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 #5,300
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,359
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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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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

Nov 16, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, these guys just don't miss, so its no surprise this ranks among the best American pales I have had all year long. I could dessert island with this beer, its that good, and interesting, and drinkable. super pale shiny golden in color, crystal clear until the last inch or so in the bottle, and it holds an airy white head the whole drink. el dorado hops seem to always be used in combination with others, so my palate for them in isolation is undeveloped, but I really like what they do I the nose. I get a mild red pepper whiff, with bright orange and limey oils. kind of a neat complexion, but somewhat more fruity in the taste, with mango and grapefruit and even clover honey coming in successive waves. insanely light grain base, low alcohol, almost no residual sugar, all things I love and appreciate in the style, and that are executed brilliantly here. almost no bitterness at all, seems more about the subtleties of the hops than anything else, and they do a great job with that. cool they send beer down the Syracuse way now. thanks so much to my brother for saving this one for me. never had a beer from these guys that wasn't an A across the board. they rule!

Dec 24, 2015
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Mises85 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +23.8%

Appearance: gorgeous bright citrus color with 3 finger head that is soft, luscious and pillowy.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, guava, pineapple, even a touch of proseco minerality.

Taste: medium-thick mouthfeel with bitterness playing a flavor dimension as opposed to making the beer "bitter". Not quite IPA like. more of an orange, tangerine feel. Alcohol is hidden too well.

I will have to say but I have had a lot of beers from the maine beer company portfolio and this is my favorite one without hesitation. The complexity, just the right amount of hoppiness, the clean finish is just absolutely unreal and unlike anything I have had in this category.

Nov 30, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 15, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color. Large initial head. Moderate lace, but it is of the blanket sort.

Good blend of paler malts and floral hops. Very clean to the nose; attractive. I get a bit of freshly cut weeds (dandelions?).

The clean, refreshing-ness comes through in the taste. It's subtly different from most pale ales. There's a green, raw vegetable element but very much in a good way. The predominant flavor is the hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste. I get a bit of freshly cut grass. I also get just a touch of yeast which gives this beer the taste of a really well made home-brew.

May 01, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank two of these, sorry Wil one was meant for you...

Pale gold with frothy white foam that leaves plentiful lacing in the glass. Bright clarity and lasting head retention.

Aroma is the strong suit, aromatic and fruity, indistinct citrus and passionfruit.

Taste was less intense with more pale malt flavor coming through and an orange peel citrus flavor lending some bitterness in the aftertaste. Body was on the lighter side of things, easily drinkable but not all that substantial. Overall it was good but I'd prefer most other Maine APA/IPA's to this one. Still it's worth a try if you find a fresh one.

May 08, 2014
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not loving this offering, but the smell is amazing. Pours hazy yellow with minimal skim of white bubbles that fades to a ring, and leaves no lacing. Aroma is bright - tropical fruits, citrus zest, and a bread dough that I was hoping would be the backbone in the flavor. Tastes different from the nose, mostly pine up front, with dryness setting in mid-sip. Not much malt backbone, and no hint of the oats mentioned in the commercial description. Could have been more balanced for me. I'll try it again sometime to compare.

Mar 23, 2016
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kwjd from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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

Clear, orange, sticky white head. Tastes straight up like oranges with a nice bitterness and a tiny bit of bright zest flavors. Smells the same as the taste. This is such a simple, basic stuff well done beer. Love it.

Nov 30, 2017
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dedbeer from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Feb 24, 2014
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SuperHop18 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3%

Sep 06, 2014
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

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

I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy rounded and rustic looking orange with an invading one finger white foamy head that dissipates at a decent pace. This one ends up leaving a nice foamy lacing. The smell is spectacular as it showcases a decently noticeable candied orange and citrus zest. The taste models the same flavors coming out in the smell and has the same aftertaste that leads to a somewhat clean dry finish. On the palate, it sits a moderately medium on the body and has a carbonation that is good for the APA style and for me. This is fairly sessionable. Overall, well worthy of having again and would seek out to possibly see if I could put this with some food, however I’m drawing a blank on that because of the orange and citrus zest that comes out.

Nov 20, 2015
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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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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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Yabo72 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 15, 2016
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GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Mar 02, 2014
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Lucnifter from California

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 04, 2017
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 02, 2017
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Bdrega10 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 23, 2015
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eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2020
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 30, 2015
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valdieu2 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Feb 26, 2014
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MNBeerGeek from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

Aug 30, 2014
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Lucular from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2016
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efrankmcguire from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2015
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