Maine Beer Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #20
Ranked #783
4.3 | pDev: 8.14%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
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.
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - $7.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, darkened yellow-orange body with a foaming, near white head. Good lacing on the descent.

Smell: Flinty florals, powderized grapefruit. Bready and showing some minor caramelization notes in the nose. Light hint of spearmint.

Taste: Bready barley given a little lick of blonde caramel followed by a cleansing wash of spring water. Tangerine, grapefruit citrusy quality backed by stern floral tones, then a bit of earthy mint and pine. Medium bitterness. Agreeably dry on the back half and through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Well built, nicely balanced yet being appropriately hop forward for a pale ale and rather keenly drinkable.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a truly delicious Pale Ale with a nice aroma

Look: golden with a big fluffy white head

Aroma: mango, orange, pine.

Taste: There's some fruitiness and sweetness, mango, apricot, orange, and a modest floral or piney hop bite at the end that lingers.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around a medium body with about medium carbonation as well
Aroma is malt,bitter hops,floral,citrus,citrus peel.
A bit dry which shows up first. Citrus,floral,orange show up in the middle in a very pleasing way. Bitter hops appear in the finish and linger awhile.
Overall it's an exceptional beer that deserves its world class title.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 5/7/19. Great Lakes Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazed dark gold with just shy of two fingers of frothy, foamy, rocky white head. Streams of small-bubble carbonation flow up freely, but not excessively. Exquisite lacing.

S: straight out of the fridge, and it reeks of a sweet peach, mango, and floral hop explosion. The floral expression is very much like alpha king, 5AM Saint, and Goon.

T: wow is that dry. Super crisp, floral, fruity arrival. Crisp, crackery, floral, peach and apricot hints with lemon rind. Super crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M: surprisingly light for a pale, heavier side of light-bodied; well attenuated, carbonation is moderate but the bubbles are tiny; preserving that fluffy ale texture while staying thin.

O: the cap says do what’s right. I chuckled as I popped it, thinking that what’s right is not charging $7 for a 500 ml pale ale. But after drinking it, that price is not unreasonable. What this beer accomplished in terms of appearance, texture, and aroma, is phenomenal. The taste was probably exceptional five years ago, but so many are able to replicate that now. But appearance, aroma, and texture are marks of brewing skill and freshness (efficient distribution). Well done Maine Beer Co.! I was thinking this would be a one and done for the brewery, but now I want to try the others!

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour with a white head. Tastes bitter and has ample hoppiness. Drank from a fresh pour at the brewery itself in Freeport Maine so partial to this beer.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi opaque, dark golden, with a massive creamy white head. Still waiting to taste because head retention is unbelievable.4 fingers in a Speigelau wheat beer glass. Smells of wet clay, fresh earth, hay ,peaches and pine. Taste is peachy,hoppy,lemon grass. Feels perfectly balanced, still showing creamy dollops of head. Perfect carbonation. Well done-

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Photo of LarryV
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber yellow with a rocky head. Aroma of grain and subtle hops. Bitterness hits right away followed by a gentle maltiness that balances things out. Finishes pretty dry and leaves a lingering hops bitterness on the palate. Nothing earth shattering here, I've had better pale ales but it's pretty good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mildly hazy and golden body; dense and creamy head; sticky with sheets of foam adhering to the glass. Gentle fruity aroma with some citrus notes. Flavors meld notes of citrus pith and pine sap; some light cereal grain presence; strong bitterness from midway through the finish. Medium-heavy body; soft prickliness to the palate with some overall dry notes; low-key warmth.

My bottle sample was packaged 5/7/19, so damn good freshness especially since this was found in Colorado Springs. The beer does a fine job of blending the malt bill and hop profile to create a well-balanced and subtly complex beer. A wonderful find and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Nass
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep orange color with a white frothy head. The taste is pine & citrus with some bitterness on the finish. There is a bottled on date on the label. It's an okay beer but nothing mind blowing. Cheers! B

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Photo of yuriyt
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass from bottle. Poured a translucent copper with good head retention. Aroma of pine and berries. Clean malt backbone with fresh hop flavors. Medium body. Really strikes a balance between the IBU-heavy west cost approach to hoppy beers and soft fruity east coast versions. A fantastic beer like I've come to expect from Maine.

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Photo of RockHop
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep gold with frothy head and fair retention and lacing. Smells amazing; fresh pine and lemon. Flavor isn’t as bold though and it drinks like a mild mannered ale with some notes of citrus. Not that special.

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Photo of Amendm
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a 1 Pint .9-oz bottle creates a finger sized frothy white head with long retention and ridges of lace.
Translucent hazy golden straw color, light straw in front of light.
Resinous, piney hops upfront of the smell with bitter citrus like hops in the background.
Piney hops begin the semi-dry bitter taste, the middle is almost semi-sweet and citrus fruity and malty. Rich pale malt continues, the taste returns to semi-dry, and piney hops come back in force during the long finish. That hop bite lingers a while.
Medium plus body, high carbonation. Above average bitterness, tempered by the malt.
A happy revisit, big hops in the smell/taste. Smooth and even easy drink.

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Photo of SSS
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow and clear with a pillowy white head reminiscent of marshmallow fluff
S-My nose leans more on the dank and Piney side of the spectrum with a hint of citrus zest
M-Carbonation is on the higher end mouth feel is medium to low and I get a peppery spike which complements the dry element of this beer
T-Dry and better, not much sweetness to speak of here
O-This is a very well-crafted classic dry pale ale. The bottle I was fortunate enough to acquire was about three months after bottling so I feel the bitterness was accentuated, I will try again once I have the opportunity

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Photo of NewYorkReveiws
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -1.2%
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 TheBrewsky
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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 trapp2424
4/5  rDev -7%
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 Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 russpowell
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -8.6%
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 -7.9%
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 FLima
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jrc1093
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Bouleboubier
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml bottle, 08/07/18... poured into a nonic)

L: yellow-amber liquid, slight haze; tall, two-finger high rocky foam stand with fantastic retention... first pour produced a lot of head, subsequent topping pour kicked in a little swirl of sediment, enhancing the haze... remainder poured in creates dense cloudiness

S: static noise of pineapple, pink grapefruit, candied orange (peel), fragrant floral undertone - great intensity overall, alcohol only perhaps a touch present in background...

T: fruitiness of hops hangs heavy in the middle of the palate, with a knot of their spicy, peppery, lightly-herbal flavors clinging to the top of the palate; perhaps a subtle menthol note in the background; hanging on bottom of the palate is a little clean pale malt with maybe some crystal showing, but the entire foundation of which is all but drenched and drowned in hop residue cascading down from the top - interesting spectrum and division of flavors, top to bottom... the sediment seems to lend a subtle nuttiness at first, then homogenizes the hop-

F: bitterness of hops (fueled a touch by the booze) keeps a fine, yet relatively intense stinging action going on at the top of the palate, while the 2/3 to 3/4 at the back of the palate is quiet and clean... even after sediment fully integrated, very clean finish and afterglow... has that real-ale touch

O: man, another one I'm sorry to say I never tried sooner - humulus heavy and hazy, sublimely drinkable, on-point APA(/IPA) ... flavor seems to hold up well after a month - now having had two of their beers for the first time as of late, I'm really curious and eager to taste more fresh examples... I could do bottle-conditioned beer all day

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Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a fresh white head. Smell was citrus and lemon grass. Taste had prickly citrus fruit with some pine resin a cracker malt finish. Mouth was crisp a clean with hops and a mild bitter finish. A pedestrian pale ale very drinkable and refreshingly clean, not one i would buy again at it package or price point.

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