A Tiny Beautiful Something
Maine Beer Company

A Tiny Beautiful SomethingA Tiny Beautiful Something
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #171
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,190
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
1,345
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Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
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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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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

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 Arizona

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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JRed from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Dec 28, 2018
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Oct 22, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Oct 18, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Sep 30, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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, smooth oats 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).

Sep 23, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Sep 02, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Jul 29, 2018
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