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MO - Maine Beer Company

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2,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,177
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 202
Gots: 219 | FT: 19
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 Holland
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale straw color with a hint of orange and a good sized head that leaves a layer on top for the duration.

S: ranges with tropical fruits, some earthy tones, and a bit of pepper along with a malty sweet smell.

T: doesn't live up to the smell as it has more focus on the earthy tones, but still encompasses all the flavors of the smell with more malt.

M: good standard for the mouthfeel of a pale ale

O: it's a solid beer that is just not worth $5 for a 16.9 ounce bottle when Zombie Dust can be had for $10-12 for a six pack. Still, a good one-off buy, and recommended to try once for an interesting hop medley.

Holland, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jaminjohnson, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jeanphony, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a big snow white 2 finger head that was full of tight bubbles, barely moved and dissipated slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like an IPA.

Smells of juicy tangerine and grapefruit up front, followed by lemon, pineapple, citrus hops, biscuit or Ritz cracker, light caramel and floral hops; this nose is wonderful for a pale ale and would even be wonderful for an IPA. The citrus aroma is soft, sweet and like a fresh wet hop is in the glass; an outstanding smelling APA.

Tastes like guava or pineapple juice up front, with a big burst of citrus hops and a mix of orange, grapefruit, lemon, starfruit, piney hops, grains, biscuit, buttery cracker, mild toffee, a dash of brown sugar, flowers, floral hops, herbs or hop leafs, and very mild spices like pepper; the grains show up more after the beer slides down and mix with the citrus bitterness quite well to make this basically perfectly balanced for me. This is a very hopped up APA and so full of juicy citrus flavors that it could be an IPA. Each sip gets better and better and more complex, like the brew is dancing on your tongue.

Mouthfeel was very light and zesty, with light fizzy carbonation that slid down easily and smoothly across the tongue, leaving a semi-dry bitter citrus finish that had a grainy presence and left a great aftertaste. The beer feels light overall yet is packed with flavor and very impressive in every way.

The only knock on this beer was that it’s expensive (around $8 for a 16 oz bottle), but after the last sip it justified the price as this was an excellent beer. Maine Beer Company is 3 for 3 in my book, with all 3 beers that I’ve tried from this brewer have been excellent. A very high recommendation.

CHickman, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crystal clear yellow-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, bright white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of resiny, bitter, pungent green hops with piney overtones. Smells delicious! Flavors are heavily roasted, with a bitter overtone that is undercut by a citrus and bready backbone. Both lemon zest and buttery biscuit support the heavy dose of hops character, that quickly gives way to an effervescent, light, crisp aftertaste. The flavors are so huge initially that it almost seems like it disappears on the backend. Clean, crisp finish makes this beer an incredibly easy drinker. Nicely put together, but a little abrupt on the ending.

GarthDanielson, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a nice big creamy head that pusses down to a rocky finger’s width, leaving slight spots and clouds of sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and torrential with bubbles of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. This beer smells fat and juicy. It is drizzling with citrus, mango, pine, and slight pineapple. There is a great buttery biscuit smell lying below the fruity hops and giving the beer a great body. This smell is very enticing. The beer tastes like a mellower version of the smell, but it’s a little disappointing. The initial sip dances with some of those wonderful hops but rushes away quickly and is replaced by vegetal bitters. The taste overall is bitter and average. There is a great bitter taste at the middle with a little stale biscuit taste that lasts in the mouth and reminds me of a bitter earthy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety, sitting quite nicely on the tongue and leaving the mouth with a nice skim of saliva and a little dry. The only problem is the earthy, almost vegetal bitter aftertaste that tingles through the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good APA that is hurt by its aftertaste. The smell is to die for and might be my new favorite smell, but the taste doesn’t quite follow up. This is another good offering from Maine Beer Company but my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried; to be fair I must admit that APA’s are not my favorite. This beer is definitely worth a try and smell and continues the excellence that this nano-brewery has developed.

Maxwell, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev -6.8%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky orangy-gold with a big thick cake of a head -- at first. This dissipates to a skim and a ring, but no lace. Looks like a dirty beer. I'm probably a bit harsh here in my rating, but it still stands.

Nice pine and grapefruit nose, some toasted malt.

Big hop flavor up front. Pine, citric rind. The malt is lean and dry -- this drinks like a hoppy lager. Looking for fruit and I'm not getting it. Who cares. Very drinkable with grain husk bitterness, hop bitterness, and some pure bitter notes. Interesting mix.

Medium body. Nice tingle on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer. I can see this pairing well with food, although I didn't here. My only beef is that...this seems very familiar. This beer is in a good high tier, but is very similar to others. I don't know if I could pick it out from some similar brew. It lacks that unique edge that makes you say -- that's a Maine Beer Co brew. I know I'm nitpicking. Overall, these brewers have put together another great beer. A real winner. Try this.

OtherShoe2, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty-water yellowish orange with an absolutely huge bright white head. Head sticks around and "Peter Norths" the glass on the way down. Aroma of fresh citrus hops and plenty of them, orange, lemon and grapefruit, also a nice sweet, subtle malt aroma. Very refreshing smell. This brewery never disappoints. Perfect, true to the style, hoppy pale ale. Nice range of hop flavors. Bursts of grapefruit, orange... nice lemongrass kick. Really mild pine notes and a nice sweet malt. No one huge flavor, but perfection. Perfect blend of flavors. Perfect cohesion. Very light, crisp, but packs a huge flavor punch while still being light. Grab a bunch of these and enjoy, great flavor, big drinkability!

uustal, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with a bottled date of 081212. Pours a murky, cloudy orange color with an inch of fluffy white head. Some lacing. Fantastic whiff of sweet orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. The flavor is just as the aroma indicated. Sweet grapefruit and orange hop flavor followed by tropical fruits, mango and pineapple most nnotably. Nice bitterness. Slightly floral finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, amazing Pale Ale. I hope to get my hands on more.

PicoPapa, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Wally1912, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of stunna
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

stunna, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of cbeer88
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

cbeer88, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gatordaddy, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mbs11, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

orangesol, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of frank12
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

frank12, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of BPudd
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BPudd, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Schmuckles, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of gfreed
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One day these guys will brew a crappy beer. Until then, I'll continue to enjoy whatever they put into bottles. This one is a bit less prickly and spicy than their Peeper ale, but is no less refreshing. Enough hops to put it at the edge of my liking but also enough fruity orangey-lemony to make it worth my while. And the fizz! And the puffy white head! Take two-- they sell out quickly.

gfreed, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (062812 date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky dark orange, cloudy, with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes with minimal lacing, stopping at about half a finger of head. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a fresh pine and grapefruit peel with an underlying biscuit and toasted malt sweetness. Some lighter floral notes and yeast esters come through as it warms.

Taking a sip, a touch of pine and grapefruit bitterness before mostly sweet fruity esters, almost candy like, and toasted malt. Finishes dry and mostly clean.

Light body with a refreshing effervescence. Very easy to drink even if the abv is on the higher range for a pale ale. Another nice beer from Maine Beer Company.

nataku00, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mendvicdog, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of janizzle
1/5  rDev -76.7%

janizzle, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit along with some hints of tropical fruits. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of hoppy aromas and flavors like an IPA but is very to drink since it is an APA.

metter98, Aug 06, 2012
MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,177 ratings.