MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 2,637
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 244
Gots: 400 | FT: 17
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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 benloho
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN. (846 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%

A- Pours a deep orange in color and very hazy in the glass. A big head forms and retains for days. The head is thick and frothy and dense, sticking around almost literally forever. The lacing is also tremendous on this beer.

S- Slightly floral and hoppy, but not aggressively hoppy or bitter on the nose. Just a touch of bright citrus flavor is in the scent as well. Nothing super complex or aggressive here, just about your standard APA.

T- Starts with a rather mild hops bitterness that is the focus of the beer, but not the only part of the flavor. An underlying malt sweetness sits right under the slight hop bitterness throughout the drink, and provides the base for the mild hops. The hops turn more toward a spiciness than a bitterness midway through the drink and combine with the malt base to give an overall mild pale ale.

M- Light and springy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is a moderately smooth pale ale. Slick across the tongue with just a touch of lingering hops bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a flagship pale ale. Nothing too aggressive in the way of hops, but good balance flavor overall. (1,140 characters)

Photo of MarkGamber
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Bought at Beverage Baron in Barre, VT, dated 7/26. Hazy orange as I've come to expect from any decent IPA. It has a huge citrusy smell that hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. The taste followed albiet a hair more bitter then I was expecting. If it was just a *bit* more balanced (less bitter) it could be as good as Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. It was bright, sunny, citrusy with a dry finish that wants to be followed with more. It says 6% but it packed a pretty good punch, too...perhaps because it goes down so easily. Cheers! (530 characters)

Photo of Skordi13
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DAMN! Ok so this is the best APA I've ever had. Maine brewing always kills it, but this time it's ridiculous. This is on par if not better than Three Floyds Zombie Dust, actually screw it this is better. Great hoppy taste with an awesome citrus afternote, grapefruit or tangerine can't really tell. 95 is good but sorely under-rated for this beer, just go get it and you'll agree with me. Again, DAMN!! (402 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an earthy burnt orange color. two to three fingers of a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a huge lacing all over the side of the glass. completely opaque with lots of haze

Smell: orange, orange zest, floral hops. slight bready malt sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fairly juicy orange, along with a dash of orange zest and lemon. hops flavors round out with an earthy pine and some florals. backend has a slight sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: light, some lingering bitterness, a touch dry. fairly refreshing

Overall: better than the other pale ales I have had from Maine Beer but still fair from my list of top pale ales. the taste come off with too much earthiness, along with a hop profile that just doesn't do it for me. That said it is refreshing as a pale ale should be. (817 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in a cloudy light orange. It has a 2 finger fluffy head.

The aroma has huge orange and tangerine, definitely some tropical fruits like passionfruit and pineapple. Some pine and dankness on the back from the Simcoe and Falconer's Filght.

The beer hits with those tropical fruits in the front. The general theme is a grapefruit flavor with fruit flavor, bitterness, and slight sweetness. A very clean drinking beer that then hits of pine dankness on the back. This is complemented with some biscuity malt.

Maine Beer Company again with some of the best hoppy beers around. (592 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bright orange hue, big white head, and huge thick lacing down the glass. Big citrus nose, orange dominated, slightly tropical. Taste starts off with some biscuit notes, grapefruit and orange through mid palate and finishes bitter and piney. Big bright explosion of carbonation, medium body, and slightly dry finish. Classic American pale ale and one of the best. (366 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a big, bright golden color with a touch of haze and a big, pillowy two-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

Aromas: Wow, this beer has a complex, inviting set of aromas. There's citrus, and grassiness, and fruitiness, and some malt, and even a little caramel, and some nice hop bite.

Taste: This is a very tasty pale ale that borders on an IPA. The taste is full of floral citrus and there's a nice malt backbone and a little touch of booziness. Calling this a pale ale that borders on an IPA is actually kind of a disservice because what it really is is a complex, hoppy, flavorful ale with mid-level alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's sessionable but has some decent density. A good beer to pair with any meal.

Overall: MO is a beer to seek out, savor, and enjoy. A perfectly executed, complex, flavorful ale with moderate alcohol. The real deal. (905 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nonic from the MBC bottle dated 20140701

A: Clear body and a big white soapy head that settled into a tight 4mm disk. It can not be excited back to a big head, yet has medium activity still 1/2 way through.

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit. Modern hop, like an oniony azzaca and mosaic, is mild but present. Gentle and a reminder that lightly hopped beer must be consumed fresh. Malts are lighter 2row style with some very faint aliphatic hydrocarbon notes and malted sweetness are way back in the nose and do not get in the way, as the yeast also seems to be a very gentle and unobtrusive strain.

T: WOW. Great freshness and very hop driven on the uptake. Aeration of the uptake is initially very tropical and light, then goes to a sweet malt note.

M: Slick on the palate, mildly bitter in the middle and a slight malt dry finish. well balanced finish that stays creamy on the tongue for quite some time. Tight bubbles in appearance must be playing a part on that front.

O: crazy good Pale Ale, and easily eclipses my favorite from Founders. Great example of the style. (1,086 characters)

Photo of mattbk
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, perfect looking pale ale, decent carbonation. Can't imagine you can make a pale ale look much better than this.
S: Grapefruit, orange, citrus, not much sweetness, smells almost dry, nice.
T: Very citrus, orange, grapefruit, a little bit of malty light sweetness, very nice. Quite dry, very pronounced bitterness, but not too much. Crisp. Very, very nice beer.
M: Would have preferred it just a little less dry, maybe a little less carbonation.
O: Really solid beer. Probably my favorite from Maine beer. (517 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Straw colored pour. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Smell- Pine and freshly baked bread

Taste- Very crisp and piney nose and a bitter "crushed aspirin" finish (which is really not my thing). Slightly biscuity malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- More carbonated than most, I think this seems to be a reoccurring theme with Maine Beer Company brews. About the right consistency for a traditional pale.

Overall a good brew, but I will not be purchasing more Maine Beer Company beers unless the prices in my area come down. $7.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle is highway robbery. I can get a sixer of Sierra Nevada for the same price and this really doesn't taste any better. (670 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. cloudy yellow in color. Good 2 finger head that lasts.

s. Smells of pine, hops

t. Pine and hops but not over the top, or too biting. Very smooth.

m. Well carbonated.

o. This was an excellent APA that was a bit pine heavy in the profile but so well balanced. (266 characters)

Photo of MikeMO
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MO is probably Maine Beer Company's most underrated beer. It is far easier to obtain than Dinner or Lunch, but it has a lot to offer in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. It has a similar flavor profile to Dinner, but it is far lighter and slightly more carbonated.

I have enjoyed MO on tap and in bottles; in fact it is one of my regular purchases at the local liquor store. It is a hop-forward Ale with excellent carbonation that goes down all-too-easily on a nice summer day.

It is mostly golden in color and pours with a thin lacey head with a mild dank, hoppy flavor. As with most Maine Beer Co. beers, the fresher the better, so be mindful of the stamped-on production date. After 90 days the quality does suffer, and that would certainly be a waste of an extremely well crafted ale. Cheers! (797 characters)

Photo of Thebunnyrabbit
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lot of people on here give a great review of this beer-I agree with most of what they have to say.
A: A bit cloudy but pleasingly so, very orange. Poured a finger and a half head on a moderatly aggressive pour.
S: Piney hops but not outstandingly aggressive. Well balanced with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit.
T: Passionfruit really shines through on the taste with a bit more hop for a pale ale then one would expect. Very refreshing.
M: Light carbonation and smooth amazing drinkability.
O: I look at a lot of these reviews and the one thing I can say is complaining about the price is SUCH a cop out for giving a beer this good a low grade. This beer is not meant to be bought by the dozen and sessioned all night long, its 7$ a bottle (thats the equivalent of some cheep wine) buy the beer and enjoy it. (816 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch or foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some traces of hops in it.

T: Tasted of light hops, citrus, a little bit of passionfruit, pine, and a hint of malt in the finish. Quite a balanced flavor with every ingredient coming through. Tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Another well made brew from Maine Beer Company. Barely a false note with this one. (523 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a darker golden color with a big bubbly white head crowning the glass.

Smell - The aroma was based largely in pineapples and bread. The hops that come through in the aroma are sweet.

Taste - My initial impression includes pineapples and bread. The citrus is mild but the sweetness is certainly present. There is a mild grassy flavor but the overall profile is far from resiny. The aftertaste is dry with the hops failing to carry over for the most part.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is active but does not overwhelm. The taste is swept away cleanly leaving a dry impression.

Overall - This is a solid impression of the style, but not one I would actively seek. (695 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A pale golden yellow with a very big white head and good lacing.
S: Smells amazing. Lots of citrus in the nose with a malty sweet background.
T: Very good lots of citrus taste with a nice little balance of sweet malts. Some good grassy hops taste with a nice slightly bitter finish.
M: This beers weakness as its very carbonated. (332 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 5/06/14 into an IPA glass; thanks to HopSynonymous for this one!

Look: beautiful deep yellow with a monstrous fluffy head.

Smell: clean citrus, with almost a hint of a wheaty note in the background. Also some white wine character.

Taste: lemony citrus leads the way, followed by something like lightly-toasted seeds or nuts, with a bit of other fruit—strawberry, peach, orange. Nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, but without being overpoweringly either.

Feel: phenomenally smooth and creamy, light to medium in body, and fairly dry.

Overall: MBC does it again. This is damn near a perfect pale ale. So good—and this bottle was 38 days old! I can only imagine how glorious it would be ultra-fresh. (727 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served with a light chill into tulip glass. Produced a large white head with great retention and lacing. Beer itself was a slightly hazy orange gold. Very attractive.

S: hop forward, and yet juicy and sweet, mandarines, sweet caramel, woodsy, florals are prominent, some peppercorn, apples, light and fragrant, but with serious flavour. Also a bit of a dank/funky aspect.

T: some fruity mandarine and grapefruit, bitter light pine notes. Sweet apple and fruity with florals, dank pine, a bit of a crisp salty lychee and passionfruit. Leaves a pleasant drying aftertaste, with florals and a balanced earthy bitterness.

M: carbonation is light, body is quite light with a smooth malts, hints of caramel, with a slight coating hop oiliness. Has a light bitterness with a smooth profile and a light balanced hop finish.

Combines a very fragrant hop aroma with a complex flavour and a highly sessionable profile, I could drink this all night with no complaints. Taste has lots of complexies, smooth green fruits, citrus, and florals with pine and earthy undertones. Carbonation felt on the low side but it really helped the hops come through. Comes highly recommended. Delightful beer and shows excellent character as it warms. (1,233 characters)

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

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/06/2014 printed on the label. So this is some pretty fresh beer right here, considering it came to me all the way from Maine. My third beer from Maine Beer Company, expectations are high given this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with some semi-clarity and some fine sediment in the glass. Three fingers of thick off-white foamy head with excellent staying power. Very rocky, like the head on a root beer float. The second pour is a much more cloudy orange.

S - The smell is bright, fresh, fruity, floral, and tropical. Notes of pine needles, oranges, mangoes, lemon, grass, and citrus peels. Smells very fresh and juicy.

T - The taste is on par with the nose, but the earthy bready malt and yeast have taken the front seat to the hops. Fruity hop bitterness - grapefruit, orange, lemon rinds, pine resin. All the flavors are in nice balance with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Easy-drinking with a moderate 6.00% abv. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation with the bottle conditioning.

Overall, a lovely example of the style. Lovingly crafted and executed. Perhaps the abv could stand to be toned down just a smidge, but otherwise, it is a wonderful beer, at a nice price point, in a nice single serving bottle. I would definitely drink this again; highly recommended.

Maine Beer Company MO ---4.5/5 (1,453 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into two Sam Adams perfect pints.
date 3/25/14 - 2mths n 1 week. not bad fresh for out of state.

pours two fingers of beutifull head and leaves nice thick lacing.
smell is amazing tropical fruit and hop pine.
taste is the same. mouthfeel is lasting sweet balanced hoppy dankness. LOVE IT.

not sure but this may be the first beer I rated 5 across the board and I thought I was getting more conservative in my rating.

thanks to my bro John for sharing the spoils of his travels. highly reccomend. (515 characters)

Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super drinkable and a great clean mouth feel. Not overly hoppy and not the typical tropical fruit bomb every other brewery is pushing out these days. At around 6% ABV you can have a few and not be disturbing the neighbors. Enjoyed this one sitting by the campfire on a cool night. I recommend you do the same. (309 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/6/14

Appearance: Big head of about three fingers on the pour. Bold orange color with a murky transparency. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Below to average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Definitely big pine front. Crisp, sharp medium bodied fruits play well off the pine lead-in. Resinous pine continues to dominate into the body. A touch of a bready, caramelized malt body is found on the back end.

Taste: Surprising fruity front with highlights of melon, apricots, and tangerines. That tangerine sweetness continues to open up on the body and joins force with a bready malt backbone. Some mildly bitter pine is picked up on the body but isn't as big of a player as I expected after the aroma. The slightly dry finish give a great opportunity for the medium bodied fruits to continue to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant blast of fruits, malt, and some pine yields to a balanced finish which continues to allow those tones to showcase themselves. Carbonation is bright and adds a pleasant crisp texture while drinking.

Overall: Another fantastic offering from MBC. Would never hesitate to try an offering from these guys. Seek it out. (1,193 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/4/2014 bottle date poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white one finger head that leaves an large amount of lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Strong hop notes of grapefruit and pine. A hint of sweet notes along the lines of mango, passion fruit and papaya.

T: Generic bitter citrus hop notes. Long, moderately dry and tart finish with notes of pine and citrus pith.

M: Moderately carbonated with a lingering dryness.

D: Highly drinkable, though I was disappointed that the sweeter fruit notes did not translate through to the taste. It's extremely fresh, crisp, which seems to be the trend with MBC beers. (639 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy golden hue. Big frothy ivory head (creamy like meringue). Very light lacing.

S- earthy, lightly floral, herbaceous, very piney and resinous.

T- some spice, fairly tart. Moderately bitter. Surprisingly, given the pine and resin nose, not much of that came through in the taste.

M- medium, crisp.

O- a solid beer. Good. Slightly disappointed as I'd never had a Maine Beer Co. beer and was really looking forward to it, given their reputation. I wouldn't argue with anyone who thinks it's great, but not worth having again, for me.

Cheers! (553 characters)

MO from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.