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MO - Maine Beer Company

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373 Reviews
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Reviews: 373
Hads: 2,757
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23%
Wants: 253
Gots: 467 | FT: 17
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:
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 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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Ben, for sharing this! Poured into a tulip. The color is medium to dark orange. There is a giant white foamy head with a ton of sticky lacing. The color is slightly hazy.

The aroma has a lot of cantaloupe and honeydew, with a touch of orange and pine to go with it. The sweet malt helps bring out the melon aromas. The aroma is very strong and very good.

The taste is mellower than the aroma might indicate. The malt flavor is particularly subdued, leading to slightly grassy, piney hops in the finish. This may not be a balanced pale ale, but it's hoppy and refreshing.

This is light in body and has smooth carbonation.

Very delicious. Drink fresh!

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

I believe it was $7.49 at Bourbon Street for a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Yellow gold , a bit tarnished, body. Bright white four finger creamy head. Thick coating on the glass, not really lace, more like double knit.

Clean and strong, inviting citrus aroma: lemon, orange, grapefruit.

Firm sweet malt foundation. Lots of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow, which lingers on and on.

Solid light- medium mouthfeel.

A all round well done pale ale. Recommend a bottle, maybe a little too expensive for bulk purchases.

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Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15

A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, slightly cloudy color with a white head. Smell is more on the sweet side with orange and mango notes. There's a pine/resin smell but it's not dominant. The taste isn't necessarily what I expected given the smell; more grapefruit, pine and bitterness than sweetness. The feel has a nice clean pop of carbonation and is light-to-medium bodied.

Suggested food pairing: Pasta with a light pesto sauce

If you like this beer then you should also try: Zombie Dust

Ideal time to drink this beer: Sitting on the porch in late summer and enjoying a meal as the sun goes down. Given Maine's latitude, I would bet that the sun goes down pretty quickly so drink fast.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This is my first beer from Maine Beer Company and it didn't disappoint. Nothing not to like here, but also nothing really overwhelmingly great about it. I wouldn't necessarily go out looking for it, but if someone offered me MO I might have some mo'.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Trader Joes, poured into willy glass. A slightly hazy, light pinkish-orange with a small white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with just a hint of pine. Taste is really well balanced with citrus hops, vague sweet malt and a nice finishing bitterness. Mouth is just right for the style, medium-thin, nicely carbed, refreshing. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour - Burnt orange with a thick white head
Smell - a small burst of pine
Taste - mild upfront with a nice bitterness at the end. Not as balanced as other Pale Ales I've had, but still very good beer
Overall - soft mouthfeel, leaves a little tang at the end. Easy to drink at only 6%

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 10-29-2013. Consumed 12-3-2013.

A: similar to zombie dust in appearance. the color's a tad lighter however.
S: wonderful mix of citrus and pine. there is malt with deep inhalation.
T: less pleasant than the nose, with a little more pine than i like in a pale ale.
M: creamy, medium carbonation.

solid beer, even at 7.49 per

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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.

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Photo of LeRose
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with reddish hues. An inch or so of pure white foamy head that lingered and laced well. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Big citrus notes - couldn't really tell what kind of citrus. Didn't think it was grapefruit for sure from the aroma. While it smelled "nice", it wasn't really outstanding in the aroma.

Taste: The taste was clearly grapefruit-like much more than the aroma. Nice malty/caramel sweetness in the middle with some pine-like resin taste, then the citrus takes over again on the finish. A hint of green grassy flavor, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: A bit lively, but the carbonation was not aggressive. Sufficient to keep things clean. A medium body - not syrupy as it looked. Very clean with just a hint of grapefruit lingering behind.

Overall: a very tasty brew that is easy to drink and enjoy. Refreshing enough for a hot day. The only negative is the price, but I would buy this one again.

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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

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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of BostonHops
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.