Maine Beer Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #86
Ranked #2,724
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: 657 | Ratings: 3,042 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JoKo
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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)

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of arizcards
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!

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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-

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Photo of mike22ne
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!

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of SSS
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...

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Photo of IkelovesDeb
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.

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Photo of cspence
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of zonker17
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp smooth clean. Great pale ale. No flavors dominate. Super smooth easy to crush. Wish this was in 16oz cans the bottle format makes these hard to drink a lot of.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle 7/24/18, so I'm about 2 1/2 weeks beyond the suggested drink by date.

A careful pour (as recommended on the bottle) reveals a slightly hazy yellow body with a massive foamy white head. There are thick layers of lacing. Swirling streams of light carbonation. In other words, it looks great!

Not much of an aroma, but it was difficult to make openings in the large head.

Well, if this is what it tastes like just past it's best by, then put me at the end of the bottling line with a catcher's mitt! A light bitterness, solid malt background, extremely drinkable. Loving this one.

Mouth around medium, finish is clean and slightly bitter.

Overall, an outstanding representation of the style. Clean, well balanced, just keeps you coming back for more. I'm moving to Freeport.

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Photo of deedric
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Aroma: Big citrus hops upfront with notes of lemon, orange peel, and fresh grass - with hints of melon. The malt is softly exhibited as clean, white bread dough.
L: Pours a brilliant, ever-so-slightly-cloudy, straw yellow with a bright white head that persists. Elegant lacing adorned the glass.
T: Flavor follows aroma - citrus, lemon, hints of orange peel, grass, white melon. Malt joins the palate with muted hints of bread. The taste follows cleanly with minimal, clean finish.
F: Medium mouth feel with medium/medium-high carbonation.
O: This APA offers a a citrus forward how profile followed with a generally muted malt backbone. The mix works well for the style and I find this to be a very nice example of the style. It offers strong hop-forward without the astringency. Nice job.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 06/19/18, 13:13.

Pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow. Lots of bubbly, frothy head rises up and clings to the glass with as much strength as they can muster. Heavy residual lace as the beer settles.

The nose on this beer is clean, dank, lemony, and grassy. A really nice, organic feel to the nose. Hops and malt play nicely together and create an aroma that is potent, but at the same time very clean and balanced.

Light, crisp, clean flavors. Straw, grass, lemon, and bitter, earthy hops.. all these flavors hit right away. There’s some lingering hop and malt presence in the finish, but overall this beer doesn’t need to boast any overwhelming qualities to the senses.

Light, crisp feel, with a soft but present carbonation and a slightly sticky, resinous finish. Again, just a very tasty, clean pale ale.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head.
Mild aroma with notes of melon, bread and lemongrass.
Flavor with notes of oranges, spices, honey, grapefruit, berries , resin and lemon peel. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Ir feels higher than its 35 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Quite peppery and resiny APA. It didn’t feel so harmonic as their other beers. But it is an APA that runs away from common ground.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, hazy yellow, similar to many MBC beers - lacing is quite strong. Nose is a balanced malt, wheat grain-like notes, and a bit of citrus with pith. Balanced taste with a similar flavor profile to the nose and a medium light, moderately carbonated feel.

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

Long sought after, my first Maine Beer co beer, tingly, smoke, light and refreshing, sting in aftertaste, enjoyed near a hot tub turning its insides to heat up for my drunk and aching body

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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a fresh white head. Smell was faint citrus hay and lemon grass. Taste was much like the nose with more citrus and pin resins had a cracker meal ,malt biscuit finish Mouth feel was clean and crisp combining citrus and pine resins wih malts best part of this APA . Low marks overall cause of the price, $6-$7 for 500ml is absurd for this brew, Really did not meet the hype ,its well made but dozens of breweries in Minneapolis make the same. Good luck to Maine Brewery on its expansion, they are going to have to repackage(4pk's) and lower MSRP to expand and have sell thru at retail.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 3042 ratings