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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:
438
Ratings:
3,067
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
Wants:
285
Gots:
649
For Trade:
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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 3,067
Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Nice head that retains its boldness throughout the entire beer. A good reinforcement of carbonation is clearly visible, keeping the head up.

S: Passionfruit, citrus, pine and definitely a bit of rye.

T: Taste follows the aroma. A bit more pine and earthiness comes in towards the end than the aroma would suggest, and finishes off with a nice rye backbone.

M: Well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and a good dry, bitter finish.

O: Solid APA that doesn't blow me away but leaves you wanting more with every sip. Another well done beer by this brewery, which is starting to grow on me despite the prices.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The label art is simple and exquisite! A huge fist of white meringue builds and lasts the entire session, while carbonation continuously sends up reinforcements from within a clear, yellow-gold (SRM 4-6) elixir, and thick patches of lace embrace the Harp nonic glass.
The aroma entices one with fresh citrus, ranging from grapefruit to orange, while strong pinesap and mango come out with slight warming. Peaches and pineapple follow as well.

Bitter earthiness is almost balanced with sweet citrus, but wins out in the end. This is simply freshness in a glass with mouthwatering grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some light celery and rye form a nice backdrop while a long, modest finish carries one to the next sip.

A slick, medium body with fizzy carbonation is accented by light metallic notes in this extremely fresh beer. Alcohol is as expected, noticeable, but still a background player.

If one considers MO to be an exemplary APA, then most others are poor examples of the style. Happily, one could easily enjoy a few pints with friends during a long, hot, casual summer afternoon.

MO will become a summer staple for me for as long as Maine Beer Company continues to send it my direction.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden to yellow with a mild haze and a huge, white, frothy head. The aroma brings some zesty citrus, floral notes, pine, a light sweetness. Hop forward and refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Big floral and citrus notes. Oranges and lemons with a touch of bitter pine, finishing dry. A wonderful pale ale. My only complaint is that it's $6.99 per 500 mL bottle, when a beer of this ilk should be $9-12 per sixer. For that reason alone, I won't be revisiting this one, as tasty as it is.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled served in weizen glass.

Clear pale wheat with 2 finger eggshell head, good retention, thin lacing.

Smells mainly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. Tastes bold grapefruit citrus, bitter, a touch of malt sweetness, nice balance. Great dry finish, the highlight of this beer. Moderate carbonation, just a touch of alcohol.

Nice pale ale but I don't think I'll seek this one out as I don't enjoy it that much more than pale ales that are more accessible to me. Great extra, thanks buddy!

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Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

20oz(?) Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Pours a cloudy gold color, thick dense fluffy 2.5 finger head, thick marshmallow lacing.
S - Massive dank fresh hop aroma, light citrus zest, grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. Very floral. Amazing, incredible aroma.
T - Super fresh and light feeling, very bright flavors, big time on the grassy and floral hop tones, fresh bread, a little crackery.
M - Crisp, clean, bright and refreshing.
O - Outstanding pale, up there in my top 5 along with Alpha King, Holy Jim Falls, and Live.
Tons of great fresh hop aroma, great crisp clean flavor, hopefully going to get some super fresh from the brewery soon.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive seen bottles of this around, but have forgotten about the name and only picked it up at a local craft dispensary after looking it up on my smartphone and seeing the rave reviews. I must say, as is mostly the case, I agree with my beer buddies here. This is a great beer. I've been on the lookout lately for lower abv beers witb full flavors that satisfy the taste buds, and I must say this one definitely fits the bill.
A: Beautiful golden tone with almost no head. Could be the pours. Everything I've been getting today has been coming with virtually no head. Better for me...more beer, but cant truly evaluate the brews characteristics. Still no complaints.
T: Slightly bitter, hoppy and all that good stuff. Tastes a lot like a refined ipa rather than a pale ale. I also detect some qualities that I cant quite put my finger on that are usually common in DIPAs. And at only 6% and easily sessionable, I'm in heaven. Regardless of ABV, this is a gem. Anything above 93 rating on BA usually is. Do try it if you have a chance. As I'm finishing this glass a waitress brought another beer along the same style to sample. I can already tell this is going to be a bumpy ride.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/6. Consumed on 9/8.

A - Amber. Thick lasting billowing head. Cloudy with lots of carbonation. Heavy thick lacing.

S - Not very fragrant. Perhaps a slight hint of apple.

T - Tastes fresh. Tangerine and apples with a slight bready bitterness. Tart tropical finish on back of tongue.

M - Refreshing. Some foaming.

O - Decent Pale Ale. Had high expectations, but was mostly disappointed in the end.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thick white head that has some staying power. Lots of lacing. Very citrusy on the nose, redolent of grapefruit and tangerines. Mild sweet malt notes in background. Subtle sweetness with some citrusy hops hit the palate first followed by some bitterness. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Malty sweetness provides the right amount of balance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, a well crafted, balanced Pale Ale that is almost hoppy enough to be an IPA. Another great beer from Maine.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden colored beer. This pours with two fingers of rocky/creamy off-white foam with a persistent head that leaves sticky, ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong pineapple, grapefruit and lemon, citrus hops aroma along with a medium grassy character from dry hop additions. Mild ale esters a light malt character biscuits.

T: A strong grapefruit hops flavor with a very strong hops bitterness. There isn't much malt backing this up just a slight sweetness with a light bready and slight caramel quality to it. The balance is very bitter and the finish is quite dry. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and flavors of grapefruit and a touch a pith.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation and a medium amount of creaminess.

O: An outstanding American Pale that is almost nothing but a showcase for strong citrus hops aromas and flavors with a very enjoyable grapefruit character.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Maine Beer Co and it definitely lived up to the hype. Poured a strong yellow into a tulip glass with a larger than expected head. The aroma was a blast of citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. You don't even need to raise the glass to smell the wonderful scent. The taste was light in a sessionable way. Could have drank a few of these. The peach or passion fruit flavor shines.

This was one of the best American pale ale's I've ever had. Thanks guy in the liquor store that I made small talk with for recommending this beer for a Labor Day treat.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 7/09/13. Pours a dark yellow with a sticky, white, billowy head, that leaves behind amazing lace. Smell is tangerine, mango, pineapple, and earthy hops. Taste is all about citrus and a little grapefruit in the finish that lingers a bit. Body Is medium for the style, nice amount of life, a little dry, and great drinkability. Very nice beer, as you would expect from this company.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great looking pale ale. Yellow gold body with a towering, foamy white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Bright nose. Pine, orange, rosemary, and fresh green cilantro.

T - Woody pine, light rosemary, tart tangerine. Touch of honey and plant stems on the finish.

M - Refreshingly light on the palate.

O - A great session ale. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Maine Beer Co. And not disappointed. Aroma hits you long before you bring the glass to your nose. Pineapple, citrus and lemongrass, guessing some citra or simcoe at play here.

Resiny taste and great lacing, the malt and body here is very nice, and belies its relatively light color, biscuity and a bit chewy. Perfect carbonation level, coats the palate, hype be damned, this backs it up, better than expected. I'm going to shut up and enjoy the rest.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

even better than lunch, this is one of the best beers made in maine as far as I am concerned. it pours a hazy straw color with an orange glow. the head isn't much, white and airy, but not lasting real long. the nose is like fresh pineapple juice, not bitter at all, real tropical and real fresh, reminds me of hill farmstead or lawsons stuff, east coast and hoppy, but more than high alcohol oily dankness, its insane how good this is. a veritable fruit punch of hop flavors, lemon and grapefruit too. I love the intensity of it, while staying not too bitter. jazzy carbonation, clean finish and feel, as good as any American pale on the market I think. the lightness is what impresses me most. I could drink this forever, and my 10 ounce pour just isn't enough! all beers on at maine beer company were tasty, great examples of their respective styles, but this to me was the pick of the litter. already looking forward to my next one, whenever I may be so lucky. a true gem.

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Photo of Hopcycle
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hoppy nose and great beer. It was a very welcomed surprise as we do not get many Maine beers down this way! It held up well to other beers as well as I had just come from an IPA tasting. This beer vanquished the ones I had just tried and set up shop on my palate!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 052113-15. Sampled on August 13, 2013.

The color is yellow to orange with a tremendous, lacing-leaving puffy white head and cloudy through and though. Looks like its unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

The aroma is very hopped up with a piney, floral character and a lesser citrus note along with an even lesser pale malt, biscuit feel. This smells more like an American IPA.

The body was nice and in the medium range with a smooth creaminess going on.

The taste also had a good hop flavor although the roasted malts were a but more forward in the taste than on the nose. Hop bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very lively, slightly off-white head sits on top of a pale, transparent straw-colored body.

S- Lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, even hints of lime. Tropical fruits sneak in too, as some peach and mango aromas come through. Just a hint of toasted malt is in th nose as well.

T- Malt comes through way more in the taste than it does in the nose. Some of those fruity flavors still come through, with lots of citrus and hints of peach playing off of the toasted malt.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a somewhat creamy feel.

O- A nice pale ale. Hoppy, but balanced.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with long lasting foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and orange marmalade. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, floral hops, biscuit malt, yeast and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Delicious brew.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden yellow with a generous off-white head that recedes and doesn't do much.

On the nose we have pine cone, grapefruit pith and dried apricot. A nice overall tropical fruit smell.

Taste is mildly bitter, weak malt and dried fruit. Pretty much a flat line on taste given the nose.

Very light, smooth and dry on the finish.

Not digging this one. Overall not bad but not great either.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really well made and satisfying.

A: Hazy light colored with signature high carb and excellent lacing/pillowy head

S: Pine, light citrus. Not super strong but very nice

T: Pine, light citrus, very light malt. Smooth but with bite. Clean finish

M: Light, but this beer is about the hops

O: Very enjoyable

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Big pear notes, some soft grapefruit citrus, melon, more citrus as it warms.

L: Hazy, burnt orange, big, white creamy, dense head with great retention and lacing.

T: Pear-like malt up front with a soft malty sweetness. Citrus-like medium bitterness with some grassy and melon-like hop flavor quickly following. Finishes fairly dry with a little grassiness. Medium low sweetness throughout.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation

Really good and quite unique. Not sure if its worth the price tag though, but worth trying.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mo is a great pale ale. Yet again another great beer from the Maine Beer Company. I am surprised this Beer and others from this brewery are not rated higher. It had a great pale ale taste. Smooth and Hopi is a great combination. I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours darker golden in color with a one finger white head.

Nose has nice resin piney hop qualities to it with a grainy malt background that is very plesent.

Some of the piney hops pull through into the taste but does not overwhelm the grainy malt at all, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and light crisp and there is alot of piney hop resin

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Churchkey last weekend. Really excited to try this one.

A: Pale gold with a thin white head.

S: Clean and peppery hops with a nice hint of grapefruit.

T: Starts with a nice, crisp piny hop bite, then brings some pepper and grapefruit rind. A really great pale.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,067 ratings.
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