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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

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Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 2/21/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Broken Bow Pint Glass

Appearance: Golden and foggy, it is difficult to see through the glass. The head is two to three fingers tall and dissipates slowly.
Aromatics: Grapefruit is the strongest aromatic and it hits hard. There is some some flavor of orange and a light malt as well. And some of the pine you would expect from a pale ale.
Flavor: The mouth-fill is very creamy and juicy. It brings a lot of those flavors from the aromatics with it and the malt hits more in the taste
Finish: It finishes with the zests from the fruit and that tart and sour flavors also stays on the mouth.

Notes: Born on date: 12/31/13

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop a bottle, pouring a brew of hazy goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger tall head of creamy, soapy eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention into ringed and patterned lacing down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be intermittent but active. The aroma is wildly fresh, giving notes of grapefruity and herbal hops, tangerine juiciness, lemon rind zest, white sugar sweetness, tinny metallics, pale malts and chlorine-washed barley, sea foam, sandy dryness, passion and star fruitiness, and manila paper muskiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring remains true to style, respecting the boundaries of the hop profile, in that it doesn’t encroach on the obviously pale maltiness of the base. As we sip, the taste begins with metallic pale and amber maltiness, spicy ale yeastiness, board chalk, fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, lactic acidity, light black pepper spiciness, tin, dried herbals, laundry detergent chemicals, and fresh picked cotton blend. The middle peaks with bitter arugula greens, celery and spinach vegetals, dried sage and thyme spiciness, lemon and tangerine juiciness, coven phenols, clayed minerals, and citric, floral, and softly soapy hoppiness. The end comes with dried pencil graphite, strawed plastics, eggplant vegetals, spicy grapefruit and tangerine rind, fresh squeezed orange juiciness, lemon-lime zest, balmy herbalness, parsnip rootiness, potato starches, and green mustard weed spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of stinging citric and grassy oiliness and rind of hops, pencil woodiness, gravel dustiness, clean ceramic, fumy wood stain and plastic phenol bite, dried straw, leafy green vegetal leafiness, iced water, and sticky orange flesh and seed. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, foam, and pull, working its way easily around the mouth. It is initially coating, but drags into a clean and tannic puck of hoppy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, and following flavor. The nose, right from the start, gave freshness and cleanliness that is hard to come by. Although the taste rushes in rather abruptly, it too gave a spice and ease of sip that followed rather well. This is the last of the Maine Beer Company “heavy hitters” for us to sample, and it was certainly no disappointment. Compared to Lunch and Zoe, however, we did find this guy to sip back a bit easier, and flow a touch lighter. While this can be attributable to stylistic differences, it detracts nothing from the overall sentiment of flavor and forward punch this beer has to offer. This is a fantastic beer, and one of their best, most consistently drinkable to date.

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Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, dry, bubbly, white head. Craters slowly. Dry, sticky lacing, and a persistent foam blanket.

S: Hops and pine resin.

T: Light hop, citrus pith is prominent.

M: Light body, bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great persistent head, and some very persistent lacing. Nose is hoppy with a slight balance of sweet resin. Hoppy bitterness rules the day. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large frothy head cresting around three fingers of eggshell white foam, very whipped up and airy, lots of dimpling across the surface, the retention is so-so, the lacing is comprised of a few razor thin but very long streaks. The liquid is a pleasing light orange with a mild metallic sheen, quite clear and pretty, slight yellowing at the rims, plenty of fat bubbles, no beads, all randomly dispersed. The nose has a certain purity to it, milled grains, sour mixed white citrus, spoonful of honey, pine cone, not very sappy, minimal herbaceousness, soft cocoa maltiness, needs to warm to really release the peach, yellow apple, apricot fruit scents. Full-bodied, in fact a little too broad shouldered as it tends to progress slowly through the palate. Here it’s much more floral and the white to pink grapefruit and orange citrus a bigger overall element. The fluffy carbonation helps relieve some weight and create lift and mouth perfume. The sweetness of the apricot, peach, pear fruit takes hold with force. Some peppery notes but the graininess lost a bit. Otherwise, does a good job of masking the total sweetness and making it a blended experience versus bunch of soloists jockeying for position.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Cloudy light orange. Nice white head with a variety of chunky bubble patches.

Smell - Awesome hop aroma. Peach, orange, grapefruit. Grainy bready malt.

Taste - Less hoppy and more grainy. Peach and pineapple hops. Cracker malt lends minimal sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Easy drinking, although bitter.

Overall - I could drink this by the pint any afternoon. Doesn't ever really live up to its own aroma, but it's still excellent.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Clean and light orange/yellow body. 2 inch foam consisting of large air bubbles.

S - Lemon and Orange citrus notes combined with pine and grassy hop aroma.

T - Pine/herbal flavors slightly more prevalent than citrus, but nicely balanced. Slightly bitter and dry finish.

O - This is a nice Pale Ale, but I expected it to be a little better. I think it would be better if it was fresher (bottle date was 10-22-13). I'll update my rating if need be. Prost!

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Photo of silverblaze540
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/31/13

A - Light amber with thick head, which holds pretty well. Cloudy and bubbly. Don't really see any sentiment.

S - Piney, sweet, and citrus. The smell is very pleasant, and my favorite part of the beer.

T - Very piney, but, surprisingly, not really that bitter. There is a citrus, almost orange taste. There is a mild bitter aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, with a bit of an alcohol burn and a little bit of carbonation.

O - I like the smell a lot, and the taste is pretty mild. I like that it is not very bitter, but the piney taste is pretty strong. I am not sure that it is a flavor I would seek out, but it is pretty good if you like piney taste without the bitter (which seems a bit unusual).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/9

Pours dark gold, thick big bubbled white foam. Over one inch high. Pine nose, grassy too. Smooth, mellow malt flavor. Hop held in check. Perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. Simple but great.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
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 BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. Well past it’s prime most likely with a 7/3/13 born on date, drinking 1/4/14. The Maine Beer stuff was this old everywhere I went in MD while visiting so I figured I would take a chance anyway. Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a massive fluffy white head on top. Aroma of zesty, earthy hops alongside some citrus and a big sweet toffee/caramel malt bill. Just smelling this I have to assume it isn’t fresh enough to enjoy as intended so I’ll tick for now and rerate another time with a fresh one. Flavor begins with some light grass, a good bit of lemon zest, grapefruit, and ending with some sweet toffee. Even with this age the beer is light and zesty on the palate. I will have to try this fresh because it must be glorious. Hops are a bit on the stale side and the malt bill is taking over a bit. Goes down easy with medium high carbonation. Nicely crafted beer. Now someone trade me a fresh one.

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Photo of mverity
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow orange. Healthy amount of white head with a very thick collar; both of which lasted pretty dang well. Aroma is floral, slightly sweet malt, good amount of sweet citrus. Medium-light body and same carbonation. Taste is overly floral, some pine, again with the citrusy hops. The balance in the nose is not there on the tongue.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy burnt orange with some bright yellow - like yellow waves of grain. large 3 finger rocky thick white head

s: potent. a punch of hops to the face. loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine. its a juicy, earthy smelling hopness. there are some sweet malt in here too. smells very crisp and clean

t: holy MOly (see what i did there). i was a little worried that bitterness would be overwhelming from the aroma, but it is incredibly smooth. its mostly grapefruity and pine - definitely East coast tasting. there is like a crystally-caramel malt that smooths out the flavor after the hops it. i'm picking up a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit in here as well. real nice

m: medium, with some carbonation that fizzez in your mouth

o: real good stuff. its not too complex, but is so smooth and clean. i feel healthier just drinking this

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Huge fluffy white head that settles to a thin layer of foam and a few big streaks of lace.

S - Big dose of grapefruit and tangerine hops but they also seem very subtle at times. Some grainy, cracker like malt in the background. Some pine as it warms.

T - Grapefruit zest, herbal and citrus hops. Hop forward. Tangerine notes on the finish. This beer is somewhat unique in that it seems full of big, over the top hop flavors but is somewhat subtle and subdued at the same time.

M - Creamy with crisp carbonation and a light lingering bitterness.

D - A little hard to describe. Like an elegant, refined pale ale. All the hop flavor without over the top bitterness or sweetness. Excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $8 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and resiny hops. There is also some caramel and apricots.

Overall - Another very good and really hoppy beer from this brewer. A tad pricey but you can tell that there are some quality ingredients being used. It reminds me a little bit of the founders all day IPA.

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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 sweemzander
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 10-22-13

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color. Produced a giant 3+ finger frothy white head. Great retention and tons of clumpy lacing.

(S)- A great balance between juicy citrus and mellow pine bitterness. A little lime and pineapple. Minimal underlying sweetness.

(T)- Not as hoppy as the smell let me to believe. Mostly some pine with very mellow honey sweetness. Extremely small hint of lemon citrus on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A git too strong on the pine bitterness side for my tastes, but otherwise has a good feel to it overall.

(O)- I look forward to seeing what else Maine brewing puts out, but for $6 a bottle, I suppose I was expecting more, but it is one solid pale ale if you like alot of pine in yours.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the entire glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge hop complexity and a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright juicy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-a beautiful orange color with a white head

S-a zesty sweet pine citrus aroma very complex

T-fantastic citrus hops and balanced with the malt

M-has a nice bitter finish, piney and resiney. Smooth at the end

This pale ale taste different from other pale ales that would make you want it again.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a GI chalice

A: Pours a golden-orange color with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin, spotty cap. Moderate lacing.

S: Moderate notes of orange peel and tangerine. Also a light herbal character.

T: Pine and grass are dominant, but not particularly bitter. Also notes of mandarins and citrus peel. A mild, light, and sweet caramel malt complements the bitter quality of the hops. The finish is crisp and dry with a lingering alcohol flavor and some floral notes.

M: Medium thin, with small, effervescent carbonation.

O: Just an incredibly well balanced beer. Hop flavor is clean, crisp and with the perfect amount of malt backbone to complement but not overwhelm. Supremely drinkable. I could go through a pint of this in a few minutes without trying.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into two glasses. I really like that the date is displayed prominently.
Head was nice and large (about 2-3 inches). Color is a slightly hazy golden.
Aroma is nice! Plenty of citrus and a little floral.
Taste is excellent. Well balanced. Light citrus and some pine and floral. Ends with just a little green.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A little of the haze might come through.
Overall an excellent beer! Very well rounded. Great pale ale!!

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure gold with a very slight haze. Thick meringue foam, soft and delicate like a french pastry, almost pure white color.

S: Grassy, fruity, and light piney are my initial reaction. The tropical fruit is citrus, maybe orange or tangerine. A very faint toastiness in the background. Very well mannered and balanced. It's drawing me in, got to taste it now.

T: Wow, really nice. First comes the tangerine citrus with light floral notes. Almost no sweetness, except maybe in a way certain breads are slightly sweet. A sharp and crisp beer. It's a mix of light to medium mouthfeel, and no issues with the carbonation.

O: Super pysch-ed this beer has come to Chicago. My best friend has a great trading partner who lives in Maine, so I've had a few Maine Bee Co brews and they have all been SOLID. I love clear date stamping on the bottle and the additional recommendation of number of days to best enough the beer by. Purchased on 11/2, bot said drink within 32-days of 10/22. Everything is correct with this pale ale. Love the flavors of citrus and pine, with the additional notes of spice and/or herbal and/or floral. The 6% abv is perfect and in the right portion with a 17-oz bottle. And it's a clean and refreshing beer to drink. I know this statement might be challenging, but I had a fresh Pliny the Elder a week ago, and I think the brews from Maine BC are on par with the WC powerhouse.

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Photo of MCain04
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/13
A - huge ivory head tops an amber colored ale. Incredible head retention and lacing
S - super fresh aroma of zesty citrus, tropical mango, pine, juicy fruit, caramel, biscuit
T - excellent blend of bitter and sweet: pine, grapefruit zest, orange zest, juicy fruit gum, tropical notes, mango, caramel, grassy, slightly earthy, juicy spicy hops
M - medium, resinous, hop oils stick to the palate, finishes very dry and fairly bitter with lingering pine, very easy to drink
O - impeccable American Pale Ale. Excellent complexity and balance; just awesome.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers.

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Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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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MO from Maine Beer Company
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