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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.

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Reviews: 437 | Ratings: 3,065
Photo of Lonborgski
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 1pt, .9 oz bottle dated 030116 to snifter.
Clear beautiful light copper color. Small head that dissipates, but noticeable effervescence.
Clean but muted smell.
Beautifully balanced clean crisp taste, no bitterness, but no sweetness or yeast taste either, just good clean flavorful ale.
Great feel. You know you have beautiful beer in your mouth. The feeling lingers well after the swallow.
Overall very very nice ale.

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Photo of mickyge
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 57md
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with at least a finger of head. The nose is both piney and potently hoppy. Citrus fruity flavor dominates. The finish is more juicy than hoppy.

If Heady Topper had a little brother, this would be it.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the finest pale ales out there IMHO. loaded with tropical, green mango, pineapple notes and just the right amount of malts to balance. very refreshing mouthfeel despite being dry. a true joy! imbibe without reservations.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour into a tulip glass.

A nice bright yellow color with clean citrus in the smell and taste. Goes down easily and finishes clean. Soft and approachable. Could crush a lot of this in one sitting. Maine beers have now become available in the Cleveland, OH area and I am glad they have. Highly recommended.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jungle Jims. Poured into a red solo cup. Wish they would have used an actual glass instead of wasting thousands of plastic cups a month. But anyway...

Pours a crimson amber hue with an off color white head. Decent head retention, a little bit of lacing as the brew is drank down.

Piney hops on the nose at first with a bit of grapefruit and lemon zest. A touch of pumpernickel and oat bread with subtle sweetness.

Opens with zesty lemon and grapefruit zest similar to the nose with a backdrop of piney hop bitterness. A little bit of that bready like malt sweetness. Follows the nose with its flavors, not surprised.

Light medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the tongue with minimal drying.

Balanced zesty and piney hop flavors with a light background of sweeter, bready malts. A good example of an American pale ale. Glad I finally got to try this!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at The Jeffrey on E. 60th. Exceptionally balanced, well integrated beer. Like The Charlatan, it MO is not particularly exciting, but it is perfectly balanced and pretty much flawless APA. Bravo.

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

Dated 1-16-16. Thick foamy head, with strong citrus and grassy aromas. Tastes of hops and citrus,picking up the almost tropical notes others have mentioned. Nice malt backbone. Great beer, but at $8.25 a bottle for basically a session brew, a little bit overpriced in my opinion

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is a hazy gold with a significant foamy bright white head.

Aroma is pretty weak. Some citrus, light bready malts, slight herbs.

A lot of lemon and some grapefruit flavor with some spruce like sharpness. Very light, soft malts that are almost pilsner like grain. A bit watery/ session IPA tasting with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Body is not as thin/watery as the flavor. Very nice fluff to it.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is very enjoyable. However, I am not getting the world class experience that everyone else did. It is still a few weeks from it's drink by date, but I would bet it wasn't. Just kind of flat and average tasting. Maybe I have gone too long without having a true pale, but not overly inspired to buy this one again.

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Photo of chicagopubcrawler21
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1-15-16, poured in a pint glass. Think frothy head, with strong citrus and grassy aromas. Tastes of hops and citrus dominate, picking up the almost tropical notes others have mentioned. Overall mouthfeel is lighter and balanced. Surprisingly nice malt backbone. Great beer from a great brewery. This is no lunch, but mo is welcome in my glass anytime.

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Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Beers-es
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 1/12/16, which makes it 3 weeks old. Pours a beautiful, hazy golden orange with a finger of white, richly frothy foam. Decent lacing. Smell is grapefruit and orange, followed by spicy herbs. Eucalyptus? Maybe that's it. Very subtle backing of sweet malt

Taste is grapefruit pith and herbal spice. Very small amount of breadiness. A lingering finish that's equal parts mild bitterness and juiciness (like it makes my mouth water, not like fruit juice flavor).

Feel is the lighter side of medium, but not at all watery. Creamy carbonation works well.

A fantastic pale ale that packs in a lot of flavor, with MBC's characteristic elegance.

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Photo of emount91
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear yellow/amber color, carbonation seen, foamy head. smell is very light citrus, some light mango or peach on the back end with an equally as light bready malt. taste is a little heavier than smell on the peach/mango but is quickly cut short and made clean by the citrus and malt which are balanced. clean and bright mouthfeel. and yet other decent beer from MBC.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 120115. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy hops, tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, pine hops and some bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel and a bit of floralness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. It's easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think it's a good citrusy pale ale, glad I got to try this one! I'd certainly drink this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottled into a pint glass. Half inch or so of foam that slowly dissipated into a ring of bubbles. Slightly piney and dank aroma. Tastes the same with some subtle citrus, not overly bitter, just a good balance. Feels like a bigger beer than it is. Very well done, just wish it was a little more economical.

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Photo of PCole
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle dated 12/01/15 poured into a tulip on 1/21/16. Bottle recommends consumption within 90 days of date printed.

Look: Pours semi-translucent honey color with quarter-finger of bright white head. Significant and immediate lacing upon its resolution. Very gentle agitation brings forth significant and very fluffy head that retains well. Tons and tons of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, almost cloyingly so. Reminds me a little bit of apple cider or apple juice. Fairly malty. Faint hint of pine and resin. Other fruit notes for sure; citrus and stone fruits. Very interesting, each whiff was a bit different, especially as it warmed.

Taste: Malts predominate upfront. Biscuity and fairly sweet. Bit of grapefruit and citrus. Pine and resin with lemon linger afterwards.

Feel: Quite carbonated, medium mouthfeel. Wonderful finish. Incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Crisp but not dry. I'm having a hard time describing it.

Overall: An incredibly balanced and satisfying experience. Better than the sum of its parts for sure. My first beer from Maine Beer Company and definitely not my last.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/29/2016 enjoyed 1/21/2016 in a stemless wine glass.

Look - Lighter orange depending on how cold or at what angle you look at it. Thick medium bubbled white head settles to more than a ring. Lacing is strong.

Smell - Musty hop. Light bread. Very light citrus.

Taste - Musty. Malty. Hoppy. Not that citrusy.

Feel - Not too carbonated as the head would signify. Creamy than water. Dry.

Overall - This is my type of ale. Musty, bitter enough, and lighter citrus.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a maize color with a white near-fluffy head and lacing.

This is the second in a line of five beers and I'm getting an impressive display of hop freshness so far.

Tangerine, passionfruit and dank hops on the nose translates to fresh dew, biscuit or saltine cracker and a hint of lime on the tongue.

The bitterness builds a bit, but at the end of the night, I think this is my favorite of Maine's offerings.

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Photo of Prager62
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 12/22/15 with a 124 next to the date. Poured in my Weyerbacher tulip glass.

Look- Pours a pale straw color with a generous two plus fingers of soapy egg white foam.

Smell- Grapefruit along with something spicy along the line of green onion. Some bready malt and yeast in the back.

Taste- Grapefruit up front followed by some onion and finally a bit of pine. There is some bread flavor in the finish.

Feel- Starts slick and tingly followed by some bitterness. A hearty malt backbone washes it all down.

Overall- A very pleasant pale ale that leans more towards the spicy side with a hearty dose of malt to wash it all down. It's brewed more to style than many of the rule bending tropical juice bombs found today. It's a tasty deviation in that it's crisp, clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours amber with a small head. The citrus smell of hops entices the nose, followed by the malt and a gentle push of hops. Enjoyable!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Co puts out so many refined, spot on beers it's almost mind blowing, and MO meets every standard they've set for their offerings. Pours a light golden brown with a skinny white head of foam. Smells clean and crisp, some citrus, slight hit of dank pine. Taste is sweet malt followed by fresh bursts of citrus fruit. Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey color with a white pillowy head. Has a a floral citrusy aroma. Flavor is clean and citrusy. It's a pale ale so it drinks a little light but this is a really crushable beer. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste and overall on the level of a zombie dust to me.

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

The pour has a yellow body with a foamy white head. Lots of fresh hop aroma its tropical. The taste adds on citrus flavor, a bit earthy. On the dryer side but packed full of flavor for a Pale Ale. This is one I will purchase again. Recommended and just really easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, what? At 6% abv... this is mostly just an IPA, but when I say "just an IPA," I mean, how did they cram so much aroma and flavor into a brew at only 6%? This thing tastes like it's at least 7.5%, and it tastes like some of my very favorite IPAs. Reviewing it as a "Pale Ale," is almost unfair, because it obliterates all of the rest of the competition, easily being the best pale I've ever drank.

APPEARANCE (3.75) - Really nothing out of the ordinary here, straw yellow with a half-finger white head that doesn't leave much lacing and shrinks down to about a millimeter after a minute or so. I guess the one big standout is that that millimeter of a head never actually goes away. Ever.

SMELL (4.0) - Big lemon zest, solid pine, and a sort of herbal, green tea aroma. A little grapefruit juice and some crystal malt here and I think pilsner malts as well.

TASTE (5.0) - Like I said, it's the best, most flavorful Pale Ale I've ever tasted. Just HUGE flavor profile of hop tea. Resinous and a little yeasty, bitter without being overwhelming, green tea and grass meet citrus and pine on a level that reminds me of Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. Stupidly good for the abv and for the style.

FEEL (5.0) - Watery yet resinous, you get the body you want out of a pale ale, but with a character usually reserved for IPAs. Dry all the way from beginning to end, with only a ghost of lingering bitterness and a long vestige of piney hops. Pfft. So good.

OVERALL (4.5) - Price per pound, this beer is only worth a 4.5 overall rating. I have no way of knowing how much this beer costs MBC to produce, I would imagine it isn't the cheapest thing in the world, but for $8 for 22oz, it's definitely good, even fantastic, but not worth it unless you're seeking the perfect fusion of IPA and American Pale Ale. It definitely punches way above its weight class, a feat that I cannot stress enough, but if you don't mind another 1-2% alcohol, you can find other beers that taste the same even if they don't have the same amazing mouthfeel as this guy. For me, mouthfeel is important, but moreso for stouts, so I could understand why someone might want to spend the extra dollars on this guy. Certainly worth it to those IPA/Pale Ale mouthfeel aficionados out there (there must be as many of you as there are stout mouthfeel guys like me, right?) but I may just stick to Head Hunter. But, please, let me reiterate, this is an incredibly good beer, almost a perfect APA, and even as an IPA it would still be hitting in the big leagues. Swirl the last pour from the bottle and get the yeast into the glass -- it gets even better.

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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pale straw color, slightly cloudy with a decent but thin white head. A great envigorating aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is dominated by the tropical fruits dominating the nose but with some mild bitterness that thins away in the finish. The mouthfeel is lively, dominated by fine effervescence. Overall a really enjoyable refreshing beer that's not been over-hopped.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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