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MO - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1575
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%


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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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 20:30:00 | More by gillagorilla
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slight haze. Golden orange with a thick fluffy head.

S - Heavy on the citrus.

T - Light pine, light citrus (not as heavy as I thought) Well balanced.

M - Very light, bubbly.

O - AN excellent beer from Maine Beer Co. Happy to have gotten a fresh one. Would definitely seek out again, although it is a little pricey.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:20:03 | More by kjfinnerty
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wedge

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, brilliant gold topped with a huge, lumpy white head of thick froth. Sheets of lacing. Big fruity hop aromas burst from the glass: zesty grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin over a little sugar cookie malt. Very hoppy and fresh flavor like a pale ale should have. Much like Peeper, things start out oily...juicy, zesty grapefruit, flowery hops, resin. Great APA flavor...ultra drinkable. Soft yet crisp. One little bottle to split with my wife is not enough. :-(

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:42:03 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Color is pale gold, and a little tangerine orange. Head is bright white and foamy. Nice splotchy lace and good head retention. Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit. Some pine, flowers, leaves, and generally tropical. Like peeper, a mouthwatering aroma, but bigger. Taste is fruity, tropical, zesty, grapefruity, piney, and a weeee bit herbal. Mmmm. Texture is gritty-like/resiny mixed in slickness. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:41:24 | More by tastybeer
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teromous

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head. Good head retention.

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, like a fresh cut orange. It smells very nice.

T: Again lots of citrus, it has a bit of orange and grapefruit flavor with just enough bitterness. Nothing really comes through on the malt. It's very good, but I wouldn't put it as outstanding.

M: Light bodied beer, at times it felt a bit too light. Good carbonation, fairly dry but not too dry.

O: Overall it was a very nice pale ale. It wasn't very complex or anything, but it was a good tasting beer that was enjoyable to drink. In the Pale Ale realm this one felt on the lighter side of both bitterness and body. I would have liked to taste some of the malt in there, but it was still a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:01:18 | More by teromous
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy gold with bright white head that stays & stays, good laces too
S - citrus, grapefruit mostly
T - tart, hopes, bitter beauty
M- citrusy finish balances the bitter, dry end makes the next sip (and glass) inevitable
O - a superior APA, ABV manageable -"wow" factor on my first glass - a great beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont NJ

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 19:58:19 | More by EBeckett3
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joe1510

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

Bottled 8/27/13
Drank 10/3/13

Mo is another IPA from Maine Beer Co that I've been wanting to try a while and thanks to facesnorth I'm cracking one tonight. Thanks again, Ryan! MO (Madeline & Oliver) looks similar to Lunch with the glowing orange body and chunky dirty white head. The head is incredibly dense and leaves clumps of lacing down the glass. The body is slightly paler than its big brother Lunch.

This IPA is dense with tropical fruit, pine, and grass. Mango, papaya, ripe pineapple and a buzzsaw of grassy hops dominate this brew while pine remains in the background but certainly an important component. The malt is way back there and it's crackery, Ritz crackery. I have to work to get any malt at all and the Ritz cracker comment is me grasping at straws. In the end all I really know is that this IPA smells mouth-wateringly good.

The flavor can't match the in-depth complexities of the nose. First of all the tropical fruits aren't nearly as pronounced. Bitter ruby red grapefruit takes over and that buzzsaw grassy hoppiness cuts through on the swallow. The flavors are still damn good and bright but it's certainly missing the tropical notes I expected from the smell.

This beer seems much more bitter than Lunch and tends to be a palate wrecker. The body is lighter than moderate and has a very nice airy feel. The bitterness grows throughout the drink and the lighter, but still appropriate, body make me want more and more.

MO isn't as complex or enjoyable as Lunch but with that said its still a really well made IPA. The grapefruit is large and in-charge while the tight grassy bitterness is something I don't come across very often in IPAs. If you're looking for something bitter and easy drinking get you some MO!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:42:02 | More by joe1510
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at three rivers six pack. Pint glass. Pours clear dark grass yellow, hints of tangerine, a bit lighter than orange, mostly light, actually. Half-finger white head sticks around, lots of lacing on the glass.

Subtle floral citrus aromas, very sweet.

Flavor is way more intense, with a dry finish, very dry. Citrus hops most prominent, slight sweet taste, with a hint of cream. Definitely zesty.

Feel is also dry, but fresh, crisp and bitter on the end.

Overall, clean and crisp, pretty much what I expected, if a bit dry. Maine has a good setup, look forward to trying more in the future, cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 23:18:17 | More by rodlavers
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a massive head; great retention and multiple layers of lacing

Smell: Vaguely bitter aroma - more East Coast woodsy/earthy bitterness than citrusy

Taste: The malt base adds just a touch of sweetness but is pretty clean with the hops bringing good bitterness in the middle; some tropical fruit elements but they bitterness is more earhty and slightly grassy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle is a couple of months old and, from reading the other reviews, I suspect the hop profile on this one fades rather quickly; a very nice beer but I am not digging it like some others who conceivably had a fresher example

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:48:43 | More by brentk56
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a dull medium golden with a large blooming white head,maybe a little over carbonation issue.Juicy grapefruit in the nose with a little grassiness as well,not much malt profile just juicy hops.Maybe the best hop profile of any "standard" pale I have had flavor-wise,fresh grapefruit and grassy flavors with a dryer base making for just hoppy goodness.A tad sharp in the mouth but man this is just a hopped up flavor punch of an APA.Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:07:21 | More by oberon
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BoardwalkBock

New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Nice head that retains its boldness throughout the entire beer. A good reinforcement of carbonation is clearly visible, keeping the head up.

S: Passionfruit, citrus, pine and definitely a bit of rye.

T: Taste follows the aroma. A bit more pine and earthiness comes in towards the end than the aroma would suggest, and finishes off with a nice rye backbone.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and a good dry, bitter finish.

O: Solid APA that doesn't blow me away but leaves you wanting more with every sip. Another well done beer by this brewery, which is starting to grow on me despite the prices.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:25:59 | More by BoardwalkBock
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SLeffler27

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The label art is simple and exquisite! A huge fist of white meringue builds and lasts the entire session, while carbonation continuously sends up reinforcements from within a clear, yellow-gold (SRM 4-6) elixir, and thick patches of lace embrace the Harp nonic glass.
The aroma entices one with fresh citrus, ranging from grapefruit to orange, while strong pinesap and mango come out with slight warming. Peaches and pineapple follow as well.

Bitter earthiness is almost balanced with sweet citrus, but wins out in the end. This is simply freshness in a glass with mouthwatering grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some light celery and rye form a nice backdrop while a long, modest finish carries one to the next sip.

A slick, medium body with fizzy carbonation is accented by light metallic notes in this extremely fresh beer. Alcohol is as expected, noticeable, but still a background player.

If one considers MO to be an exemplary APA, then most others are poor examples of the style. Happily, one could easily enjoy a few pints with friends during a long, hot, casual summer afternoon.

MO will become a summer staple for me for as long as Maine Beer Company continues to send it my direction.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:43:10 | More by SLeffler27
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden to yellow with a mild haze and a huge, white, frothy head. The aroma brings some zesty citrus, floral notes, pine, a light sweetness. Hop forward and refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Big floral and citrus notes. Oranges and lemons with a touch of bitter pine, finishing dry. A wonderful pale ale. My only complaint is that it's $6.99 per 500 mL bottle, when a beer of this ilk should be $9-12 per sixer. For that reason alone, I won't be revisiting this one, as tasty as it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:47:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled served in weizen glass.

Clear pale wheat with 2 finger eggshell head, good retention, thin lacing.

Smells mainly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. Tastes bold grapefruit citrus, bitter, a touch of malt sweetness, nice balance. Great dry finish, the highlight of this beer. Moderate carbonation, just a touch of alcohol.

Nice pale ale but I don't think I'll seek this one out as I don't enjoy it that much more than pale ales that are more accessible to me. Great extra, thanks buddy!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 16:44:13 | More by williamjbauer
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

20oz(?) Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Pours a cloudy gold color, thick dense fluffy 2.5 finger head, thick marshmallow lacing.
S - Massive dank fresh hop aroma, light citrus zest, grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. Very floral. Amazing, incredible aroma.
T - Super fresh and light feeling, very bright flavors, big time on the grassy and floral hop tones, fresh bread, a little crackery.
M - Crisp, clean, bright and refreshing.
O - Outstanding pale, up there in my top 5 along with Alpha King, Holy Jim Falls, and Live.
Tons of great fresh hop aroma, great crisp clean flavor, hopefully going to get some super fresh from the brewery soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 22:17:21 | More by Omnium
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DavidBart

New York

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

Ive seen bottles of this around, but have forgotten about the name and only picked it up at a local craft dispensary after looking it up on my smartphone and seeing the rave reviews. I must say, as is mostly the case, I agree with my beer buddies here. This is a great beer. I've been on the lookout lately for lower abv beers witb full flavors that satisfy the taste buds, and I must say this one definitely fits the bill.
A: Beautiful golden tone with almost no head. Could be the pours. Everything I've been getting today has been coming with virtually no head. Better for me...more beer, but cant truly evaluate the brews characteristics. Still no complaints.
T: Slightly bitter, hoppy and all that good stuff. Tastes a lot like a refined ipa rather than a pale ale. I also detect some qualities that I cant quite put my finger on that are usually common in DIPAs. And at only 6% and easily sessionable, I'm in heaven. Regardless of ABV, this is a gem. Anything above 93 rating on BA usually is. Do try it if you have a chance. As I'm finishing this glass a waitress brought another beer along the same style to sample. I can already tell this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 20:05:16 | More by DavidBart
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 18:18:39 | More by jtierney89
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/6. Consumed on 9/8.

A - Amber. Thick lasting billowing head. Cloudy with lots of carbonation. Heavy thick lacing.

S - Not very fragrant. Perhaps a slight hint of apple.

T - Tastes fresh. Tangerine and apples with a slight bready bitterness. Tart tropical finish on back of tongue.

M - Refreshing. Some foaming.

O - Decent Pale Ale. Had high expectations, but was mostly disappointed in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 14:30:47 | More by Duane_Opfer
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JohnG190

New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thick white head that has some staying power. Lots of lacing. Very citrusy on the nose, redolent of grapefruit and tangerines. Mild sweet malt notes in background. Subtle sweetness with some citrusy hops hit the palate first followed by some bitterness. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Malty sweetness provides the right amount of balance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, a well crafted, balanced Pale Ale that is almost hoppy enough to be an IPA. Another great beer from Maine.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 22:03:28 | More by JohnG190
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MadScientist

New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden colored beer. This pours with two fingers of rocky/creamy off-white foam with a persistent head that leaves sticky, ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong pineapple, grapefruit and lemon, citrus hops aroma along with a medium grassy character from dry hop additions. Mild ale esters a light malt character biscuits.

T: A strong grapefruit hops flavor with a very strong hops bitterness. There isn't much malt backing this up just a slight sweetness with a light bready and slight caramel quality to it. The balance is very bitter and the finish is quite dry. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and flavors of grapefruit and a touch a pith.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation and a medium amount of creaminess.

O: An outstanding American Pale that is almost nothing but a showcase for strong citrus hops aromas and flavors with a very enjoyable grapefruit character.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:13:04 | More by MadScientist
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Maine Beer Co and it definitely lived up to the hype. Poured a strong yellow into a tulip glass with a larger than expected head. The aroma was a blast of citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. You don't even need to raise the glass to smell the wonderful scent. The taste was light in a sessionable way. Could have drank a few of these. The peach or passion fruit flavor shines.

This was one of the best American pale ale's I've ever had. Thanks guy in the liquor store that I made small talk with for recommending this beer for a Labor Day treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 12:23:08 | More by WheelsPSU
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 7/09/13. Pours a dark yellow with a sticky, white, billowy head, that leaves behind amazing lace. Smell is tangerine, mango, pineapple, and earthy hops. Taste is all about citrus and a little grapefruit in the finish that lingers a bit. Body Is medium for the style, nice amount of life, a little dry, and great drinkability. Very nice beer, as you would expect from this company.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 20:54:06 | More by SawDog505
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vfgccp

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great looking pale ale. Yellow gold body with a towering, foamy white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Bright nose. Pine, orange, rosemary, and fresh green cilantro.

T - Woody pine, light rosemary, tart tangerine. Touch of honey and plant stems on the finish.

M - Refreshingly light on the palate.

O - A great session ale. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:23:18 | More by vfgccp
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Maine Beer Co. And not disappointed. Aroma hits you long before you bring the glass to your nose. Pineapple, citrus and lemongrass, guessing some citra or simcoe at play here.

Resiny taste and great lacing, the malt and body here is very nice, and belies its relatively light color, biscuity and a bit chewy. Perfect carbonation level, coats the palate, hype be damned, this backs it up, better than expected. I'm going to shut up and enjoy the rest.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:30:49 | More by DAllspaw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

even better than lunch, this is one of the best beers made in maine as far as I am concerned. it pours a hazy straw color with an orange glow. the head isn't much, white and airy, but not lasting real long. the nose is like fresh pineapple juice, not bitter at all, real tropical and real fresh, reminds me of hill farmstead or lawsons stuff, east coast and hoppy, but more than high alcohol oily dankness, its insane how good this is. a veritable fruit punch of hop flavors, lemon and grapefruit too. I love the intensity of it, while staying not too bitter. jazzy carbonation, clean finish and feel, as good as any American pale on the market I think. the lightness is what impresses me most. I could drink this forever, and my 10 ounce pour just isn't enough! all beers on at maine beer company were tasty, great examples of their respective styles, but this to me was the pick of the litter. already looking forward to my next one, whenever I may be so lucky. a true gem.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 13:48:09 | More by StonedTrippin
MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.