2013 | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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 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 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 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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 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 IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 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 mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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