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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
3,025
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a 2015 ucl commerative glass!

Clear golden with hazy streams of bubbles,frothy white two finger cap.

Aroma of citrus, pine

Hop taste on the back of the tongue, not bitter, lingering.

Good mouthfeel.

Nice beer but I like lunch better.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A great pale ale with understated malts and an assertive hoppiness. This is really "well made" and definitely tasty, but as with other Maine beers I feel like it could be a bit bolder. I know, I'm quibbling. It is great.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 022312 1

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a big fluffy 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing and retains well

S: An intensely hoppy nose with mostly citrus, pine, and grass. Grapefruit/orange rind stands out the most. Some pale malt in there as well, but it is hidden behind the wall of hoppy goodness

T: A little maltier here than in the nose, but it is extremely well balanced while still being nice and hoppy. Alcohol hardly noticeable except for enhancing the malts a little

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The extreme care and hard work shown by the brewery is evident yet again in this newest beer. Not sure if this is a one-time deal or if they will release more, though. This is a lot like peeper, only a little maltier in the taste. Very easy to drink and evenly priced with the rest of the line-up

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a golden amber color, relatively clear, with a thin cap of foam.

Smells very floral, with some pine and herbal notes. The malt is very, very clean, allowing the very subtle nuances of the hops to be picked out. Citrus is there, but I'm picking out a lot more of those very soft hop tones that are normally buried beneath heavier malt aromas. Given that the malt is all but nonpresent, you can really get the full hop experience.

My first impression is that the flavor is very good, but like Peeper, is unexpectedly light bodied. Not quite as airy as Peeper, but definitely lighter than what I normally expect from an american pale, and certainly a 6%er. The malt is incredibly clean and dry, offering very little to get in the way of the hop experience. For such a mellow beer, the depth of the hops is remarkable. Some juicy citric flavors, but it finishes off dry, foresty and floral. Maybe a little light on the tongue for mid-october, but there's no denying that these guys know what they're doing.

These guys certainly know how to brew. Northern New England is really experiencing a brewing renaissance after decades of buttery ringwood sameness. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2012 making this one three weeks old.

A - Pours golden orange with about a finger of dense head. Effervescent body from underneath keeps the head at a steady half-inch. Shows great lacing. The second pour brings with it lots of sediment, darkening the beer a bit.

S - Fresh cut flowers, orange peel, sweet nectar, and some spicy hops on the back end. Well balanced and vibrant.

T - Starts off with tropical citrus and caramel malt. Floral and grassy hops balance and bitter. Finishes with dry hops.

M - Light and crisp feel. Refreshing and flavorful.

O - One of the best APAs I have had. Remarkably tropical with great balancing hops. This beer is sessionable and full of flavor. It's not Lunch, but it is very tasty. I will definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light gold in color. Forms a large, foamy white head that eventually reduces down to a rather thick and bubbly surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is all hops. Primarily citrus and grapefruit with some sweet tropical fruit and mango in the mix.

T: Taste is similar. There is a very light, crisp malt backbone. Then there are the hops. Again, from my perspective I am getting mostly citrus, primarily grapefruit with some madarin orange that are balanced with some passion fruit and mango as well as a slight herbal quality on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Crisp and effervescent. Mild bitterness.

O: A very nice, well-constructed APA. Easy drinker.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz, 6/26/12 bottle date
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours out a copper, orange color. Initially a finger of slightly off white head. Loose bubbles and it dissipates quickly. Seems nicely carbonated.

S: Lots of fruity hop aromas: overripe peach, mango, papaya, etc. Lots of astringency. Some sweet malts behind it all.

T: Nice bitter fruity hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Getting some of that overripe peach note that I smelled. What's amazing here is the malt bill must be fairly light, as it doesn't over power it and over balance it. It still leads to a more hop forward presence. The close it crisp and dry.

M: Surprisingly light bodied, maybe inching to medium. But really refreshing and light.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into my Three Floys's glass. Pale golden color with a thick, rocky, white head to it. It's got a little unfiltered haze to it. Nice lacing as well. Great looking APA.

Aroma has a fresh, zesty citrus. I get some tropical fruit notes to it, which really like. A little bit of pale malts show through, but the hops are the real draw. Really nice hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste follows through with more of the juicy, tropical fruit notes up front. The finish shows a little more citrus rind bitterness to it. The finish is dry and the juicy hops linger nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall. The hoppiness was really nice, especially the juicy tropical notes. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer. Great APA overall.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Ben, for sharing this! Poured into a tulip. The color is medium to dark orange. There is a giant white foamy head with a ton of sticky lacing. The color is slightly hazy.

The aroma has a lot of cantaloupe and honeydew, with a touch of orange and pine to go with it. The sweet malt helps bring out the melon aromas. The aroma is very strong and very good.

The taste is mellower than the aroma might indicate. The malt flavor is particularly subdued, leading to slightly grassy, piney hops in the finish. This may not be a balanced pale ale, but it's hoppy and refreshing.

This is light in body and has smooth carbonation.

Very delicious. Drink fresh!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe it was $7.49 at Bourbon Street for a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Yellow gold , a bit tarnished, body. Bright white four finger creamy head. Thick coating on the glass, not really lace, more like double knit.

Clean and strong, inviting citrus aroma: lemon, orange, grapefruit.

Firm sweet malt foundation. Lots of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow, which lingers on and on.

Solid light- medium mouthfeel.

A all round well done pale ale. Recommend a bottle, maybe a little too expensive for bulk purchases.

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Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/4/2014 bottle date poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white one finger head that leaves an large amount of lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Strong hop notes of grapefruit and pine. A hint of sweet notes along the lines of mango, passion fruit and papaya.

T: Generic bitter citrus hop notes. Long, moderately dry and tart finish with notes of pine and citrus pith.

M: Moderately carbonated with a lingering dryness.

D: Highly drinkable, though I was disappointed that the sweeter fruit notes did not translate through to the taste. It's extremely fresh, crisp, which seems to be the trend with MBC beers.

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Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice white head that lingers. Nice citrus, lemon aroma.
A strong grapefruit hops flavor with hops bitterness. There isn't malt sweetness. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and grapefruit flesh. Definitely will have again and again.

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Photo of mickyge
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear yellow color, citrus smell as it's poured, I tasted citrus maybe some pine. Very crisp mouth feel with a dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Think Heady but a bit on the lighter side. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid American Pale Ale. I agree with jmasher85, not to be compared to Heady or anything from Treehouse, but a very good beer and I'll try it again. Slightly citrus and stonefruit with a nice finish. I'm a fan of Maine Beer Company, they are putting out some great beers.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15


A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, slightly cloudy color with a white head. Smell is more on the sweet side with orange and mango notes. There's a pine/resin smell but it's not dominant. The taste isn't necessarily what I expected given the smell; more grapefruit, pine and bitterness than sweetness. The feel has a nice clean pop of carbonation and is light-to-medium bodied.

Suggested food pairing: Pasta with a light pesto sauce

If you like this beer then you should also try: Zombie Dust

Ideal time to drink this beer: Sitting on the porch in late summer and enjoying a meal as the sun goes down. Given Maine's latitude, I would bet that the sun goes down pretty quickly so drink fast.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This is my first beer from Maine Beer Company and it didn't disappoint. Nothing not to like here, but also nothing really overwhelmingly great about it. I wouldn't necessarily go out looking for it, but if someone offered me MO I might have some mo'.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Trader Joes, poured into willy glass. A slightly hazy, light pinkish-orange with a small white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with just a hint of pine. Taste is really well balanced with citrus hops, vague sweet malt and a nice finishing bitterness. Mouth is just right for the style, medium-thin, nicely carbed, refreshing. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour - Burnt orange with a thick white head
Smell - a small burst of pine
Taste - mild upfront with a nice bitterness at the end. Not as balanced as other Pale Ales I've had, but still very good beer
Overall - soft mouthfeel, leaves a little tang at the end. Easy to drink at only 6%

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two thumbs up to Maine Beer co right off the bat for having a bottled on date clearly visible on the label.
Bottled on: 04.05.16 which was 19 days ago, nice and fresh.

Pours an opaque bronze color with a thick two finger head that hangs around and leaves intricate rings of lacing.

Smells impressive. Like someone straight up cut open a pink grapefruit, squeezed it a little, and held it up to your nose. I'm also getting aromas of peaches and nectarines. Some lemon rind. There's also a very subtle malt profile.

Tastes great, but it caught me by surprise.
I was expecting this to be a tropical fruit bomb as the nose implied, but it's surprisingly floral and hoppy.

The taste follows the nose but only slightly. It's not so much flavors of fruit juice as it is flavors of fruit rind and zest.

Lots of flowery hops.

There's a very delicate biscuit type malt flavor on the finish.

The feel is thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's delicious don't get me wrong but it didn't leave me dying for more like their Peeper ale and Zoe.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 10-29-2013. Consumed 12-3-2013.

A: similar to zombie dust in appearance. the color's a tad lighter however.
S: wonderful mix of citrus and pine. there is malt with deep inhalation.
T: less pleasant than the nose, with a little more pine than i like in a pale ale.
M: creamy, medium carbonation.

solid beer, even at 7.49 per

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Photo of Treb0R
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled approx. 4 weeks from the date of this review...

Golden yellow body with a moderate orange tinge. A tiny bit hazy, probably from the yummy hop oils. Two finger tall white head which dissipates slowly, but remains throughout the experience. Tons of residual soapy lacing, and a high carbonation level.

Smells of the usual suspects. Some combination of Amarillo/Simcoe/Centennial. Citrusy, floral, and subtle pine on the nose. Could be stronger, but it's still very pleasant as is.

More pine on the palate than the nose, though floral citrus is still at the forefront. Floral notes carry through to the aftertaste, leaving a refreshing taste which lingers on your tongue. You get a lot of grapefruit, fresh Spring flowers, and freshly picked pine cones here. Very clean malt flavors that do not hinder the hop focus. The crisp/clean fermentables add the minimal of what is needed without sacrificing wateryness or making the beer uber bitter.

Dry with a light-mod body. I could drink 6 of these just for the flavor/aroma before I realized I was in deep & drunken trouble.

A very yummy and hoppy American pale ale. Makes my cheap go-to APA, Blue Point Pale Ale, taste rather average. This beer is very smooth yet more like an IPA in character.

This beer reminds me of my homebrews quite a bit. With a touch of English malt complexity and wheat malt to add to the clean American 2-row grist, and some more intoxicating American hop aroma, this APA would probably be a 5 out of 5.

Add more pine, body, and aroma and you'll have something almost identical to Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of LeRose
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with reddish hues. An inch or so of pure white foamy head that lingered and laced well. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Big citrus notes - couldn't really tell what kind of citrus. Didn't think it was grapefruit for sure from the aroma. While it smelled "nice", it wasn't really outstanding in the aroma.

Taste: The taste was clearly grapefruit-like much more than the aroma. Nice malty/caramel sweetness in the middle with some pine-like resin taste, then the citrus takes over again on the finish. A hint of green grassy flavor, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: A bit lively, but the carbonation was not aggressive. Sufficient to keep things clean. A medium body - not syrupy as it looked. Very clean with just a hint of grapefruit lingering behind.

Overall: a very tasty brew that is easy to drink and enjoy. Refreshing enough for a hot day. The only negative is the price, but I would buy this one again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1645th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip
500ml

Bottled 9-16-12
Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A dark orange with some yellow running throughout. A bit clear with a 2 finger of pure white head that just stays put as the beer falls. Huge webbing and cling. Not as good as Peeper but close.

Smell- A nice soft but assertive aromatic profile. This has a large amount of tropical citrus but yet retains a good hop note with only a touch of bitter and a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Taste the follows the nose but just tastes a little better. This is a bit more in line with a bigger "Hoppy Birthday" from Alpine. or a "Zombie Dust" from FFF. A good amount of flavors but just brewed a bit bigger. Floral, Citrus, a little bitter. with some good tropical notes and a balanced pine flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very clean profile. Residual flavors are of piney hops and tinges of citrus.

Drink- Just a very good beer. Right on par with ZD and Hoppy Birthday in the hoppy pale ale category. Super refreshing. Would love more of this.

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Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden in color, slightly hazy. Big and frothy eggshell head from the pour.

S - Lots of sweet tropical hops (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest).

T - Very lemony to start out, lemon rind dominates and intertwines with grapefruit. Malt comes forward and ends with just enough hops for a pale ale.

M - Crisp Body is just right for the style with medium carbonation.

O - An easy drinking pale ale that was crafted right.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.
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