A Tiny Beautiful Something | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#6,849
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,262
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
325
Trade:
3
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose—oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by favors of orange zest. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very nice job of showcasing the El Dorado hops in both the smell and taste. It was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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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3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pours a clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rinsing from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/orange zest hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and just about sessionable with a nice showcase of the El Dorado hop. I continue to be impressed with everything I have sampled from Maine Beer and will continue to seek out and try their beers.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,262 ratings