Maine Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #88
Ranked #3,127
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: 672 | Ratings: 3,085 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow with thick white head. Floral hops and grapefruit on the nose. Nice bitterness up front, with grapefruit and lemon flavor in the middle -- but a watered-down, grapefruit-rind aftertaste that doesn't complement the rest. There is some biscuity malt flavor there, but no backbone to speak of. May seem "refined" to some, but I'm not a fan. Bottled 4/7/15.

Apr 26, 2015
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous hazy golden hue with a big sticky and fluffy bright white head. Nose is amazing even before I pour it into the glass. Fresh squeezed orange juice with a touch of other citrus fruits; lemons and grapefruit. Faint touches of hop resin and crackers.

Citrus fruit forward flavors. One of the few beers that's able to get orange out of it's hop profile. Grapefruit backs the orange flavor up and is balanced on the mid-palate with a lightly toasted bread flavor. The bread and cracker like malt flavors balances the hop assertiveness of the brew. Spicy yeast snap on the finish with a balancing bitterness. Incredibly smooth and refreshing. The bottle conditioning adds texture to the light body and feels fluffy in the mouth. Big on flavor with incredible drinkability. Proof that not all pale ales are the same. (You can add more of a yeasty breadiness to the flavor of the beer by swirling the remaining yeast at the bottome of the bottle into your glass)

simply put, amazing.

Nov 11, 2012
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Professional nano-breweries could be the second coming of craft brewers, brewing beer at 1 barrel at a time with "green" thinking in mind.

Heady beginnings, the lace wants to be noticed as it clings to the glass. Shiny copper color displays the bubbles in its true beery fashion. Orange blossoms, ripe pears, shortbread and dusty yeast are in the nose. Long smoothness, a bit of creaminess in the medium body ... bottle-conditioned brews are a step above the rest when it comes to sheer mouthfeel. Orangey hoppiness dials in somewhat strong (not the bitterness, but the flavor). Malt character throws down a crisp, cracker-like flavor, which stays on the palate for a while. The hops and malt go together well, no battle ... just harmony. Finishes with some yeast but more fresh, crisp malt and orangey hop flavor.

Impressive small-batch ale to be had; by far one of the most interesting Pale Ales out there. Different in that the complexities ask the taste buds to work hard, but the beer manages to stay quaffable at the same time.

Jan 11, 2011
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:pale golden yellow with slight haze bright white head

S: more of a faint sweet malt followed by a touch of Citrus

T: is close to perfect the balance of the malt sweetness and the right amount of hops

M crisp with a nice level of hi carbonation

Overall it well done beer that leaves you want to have another pint

Jul 07, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The color is a light golden color.

The aroma has a wonderful big citrus pop, but with some malt. A huge hop bomb for a pale ale.

The flavor fits. Wonderful orange, lemon, grass. The bready malt finish really tops it off well.

It reminds me of a hoppy big Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The best pale ale next to Maine Beer Co. MO.

Feb 06, 2013
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MikeLaw from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all time favorite beer period. everything from this place is amazing- it smells different and tastes fresher than any other brewery. I don't know their magic but I like it.

Nov 24, 2015
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yelterdow from New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Dan McLaughlin for bringing me back this beer. I've never been to Maine, although it is high on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Served in a curved pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Bright orange, this beautiful brew supports a monstrous three-finger crown that condenses into a soapy, pillowy mat. Gargantuan rings of lacing drape the interior of the glass, not letting up even for a second. Five full minutes after the initial pour, this beer is a statue of impeccable structure.

Smell- Right from the start, a gorgeous whiff of hops fill the air... perfume and honeyed grapefruit predominantly. As the beer breathes, the nose offers a more balanced malt presence that showcases subtle bread notes.

Taste- This is a treat for the discerning palate... it reminds me what true, honest, and superior qualities reside in grassroots brewing. The freshness here is terrific, the hop bitterness exquisite. After swirling in the yeast sediment (I still tell myself it's for the vitamins), the ingredients come together in sublime balance. This could easily be enjoyed in place of one of my favorite IPAs, as the hop fix here is extraordinary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This is one of those beers that you just don't want to deplete. Unassuming in the mouth, the texture is relatively light until its activation with a gentle swish. Undoubtedly a modern classic in its category, I am privileged to have enjoyed it.

Thank you Dan, and thank you guys at Maine Beer for keeping it real and honest. Your worldview mirrors my own, and for that I truly respect you.

Dec 13, 2010
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moysauce from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer twice now; once from the bottle and once on tap. Both times I was significantly underwhelmed. It is an okay beer. Hell, maybe it's a great beer. But for me and my palate, I probably won't be having this again. It is just okay to me.

Jun 03, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree with the high ratings. (Unusual for an ale that is not extreme in hops or alcohol.) This APA is put together well.
I like that this is a home-brew recipe made between two brothers who improved on it and grew a brewery and now can share their creation with lots of people. And all their offerings are in the British tradition. They stick to their knitting.

While Peeper's hops shape a typical high-quality APA, the malt blend reminds me of a English Pale Ale; mostly how the sweet malt sings in unison with the spicing... instead of a duet as many AIPAs do.
A very enjoyable ale and I intend to have more from Maine.

Jun 21, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, golden yellow color, like fresh hay. Smells a little bit malty, with a touch of pine and citrus. Crisp, good malt backbone throughout, with a light citrus and pine flavor. Light body, relatively high carbonation. Great summer beer, could certainly see it for watching football or baseball. Easy to drink and tasty.

Jul 31, 2017
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw gold with a thick head, looks pretty good. clearly a lighter ale

smell is clean lively hops. light on malt aroma. sweet zesty citrus notes

taste is dry and crisp, nice hop flavor and light malt. honestly this reminds me of Carton Boat Beer

Apr 02, 2017
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Rugg315 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copy from another review that this is a real beer! Not overly fruit but I get lemon on smell and taste. All other aspects are solid. You drink this and you say I just had a great beer.

Dec 16, 2016
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Burt from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

May 11, 2013
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thebouch01 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Nov 15, 2011
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BeerBuckeye from Ohio

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

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow with foamy bright white head. Plenty of lacing along the side.

S- bright and hoppy, grassy, hint of zest and orange peel. Very nice.

T- Surprisingly full malt body, light earthy hops, zest, hint of lemon. Very very good ans balanced.

M- Crisp, zesty.

Overall- Maine Beer is killing it and this is another great beer. How do I get more of this?

Dec 31, 2012
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nick35712 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9.16.15 draft @ Maine beer Co. Brewery

Sep 16, 2015
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Jul 28, 2014
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TonyTalon from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15%

Jul 21, 2013
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Jan 13, 2013
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Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 19, 2016
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Aprice34 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

Nov 04, 2014
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bufante from Iowa

3.72/5  rDev -9.7%

Oct 05, 2014
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw (3) pour with frothy white head; decent cap retention with moderate plus lacing; clear as a bell. Lemon grass nose. Grassy hops with a lick of lemon; bright, zippy citrus and fresh hop flavors. Lite mouthfeel; moderate plus carbonation. Overall, lite and easy drinking, with wonderful lemon zest linger.

Jan 14, 2016
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

On tap at Great Lost Bear. The appearance was a clear light golden colored body with a decent amount of carbonation heading towards the top. The lacing was spotty and ringy. When the bartender gave the beer to me, there wasn’t any head whatsoever. The smell had mainly citrus backed up by some pine. The hops are pretty balanced throughout. The taste was the pine and citrus hops with a slight bit of a grassiness. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, is fairly sessionable, crisp, sweet clean aftertaste and finish. She was slightly watery at times but at other times had a moderate amount of harshness, weird but no complaints. Overall, this is an excellent choice of a beer. Its good for the style and good for me, however this could be closer to an AIPA.

Jun 05, 2017
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Latarnik from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

May 30, 2014
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