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Reviews: 366
Hads: 2,677
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 242
Gots: 423 | FT: 16
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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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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, juicy hop aroma that's bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes which are countered by a floral, grassy presence and some pale malt. Slightly piney and earthy along with some orange peel, mango, papaya and grapefruit. Subtle bread like yeast and biscuity malt. Smells great!

Medium bodied with dry, sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a dry finish. There's a decent amount of tropical/citrus sweetness but it isn't as prominent as the nose suggests. More of an earthy/floral character than expected overpowering hints of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. Decent malt backbone but it doesn't hinder the hop flavors, giving off hints of biscuit and cracker. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink but could use a bit more sweetness for my taste. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange bodied with a lasting bubbly off white head. Great smell, grapefruit and oranges. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability, creamy. Very tasty orange creamy good hoppyness. The proof is in the taste and this is an excellent American pale. From Capone's Restaurant. (273 characters)

Photo of Treb0R
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled approx. 4 weeks from the date of this review...

Golden yellow body with a moderate orange tinge. A tiny bit hazy, probably from the yummy hop oils. Two finger tall white head which dissipates slowly, but remains throughout the experience. Tons of residual soapy lacing, and a high carbonation level.

Smells of the usual suspects. Some combination of Amarillo/Simcoe/Centennial. Citrusy, floral, and subtle pine on the nose. Could be stronger, but it's still very pleasant as is.

More pine on the palate than the nose, though floral citrus is still at the forefront. Floral notes carry through to the aftertaste, leaving a refreshing taste which lingers on your tongue. You get a lot of grapefruit, fresh Spring flowers, and freshly picked pine cones here. Very clean malt flavors that do not hinder the hop focus. The crisp/clean fermentables add the minimal of what is needed without sacrificing wateryness or making the beer uber bitter.

Dry with a light-mod body. I could drink 6 of these just for the flavor/aroma before I realized I was in deep & drunken trouble.

A very yummy and hoppy American pale ale. Makes my cheap go-to APA, Blue Point Pale Ale, taste rather average. This beer is very smooth yet more like an IPA in character.

This beer reminds me of my homebrews quite a bit. With a touch of English malt complexity and wheat malt to add to the clean American 2-row grist, and some more intoxicating American hop aroma, this APA would probably be a 5 out of 5.

Add more pine, body, and aroma and you'll have something almost identical to Pliny the Elder. (1,584 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 11.16.12. consumed less than a month later.

A: pretty clear bright amberish gold hued color. bright white head is big. retention is fairly good as well. some clumps of lacing.

S: tons of grapefruit. lemons a little bit of kiwi. very american, very fresh smelling hops here. everything you could want in an APA.

T: passionfruit and grapefruit. lemons and limes. a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. the sugar of the grain lingers briefly before drying almost completely.

M: carb is good. wouldnt hate for a tad more bubbles, but im definitely being nit-picky. light almost medium body.

D: wow, this is some good shit. highly fruity, very drinkable. wouldnt hate more. a lot more. (726 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a huge white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of stickies on the side of the glass. Aromas of citrus fill the air as soon as I tilt the bottle toward the glass. Pine and resin with a hint of bread round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is light bread, cracker and a hint of seltzer water with a nice pine and grapefruit flavor going on. There's a solid shot of bitterness in this one, I'm guessing because the body is a bit light to stand up to the massive hopping here. Moderate level of carbonation with a watery and resinous mouthfeel. This is a really nice pale ale, but I would have liked a bit more body especially with the heavy dose of hops in here. (717 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into my Three Floys's glass. Pale golden color with a thick, rocky, white head to it. It's got a little unfiltered haze to it. Nice lacing as well. Great looking APA.

Aroma has a fresh, zesty citrus. I get some tropical fruit notes to it, which really like. A little bit of pale malts show through, but the hops are the real draw. Really nice hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste follows through with more of the juicy, tropical fruit notes up front. The finish shows a little more citrus rind bitterness to it. The finish is dry and the juicy hops linger nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall. The hoppiness was really nice, especially the juicy tropical notes. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer. Great APA overall. (795 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, 11/10/12, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange color with a four finger white head.

S- Hoppy, floral hops and some citrus hops, bready malt backbone.

T- Less hoppy than the nose, floral hops, some citrus, pepper/pine, bready malts, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid Pale Ale that is worth trying. Finally can buy MBC near me and can't wait to try more of their beers and be able to buy this again. (435 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1645th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip
500ml

Bottled 9-16-12
Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A dark orange with some yellow running throughout. A bit clear with a 2 finger of pure white head that just stays put as the beer falls. Huge webbing and cling. Not as good as Peeper but close.

Smell- A nice soft but assertive aromatic profile. This has a large amount of tropical citrus but yet retains a good hop note with only a touch of bitter and a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Taste the follows the nose but just tastes a little better. This is a bit more in line with a bigger "Hoppy Birthday" from Alpine. or a "Zombie Dust" from FFF. A good amount of flavors but just brewed a bit bigger. Floral, Citrus, a little bitter. with some good tropical notes and a balanced pine flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very clean profile. Residual flavors are of piney hops and tinges of citrus.

Drink- Just a very good beer. Right on par with ZD and Hoppy Birthday in the hoppy pale ale category. Super refreshing. Would love more of this. (1,075 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #11 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. This beer is far better than everyone told me so. Shame on all of you for not liking beer. Served with sediment (sorry Maine). Beer is yellow and amber with a yeast based haze, nice one finger / two finger tight white head, small bubbles. Lots of lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is very hoppy, fruity, floral, strong aroma, a little biscuit.

The hops are a little clashy on the palate, there is simultaneously a strong fruity hoppy sense with this other pine hop flavors, they don't play well really well but it is still a good beer. I'd ditch the pine hops and just make a second pale ale with those hops. Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter at the back, a good beer, minimal malt character, no sweetness. I'd have this again. Especially on draft. (871 characters)

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a grey-amber 16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 111612 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Hazy peach-apricot with 1-2 fingers of white sticky head with good retention and plenty of hanging lace blobs.

S: The aroma is out-of-this-world for an APA with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit followed with good dose of pine and floral as well. The malt is mildly bready and crackery but takes a backseat to the hops. Very clean without much yeast character.

T: The flavor is excellent as well with luscious tropical fruit flavors cut with some pine and bit more grassiness than you catch in the nose. It closes with some floral hops notes as well. The malt bill is pretty straightforward and lends some crackery notes mainly. Again, yeast character is minimal to none. The bitter is low-moderate but right on the money,

M: The mouthfeel is very good as well with light body and medium-dry finish and a moderate carbonation that keep the beer lively without messing with the smoothness -- any more carb would be prickly.

O: A fine beer that I think is benefiting from the freshness -- under 3 weeks since bottling. Delicious with a lot of hops aroma and flavor with relatively low bitterness and ample maltiness to support the pleasant hoppiness. There is a fair amount of dry hopping with Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe I would guess by the bright nose and flavor. Great job Maine Beer. I like this one even better than Peeper which was also quite good. This is probably one of my top 5 APAs -- drinks very much like an Extra Pale Ale because it is very light but with more layered hoppiness. (1,661 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very bright, clear yellow orange color with a two fingered creamy head that dies down to an even, thick creamy layer across the top.

S - Oranges, passionfruit, grapefruit tropical zest, and pine. The malt is subtle and biscuity.

T - The tropical fruit is zesty (don't know how else to better describe it), pine bitterness with a little bit of fresh earthiness finishes the experience. The pine & citrus coats the mouth and lingers for a good while.

M - Light medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Way hopped up for a Pale Ale and I love it! The hop presence is something you would encounter in an IPA or with some higher alcohol beers. Lighter bodied, crisp, and at 6% I could drink these all day. Hop Heads, seek this one out. (747 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle, bottled on 11-16-12, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nearly clear golden color, produces a big creamy three-fingered white head, has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Very nice aroma, lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit, some pine and faint pale malt in the background.

T- Nice tropical hop flavor similar to the nose, some pine and grass, some pale malt lends a bit of sweetness. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M- On the light side of medium, has a nice creamy feel.

O- A really nice pale ale, very light and drinkable with some really nice hop flavors going on, so far I haven't had a single beer from Maine Beer Co that I haven't really enjoyed. (692 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours with a hazy golden body, and a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is mango and pineapple fruitiness, mingled with a burst of piney, earthy hops, and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste is big piney, earthy notes punctuate the forefront of this beer. These big pine notes hang around for a while, mingling in to a nice light caramel malt sweetness in the middle. Finish is a massive dose of grapefruit mingled with lighter mango and tangerine flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium to higher carbonation, dry finish with a prickling of carbonation at the end.

O: Goes does easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. Perhaps a bit hoppier than typical APA's, though works really well for this beer. (844 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red-gold body with a huge, fluffy white head.

Nose is juicy hops. Sweet and fruity. Just a tremendous treat for the nose.

Balanced, creamy malt body with a crisp, clean hop finish.

Clean mouthfeel with a slightly chalky finish.

Overall, a great brew. Glad I finally opened this one. (295 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work. (1,046 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle stamp is 8/12/12 which puts this at about 3 months old. I threw this in the fridge and consumed it within 24 hours of seeing it for the first time on a shelf. I really wish I could get at least one of these hoppy Maine Beer Co bottles fresher... The brew appears a hazed golden copper with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap slowly fades leaving thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain just shy of a finger throughout the entire duration.

The aroma contains hop character smelling somewhat zesty like orange. Hints of herbal components are also present with a soft grainy character and mild hint of cheese. The malt is bready and brings with it a hint of sweetness that uplifts the fruited quality of hops that at this point are also started to smelling a bit perfume-like and floral.

The flavor has plenty of hop attributes tasting of the previously described orange zest and minor accenting grapefruit appeal. A hint of cheese and sulfur blend with a cheesy note. The malt is present with a toasty to bready or biscuit quality that while maybe focused a bit more than I would like, is still fitting and appealing in the style. As the brew warms up, the hop aspect really draws into more of an herbal quality with a touch of grass.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is effervescent yet it is soft enough on the tongue to not distract and help move the flavors across the tongue. The 6% abv is very well integrated and overall this is a pretty solid pale ale. Again, I can only image that this brew is pretty awesome the fresher it is. Since this is the freshest I have been able to get one, I can only call it as it is. It is good and I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose. No questions asked if it was fresher than 3 months old of course. (1,908 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with about three fingers of white head that lingered from quite some time. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, sweet citrus scents popped right out as I poured the beer, no need to put my nose to the glass for this one.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to light bodied. Taste was amazing! Bittersweet hops and citrus. Left a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: What a spectacular brew, Maine Beer Company needs to keep it up, all the beers from them so far have wowed me in being some of the best so far! Definatly will have this one again. (612 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny-straw colored pour. Fluffy white head on top.

Sticky pine hop resin on the nose, pungent hop aroma.

Flavor is light, spritzy and bursting with hoppy citrus with some more pine thrown in. Light but smooth mouthfeel punctuated with bubbly hop bitterness.

Full frontal flavor bud assault from the hops but it cleans up just enough to keep from drying out the palate from the bitterness. Loaded with pine/citrus hops, more than enough to sate the hop fiend. (462 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with amber hues and a thin head into my glass. Bright and a bit cloudy at the same time.

Light and fluffy with a splash of citrus upfront. A touch of pine lingers underneath and there appears to be a good malt background to tie everything together.

Citrus and pine notes carry over to the flavor, contributing to a mild bitterness that caresses the tongue.

That same bitterness lingers in a reduced capacity. The carbonation is strong and sticks around afterward, which to me is unwanted. I'd prefer it to fade completely.

A decent pale ale that is well worth checking out....fresh that is (if you read the bottle). It certainly shows but the carbonation bothers me. Then again, it could just be me and not the beer itself. Another solid offering from MBC! (791 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 8/12/12. courtesy of valdieu2. wine glass.

a - pours a deep golden shade, slightly hazy, with a few streams of bubbles visible. gave me a two finger, sudsy, off white head that calmed slowly to a tin cap. webby lacing.

s - strawberry! also orange, grapefruit, honey, fresh cut grass and toasted bread. an absolutely wonderful aroma here.

t - lightly toasted malt character with faint citrus notes. a milder, piney bitterness creeps up slowly. finishes slightly dry.

m - medium in body, carbonation level, and co2 profile. slightly sticky.

o - a pretty nice beer overall, but i wish the taste and feel were on par with the smell. really, this seems to compete with most non-west coast ipas to me. worth buying if you come across it. (748 characters)

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip; bottled on 8/12/12

Body sits a golden orange with a fluffy, off-white cap, with a good amount of clinging lace. Some small sip marks inside the glass. The aroma is of undercooked biscuits and light earth, with some tropical fruits over top. The hops seemed a little overpowered by the malt; like they are struggling for a little bit of the spotlight. On the palate, tropical fruits (pineapple, papaya, and mango) make a run early, before a sweeping rush of biscuity malt and soft earth. The finish is mildly bitter and lightly sweet from the tropical fruits. This is a nice APA. Well-balanced. Highly drinkable, and even though this is 6%, I could drink this all day. (703 characters)

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