Maine Island Trail Ale - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Maine Island Trail AleMaine Island Trail Ale

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89
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 05-16-2013

Hoppy Session Ale
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Photo of Jcorn
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not exceptional in any way. But also not bad in any way. Just sorta bland & uninspired. Did I just use the word uninspired? Lame. Extra points for coming in a tall boy.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear wheat gold. Head is a bubbly and loose white with a small slightly dense collar. Minimal lacing with a slightly above average carbonation on the pour. Minimal head retention leaves spots of soapy cap.

Smell: Simcoe right up front. Solid notes of pine resin and pine needle. A touch of tropical fruit runs through it thanks to the Citra. Stonefruit - peach. Pale malt base adds a touch of sweetness but mostly throws cracker and white bread crust. A touch of other tropical fruit but nothing definitive - passionfruit, mango, or something similar.

Taste: A bit more Citra up front with a solid tropical flavor. Hints at peach and mango. A touch of bitterness on the back. Solid but not aggressive pine needle with some pine sap thrown in for good measure. Crackery snap to the malt base with a touch of pale bready malt sweetness. Clean. Hops are nicely balanced offering a bit more bitterness than the malt base can handle, but it works. Slight lingering woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly crisp. Medium leaning to light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Maine - I didn't know you could do it.

I've been waiting for someone in New England to make an APA that was crisp, hoppy, light, and refreshing. Rising Tide finally did it. This beer falls in the same line as Daisy Cutter and that's about as high praise as I can offer. I'll be keeping this around for as long as I can find it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/19/13.
A great session beer.

Yellow gold color with a thick white head. Ample lace.

Pine and citrus aroma. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit taste, a bit of lemon also. Pine resin. Biscuit.

A crisp, refreshing beer. The bomber went down easily. Wish I had another.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, golden in color

Smell: grass and citrus hops

Taste: grass, citrus hops, and pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate-high carbonation, slightly bitter with some sweetness at the end

Overall: A decent and above average, sessionable, slightly hoppy pale ale. I would get this again due to the cause, but I wish the beer was more memorable.

Photo of MakersMarksman
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Hands down one of the BEST APAs I've ever had the privilege of drinking. Closer to a subtle IPA in my honest opinion. Very citrusy and refreshing. My cousin works for the brewery ad I can wait to see him over the holidays. I only wish you could buy it somewhere else besides New England.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized tulip. Great for this tallboy can.

Can't be mad at this appearance: foamy pale white head over a golden body with lager-like clarity. Lace streaks around the glass. 4.75

Mango and melon and orange juice on the nose. Light malt sweetness. Really lovely aroma. 4.5

Faintly hints at the lovely nose, with a juicy mango and melon and floral flavor and gentle sweet malt flavor. Occasional lemon sneaks in.
4

My only qualms with this beer are the body and feel. It's simply too light and bordering on watery. Other than that it's mellow and easy-drinking and has a pleasant bitterness. 3.75

I won't lie, despite the few things I dislike about this beer, I'd still drink about a gallon of it.

Photo of mriley1984
4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely good session ale. Borderline extra pale ale.

Photo of kingston2
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear yellow with nice head formation. Dissipates to nice fine lacing. Nose is full of bright pine and citrus. Very clean and nice. Taste is similar. A very nice, simple yet clean pale ale. I get a bit more pine than citrus in the taste. Nice easy drinking mouth feel and one that can be consumed in quantity without feeling guilty. Brought back a case from recent trip thru New England. Would buy again next time thru.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/19/15

A: Clear gold with some slightly darker honey - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head, leaves a nearly solid, white cap, leaves some nice lacing

S: Very clean and hoppy in a light, bright way - nice amount of soft citrus, with tangerine and some floral grapefruit - light tropical notes with some mango, melon - pine and pine needles - touch of peach - very pale malts, extremely clean

T: Very light, very refreshing, very easy to drink - soft, ripe tangerine, a touch of grapefruit, some floral citrus - lightly grassy, with some sharp pine needles - juicy mango, some melon, peaches - low bitterness - pale malts, light bread, light crackers - light sweetness - very clean overall

M: Light body, smooth, medium level of carbonation, finishes lightly hoppy

O: I can never remember the name of this beer, but I won't forget the beer

This is extraordinarily drinkable. It is hoppy, flavorful, and very clean. It's not as hoppy as an IPA (or a session IPA), but it's not supposed to be - it's a balanced APA. The most last time I drank a season-only release that I wanted to drink year-round was when I first had Firestone Walker Easy Jack. And now it is year-round. I hope this gets the same treatment.

Photo of ChaseBoat77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boys. Great summer beer. Good aroma, great hop presence in the taste that is very well balanced. An easy drinker with some good hop flavor that doesn't taste watered down. Just what I was looking for this summer. 2-3 of these 4 packs always find their way into my cooler.

Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at b. Good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a nifty pale orange with heavy carbonation and a big, pillowy, frothy white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the way down. 4

Aroma: Citrus dominates the nose of this pale ale, with some nice pine hops backing it up. Also some yeast and malt are noticeable. 4

Taste: This beer has a very nice flavor profile. Citrus and hops are both forward. Alcohol is basically unnoticeable. This is very much a session ale, and it's full of flavor, with a great hoppy finish following orange and lemon up front. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth for a session ale. Good stuff. 4

Overall: One of the better domestic pales I've had. It's perfectly balanced and has a nice level of complexity to the flavors. Highly recommended. 4.25

Photo of fjoe
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this on a IP trade, good beer worth a try.

Photo of wfairfld
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

One of my favorite summer ales with a bright citrus hoppy flavor and portion of the proceeds benefits the Maine Island Trail Association! Salut!

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just didn't care for it.

Photo of SoulFroosh
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks and tastes exactly like PEAK's Fresh Cut (also from Portland, Maine)
I'm actually convinced this is the same beer.

I mean I'm not complaining because Fresh Cut is superb, but I need to look into this more. I wonder if Rising Tide brews this for Peak.

Hmmmm

(very nice beer none the less)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good initial head. Great blanket lace...initially. Cloudy, golden color.

Attractive malt hop blend. Like a well made pale ale.

Starts peppery but there's a touch of fruitiness mid taste. Straight bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste. Low body with an elevated carbonation

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a true pint shaker, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale honey-gold coloring with a sparse, frothy, light, bright white head. Aromas of bright citrus tart and sweet, with lemon and grapefruit characteristics, blending with a fresh, pine tree smell, also. Very balanced nose, and very aromatic. Flavors of piney hops initially, with a bitter and resin undertone. Very hop-centric, with a ribbon of citrus tartness throughout it, all on a light biscuit backbone. Very well balanced. Light and smooth in mouth, with a bitter and piney aftertaste. Slightly dry, clean, crisp finish. Amazingly balanced and refreshing beer!

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Bert's
Deep straw with a touch of haze, large rocky bone white head persists forever. Big tropical fruit with resin and pine with just a touch of bread deep underneath. Light cardboard is noticeable in the aroma but not horribly distracting. Medium to light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Great warm weather beer.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Nosh in Portland.

Appearance- gold. Quick white head. Nice lacing around top of beer.

Smell- light citrus and pine hops. Light ale yeast. Very light malty background.

Taste- starts with earthy/piney hops. Nice malty backbone takes over and finishes. Well balenced.

Mouthfeel- light bodied with good hop resin. Smooth carbonation. Finishes clean.

Overall- a very nice hoppy pale. Super sessionable. What I want I a session beer. Recommended.

Photo of Soxskier
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish it was easier to find this. Great summer beer.

Photo of jddimo
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe the tastiest hoppy IPA I had all last year. Deliciously hoppy and a bit balanced, but not even slightly malty or heavy. If you are a hop-head like me, and live in New England, you've got to try this seasonal specialty!

Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A chilled 22oz bottle is split between two pint glasses. I have the bottom half of the bottle.

This is a slightly hazy golden straw beer with a pure white foam head. The other pour has a head with more soap bubbles than foam and better lacing than my pour.

There is a very nice citrus hop aroma.

The beer has a big crisp hop flavor. Pale malts provide a good base sweetness. I got some of the yeast in my pour, which I can taste and provide some pepper to the finish.

The beer has a body that's on the lighter side, but carbonation is strong. There is some coating, but it is more watery that sticky. It feels like an easy drinking beer.

I am enjoying this beer. I can see how it would be an excellent session beer for Maine summers. I heard it compared to Founders All Day IPA, and while I don't like it quite as much as that beer, Maine Island Trail Ale does have a lot going for it. I hope I can get some growlers of it for my cookouts this summer.

Photo of jesmillet
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good on the water, on the lawn, on the beach, and even can hold it's own after the sun goes down. Really enjoy this as the greatest alternative to summer pounder. Long live the tall boy!

Photo of kemoarps
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

can dated 4/30/15
Incredibly pale yellow. Clear and light. Decent little white head that stays around and carbonation iz active. Looks like a positive example of the stereotypes you see on the cover of oktoberfest adverts. Beautiful lacing.

Nose is light and grassy, some floral hop notes and a touch of yeast. Maybe some like biscuits or crackers or something similar.

Comes in grassy and a bit soapy before digging back into yeasty crackers. Eventually merges into a piney bitter finish that lasts nicely. Some lemon notes peek in and there's a round malt lurking in the background that raises it's shoulders on occasion to peek out from under the rug.
Finish is like water crackers and grass and a touch of lemon, but not juicy, and maybe some pine. Crisp though!

Photo of Carolvs
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an ale glass from a four-pack of cans I picked up while vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine.

A - Raditant lemon-yellow.

S - Citrus & pine

T - Strong yet not overpowering hops

O - Fantastic summer beer: light on the palate, refreshing and zesty. Consequently, very drinkable; with an ABV around 4, a 4-pack disappears quick-like.

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Maine Island Trail Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.