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1,594 Ratings
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Ratings: 1594
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%


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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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/14, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my maine brewing company wine glass.
Bottle dated late june (about 2 weeks ago).

a - brew poured a deep murky amber orange with a little shy of a finger's worth of creamy almost belgian like head.

s - smells like fresh hops. nice citric grapefruit punch. tropical fruit bouquet. REALLY quite nice...almost IPA-ish.

t - the fruity bouquet that the is flaunted in the nose shows up in the taste, but in a much tamer setting. the malts balance this one out to bring it into pale ale territory whereas the nose was heavily flirting with IPAs. the finish is a soft bitter.

m - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. finish is a bit bitter.

o - overall, a nice pale ale that leans on the hoppier side. the smell is far and away the highlight, but the taste steps to the plate as well producing a very enjoyable pale ale that has a heavy handed malt bill to keep the strong hopping in check. well worth picking up. another high point from the folks at maine brewing company. their slogan is "do what's right." well one thing is for certain, they make beer right. cheers! could drink this one all night.

bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:59:37 | More by cosmicevan
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Sampled 7/21/12. Bottled 6/26/12.

A: Dark copper amber color, pretty hazy. Nice, dense two finger fluffy head retains great and leaves patchy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus, oranges and a big tropical fruit punch. Smells fresh and and bit floral and grassy. Good sweet malt aroma mixed in, smells awesome.

T: Tropical fruits, grapefruit and fruit juice, some nice pine and slightly floral quality. There's a light toasty malt sweetness which makes for a pretty well balanced pale.

M: Medium to full body, carbonation is medium and the hops are a bit oily and linger a bit.

O: Excellent pale ale here from MBC. Its very refreshing and balanced and just a really delicious and quality made brew much like the other offerings from these guys. Keep up the good work MBC. The big thing though, very low bitterness with all the hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:51:02 | More by Dools9
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished orange amber color with a substancial head on top. The brew is slightly hazy and has avg. carbs.
Very aromatic with fruity hops.
Very good tasting with fruity hops dominating here. Towards the end sweet bready malts kick in.
On the palette one finds a medium body with some good bitterness. Drinks semi dry too.
All the beers I've had from MBC have been outstanding and this is no expection.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 12:30:26 | More by micromaniac129
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with orange highlights. A solid white head forms on top and lasts for a very long time. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh citrus fruits, plenty of grapefruit and a little orange and orange zest. Some faint caramel and grainy hops, but really like the tropical fruit explosion up front.

T: Upfront some more citrus, similar to the aroma but not as intense. Grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a bit more of a malt presence on the flavor profile than on the aroma, a bit of bready malt and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Another solid offering from MBC. If the flavor profile had been as intense as the aroma it would have been a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:04:08 | More by mdaschaf
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell.

The beer pours with a beautiful big fluffy white head that goes down very slowly.cnice hazy dark orange hue, great look.

The smell has a nice light grassiness to it, a little sweeter than a pale usually smells but smells very clean and nice.

The taste is good, but has a strange kind of fruity candy like taste to it behind a thin veil of grassy hops, a little too sweet for the style. A little bit of maybe a peach like flavor?

The feel is oily, a little sweet and decent carbonation.

Ok overall but not the greatest, especially with some really nice pale ales being made out there these days.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:16:57 | More by Dreadnaught33
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/26/12 served in a tulip glass on 7/10/12, so about 2 weeks old. Hell yeah!

Pour: Very hazy golden orange with three fingers of very fluffy white head that would linger if not for drinking it. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Orange juice and grapefruit with some pine mixed in.

Taste: Citrus juiciness with some more pine than the nose hinted. Light caramelly backbone that isn't the showstealer, but is more substantial than in Peeper.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and light. Bitterness subsides quickly after each sip.

Overall: Really great APA and MBC continues to impress me. Seek out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 14:41:37 | More by cfrances33
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased @ WF on Houston St. NYC Dated 06/26/12.

Not a huge fan or Peeper or Zoe, good beers, but not very distinguishing. Lunch ir really very good, but Mo, tonight, this bottle was super. Fresh hops, balanced, rich, clean, could have been Pliny's Little Brother. I will seek Mo out again.

A: Golden with a white, 1" head.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be.

T: incredible with hop flavors, super fresh! Right up there with the big boys, lower ABV, and so balanced.

M: An extremely balanced Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:39:58 | More by BrokenStones
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes, this was served on tap in an 8 oz tumbler at the UES Pony Bar on opening day.

MO pours an opaque orange. It actually looks just like orange juice, but for the finger or so of white foam that's sitting atop the beer. There's both solid head retention and lacing. The nose is of dank, bitter grapefruit peel, an aroma a typically associate with Centennial hops. The flavor displays a brief bit of bready malts at the open, before a very snappy bitterness comes along. The close tastes of grapefruit peel, but also the pith, which ends up giving the beer a slightly unpleasant close. The body is a tad chewy, and the carbonation dull, but both are super close to being right on the money. MO is right at the upper end of the APA category, trending towards an IPA, and it's just an alright version of the style. I definitely prefer Peeper from MBC.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 23:44:50 | More by axeman9182
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date a bit tough to make out on this one but i believe it's 06/26/12

pours a cloudy dull golden / amber tone while yielding a big, fluffy off-white head that demonstrates great retention and lots of lacing. not prettiest beer color-wise but the head is very respectable.

and it's a fantastic smelling APA; aromatic nose is full of goodness: big citric hops out of the gate joined by some tropical and grassy notes, maybe a touch of pine in the background. some malt character but very subdued on that count. flavor follows the aroma with lots of citrus some pine (more than i got in the nose), along with secondary elements of tropical and floral hops; balanced by some toasted malt character. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a refreshing, flavorful, and very tasty pale ale. i could drink this all day. another hit from maine beer co, who continues to impress. my biggest criticism would be that they tend to be a bit on the pricey side.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:39:16 | More by BostonHops
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks Lauren!

fresh date of 06/26/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange to light amber bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaving behind some thick lace on the glass.

Smell: This nose is really balanced between pine and citris hops notes. Nice grassy notes and a little floral too. Malts are more cracker like and a touch bready.

Taste: Really nice hop profile in this beer its on the high end of low bitterness from the hops. It starts off with pine, grass, and orange peel are the prominent flavors. Malts and hops balance well with little bit more hop flavors than malts. The beer finishes with grapefruit and pineapples notes that are on the low end of bitter and dont linger around for very long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is really drinkable and carbonation is fantastic! It a great APA. Crisp and clean. Just taste really fresh and juicy.

Overall: Maine Beer Company is all about fantastic bottle conditioned beers. MO and Zoe are without a doubt my favorites; honestly they are tied for 1st place. Lunch is pretty good too, but this APA definately beat out Lunch as the better beer in my opinion. I wish that Maine Beer Company was available to me as a local beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:06:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2012 making this one three weeks old.

A - Pours golden orange with about a finger of dense head. Effervescent body from underneath keeps the head at a steady half-inch. Shows great lacing. The second pour brings with it lots of sediment, darkening the beer a bit.

S - Fresh cut flowers, orange peel, sweet nectar, and some spicy hops on the back end. Well balanced and vibrant.

T - Starts off with tropical citrus and caramel malt. Floral and grassy hops balance and bitter. Finishes with dry hops.

M - Light and crisp feel. Refreshing and flavorful.

O - One of the best APAs I have had. Remarkably tropical with great balancing hops. This beer is sessionable and full of flavor. It's not Lunch, but it is very tasty. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:00:11 | More by NoLeafClover44
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/12/12

Appearance: Burnt orange/amber in color, clear - pours with a big, creamy off-white head, fades to an impressive cap, leaves streaks of lacing

Smell: Unexpectedly hoppy to start (not a bad thing) - some rich tropical notes with mango and ripe citrus - tangerines and sweet grapefruits - some resiny pine - as it warms, it becomes increasingly floral and earthy - some spiciness to it, too - pale malts with some more cooked, caramel malts - very clean

Taste: Nicely balanced and decidedly an American APA - tropical notes in moderation, with some mango - tangerine and ruby red grapefruits - some pine and some mint - mildly bitter, but more bitter than the "average" APA - lightly sweet, lightly toasted pale malts serve as a great base - earthy, a bit too much for my taste - floral, maybe a little leafy at times

Mouthfeel: Medium body, wonderfully smooth and well-carbonated

Overall: Who would have guessed that Maine Beer Co. could make a good pale ale?

This definitely shares some qualities with Peeper and Lunch, but MO is clearly it's own beer. It's aggressively dry hopped yet not very bitter, and actually pretty mellow. I typically love this approach to the style, but MO has a few off-flavors. Regardless, it's still great.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:50:03 | More by angrybabboon
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like a standard good pale ale should: copper, white head, about 7/8" in height. Aroma was mostly Cascade and C hops I'd venture to guess. Balanced in the way of bitterness and hop aroma aside from straight bitter.

Taste, fractional crystal/caramel malt, solid hopping, not bracing bitterness, solid body, but not an in your face kind of way. Really good mouthfeel that doesn't get old, nice and delicate breadiness that is subtle, allowing the hops to come across. Minorly grassy and grapefruity. Pretty dry throughout. Another winner as far as I'm concerned from the Maine brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 20:41:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Bier Cellar in Portland, ME. Finally got my hands on this killer brew! Stamped 06/26/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a big, white, fluffy, pillowy head that fades into great lace but little retention.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be. A bit of sweet, sugary malt and earthy hops, as well. Incredible nose.

T: And an equally incredible taste. Explodes with hop flavors. So damn fresh! In my opinion, as good as a hoppy, American Pale Ale can get.

M: Not overly hoppy or bitter, though. An extremely balanced PA. The epitome of how tasty hops can be on the palate. Drinkable? I'd say so.

O: Stands up against all PA's and most IPA's. Keep 'em comin' Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 20:27:59 | More by Gatch
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one in bottles at a local beer shop. Pint sized bottle, Bottled 06/28/12, nice and fresh...

A: A deep hazy golden orange color. A small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Smells of awesome orange citrus with some tropical flavors blended in. I get pineapple, lemon, and orange the most. Very fresh smelling. Good.

T: Starts with a citrus maltiness which quickly blends into a water and bitter hop wetness. An orange peel / lemon backend. Good.

M: Light body with a very heavy carbonation. A dry citrus finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I kind of expected more from this as Peeper, Zoe, and Lunch are amazing beers. This one is a little over-carbonated and I wish it had a little more body to it. It's a good beer, but a few tweaks away from being a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:06:59 | More by steve8robin
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Durge

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear light amber color with lots of tiny bubbles racing skyward and a very healthy eggshell colored head and an undeniable wall of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful, delicate floral-citrus combo and a touch of biscuit...simple and classy. The flavor is a bit more bready but continues to offer a brisk, herbal citrus medley. Lemon and toasted grains, floral edges, perhaps a bit of oak. This is a solid but light bodied brew with a tingly, lively feel. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. A picnic must!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-25-2012 18:23:54 | More by Durge
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brystmar

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the original Pony Bar.

Golden/amber pour yields plenty of head and the most lace I've ever seen from an APA. Absolutely gorgeous!

Smells of fresh, tasty hops with plenty of citrus and malt in support. Taste follows suit with impeccable balance. MO is strongly hoppy while not carrying an abundance of bitterness. Fresh, mildly fruity, and surprisingly malty for a pale ale.

Not quite as good as Zombie Dust, but remarkably close. Very impressive!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 04:07:58 | More by brystmar
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/23/12. Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice soapy white head on a dark sunset orange colored body. Lots of carbonation. Huge piney aroma of hops. Nice hop flavor balanced well with malt. Not overly assertive, which is what I like. Mouthfeel was nice, with just a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. A very nice beer; tasty and solidly built.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:23:17 | More by morebeergood
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful presentation- with a long lived white head that laces the glass, a translucent red straw color and an effervescence that adds life to the display.

My nose finds a mild nosed beer. Maybe it's me and therefore I downgraded my consideration.

Taste is wonderful-- a mile well balance-- just right, just enough-- it's a titillating flavor thread-- not over-powring, but not underwhelming. Enough ale character to make a lilting, light-footed, pirouette on my taster that causes me to start downing this beer-- I think that I've just won a million bucks and I'm pouring champagne all over my head.

The mouthfeel keeps up with it's flavor-- light, mild but chisled and well defined. It finishes with an equally mild but well established stance.

Overall-- this is a wonderful warm weathre refresher beer with outstanding characteristics. Solid proof that a fine flavored beer does not have to be a flavor steam-roller, nor does it's ABV content have to be a flashing neon sign.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:14:32 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2/21/12 bottle, this was a gusher as soon as I popped the cap. Head is close to pure white and a legit four fingers in my tulip glass. Settles down after five minutes with great lacing. Big refresh of foam with every subsequent pour.

Aroma is pure fruity hop resin- more pineapple and orange than tart grapefruit. Hops show up first on the tongue, but a bit different from the nose, as now I get some pine. Pale malts add just enough sweetness to remind me this is only a PA. This is a bit like Peeper in that the flavor never quite reaches the strength of the nose.

Mouthfeel nice and light, carbonation good. This is wonderfully complex for such an easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:28:54 | More by coachdonovan
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: clear light golden colored body with a faint orange hue into my nonic. The white head was about three fingers for about a good two minutes before slowly dieing. The lacing was light, and somewhat spotty. Some carbonation was seen rising. No rings were left as the beer was sipped.

S: centered around the hops. Some citrus came out to play, but very subtley.

T: hops, some citrus came out but it was mostly faint. There was a faint malty backbone. The finish was mostly bitter and dry.

M: medium. It was well carbonated, with a lingering dryness, but was still balanced. It was mostly a drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about. Since the hops take center stage on this beer, I'm not exactly sure if this is really a pale ale. I'm just wondering if this is closer to an IPA. No worries, I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:00:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a wicked huge head, I mean huge, like half the glass is filled up huge, fades also at a wicked slow rate leaving a wicked ton of lacing, bit too wicked though since I have to wait for it to die down.

The nose is filled with a strong amount of grapefruity hops, citrus, some other light fruit esters, for just a pale it packs quite an aroma.

Taste is similar to the aroma, the grapefruit citruys hops taste the forefront, malt smooths things over a bit, decent bitterness, body is almost right, sadly I think all the carbonation disappeared in the head since it tastes almost flat like, I'll be more careful with the second half pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:00:11 | More by deltatauhobbit
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright glowing orange amber with light haze, prickly cap of white bubbles, decent lacing. Scent is huge whiffs of juicy tropical and citrus fruits such as mango, tangerine, pineapple, kiwi, lightly floral with sweet light malts. Taste follows suit bith big tropical and citrus notes, lightly sweet malts with faint residual sugar, lightly bitter. Only knock was the active and prickly carbonation, could be toned down a notch,medium bodied. Fantastic fruit notes that few pales or IPAs produce, an all around winner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:26:51 | More by rfgetz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy golden orange with a delicate white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is hop-dominant, with scents of fresh citrus. More of the same in the taste, loads of fresh juicy citrus hops, floral notes, orange, passionfruit, light caramel sweetness. Light and crisp, medium body, very drinkable. Another MBC success.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 15:12:49 | More by Rifugium
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clear golden color with a faint orange hue. Thinner white head fades out fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Prickly hops jump right into the nose with some citrus peel and faint fruit sweetness. Orange and pear with some bready malt and grain.

Hoppy and citrusy up front with orange peel. Hints of lemon with a balancing of sweeter fruits. Grainy with decent bready malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue but super refreshing. This drinks superbly - not exactly the most complex thing out there, but a really well done, straight up, no frills pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 00:23:39 | More by xnicknj
MO from Maine Beer Company
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