2013 | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JMScowcroft on 11-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maine Beer Company - 2013, poured into Lawson's Tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice with an amber tinge and a decent sized soapy head that dissipates and leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit citrus hops, dank and wet. Some sour Belgian yeast but only enough to complement the existing, the blend is excellent here.

Taste - Wow... Grapegruit and Belgian yeast are perfectly blended to a punchy sour mouth blast. Sours more as it settles.

Mouthfeel - Sits pucker sour but dry and simple. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Zero booziness with great drinkability. Sessionable.

Overall - Best in class, best Belgian IPA/APA I have had thus far. Grand slam!! I think even a fan of sours might like the way this one turned out.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

S - Quite a bit of hops, with notes of tropical/citrus fruits. Can certainly smell some bready malt.

A - Deep golden color, tints of orange. A solid 1 1/2 of foamy head. Looks delicious. Great lacing throughout the session.

T - Wow. Simply excellent. A little burst of hops at first, some tropical fruits and then a strong bready malt background to balance everything out.

M - So fricken smooth. No booziness and great carbonation. One of the smoothest beers I have had to date. Very drinkable.

O - I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this offering. I'm usually a fan of strong hop forward IPA's, but this certainly was a pleasant surprise. A great balanced beer that was certainly easy to drink. Another great brew from MBC.

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Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle of this at Julios. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice lightly hazy golden orange hue with a wonderful three finger creamy super thick off white head that fades to leave very sticky side lacing and a wonderful dense blanket. This is an exceptional appearance.

S - Aromas POP of hops. Smells like the usual great Maine beer brew. Pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple). Not sure what makes this Belgian on the nose, but the nose is still incredible.

T - Taste is relatively muted when compared to the nose. The hops are there, nice pine and grapefruit / citrus peel, faint tropical notes. Nice bready malt qualities. Quite pleasant. As it warms there is a bit of belgian candi malts coming out along with belgian yeast. Nice balance between hops and malts here.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on here. Very nice carbonation. Super drinkable.

O - Overall a damn fine IPA here. A bit heavy on the hops which kinda of overshadow the fact that this is a belgian IPA and not an american. Regardless, it is a delicious beer which actually might be the ONLY collaboration beer I've ever enjoyed.

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Photo of MadCat
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So a beer enthusiast employee of a local store pointed me to this. Nothing to go on, other than her recommendation and a mention of Allagash, I picked up the bottle. I had heard a time or two that Maine Brewing Company makes some good beer, so I said, why not?

Appearance: A nice golden amber hue, with a fluffy offwhite head that leaves considerable lacing

Smell: Starts off with some nice piney hops, with citrus notes in there, and some hints of the malt

Taste: Refreshingly hoppy, pine and citrus hops. Some good malts and fruityness in there too, but the hops is where this shines. Not too much bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Well, what can I say? I wasn't led astray with this. Due to price and limited nature, this will probably be the only bottle I get, but I'm very happy. Delicious. Very well balanced, not like a typical pale ale or ipa, but well done so the Belgian yeast isn't immediately obvious, it just another complementary character in this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloudy, orange color. Thicker head is bleach white. Head retains well. It leaves hundreds of small lacing dots along my glass.

S-Aroma is excellent. Fruit juice hops. Peach juice orange juice and apricot hoppiness. Also some pineapple and grass. The yeast is Belgian in its aroma but it's not very forceful. This is a lupulin aroma parade before anything else.

T-The flavor is so amazingly similar to orange juice it shocked me. Like a pulpy morning glass of OJ. There is also noticeable amount of apricot, peach, grass, pine, grapefruit and some other tropical fruits...thanks hops! The Belgian yeast is, like the nose, not intense but complementary. It gives a little extra zing and plays perfectly well with the orange juice flavor. There is also a nice animal cracker malt in there somewhere.

M-I really enjoy the faux-fruit juice feel here. Bitterness is very nice too. Prickly carbonation.

O/D-Another hoppy Maine stalwart. The folks at Allagash and In'finiti (really neat brewpub and distillery) pitched in here too with superb results. I love the modest Belgian element here as well. Great beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 102913

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some earthy and lightly funky yeast notes along with citrusy hops starts things off. Some spiciness is present in the background, along with some light wheaty notes

T: Starts off with a bit of citrusy and grassy hops and a light spiciness. Goes into a nice wheat and yeast presence, which is light and pleasant. Finishes with a light bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great BPA with a good mix of hoppiness and Belgian presence. Nice and easy to drink with the lighter body and lower abv. Definitely get some if you can find it, as it probably won't be around for long

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice frothy and bit thick 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly surprisingly, leaves some nice lacing too, over very clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose has fresh ale aromas, nice hops, floral hops are plenty, hint of tropical fruit with some resin, not really citrus, but more of a floral slightly grassy fruity hop aroma. Then Belgian aromas, some belgian fruity esters, nice Belgian yeast characters including the esters and a little apple like, slight touch of bubblegum. Then some mild sweet malts, a little wheat and grainy toasty like malts, but very little.

Taste starts interesting too, a mix of the hops, grainy malts, and yeast characters. Some fruity hops again, little floral, juicy fruits and very slight citrus but more stone fruit. Then malts, a little wheat character and a lot of toasty grainy malts, etc. Then into yeast characters, some Belgian yeast characters with mild fruity esters, little bubblegum again, little stone fruit, etc. some nice juicy malts with nice juicy fruity hops, fair bitterness and nice balance. Finish is drier with a bit more bitterness, little spicy almost, nice fruity hop, more fruity esters, but mostly spicy slightly earthy floral hops.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall nice, very juicy and drinkable, great characters blended and balanced between the malts, hops, and yeast. That being said, still not as epic as I thought it would be, just a great drinking tasty beer that I'll have a very hard time finding again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 pours a hazy honey amber with a small fizz on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving only a few spots of lace.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Orange citrus, lemon peel, pine and light fruit (peach).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery, dry with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with orange citrus and lemon peel. That's followed by some peach and grapefruit. It finishes dry with a touch of pepper. Some bitterness at the end too. Once gone the orange citrus and peach lingers on the palate.

Very tasty easy drinking beer. Very flavorful hop profile.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 11/09/13 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one; I like MBC and had never even heard of this one. 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, dark orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, light cloves, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and mangos. Light floral and eathy notes as well. Nice nose, with a lot more hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of yeast, spices, bready malts, wheat, dough, and light grapefruit. Taste is good but muted; a big step down from the nose IMO.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, very easy to drink beer. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very solid beer. I thought the nose was great and a lot hoppier than I was expecting for a BPA, though the taste lost those hops. Very drinkable and good, I'd have it again, though I still prefer Lunch and maybe fresh Peeper personally.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some honey and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness for the style. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s some citrus and caramel sweetness that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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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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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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Photo of corby112
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian Pale Ale? Really? Seems pretty much like a wad of IPA thrown in with some minimal amounts of Belgian ale. Almost like Wild Devil, but way unfiltered. I like it, but it's weird.

It doesn't really conform to much out there and I know very little about the intent of the production. Anyways. I dig it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a semi cloudy copper/golden pour with a finger+ of head, great retention, slow dissipation, and a bit of nice lacing left behind. a very hop forward beer on the nose, with a citrusy, pepper, bready overall feel. a wonderful citrusy grapefruit hop feel, feels like there may be some sorachi ace in this.. a nice bready backbone with a belgian yeast strain that meshes well with the hops. medium in body with mild carbonation. this is an excellent BPA.. allagash could take a few notes for hop additions on some of their own beers.

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Photo of Roguer
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 cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Took me a while to find this beer as I didn't realize the year was the name. This beer falls into a typical Maine beer, solid, with a gritty/earthy grapefruit-bitter dry finish.

The appearance is a little lighter and cloudier than expected, with very good head. The smell is bready with some peppery-spice notes and grapefruit notes to it. The taste starts more or less straight into a bitter backbone, with the taste following the nose almost to a T. The taste is crisp, but overall seems a static. The mix of flavors starts in front, and isn't really altered throughout the taste. The taste is good, but doesn't excite the palate as much as I'd like. "Solid" would be a good term for this beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Mildly hazy golden color. Rocky and bubbly white head. Great retention, plenty of stickage.

S: Green and leafy hop oils. Orange and sugary white grapefruit. Bready yeast. Malt base divulges hints of toast and biscuit.

T: Green and oily hops. Modest bitterness. Herbal and oily. Raw and leafy. Hint of white grapefruit. Mandarin orange. Lightly peppery. Bitterness builds with some aggression. Bready and doughy yeast. Light toasty malt base. Touch of toast and oily hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Oily. Crisp carbonation. Refreshing and quaffable.

O: Not nearly as complex as its billing made it seem. Still a good beer. Simply pleasing and quaffable. Just don't expect any bells and whistles.

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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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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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed dark yellow-gold. Head is white and super creamy. Crazy high retention leaves a creamy, smooth cap and collar. Sheets and chunks of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Very light. Some hints of citrus from the hops. Leafy with an underlying earthiness. Malts are lightly sweet and a touch bready. Soft yeast runs through the back adding some bubblegum,. banana, and lightly tropical (mango and peach). Some tangerine as well. Floral and mild across the board.

Taste: A nice blend of soft slightly powdery Belgian yeast and clean hops. Some leafy and floral elements coupled with a mellow orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, tropical thing. There's a surprising amount of depth to the hops, but it's all very mild. Malts are pale and clean, offering a touch of sweetness and a mildly bready finish. Yeast adds some clove, banana, and a touch of bubblegum to the back. Yeast is mellow to start, but ramps up a bit as it warms. Everything remains in balance. Slight graininess as well.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth mediumish body with a moderate-light carbonation. Clean and easy drinking in spades.

Overall: Glad this made it through the Mayan apocalypse.

Hit a Maine Beer Co. pale ale with Allagash house yeast, and you get this beer. Carries the same silky smooth nature of all MBC beer and the Allagash influence gives is a refined edge.

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2013 from Maine Beer Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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