A Tiny Beautiful Something | Maine Beer Company

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

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.

Added by RKing44 on 02-18-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,129
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
278
For Trade:
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Photo of fmccormi
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 500ml/16.9oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jeeeeester Kiiiiiing stemweaaaaar). This has a bottling date of February 28, 2017 printed in black ink (“022817”) on the right side of the label, along with the admonishment to keep it cold and drink within 90 days of packaging. This was purchased from the walk-in cooler of a local shop, and immediately went into the fridge. Challenge accepted and met, Maine Beer Co.

Appearance (4.25): About three fingers of ecru foam rise off of the pour, capping a clear, orange-gold body. The head dies down slowly but with an audible crackle, leaving a quickly pockmarked, rocky surface and thick, clumpy lacing all around. As the beer goes on, it doesn’t leave a ton of lacing below the initial surface, but it’s still gorgeous to look at.

Smell (4.25): Immediately out of the bottle, candied orange peel, some red grape, a touch of yellow grapefruit zest, and pulpy pineapple juice finish out the hoppy aroma. There’s a nice, slightly toasted malt body present in the nose, too, evincing freshly baked and then toasted country white bread and uncooked, rolled oats. As it warms, the candied orange and more pungent pineapple merge and transform in a way that reminds me a bit of passionfruit.

Taste (4.5): More bitter than the nose might suggest, the hops strike first with a nice, pithy, not quite astringent but very cleanly, almost sharply bitter note of yellow grapefruit. Lime flesh hangs out behind that bitter wave, along with a dry, grainy malt body that’s perfectly balanced. It doesn’t leave a starchy impression, nor does it impart any slickness. For this style, the malt is perfect. The hops, meanwhile, come back around with a funky, not too sweet, and not at all slick feeling flavor of underripe kumquat, yellow grapefruit pulp, and something funky like . . . like Seville orange marmalade, but without so much sweetness. For some reason, it feels familiar, but hard to pin down. It’s grassy, too, suggesting gooseberry. Either way, BIG FAN.

Mouthfeel (4.75): The carbonation is lush, with a soft swish and a fine prickle from the beginning to the end. The body is somewhat on the light- side of medium-weight, and as noted above in reference to the malt, neither starchy nor slick. It strikes a perfect balance. My only gripe is that I actually like slightly more dynamic carbonation, but for the style, this is perfect otherwise.

Overall (4.25): This is . . . insanely good. For an American Pale Ale. That’s not trying to be a baby IPA. The malt and body are essentially perfect, the carbonation is even and prickly but still smooth, and the nose is outstanding (if not the most pungent within the style). To be honest, as with a lot of Maine Beer Co.’s beers, this feels like a master class in brewing techniques and style. They’re just one of those breweries that know what the fuck they’re doing, and it shows in every one of their beers. This one is no exception. Their precision and nuance doesn’t also get as much attention amidst the more bombastic examples of the style, but it’s nice to know that you can count on Maine Beer Co. to make some of the best beers that are out there of whatever style it might be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Teku glass at Jeffrey's.
3.5/4/4/4.5/4
Milky orange.
Smells crisp and piney floral.
Huge and obvious apricot. Otherwise, light, crisp, and pleasant. Hugely drinkable.
Recommended, solid, pale ale.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at City Tap in Boston.

Pours a clear, pale yellow.

The smell is piney with some really nice caramel tones. Clean and crisp.

Really nice taste, the bready malt base carries a crisp and bright caramel-tinged flavor, with a really delicate hoppyness.

Light, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a great APA, crushable, but still full of flavor.

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Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with good clarity. Poured with a moderate, dense, reamy whige foam with excellent clarity. Medium perfumy floral hop aromas with orange citrus notes beneath. Medium malt aroma. Medium light bodied with medium high soft carbonation and a light creamy smooth feel. Medium high floral hop flavors up front followed by medium hop bitterness through the middle. Medium light malt flavor throughout. Floral hop flavors return from the middle to the end along with light citrus notes. Finished semi-dryly with a light lingering floral hop bitterness. Like a glass of spring flowers. Fabulous, delicate hop character with an easy drinking body and feel.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At Brewer's Art in Baltimore MD. Bottle dated 1/24/17 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber-gold, with a substantial off-white head. Initial impression is muted citrus peel and floral hops, well balanced by roasted malts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side; carbonation is a little too much for an APA. Finish is clean and crisp. A decent APA but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Ryan and Casey's Liquors in Greenfield, MA. The beer has a cloudy, burnt orange appearance with a thin head and nice lacing on the sides. Aromas include an approachable pine citrus smell with grapefruit and orange flavors. Taste follows the nose with some bready hops mixed with orange flavoring. Mouthfeel is more creamy than carbonating, making for a thick texture drink. Overall, this had an excellent appearance and great aromas and tastes.

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Photo of TijuanaTovar
1.9/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First try at Maine Beer co. Really let down. Smell and taste is extremely muted and watered down. More like a pale lager. Hops were Catty and basically non-existent. Poured from a growler bottled 1/31/17.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 012417 to a tulip glass.
Unfiltered deep gold caramel color. Creamy head.
Very nice clean piney hop smell.
Taste of crisp, beautifully balanced, tartness.
Nice crisp mouthfeel.
Overall a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Love MBC so was looking forward. Fresh keg. Dissapointed

Light yellow with very little head.
Smell was off putting--sweet cat pee
Taste was with the smell. Didn't want to finish. I like some "cat pee" beers but almost tasted slightly soured
Thin

Really didn't like. ?bad batch? May next time comes around but didn't like at all.

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Photo of FBarber
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice frothy thick white head that dissipates slowly leading a nice thick residual head on top of the beer.

Smell has notes of citrus, lemons, peach, and melon - very mellow yet vibrant aroma.

Taste is nicely balanced array of fruity flavors - melon, peach, and citrus - quickly giving way to a bitter grassy finish. Nice biscuit and caramel malt backbone provides balance but doesn't overtake the hops. The flavor is quite vibrant for an APA.

Feel is light, crisp, with mild carbonation. Somewhat dry bitter finish. Its a bit light, but not inappropriate for an APA. Beer comes across a bit rough around the edges, but its more rustic and I enjoyed it.

Overall a nice APA. The pricing/format is a big drawback to the point that I wouldn't pick this up again, but the beer itself is well crafted.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic glass. Bottled 9/6/16.

A: Pours a hazy, golden yellowish-orange color with a one inch, frothy, paper white head with short retention. Thick, bubbly, white lacing throughout.

S: Light aromas of lemon, grapefruit, melons, and berries accompanied by earthy hop notes. Very mild caramel notes as well.

T: Starts off with notes of grapefruit and orange zest followed by lingering piney hop bitterness and ends with mild notes of mixed berries.

F: Light bodied, smooth, and very crisp with good carbonation. Fairly dry.

O: Overall, a good APA. Super light and easy drinking, but no deficits in flavor here. Definitely worth trying, though not something I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh grapefruit juice is quite astonishing with some citrusy and tropical fruit notes. Taste is also highly reminiscent of mango and grapefruit with some residual sugar notes and limited bitterness and tons of floral notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. Fantastic beer and wish the grapefruit notes could be so dominant in many more APA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle in NYC. Cost was $8.99.

Fragrant perfumey floral aroma. Hints at lemon detergent without committing.

Taste is floral and citrusy, evoking muted lime and vague bright citrus fruits. Mellow pale malt keeps it balanced, but rough dragging hop bitterness gets the better hand by the finish.

Crystal malt lends this a fragile softness, but a fuller body would serve it well.

Refreshing yet dry and coarse.

I do like it, and the hop profile is nice for an American pale ale. Well worth trying, if a bit too pricey to warrant a second purchase.

C+ (3.19) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ryno6616
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid APA. This was my first taste of anything from Maine.
Another solid North East brew
I look forward to Lunch , Dinner and a few others.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full disclosure. I fear I purchased this a tad past the recommended "drink by date." That said, I can tell the quality is present but the "freshness" may be a bit lacking. I will look for this again with a better born in date.

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Photo of NMA
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maine brewing Co is 1 of my new favorites. Such a unique hop aroma of melon & berry.
Same taste w a full mouthfeel & juicy hop explosion. Finishespecially slightly bitter w some piney notes underneath.
So smooth! I feel like I could drink this all day long!
I think I love you Maine brewing Co!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Office in Summit. Pours a copper, amber hue. Mild head. Notes of citrus predominate the nose. Easily drinkable, sessionable brew. I could drink this one all day. Well balanced with flavors of pine and lemon zest. Recommended.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like almost all Maine Beer Company's brews, this beer is a vibrant gold yellow with a massive fluffy white, creamy head that leaves behind tons of lace on the glass.

The aroma on this one is such a wonderful thing. Bright, fruity lemon, orange, lime, bring to mind an organically fresh...Froot Loops! Plus Sweet Tart. As it warms, malt brings forth a bit of popcorn, and hops develop a minty afterscent, not at all a bad thing.

Flavors degrade from aroma to a wheaty, thin cracker, with a faint hop presence that is lightly bitter. I don't really know where it all goes, but at least that aroma is there to help define this experience.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This American pale ale pours a semi-opaque orange color with a medium white foamy head. The scent is very fresh and strongly of citrus with orange and grapefruit notes. It’s a very pleasant scent that is reminiscent of fresh squeezed juice. The flavor has some bready malt base and some light florals, but this is largely overshadowed by citrus (orange and grapefruit) character. Given the scent and the strong floral and citrus hop flavors you would think that this would be pretty bitter, but you would be wrong. There is actually very little bitterness, which I guess is characteristic of this new El Dorado hop that this exclusively uses. The finish is semi-dry and very crisp. The body is fairly light. This beer is definitely very unique and it is a very refreshing beer. I am not normally big on super hoppy, bitter beers, but it is really kind of throwing me that I expect some more ibu’s, but am just not getting them. Although as this beer warms there is a bit of bitterness that emerges, so I actually prefer this one just slightly cooled. Definitely a nice summer beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company "A Tiny Beautiful Something"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "053116" on 061516

Appearance: Hazy golden body. It's bottle conditioned, so it can vary depending on how you handle it. The frothy white head holds remarkably well and it leaves excellent lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma: Surprisingly mild aroma. Citrusy (orange) over a biscuity malt.

Flavor: The flavor delivers more orange, which is nice, but I wouldn't call it "juicy", and some soft pine/herbal character rounds it out. The malt is mild as well, which works for the balance it has going on. It's got a solid bitterness to it though, and it finishes dry and lingering with some yeast as well. I purposefully tried to keep the yeast from pouring and I think that worked, too much yeast in such a soft beer would throw it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a smooth, median carbonation due to bottle conditioning.

Overall: The softness of the bottle conditioning leaves it very much like a "real ale" via cask, and together with the balance of the malt and hops it's remarkably drinkable. Worth trying.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/31/16

Pours hazy cloudy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like crackery honey malt, spicy passionfruit, sweet guava, mango, peach nectar, candied orange, zesty grapefruit, pineapple, with woody floral pine and earthy grass. Tastes like sweet passionfruit, spicy guava, crackery honey malt, mango, mild peach, zesty grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, with resinous pine and woody earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, dense and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice single hop pale ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: orange and lemon zest are easy to detect here.

Taste: caramel, orange slices, lemon zest, a hint of biscuit, and a nice bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a real easy to drink beer that leans more to the citrus side.

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

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and is hazy. It is topped with several inches of fluffy, white head the leaves not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is orange peel and grapefruit.

The taste is citrus with a pine finish.

Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Another well crafted beer from Maine. The cost is a little high, but it probably has to do with the intricate artwork on the labels. Sarcasm aside, I do like the simplistic approach to the labels.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was at the brewery on a trip north and discovered this beer and am very happy that I did. Lots of tastes that seem to work very nicely together when the beer got poured into my glass.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

**
05/25/2016

Breakfast beer again. Bottle to slim pint glass.

LOOK: Slightly hazy Yellow; Big White Head.
AROMA: Grass, hay, mold.
TASTE: slight ash, slight citrus, vegetable. The El Dorado Hop seems very light.
FEEL: Good Carbonation; Light and smooth drinking.

A nice beer from Maine, but not something I'd go after again. Lacks some oomph.
**

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