MO - Maine Beer Company

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MOMO

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357 Reviews
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Reviews: 357
Hads: 2,639
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 244
Gots: 401 | FT: 17
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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 BeerBuckeye
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (1,009 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml / 16.9oz / 1pt 0.9oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; bottling date of April 16, 2013 printed in black ink on the side of the label (“041613 13”) with a notice to drink within 90 days of bottling. It’s been 17 days, so freshness is pretty awesome.

Appearance (4.5): Now this beer gives off quite an active pour: four good fingers of very fine foam that dies down slowly, leaving thick, wide, splotchy collars all down the glass; the head also leaves a raised little plateau in the middle of the glass—just excellent. The body is a pale, honey-golden color with orange highlights and just a slight chill haze.

Smell (4.25): Really excellent, sticky citrus notes: mango, some pineapple, and fresh orange juice. Mixes with some mildly dank, mildly catty aromas—overally, characteristically American, in a great way. There are some warm, bready, slightly biscuity malt tones, which are overall nice, blonde, and dry.

Taste (3.75): The hop flavor is surprisingly tame, it seems, but what’s there is still really nice. Some lemony bitterness and flavor, mixed with a really clean, grassy bitterness that characterizes the finish. There’s also a light, almost watered-down pineapple flavor that pairs well with that dry, warm, fresh-baked breadiness. Crackery, crisp, grassy, slightly fruity, and it finishes nicely dry. This is well put-together and well-crafted, but much subtler than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is very fine but still on the aggressive side, with a nice foaming action on the way down and prickling very finely all over. The body is almost medium-weight with a slightly oily feel but still finishing very dry. MBC really does the body well for these pale beers.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid pale ale, though I admit I was expecting something much more lush and juicy—but what’s in the glass is crisp, grassy, dry, refreshing, and very enjoyable. The aroma is fantastic, and to be honest that’s what I was expecting from the palate, but at least with this bottle that’s not the case. But y’know what? Still pretty tasty. (2,125 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle: 1/12/13

Presently, this is the #13 ranked Pale Ale here on BA. Competitive category... this had better be good.

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured an apricot color, quite hazy, and with nice half finger or so head on top.

S: POW fruit! Mango upfront, with a good bit of leafy hops to boot. Orange peel might be in there as well, but I wouldn't count on it or anything.

T: There's something about the Pale Ale as opposed to the IPA that really moves me. This strikes a very fine balance between orange juice and beer... mostly beer. Excellent all around hop-wise, and infinitely drinkable.

M: Bubbly and playful in the carbonation sense, with the most ridiculous lacing my eyes have ever seen.

O: Awesome Pale Ale for sure. I've yet to experience a bad beer by Maine Brewing Co. (807 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours a burnt golden orange in the glass with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stay smooth and creamy looking, leaving back a robust smattering of lacing behind. Smells fresh and floral with a little dankness and pine mixed in. Lot of juicy tropical fruit notes. Taste has a zesty grapefruit bitterness with a resinous finish. Sticky notes of fruit, herbal flavors and neutral malt sweetness do a tremendous job of balancing and adding extra flavor to this. The mouthfeel is medium with a firm and sharp feel in the mouth which is undercut by just the right amount of creaminess. This was really nice. An APA with a good bit of aggressive to it yet was still extremely well balanced, with those tropical passion fruit flavors in particular really standing out. Well worth checking out. (799 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16 served in a ¾ pint glass. Why is a 6% APA not in a full pint? Hmm…

A: Very lightly hazed pale amber body, with a finger of dense, pillowy white head. Terrific retention and lace. Excellent.

S: Floral hops dominate, with some light fruity and honey notes as well. Fairly light, very fresh. Enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose at first, with bright floral hoppiness dominating the front and middle; toward the finish the honeyed malt comes into play with a bit of biscuity sweetness ahead of a cleanly bitter aftertaste. Hop-forward but still balanced. Simple and very tasty.

M: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. A bit too thin and bubbly, but not bad for the style.

O: Very good APA, and well-worth the $3.50 price at happy hour - even for a 12oz glass. It's nowhere near amazing enough to justify the price of bottles, though. If this came in a $10 sixpack I’d be all over it.

Cheers! (911 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company - MO

Look - Pours a cloudy honey with a glorious soapy head. Lacing abound.

Smell - Dank citrus hops, spices, snappy malts. Literally mouth-watering.

Taste - Smooth, lightly carbonated dry malt followed by a tasty hop blast. Has some bite. Light and crisp as hell.

Mouthfeel - Clean, dry, and not boozy at all. Quite drinkable.

Overall - What a great brew, thoroughly enjoyed and would 100% recommend. This would be absolutely amazing for a Summer cookout or something, or whenever you want to feel like you are at one. (544 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (2,202 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a small white wine glass at the Collonade hotel in Boston, room 544. Bought at the Bauer wine and spirit at Newbury street just a few blocks away. Label says it should be drunk fresh and mine was bottled just 20 days ago.

Poured a finger of fine white foam that shows great stability and leaves thick lacing.
Body is a pale orange with quite some carbonation visible. 4.0

Smell is changing in back and forth from fresh citric hops to something I fail to place. Something much more mellow maybe tangerine. 3.75

Taste is citric hops mainly, with bitterness in the aftertaste. In my opinion not enough of a balancing malty backbone. 3.75

Fine tickling carbonation makes it quite refreshing. Body is a bit thin. Refreshing but not much more. Foam feels rough. 3.25

I like the beer and its the fresh hops. This is what this beer is about. Like many other american beers it focuses too much on the great hops this country produces and forgets about balance or modesty. Learn from the Belgiums! 3.75 (1,019 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light, clear golden color with a very impressive large white head.

Smells of big bright citrus, juicy orange and pineapple and grapefruit. Pretty aggressive and bitter hop aroma, hint of pine, not much of a malt character.

Taste is similar but less intense than nose. Grapefruit and orange again, more pine than in the nose, again a pretty neutral malt profile and mostly all hops. Very good but a bit of a letdown after the excellent nose.

Carbonation is really nice but the body is a tad thin. I don't mind that so much really, I'll take a thin body over a malty flavor in an IPA, but it does prevent the feel from being great and not just good.

Really nice "pale" ale, more of an IPA really. Love this brewery, they've yet to disappoint.

8.0/10 (767 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 04-02-2013
Freshness: Bottled 01-12-13
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Very cool that this beer was named for twin babies Madeline and Oliver, as I just brewed a homebrew to celebrate my own grandson's birth...

Pour yields a giant white head of tight bubbles on a clear, bright golden beer. Head retention is super, with very good lacing. My last pour is cloudy from the yeast sediment.

Very pleasing aromas are of pepper, plus citrus hop notes such as grapefruits and pine trees.

Taste is primarily about the citrus hop character; it's bitter but not over the top. Nicely balanced.

The feel features prickly carbonation and is medium bodied. Finished dry and bitter from the hops, but still balanced.

Overall, an excellent rendition of a pale ale

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one! (859 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 1, 2013

Beer is cloudy orange-gold. Moderately-sized white head. Good retention, decent lace.

Nose contains passionfruit, soap, grapefruit and lemon. Slight pine. Only a small bit of sweet, biscuity malt.

Taste is similar to the nose. Citrus is the focus, grapefruit, lemon and passionfruit. Moderate bitterness. A bit of sweet, bready malt flavours. Well balanced. Citrus is bright but not overly strong. Refreshing.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level.

Overall, tasty. A nice APA. Flavourful yet fairly mild. (546 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have a chance to try another brew from these folks.

Looks good on the pour. Nice citrus nose. Good punch on the mouth, in a refined way. That's how I would define this beer: refined. It's not overdoing it just for the sake of things. Carbonation is a bit much and biting. But overall a very nice drinker. (314 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, 30 days old, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy, unfiltered looking orange color with a billowy white 2-finger head that quickly retreats to some cream that floats on top of the liquid. Lots of lacing.

S- Fresh citrus nose, lemon and grapefruit. Some pine, some floral esters.

T- Mostly citrus hops, some caramel and pale malt flavors. Slight pine taste.

M-Refreshing. Wet, cool, and hoppy. Tangy hop zing, not overly bitter. Lively carbonation.

O- At first, the nose made me think of American IPA, but it is truly a properly amped-up APA. (569 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When you spend $6 for a pint anticipating world class flavor, the bar is set high. MO pours a murky off orange color with a couple fingers of head,and decent lacing.

If you are expecting a traditional ale, the aroma immediately lets you know that it is much more: the tropical fruits are prominent like a hopped up quality IPA, and the flavors follow suit.
Overall a nicely balanced hop explosion on your palate.

Whether this fine ale would suit traditional ale drinkers is debatable, regardless it is worth a try for the taste experience alone, and lovers of hoppy IPAs should seek this one out for sure.
There is a certain delectable peach-mango flavor going on here.

Finding that many of the top ranked New England brews worth trying simply aren't available in a six pack, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth the price tag if the bottom line is quality. (864 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)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this bottle into a tulip style glass. The beer is golden colored with quite a bit of head on it. There was some pretty good lacing from some sticky foam.

The nose is pleasantly hoppy. You get that full amount of citrus without being overwhelming. It smells more like an IPA than an APA. The hops fall off in the flavor which makes for a proper label of APA.

There is some very good balance in this easy drinking brew. I recommend this to pair with many other beers. Maine Beer puts out many quality brews... this is definitely among them. (550 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a nonic pint. Bottled 1/3/13, reviewed 2/3/13

A - Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three finger fluffy head, clouds up quite a bit when/if you pour the yeast in. Slighty resembles a hefeweizen, leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Hops jump out quite a bit on this one. Citrus, grassy, herbal, earthy, and dank hops. Maybe a slight underlying hint of malt.

T - Not as hoppy as the nose but still a strong presence. Also a fairly strong malt, grainy sweetness. As far as hop flavor, its similar to the profile in the nose with maybe the grassy and herbal dominating. Very balanced flavor which differs greatly from the aroma. It finishes with medium to mild bitterness.

M - Light body, very easy to drink especially considering its on the high end of strength for a pale ale. Definitely smooth, light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall a 6% pale ale, I guess some would consider it an IPA. The balance, light body, and drinkablility definitely say pale ale and a damn good one. One of the best I've had. (1,022 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.11.13
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A - Pours a hazy light orange with a bubbly light cream head that fades slowly with good lacing.

S - Hoppy pine and citrus, nice!

T - Nice subtle citrus that turns into bitter grass and some hop pine.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Hoppy and light. Refreshing and smooth, not bitterness. (336 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of grover37
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle bought from Connecticut Ave Wine & Spirits for $7 or $8. Born on 1/3/13, so about a month old. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (4): Very cloudy orange with puffy white two-finger head. Good retention and a touch of lacing at the top. This is much closer to 5 if not so cloudy. j

Aroma (4.5): Beautiful dank pine and citrus. A touch of caramel intermingles but mostly big citrus aromas of grapefruit, lemon and mango.

Taste (5): Taste follows the aroma and somehow improves on it. Hugely hoppy with a firm bitterness on the back end. Orange and lemon up front, grapefruit though the middle and passion fruit and mango on the finish. Bitterness comes through in the middle to the end but isn't overly prominent. Pine lingers nicely without overstaying its welcome.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Medium to full bodied and medium-high carbonation. Slick at first then a nice creaminess from the higher than usual carbonation. It really dances across the tongue and then the bitterness hits the back of your mouth and lingers a bit with the coating pine flavor. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4.75): One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had but it's really more of an IPA. Still really good under that style. Not much to detract from this one. Gotta pick this one up if you haven't yet - not sure what took me so long. Well worth the steep price tag. (1,349 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a slight haziness. A three-finger develops and lasts for ages, leaving chunks of lacing behind. MO is wonderfully aromatic, with plenty of tropical fruit notes emanating from the glass. A pine note lurks beneath the surface along with a honeyed, floral note.

Flavor profile is hoppy and quite dry. Grapefruit and citrus rind are abundant. Malt backbone is light and biscuity. Finishes dry, and the flavor becomes a bit lifeless on the finish. Clean, dry, and crisp, this drinks much smaller than its 6% ABV would suggest. Bottle conditioning yields a vigorous carbonation, but it's not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is otherwise oily and slightly soapy.

Very dry, aromatic, and refreshing, this would be an ideal APA for the summer months. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company. (815 characters)

Photo of jesterdeal
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

4 week old bottle from Wineworks. Aroma is fresh pine, grass, and a lemon zest. Pours opaque and golden with a huge foamy head. Taste is delightful with citrus notes, grass and a slight pine underneath. Mouthfeel was a little muddled and busy but the hops shine through. Overall, this was wonderful and tasty. Love it. (318 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (671 characters)

MO from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.