A Tiny Beautiful Something | Maine Beer Company

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A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tiny beautiful something showcases a new hop variety, El Dorado. We started playing around with this hop last year. We brewed a pilot batch with this hop exclusively and one with it blended with some of our other favorite Northwest varieties. In the end, we decided that the El Dorado had such a unique and interesting character on its own, so we decided to brew it as a “single hop” pale ale. The aroma and flavor offer intense candied orange and citrus zest. A touch of flaked oats provide a rounded, silky mouthfeel. And like our other hoppy offerings, tiny was brewed to finish dry and clean.

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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 1,314
Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head - solid IPA esque flavor. Drank at the brewery so super fresh pour. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel to this fine beer. Drinkable at ABV.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Similar to MO, a beautiful, light-gold body, slight chill haze, with an amazing and creamy off-white head that holds amazingly well for a 5-ish percent beer and provides wonderful lacing. Top notch looks, especially for a smaller APA.

Nose and tongue are quite mild (also like MO), with grapefruit, citrus peal, strong grassy notes, a little pine resin, just a touch of semi-sweet orange and/or ruby red grapefruit, and some light crackery malt coming through in small but balanced doses. Lingering grapefruit pith and bitterness but quite subtle and understated, overall, particularly on the nose.

Soft, smooth, and perfectly carbonated feel, much more substantial than the ABV would suggest.

I continue to be amazed at how substantial the look and feel of Maine Beer's smaller pale ales are. Beautiful and velvety beers, even when on the lighter end of the spectrum in terms of aroma and flavor profiles.

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Photo of drtth
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The clear golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” fluffy off white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a ring around the glass and a thin irregular island of foam while leaving some rings and lots of small patches on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about citrus with both orange and orange zest showing most. In the background there is also some light biscuity malt and a touch of pear and stone fruits showing.

The flavors are similar to what is expected from the nose with the orange, other fruit flavors and a bit of sweetness up front but then soon giving way to a solid firm bitterness from the zest that also seems to have a light touch of pine.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and both smooth while still having some slightly prickly feel from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the solid bitterness replaces the fruit flavors and becomes dry as it slowly fades away in the back of the palate.

This is easily drinkable and a bit unexpected in that it’s almost like having two beer in the same sip. I’d be happy to have another one some day. If you enjoy single hop beers this one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - $6.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.


Appearance: Pours a rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze underneath a well-sized, near-white stack of foam. With so much gloop and gimmick these days, it really is nice to set sight on an actual beer.

Smell: Fruity, delicate hop notes smelling of fresh-cut pear, watermelon and light citrus with a slight candy-like element to it and touch of musky spice. Contemporary malt bill with a slight hint of oats.

Taste: A smooth, clean barley base with extra cushion from the oats. Minimally sweet. Zestful, spicy with almost elegant fruit flourishes that, as the hops are imparting their bitterness, the taste turns a bit herbal, dry and stays so through the rather clean, almost effortless finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: These folks really know how to craft a really tight recipe and deliver on it. A rather moreish beer -- so many times I'm horrified to even have the one bottle or can, with little interest to go beyond a few sips of woeful, one-roll inducing brew and disappointed in the forever lost time and money (particularly knowing that, by buying such flimsy, foul beers, I sent the message I approve and readily want more). However, I've really enjoyed the Maine beers I've tried.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10/28/18...cloudy copper/gold with patchy white foam. Sticky. Citrus nose, some malty caramel too. Hollow pointed line of citrus. Light bodied though. Slight peppery citrus. Pretty clean and good.

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Photo of jpkand
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden appearance with a solid white head. Definitely get the candied orange on the nose. Some faint dry straw. Not getting sweetness on the palate, but a robust hop with a nice quick citrusy finish that for me goes by in a flash. The smooth and robust mouthfeel with just the right touch of carbonation is a high point. Ends with some bitterness, and very clean. A really solid beer, but not an every day-er for me

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet citrus and caramel with a piney bitterness and subtle toastiness.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/09/18. Looking to see how it’s held up.

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow, some creamy foam sits on top and leaves small spots of lace. Settles throughout the beer in nice, organic patterns.

Unfortunately starting to smell the downhill phase of this beer. Malt-dominant, honey aromas follow closely. Predominantly sweet, lightly fruity, no hop presence whatsoever.

Again, malt coming out in the flavors, but holding up better than the nose. Floral hops work their way through and actually balance this beer out nicely. Piney hints, but overall still very drinkable.

Crisp, smooth drinking.. a little overly sticky, which is to be expected with it just over 4 months since being bottled. Sharp, seltzery carbonation, bitter hops in the finish.

Because this is old, I’ll be generous with the rating, but hoping to try this fresh down the road to confirm my numbers. Cheers!

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Photo of JRed
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy sunset in body with white mist on top. Aroma of papaya, grapefruit, grass, kiwi, pepper? Tastes of papaya, kiwi, grass, light bitterness, fruit juice. Medium bodied, little slick, light carbonation.

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Photo of egrandfield
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the most perfect Pale Ale I have ever had. It was like I was drinking ambrosia, the smell of El Dorado hops wending their way through my nostrils as I sipped on the beer.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/11. Medium orange color, fluffy off-white head that fades away leaving a thick rim of foam around the glass with a thin and consistent layer of suds on the surface. A pleasantly sweet nose with notes of citrus, pineapple and tart passion fruit. Taste is more floral forward than the nose but it is also balanced with notes of sweet citrus, pine, and grapefruit rind. Very soft mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, smooth finish. A very well-made and delicious beer. On the pricey side at $7.99 for the bottle but would definitely treat myself again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden yellow body, minimal white head. Nose is pine and a bit of lemon. The flavor is primarily fruit, floral notes. Brisk and clean. A rock solid Pale.

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

Hazy orange color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of sweet oranges, pineapples, herbal resin and a bit of cantaloupe.
Flavor with notes of pine, ginger, lemongrass, oats, melon, white bread, some resin and flowers. Dry aftertaste with a rounded bitterness. It feels lower than its 45 IBUs.
Bordering medium body with velvety carbonation.
They know how to craft an APA perfectly without appealing to exoticism or extremes.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and slightly hazy with moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of well sustained, white head.

Smells of pineapple, citrus, and black pepper.

Taste very floral with a light, bitter finish.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Sept 29th, 2018.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1 pt. .9 fl. Oz. 072 8:44 9/11/18 opened on 9/22/18

A slight haze hangs over an otherwise, bright golden and copper color. Very lively and fresh appearance with a husky, all white foam cap and excellent coverage.

A very bold aroma of tangy citrus, pine sap, lemmon zest, strawberry, peach puree, and old herbs and spice combo. A cleanly sweet and field grain style malt aroma brings it all together.

Such a crispy, clean malty profile. Light, golden style malt, maybe medium bodied at the most with a honey-dipped white bread and earthy grains all over the place. This is an excellent malt flavor and the extra jazzy mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning really sets it off.

After the shock and awe of the malty complexity, the hops, the El Dorado single hop just crushes the taste buds. For an APA, this thing is loaded with hoppy depth. Multiple layers of flavors flow in and out: At first, its a raw, earthy kick, like dried grains of the field, dank herbals, spicy citrus and sweet wild berries. The earthy-dry and then juicy sweet fruitiness duality really digs in deep. Rather impressive depth from just this one single hop.

Amazing drinkability, excellent depth in the malt and multi colored hop taste makes it a tiny beautiful something (APA).

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Photo of Ronl12
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint .9 oz glass into Maine Beer tulip. Dated 8/14/18.
Look is very nice cloudy golden. Nose is beautiful nice tropical fruit. Taste follows, very clean medium tropical taste. Feel is crisp and clean. Overall very good APA that's an easy drink. Will buy whenever I see it.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very cloudy yellow, like a diabetic's urine. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Heavily hopped, but balanced by sweet citrus.

Taste: Mild soapy bitterness, a bit of sweet orange zest.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick and smooth. Average carbonation.

Overall: I feel like this could be great if the hops were toned down a tad to balance it out more.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial nonic a slight orange infused medium golden with a half finger white head atop.About as dank as a pale can get get in my mind,dank pine resin and floral hops over top of biscuit malts,damn that aroma!Slightly more subdued hops on the palate but it's piney and slightly spicy with a fruity note in the finish,a firm slightly sweet malt base thru to the finish.This is a pale to seek out,an adventure to drink....Not a ho hum APA by any means.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine is awesome. Maine is beautiful. Maine is is the Victoria Secret of craft beer. So, like, imagine a bangin’ Party on the Maldives; nothing but 9’s and 10’s; and then an 8 shows up... And that 8 is A Tiny Beautiful Something. Do you scoff? Do you turn the other way? Hell no! This thang might not be Lunch, but I’ll be hell bent if it isn’t invited to the party. This thang is sexy, this thang is beautiful, and at the end of the day, I want it.

Cheers to everything. Cheers to everything that is sexy in its own right.

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Photo of wmartin
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just had an April 2018 bottle. This is a very nice beer from hop experts responsible for some sublimely rated other items.

This had a citrusy nose and a piney, bitter flavor. Had it not been labeled a pale ale, I would have called it an "IPA". It really is more IPA than PA, with a rather more hoppy forwardness to it than a PA would have. A little bit of haze and some sediment. Mixing the sediment in actually made it less bitter, and even a bit complex. Definitely better with the sediment. Finish, as advertised, is very clean like a west coast IPA. Very low ABV at 5.5% means a single 500ml bottle is a good match for a long, nice meal. Rating may be a little high from a purely objective standpoint, as it really lacks much complexity, but I give them extra points for seeing what they could do with a single hop approach. But don't be blinded by surreal ratings for some of their other beers. This is good and somewhat interesting, but won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled on 03/27/2018.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, rich, golden yellow, somewhere with exuberant head formation leaving a greater than one inch head with really excellent retention and foamy lacing.
S: Floral with a distinct rose scent mixed with lemon, apple, and sweet maltiness.
T: Semidry. Citrus, particularly grapefruit, lemon and pine. Bitterness very subtly, leaving a very clean, refreshing finish.
M: Light bodied with strongly persistent effervescence. Silky on the palate.
O: I was wondering was the MBC APA would taste like and am not at all surprised. Really exceptional. Another superb offering for summer. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of digboy
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy medium orang gold color. Aroma is weak to me. Taste is as advertised with candies orange and citrus. Very smooth and clean. Feel is very soft and low in bitterness.

This a fantastic beer with enough subtlety to make it just right.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours orange, slightly hazy with a sticky head. The smell was citrusy, definitely smell orange. The taste was kind of subdued with the orange and citrus up front and some sweet malt flavor on the backend. The mouthfeel was surprisingly more creamy than I thought given the light flavor of the beer. Overall I really like this beer. I'm finding that I really enjoy the flavor of the El Dorado hop which is featured in this beer.

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Photo of RobAtSGH
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served up both on draft and from a 16.9 oz bottle, standard pint glass.

Maine's "atbs" pours a solid, slightly hazy burnished-gold with a fairly persistent, abundant, fine head (carapils) and a fine bead. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Citrus comes through on the nose, mostly. Candied orange peel has been mentioned repeatedly, and I agree completely. There's a little bit of piney aroma underneath, but you have to look for it. The nose is very pleasant, but not hugely aromatic. The hops rest on top of a bready malt base.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this pale ale are perfection to me. You get a hit of orange peel and a touch of sweetness, then a moment where the base malt comes through very strongly. Next is a subtle piney/citrus bitterness and then the hops slowly give way to a subtle hint of the caramel malt. Everything's in balance, and it leaves you wanting to take another sip. The oats add just enough body and mouth-coating properties to keep this from being too light/thin. It's creamy and soft without being flabby and gassy.

Overall, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Sessionable - but for the premium price point (though understandable), this could be an all-day ale. A prime example of what can be done with balance vs. clubbing you senseless with IBUs and ABV.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this as part of an 8 beer flight at the brewery. There is a card which come with each beer & this one nails it. Nice subtle hop flavours which are dominated by the unique candied orange flavour in this APA. The mouthfeel is what I'd call a zesty foam carbonation feel. Not my favourite from Maine Beer Co but their beer is top notch & I'd gladly have it again if given the chance.

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A Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,314 ratings