MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 2,641
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
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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 MCain04
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/13
A - huge ivory head tops an amber colored ale. Incredible head retention and lacing
S - super fresh aroma of zesty citrus, tropical mango, pine, juicy fruit, caramel, biscuit
T - excellent blend of bitter and sweet: pine, grapefruit zest, orange zest, juicy fruit gum, tropical notes, mango, caramel, grassy, slightly earthy, juicy spicy hops
M - medium, resinous, hop oils stick to the palate, finishes very dry and fairly bitter with lingering pine, very easy to drink
O - impeccable American Pale Ale. Excellent complexity and balance; just awesome. (573 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers. (973 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7/30/2013, consumed about 95 days after... a bit beyond the recommended time frame. Regardless, I can't find a single flaw with this bitter, exotic fruit flavored pale ale. Absolutely love it!!! Will definitely try it again when I can find it fresher! (262 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,401 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 ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger eggshell shade. Retention is very good, and so is the thick texture. And so is the lacing left behind, really.

S: The first whiffs heave a goodly amount of grapefruit, with a subtle backing of tropical fruit. Give it time to open up, and some biscuity malts will appear, along with a piny touch. Aromatically, it doesn't beat the senses over the nose - rather, it works through delicate, balanced subtlety.

T: While it opens fairly bitterly on the tongue, it finishes with a healthy dose of mango and melon. The bitterness washes away nicely on the back end, and even supplanted by a hint of malt. It's quite Simcoe forward, and I that's precisely why I like it so much.

M: Superbly crisp and clean. Very little of anything lingers on the tongue, apart from a slight bitterness. I'd even call it thirst quenching, which is frankly amazing taking its dry finish into consideration. It does all of this without relying on strong carbonation, too.

O: No singular element of this blows the mind, but in the same way that Lunch or Sculpin work, continuing to drink it will reveal a very elegant, refined example of a style that's mainly reliant on brute force. Still, this is a LOT of money for a simple pale ale, even one as good as this. (1,321 characters)

Photo of eclosson22
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy copper with about two fingers of head with great retention and lacing

S - Smells well balanced, some light citrus but not overwhelming

T - Balanced, as expected from the aroma, more bitter than expected but again not aggressively

M - Medium body, heavier than a number of other pales I've had recently

O - a well balanced fresh APA that I would definitely have again (388 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle (dated 10/22/13 - 8 days old!) into imperial pint glass with a huge 3 inch foamy white head that took it's time to settle down. Color is a dark golden with some slight haze.

Love the aroma! A burst of citrus hits your nostrils, like someone just zested a grapefruit on top of my beer. It was noticeable as I was pouring the beer. get a little bit of pine/resinous hops as well.

Taste has plenty of citrus fruit and a nice malt presence that is well balanced by a great hop flavor, but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation, smooth drinking but a somewhat dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding Pale Ale, love how much hop character it has without being too bitter. This is the first beer from Maine Beer Co to land in IL, I can't wait to get my hands on Lunch. I'm a big fan of this format ( 16.9 oz / ~500ml) as opposed to bombers, although not a big fan of the price point ($6.99) but I can appreciate they are a member of 1% for the planet. (1,001 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass

A: This has the most beautiful, fluffy, white head that just won't let up. Had to stop my (careful) pour about 2/3 of the way into the glass because the head had risen up to the top. After drinking a bit, it subsided to about a finger to a finger and a half of soft white foam. The glass above it not only laced with foam, but I'd call it caked with foam.

S: I'd say equal parts piney and floral notes.

T: Definitely more floral in the taste, a little bit of bitterness towards the end but not a harsh bitterness.

M:Slightly prickly carbonation, medium body

O: Lovely beer. Price is a bit steep though for what is ultimately a pretty simple Pale Ale. (703 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices. (249 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, brilliant gold topped with a huge, lumpy white head of thick froth. Sheets of lacing. Big fruity hop aromas burst from the glass: zesty grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin over a little sugar cookie malt. Very hoppy and fresh flavor like a pale ale should have. Much like Peeper, things start out oily...juicy, zesty grapefruit, flowery hops, resin. Great APA flavor...ultra drinkable. Soft yet crisp. One little bottle to split with my wife is not enough. :-( (469 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy gold with bright white head that stays & stays, good laces too
S - citrus, grapefruit mostly
T - tart, hopes, bitter beauty
M- citrusy finish balances the bitter, dry end makes the next sip (and glass) inevitable
O - a superior APA, ABV manageable -"wow" factor on my first glass - a great beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont NJ (363 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

Bottled 8/27/13
Drank 10/3/13

Mo is another IPA from Maine Beer Co that I've been wanting to try a while and thanks to facesnorth I'm cracking one tonight. Thanks again, Ryan! MO (Madeline & Oliver) looks similar to Lunch with the glowing orange body and chunky dirty white head. The head is incredibly dense and leaves clumps of lacing down the glass. The body is slightly paler than its big brother Lunch.

This IPA is dense with tropical fruit, pine, and grass. Mango, papaya, ripe pineapple and a buzzsaw of grassy hops dominate this brew while pine remains in the background but certainly an important component. The malt is way back there and it's crackery, Ritz crackery. I have to work to get any malt at all and the Ritz cracker comment is me grasping at straws. In the end all I really know is that this IPA smells mouth-wateringly good.

The flavor can't match the in-depth complexities of the nose. First of all the tropical fruits aren't nearly as pronounced. Bitter ruby red grapefruit takes over and that buzzsaw grassy hoppiness cuts through on the swallow. The flavors are still damn good and bright but it's certainly missing the tropical notes I expected from the smell.

This beer seems much more bitter than Lunch and tends to be a palate wrecker. The body is lighter than moderate and has a very nice airy feel. The bitterness grows throughout the drink and the lighter, but still appropriate, body make me want more and more.

MO isn't as complex or enjoyable as Lunch but with that said its still a really well made IPA. The grapefruit is large and in-charge while the tight grassy bitterness is something I don't come across very often in IPAs. If you're looking for something bitter and easy drinking get you some MO! (1,759 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at three rivers six pack. Pint glass. Pours clear dark grass yellow, hints of tangerine, a bit lighter than orange, mostly light, actually. Half-finger white head sticks around, lots of lacing on the glass.

Subtle floral citrus aromas, very sweet.

Flavor is way more intense, with a dry finish, very dry. Citrus hops most prominent, slight sweet taste, with a hint of cream. Definitely zesty.

Feel is also dry, but fresh, crisp and bitter on the end.

Overall, clean and crisp, pretty much what I expected, if a bit dry. Maine has a good setup, look forward to trying more in the future, cheers. (615 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 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 BoardwalkBock
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Nice head that retains its boldness throughout the entire beer. A good reinforcement of carbonation is clearly visible, keeping the head up.

S: Passionfruit, citrus, pine and definitely a bit of rye.

T: Taste follows the aroma. A bit more pine and earthiness comes in towards the end than the aroma would suggest, and finishes off with a nice rye backbone.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and a good dry, bitter finish.

O: Solid APA that doesn't blow me away but leaves you wanting more with every sip. Another well done beer by this brewery, which is starting to grow on me despite the prices. (633 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The label art is simple and exquisite! A huge fist of white meringue builds and lasts the entire session, while carbonation continuously sends up reinforcements from within a clear, yellow-gold (SRM 4-6) elixir, and thick patches of lace embrace the Harp nonic glass.
The aroma entices one with fresh citrus, ranging from grapefruit to orange, while strong pinesap and mango come out with slight warming. Peaches and pineapple follow as well.

Bitter earthiness is almost balanced with sweet citrus, but wins out in the end. This is simply freshness in a glass with mouthwatering grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some light celery and rye form a nice backdrop while a long, modest finish carries one to the next sip.

A slick, medium body with fizzy carbonation is accented by light metallic notes in this extremely fresh beer. Alcohol is as expected, noticeable, but still a background player.

If one considers MO to be an exemplary APA, then most others are poor examples of the style. Happily, one could easily enjoy a few pints with friends during a long, hot, casual summer afternoon.

MO will become a summer staple for me for as long as Maine Beer Company continues to send it my direction. (1,200 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)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled served in weizen glass.

Clear pale wheat with 2 finger eggshell head, good retention, thin lacing.

Smells mainly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. Tastes bold grapefruit citrus, bitter, a touch of malt sweetness, nice balance. Great dry finish, the highlight of this beer. Moderate carbonation, just a touch of alcohol.

Nice pale ale but I don't think I'll seek this one out as I don't enjoy it that much more than pale ales that are more accessible to me. Great extra, thanks buddy! (492 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

20oz(?) Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Pours a cloudy gold color, thick dense fluffy 2.5 finger head, thick marshmallow lacing.
S - Massive dank fresh hop aroma, light citrus zest, grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. Very floral. Amazing, incredible aroma.
T - Super fresh and light feeling, very bright flavors, big time on the grassy and floral hop tones, fresh bread, a little crackery.
M - Crisp, clean, bright and refreshing.
O - Outstanding pale, up there in my top 5 along with Alpha King, Holy Jim Falls, and Live.
Tons of great fresh hop aroma, great crisp clean flavor, hopefully going to get some super fresh from the brewery soon. (646 characters)

MO from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.