MO | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first run at an American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit, and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.

Just after opening our brewery, working long nights, weekends, and still maintaining our day jobs, my brother Daniel (the brewer) had twins. Cheers to his courage and dedication to making better beer.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Photo of NewYorkReveiws
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden haze with a solid head that clung to the glass. Smelled hints of citrus and passionfruit personally didn't get any pine in there. Orange and citrus immediately with the juicy passionfruit fruit coming in and finishes with a slightly bitter, pine and light hop. Overall a solid smooth beer really enjoyed the forward half with the citrus and passionfruit. I wasn't expecting the slight bitterness that came in the end overall enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has red grapefruit, orange rind and other citrus fruits on top of a bready malt backbone with some yeast notes. Taste is also orange and citrus forward with a light grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish. Medium plus body with smooth mouthfeel. Really easy drinking and soft on the palate. Reminds me of the Russian River hoppy beers.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy burnt orange in color. A whopping 3 fingers of a dense, frothy cap. An oh boy, the lacing. Sudsy and abundant, clinging to the edge of the glass.
S: Subtle but noted. Biscuity malt and citrus. Fairly simple but satisfying.
T: Follows the nose. Citrusy and bready in flavor. Malt backbone is apparent. Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit flavor.
F: Medium in weight but soft and full in body. Carbonation is moderate, and near perfect in my opinion.
O: This is a really enjoyable beer. At 6abv, I would drink this daily. A decent amount of flavor with a fantastic feel. I am very glad to have tried and would drink again. Cheers!

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Photo of Unclevince
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trapp2424
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local store didn't have our favorite which is Dinner or close second Lunch so I settled for this one. Have to say I'm not an APA fan at this point and this beer is TOO EXPENSIVE for just a pint of beer.

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Photo of Canalfisher22
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clean-translucent orange that carries a bit of fog the first 12oz out of the bottle, and then turns hazy, bordering on murky, as the final ounces drip into the glass. Head formation is two fingers in height and rather eager to form. Retention is good. Aroma is pine, citrus and dank hops layered over and between earthy, nutty, bready malts. Balance is delightful, forming a clean break between hops and malts. Even hops contradict and balance each other out between the light bite of the pine to the soft sweetness of the citrus. Flavor profile puts malts on equal footing as the hops, with malts hitting notes of earthy, nutty, toasty, and bready. Hops carry forward the aroma, hitting notes of pine, orange, and light dank and resin. Dank and resin hop notes linger the longest on the tongue, with the malts and other hops ceasing in random order prior. It's balanced, without letting the drinker forget the delight of hops. A medium-thick consistency carries a fuzzy, filling mouth feel that adds to the already well-nuanced notes. Overall, balance is supreme, and this showcases balance well, while still allowing the malts and hops their own solos and excursions.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mickt465
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of od_sf
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notoryous
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed gold with a thumb+ of rocky cream colored head. Sheets of lacing, great head retention

S: Citrus, breadyness

T: Juicy orange, bready dryness, plus some grapefruit up front. Grapefruit, leafy hops & dryness as this warms. Oragnes, grapefruit, leafy hops & dryness in the finish

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, decent balance, seem a bit over-gassed

Pretty easy easy to drink, a little more tamped down carbonation would've helped. One the better ones I've had from these guys

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Photo of degueulasse
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazy, yellow-tinted brown beer smells like pine and pineapple, epitomizing good New England beer. It tastes like passionfruit, citrus, and spruce, the juiciness largely unmatched by any APA I have tried. To top it off, it is a juicy beer whose full-bodied thickness also has a lightness that makes this a rather complex treat.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 7/2/18, so I'm about a month past the drink by date here.

Golden yellow body, good streams of fine carbonation. Decent bubbly, creamy white head leaving good lacing.

Nothing at all on the nose, good or bad.

Faintly bitter, a little on the bitey side, the latter fading quickly. Bitterness increases after the bitiness goes away. Somewhat dry.

Mouth between medium and full. Finish is a faintly sour bitterness, then the drink dries out.

Overall, a solid pale ale, though I personally prefer Peeper.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of passion fruit, pine, fresh oranges, honey and stone fruit.
Flavor with notes of pine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple juice, spices and
Dry aftertaste with a very clean bitterness. It feels a bit lower than its 60.
Light to medium velvety body with appropriate carbonation.
Perfectly crafted with optimal balance and a super refreshing tropical, piney and citrusy APA. Not a pointless hop bomb.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Toynk
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danmullens1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrc1093
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/4/18

Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a thick two and a half finger white head, a foamy, almost cloud-like visual; excellent head retention at its peak, and still holds relentlessly at the one finger mark; plenty of sticky, soapy lacing clings on.

Aromas of piney hops against a delicate malt backbone to start, followed by notes of fresh cut grass, wilted mint, and garden herbs to go along with dank peach, citrusy grapefruit pith, tangerine, and orange peel; the hops notes are both edgy and refined, adding the necessary balance to what is a compact, subtly evocative, and classic pale ale bouquet.

Taste is simultaneously hoppy, bitter, and malty, and the balance is really something excellent; the notes of fresh grass build to a showcase of lightly bitter hops merging on the profile with smooth, clean malt in a truly symbiotic manner; it is a simple but pure display of what these two elements can accomplish.

Mouthfeel is well-carbed, something that builds on the beer’s smooth medium body; ultimately, it results in a creamy-smooth feel with a good bit of heft on the palate and a nice hop prickle on the finish; it certainly (and maybe somewhat unexpectedly) holds its own, while never losing a comfortable crispness.

Such a simple beer on the outset, and one that maybe took awhile to grab my attention considering the flavor bombs it exists alongside today (as well as the format and slightly off-putting pricing), but a beer this well-done can’t be ignored. A classic take on the style that has a bit of everything; simple but with quiet complexities, MO stands out for its ultimate drinkability and total polish as a pale ale.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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