Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #120
Ranked #6,146
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Dec 02, 2023
Jul 30, 2009
Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Magnum.
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Rated: 4.5 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Dec 02, 2023
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Rated by jammer1312 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A IPA inspired pale ale, but with manageable hop bitterness and a peppery finish. Very nice.
Sep 27, 2023
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, little else. Taste is citrus, some pine, bitter for a pale ale. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Jul 12, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2023
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Jun 23, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Jun 06, 2023
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Rated by alemiester from Florida

2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Most of the main beer companies beers are excellent. This one is not. Drinks very thin even for pale ale. Not 91. Maybe 85. At best
Jun 04, 2023
Rated by FRANKHAZE from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 5/9/23 - a nice delicate, well crafted pale ale.
May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16.9oz bottle purchased off the shelf for $5.79. Bottled on 21MAR23, so this is one day shy of eight weeks old.

Look: It's nearly clear beer. The color is paler than I remember - it's a light gold color. Initially, there were two fingers of fluffy white head but the head dissipated to a thin layer. Lots of small bubbles are steadily rising up the glass. There's a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and it gave the beer just a translucent haze.

Smell: Nice aromas, although a bit subdued. I get nice citrus notes - grapefruit, lemon, some orange peel. Secondary notes of slightly sweet pineapple. Also grassy pine and peppery notes. Subtle floral notes. There's also a bit of a creamy vanilla note that I tend to pick up with some Maine Beer Company beers. Green bell pepper on the finish after swirling the glass.

Taste: Very tasty, super refreshing. The flavors very much mimic the nose. Up front, it has a bright, refreshing citrusy vibe. I am enjoying it so much that I am wanting to drink it quickly, and eventually the bitterness on the finish builds up with earthy pine and pithy notes. Cereal grain sweetness.

Feel: It's medium bodied with carbonation that is lively and soft on the palate. There is a mild chewiness on the palate.

Overall: In terms of a tasty, well-balanced American Pale Ale it's hard to find a better example. I have had this beer once or twice before, and this is the first opportunity that I have to review it.

From the website:
ABV 5.5%
After a few years of home brewing in our garage, my brother and I decided we should open a brewery so that we could share our beer. In 2009, we started with a one barrel system, and worked on a single recipe, over and over, until Peeper was born. And now we have enough to share. Cheers!
Flavor profile: Aromas of peach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Notes of pine, raspberry, and strawberry. Underlying malt grain sweetness.
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial
Malt: American 2-Row, Carapils, Red Wheat, Vienna
May 16, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by KC_beerman from Missouri

May 07, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by Rkwpark from Connecticut

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Tricolour_Absurd

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Drank January 2023, three year cellared bottle dated Jan 21 2020. Kept at consistent temperature other than a brief move in 2021

Notes via stream of consciousness; a massive floral aroma that fills the room such that others say they can noticeably smell it as well. It is distinctly floral with a caramel and fresh malt scent backing it. The flavor immediately provides an almost noble hop peppery flavor, similar to recreational lagers or west coast style pilsners. The Amarillo is still clearly present, backed by a wash of peach tea astringency. Aftertaste is only as dry as this beer usually is fresh, more flavors of peach tea and stone fruit, DRY like Chardonnay.

(upon opening the bottle foam poured out the top and I had to let it sit in my sink ten minutes while the beer restabilized/resettled, surprisingly leaving the entire bottle still full with minimal loss)
Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by kflorence from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very slightly hazy, pale straw in color with ample white head atop. Plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation looks average. A bit paler than expected, but it looks quite refreshing.

Aroma is pretty simple. Sweet, bready and floral hops. Earthy, grassy, some vegetable notes in there. Quite fresh.

Taste follows the aroma well. Grainy with grass and lemon rind and a hint of butter. Some white pepper spice towards the finish. A tiny bit sour, with some light fruit characteristics. Bitter and floral overall, notes which linger on the tongue after the swallow.

An excellent mouthfeel. Light and creamy up front with with very subtle zest. Finishes crisp and dry, if perhaps a bit thin towards the swallow. Very refreshing, and spot on for the style.

Another great offering from MBC. An excellent pale ale with a very refined flavor and aroma profile. Definitely an easy drinker that is sessionable and refreshing. Not as flavorful or complex as some of their other offerings, but it definitely has a place. Cheers!
Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by VaporDome from New York

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L-Pours a beautiful lightly hazy straw colored pale ale with a minimal, yet present rocky head.
S-Sweet grain, sweet earthy grass, and strong DANK pine. A nice earthy, vegetal and peppery aroma is there as well. Bready yeast is also present. I also get a sweet floral note on the nose, followed by some fresh ripe lemon. Very intriguing from the start.
T-Sweet, bitter and fresh. There's a light, but present floral flavor to this beer up front. The grain is very present as well, but not overly there. It gives a nice earthy layer to the beer, but doesn't overtake that slight floral taste I get. I note some peppery aspects again in this beer, with some slight citrus at the back end. The bitter bite towards the finish is very nice and welcomed.
F- The mouthfeel is perfect. Light bodied with delicate carbonation and a drying end. Very refreshing.
O-I think this is the best beer I've had from Maine Beer Co. Incredibly well crafted, light and sessionable with finely tuned nuances that keep this beer continuously interesting. Very much enjoyed. I will absolutely seek this out again.
Dec 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Hay-hued body with a very (very) minimal haze to it. Lovely-looking, sea foam, white head with a healthy dose of lacing.

Smell: A floral tone of citrus tree blossoms comingled with a little pine atop lightly bready malts.

Taste: Restrained maltiness of grainy wheat and biscuit guts sans the outer crusts. Starts and ends with a steely-eyed dryness akin to utilization of amyloglucosidase (for days and days). Softly citrus, touches of meadow wildflowers and a hint of pine. Medium bitterness. A thoughtful sip of grain-infused water with a teensy dose of orange-lemon on the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Easy-drinking, clean as a whistle and staunchly dry.
Nov 28, 2022
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