Maine Beer Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,793
4.2 | pDev: 8.33%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - burnt amber with a nice tan head that sticks around and leaves a ton of lacing behind
S - Tons of resinous, piney, bitter hops along with a solid amount of malt along with notes of biscuit.
T - a lot of malt up front follows by tons of piney, bitter hops. Some notes of caramel and floral notes as well.
F - medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.
O - an incredibly good, well rounded amber ale

May 13, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, darker, amber color. There's a decent amount of carbonation here that leads to a nice, and thick 3 finger off white head. The head retention is pretty good, and there's some decent, and nice looking lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a combination of a nice roasty malt/biscuit, and a nice hop aroma as well.
Taste - I get a nice malty flavor here. It tastes like the malts have been roasted a bit. Then on the back the hops kick in for me. They're not too strong, but they are there, and provide a good finish to this beer.
The body is just right for this beer. The carbonation tickles my throat a bit.
A very tasty beer of this style.

May 09, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 days ago. Looks like a nice amber ale with a great head and good lacing. Hop-forward aromas that are a bit sunscreen-y. As per usual with MBC, not sure if it's quite worth the money


Mar 19, 2021
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am rating off of the bottle that I have.

Do i feel like this is the best Red Ale in the world?

It's good but not world class good...

My bottle is about 6 weeks old which should still be fairly vibrant but I have a feeling that its a shell of its former self...

Would really really love to have this fresh off the tap for comparison...

Dec 10, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into a pint glass. Dark amber in color with lots of bubbles, transparent, and sizable two finger head with excellent lacing retention.
Smell - a nice balance of dried fruits, light smokiness, and a lot of pine. some biscuits also detectable.
Taste - remarkably smooth. the taste is actually much heavier on malts, with a nice hoppy and fairly clean finish. the multiple layers of malty flavor is really quite tasty.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and somewhat potent at 7.2% ABV.
Overall - this beer checks all the boxes. robust and rich malty backbone supported by enough hoppiness to still be refreshing. an excellent representation of the style.

Aug 27, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a burnished, ruby red that’s hazy and luxurious. Its off-tan head displays ringed lacing that retains like streaks of icing.

Sweet, nutty, caramel malts harmonize with a floral breeze of piney hops. For those among you with an acute sense of smell, an inviting aroma of chocolate and fresh baked bread lies hidden deep within. Like a secret, cozy nook in your favorite library, just waiting for you to discover its humble nuances.

A light body that falls just shy of medium. Carbonation is modest and gently tickles the palate.

Malt and grain flavors blend and flourish like a sonorous symphony of peaceful music. The overall flavor is firmly governed by hop dryness, but it falls respectfully short of bitter. Sandwiched between it all is a thin, gooey, layer of smokey caramel that tantalizes the tongue with a gentle caress of earthy pine needles and toffee.

Special Note:
Apologies to Shiredave, it appears I've utilized similar diction without realizing it. Rest assured, yours is the superior review by my reckoning. Well spoken, sir. *tips hat*

Jun 04, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Classy, minimalist label calls this a "Happy, Hoppy Amber Ale". Package date is 2-18-20.
Rich, burnished red maple color- russet brown with glints of red clay runoff.
A tall off-white head is thick and clotted leaving super sticky streaks of lace, sugar glued to the hour glass curves of the goblet.
Aroma is gorgeous and complex -I'm a red Ale kinda guy and this is my nose jam.
Sweet and nutty caramel malt harmonizes with floral and conifer hop notes making this a nose diver to sniff out more hints of chocolate and fresh baked bread.
Inviting is an understatement.
It feels light in body at first, then an almost smokey, caramel sweetness surrounds the tongue in a blanket of earthy pine needles in toffee. Great malt and grain flavors develop and meld in a well choreographed dance on the palate.
Not as full or rich as I expected from the aroma with the hop character pushing forward, and even as it warmed it was just barely medium in body. Hop dryness dominates but is not sharp or over bitter.
The 7% is in perfect balance with the malt and hop flavors at the back end.
Just beautiful.

May 30, 2020
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Beernaby from Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer because it's a hybrid of two styles I enjoy: IPA and brown ale...
The look is mahogany brown with a persistent lacy head like the foam on a cappuccino. The smell is like freshly
baked brown bread with a touch of lemon peel. The taste is reminiscent of your grandmothers ginger/molasses
cookies with a bitter, hoppy twist on the finish. Feel is soft and smooth in the mouth with fine carbonation. This
is one of the most refreshing iterations of brown ale I have ever experienced. Try it, you'll like it!

May 05, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber red color when poured. Flavor matches what I would expect from the color - floral hops and maybe even a slight coffee or chocolate note. Overall very good.

Jan 20, 2020
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jglenn73 from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Color is darker than I imagined. Very little head. Taste is very hoppy with a nice malty finish. Waited too long to try this. Wish they would make 4 or 6 packs of their beer!

Dec 09, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a pint directly from the brewery in Freeport on 8-24-19 for $6.00. Bottled on 7-23-19; consumed on 8-27-19. Always have enjoyed hoppy amber brews and you just don't see them much anymore.

Beer poured a deep red with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is nicely dank with grapefruit and pine.

Taste is toasted caramel malts along with a touch of chocolate infused with the grapefruit and pine dankness. Bitterness is 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a tasty brew, definitely my favorite to date!

Aug 27, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: August 24, 2019... OCCASION: enjoying the first of Brad's much-too-kind parting gifts from our roommates' get-together--and the first of three Maine offerings... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... this pours a nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown body that hoists a foamy, clumpy, brownish white head... like the sea, its head is amazingly resilient, sitting as it was poured five minutes later... this is a stunning amber to the eyes... thick caramel and toffee form a strong base with oats and cereal grains... above, pepper spice, pine, plum, some boozy rum, resin, and tea leaf take its complexity to a slow sipping degree... cherry and hard fruits also present... a dampened forest pervades... fitting a whale museum in a bottle, this drinks with the quality of a beer far below its 7.2% ABV... its flavor profile is diverse, reflecting its aroma with plum, dank citrus, pine and tea that marry caramel and toffee in a way that tabloids would be jealous of... with lofty expectations, this beer nonetheless nails its profile and then ups the ante with its complexity and drinkability....

Aug 25, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark tarnished copper color almost brown more so then amber, must be from all the malt goodness I smell. Head is big dense light tan colored two fingers that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is fruity caramel malts, smells chewy good amounts of malt compared to other amber's. More fruit noted too raisin, hints of cherry and strawberry along with floral hints. Aroma is malty, smooth and delicious hopefully that transfers to the taste.

Taste is like the nose big rich malty goodness, caramel malts all over some toasted notes good fruitiness almost like a Belgian instead of an amber. Nice brew big and chewy for an amber or bigger then most I should say, sweet and fruity finish is got a nice hop bite fruity , grassy and floral notes seem to combine.

Mouthfeel is big for an amber bigger medium feels full on the tongue, carbonation is mellow adds to the feel of the beer.

Overall dang this is one fine amber ale, better then your average amber anyways also pricier but in this case its money well spent.

Jul 23, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored beer with tastes of cherries. Some malt as well as citrus fruit in the nose. Good solid beer of its category and another fine one from Maine.

Jul 03, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a burnt copper color with a off white amazingly thick creamy head. Smell is of Fresh cacao, cherries, hops,fresh earth. Full bodied with taste of cacao,plum,raisins,pine resin,Mandarin orange,hop bite. Feels mildly viscous for the ABV. This beer is delicious. Super well constructed. Luscious and creamy. Feels like what a beer might have been in colonial times. Home made, rustic,delicious.

Jun 20, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark copper colored body with a dense, creamy head; sheets of sticky foam adhere to the glass. Fruity esters and toasted grain aroma. Toasted grain and light caramel taste with a somewhat sharp hop bitterness jumping up midway through the taste and lingering long into the finish. Medium-heavy body; crisp and warm residual sugar presence; fairly dry overall.

This amber ale brings on the grain warmth and piercing hop bitterness with every sip. Good stuff.

May 21, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BeerShop,NYC.
Pours a dark amber color with a creamy foam head that displays great retention.
Aromas yield a biscuity and caramel malt sweetness. This is complemented by hops aromas that evoke citrus, pine and grass.
Taste opens sweet and malty with notes of caramel and biscuit. There are also flavors of dark fruit and stone fruit. However, the hops flavors soon open up and provide a gentle yet assertive and deftly balancing bitterness. Hops flavors evoke citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, pine and grass.
Medium bodied, smooth and even a bit creamy. The gentle carbonation added a nice touch. The finish was dry with a muted bitterness.
I have enjoyed all of Maine Beer Co’s brews. This one is no exception as it was delicious overall.

Apr 24, 2019
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JRed from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish amber topped by off-white Head. Aroma of burnt pie crust, medicinal notes, dark fruit, hazelnut, grass. Tastes of black cherry, medicinal notes, hazelnut, grass, licorice, some big bitterness and some alcohol burn. Heavy bodied with active carbonation.

Jan 26, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PT .9 FL. OZ. bottle dated 11/6/18 needed a moderately strong pour into a 20-oz. mug for a rocky and frothy light tan long lasting head with sporadic, streaky lacing.
Hazy amber/brown, orange/amber in front of light.
Piney hops and sweet malt on the nose with slight citrus in the background.
The taste begins bitter like an IPA (West Coast) with grainy malt, grass and fresh piney/herbal hops. The middle is malty, roasted malt emerges and continues along with the sweet malt then subsides as the grass, citrus and hops return during the quick and semi-dry finish. Bitter spicy hops linger.
Medium rich bodied from generous malt, above average carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
A happy revisit, a great candidate for #1 Red IPA (if it was a style). Brown Ale smoothness with IPA hop spiciness, almost session-able.

Dec 09, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid copper color with a thick head.
Mild aroma with notes of distant chocolate, red fruits, melon
Rich flavor with notes of chocolate, toasted and caramel malts, tons of spices, a bit of raisins, ginger, grapefruit citrusy and resin. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels aure higher than its 30 IBUs.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation.
Original and bold American Amber Ale mixing chocolate, resiny and citrusy flavors. Interesting.

Oct 17, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 07/17/18 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours hickory (slight chill haze) with nearly 2 fingers of variable density khaki head with moderate retention and left ringed/windshield lacing.

S: Dank forward, then raisins, with undertones of caramel malt, grassiness, and subtle floral and bisquit notes.

T: Follows the nose to a large degree, but added prominence of the grassy elements, and some added pine. Finishes with moderate bitterness, holds on the palate a bit.

F: Medium bodied with higher carbonation, lively on the tongue which continues to the swallow.

O: One of my favorite styles, and this one is a solid example of what I love in hoppy reds/ambers. I'd definitely grab again.

Aug 20, 2018
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hophugger from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A relatively light bodied Amber ale with a strong hop bitterness. Dark Amber in color with a huge slightly off-white head. Aroma is bready with a bit of citrus. Taste continues to release the bitterness, right to the edge and Almost too much but manages to stop before that becomes the case. Finish is light with the bitterness hanging on and a bit of citrus

Jul 26, 2018
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dzni from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter

Dark, almost opaque, amber color. Thin head with slight lacing.
I really don't get much on the nose, maybe some sweet malt smells. Perhaps a little chocolate biscuit.
Taste is slightly bitter and piney first, with a nice malt balance.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall, like all of the beers I've had from Maine Beer, it's well balanced. The beer doesn't "wow" me, but the balance of malt and hops makes this an enjoyable beer for me.

Jul 22, 2018
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twosheds from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a light tan head

Smell is very hoppy with a lot of pine and citrus.

Taste is more balanced with a a bigger malt presence and smooth mouthfeel then ending with a dry hoppy finish.

Jul 04, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber with a slight haze, moderate to low carbonation and 2 fingers of amber beige head.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, powdered sugar, blueberries, and a hint of coffee.

The taste follows the nose, and is rich, hoppy and malty.

Its backed up with a smooth, rich, frothy mouth feel, moderate carbonation, and a slightly tannic finish.

Got this Agawam, Massachusetts, drinking in Muskoka, ON, March 9th, 2018. Excellent brew.

Mar 10, 2018
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