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MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 2,678
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 242
Gots: 423 | 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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Reviews: 366 | Hads: 2,678
Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Trader Joes, poured into willy glass. A slightly hazy, light pinkish-orange with a small white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with just a hint of pine. Taste is really well balanced with citrus hops, vague sweet malt and a nice finishing bitterness. Mouth is just right for the style, medium-thin, nicely carbed, refreshing. Overall, this is a great pale ale. (422 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

05/12/15 bottle
Light amber, basically exactly the colour of apple juice. Maybe a finger of head to start, but settles and consolidates to the center with soapy bubbles, but a disperse creep of white remains. Decent lacing.

Nose is fresh fruit and citrus. Mango and tangerine primarily. Juicy.

Flavour is muted themes carried from the nose. Some tangerine, much more cereal grains than I smelled. Much less juicy. Maybe some blunt pine, citrus and some biscuity malts.
Finish is an earthy pine bitter.

Decent medium-small body unoffensive carbonation and a clean dry finish. A good APA, though I had hyped it up in my mind too much. (636 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has hints of grain with strong hops and a bit sweet. A ton of citrus, orange peel, and light resin. Taste has more grain than the nose, clean. Still a bit sweet, lots of citrus, hints of pepper and some earthy notes, with a finish of resin and light bitterness through the finish. Fairly dry, a hint syrupy on the feel, well carbonated. Decent stuff. (405 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had big hopes for this beer but it's honestly pretty average. A slight sweet, cereal malt flavor. Dry, bitter hops. But I wasn't pleased with the balance, a touch sweeter than I'd like. It's not too malty, just too sweet. (223 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark yellow -- like a hefeweizen -- with a finger of lasting white head. Nice citrus and passion fruit on the nose. Very tropical. No hop bitterness at all in the flavor, and very little malt profile either. Almost like a watered down fruit juice. Interesting. Not necessarily good though. (298 characters)

Photo of crispinol
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best part of this beer is the aroma - very citrus pine in a classic IPA sorta way. Taste is thin and not as satisfying, general bitterness without too much identifying citrus or pine character. Aftertaste is of hard resiny bitterness. Not my fav MBC brew (254 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with thin foamy white head.
S: Very piney in smell, some mango like citrus notes.
T: Tastes slight bitterness, some hoppy dryness, notes of citrus upon mid sip.
M: Medium amount of carbonation, smooth finish, prickly to tongue due to the hops.
O: Overall, a very good pale ale. I'm lucky to have tried it. (322 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 1L bottle into ale glass on 4/5/15, bottled 2/24.

A: Pale amber, somewhat cloudy. Light frothy two-finger head, fair rention, moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus up front with some bitterness, malt behind. No sense of alcohol at all.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish. Well-balanced. Slight bitterness.

O: This is quite good, definitely in the league of something a Hill Farmstead would put out, if you're looking for a comparison. Buy it when you see it and drink as soon as possible. (560 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on draft into a tulip glass. Had it directly after the Half Acre Daisy Cutter, which had a nice west coast feel. This is distinctly east coast. Nice earthy piney aroma. Good body and taste. A bit on the sweet side. Nice finishing bitterness. My second MBC beer and I am impressed. (295 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle shared with friends, poured into plastic cups. Golden orange in color with a two-plus finger off-white head that settles to a cap. Not much lacing, but probably due to the "glassware". Aroma is very nice: citrus, floral, and grassy hops jump out followed by a slight malt sweetness, mango, and tropical fruit. Taste is a muted version of the aroma. Good hop bitterness, light sweetness - just faded. Not an old bottle by any stretch - less than 30 days post-bottling, well inside the recommended 90 day window. Light-medium body, crisp but thin, thin, thin texture, moderate carbonation, dry, bitter finish. (621 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over all a good pale ale. Nice hop and citrus notes with the perfect balance of malt. I detect no alcohol. Mouth feel is a little thin. This beers only down fall. (162 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look, aroma and taste were all solid. Feel was, as many have described, somewhat light. The finish was interesting. Dry with an almost peppery aftertaste. Overall, I thought it was just okay. (191 characters)

Photo of Capsfan90
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a one finger off white head that disapated fairly quickly. I was pleased with the decent lacing. Unfortunately though I was disappointed with the smell. I couldn't grasp what it was exactly, but was unpleasing to me. Fourtunetly, that smell did not carry over to the taste. Which I found quite pleasing with sweet citrus flavors that finished with sutle hints of pine. (375 characters)

Photo of Tank880
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really really good. The bouquet is plentiful. Taste has a great start and better finish. My first from this brewery, won't be my last. (150 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves considerable lacing

Smell: Citrus with some biscuity malt in there

Taste: Citrus and pine up front with hop bitterness, followed by some biscuit and cracker, with a semi-dry finish

Feel: On the light side of medium body, with full carbonation

Overall: A very good beer, but I will probably never buy it again due to the price. I feel like I should try everything from Maine Beer Company once, but unless it becomes more affordable I likely won't buy it again. Which is a shame because they make excellent product. (594 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's deep, it's rich, it's complex, but it has the lighter body and bite of a pale ale compared to an IPA. It holds a great mix of hop notes with spicy and biting dry bitterness topped with floral and tropical fruit juice plus a citrus punch. It's just impressive how much variety of hop flavors this beer covers. Go enjoy a bottle, even for a pale ale, it's a sipper. (368 characters)

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

Big head. Somewhat hoppy and light-bodied for the style, which is to my liking. The hop flavors are complex and forward without being too bitter. Finishes dry. (162 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A proliferation of carbonation bubbles quickly breaks through this hazy, pale orange brew. Has a craggy, full, light tan head.

Smells of pungent, earthy hops which are backed by a wall of malt and followed by some orange citrus.

More orange on the tongue with mellow bitterness, tea and grain.

Light-bodied with a perfect pale ale punch, but remember it's only play fighting here, which isn't a bad thing, because nobody likes being knocked out all the time. (468 characters)

Photo of jggrunbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pilsner glass. This beer is right up my alley. Very drinkable, clean and crisp. It lives up to it's wine like bottling and packaging. The color is almost champagne like and I think it would pair with many foods. My only hesitation about this beer is that in it might not have a strong enough taste for a beer drinkers on this forum, but I really enjoyed it. (374 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. However...

Appearance: Light decent amount of head. Clear golden color.

Smell: Floral hoppy notes dominate this one. Nice and fragrant.

Taste: This one tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Some hop bitterness going on, but it is not as flavorful as the nose would lead you to believe. Its floral, not too malty but balanced very well. Finish is clean.

Overall: This is a better version of SN Pale Ale, its also more expensive. I have not had any of the bigger more popular Maine ales, but if this is any indication, its a solid brewery and one I would like to try more offerings from! (620 characters)

Photo of Agent1
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Great head, excellent lacing. Nice, bubbly and bright white! Golden orange and very active in the glass. Very enticing.

Smell - Very oily on the noise. Lots and lots of lupulin in the aroma, which one would imagine, this is best to be drank young, similar to beers like Pliny the Elder. Pineapple, mango, coriander, pine, honey, apricots/ peaches, flowers, plants, mandarin oranges. So much going on here.

Taste - Quality pils malts, wheat, with beautifully bittering. Quite hoppy. Simcoe shines through and is absolutely glorious. Notes of honey, grass, barnyard funk, lemon, marigolds, elderberry, pineapple, green apple, mango, white bread, hay, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Excellent carbonation. Zippy and crisp. Very clean finish!

Overall - Very impressive Pale Ale. Has many shared characteristics to beers like the Chainbreaker, but arguably, better. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've had in a long time. Tassstyyyyyeeehh! (953 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. The aroma is herbal, grassy, piney and a bit dank. The taste is earthy, dirty, hoppy, and pretty delicious. A nice slightly toasty malt character adds a nice depth of vague sweetness. Dusty yeast and dry and smooth. Very nice. (276 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014-12-24
16.9oz bottle split between a few little plastic cups. Mine's pink. I didn't write down any dates from the bottle.

Pours mostly clear, small head, lots of carbonation. Smell is tropical fruity, juicy. Flowery. Light and bright. Pretty awesome for a pale ale.

Taste is very nice pale ale -- solid malt bill with a little hay and some really nice bright fruit and flower highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy. Overall, this is a great pale ale. (466 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Bottled 10/28/14, Consumed in mid-November. Exquisitely fresh for being here in Maryland. Seems like Maine Beer Co. is moving product pretty well down here! Good to know. The beer force is strong with New England.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy golden orange

Smell: Masterful nose--tropical fruits like pineapple and mango just explode, with only a light layer of citric bitterness.

Taste: Follows the nose but adds extra dimension. Initially you're hit with tropical fruits and lightly bitter grapefruit. But then you get a major hit of smooth grain that's crisp and dry, and lends needed balance. The malt isn't really sweet, rather crisp and lightly bready/cereal-like. The flavor profile is the picture of balance within the style. Just stunning stuff. The best pale ale that I can get around these parts (Metro DC area). Yes, DC Brau makes a fine pale ale, but this is the jam right here.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly on point carbonation (medium) and a solid medium body that is a little thicker than you'd expect from a pale ale (albeit one higher in ABV than APA normally weighs in at. The dryness in the finish is exquisite. (1,131 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in DC at Churchkey.

A: Pours a light gold. 1 finger head, a little cloudy.

S: Incredible. One of the best smelling Pale Ales I've ever had. Huge tropical fruit notes.

T: Same tropical fruits from the nose. Pineapple, citrus, lemon. Light malt backbone.

M: Good carbonation. I wouldn't even know there was alcohol in this one. So easy to drink.

O: One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. Damn. (415 characters)

MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.