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MO - Maine Beer Company

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2,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 202
Gots: 202 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/06/12 notes. Not sure of the exact date but was told this was almost a 2 month old bottle. Shared by WheretheWildBeersGo; thanks Joey!

a - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruits, and some fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of fruits and citrus to it.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, floral hops. Tiny bit of bitterness but almost none at all. More grapefruit here and less tropical fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and almost no bitterness for a hoppy beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but like all Maine Beer Co. beers, make sure you check the bottled daye before buying their stuff in NYC or it might be months old. This one holds up much better than 2-3 month old bottles of Peeper and Zoe, but I get the feeling this could be great if you got it super fresh. Still a lot of nice fruit and citrus and something I'd certainly revisit if I saw a fresh bottle/it on tap.

mdfb79, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice gold color that is slightly hazy but clear for the most part. The white head has good retention and the beer leaves quite a bit of lacing.

A strong scent of tropical fruit such as pineapple with hints of lemon and grapefruit rind. The malts do not come through.

A pineapple taste dominates the pallate with hints of grapefruity hops and possibly a little bit of lemon. Generally, the hops lean on the citrus end of the spectrum. The malt is light when compared to the hops. The malt taste like a light caramel flavor and complement the hops.

A light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. Smooth.

A fairly easy to drink beer but I think their Peeper Ale is the better of the two. My main problem with MO is that the flavor comes on too strongly.

HattedClassic, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

THECPJ, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of rvajohn
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

rvajohn, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of iKasey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dcbdc1, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of cvm4
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden in color, slightly hazy. Big and frothy eggshell head from the pour.

S - Lots of sweet tropical hops (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest).

T - Very lemony to start out, lemon rind dominates and intertwines with grapefruit. Malt comes forward and ends with just enough hops for a pale ale.

M - Crisp Body is just right for the style with medium carbonation.

O - An easy drinking pale ale that was crafted right.

cvm4, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
4.75/5  rDev +11%

hilgart1, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of palma
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden appearance. Decent fizzy white head. Very good lacing.

Aroma: tropical fruit. Stong lemon rind. American hops.

Taste: Lemon rind oil. Light fruity hoppiness from the start. Passionfruit. Grapefruit. Slight oily palmolive soapyness but wierd - it's not a bad thing here. Citrus based hop flavor throughout the entire sip. Light malty buiscut taste in the middle. Lingering dry grassy bitterness at the end. Medium complexity - plenty enough for a common pale ale. This beer has just enough malt character to balance the light-medium hop profile to make it extremely easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Very smooth. Airy.

Overall: Easy to drink. A good american pale ale. Tone down the lemon/citrus aroma and flavor just a slight bit and this beer would be excellent.

palma, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of IrishHockey
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recieved from Crabbicus as an extra in a trade. Big props to this BA. He is amazing.
Drank from a DC Brau tulip (also from Crabbicus!)

The pour on this is a hazy golden orange. Absoulutly beautiful. It poured with a nice 3 finger head that stayed on until I started drinking. Gorgeous!

This is a beer that has a great smell. Citrus is in there. It's not overwhelming by any means, but its just a wonderful smell. Nice bright fruity smell. The hops are in there as well. Damn, this is a fantastic smelling beer!

I was hooked on this at my first sip. Amazing. It's like magic in your mouth. I've had lots of good beers, and lots of great beer. This ranks high in the panthenon of glourious beer! Magnificent!

From the simplistic label, to the smell, all the way to the last drop. This is a wonderful experience. I think this beer will become a legend. People will find out about it, and make this a Mecca for beer drinkers. Great beer. Thanks again to Crabbicus for this!

IrishHockey, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ZethOfTheNorth, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light gold in color. Forms a large, foamy white head that eventually reduces down to a rather thick and bubbly surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is all hops. Primarily citrus and grapefruit with some sweet tropical fruit and mango in the mix.

T: Taste is similar. There is a very light, crisp malt backbone. Then there are the hops. Again, from my perspective I am getting mostly citrus, primarily grapefruit with some madarin orange that are balanced with some passion fruit and mango as well as a slight herbal quality on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Crisp and effervescent. Mild bitterness.

O: A very nice, well-constructed APA. Easy drinker.

Florida9, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mcsauter82, Dec 28, 2012
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle to flared pint glass. $8.00 for the single.
Bottled 080812
Sampled 09SEP12

[A] Pours with a big, bright white fluffy head, 2 1/2 fingers high. Excellent retention. The body is a beautiful tint of golden orange. Modest haze on first pour, moderate haze and light sediment on the second. A wavy ribbon of lace spans 2/3's of the glass.

[S] Mango, papaya, passionfruit, kiwi, keylime pie - all complimented by a nice dose of pine. Light caramel malt mostly noticeable right after the pour and only slightly in the deep background.

[T] Beautiful tropical hop flavor matches the nose and provides a smooth yet somewhat edgy bitterness. The caramel malts support the foundation of hop flavors and are a bit less prevalent than they were on the nose, even as light as they were then.

[M] Carbonation is medium low. A gentle prickling sensation moves gracefully over the entire tongue. Finishes on the drier side.

[O] What a fantastic pale ale. But...I wouldn't expect anything less from such a solid brewery.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 26, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy yellow/copper pour with 2 fingers of white head which quickly went down to about 1/2" and remained for the entire session. patchy lacing throughout.
smells of fresh hops blasted as soon as i popped the cap on this bottle. poured into a snifter and getting a wonderful aroma of cascade hops. a very basic smelling apa, but perfect. barley and cascade hops (floral/slight pine) are the main scent. the taste is just as nice but lacks a bit of complexity. hops up front, and a biscuit overall backbone. slight bitterness from the hops balanced out nicely with the sweet grain bill. medium in body, high carbonation.. refreshing, yet very fulfilling.

a great pale ale. this is my first offering from this brewery and damn well worth the wait. seems like a very basic recipe but is perfectly executed. no off flavors, everything tastes extremely fresh.

facundoCNB, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Chugs13, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

RoryOMoore, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hanzo, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SammyJaxxxx, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal-clear and very light, yellowish-orange. Big fluffy white head even on a careful pour, with great retention and lacing.

S: Strong and very crisp, clean hop aromas. The primary sensation is of woody pine, chased by an underlying impression of lemony citrus. Really nice.

T/M: Much maltier than the smell would suggest. Sweet and bready malts dominate in the foreground, followed by the pine and citrus from the hops. A touch of bitterness hits at the back end, but not sharp at all, just a slight bitter twang to a well-rounded brew.

O: A fine, very tasty and balanced pale ale. The aroma suggests more of a hop presence than the taste delivers, but it's still quite good.

sevenarts, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

duceswild, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

rprinz22, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a generous BA. Pours a very hazy, golden orange color. Large white head. I also see a lot of yeast at the bottom of this bottle. This bottle is definitely unfiltered and bottle-conditioned. Scent is...WOW! Blown away by this aroma...very reminiscent of the hoppy beers I'm familiar with in Santa Rosa. Awesome tropical aromas... I actually pick up mangos in this one, along with grapefruit, honeydew, pineapple, and orange peel. Not an ounce of maltiness. Does the east side know what they're doing now??? Taste is just as great. By far, one of the most flavorful and tasty Pale Ales...in the same family as Daisy Cutter, Row 2, Hoppy Birthday, Zombie Dust, and Happy Hops. The flavors are spot on from the nose. No overwhelming maltiness. Amazing hop flavors with the right amount of citrus, pine, and bitterness. I love when such a sessionable beer packs such a flavor punch. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is crazy high. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. This is my first beer from this brewery, but I'm onto them. They're smart. They realize the success of Russian River, and they're using them as a model. Simple labels, 500ml bottles, emphasize the "drink now" aspect, and make the beer taste DAMN GOOD. Much respect for Maine Beer Company. I can't wait to try more beers from them, and will definitely be seeking this stuff out.

DovaliHops, Dec 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

WeisGuy, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
MO from Maine Beer Company
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