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MO - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1580
Reviews: 274
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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rdilauro

Connecticut

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

Outstanding and brilliant color. Stood back an minute or so just to look at the color!
Aroma was typical of a good IPA, the grapefruit, citrus overtones was present but not overdone. The first sip was so very smooth. The bitterness was there, but this was a bigger softer ale which balanced the bitterness.

The aftertaste lingered and lingered and lingered. That to me was the best. If I can get a beer
to last this long with the aftertaste, oh BOY!

Loved this one will have MO again

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 18:36:15 | More by rdilauro
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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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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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mynie

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle snagged at a liquor store in Albany, NY.

Pours sunshine golden with a bright white head. Smells like aggressive citrus hops with large, variegated citrus nodes including pineapple, grapefruit and orange, and this is balanced exceptionally well with a straight-up east coast malt profile that is super soft, round, and yeasty.

Tastes, thankfully, much like it smells. Excellent, excellent balance with the big aggressive hop nodes tied perfectly to warm, round malt by way of some amazing yeastmanship.

As wonderful as Maine's Lunch is, I think I like Mo a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:06:57 | More by mynie
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RaulMondesi

California

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA.

It's one thing to feel it, but it's another to do it. And with a Mo in Boston, Raul is straight feeling it! Kind of like Pliny's lil brotha (that's a good thing, my peeps), this thang is all kinds of hoppy, floral and nasty. Not nasty like the red eye I took from LA to get here; nasty like your mama at prom.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 22:26:05 | More by RaulMondesi
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for the bottle!

Pours a murky unfiltered dark orange/brown with a big pillowy white head and sticky lacing.

Nose is very sweet fresh citrus. It's like I'm smelling an orange. Quite unique and pleasant.

Taste is similar although the citrus is a bit more subdued. Good light floral bitterness through and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect for the style.

A little bit undercarbonated, but the mouthfeel is good especially for a beer of smaller stature.

Very good beer and maybe the best I've had from Maine so far. Very glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 18:08:48 | More by jmarsh123
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:44:33 | More by Jimmys
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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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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and it's one of my favourites. Some are calling Maine Beer the Russian River of the East and while I've only ever had Pliny The Elder from RRB, I can understand why some would make that connection. Wish Maine Beer would send more of their brews to NJ.
500ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Hazy gold with a 1" white sea foam head that dissipated down to 1/4".
AR: Tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange and a bit of grapefruit) and a whisper of pine.
T: Practically identical to the nose with the fruit flavours of the hops being quite lush and juicy with a bit of cereal grains/cracker and a grassy element as well.
M: Crisp on the tongue with moderate carbonation, the moist juicy feel turns to a lip smacking palate cleansing dry finish.
OV: A rather exceptionally flavourful beer where you can taste each little nuance throughout the enjoyment of it. A superb effort from Maine Beer. Please send more beer to NJ, thanks!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 05:48:32 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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DovaliHops

California

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 09:35:21 | More by DovaliHops
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into two glasses. I really like that the date is displayed prominently.
Head was nice and large (about 2-3 inches). Color is a slightly hazy golden.
Aroma is nice! Plenty of citrus and a little floral.
Taste is excellent. Well balanced. Light citrus and some pine and floral. Ends with just a little green.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A little of the haze might come through.
Overall an excellent beer! Very well rounded. Great pale ale!!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:18:53 | More by dexterk1
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty-water yellowish orange with an absolutely huge bright white head. Head sticks around and "Peter Norths" the glass on the way down. Aroma of fresh citrus hops and plenty of them, orange, lemon and grapefruit, also a nice sweet, subtle malt aroma. Very refreshing smell. This brewery never disappoints. Perfect, true to the style, hoppy pale ale. Nice range of hop flavors. Bursts of grapefruit, orange... nice lemongrass kick. Really mild pine notes and a nice sweet malt. No one huge flavor, but perfection. Perfect blend of flavors. Perfect cohesion. Very light, crisp, but packs a huge flavor punch while still being light. Grab a bunch of these and enjoy, great flavor, big drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:13:21 | More by uustal
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

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

16.9oz bottle 2/23/2012 bottling date poured into duvel tulip

A - slightly opaque copper body with lots of visible carbonation on closer inspection. billowing foamy white head three fingers thick coats the glass the whole way down.

S - pine, orange peel, grapefruit dominate the nose. earthiness hides in the back.

T - earthiness comes in first with some grain. orange peel, grapefruit, pine and grass hops comes in towards the end.

M - medium to full bodied for the style. lots of carbonation which works with it. finishes dry with some hop bite lingering.

O - another fantastic offering from maine beer company. definitely up their with my favorites by them.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 22:04:16 | More by celticfutblclub
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into an HF pint glass.

Right off the bat, another solid Maine Beer Company beer. These guys know what the fuck they're doing Pours a brilliant, transparent gold hue with a nice two finger head with some decent lacing. The smell has a very lovely hop aroma with some stellar citrus and pine. The taste is just sublime. Seriously...MBC knows what it's doing. Excellent balance of all components across the board. The mouthfeel too is slick as hell. This could EASILY be a go to beer for me. I can't wait to see what else these guys have going on. This may be better than both Lunch AND Zoe, to me. Incredible.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:49:43 | More by Retail1LO
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argock

Virginia

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:12:14 | More by argock
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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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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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KornWallace

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 2/21/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Broken Bow Pint Glass

Appearance: Golden and foggy, it is difficult to see through the glass. The head is two to three fingers tall and dissipates slowly.
Aromatics: Grapefruit is the strongest aromatic and it hits hard. There is some some flavor of orange and a light malt as well. And some of the pine you would expect from a pale ale.
Flavor: The mouth-fill is very creamy and juicy. It brings a lot of those flavors from the aromatics with it and the malt hits more in the taste
Finish: It finishes with the zests from the fruit and that tart and sour flavors also stays on the mouth.

Notes: Born on date: 12/31/13

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 16:27:08 | More by KornWallace
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Inch and a half fluffy, white head. Hazy, golden orange with visible bubbles raising from the bottom.

Aroma - You can smell the hops as soon as the bottle is cracked opened and it smells amazing. Piney, resinous, and some citrus fruits as well.

Taste - Citrus fruits + piney/resinous = amazing.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, on the lighter side, bitter and sticky as well.

Overall - Definitely one of my top pale ales. If it weren't for the mouthfeel, it would be up there with HF Edward (but Edward would still be on top for me).

Note: Bottled on 1/28/14 and drank on 2/13/14...so it was super fresh!!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:08:21 | More by ChrisL24481
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale orange, almost yellow color with very puffy, 3 finger, white head. Very nice.

S - Very citrusy. Orange peel, zest, and grapefruit notes. Slight bit of spiciness shines through. Very bright.

T - Incredibly full taste. Very citrusy. Lots of that grapefruit and orange, a hint of pineapple. FInishes with a bitter, piney hop bite. Excellent.

M - Clean and crisp, very full mouthfeel.

Overall - A spectacular brew. One of the best APAs there out, very nice to be able to try one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:16:55 | More by BeerBuckeye
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jerrytodd

New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really well made and satisfying.

A: Hazy light colored with signature high carb and excellent lacing/pillowy head

S: Pine, light citrus. Not super strong but very nice

T: Pine, light citrus, very light malt. Smooth but with bite. Clean finish

M: Light, but this beer is about the hops

O: Very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 06:46:58 | More by jerrytodd
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/13
A - huge ivory head tops an amber colored ale. Incredible head retention and lacing
S - super fresh aroma of zesty citrus, tropical mango, pine, juicy fruit, caramel, biscuit
T - excellent blend of bitter and sweet: pine, grapefruit zest, orange zest, juicy fruit gum, tropical notes, mango, caramel, grassy, slightly earthy, juicy spicy hops
M - medium, resinous, hop oils stick to the palate, finishes very dry and fairly bitter with lingering pine, very easy to drink
O - impeccable American Pale Ale. Excellent complexity and balance; just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:16:05 | More by barnzy78
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50 cL bottle dated 2/23/12 (fresh!) into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.

A: orange with brown hues and gold, has 3 fingers of off-white head with amazing retention and lacing. On of the thickest frothiest heads I've experienced. 4.5

S: nice aromatic hop bouquet with zesty orange peel, grapefruit, pine resin, and a hint of bready malty yeast. 4.0

T: a hint of breast malt initially followed by a great rush of citrusy and piny hop bitterness. I pull out lemon zest, pine, grass, white bread, pepper, and yeast from the taste. Very good. 4.5

M: crisp, clean, medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: a very good pale ale. Quite hoppy, this beer flirts with IPA status and reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. Excellent! I am going to attempt to buy a case before it sells out. A must have. 5.0

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 12:56:29 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Jmamay22

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 01/12/13

Pours a light amber colored apricot with a thick white head that eventually settles to a thinner collar. The scent is very bright, forward and fresh. Smells of pine and citrus, especially orange. A faint pale malt sweetness lurks in the background providing contrast and balance.

Taste is similar. Very cleans refreshing, but with a very complex hop favor. Begins with a resinous quality and turns over to grapefruit and orange peel. The malt is not complex, but provides a wonderful bread like background tying it all together. Very drinkable on the lighter side of medium bodied yet a creamy impression. Very enjoyable and much appreciated beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:45:39 | More by Jmamay22
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy tangerine body, thick white fluffy cap that has excellent retention and lace.

S/T - Tangerine, orange peel, pale, grainy malt sweetness. Some pine/pineapple in the finish. Medium body finishes crisp, clean and dry. Nice depth of hop flavor with little lingering bitterness.

O - Great APA, just wish it didn't cost so much or else I'd be drinking this throughout the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 14:11:45 | More by garuda
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