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Maine Island Trail Ale - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -12.7%
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 +18.5%

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 mriley1984
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
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 +1.7%
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 ChaseBoat77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +3.5%
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 wfairfld
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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 SoulFroosh
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.


(very nice beer none the less)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Seanniek91
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +11.2%
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 +24.7%
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 -1.5%
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 Carolvs
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Kraj30
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

session ale thats made well. just really light for me

Photo of Dufmandinga
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells SO much better than it tastes. Super citrusy aroma but does not drink as easily as a session should. Kind of heavy mouth. A little heavy on the pineyness

Photo of Givemebeer
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into pint glass

A: pale golden color and hazy. Nice head nice lacing.

S: pine and some citrus

T: hop spiciness. Lemon and pine and some grainy biscuity malt.

M: light bodied

O: good session pale ale! A little subdued on the hops and well balanced. This makes it easy to have 3 pints of this without batting an eye.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Born On 051413

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with just under a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a long while

S: Quite hoppy, with notes of citrus, pine, and a light floral backing. Also get some lightly bready malts. Crisp and simple

T: A little more floral in the hop department, along with the citrus and pine. Backed by some light bready malts. Again, crisp, clean, and simple

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great APA that is extremely easy to drink. Nothing overwhelming, but nice simple hop flavors that is balanced out with a little maltiness. Nice little summer beer

Photo of etmur007
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Enjoyable from start to finish.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours pretty clear. Yellow color. Well sized, frothy white head. Thin rings of lacing.

S-Well this is certainly going to be a hop-forward Pale Ale. Tropical fruity hops come out right off the bat. Citrus and green grass with a grain husk sort of aroma as well.

T-Citrus and some other hop fruit. Green grass as well. Has plenty of pop for a beer coming in at 4.3%. A pale maltiness provides just enough balance but it's certainly very hoppy.

M-Light bodied. Good, hard bitterness. Bubbly. Quite easy to put back. Sessionable.

O-A session-esque beer with plenty of zip. Gotta acquire some cans.

Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-10-10 in Columbia, PA from a 16 oz can

A - Straw yellow with a 1-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Pineapple flesh, light hop floral. Not much malt. Sweet and inviting.

T - Pineapple, light biscuit, grass, tea and a moderate grapefruit zest bite. Finishes dry and crisp with just a touch of sweetness to compliment the lingering but not overpowering bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Lightly prickly. Refreshing.

O - There's a lot to like about a sessionable beer with this much flavor. I'd enjoy having this again.

Photo of Boto
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz. Can: This one pours a slightly hazy, golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. This has a nice nose. Citrus and pineapple hop notes. Some malts in the background. The taste is good. A bit of bitterness to it. Pineapple and citrus hop flavors. A little bit of a biscuity malt in the background. A touch lighter body. Nice!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great session beer, one of the finest ive come across this season. it was on tap at grace Portland, and pours an opaque yet radiant yellow color with an inch of fizzing white topping. the nose is quite hoppy, but balanced by what appear to be pilsner malts and maybe a touch of wheat too. hops are bright and fruity like hill farmsteads Edward, just not to perfectly done, similar palate though. love the fresh squeezed character of this on smell and taste. washes down perfectly with a range of foods from fresh oysters on the half shell to lobster to rabbit. clean in feel and finish, very active carbonation, and a refreshing quality that is unrivaled. a very enjoyable brew, and a great first impression from the beers of rising tide. I must seek out more of their hoppy stuff. is it all this good?

Photo of BigStein88
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a good session (or American Pale Ale as they call it). Has a nice nose and some good hop bite as well but the color is too light for my liking. Reminds me a lot of the Melt Away session IPA from Newburyport without the nice color and mouthfeel (even though I am not totally sure I know what that is!). Certainly an easy summer drinker for those looking for a session IPA.

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Maine Island Trail Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.