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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Reviews: 443 | Ratings: 3,080
Photo of pda22
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is phenomenal. I think this has to be the best pale ale ever. I get district notes of grapefruit. The aroma makes me want to drink it. The taste makes me want to drink more.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had anything from Maine beer co that i haven't liked.
This was great. .pine notes. Citrus. Hops.
Feel was fantastic .body was as well.
Golden goodness from the bottle.
Wanted to find Lary and Curly to have some more.
Delicious from first to last sip.
Get some.

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Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into two Sam Adams perfect pints.
date 3/25/14 - 2mths n 1 week. not bad fresh for out of state.

pours two fingers of beutifull head and leaves nice thick lacing.
smell is amazing tropical fruit and hop pine.
taste is the same. mouthfeel is lasting sweet balanced hoppy dankness. LOVE IT.

not sure but this may be the first beer I rated 5 across the board and I thought I was getting more conservative in my rating.

thanks to my bro John for sharing the spoils of his travels. highly reccomend.

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Photo of Skordi13
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DAMN! Ok so this is the best APA I've ever had. Maine brewing always kills it, but this time it's ridiculous. This is on par if not better than Three Floyds Zombie Dust, actually screw it this is better. Great hoppy taste with an awesome citrus afternote, grapefruit or tangerine can't really tell. 95 is good but sorely under-rated for this beer, just go get it and you'll agree with me. Again, DAMN!!

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Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Bier Cellar in Portland, ME. Finally got my hands on this killer brew! Stamped 06/26/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a big, white, fluffy, pillowy head that fades into great lace but little retention.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be. A bit of sweet, sugary malt and earthy hops, as well. Incredible nose.

T: And an equally incredible taste. Explodes with hop flavors. So damn fresh! In my opinion, as good as a hoppy, American Pale Ale can get.

M: Not overly hoppy or bitter, though. An extremely balanced PA. The epitome of how tasty hops can be on the palate. Drinkable? I'd say so.

O: Stands up against all PA's and most IPA's. Keep 'em comin' Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of Mises85
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on a tulip dated 012814.

Appearance: just gorgeous amber orange color. Fluffy pillow 2-3 finger head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top with some firm yeast.

Smell: Citrus, tangerine, mango, guava, biscuit malt. Very IPA like.

Taste: more citrus, tropical fruit flavors. More biscuit malt so it is not exactly an IPA. thick creamy clean finish.

Overall: Another great beer from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of sentomaster
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy golden straw color with a massive frothy white head, looks magnificent and inviting.

S- Wow, big hop aromas jumping out. This is definitely a hoppy pale. Bright notes of citrus and pine with a good smattering of tropical fruit also.

T/M- What an amazing brew. Big, big flavors, yet nothing in your face or overpowering- it seems paradoxical that they could pack so much flavor in here and yet maintain a pale ale subtlety. Flavors follow the nose except with a perfect measure of toasted breadiness and caramel to provide just enough balance. The tropical fruit plays more on the palate than it did in the nose with a bit of pineapple and orange coming through. The body is light to moderate and almost creamy. Cleans up nicely on the finish with a bit of grapefruit, pine and citrus.

O- What a sublime beer. Flavors and aromas are bright and balanced, powerful yet subdued. This sets a new mark for pale ales.

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Photo of tclipse
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as APA's go, this is perfect. Appearance is a hazy khaki orange. Smells amazing, big time citrus- orange peel and lemon in particular... a bit of pineapple as well. Taste is slightly hop forward and heavy on the citrus, but mellow and refreshing enough to remind you that this isn't an IPA. My new favorite pale ale, and it isn't close.

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recieved from Crabbicus as an extra in a trade. Big props to this BA. He is amazing.
Drank from a DC Brau tulip (also from Crabbicus!)

The pour on this is a hazy golden orange. Absoulutly beautiful. It poured with a nice 3 finger head that stayed on until I started drinking. Gorgeous!

This is a beer that has a great smell. Citrus is in there. It's not overwhelming by any means, but its just a wonderful smell. Nice bright fruity smell. The hops are in there as well. Damn, this is a fantastic smelling beer!

I was hooked on this at my first sip. Amazing. It's like magic in your mouth. I've had lots of good beers, and lots of great beer. This ranks high in the panthenon of glourious beer! Magnificent!

From the simplistic label, to the smell, all the way to the last drop. This is a wonderful experience. I think this beer will become a legend. People will find out about it, and make this a Mecca for beer drinkers. Great beer. Thanks again to Crabbicus for this!

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Photo of Thebunnyrabbit
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lot of people on here give a great review of this beer-I agree with most of what they have to say.
A: A bit cloudy but pleasingly so, very orange. Poured a finger and a half head on a moderatly aggressive pour.
S: Piney hops but not outstandingly aggressive. Well balanced with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit.
T: Passionfruit really shines through on the taste with a bit more hop for a pale ale then one would expect. Very refreshing.
M: Light carbonation and smooth amazing drinkability.
O: I look at a lot of these reviews and the one thing I can say is complaining about the price is SUCH a cop out for giving a beer this good a low grade. This beer is not meant to be bought by the dozen and sessioned all night long, its 7$ a bottle (thats the equivalent of some cheep wine) buy the beer and enjoy it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of grassy hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easy, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to pound down for a whole evening.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

pours golden-orange with a thick head, nice looking brew.

smell is amazing, lots of citrus zest. slight spice and sweetness.

the taste is so smooth and tremendous. smooth and creamy, lots of citrus. the malt is in the background but super light yet the beer has an amazing body. not thin at all but not thick.

this is the best pale ale i've ever had.

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super drinkable and a great clean mouth feel. Not overly hoppy and not the typical tropical fruit bomb every other brewery is pushing out these days. At around 6% ABV you can have a few and not be disturbing the neighbors. Enjoyed this one sitting by the campfire on a cool night. I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with about three fingers of white head that lingered from quite some time. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, sweet citrus scents popped right out as I poured the beer, no need to put my nose to the glass for this one.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to light bodied. Taste was amazing! Bittersweet hops and citrus. Left a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: What a spectacular brew, Maine Beer Company needs to keep it up, all the beers from them so far have wowed me in being some of the best so far! Definatly will have this one again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a big snow white 2 finger head that was full of tight bubbles, barely moved and dissipated slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like an IPA.

Smells of juicy tangerine and grapefruit up front, followed by lemon, pineapple, citrus hops, biscuit or Ritz cracker, light caramel and floral hops; this nose is wonderful for a pale ale and would even be wonderful for an IPA. The citrus aroma is soft, sweet and like a fresh wet hop is in the glass; an outstanding smelling APA.

Tastes like guava or pineapple juice up front, with a big burst of citrus hops and a mix of orange, grapefruit, lemon, starfruit, piney hops, grains, biscuit, buttery cracker, mild toffee, a dash of brown sugar, flowers, floral hops, herbs or hop leafs, and very mild spices like pepper; the grains show up more after the beer slides down and mix with the citrus bitterness quite well to make this basically perfectly balanced for me. This is a very hopped up APA and so full of juicy citrus flavors that it could be an IPA. Each sip gets better and better and more complex, like the brew is dancing on your tongue.

Mouthfeel was very light and zesty, with light fizzy carbonation that slid down easily and smoothly across the tongue, leaving a semi-dry bitter citrus finish that had a grainy presence and left a great aftertaste. The beer feels light overall yet is packed with flavor and very impressive in every way.

The only knock on this beer was that it’s expensive (around $8 for a 16 oz bottle), but after the last sip it justified the price as this was an excellent beer. Maine Beer Company is 3 for 3 in my book, with all 3 beers that I’ve tried from this brewer have been excellent. A very high recommendation.

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Photo of hrdr
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale yellow honey in color, this ale has a heavy up-front resinous chewiness, followed with a dry quick finish. Deep dank aromas, light head and thin lacing. A great summer ale, no gimmicks here. I think this APA is among the very best of its kind.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle date of 12/31/13 and poured on 1/5/13. Kind of strange that first bottle opened was flat so we opened another and it was perfect.
Golden with big pillowy head that fills about half the glass. Smell is beautiful for a hop head: fresh cut grass, subdued citrus, slight pininess
Taste is spot on with a nice citrus and pine upfront but not in a bitingly bitter way and mellow malt profile.
a bit more grapefruit, citrus, citra and this could be even better but won't complain

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Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7/30/2013, consumed about 95 days after... a bit beyond the recommended time frame. Regardless, I can't find a single flaw with this bitter, exotic fruit flavored pale ale. Absolutely love it!!! Will definitely try it again when I can find it fresher!

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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle to flared pint glass. $8.00 for the single.
Bottled 080812
Sampled 09SEP12

[A] Pours with a big, bright white fluffy head, 2 1/2 fingers high. Excellent retention. The body is a beautiful tint of golden orange. Modest haze on first pour, moderate haze and light sediment on the second. A wavy ribbon of lace spans 2/3's of the glass.

[S] Mango, papaya, passionfruit, kiwi, keylime pie - all complimented by a nice dose of pine. Light caramel malt mostly noticeable right after the pour and only slightly in the deep background.

[T] Beautiful tropical hop flavor matches the nose and provides a smooth yet somewhat edgy bitterness. The caramel malts support the foundation of hop flavors and are a bit less prevalent than they were on the nose, even as light as they were then.

[M] Carbonation is medium low. A gentle prickling sensation moves gracefully over the entire tongue. Finishes on the drier side.

[O] What a fantastic pale ale. But...I wouldn't expect anything less from such a solid brewery.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottled 10/28/14, Consumed in mid-November. Exquisitely fresh for being here in Maryland. Seems like Maine Beer Co. is moving product pretty well down here! Good to know. The beer force is strong with New England.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy golden orange

Smell: Masterful nose--tropical fruits like pineapple and mango just explode, with only a light layer of citric bitterness.

Taste: Follows the nose but adds extra dimension. Initially you're hit with tropical fruits and lightly bitter grapefruit. But then you get a major hit of smooth grain that's crisp and dry, and lends needed balance. The malt isn't really sweet, rather crisp and lightly bready/cereal-like. The flavor profile is the picture of balance within the style. Just stunning stuff. The best pale ale that I can get around these parts (Metro DC area). Yes, DC Brau makes a fine pale ale, but this is the jam right here.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly on point carbonation (medium) and a solid medium body that is a little thicker than you'd expect from a pale ale (albeit one higher in ABV than APA normally weighs in at. The dryness in the finish is exquisite.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was an exceptional beer for the style. There was a expertly balanced execution here, that is simply nonexistent in other beers of the style. There is a great bountiful representation of fruit flavors; balanced by a mild but adequate hop presence.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice hazy golden beer with a big white head that dissipates eventually
S - big dank notes, grapefruit, citrus peel, garlic and onion in a good way, overly ripe fruits
T - very citrusy, overly ripe fruit, citrus peel, garlic, onion, ganja, dank, little grain in the background
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is overly ripe fruits and hop resin
O - good beer, this one id.drink again

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Photo of mhs413
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why I was surprised how good this beer is, given how much I have loved every other Maine Beer Company brew that I have tasted. Different, but almost as good as Lunch.

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Photo of grover37
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle bought from Connecticut Ave Wine & Spirits for $7 or $8. Born on 1/3/13, so about a month old. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (4): Very cloudy orange with puffy white two-finger head. Good retention and a touch of lacing at the top. This is much closer to 5 if not so cloudy. j

Aroma (4.5): Beautiful dank pine and citrus. A touch of caramel intermingles but mostly big citrus aromas of grapefruit, lemon and mango.

Taste (5): Taste follows the aroma and somehow improves on it. Hugely hoppy with a firm bitterness on the back end. Orange and lemon up front, grapefruit though the middle and passion fruit and mango on the finish. Bitterness comes through in the middle to the end but isn't overly prominent. Pine lingers nicely without overstaying its welcome.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Medium to full bodied and medium-high carbonation. Slick at first then a nice creaminess from the higher than usual carbonation. It really dances across the tongue and then the bitterness hits the back of your mouth and lingers a bit with the coating pine flavor. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4.75): One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had but it's really more of an IPA. Still really good under that style. Not much to detract from this one. Gotta pick this one up if you haven't yet - not sure what took me so long. Well worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Born on 1/3/2013. Enjoyed immensely on 1/19/2013.

Poured carefully into a red wine glass as to not disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. A large frothy white head that seemed to last forever sitting on top of the orange beer. A fair amount of lacing on the glass. Heavy hop aroma with great complexity. Tons of flowers, pine, apples, bananas, and citrus. A little unbalanced as the malt is not very present, but it doesn't really matter. The smell is fantastic and it tastes even better. All of the flavors just work so well together. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. A long, bitter finish caps off one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a while.

I love everything about this beer. The label, the way it looks, the way it tastes... This is an expertly crafted pale ale. A bit of a larger malt backbone could really give this beer some incredible balance and bump it up to world class, but this was meant to be a hoppy beer and Maine Beer Co. has succeeded in creating such. I could drink this every day.

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