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From:
Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #131
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,083
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Reviews:
687
Ratings:
2,453
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 07, 2022
Added:
Jul 30, 2009
Wants:
  207
Gots:
  775
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: 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: 4.02 by Dsimenson from California

Nov 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by scottyshades from Florida

Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slightly yellowish green in color. Little bit of head produced and that head left nice lacing. Slightly hoppy, but very dry. White peppery finish. Good beer.
Oct 12, 2022
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Rated by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very pale gold. Medium foam. Big hop aroma. Clean citrus hop body. Bitter finish. A little spicy. Very refreshing.
Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On draught at Top Hops bottle shop at Essex St Market, NYC.
L: Pale yellow with a light haze and a short-lived head that nevertheless leaves rings of lacing.
S: Bright, fresh and lemony with a hint of lemongrass.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of yellow grapefruit and yeast.
F: Light body but dust dry finish and gentle carbonation.
O: An excellent American pale ale. Subtle, refined, delicately floral and super refreshing. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad lacklustre but it’s perfectly acceptable for 5.5%.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of my favorites. Light. Hazy. Summer. Fresh. Light on the nose and in the mouth with a hint of citrus. Smooth and very drinkable. Well done again!
Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by nickb2000

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: poured from a bottle - dated 14/june. very faint light hazy look - minimal head, really about 1/4 inch.

S: very faint smell, grass, some pine,

T: herbaceous, pepper, hops but not overpowering levels of hops, lemon rind

F: minimal carbonation, very light fizz, lingering acrid taste but not in a bad way, really. Kind of reminiscent of sparkling waters carbonation/calcium feel

O: A nice APA, very spring-like, and a bit of lemon really is an interesting take on the style. Don't get this thinking you'll find a hoppy APA, this is much more subtle.
Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Eychung from New York

Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Crystal clear golden yellow body with moderate carbonation. Tall stark-white fluffy head from a vigorous pour. Good retention, forming a lumpy and rocky surface as it recedes. Thick buttresses of lacing as it recedes.

Citrus aroma, somewhat sharp and grapefruit-like with lemon underneath. Lightly bready. Not too strong.

Mild citrus taste rather than the grapefruit sharpness in the aroma. Lemon and orange. The initial taste is, as I said, mild with no bitterness. A slight bitterness begins in the middle and carries through to the finish. The finish is dry and the aftertaste leaves the slightly bitter lemony citrus lingering. As I continue to drink, the bitterness in the aftertaste does tend to build a bit.

The mouth feel is moderately thin on the body with slight carbonation.

Overall, a very nice pale ale. Well done and refreshing to drink. My personal preference, though, would have a bit more bittering from the hops and a stronger flavor. So, while good, this would not make my top 10 list of pale ales.
May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Hazy straw gold, fluffy white head, good retention

Aroma: Subtle fruit aromas, laced with orange

Flavor: Low hop notes with mild fruit flavors, more like stone fruits. Light pepper. Moderate bitterness.

Mouth feel: Light bodied, drying

Overall: Different aroma/flavor profile than what I've experienced with Amarillo, Cascade, & Centennial. Aroma and flavor are of lighter fruit character vs the more citrus I seem to get. It is quite light on the palate with a mild/moderate bitterness that balances a lighter sweet malt backbone. This beer seems to strike a good middle ground between the original Pale Ales (like SN) and more modern Pale Ales that express the hops more. I like the combo of light body, subtle notes and drying finish.
May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Apr 25, 2022
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Rated by NewtotheBrew

3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
LIttle lemoney in taste, looks like a lemon in color, pretty safe pale ale,
Apr 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by Taenim from New Jersey

Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle mfg date 21 Dec. '21 into an imperial pint glass.
L: Pours pale lightly cloudy straw yellow w/a 1/2 soapy 1/2 creamy white 2" head with creamy retention. Low carbonation & light lacing.
S: Lemon fruit & zest, baked lemon flat cake/bars, faint breadiness, caramel, a suggestion of lightly toasted malts.
T: Yeasty lemon juice, lemon rind, floral & clean, bright, simple and well balanced. Subtle grassiness. Pale malts throughout.
F: Semi-juicy, slick, light bodied mouthfeel w/a fairly fast & gently drying finish. Overall very smooth w/a short linger.
O: A very fresh tasting & lemony light bodied American Pale Ale. It is simple and in parallel with other examples from Maine Beer Co. in that it tastes natural. This beer, again, has the defining characteristics of lemon. It's hops/malts are very well balanced and it is outstanding in it's style.
Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very good, would try again fresher. MBC does better pale ales but this is no slouch. Would love to revisit, but while most of their beers are available locally, they are both room-temp and months old typically unfortunately.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by wmnaylor from New York

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle date of 11/09/2021. Slightly hazy golden color with a large head. Very aromatic with notes of lemon, hay with a dankness, and earth. Quite unique and not at all what I was expecting. All that carries over into the hop dominated flavor along with some fruity yeast esters. So light in the malt I could not describe it besides a slight sweetness in the finish. Low bitterness. Light body with a nice carbonation.
Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Bottled on 09Nov21.
A: Pours a clear light lemon yellow hue with 1/2 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Earthy and dry mineral hops, light lemon and lime, and a subtle light green apple.
T: Cool and crisp lemon and lime hit first, followed by dry minerals and earthy hops, lightly bitter pine, and subtle pepper.
M: Light body. Cool and refreshing on the palate. Delicate sweetness and bitterness. Lovely feel.
D: An easy drinking pale ale with subtle hop complexity. Well crafted.
Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This beer pours a lighter golden color, lemon looking. It is semi murky. The head looks quite fluffy, and ends up being 2 finger and white. Retention is good, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is from the hops. I get some citrus - lemon notes - and a slight earthy aroma.
Taste is citrus, but light and pleasing. It doesn't punch you in the face. I get some lemon and orange notes in the flavor.
The body is lighter, but not too light. It is somewhat crisp and refreshing.
This is another good beer from Maine Brewing. Recommended.
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Nov 05, 2021
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours light golden color. Smells like grassy herbs. Taste wonderful, well balanced hops, and earthy. This is a great beer.
Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.28 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by Khaack from New York

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.98 by ten-d from Texas

Sep 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 21, 2021
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