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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
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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 WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a 2015 ucl commerative glass!

Clear golden with hazy streams of bubbles,frothy white two finger cap.

Aroma of citrus, pine

Hop taste on the back of the tongue, not bitter, lingering.

Good mouthfeel.

Nice beer but I like lunch better.

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

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A great pale ale with understated malts and an assertive hoppiness. This is really "well made" and definitely tasty, but as with other Maine beers I feel like it could be a bit bolder. I know, I'm quibbling. It is great.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 022312 1

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a big fluffy 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing and retains well

S: An intensely hoppy nose with mostly citrus, pine, and grass. Grapefruit/orange rind stands out the most. Some pale malt in there as well, but it is hidden behind the wall of hoppy goodness

T: A little maltier here than in the nose, but it is extremely well balanced while still being nice and hoppy. Alcohol hardly noticeable except for enhancing the malts a little

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The extreme care and hard work shown by the brewery is evident yet again in this newest beer. Not sure if this is a one-time deal or if they will release more, though. This is a lot like peeper, only a little maltier in the taste. Very easy to drink and evenly priced with the rest of the line-up

Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a golden amber color, relatively clear, with a thin cap of foam.

Smells very floral, with some pine and herbal notes. The malt is very, very clean, allowing the very subtle nuances of the hops to be picked out. Citrus is there, but I'm picking out a lot more of those very soft hop tones that are normally buried beneath heavier malt aromas. Given that the malt is all but nonpresent, you can really get the full hop experience.

My first impression is that the flavor is very good, but like Peeper, is unexpectedly light bodied. Not quite as airy as Peeper, but definitely lighter than what I normally expect from an american pale, and certainly a 6%er. The malt is incredibly clean and dry, offering very little to get in the way of the hop experience. For such a mellow beer, the depth of the hops is remarkable. Some juicy citric flavors, but it finishes off dry, foresty and floral. Maybe a little light on the tongue for mid-october, but there's no denying that these guys know what they're doing.

These guys certainly know how to brew. Northern New England is really experiencing a brewing renaissance after decades of buttery ringwood sameness. Two thumbs up.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2012 making this one three weeks old.

A - Pours golden orange with about a finger of dense head. Effervescent body from underneath keeps the head at a steady half-inch. Shows great lacing. The second pour brings with it lots of sediment, darkening the beer a bit.

S - Fresh cut flowers, orange peel, sweet nectar, and some spicy hops on the back end. Well balanced and vibrant.

T - Starts off with tropical citrus and caramel malt. Floral and grassy hops balance and bitter. Finishes with dry hops.

M - Light and crisp feel. Refreshing and flavorful.

O - One of the best APAs I have had. Remarkably tropical with great balancing hops. This beer is sessionable and full of flavor. It's not Lunch, but it is very tasty. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light gold in color. Forms a large, foamy white head that eventually reduces down to a rather thick and bubbly surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is all hops. Primarily citrus and grapefruit with some sweet tropical fruit and mango in the mix.

T: Taste is similar. There is a very light, crisp malt backbone. Then there are the hops. Again, from my perspective I am getting mostly citrus, primarily grapefruit with some madarin orange that are balanced with some passion fruit and mango as well as a slight herbal quality on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Crisp and effervescent. Mild bitterness.

O: A very nice, well-constructed APA. Easy drinker.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz, 6/26/12 bottle date
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours out a copper, orange color. Initially a finger of slightly off white head. Loose bubbles and it dissipates quickly. Seems nicely carbonated.

S: Lots of fruity hop aromas: overripe peach, mango, papaya, etc. Lots of astringency. Some sweet malts behind it all.

T: Nice bitter fruity hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Getting some of that overripe peach note that I smelled. What's amazing here is the malt bill must be fairly light, as it doesn't over power it and over balance it. It still leads to a more hop forward presence. The close it crisp and dry.

M: Surprisingly light bodied, maybe inching to medium. But really refreshing and light.

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 1L bottle into ale glass on 4/5/15, bottled 2/24.

A: Pale amber, somewhat cloudy. Light frothy two-finger head, fair rention, moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus up front with some bitterness, malt behind. No sense of alcohol at all.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish. Well-balanced. Slight bitterness.

O: This is quite good, definitely in the league of something a Hill Farmstead would put out, if you're looking for a comparison. Buy it when you see it and drink as soon as possible.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle marked with a bottled on date of Feburary 23, 2012. Served chilled from the refrigerator in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really thick and creamy, two finger white head. The head holds really well and doesn't recede quickly at all. Clear and golden yellow in color. Looks like the ideal pour.

Aroma: Nice some citrusy and fruity hop notes. Sweet tropical fruit notes throughout. Not much in the way of malt character.

Taste: Really nice bright tropical hop character. Lots of mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some light malt sweetness balances out the fruity hop notes. Nicely balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with some light carbonation. Nice and creamy.

Overall, a really nicely balanced pale ale with some great citrus hop notes. The hops are really delicate and offer some great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer. It seems everything they is quality and top notch for the style, even if its just a pale ale.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Churchkey last weekend. Really excited to try this one.

A: Pale gold with a thin white head.

S: Clean and peppery hops with a nice hint of grapefruit.

T: Starts with a nice, crisp piny hop bite, then brings some pepper and grapefruit rind. A really great pale.

Photo of AltBock
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with a pain and simple classic egg shell white label with the name of the beer in the front. Directly to the left is a stamped born on date. My bottle was born on 1/12/13. They ask you to drink their beer within 90 days. I drank mine on 3/21/13. Nothing really else on the label except for a brief description of the beer and the Government warning.

When poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, MO was a nice looking golden lemon color. This beer was hazy. So hazy that I could only make the brief silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top of this hazy lemon brew was a massive 1 inch fluffy head of cotton white head of foam. It had semi fast retention that left behind a white film and numerous sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful appearance!

The aroma was a little citrusy in the beginning. This is where I found bitter grapefruit, lemon, and crispy citrus hops. Directly behind the citrus elements was the mild aroma of pine. When the pine left, that's when the aroma finished up with a little grass and toasted malts. Not the most potent aroma, but this is the type of aroma you want to find in a beer like this.

The taste was crispy and lightly citrusy. Like the aroma, it was the citrus elements that kicked off the taste. I got plenty of bitter grapefruit, lemon, a hint of orange, and some crispy peppery citrus hops. There was some pine after the citrus elements, but they were a little more stronger in the aroma than the taste. After the subtle pine, the taste finishes up with a unique grassy toasted malt mix.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with medium carbonation and a crispy yet dry citrusy aftertaste. The aftertaste featured more grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, and grass. This dry aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about a minute or two.

I have to give this beer high drinkability marks because its light bodied, easily drinkable, and filled with great flavors. I got this beer in a trade so I'm not quite sure of the price. Would I drink it again? I sure would! This is my second Maine Beer Co. beer and I've been very impressed with both of them. The ones I had make me want to try their other offerings.

Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

BOD 3/10/15. Pours a clear golden with just a touch of amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class rich complex nose of tropical hops (pineapple, mango), citric (orange), a touch of pepper and pine resin over very subtle biscuit.

Light body with a smooth texture coupled with a subtle oily character. Normally carbonated with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It lacks just a bit of biscuit sweetness to provide more balance and enhance the complexity. It is a tropical hop forward pale ale with a pine resin background. Bitterness is mild with a subtle orange bitterness underneath. The hop flavors of the nose all make an appearance. The finish is slightly dry and a pine/rind bitterness lingers.

Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (062812 date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky dark orange, cloudy, with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes with minimal lacing, stopping at about half a finger of head. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a fresh pine and grapefruit peel with an underlying biscuit and toasted malt sweetness. Some lighter floral notes and yeast esters come through as it warms.

Taking a sip, a touch of pine and grapefruit bitterness before mostly sweet fruity esters, almost candy like, and toasted malt. Finishes dry and mostly clean.

Light body with a refreshing effervescence. Very easy to drink even if the abv is on the higher range for a pale ale. Another nice beer from Maine Beer Company.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy goldenrod color. A very heady brew it looks like there's a growing mound of soap scum spilling out of my glass. Great retention and a few slithers of foam stuck to my glass even on this sultry evening.

Prickly pear citrus hops and agave nectar. Light bodied, resiny citrus flavor. Not very malty but that seems to showcase the wet and juicy citrus all the more. Maine Beer always does a great job of saturating their beers with resin and this is no exception.

Kinda makes me think of Lunch light.

Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy burnt orange with some bright yellow - like yellow waves of grain. large 3 finger rocky thick white head

s: potent. a punch of hops to the face. loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine. its a juicy, earthy smelling hopness. there are some sweet malt in here too. smells very crisp and clean

t: holy MOly (see what i did there). i was a little worried that bitterness would be overwhelming from the aroma, but it is incredibly smooth. its mostly grapefruity and pine - definitely East coast tasting. there is like a crystally-caramel malt that smooths out the flavor after the hops it. i'm picking up a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit in here as well. real nice

m: medium, with some carbonation that fizzez in your mouth

o: real good stuff. its not too complex, but is so smooth and clean. i feel healthier just drinking this

Photo of MCain04
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks Lauren!

fresh date of 06/26/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange to light amber bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaving behind some thick lace on the glass.

Smell: This nose is really balanced between pine and citris hops notes. Nice grassy notes and a little floral too. Malts are more cracker like and a touch bready.

Taste: Really nice hop profile in this beer its on the high end of low bitterness from the hops. It starts off with pine, grass, and orange peel are the prominent flavors. Malts and hops balance well with little bit more hop flavors than malts. The beer finishes with grapefruit and pineapples notes that are on the low end of bitter and dont linger around for very long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is really drinkable and carbonation is fantastic! It a great APA. Crisp and clean. Just taste really fresh and juicy.

Overall: Maine Beer Company is all about fantastic bottle conditioned beers. MO and Zoe are without a doubt my favorites; honestly they are tied for 1st place. Lunch is pretty good too, but this APA definately beat out Lunch as the better beer in my opinion. I wish that Maine Beer Company was available to me as a local beer!

Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Bottled on 06/26/12
Consumed on 09/18/12

Appearance
Burnt gold with 4 fingers of fluffy head. Big fluffy clouds of lacing. Cloudy with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated navel oranges, lemon juice and caramel. Hints of pineapple and papaya.

Taste
Candy like caramel malts, sugar coated navel oranges and lemon wedges. Light notes of papaya and pineapple. A hint of pine needle and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium, silky, smooth and slightly drying.

Overall
An incredible APA! Maine Beer Co. really knows what they're doing with their hoppy beers. This, along with Peeper, are some of the best examples of what a Pale Ale can be.

Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clear golden color with a faint orange hue. Thinner white head fades out fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Prickly hops jump right into the nose with some citrus peel and faint fruit sweetness. Orange and pear with some bready malt and grain.

Hoppy and citrusy up front with orange peel. Hints of lemon with a balancing of sweeter fruits. Grainy with decent bready malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue but super refreshing. This drinks superbly - not exactly the most complex thing out there, but a really well done, straight up, no frills pale ale.

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01/03/13.

A: Pours a graduated orangish golden clor with a half finger of nice looking white head. Very good lacing and streaks of lacing.

S: Orange and a touch of pink grapefruit, and a very little bready malt.

T: Juicy orange and slightly pine hops, slight grippy bitterness which provides some nice structure, a little light malt towards the back end, finishing juicy without any bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good stuff, well executed. I appreciate the lack of bitterness. This succeeds as a moderately hoppy PA, and does well with food.

MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.