Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #30
Ranked #1,507
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
May 06, 2022
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.
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Photo of maddogruss
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

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
4.25 by leinie13 from Ohio on Apr 23, 2022
Photo of KurtDrinksBeer
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KurtDrinksBeer

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
Photo of MattDecker
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MattDecker from Texas

Very clean and crisp

Mar 30, 2022
4.46 by TCMike from Minnesota on Mar 02, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

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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3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by morimech from Minnesota

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
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Feb 01, 2022
4.85 by beerrat from Virginia on Jan 31, 2022
4 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Jan 29, 2022
4.34 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Jan 27, 2022
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

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
4.12 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2022
4.5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Jan 20, 2022
4.47 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Nov 05, 2021
4.13 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Oct 24, 2021
4.04 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Jul 04, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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
4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey on May 31, 2021
4.16 by Almighty1 from Massachusetts on May 25, 2021
4.03 by MGibbons from Maryland on May 05, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HanktheTank94

L: Hazy deep golden
S: Sweet, bright, bright fresh, perfumy
T: Dry and refreshing, medium hop slight lingering bitterness.
F: Light and bubbly, but smooth.

May 03, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

The 16.9 ounce bottle was greenish brown. The liquid it dispensed a bright orange-copper. Despite the ale being cool and the pour being deliberate, a larger than should be head formed. Now it's receding unevenly and that's usually a bad sign, even with some nice lacing. Well carbonated this brew is. That helps a wafting juicy hop aroma fill the surroundings. The taste is mild and smooth, with a too light body being the cost. Balanced with just enough malt to compliment the soft hops. Surely a well-crafted brew, but nothing exciting for those that like rich mouthfeels and biting hops.

Apr 28, 2021
3.94 by Holly1215 from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2021
4 by njbusa from New Jersey on Jan 11, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16.9oz bottled 9/22/20. Opened 11/21/20.
2 finger dense, white head. Excellent retention.
Bright golden with a bit of chill haze to start. Thick, sticky lacing.
Citrus - grapefruit and orange, pine and onion. Starts off subtle in the aroma department but comes on as it opens up.
Sweet oranges, mild grapefruit, and light bready malt
Medium body, soft carbonation...somewhat full in the mouth with a semi-sweet and quick finish.
Tasty with very good drinkability but not a repeat at $7.39 a bottle.
Very Good.

Nov 22, 2020
Photo of JRybacki
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

Poured from their patent 16oz bottle.
Incredible 2-finger+ head when poured that did not need coaxing. Strong lacing on glass and some thick bubbles left sitting on top of beer.
Aroma is refreshing, piny, citrusy, and inviting.
Taste is of fresh forest in fall just after light rain fall. Coaxes you to take another drink.
Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, with subtle bitterness up front followed by maltyness followed by subtle dry finish.
Overall, this is the first time tried this beer and was really impressed. Keep up the good work- I only wish that I found your beer(s) sooner!!

Nov 13, 2020
4 by drstalker from Illinois on Nov 10, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pours a slighty hazy orange gold body with a billowing white foam head with moderate retention that leaves tons of sticky sudsy lacing as it slowly settles to a halo

smells of grapefruit, resinous gooey pine, with tropical citrus flares

taste is a bombshell of the sweeter side of grapefruit that dips back into the familiar earthy bittersweet side of the fruit, carrying with it heavy dabs of pine. the tropical fruits that are advertised show up splendidly, weaving in and out throughout the sip. an earthy side of mango was a nice surprise.

moderate carbonation and medium body collide with a bittersweet finish that lingers on the cheeks and tongue well after the sip has been supped.

a wonderful experience through and through. this brewery's pale ales are fast becoming my favorites.

Oct 28, 2020
4.42 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts on Oct 26, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours with a slight haze, a golden/orange color. A towering white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of lace is left behind has well.
S: The nose is really fresh citrus, pink grapefruit and pine sap. Not a lot of malt character in the nose, but that is just fine. I enjoy this.
T: Again, that hoppiness up front and center. With pink grapefruit and pine sap. The malts are more apparent here and help balance out some bitterness. Caramel and biscuit malts to be specific. Bitterness lingers with a nice dryness.
M/O: A medium body that has crisp carbonation. Super clean and dry. Pretty damn easy to drink, before I know it I'm looking to open my other bottle...hmm.

Not surprising, this is a spot on classic example of a hoppy Pale Ale. As always, love the cleanness, and simplicity which makes this all the more enjoyable to enjoy again and again. Obviously, highly recommended.

Oct 25, 2020
4.02 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2020
4.22 by SMH_NWI from Texas on Oct 17, 2020
4.41 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Oct 06, 2020
4.22 by BidYouABrew from Washington on Sep 12, 2020
Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a semi-cloudy, but in no way opaque light orange color. Nice thick bubbly-foamy head forms on top of the beer and shows excellent head retention. Some nice white lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed. Aroma has notes of navel oranges, grapefruit, pine, a woodsy note with some light grassy notes towards the back end.

Taste follows the nose with some grapefruit and orange notes giving way to notes of dried pine needles, grass, producing a moderate bitterness. The malt has some caramel notes, with a light cracker character to it as well. The malt is secondary to the hops but still plays an important role in the flavor profile. Feel is light, crisp, and rather bright. Finishes quite dry on the back end.

Overall this was really nice. Its not going to replace any of my favorites, but I will probably pick this one up again when it shows up fresh.

Sep 06, 2020
3.85 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Aug 25, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Clean crisp pale ale, reminded me of a West Coast IPA. 7/21/20 date printed on bottle. Pours a nice golden slightly hazy color with some fluffy white head that settled to very nice looking rings of lingering lacing that persisted. Nice aromas of crisp grapefruit, lemon, orange, melon and faint herbal hops. Also some vanilla, bread and malt. Taste follows the nose, initially a little surprisingly strong hit of sweeter malt followed by a more bitter bracing finish. Smooth crisp slightly sticky mouthfeel with great carbonation. Highly enjoyable.

Aug 14, 2020
4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
MO from Maine Beer Company
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