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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #27
Ranked #1,516
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Apr 16, 2023
Feb 29, 2012
Notes: 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.
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. Hops: Falconers Flight, Simcoe.
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Rated: 4.18 by cozmo from New York

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear gold. Thick foam. Crisp aroma. Clean crisp hop body. Light malt finish. A touch of sweetness. Well balanced. Very refreshing. Excellent.
Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by McSeal from Connecticut

Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Rkwpark from Connecticut

Feb 04, 2023
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Rated by superpete93 from New Hampshire

2.86/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Pours out a pale yellow, nice amount of head and carbonation. Very nice pale ale but I've definitely tried better.
Jan 30, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle purchased from the fridge for $7.49. Bottled on 11/22/22, so this is two days shy of 6 weeks old.

Look: Pours a beautiful light copper orange color with a very thin off-white head. Nice clarity. Lively bubbles rising up the glass from the stem. Appearance became slightly hazy after pouring the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Very nice orange rind note. Spicy notes. Subtle vanilla. Green bell pepper after swirling the glass.

Taste: Mirrors the nose for the most part. Up front, it has a restrained juiciness with nice notes of orange and apricot.
Nice caramel malt flavor to balance the hoppiness. The finish is mildly to moderately bitter with a noticeable peppery dryness. Notes of pine and orange rind, which linger long after swallowing the beer.

Feel: There is a bit of chewiness to the mouthfeel that is really nice. Medium bodied. This beer is very drinkable.

Overall: This is a very solid American Pale Ale. It's no surprise that Maine Beer Company makes this beer well. Reminds me a bit of Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. It would be interesting to compare these two beers side by side, or perhaps in a blind taste test?

From the website:
Just after opening our brewery, working long nights, weekends, and still working our day jobs, my brother Daniel (the brewer) had twins. Cheers to his courage and dedication to making better beer.
Flavor profile: Aromas of orange, apricot, tangerine, and passionfruit. Notes of pine and grass with malt sweetness.
Hops: Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe
Malt: American 2-Row, Carapils, Caramel 40L, Red Wheat
Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Dec 27, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle, dated 22 Nov 22 so about a month old

pours a slightly hazy orangish golden color, thick off-white colored head. good head retention. bright hoppy aroma, I get orange marmalade, some berry. taste is similar but more muted. starts a touch sweet, but has some bitterness mid swallow. medium bodied.
Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep amber in color with a vibrant white head. Lacing left is near perfect, not too much but enough to let you know it is a great beer. Nose is slightly pungent with a citrus overtone. Taste seems flat initially that builds across the palate. Nice bitterness on the backend.
Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by DavyJonesXXX from Texas

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had it poured from a growler. Pours ok head/lacing on my first pour better on my 2nd. Smell is pleasant but muted. Its lighter but still has some excellent flavors. Mouth feel is also nice. For the style I think it's a good beer, a well done balanced pale ale. It's definitely not a IPA disguised as a pale ale imo. It's refreshing and very drinkable. Enjoyability rating is high. I could have a few pints pretty easily. Overall I would recommend it and buy it again.
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Maine Beer Co. "MO"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "296 26JUL22 08:49:08". Sampled on 25SEP22
$7.99 @ Total Wine & More, CHerry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've never had a MO before. I've seen it of course, but always passed it by. It's poured a hazy golden that appears orangeish in the full pint. The head is a creamy cap of off white foam with very tiny bubbles rising from below to support it. Nice appearance. In the nose it's citrusy and floral over a grainy malt base. Ahh, the flavor follows suit and my first impression is that it's a Sierra Nevada pale ale clone. It's got more body to it, and it's smoother across the palate with what seems like a natural carbonation. I wish I had a SNPA to compare it to but I don't. It is a little different though. I'm getting some lemon that I've never found in SNPA, and the malt seems a touch richer. It seems like a little bit of a bigger beer. I'm also getting some earthiness that I don't normally get in SNPA, and I think it's a little bit more bitter. It finishes dry, bitter, earthy, floral, lightly piney, and slightly citrusy. The head has held up magnificently and the lacing is great. I wasn't expecting much at first but the details really make it shine. Nicely done.
Review #8,261
Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16.9 ounce bottle poured into a can glass.
Bottled 7/26/22

A light, refreshing and dry Pale Ale. Aroma is dominated by fresh green hops with orange zest and a hint of honey and biscuit malt. Tasting much the same, green hops hinting at fruit, and citrus zest finishing with a moderate bitterness. The car isp mouthfeel is light but not thin and is a little chewy.
Overall, a clean and solid, “classic style”, not soft and juicy, American Pale Ale.
Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into proper pint glass. Bottled on Dec 7, 2021 (best within 90 days).
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with 2 inch frothy white head with excellent retention. Fed by very active carbonation jets.
S: Grassy melon, soft pine, and subtle citrus combination of lime and lemon. Hints of tropical fruit.
T: Tart lime and lemon with herbal grassy note and moderately bitter pine. Some white pepper and grain. Subtle passion fruit and melon. Super fresh and superb hop expression.
M: Light body. Absolutely perfect balance. Tart, delicate citrus sweetness, moderately dry and mildly bitter. Some herbal and spice elements.
D: For style, this is a top notch brew. Outstanding pale ale. This is not an in-your-face citrus hop juice bomb. I love the subtle and more subdued and yet still strong hop expression here.
Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a hazy yellow orangish with a large white head that takes a little while to dissipate and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of citrus, with a light passion fruit, followed by a strong piney bitterness and a light malt but overall doesn't smell very sweet.

T: Lemon rind, citrus, and a nice strong piney bitterness, some malt but not a lot of sweetness.

F: Medium body, smooth carbonation.

O: A very enjoyable pale, my bottle was a little old but still held up well.
Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this from a bottle.
A: pours a hazy, orange amber body with a small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: pretty floral, hoppy smell with hints of grapefruit and some sweet, malt notes
T: a hoppy, grapefruit-earthy notes with some subtle malt undertones; sweet, earthy aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice feel and taste combo; nice drinking beer overall
May 06, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by leinie13 from Ohio

Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by KurtDrinksBeer

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: citrus hoppy pleasant aroma
L: honey colored, hazy, strong foamy head that becomes a central creamy cap, weak laces
T: very light pale malt notes, mostly hoppy citrusy aroma with smooth gradual bitterness
O: very mild, smooth, crisp, unoffensive american pale ale
Apr 16, 2022
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very clean and crisp
Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by TCMike from Minnesota

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle mfg date 07 Dec. '21 into an Imperial pint glass.
L: Pours a lightly clouded honey gold/deep yellow w/a creamy off white 2.5" head that recedes to a thick center cap, med-low carbonation, light lacing & banding.
S: Fruity. Orange, citrus zest, melon, light pineapple, light yeast, caramel malt, a hint of honey.
T: Pale malts, orange, subtle pineapple, pear, light yeast, elegant bitterness.
F: Delicately crisp & smooth med-light bodied mouthfeel w/a med-fast lightly dry finish.
O: Just excellent. A beautifully dignified example of an American Pale Ale. It is quite pale, moderately bitter and is outstanding in it's style.
Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Hazy, pale orange color with a finger of head. Strong hop aromas of orange zest and pine with a faint fruitiness. Flavor is all hops but very little bitterness and it does have a subtle sweetness. Like the citrus and pine flavor but would like some bitterness to come with it. Very soft texture with a nice carbonation. I could almost forgive the modern day NEIPAs if they were more like this instead of being excessively sweet.
Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 01, 2022
Rated: 4.85 by beerrat from Virginia

Jan 31, 2022
Rated: 4 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
On tap at What’s On Tap, NRH, a hazy orange color with a thick white head. Smells fruity and hoppy. Tastes like a little cereal malt, a little citrus and a little fruit. A hint of bitterness, the mouthfeel is very good and easy drinking. Overall a very nice American Pale Ale. Thanks for sharing Maine Beer Company.
Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Golden with a frothy white head that sticks around and leaving a good amount of lacing behind.
S - Slight hint of piney hops along with sweet malt some citrus in the nose as well.
T - Follows the nose: piney, mildly bitter hops up front and throughout along with a nice amount of malt and citrus (mainly grapefruit) along with some flora and earthy notes
F - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O - a very nice, sessionable pale ale
Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey

May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Almighty1 from Massachusetts

May 25, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by MGibbons from Maryland

May 05, 2021
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