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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #86
Ranked #3,334
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.
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FBarber from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow/straw color. Thick frothy white head forms then dissipates leaving an uneven mound of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of dried grass, herbs, lemon grass, cattiness, and mild citrus with a light crackery malt character coming through.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dried grass, lemon grass, mild lemon-citrus, cracker malts.

Feel is light, crisp, smooth with moderate carbonation. Sort of drier on the finish.

Overall a really nice, quality pale ale from Maine Beer Co.

Jul 31, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pale yellow with a large white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - A good amount of malt and light hops along with some spices and yeast
T - Light bitters hops mixed with a good amount of malt, and spices - good amount of earthy notes. Some lemon in there as well.
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A solid, straight forward pale ale

Jun 26, 2021
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a two finger head. Smell is very pleasant with a nice mix of fruit, herbs and earthy notes. Taste has some citrus, apple, some peppery notes and a little pine but not bitter. Carbonation is moderate ...goes down slightly scratchy. Gets better as it goes. A wonderful beer.

May 09, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my local beer store yesterday when it caught my eye as soon as I walked in- it was staged on shelves along with the classic Belgian magnum bottles. I knew that I needed to grab a couple of them since the first two beers I tried from Maine Beer Co. were outstanding and so memorable.
Poured from their signature pint+ dark glass bottle into a stem glass.
Nice two finger head when poured that dissipated quickly. Some decent lacing left on the glass.
Color is dark golden and slightly hazy.
Aroma is fruity and earthy and subtle- inviting you to take another whiff of what's coming.
Taste of lemony citrus right away and then more earthy flavors of pine and grass (or something along those lines).
Mouthfeel is crisp and hoppy with an underlying smoothness that doesn't let the hoppiness take over.
Overall, this is my third type of beer I tried from Maine Beer Co. and again, another beer that is absolutely soul satisfying in it's complexity and subtlety. I am a big fan of pale ales and was so amazed at this one- tons of citrusy, earthy notes while enjoying the hoppy goodness of a quality beer- every drink takes me to another sensation as I try to suss out the complexity of this beer.
Well done and keep it up!!

Jan 17, 2021
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle 5/5/20...5.5%abv. haha. Opened and reviewed on 12/31/20

Pale Golden color, very slight haze, jazzy looking with a robust, clumpy all white foam cover, rocky, lacy and we'll retained.

Spicy grains and yeast aroma pops right out. Golden hearty grains, the malt smells amazingly complex. Very subtle hop thing, maybe a bit of orange peel. Hearty tho.

A golden grainy malty flavor of wheat and spicy yeast hits first. Good balance for an APA. The hops are subtle but earthy with pine and orange rind.

The mouthfeel is really crisp and full of vibrant aspects. Killer lively yeast pitched in the bottle is always a nice Xfactor!

Quality stuff, subtle hops, but it has been six months in the bottle. Bonus points for holding it together for this long.

Dec 31, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice straw shade with a sweet head that dissipated but left a nice ring. Grassy, slightly hoppy nose on this one. Earthy and grassy on the palate, some hoppy notes with underripe pineapple and green apple. Not enamored with this brew. Finished a little skunky.

Dec 24, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/15/20

I've seen this in my local store many times but it (or anything else from Maine) never really caught my attention in a major way, though I do know they're pretty well regarded. I figured I'd pick this up to see what it's all about

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves great lacing

Hot damn this smells bright and fresh. Lots of citrusy and slighty dirty floral hops, a nice peppery spice, lemon rind, orange, and crisp pale malt

The taste starts off with a doughy malt, pepper, lemon, and a bit of grassy hops. The swallow brings notes of dry crackery pale malt, floral hops, and a subtle but smooth general citrus. Simple, but awesome

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation for a refreshing and balanced beer. Finishes almost entirely dry with a nice bitterness

This was incredibly balanced, just a wonderful example of the style. I'll definitely have to stop neglecting Maine

Dec 07, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of Audible carbonation crackle on the pour. Pale lemon color shows a fair clarity with a soapy textured topping at one finger. Good retention on the head leaves great sticky patches of lace behind on the vessel walls. Crips carbonation, good density shows a steady linear rise.

S: Lots of lime on the opening aroma. Fresh grapefruit juice with some crisp pale grains keeps things simple, clean and fresh. Finishes with wet lemon.

T: Crisp flavor, lemon-citrus is classic, hoppy, and fairly wet. Bittering lemon peel, dry powdery grain dust, with some bright citra tropical hops that were semi-dry. The overall theme was very clean and crisp ending with a touch of peppery citrus.

M: Mouthful was very crisp, medium body, a bit slick and sticky.

O: Overall a easy drinking 5.5% that was extremely clean and crisp, very well atoned to style. Well balanced, bright, with a crisp grain bill.

Dec 05, 2020
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer defies description. The nose is so floral, almost like a mild lavender, with obvious lemon element. Carbonation is subtle but perfect for the 'weight' of the pour. It's got just enough haze to identify it as an East Coast style pale ale, but nothing dominates to place it firmly in that genre. That is, until you get to the actual taste, which is phenomenal. It is refreshing but full-bodied enough to hold up to the charcuterie plate I enjoyed with it. Juicy, yes, but just enough. Highly recommended.

Oct 29, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 North Carolina

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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