found on the back end.

Taste: Surprising fruity front with highlights of melon, apricots, and tangerines. That tangerine sweetness continues to open up on the body and joins force with a bready malt backbone. Some mildly bitter pine is picked up on the body but isn't as big of a player as I expected after the aroma. The slightly dry finish give a great opportunity for the medium bodied fruits to continue to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant blast of fruits, malt, and some pine yields to a balanced finish which continues to allow those tones to showcase themselves. Carbonation is bright and adds a pleasant crisp texture while drinking.

Overall: Another fantastic offering from MBC. Would never hesitate to try an offering from these guys. Seek it out.

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Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/4/2014 bottle date poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white one finger head that leaves an large amount of lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Strong hop notes of grapefruit and pine. A hint of sweet notes along the lines of mango, passion fruit and papaya.

T: Generic bitter citrus hop notes. Long, moderately dry and tart finish with notes of pine and citrus pith.

M: Moderately carbonated with a lingering dryness.

D: Highly drinkable, though I was disappointed that the sweeter fruit notes did not translate through to the taste. It's extremely fresh, crisp, which seems to be the trend with MBC beers.

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Photo of Roser
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy golden hue. Big frothy ivory head (creamy like meringue). Very light lacing.

S- earthy, lightly floral, herbaceous, very piney and resinous.

T- some spice, fairly tart. Moderately bitter. Surprisingly, given the pine and resin nose, not much of that came through in the taste.

M- medium, crisp.

O- a solid beer. Good. Slightly disappointed as I'd never had a Maine Beer Co. beer and was really looking forward to it, given their reputation. I wouldn't argue with anyone who thinks it's great, but not worth having again, for me.

Cheers!

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, fresh, excellent balance. I could drink MO all night. This pale ale has the perfect amount of hoppiness to make me a happy guy.

Maine is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. I can't pass up the opportunity to try any of their beers. This one lives up to the small amount of hype built around it. Can't wait to have Lunch one day!!!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body (maybe orange) with slow dying one finger head and lace all down glass. A wonderfully wet, citric hop aroma with touches of sweetness. Smooth, slightly grainy with something akin to crackers for a dryness that passes the tongue on each sip. Flavors are bitter yet juicy hops and there are some tropical fruits and a touch of sugary sweetness but for most part this is a hoppy, dry beer.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear gold with a white head and great retention. Very nice lacing.

A: Peach, Citrus and Pine dominate, a touch of toasty malt in the back and a very clean yeast character. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into big citrus and peach hops with some pine resin. Malt provides support in the flavor with some toastiness and candy-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely dry, ripping the moisture from your mouth. Hop flavors linger on the palate for some time.

Overall, an awesome APA, one of the best I have had. Very west-coast, even more so than a lot of west-coast beers. I would recommend this to any hophead looking for a fix.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

A light citrusy hop aroma, and a soft hint of sourness highlight the beer's smell..

A nice citrusy hop flavor with a mild level of bitterness and malt sweetness for balance,

The mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation and a nice clean finish.

Overall - A very solid pale ale.

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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 pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden liquid, yellow-ish gold foam on top, but wow! what an aroma!!!! grapefruit, but with a hint of chocolate chip cookies.... yeah, I know that sounds a little wild. more sniffing and the toffee sweetness is going away...
very flavorful. very hoppy, in a pine and grapefruit way. nice mellow brew. very nice. a little bit of the simcoe/cat pee in the smell but it's not bad. the flavor imparts the same, but it's not bad. not getting the sweet aroma I first had in the taste and that aroma has long since subsided.. Lemon!

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful golden color.

S-Not much of an aroma compared to other ipa's but I guess it is a single

T-subtle, leaves an almost perfect after taste.

M-great mouthfeel, goes down extremely smooth.

O-overall really enjoyed this beer, would love to get my hands on a fresh one!

Bottled 3-11-14

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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 CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very recent arrival to mercurial Calgary in April, four beers from this Maine brewery have appeared in my fridge thanks to a heads-up from my favorite neighborhood beer dealer wordemupg. Cheers brother. This is only round one and frankly things might have already plateaued based on how f'ing tasty this pale ale is. A somewhat cloudy yellow with orange and red tints, featuring a lively pour with a soapy white head managing to fill much of my shaker pint glass. Phenomenal head retention, stuff sits there like a milkshake. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and redolent with a hoppy spice. I get lychee and white grape, mango, orange, faint pineapple, kind of a gummy worms effect presumably from the crystal malts. An absolutely masterpiece on the palate, with uber-clean yeast, pine, grapefruit rind, peaches, and some weedy and catty notes all in a well-integrated interplay. Bitter but very clean, faint onion and pepper apparent from the IPA-level hopping regime but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Toasty caramel malts provide the backbone and the finish is leafy and a tad woody, with more citrus rind and tropical ghost notes lingering until the end. This could be the best American pale ale I've had to date, a hop-centric brew but with sublime malt balance and nary a flaw to be found.

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Photo of tclipse
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as APA's go, this is perfect. Appearance is a hazy khaki orange. Smells amazing, big time citrus- orange peel and lemon in particular... a bit of pineapple as well. Taste is slightly hop forward and heavy on the citrus, but mellow and refreshing enough to remind you that this isn't an IPA. My new favorite pale ale, and it isn't close.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle snagged at a liquor store in Albany, NY.

Pours sunshine golden with a bright white head. Smells like aggressive citrus hops with large, variegated citrus nodes including pineapple, grapefruit and orange, and this is balanced exceptionally well with a straight-up east coast malt profile that is super soft, round, and yeasty.

Tastes, thankfully, much like it smells. Excellent, excellent balance with the big aggressive hop nodes tied perfectly to warm, round malt by way of some amazing yeastmanship.

As wonderful as Maine's Lunch is, I think I like Mo a little bit better.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/14

A hazy pale orange, not a whole lot of visible bubbles but it pours a big head that sits around for a while leaving partial rings deep down the glass ending up as a low island, looks great

S plenty of tropical fruit, canned peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, and bruised mango, some floral notes, and a hint of pine, has a big nose going on and I can smell my glass an arms length away on the table

T not far from then nose but just toned down a little, some lemon rind and slightly more pine and some bready malt in the background

M lighter side of medium, bitter without turning my mouth inside-out, very gritty in the mouth, creams up, and lots of citrus rind on the finish

O this one works well for me, hopped to hell but not a complete runaway, IPA level of hops no doubt

I was pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta and my first experience was a good one. I'm looking forward to the other 3 I have in my fridge.

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Photo of BigMurph
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - slightly opaque copper body with lots of carbonation on inspection. Foamy white head three fingers thick coats the glass the whole way down.

S - pine, orange peel, grapefruit dominate the nose. earthiness in the back.

T - I get some peppery taste along with earthiness in first sip with some grain. orange peel, grapefruit, pine and grass hops comes in towards the end.

M - medium to full bodied for the style with llots of carbonation which works with it. finishes dry with some hop bite lingering.

O - excellent beer and definitely up their with my favorites by them.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled 021814.

Nice gold body, bit cloudy with awesome lacing. Smell is real nice, grassy floral and hoppy. Lush citrus fruit in the flavor, really explodes in the palate. Very creamy, strong body. Nice balance of sweet fruit and citrus bitterness. A real winner!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Scrylol
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden hazy body with a one finger frothy white bubbly head.

Orange juice, heavy citrus, piney, floral, tropical aromas on the nose. Very nice.

Big citrusy and piney flavor, backed by dry, bitter, and slightly malty notes. Slight fruity taste too. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, silky, nice mouthfeel, good body. Nice amount of carbonation that doesn't wreck the tongue.

Very nice APA from Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of mattsander
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, golden, good clarity, white long lasting head.

S: Orange peels & flowers, lemon, tropical/pine-y (seems simcoe?), basil. Very hop forward but not oppressively hoppy. Malt is totally out of the way. Smells awesome.

T: Juicy, hop-centered but never 'big' or 'bold', clean and mineraly. Citrus fruits, very floral. Seems like a low-cohumelone 'clean' bitterness. A beer with a wonderful quality of flavor, and a restrained quantity of flavor.

M: Very dry, a delight to drink.

Great pale ale from Maine.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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!!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 1/28/14 into a pint glass
A: Golden orange color with a 1.5-finger head that lingers
S: Mango, grapefruit, pine, malt, a bit of stone fruit, florals- very complex
T: Delicious- citrus, tropical fruits, florals, a bit of earch; again complex and balanced
M: Fairly light but with a pleasant bitterness
O: A fantastic IPA- balanced, complex, and simply delicious

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