Maine Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #90
Ranked #2,982
4.12 | pDev: 9.22%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.
Reviews: 666 | Ratings: 3,073 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Mostly clear Golden with a nice head on top and great lacing.

S: Lemon, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and a bready malt character.

T: Bitter lemon, grapefruit, citrus pith, grass and a light, crackery malt backbone. Very clean fermentation characteristics.

F: Light bodied, moderate carb, clean dry finish.

Overall, a phenomenal pale ale. Not a juice bomb but insanely crushable and full of Bright flavors. Get it if you can.

Sep 28, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a pale hazy lemon juice yellow with a medium fizzy white head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass.

S:. Light citrus, especially get the lemon peel, notes of honeydew and cantelope, a fresh cut grass and straw. Restrained but still inviting.

T:. Light citrus and lemon peel, notes of honeydew, cantelope and fresh cut grass, a light bitterness. Not in your face like some pale ales but still a nice drinking beer.

F:. Lighter body, good carbonation.

O:. This is a very nice drinkable, lighter pale ale.

Aug 09, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle (stamped “07/14/20”) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pale lemony yellow with a slight haze and frothy white head of foam, leaving streaky lace.

Smell: Plenty of clean lemon zest, some straw, grass and freshly baked white bread.

Taste: More clean lemon citrus, fresh pine needles and bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, bright carbonation.

Overall: Crisp and clean West Coast IPA; could easily drink a few of these.

Aug 08, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - has that unfiltered pale ale look, not clear, not opaque. Good head, decent lacing.
S - A little funky muted straw, hops, of course, and some ineffable citric aspect but not a ton of scent on this.
T - Solid, clear crystalline hop profile, just Ok. Almost zero taste.
F - Good, mouthfeel quite solid, good carbonation, but no burn or too much fuzz.
O - a really good pale ale. Not blown away but fun to try (finally)
Bottle, from 6.23.20. and tried (opened) 7.3.20 so fresh as hell!

Jul 04, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottled 6/16/20, opened 7/2/20.
2 plus finger white and dense head. Excellent retention and ample thick, foamy lacing left behind.
Pale, yellow-gold ale with the slightest chill haze initially.
Clean, fresh hoppy goodness. Citrus (oranges/grapefruit), lemon-lime, mint, and a soft bready malt aroma. Really nice and fresh aroma.
Oranges, orange blossom, tangerine. Mild, weedy and grassy notes. Light bready, slight caramel malt base.
Light body, medium-high carbonation. Low but persistent bitterness. Medium length and balanced finish.
Very Good to Outstanding.

Jul 03, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. A dense white head forms with excellent retention and tons of lacing.
S: A hoppy aroma up front and center. Orange and lemon rind. Grassy, herbal tea like. Then a baked bread aroma balances and reminds me this is a Pal Ale and not an IPA.
T: Like the nose, plenty of hops to go around. Orange, lemon, grass, and yes even a peppery spice. Malts are more noticeable, cracker, bread/biscuit all intermingling. A nice bitterness lingers.
M/O: A medium body with excellent carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. Incredibly clean and finishes wonderfully dry. Yep. this is a Pal Ale I can come back to again with ease.

Another really well done offering by MBC. I have some more in the fridge and will defiantly get more on top of that when I see it.

Jun 26, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 17oz bottle into a pint glass.
Look: This is a pale, pale ale - about as blonde as my high school ex-girlfriends. Not super hazy, but also not totally clear. Nice big bubbly head that's a lighter shade of white and retains throughout.
Smell: The smell itself is pretty light, unless I just drank too much. It's got a flowery, bright aroma with a slight alcohol hint. But that makes sense - it's 5.5% abv.
Taste: Really flavorful hop profile, with a gentle, bitter citrus persuasion. Definitely goes well paired with Costco clementines. Malt profile is secondary to hops but is certainly present with soft sweetness.
Feel: This beer is heavily carbonated. But it's pleasant and compliments the flavor profile for something, that when all put together, is really a winner. Really easily drinkable, but goes away too fast. I guess 17oz isn't enough.
It's not as satisfying as Maine's Lunch, but it's a really solid beer and one that I would definitely order on tap - if you're lucky enough to find it.

Feb 19, 2020
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Nass from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is light yellow. The taste is mild dank, grapefruit, lemon, herbal, & some pine is manifesting in some ways near the finish. I like this Peeper pale ale more than their MO pale ale. cheers! A-

Jan 05, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass, carbonation is very high with this one, three finger white head. The beer is a bright golden color, slightly hazy. The smell is very light, citrus and pine. Taste is balanced bready malts up front followed by a dry snappy hop finish. This beer definitely has a light mouthfeel, overall very good well balanced pale ale and one I would buy again.

Oct 26, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml bottle, 470 09/24/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: slightly-hazy, pale yellow-amber liquid; tall, wild foam pad, slow recede, chunky lace... top-up pour causes more haze; white, popcorny head revives

S: bright herbal spice up front, floral musk... dried grapefruit wedges, crushed flowers, cut grass, hint of lemon thyme; relatively bold background hint of doughy shortbread, emerging more as the foam falls

T: grapefruit and lemon rind essence, heavy perfumy floral dominance; aftertaste of citrus spice accenting the flowery oils and dinner-roll bready malt at its core... lingering accumulative flavors include bitter citrus (a la San Pellegrino grapefruit), tropical bubblegum, green peppercorn

F: layered feathery resinous contact; oily, light-bodied, subtly silky-smooth outflow... the bitter spice and mellow booze set the palate alight; just lovely

O: another dynamic brew from Maine - guess I've lucked out with the only 3 bottles I've ever tried... nothing particularly new, though such a flavor profile is not quite ubiquitous; this may send me filing through notes for comparable examples; would redo, oh yeah (1589)

Oct 23, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice crisp clean pale ale from a solid Maine brewery. Bottled date 7/9/19 so just got it within the 90 days of recommended time. Pours a clean light golden color with a little white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some crackers, muddled fruity and floral hops, malt, vanilla and caramel. Taste follows the nose, the and light with some mild bitterness that is just balanced by the sweeter malt backbone. Mild, smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, very easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing, any lighter and it would be too light for me.

Oct 11, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint sized bottle from the brewery on 8.31.19. Bottled on 8.27.19; consumed on 9.4.19.

Beer poured a pale golden with a beautiful white head that is leaving some lacing.

Nose has a nice dose of light lemon.

Taste is lemon pepper forward over a light pale malt base. Finished with a nice peppery pilsner hop zing; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very nice APA that strikes me as a pilsner with the hops and malts used. Glad I was able to try!

Sep 04, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: August 11, 2019... OCCASION: after a great get-together with the roommates, I returned with enough Peeper to evaluate its greatness... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... since the growler cap almost blew out of my hand, I am going to assume this was well sealed between yesterday and today... as such, its head actually grows after it is poured into an off-white cluster of bubbles... its body is a golden yellow, slightly opaque haze with tons of miniature bubbles clinging to the glass... malts are solid, semi-sweet and suggesting some semblance of balance... the show is its triple-headed hop monster, each filling the gap of the others where necessary (grapefruit, orange/lemon, mango) to suggest a lightly resinous, super fruity ale that keeps within its 5.5&% ABV...its mouthfeel is slammable, light yet active at the teeth, sharp and lightly textured at the throat... did I overuse light? it strikes like a champagne, bubbly and sweet... its citric profile is strong and clean, with orange, lemon, grapefruit, and mango, with suggestions of lilac, chamomile, and floral accents... hay and grass make this a hop-forward creation... a good overall experience, perfect for hanging with good friends, pairing with roast beef, or simply sipping as an evening finisher--but not to be confused with Maine's finer offerings...

Aug 12, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the The Pint Station (SC).
This has a pale golden body with a thin white head.
Medium-light body with a very dry and clean finish.
Very well balanced with a harmonious mix of grains and hops. Moderate bitterness and strength for the style.

Jul 27, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a creamy head. Tastes of bitter hoppiness. Nose has citrus to it - similar to a quinticential new england style IPA at its finest.

Jul 03, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not quite as visually attractive as MO and other of their 5-ish percent pale ales (a little more pale, but still a remarkably impressive head), but otherwise quite similar. Soapy, crisp, strong-ish grapefruit and citrus notes, very grassy, quite understated and mellow. Wish there was a little more going on. Very clean and dry with a lingering grapefruit pith and bitterness. Quite tasty on a warm summer night, and well made, but not an overly memorable beer.

Jun 26, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden,semi opaque (like a 3 on the SRM color chart) Massive creamy head (3 fingers) very slow to dissipate. Head turns into creamy dollops. Smells like mild berries,mild citrus,essence of sweet fritters. Taste is amazing, grapefruit, strawberry,cinnamon toast. Feels perfect. These guys are serious about their APAs ! Their APAs are better than most IPA from any brewer. Overall their beer is rustic,expertise crafted and delicious. Highly recommend-

Jun 24, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty pale ale. Floral and citrus hops, grainy malt character, light body and a dry finish.

Classic and long-lived staple for good reason. Cheers!

Apr 19, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours yellow with some haze. It has a white pillow head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has subtle floral, citrus and lemon aromas with pepper mixed in. There are some background grainy sweetness to it as well.

Taste: The initial flavors are lemon and peppers. The floral, citrus, and grainy sweetness are in support.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate bitterness that has a slight twinge of harshness.

Overall, a very flavorful beer. The pepper and citrus flavors work well together without being overbearing.

Apr 17, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at mallebar brasserie in Plymouth,mass

Pint glass, Translucent golden yellow , one finger white fizzy cap

Aroma of grains, malt , citrus , tangerine Orange

Taste is citrus hops over grain

Light moutheeel , slight sudsing, hop taste nibbles

Good beer

Mar 19, 2019
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SSS from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Kept in the bottle but I believe in Maine Beer Co ;)
S-Some light citrus but more on the dank side, nothing heavy in aroma
M-Lighter than I had expected with higher end carbonation
T-Dry and crisp with an assert bitterness that costs the palate and lingers
O-Drank this pretty fresh at 10 days from bottle date. I suppose I was expecting something different coming from Maine Beer Co...

Mar 04, 2019
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IkelovesDeb from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stemmed tulip from pint bottle. 2 months from born on date. It’s a solid PA. Not overwhelming or exceptional. It does have a very nice hop/malt balance. Would drink again if offered but not one I would go out of my way to find.

Feb 02, 2019
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cspence from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 12/04/18, so pretty fresh.

Appearance: Pale, gold with slight amber tint, hazy. Maybe a little too pale for the style, but so what? Mousse-like head, high carbonation. Lace sticks to glass as head subsides.

Smell: Nice citrus and a little pine and spice, not IPA strength but pleasant. Mine was slightly skunky. Faint malt.

Taste: Dry, a little grainy, firm smooth bitterness, slightly tart. Pleasant hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, maybe too light for the style? High carbonation.

Overall: A very pleasant and refreshing pale ale. At this time of year I'd like a little more malt, but that's not a fair criticism. I'd rather have this than most Summer ales when the weather's hot. Many APAs lean toward IPA these days, and I would say this does not, yet still has nice hoppiness.

Dec 20, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent straw that turns a little foggy as the lower ounces are poured into the glass. Head formation is massive, netting nearly three fingers of white foam after a rather average pour. Head retention is good. Aroma is citrus, pine and dank hops with bits of toasty, nutty, earthy malts. Flavor profile is citrus, dank and pine hops that feature a solid bite right at the finish. Hops mingle with toasty, nutty, earthy, biscuity malts, adding to the bitterness. It leans bitter, both driven by hops and malts, with the citrus hop qualities doing very little to even it out. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a bold, grainy texture that breaks down into a watery finish. Overall, hops and malts are nice, but this beer does lean bitter. It's not out of control by any means, just worth noting that it features a little bite.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16.9oz bottle.

Nov 17, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small pour, slightly hazy yellow, moderate head and lacing. Nose mild, almost nonexistent. Taste is bitter and seems to be more like a table beer. Pine, some berries. Average body and above average carbonation.

Nov 14, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 3073 ratings