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MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,284 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,284
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 203
Gots: 236 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Justinsosmart, Oct 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

dapperdandy, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Creosote, Oct 05, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

bufante, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

KG710, Oct 04, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Robby_Hooper, Oct 04, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Iancamp, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JustIPAs, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

WhitmansNiece, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

EJJ1848, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

unclekeith, Oct 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

AngryPenguinBrewCo, Oct 02, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

PVMT, Oct 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Probably the best APA in New England, or ever, really.

lionskull, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

cherche, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of woemad
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. According to the label, this was bottled on July 15, 2014, presumably part of batch # 59.

Poured into a large Sam Adams new model Boston Lager glass, this beer initially had a clear golden amber coloration, though chill haze soon crept in, making things rather opaque. There was a BIG, creamy, sudsy, rocky beige colored foam head. Said head took quite a while to drop (never doing so entirely) and left all sorts of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruity hop aroma greeted the workers at my olfactory. There were also some piney notes, but the grapefruity scents overcame all opposition.

Grapefruity, citrusy hops lead the charge at the tastebud beachhead. Midway through, there’s a slightly mineralish taste. The malt backbone provides some toasty notes and keeps the hops from being too overbearing. Make no mistake, this tastes like a hoppy pale ale, not an IPA.

The body was best described as “medium,” with a perfect level of carbonation.

I know something that is 6% abv isn’t an ideal session beer, but damn me if I don’t want to try! If I were to encounter this on-tap at one of my locals, I’d probably stick with it all night.

woemad, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

skinny_mcginley, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Mineo, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Furley80, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

fellowrs, Sep 27, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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?

Pahn, Sep 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

kplooki, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A great pale ale with understated malts and an assertive hoppiness. This is really "well made" and definitely tasty, but as with other Maine beers I feel like it could be a bit bolder. I know, I'm quibbling. It is great.

Qbdoo, Sep 26, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nodder, Sep 25, 2014
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