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MO - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 2,708
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23%
Wants: 254
Gots: 441 | FT: 16
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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 SD-Alefan
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Pours a exceedingly lovely clear copper color with a bubbly white head.
The aroma is loaded with citrus notes and a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, lots of orange and a hint of grapefruit, maybe a bit of peach and sweet pineapple. A very nice malt balance and a perfect, slightly bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding: Medium, smooth, nearly creamy.
Overall, I just can't stop drinking this beer. Wish I could get it regularly...

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up two single bottles dated 10-28. Have had this beer several times but just now appreciating how damn good it is when super fresh. Subtle, delicate, nuanced and many other adjectives that escape my buzzed brain at the moment ( just killed the second one). Still don't love their prices but this is super high end APA!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: very soft pour so almost no head. Nice orange color with good clarity, beer has legs for low ABV

S: very crisp orange smell with a little bitterness and some cracker

T: just a very vibrant orange taste so crisp malty crackery on the finish but the explosion of pure orange taste is very nice

M: Amazingly crisp with a dry finish and as this beer ages the dryer it gets very light mouthfeel

O: about near as perfect so you get for a lower ABV pale ale, very clean dry orange on the tongue and very light in the mouth it looks great, it smells great, it tastes great find if drink it. Beware of bottle dates at two months this beer is shockingly bland on citrus, falls off quick. Under a month you will just sit there dumbfounded.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; honey colored; 2 finger pillowy, white head that receded slowly to a very thick cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit is most prominent with pale malt in the background;

T: grapefruit all the way through with grapefruit rind bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the astringency of the bitterness is a bit much, but that's my only complaint;

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Photo of mst934
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Most reviews in the 4+ range are all on point with my feelings. I have yet to have Zombie Dust, but for the Pale Ale options I have had, this one is easily number one. I found all of mine with a $6.50 price tag, so for a pint plus a few ounces I wasn't bummed. Grabbed a handful to bring back South.

It's refreshing, has a solid body and leaves you wanting more. Kudos MBC.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 072914.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Solid punch of earthy, pungent hops and slightly sweet malt. Very well balanced between the two.

T- Again, good hop flavor in the front that gives way to a bready malt finish. The hops are tangy but not really citrusy. Rather more piney.

M- Tight and crisp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely quite good but I feel like it's not as good as the price should reflect.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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Photo of macher0
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw. A little cloudy. Fine bubble egg shell head. Sticky laces. The smell bursts with citrus notes: grapefruit, mangos, lemon peel, and pineapple. The taste follows. This is a great beer for citrus-heads. Very light malts backbone and distinctive yeast character. Very smooth, crisp, and light body.

This is a great beer - all around. A lot of the citrus notes of Zombie Dust are similar and the light malt to hop ratio of Pliney is present.

I think this is excellent and is underrated.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite American Pale Ale. Great Beer.. I love having this beer on tap and bottle is great as well. This beer has just the right amount of hops.. Nice and smooth..The percentage of alcohol at 6% is perfect ..if u haven't had this beer, try to get a hold of it

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. According to the label, this was bottled on July 15, 2014, presumably part of batch # 59.

Poured into a large Sam Adams new model Boston Lager glass, this beer initially had a clear golden amber coloration, though chill haze soon crept in, making things rather opaque. There was a BIG, creamy, sudsy, rocky beige colored foam head. Said head took quite a while to drop (never doing so entirely) and left all sorts of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruity hop aroma greeted the workers at my olfactory. There were also some piney notes, but the grapefruity scents overcame all opposition.

Grapefruity, citrusy hops lead the charge at the tastebud beachhead. Midway through, there’s a slightly mineralish taste. The malt backbone provides some toasty notes and keeps the hops from being too overbearing. Make no mistake, this tastes like a hoppy pale ale, not an IPA.

The body was best described as “medium,” with a perfect level of carbonation.

I know something that is 6% abv isn’t an ideal session beer, but damn me if I don’t want to try! If I were to encounter this on-tap at one of my locals, I’d probably stick with it all night.

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Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled September 24, drank September 27 (it pays to check unmarked cases in liquor store refrigerators).

Appearance: Semitranslucent yellow. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Slight orange/grapefruit citrus, much more hard water. The major aromas are hard water and soft flowers. Sweet, light floral aromas; not thick like rose, more like lilac.

Taste: The aroma carries through to the flavor, with subtle but distinct hop flavors (sweet floral, mild orange/grapefruit). Great fresh grain flavor before the crisp dry finish.

Everything is subtle, even at just 3 days in the bottle. It's not like the beer is green, or weak, or prematurely old, it's just subtle. Additionally, doesn't drink like 6% ABV at all, more like 4%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, gives a soft and creamy impression. Low bitterness, but sharpens up with the dry finish. Great stuff.

Overall: This is a great but mellow beer. It's not fabulous, but it is flawless. It's refined and subtle without being "challenging" (you taste what's there, it's just not punching you in the face).

This beer kind of exemplifies my problem with Maine Beer Co. Forget that it's overpriced (though it is: love MBC or hate them, deal with it: you can get beer this quality for a much lower price), the problem is that it's widely distributed, and either produced at such a quantity or distributed inefficiently enough that it's rare to find Mo or Peeper that's younger than a month old.

...which is sad, because this is an every day pale ale. This is a vision of what day to day fresh beer can be: delicate flavors masterfully put together. A pleasure to drink, provided it's fresh and plentiful. I'm not chasing the delivery truck around to get a chance to taste this, but I'm loving the hell out of the fresh bottle I lucked into. Why not just sell every drop of this fast, fresh, local?

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%

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

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Photo of benloho
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev -6.1%

A- Pours a deep orange in color and very hazy in the glass. A big head forms and retains for days. The head is thick and frothy and dense, sticking around almost literally forever. The lacing is also tremendous on this beer.

S- Slightly floral and hoppy, but not aggressively hoppy or bitter on the nose. Just a touch of bright citrus flavor is in the scent as well. Nothing super complex or aggressive here, just about your standard APA.

T- Starts with a rather mild hops bitterness that is the focus of the beer, but not the only part of the flavor. An underlying malt sweetness sits right under the slight hop bitterness throughout the drink, and provides the base for the mild hops. The hops turn more toward a spiciness than a bitterness midway through the drink and combine with the malt base to give an overall mild pale ale.

M- Light and springy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is a moderately smooth pale ale. Slick across the tongue with just a touch of lingering hops bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a flagship pale ale. Nothing too aggressive in the way of hops, but good balance flavor overall.

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Photo of MarkGamber
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Bought at Beverage Baron in Barre, VT, dated 7/26. Hazy orange as I've come to expect from any decent IPA. It has a huge citrusy smell that hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. The taste followed albiet a hair more bitter then I was expecting. If it was just a *bit* more balanced (less bitter) it could be as good as Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. It was bright, sunny, citrusy with a dry finish that wants to be followed with more. It says 6% but it packed a pretty good punch, too...perhaps because it goes down so easily. Cheers!

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Photo of Skordi13
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DAMN! Ok so this is the best APA I've ever had. Maine brewing always kills it, but this time it's ridiculous. This is on par if not better than Three Floyds Zombie Dust, actually screw it this is better. Great hoppy taste with an awesome citrus afternote, grapefruit or tangerine can't really tell. 95 is good but sorely under-rated for this beer, just go get it and you'll agree with me. Again, DAMN!!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an earthy burnt orange color. two to three fingers of a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a huge lacing all over the side of the glass. completely opaque with lots of haze

Smell: orange, orange zest, floral hops. slight bready malt sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fairly juicy orange, along with a dash of orange zest and lemon. hops flavors round out with an earthy pine and some florals. backend has a slight sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: light, some lingering bitterness, a touch dry. fairly refreshing

Overall: better than the other pale ales I have had from Maine Beer but still fair from my list of top pale ales. the taste come off with too much earthiness, along with a hop profile that just doesn't do it for me. That said it is refreshing as a pale ale should be.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in a cloudy light orange. It has a 2 finger fluffy head.

The aroma has huge orange and tangerine, definitely some tropical fruits like passionfruit and pineapple. Some pine and dankness on the back from the Simcoe and Falconer's Filght.

The beer hits with those tropical fruits in the front. The general theme is a grapefruit flavor with fruit flavor, bitterness, and slight sweetness. A very clean drinking beer that then hits of pine dankness on the back. This is complemented with some biscuity malt.

Maine Beer Company again with some of the best hoppy beers around.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bright orange hue, big white head, and huge thick lacing down the glass. Big citrus nose, orange dominated, slightly tropical. Taste starts off with some biscuit notes, grapefruit and orange through mid palate and finishes bitter and piney. Big bright explosion of carbonation, medium body, and slightly dry finish. Classic American pale ale and one of the best.

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Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a big, bright golden color with a touch of haze and a big, pillowy two-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

Aromas: Wow, this beer has a complex, inviting set of aromas. There's citrus, and grassiness, and fruitiness, and some malt, and even a little caramel, and some nice hop bite.

Taste: This is a very tasty pale ale that borders on an IPA. The taste is full of floral citrus and there's a nice malt backbone and a little touch of booziness. Calling this a pale ale that borders on an IPA is actually kind of a disservice because what it really is is a complex, hoppy, flavorful ale with mid-level alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's sessionable but has some decent density. A good beer to pair with any meal.

Overall: MO is a beer to seek out, savor, and enjoy. A perfectly executed, complex, flavorful ale with moderate alcohol. The real deal.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nonic from the MBC bottle dated 20140701

A: Clear body and a big white soapy head that settled into a tight 4mm disk. It can not be excited back to a big head, yet has medium activity still 1/2 way through.

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit. Modern hop, like an oniony azzaca and mosaic, is mild but present. Gentle and a reminder that lightly hopped beer must be consumed fresh. Malts are lighter 2row style with some very faint aliphatic hydrocarbon notes and malted sweetness are way back in the nose and do not get in the way, as the yeast also seems to be a very gentle and unobtrusive strain.

T: WOW. Great freshness and very hop driven on the uptake. Aeration of the uptake is initially very tropical and light, then goes to a sweet malt note.

M: Slick on the palate, mildly bitter in the middle and a slight malt dry finish. well balanced finish that stays creamy on the tongue for quite some time. Tight bubbles in appearance must be playing a part on that front.

O: crazy good Pale Ale, and easily eclipses my favorite from Founders. Great example of the style.

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Photo of mattbk
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, perfect looking pale ale, decent carbonation. Can't imagine you can make a pale ale look much better than this.
S: Grapefruit, orange, citrus, not much sweetness, smells almost dry, nice.
T: Very citrus, orange, grapefruit, a little bit of malty light sweetness, very nice. Quite dry, very pronounced bitterness, but not too much. Crisp. Very, very nice beer.
M: Would have preferred it just a little less dry, maybe a little less carbonation.
O: Really solid beer. Probably my favorite from Maine beer.

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Photo of spacebear09
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.