MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 2,644
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 2.82%
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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 Duane_Opfer
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

M - Refreshing. Some foaming.

O - Decent Pale Ale. Had high expectations, but was mostly disappointed in the end. (461 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to chowdahead for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Maine Beer wine glass.

Pours a clear light apricot color with a nice white head and a pretty good ring of white lace as the head falls. Good cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Light mango. Just a touch of pale malt lingering in the background for some depth. The flavor has the same elements with a bit of orange peel sneaking in. Nice and light. Light body with crisp carbonation and a slightly-bitter dryness through the finish. (562 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy lemony orange with a frothy head of soft foam that would not go away. Fell to some crags and great lace. Nose was pine, sweet citrus, tangerine, candy sugar, toffee malt, and a little pepper. A little soap too. Taste was juicy citrus. Grapefruit rinds and pithy lemon, a tad astringent, and peppery. Nutty toasted malt and finished with lots of floral, dry and bitter and somewhat thin. It was worth trying and I liked it but not as much as everyone else. (469 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had big hopes for this beer but it's honestly pretty average. A slight sweet, cereal malt flavor. Dry, bitter hops. But I wasn't pleased with the balance, a touch sweeter than I'd like. It's not too malty, just too sweet. (223 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look, aroma and taste were all solid. Feel was, as many have described, somewhat light. The finish was interesting. Dry with an almost peppery aftertaste. Overall, I thought it was just okay. (191 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with amber hues and a thin head into my glass. Bright and a bit cloudy at the same time.

Light and fluffy with a splash of citrus upfront. A touch of pine lingers underneath and there appears to be a good malt background to tie everything together.

Citrus and pine notes carry over to the flavor, contributing to a mild bitterness that caresses the tongue.

That same bitterness lingers in a reduced capacity. The carbonation is strong and sticks around afterward, which to me is unwanted. I'd prefer it to fade completely.

A decent pale ale that is well worth checking out....fresh that is (if you read the bottle). It certainly shows but the carbonation bothers me. Then again, it could just be me and not the beer itself. Another solid offering from MBC! (791 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has partially reduced and left some nice lacing. The beer is a nice orange color with good clarity and lots of bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: citrus and piney notes, crystal clear malts, and some breadiness and sweetness to the beer too.

Taste: citrus and some pine, malts seem pretty tames down from what I smelled in the aroma. All the flavors seem pretty simple to me and wish there were more like in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Another solid offering from MBC in western Portland. Good to see that so many amazing brews are made at 5 breweries in such a small industrial area. Will be looking forward to more of this in the future. (837 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 04/16/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy golden orange with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh tropical fruit, pine and citrus. Specific notes of mango, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Very balanced with a good bitterness and a big honey malt sweetness. Pine, grapefruit, peach and tangerine flavours.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Moderate carbonation. (418 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 3/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors. (591 characters)

Photo of eclosson22
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy copper with about two fingers of head with great retention and lacing

S - Smells well balanced, some light citrus but not overwhelming

T - Balanced, as expected from the aroma, more bitter than expected but again not aggressively

M - Medium body, heavier than a number of other pales I've had recently

O - a well balanced fresh APA that I would definitely have again (388 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like a standard good pale ale should: copper, white head, about 7/8" in height. Aroma was mostly Cascade and C hops I'd venture to guess. Balanced in the way of bitterness and hop aroma aside from straight bitter.

Taste, fractional crystal/caramel malt, solid hopping, not bracing bitterness, solid body, but not an in your face kind of way. Really good mouthfeel that doesn't get old, nice and delicate breadiness that is subtle, allowing the hops to come across. Minorly grassy and grapefruity. Pretty dry throughout. Another winner as far as I'm concerned from the Maine brewing company. (603 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/23/12, gotta love when they date the bottle. Pours a big fluffy 2+ finger fluffy pasty white head that fades pretty slowly with some soapy and fluffy big thick lacing, over semi clear honey darker orange colored beer.

Nose is somewhat like peeper if I remember correctly, fresh hops, bit of resinous fresh hop aroma, very slight hints of tropical fruit, peach, grapefruit that disappear after the first couple sniffs, then slight pine and even touch grassy with some earthy hop aromas. THen just a touch of a malty base that props up the hops, with a hint of caramel or another reddish malt.

Taste starts with a light pale ale flavor, some sweet malts start it off, with a hint of caramel and toasty reddish malts, and almost syrupy. THen the hops kick in with a decent bitterness, pretty average bitterness for an APA, with some spicy hops, hint of resinous fresh hop, not really any tropical fruit this time and no real citrus either, but I do get a hint of apricot like fruit. THe malts break through again to add another wave of toasty malts. Then the finish dries quite a bit, but leaves a slight sticky malt feel, and a decent hop bitterness with some grassy, slight spicy and earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, def not their best beer so far. It's more like an amber than APA with the amount of malty flavors in it, esp the reddish toasty malts. THe hops aren't quite what I was expecting either, but all in all a decent tasty beer that is worth a try. I would like to try this again on tap and see if it changes, like Peeper did. (1,581 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a huge white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of stickies on the side of the glass. Aromas of citrus fill the air as soon as I tilt the bottle toward the glass. Pine and resin with a hint of bread round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is light bread, cracker and a hint of seltzer water with a nice pine and grapefruit flavor going on. There's a solid shot of bitterness in this one, I'm guessing because the body is a bit light to stand up to the massive hopping here. Moderate level of carbonation with a watery and resinous mouthfeel. This is a really nice pale ale, but I would have liked a bit more body especially with the heavy dose of hops in here. (717 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Straw colored pour. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Smell- Pine and freshly baked bread

Taste- Very crisp and piney nose and a bitter "crushed aspirin" finish (which is really not my thing). Slightly biscuity malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- More carbonated than most, I think this seems to be a reoccurring theme with Maine Beer Company brews. About the right consistency for a traditional pale.

Overall a good brew, but I will not be purchasing more Maine Beer Company beers unless the prices in my area come down. $7.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle is highway robbery. I can get a sixer of Sierra Nevada for the same price and this really doesn't taste any better. (670 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

05/12/15 bottle
Light amber, basically exactly the colour of apple juice. Maybe a finger of head to start, but settles and consolidates to the center with soapy bubbles, but a disperse creep of white remains. Decent lacing.

Nose is fresh fruit and citrus. Mango and tangerine primarily. Juicy.

Flavour is muted themes carried from the nose. Some tangerine, much more cereal grains than I smelled. Much less juicy. Maybe some blunt pine, citrus and some biscuity malts.
Finish is an earthy pine bitter.

Decent medium-small body unoffensive carbonation and a clean dry finish. A good APA, though I had hyped it up in my mind too much. (636 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: There is a perfect golden yellow body with a three finger ivory white head that hangs around for the length of the beer.

S: There is a citrus, grassy, and pine aroma the is very strong coming off the beer. Not much malt to speak of in the aroma.

T: The hops are spot on. A nice mixture between grassy, pine, and citrus with a heavy dose of bitterness. The issue I have with it is that is is lacking in the malt department. If the malt was better is would be a world class Pale Ale.

M: Nice and light as you would expect a pale ale to be. Great carbonation as well.

O: A very good Pale but the malt could come through in the nose and mouth. (646 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one in bottles at a local beer shop. Pint sized bottle, Bottled 06/28/12, nice and fresh...

A: A deep hazy golden orange color. A small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Smells of awesome orange citrus with some tropical flavors blended in. I get pineapple, lemon, and orange the most. Very fresh smelling. Good.

T: Starts with a citrus maltiness which quickly blends into a water and bitter hop wetness. An orange peel / lemon backend. Good.

M: Light body with a very heavy carbonation. A dry citrus finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I kind of expected more from this as Peeper, Zoe, and Lunch are amazing beers. This one is a little over-carbonated and I wish it had a little more body to it. It's a good beer, but a few tweaks away from being a great beer. (801 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/31/13

A - Light amber with thick head, which holds pretty well. Cloudy and bubbly. Don't really see any sentiment.

S - Piney, sweet, and citrus. The smell is very pleasant, and my favorite part of the beer.

T - Very piney, but, surprisingly, not really that bitter. There is a citrus, almost orange taste. There is a mild bitter aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, with a bit of an alcohol burn and a little bit of carbonation.

O - I like the smell a lot, and the taste is pretty mild. I like that it is not very bitter, but the piney taste is pretty strong. I am not sure that it is a flavor I would seek out, but it is pretty good if you like piney taste without the bitter (which seems a bit unusual). (718 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottling date 2/23/12, so it's about a month old. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a dull golden orange with a pillow white head. The huge white cap retains well after the pour, eventually leaving a lot of thick lacing.

S: Reeks of fresh hops. Almost-puckering aroma of sourish grapefruit, ripe orange, bitter grass and lemon. I'm salivating.

T: Very restrained taste. Palpable grassy and floral bitterness underlaid by subtle citrus hop notes and a nice dry malt base. A bit of spiciness in the finish, with sweet grain and a breath of mild bitterness lingering.

M: Tingly, creamy body. Nice.

O: This is tasty. Hops could be a little more assertive in the taste but it's still refined. (743 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Subtle floral citrus aromas, very sweet.

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

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

Overall, clean and crisp, pretty much what I expected, if a bit dry. Maine has a good setup, look forward to trying more in the future, cheers. (615 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: clear light golden colored body with a faint orange hue into my nonic. The white head was about three fingers for about a good two minutes before slowly dieing. The lacing was light, and somewhat spotty. Some carbonation was seen rising. No rings were left as the beer was sipped.

S: centered around the hops. Some citrus came out to play, but very subtley.

T: hops, some citrus came out but it was mostly faint. There was a faint malty backbone. The finish was mostly bitter and dry.

M: medium. It was well carbonated, with a lingering dryness, but was still balanced. It was mostly a drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about. Since the hops take center stage on this beer, I'm not exactly sure if this is really a pale ale. I'm just wondering if this is closer to an IPA. No worries, I would have this again. (865 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a nice big creamy head that pusses down to a rocky finger’s width, leaving slight spots and clouds of sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and torrential with bubbles of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. This beer smells fat and juicy. It is drizzling with citrus, mango, pine, and slight pineapple. There is a great buttery biscuit smell lying below the fruity hops and giving the beer a great body. This smell is very enticing. The beer tastes like a mellower version of the smell, but it’s a little disappointing. The initial sip dances with some of those wonderful hops but rushes away quickly and is replaced by vegetal bitters. The taste overall is bitter and average. There is a great bitter taste at the middle with a little stale biscuit taste that lasts in the mouth and reminds me of a bitter earthy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety, sitting quite nicely on the tongue and leaving the mouth with a nice skim of saliva and a little dry. The only problem is the earthy, almost vegetal bitter aftertaste that tingles through the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good APA that is hurt by its aftertaste. The smell is to die for and might be my new favorite smell, but the taste doesn’t quite follow up. This is another good offering from Maine Beer Company but my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried; to be fair I must admit that APA’s are not my favorite. This beer is definitely worth a try and smell and continues the excellence that this nano-brewery has developed. (1,550 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%

500ml bottle dated 7/15/14 poured into an unlabeled snifter 9/1/2014.

A- Light, slightly hazy, caramel body with a two finger white head, fair retention time. The head drops into a thick, bubbly collar that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing. [3.75]

S- Clean caramel and toffee pale malt sweetness, some grapefruit. Not too complicated, but smells quite good. [3.75]

F- Plenty of grapefruit accompanied by grainy pale malt sweetness, bread, caramel and crackers. Pine on the finish. More than solid; this is certainly a fairly hop-forward pale ale. [4]

M- Medium bodied, crisp and carbonated just right. Dry, refreshing, crisp and sharp. Finish is pine resin mixed in with grainy pale malt sweetness. [4]

O- More than solid APA although that still doesn't justify the likely cost. Still, despite the relative lack of complexity, this is nicely executed without off-flavours or lacking in any particular category. [4]

Final score: 3.9375 (950 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine MO is a very hoppy APA without particularly strong malt. I kinda wish there was more malt there to balance the hops.

A: Orange colour and a big 3 cm head with strong, visible carbonation. Looks great! 5

S: Nice citrus hop aroma and some noticeable maltiness too. 4

T: The main flavour is strong piney, grassy hops. There isn't much malt there to balance it. Still nice though. 3.75

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4 (409 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Black Sheep, Mineola, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white cap. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit aromas, with a touch of pine.

The taste consisted of thick and resinous waves of apricot, mango and pine atop a chewy muddled pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full with a low level carbonation and lingering hop spice.

Overall a balmy hop bomb that lulls the palate to sleep with the dulling body. (486 characters)

MO from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.