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MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 218
Gots: 266 | FT: 16
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brewskis
4.76/5  rDev +11%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.86/5  rDev -10%
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

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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.