MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 2,636
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
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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 FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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 cvm4
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden in color, slightly hazy. Big and frothy eggshell head from the pour.

S - Lots of sweet tropical hops (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest).

T - Very lemony to start out, lemon rind dominates and intertwines with grapefruit. Malt comes forward and ends with just enough hops for a pale ale.

M - Crisp Body is just right for the style with medium carbonation.

O - An easy drinking pale ale that was crafted right. (431 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottled November 16, 2012. Right at 3 months old.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves thick sheets of bubbly lacing and holds a great cap.

Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, very citrusy, floral hops, a hint dank and catty, some bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, lemon, again very citrusy, hint of pine, mild bready malt, great bitterness and minimal alcohol on the finish. Crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Excellent Pale Ale, right up there with the big boys from Three Floyds that I’ve had. Even right at the brink of the best-by date, this is fantastic. (700 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Light translucent amber formed a killer two inch white head which dissipated to a heavy foam surface layer with dense though spotty lacing. Great! But let's face it, one should expect no less at $7 a pint.

s: Grapefruity citrus. Nice!

t: Citrus hops predominate, becoming more piney as quaffing proceeds. Refreshing.

m: Medium, smooth and easy-drinking. Clean aftertaste.

o: A top-notch pale ale which could easily pass for a medium-hopped IPA. Roughly on a par with Lagunitas IPA for taste, but heavier mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this, but considering the price, I'd pick Lagunitas IPA at 14 cents an ounce over this at 44 cents, or, bottlewise, at $10 per sixpack, 12 ounces of L-IPA would be $1.67, while Maine Mo would run $5.25 per 12 oz. Stuff us Scots take very seriously LOL.

I do have New England loyalties, but they only stretch so far. If Mo was the same price per pint bottle as Jack's Abby Hoponius Union, (about $3), I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it over the nationally distributed product mentioned above by that California brewery.

PS: Just drank the dregs which allegedly included the bottle conditioning yeast, and it was really smooth. Nice going, Maine brewers! (1,271 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (1,759 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mothman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Hollie for this one! I could instantly smell the citrus when I cracked it.

Poured into chalice. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed dull golden orange.

Aroma: A massive amount of hops and citrus. Grapefruit, oranges, and clementimes. I get some floral hops and a light amount of caramel with some bready malts.

Taste: Very citrusy to start things out. All kinds of fruits. Grapefruit, oranges, and maybe some blood orange. Some bready malts with a caramel sweetness that shoes up in the backgound. Floral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a great APA. I have been impressed 2 out of 2 times with this brewery. Their hoppy stuff is legit. Very flavorful and very drinkable. This is right up there with TH APAs for me. (885 characters)

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought a 16oz bottle home from work the day it got delivered. I've had most of the brews from Maine Brewing and as hard as it is to say, MO is my personal favorite.

A slightly hazy copper body with an inch of white head. The head fades leaving behind tons of lacing. Reeks of citrusy hops. Awesome. Crisp and refreshing with malt and hops in near perfect balance. An awesome brew. The only problem with the Maine Beers is that they aren't cheap and they run in and out of availability. But thats what happens when you make something special in a finite amount. (562 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Capones the other night.

The beer pours an attractive golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also quite attractive in this beer, as I pick up light wet tobacco, dry citrus, white pepper, light tropical fruit and a hint of pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted pale ale, and I appreciate the amount of flavor it delivers in a (relatively) low alcohol beer. This pale ale is very much on the dry side, with a light, crisp, bitter finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this delicious, medium bodied (at most) pale ale, and so drinkability is excellent.

Maybe not quite up there with zombie dust and bone-a-fide, but nevertheless, this is an excellent, well made pale ale. I just wish it were available where I live! (784 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although the packaging might not be the most eye-catching or engaging, but within is a great beer. A light gold color with a thin head yet the smell was fantastic with hop and citrus notes in the nose. The taste was even better with well defined notes of hop through out with great flavors of lemon peel, banana, and I tasted notes of elderberry although those I was with said they didn't agree. One of my favorite kinds of beer, simple yet excellently crafted. It was a little thin for me but I thought this beer was great and would definitely recommend. (555 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large frothy head cresting around three fingers of eggshell white foam, very whipped up and airy, lots of dimpling across the surface, the retention is so-so, the lacing is comprised of a few razor thin but very long streaks. The liquid is a pleasing light orange with a mild metallic sheen, quite clear and pretty, slight yellowing at the rims, plenty of fat bubbles, no beads, all randomly dispersed. The nose has a certain purity to it, milled grains, sour mixed white citrus, spoonful of honey, pine cone, not very sappy, minimal herbaceousness, soft cocoa maltiness, needs to warm to really release the peach, yellow apple, apricot fruit scents. Full-bodied, in fact a little too broad shouldered as it tends to progress slowly through the palate. Here it’s much more floral and the white to pink grapefruit and orange citrus a bigger overall element. The fluffy carbonation helps relieve some weight and create lift and mouth perfume. The sweetness of the apricot, peach, pear fruit takes hold with force. Some peppery notes but the graininess lost a bit. Otherwise, does a good job of masking the total sweetness and making it a blended experience versus bunch of soloists jockeying for position. (1,213 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from the increasingly spectacular Maine Beer Company. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours golden, with a super frothy and regenerating, pillowy head. Great lacing throughout. Very pretty pour.

Aroma is a bit subdued, but it has a bit of a fresh fruit salad smell to it, with a bit of sweetness. Mellow yet pleasant.

The taste here reflect the Maine Beer Co flavor profile to a T. And that's certainly a good thing. The first impression gives off some melon, honeydew specifically. The more I progress, though, the more grassy flavors I get in the front and in the finish. This brew showcases this brewery's typical hop profile wonderfully, cleanly and simply.

Mouthfeel is rich and deep, almost too much so. But for such a clean looking and tasting beer, this is impressive. Finishes dry, yet clean.

Great brew all around. Zoe is still the class of this brewery, with a similar hop profile plus a wicked spicy bite that makes a wonderful drinking experience. MO is a solid pale to be reckoned with, however. I'd love to see this sucker in cans some day... (1,079 characters)

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazes faint apricot colored with a firm head of tight foam that lingers long and settles out slowly. Inviting aroma of citrus and honey, some pine. Flavor matches the nose, very citrusy, full of tangerine and melon, hints of mint, sappy pine, grapefruit rind and honey. Finishes dry, pine and orange rind itch lingers. Great beer, pretty hoppy for a pale ale. (368 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle purchased at Whole Foods in MA somewhere...
Pours a creamy looking orangey red. Thick white foam with nice lacing. Great hop aroma; some malts are a runner up on the nose, followed by citrus.
Very creamy taste...hoppy and malty. Well balanced and worth every penny. I love MBC. They have to be one of my fav brewers. They are consistantly good and this is no exception. (388 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 Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus white creamy head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt blend, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, a little malts thrown in, nice citrus and slight pine note. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew. (433 characters)

Photo of DanK4
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's pint glass, bottled Feb. 23.

A: Pours a nice yellow-gold, thick creamy white head that lingers around for quite a bit. A nice stream of carbonation going on, more of a golden-orange once settled. Hazy, but not opaque.

S: Nice hop profile, definitely some citrus notes going on. Smells sweet, even better- smells fresh. Fantastic orange-grapefruit action going on.

T: Just the right bite of hops for an APA, nothing over the top but definitely not hidden. Such a well balanced taste- citrus notes claim their stake on the palate, hop profile hits all areas, nice light malty tones. By no means a "mealy" beer, I could definitely make this my session beer. Well balanced with a great finish, grapefruit notes go beyond the palate and hit the sinus as well which I found interesting.

M: Medium bodied beer, fantastic drink that won't slow you down. Finishes fantastic, leaves your mouth watering for more APA goodness.

O: Definitely recommend this one, too good to pass up for the price. I've had APA's twice the price that were a quarter as good, definitely a score for MBC. (1,099 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/16/12 (roughly 2 months old)

Pours a cloudy deep hazy golden color. A nice full 2 fingers of white head. Settles to a thick retentive layer. Good lacing.

Nice pine aromas with ripe citrus fruits and juicy tropical fruits. Really nice hop aroma, can definatly pick up that simcoe. Malt not really noticeable.

Really quite hoppy, yet still barely in the confines of a pale ale. Nicely done. Pine, ripe citrus, juicy tropical fruits, fresh pine needles. Hops are in your face, yet kind of subtle at the same time. A bit of grainy, slight buttered biscuit malt rounds it out a bit.

Light to medium in body, refreshing carbonation. Great drinkability. Finishes with a good hop bitterness, just shy of IPA levels.

A solid pale ale. I'd really like to revisit this super fresh because I'm betting its something magical. Look forward to more from Maine. (918 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. A caramel orange color, a bit hazy but see-through for the most part. There are some bubbles coming up. A white head with some limited lacing.

S. Very hoppy scent, some citrus.

T/M. It has a nice pale ale hoppiness to it, with a citrus undertone. Perhaps a peach or a mango flavor in there as well. Carbonated and medium bodied. A bit dry.

O. It has something of a similar feel as a Heady Topper, but more reserved. Very refreshing. (438 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into my Maker's Mark snifter
A - good head lingers, pale yellow/orange clear, not cloudy
S - fresh hops smell, flowery, fragrant. It smells like chewing on a hop pellet.
T - bitter hoppy taste, not much else. lots of hop, tastes like chewing on hop pellets too. very dry.
M- a little thin
O - decent, but it smells better than it tastes. Extra points for local and 1% for the planet (400 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have a chance to try another brew from these folks.

Looks good on the pour. Nice citrus nose. Good punch on the mouth, in a refined way. That's how I would define this beer: refined. It's not overdoing it just for the sake of things. Carbonation is a bit much and biting. But overall a very nice drinker. (314 characters)

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