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2013 | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JMScowcroft on 11-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 130
Reviews by corby112:
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-29-13

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color tangerine colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing covering the glass on the way down.

Dank aroma that's dominated by uber fresh, juicy hops. Very floral and earthy with resinous oils and grassy pine countered by sweet citrus/tropical fruit and a pale malt backbone. The American hop and yeast dominate the nose and it smells more like a DIPA than anything else. The citrus/tropical fruit notes are prominent with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, papaya and orange peel. As it warms, the spicy esters and lighter fruit notes start to show. Decent malt presence underneath the strong hop profile with hints of biscuit, bread, graham cracker and toffee. Smells great!

Medium body with soft carbonation and fresh earthy hops up front countered by spicy Belgian yeast, light fruit and a prominent pale malt backbone. The different flavors are better integrated than in the nose, resulting in a beer that tastes and feels more like a hoppy pale ale than a big DIPA. More complex than expected with lingering dry hop bitterness followed by tropical and citrus fruit sweetness before the yeast and pale malt flavors come in on he back end. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus peel cut through the bitterness and are complimented by spicy, breast yeast, biscuit malt, cracker, apple and pear flavor. There's a lot going on here but the flavors play off of each other well and it's very easy to drink. Doesn't live up to the intense aroma but it has plenty of hop flavor and Belgian character while still feeling like a pale ale. Another solid beer from Maine Beer Company.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 finger pure white head, with solid retention and thick lacing. Brew is a brownish-orange, very dark for a pale, and translucent.

Lovely aroma! Smells like an IPA: citrus and tropical fruit; lemon, wheat, a hint of walnut, yeast, grapefruit. Complex and delicious.

Much drier and flatter flavor than the aroma teased. Hoppy and bright; resinous. Leather, tobacco, and wheat. Dull malt aftertaste mingled with dry hops.

Refreshingly dry and sparkly; light and thin feel.

I don't know what MBC/Allagash were going for with this beer. It smells absolutely awesome, but it doesn't come across as a sweet Belgian Pale, and while hoppy, lacks the flavoring hops of an IPA. Instead it hits my palate very flatly, with little flavor to speak of.

I'm not saying it's not a beer worth trying out; it might be right up your alley. I also have no doubt that it's well-crafted and met what they had in mind; it just didn't work for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/29/2013.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Very hazy. Medium white head and a nice chunky collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruits. Citrus hops. A little bit of toasty malt.

Taste - Mango with some citrus hops and sweet malts. A little bit of toasty malts. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Verging on sluggish, but well carbonated.

Overall - One-dimensional, but that dimension is really nice. Tropical fruit everywhere in this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Twobeards
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drinking in the second week of January, bottle with a date of the end of October. Might have hurt the hoppy characters a bit. Pours with a golden orange hue, and a half finger head that settles to a thin film, that leaves decent lacing as you drink. Smell contains floral and citrus hops, with a bit of the malt character coming through. Taste is a nice balance of bittering and aroma from the hops, with the Belgian yeast give some nice peppery notes. Not a hop bomb by any means, but I think it makes it abit more drinkable because of that. Great mouthfeel helping by the finer carbonation from the bottle carbing.

Overall a very good beer that's pretty drinkable. Might have been expecting something a little more interesting from a collab of MBC, allagash and in'finti. But definitely enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger slightly off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grassy and citrus hops, bready yeast, apples; not getting any Belgian here, but that may be the nice hops talking. Flavor follows aroma, dominated by citrus and grassy hops, lightly floral; mild bready malt, grapefruit rind, orange. Now I taste the Belgian yeast influence, mostly in the pleasantly light but hoppy finish. Light to medium bodied with very nice sharp carbonation. I think this leans in the direction of a Belgian IPA, but it's too nice to argue about. Although the Belgian yeast is covered almost completely, it does add a nice lightness to the finish. Quite flavorful for a light pale ale. My first Maine Beer Company ale and I look forward to trying more

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a nice wheat gold, opaque and bright. A good foamy white head and some good lacing.

S. Grassy and orange peel.

T/M. Very flavorful. There are some sweet peach notes there, it's a bit hoppy and grassy. The aftertaste is almost minty. Semi-smooth, medium bodied. Semi-carbonated. Citrusy.

O. It's so complex and flavorful. Very refreshing. Smooth and tempered in its sweetness. Very nice.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/14/13

Appearance: Pours a medium orange - some gold and honey tones as well - lightly hazy - somewhat large, off-white, foamy head - fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: More or less smells like a mild American IPA with Belgian yeast - some nice citrus notes, including tangerine, orange, and some grapefruit - flesh and some pith - light hint of tropical fruits - Belgian yeast is very subtle, but it's there - some banana and pepper - overall, very floral - lightly earthy - pale, very clean malts, which seems like a signature of Maine Beer Co.

Taste: Citrus, pale malts, and some Belgian influences - tangerine and orange, mostly - flesh and a little pith - low bitterness - Belgian yeast becomes more apparent as it warms up, with banana, clove, and some peppery flavors - pale, clean malts - dough, undercooked biscuits, and some grains - floral and earthy

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, nice finish

Overall: I'd happily buy another one of these for $2.013 (although it would probably be rounded)

This is a very tasty Belgian Pale Ale. It has some nice citrus and Belgian notes, but it's really nothing to write home about. It's not as exceptional as a number of other beers coming out of this brewery. And I think I paid $9 for this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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