Maine Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #22
Ranked #896
4.29 | pDev: 8.16%
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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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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champ103 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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FBarber from Illinois

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

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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Beernaby from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wait! Hold everything! You need to taste this beer! The look is a slightly murky golden-orange and the smell is grass and
orange blossoms. The taste is candied orange-peel with a mildly bitter hoppy finish. The mouth-feel is defined by the fine
carbonation of a champagne. This beer will NOT disappoint!

May 30, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is nice amberish yellow. Mostly a floral aroma. Taste is a great balance between a traditional style IPA without being overly bitter or too fruity. Truly outstanding beer from an incredible brewery.

Feb 29, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange in body with white fluffy head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus rind, pear, grass, pine, mint. Tastes of grapefruit, citrus with rind, grass, pear, pine, mint, and nectar. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Feb 22, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Nov 02, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Oct 24, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -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.

Oct 06, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Jul 07, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jul 03, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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-

Jun 20, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

May 25, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

May 18, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Mar 17, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Feb 08, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jan 02, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Dec 16, 2018
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NewYorkReveiws from New York

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.

Dec 13, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Dec 11, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

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!

Dec 10, 2018
MO from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 3428 ratings