A Tiny Beautiful Something
Maine Beer Company

A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #174
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,859
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,369
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Maine, United States
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SCORE
90
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A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something
Notes: 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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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah yes another fine bottle of beer from my new fav brewery. Poured from their patent 16+ oz bottle into a stem glass.
Nice two finger head that did not need to be coaxed. Interesting foamimess to the head.
Color a rich orange brown.
Aroma is piney and earthy.
Taste is hoppy, piney, then earth notes- think I picked up orange peel and/or coriander notes.
Mouthfeel is oh so clean and crisp, ending sparkling dry.
Overall, another really nice beer, but not my favorite. I will enjoy my journey trying all their beers.
Keep it up.

Mar 27, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny Beautiful Something from Maine Beer Company is a light and resinous pale ale. One of the more easy drinkers in their lineup. This is one beer that actually could use a few more hops.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Jan 24, 2021
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woodsman13 from Maine

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells clean, slightly fruity, grassy or dandelion notes, but soft. Think lying in a grassy field eating slices of apple and melon.

Taste is sharper than the nose, fruitier, but still not sweet. It’s got a light sour note that makes it really clean on the tongue, with a brightness like how certain light roast Costa Rican coffees get (but like obviously not a coffee taste). There’s a robust grassiness there, like if you’ve ever chewed on a dandelion stem. They’re getting some really interesting flavors from the hops on this one.

Very carbonated, probably too much so.

Unique beer, cool name!

Oh and it retains some nice bubbly swirls on top - pretty.

Jan 23, 2021
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale ale, tastes and smells like an IPA.
It is a nice pale color with loads of citrus up front and in the middle and in the finish.
I'd rather drink a Dale's, but this is OK.
If you like citrus hop bombs, this is for you.
If you are looking for a well balanced pale ale, look on.
The specialty hops not only shine through, they burn through.
One is enough for me.

Oct 02, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pint bomber dated 8/11/20; poured into a tulip on 9/20.

pours a hazy dark gold body with a finger tall thick-bubbled off-white foam head that has moderate retention and leaves patches of sudsy lacing as it settles into a patchy cap with defined halo

floral spritzy and clean apricot, slight grapefruit and pine hop earthiness, and a whiff of malt in there somewhere.

follows that nose, with an additional slice of juicy over-ripened cantaloupe (you know when cantaloupe has been in its juice for a day or too past its "prime" and gets kinda sparkly? that jazz right there is what kicks in). earthy hop is much more noticeable here but is very conversational and easy. malt hangs back, recognizing it's not their gig.

fairly high carbonation, medium-light (but full) body. smooth talker until it finishes nice and dry; bittersweet dryness sticks around on the tongue and cheeks and roof.

overall:
lots of reviews on here mention Starburst and they're 100% on the money. add classic grapefruit and pine hop to that and here's what you get. immensely enjoyable which is a total bummer considering the bomber price here in Timbuktu Tejas. a night of sipping this away would be absolutely sublime. I am on my second and last glass of this beaut and am dragging it out as long as possible!

Sep 21, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maine Brewing expanding distribution to Texas. Bought this at the Thistle Draftshop in a bottle. Poured a bright cloudy yellow color with fluffy white head and nice curtain lacing. Lemony, piney smell and taste. Some floral notes. Good feel. Looking forward to other Maine offerings in Texas. PLEASE something in addition to Lunch!

Sep 20, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottled 8/11/20, opened 9/10/20.
2 finger eggshell white head with excellent staying power. Thick patches of lace.
Golden color with limited clarity potentially chill haze.
Lime and apricot. Starburst candy - orange or cherry. Ripe melon.
Apricot and orange marmalade flavors. Citrus peel bitterness.
Medium body, smooth/full mouthfeel. Medium length dry finish.
Drinkability is high at 5.5% and a unique aroma.
Very Good to Outstanding.

Sep 11, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle (stamped “08/11/20”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazy pale golden yellow with a lush, frothy head of white foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Juicy aromas of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), candied citrus and stone fruit.

Taste: More bright fruit, leaning towards candied orange and lemon, but with some tropical and stone fruit notes. Light malty body and sweetness balanced with just enough crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, creamy smooth feel, and moderate but gentler carbonation.

Overall: Another highly drinkable Pale Ale from MBC, with very pleasant fruity hop notes.

Sep 08, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a slight haze, a pale golden/yellow color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace clinking to the glass.
S: Citrus and orange zest up front, even a bit of pineapple and touch of melon in the nose. Not a lot of malt character here, but the hops are very vibrant and fresh.
T: Citrus and orange rind up front again. Melon fruits. Cereal grain, and a touch of sweetness. There is a substantial bitterness lingering and drys everything out along the way.
M/O: A medium body with good effervescent carbonation. Crisp, clean and finishes dry. An easy one to drink and come back to, which is pretty par for the coarse for MBC.

Like everything I have had from Maine, this is really well made. A solid pale ale all around, even if it is more in IPA territory, though thats also not surprising as that line continues to get blurred. No bother, another good offering. I might like Peeper just a touch more, but that is splitting hairs, and both are well done.

Sep 06, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft golden yellow body made semi-cloudy with an immense amount of rising carbonation bubbles; thick, soapy white head. A gorgeous aroma of berries and sweet musk melon and cantaloupe. Lightly sweet taste with some nice ester counterpoint; mild bitterness adds depth to the flavor; light cereal grain base; pear. Medium body; mild residual sugar presence brings softness to the palate; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

This pale ale delivers deft and well-rounded flavor and character. Nuanced and balanced, and a real nice summer afternoon sipper.

Jul 05, 2020
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Ego from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
like almost all their PAs this is a cloudy straw pale yellow, lovely pure as white head that settles into one finger even after sitting around waiting for this hump to drink it already and quit with the littany of useless verbiage, but I digress... lacing is perfect, coats the glass like moistened seaweed on rice, they got the motts when it comes to cloudy PAs, that is fo sho

nose...
orange flavored jolly rancher, not that the flavor exists (I think?), but that is what it smells like immediately, some pine is lingering in the back, not a falcon punch but nice

taste etc...
drinks dry, clean, a hint of lemon, invites another sip and then another and then (you get it, if not, well, you should probably be on some other site), the hops are all over the mouth but not overwhelming, a nice mix of mild tropical flavors with the more aggressive pine/citrus types, I usually find tropical hops a bit too much (maybe I saw Cast Away a few too many times, eh wilson?), but here, here we have balance and man is this stuff drinkable, totally refreshing, the carbonation is flawless

verdict?
damn diggity delicious, so perfectly balanced, I am usually into the hop nuke bombs (and still am) but man this is so refreshing and lip smacking, this would be superb at any barbeque, protest or riot this summer.

Jun 25, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 8/13/19 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a medium amber color with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells floral with tropical citrus.
T - Has a nice bitterness with some biscuity maltiness.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really tasty pale ale.

Oct 15, 2019
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pale ale really is in my wheel house! It has so much character for a single hop beer. At the same time the signature Maine Beer Co finish (clean and dry) wraps everything up in a way that makes you want more. This is my deserted island beer. I would never tire of it.

Oct 02, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: September 19, 2019... OCCASION: taking a break from a roll-call of Oktoberfests with another Maine gift from Brad... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... pours a lively, head-heavy and barnacle-bubbled glass... its head is cavernous, craggy and strong, white like sea foam... orange, papaya, grapefruit, and tropical acidity waft without check--a berry and hard fruit mingles with resin to create a complex impression... sunshine in a bottle--bright, punchy at the teeth and impactful at the throat, this balances nicely as a medium-bodied ale that suggests pauses between sips to let its flavor set in... a bit creamy as well... mango, grapefruit, and papaya--a holy trinity of tart hops... resin is in the mix, while the malts are soft and subtle... how big is this flavor profile! for a 5.5% ABV, this hits hard yet smooth... Brad, another success...

Sep 20, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1pt.9oz bottle into a pint glass yesterday afternoon. Bottled 5/14/18, so 3 1/2 months old.

Medium golden yellow body, initially clear, but somewhat hazy with the second pour. Good streams of carbonation.Loose foamy white head retains in some form throughout leaving some nice lacing.

Getting soft floral and citrus notes on the nose.

Upon tasting, there is still a strong hop presence, though leaning on the sour side . It is quite bitter, and neither the floral or citrus from the nose come through. It's also a tad watery.

Mouth below medium, finish bitter.

Overall, a little too much bitterness for this palate, and the malt base is unable to get in on the act. Bottle says consume within 90 days and this is 108 days, so perhaps Maine Beer really means that.

Aug 31, 2019
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just a remarkable beer. Well-rounded and balanced--reasonable carbonation and body--but such a nice, rich, unique and distinctly fruity character: mango, grapefruit, cantalope. Only the faintest bitterness. May well be the Platonic pale ale. MBC's beers are expensive, but well worth it--at least as an occasional treat.

Aug 29, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint sized bottle directly from the brewery for $6.00 on my way out to Ellsworth on 8-24-19. Bottled on 8-13-19; consumed on 8-27-19.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head that has some solid hang time and is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fresh oranges forward.

Taste is orange forward over a small but heavy malt base. Finishes with a nice touch of pepper, very unique!

Mouthfeel is too heavy for the abv, medium to full bodied and neither overly refreshing or smooth.

Overall an interesting flavor profile who's feel is too heavy for the smallness theme.

Aug 27, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jul 03, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jun 25, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +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.

Jun 09, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

04/09/19.

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.

Jun 08, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Apr 29, 2019
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jpkand from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Apr 25, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Apr 20, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Feb 19, 2019
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