MO | Maine Beer Company

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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.

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Photo of tgp202
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9oz bottle to tulip glass.

L: Golden orange, a little hazy but not opaque
S: Citrusy, grapefruit, a little piney, very clean smelling, not dank to me at all
T: More pine on the taste than the smell, some grapefruit coming through. Not too bitter. Very "clean" tasting, similar to the smell.
M: medium-light, crisp, like a session ipa
O: Outstanding beer, probably my 3rd favorite from my favorite brewery, Maine Beer Co. behind Another One and Lunch (note I have not been able to try Dinner yet). Not as complex as those other two, but lighter and cleaner. I would rank MO above Peeper for Maine Beer Co. pale ales

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Photo of mkh012
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle, bottled on 03/28/2017 (11 days ago). Surprised to find a bottle this fresh on a random shelf at Eataly in NYC.

Poured at 50ish degrees into a Tired Hands teku. Milky yellow-orange with persistent lacing.

The nose jumped out at me as soon as I opened the bottle. Tropical fruit bomb. Pineapple and mango. Faintly soapy, but it fades as it settles/warms.

The taste follows but isn't as robust as the nose. Light and crushable. Medium bitterness. The fruit profile comes out mostly on the finish. Passion fruit, orange, and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is just a touch watery. Almost session-like. If this had more heft it would be near-perfect.

Overall: I was lucky enough to have Hill Farmstead Harlan earlier (on tap) and I liked that more. This is actually pretty similar, especially the nose, but not as round/full. Still an 8.5 or 9. Glad I got to try it, especially this fresh.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Maine Beer Co...Bottled 1/10/17 so nearing the end of the shelf life....will have to check my other bottles for their born on dates...Beautiful golden beer with nice carbonation bubbles on the bottom of the glass once poured. A nice frothy inch and a half head that held its own for a couple minutes before leaving some nice lacing. Still had a nice floral/citrus smell out of the bottle, not as strong once poured. A well-balanced hoppy flavor with a few hints of citrus on the finish. Considering the clarity of the beer this had a pretty decent mouth-feel, not overly carbonated and smooth yet slightly dry finish. Definitely glad to have another waiting for me in the fridge but may have to drink it quickly if it was bottled the same day.

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

Delicious crisp and flavorful pale ale with a perfect dry finish. plus, extremely surprised to find a bottle of this at my food co-op. Maine Beer Company brews incredible stuff.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with frothy head that retains well in a persistent soapy film that leaves plenty of lacing.
The aroma is all about the hops. Citrus abounds; grapefruit, orange peel and even a hint of lemon. Pine resin and grass provide a counterpoint. Not as intense as an IPA, rather, more muted.
In the mouth there is a juicy and citrusy coating of grapefruit and mild lemon. There is a moderate sharpness to the pine hops that adds a nice bite. The finish is dry and grassy. The body is medium and with a moderate carbonation that stings slightly. However, it mellows out considerably as the drink progresses, and makes this brew truly smooth and drinkable.
This one went down quite easily. It is understated yet flavorful and very refreshing. I feel like I could drink 2-3 of these (16 oz) in one session. I continue to be impressed by Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/10/17....reviewed on 1/22/ it's very fresh! Bottle conditioned!
A slightly hazed-out white gold color. Active, with a robust, clumpy, sea-foam style white cap, lacy on the decent. Such a wonderfully, fresh and healthy look.

A very hearty, robust, herbal, tropical, pine and light citrus hop-forward aroma.the hoppy effect is very complex, herbal and zesty fruits. Nice blend of earthy, herbal tones and classic, whole-cone esque pine and citrus. Huge for a Pale Ale.

A very herbal and spicy hop taste, not IPA leval hop but damn close. Big, earthy, dry notes with subtle pine, citrus and light tropical effects, very well rounded and complex hop flavor's that push forward. The dry, earthy hop and malt taste just mingles together perfectly for a very righteous overall flavor spectrum. The balance is also nice, a crispy, dry semi-sweet malt makes it all harmonize. Very bold flavor's. Major, healthy, hoppy, fresh overall effect.

The feel is just awesome, young, fresh, crisp with a rather full, bold mouthfeel, dry and crispy finish.

This brew just screams quality! One of the most healthy and complex Pale Ale's, on the market.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, pale golden color with a soapy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright, clean hops with notes of citrus and pine.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a soft malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. This gives way to some berry like sweetness. Malts come next with notes of crackers and a bit of syrup to back up the fruits. A touch of citrus zest comes towards the end before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty pale, and I am glad I tried. However, the price ($7.99 for 500 mL) keeps it from being perfect.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stem less Reidel wine glass. Gold/yellow look nice head with good lacing. Has a pleasant citrus upfront with pine on the back end. Taste follows with nice finish. Maine Beer Co. always seem to be well constructed. Neat and clean nothing out of balance.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great head, beautiful sloppy lacing. Solid haze.
It just looks delicious.Oily.
Immediate citrus scent with pine note.
Citrus burst . Very smooth and not too sweet.
Spice tingle dry finish.
Very well put together.
All features expand as it warms. Restraint is needed to experience.
What a great brewery.Great Pale Ale.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By far the best APA that I have had the pleasure of drinking. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, leaving about 2.5 ounces behind, to top off. The head was incredible, forming a sort of cumulonimbus cloud in the middle of the glass. The aroma was dominated by citrus, accompanied by a touch of pine. The taste was by far the smoothest, softest, pale ale ever, hands down. The feel was a velvety smooth finish, with a perfect malt/hop balance. The bottle conditioned yeast added to the craft, and it is encouraged to drink this within 90 days of the stamped date. It is a bit pricey in Ohio when you can get it; I paid $7.99 for a single bottle.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. L: Pale golden, white head with good retention. Maine beers are big on being delivered fresh, so I'm always excited to try, bottled a month ago. S: Strong hop aroma with floral and come citrus. T: Hopped up pale ales, that are more hoppy than IPAs I've tried, so if blind tasting, a lot of Maine Pale Ales could be considered IPAs, which I love a good American IPA. F: Medium body with high hop flavor, American character with hop forward fruity goodness. Nice lingering bitter finish. O: Refreshing hoppy ale.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle into nonic pint
Bottled 10/11/16 (7 weeks old)
L- first pour was w/o the hazy yeast, so straw colored, with huge fluffy foamy white head, tons of lacing, 2nd pour was quite hazy
S- sticky, piney, resinous, tropical storm!
T-sweet malt, followed by dryness and complexity, with a bitter grapefruit finish
F- dry, medium-bodied, drinks smooth
O- solid beer, though definitely not worth $7.49(before tax and deposit)

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Photo of Apellonious
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottled 10/11/16 poured into a pint glass.

A - golden orange, cloudy, three finger white head that moves slowly to a frothy lace.

S - Pine, citrus and passion fruit.

T - Interesting. Fruity, slightly bready, pine/hops. All in balance.

M - Carbonation is fairly low, until a small blast at the sharp finish. The feel is medium light, a touch watery at times, but nothing that detracts from the drink.

O - A very well made APA, balanced well all the way around.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Bottled 10/11/16 (making this 19 days old at the time of the review). Batch 180. 1 pint .9 fl oz. Iconic simple white label. Silver branded pry-off crown cap. Brown glass.

6.00% ABV. "Pale ale." Served cold into a nonic pint glass. I'm hugely excited for this since I've really liked some of Maine Beer Company's beers and this is currently #9 on the Top 100 Maine (state) list.

HEAD: Soft fluffy head. Off-white colour. Frothy and robust. Has a nice consistency and complexion. ~8 minute retention. Leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes, but not much.

BODY: Murky dull yellow-orange. Appears unfiltered. Hazy and nontransparent, but translucent.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special for a pale ale, but generally appealing. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: One of the freshest hop aromas I've encountered this year (even beating out fresh hop pale ales like Lagunitas' rather good Born Yesterday Pale Ale). Vivid floral notes, expressive tropical fruit (mainly tangerine, and luckily no boozy pineapple), bursts of subtle blueberry/bilberry, pleasant hop oils, and onion. It's hard to believe they accomplished all this with only Falconer's Flight and Simcoe; before I checked Maine's site to see which hops were used I might have bet that Mosaic was involved - but then I guess I've been too bombarded lately with all these hipster hop beers. It's great to see a brewery mastering the pale ale with tried and true classic hops. That, or maybe they did source some newer hops for this batch? What do I know.

The level of pale malt sweetness is perfect for balancing out the hop bitterness based on the aroma. This aroma suggests a soft brew; maybe that red wheat malt is helping impart that aromatically.

Aromatic intensity is above average for a pale ale, with pungent notes of fresh oily hops punching through the malts to really entice. I can't wait for the first sip.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The wheat does give it a bit more softness in feel than I'm used to in pale ales, and coupled with the perfect level of carbonation that makes this particularly pleasant and approachable. Aptly medium-bodied, smooth, wet, and refreshing, with a slightly oily feel accentuating the hop flavours wonderfully.

And there are plenty of hop flavours in the build: vivid floral hop notes, oily hops nodding towards a slightly resinous taste, subtle Simcoe-derived onion, and subsidiary hints of fruit (mainly blueberry and a bit of tangerine). It isn't the "zesty citrus, passion fruit and pine" hop profile advertised on Maine Beer Company's website, but it's right on the money for a pale ale and all the hop bitterness is cleverly disguised by a perfect amount of balancing pale malt sweetness. As it warms a bit, I get a blip of lime and some fresh wheat.

Good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. I love that it puts balance ahead of palate-assaulting bitterness; that's increasingly rare nowadays.

OVERALL: A beautifully balanced, incredibly drinkable pale ale from one of the Northeast's finest breweries, MO is a treat of a beer that will please even the most nitpicky of drinkers. I already want another, but at $9.00 a pop in NYC, I doubt I'll be enjoying this often. Were it offered in 6 packs for $10-16, it'd definitely be a regular rotator in my fridge. Possibly the best pale ale I've tried this year, and easily up there with stye paragons like Alpine's underrated Alpine Ale or Russian River's Happy Hops in my book. A must-try for the discerning drinker and casual drinker alike.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic glass. Bottled 9/27/16.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a 1.5 inch, foamy, white head with short retention. Thick white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit accompanied by tropical fruit notes of pineapple, passion fruit, and melons. Milder notes of dank piney hops.

T: Notes of grapefruit and orange rind followed by a tropical fruit purée of pineapple, melons, and passion fruit. Ends with piney and earthy hops with a mild lingering bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a great Pale Ale. Juicy, but well balanced with hop bitterness. Very drinkable. Would love to try this one again fresher.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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 BergBeer
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Hazy straw orange. Thick eggshell head. Very active.

Nose: Citrus hops and a mild cracker malt. Very subdued.

Taste: Mild grapefruit with hits of floral hops. A light cracker malt slowly fades in with a spicy bitter hop note that flashes quickly then fades to mild malt with hints of passion fruit.

Feel: Light-medium bodied. The bitterness dances on the palate with a bone dry finish.

Overall: A middle of the road pale ale. Everything is present in very mild ratios. I would of loved to see either the malt or hops present just a bit more to make something pop. Mild is the key word here.

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

Bottled 8/31/16; consumed 10/13/16.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy apricot-yellow that's more bright golden when backlit. Big, fluffy 2-finger head of whitish foam on top. Some lace.

S: Nice nose for an APA - juicy citrus over bread doughy malt. Not terribly strong, but pleasant.

T: Juicy - but not over-the-top juicy like a modern NE IPA - citrus (a touch of ruby red grapefruit), with some tropical fruit. Nicely balanced, with a good foundation of bready malt. Hint of pine, then some lemony bitterness near the finish makes it feel pretty clean. Balance is the word that keeps coming to mind.

M: Good creaminess , with a soft, supple feel on the palate. In some ways, the best part of this beer, as it makes it drink even more easily.

O: Excellent APA. If I could get this at a reasonable price, and fresh, I'd buy it all the time.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: juicy muted yellow color, small but lasting white head.
AROMA: lots of tropical fruit and citric acid.
TASTE: fruit dominates with that's "mosaic" like bite. Not sure if Mosaic hops are used here, but after tasting I thought that's what the MO was for, but i see now it is for Madeline & Oliver.
FEEL: dry, above avg carbonation. Medium to Light body.

Another well crafted hoppy beer from Maine.


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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean and flavourful. Good fruit and citrus notes. Very drinkable. Not overly bitter. Balanced and enjoyable throughout with enough malt to keep it going. Good stuff.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle dated 08/16/16

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, sweet passionfruit, guava, mango, zesty lemon, orange pith, grapefruit rind, mild caramelized crackery bready grain, with dank floral earthy herbal grass and pine. Tastes like passionfruit, guava, pineapple, mango, some caramelized crackery bready malt, zesty lemon, orange pith, grapefruit rind, with dank floral earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice pale ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's an inch of creamy off white head on top. I'm getting some excellent floral hop notes in the aroma. The taste is a well balanced pale ale with floral hops and crackery light malt. The mouth is dangerously smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Maine Brew co beer.
This pours clearer than I was led to believe it should pour--it looks "normal," although it's lively and full of effervescence. It smacks of juicy hops, like a freshly squeezed orange. Smells wonderful. Crisp, drying, not super bitter but just enough. This was delicious.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, snifter.

Served a lightly hazy dark golden color with a thick, very fluffy, and dense off-white head that collapsed into a greasy and thick film. Tons of sticky, rocky, lace was left down the glass. Simcoe is easily noticeable on the nose with hints of onion and cat urine mixed with ambiguous citrus and a leafy herbal quality. The flavor follows suit with a herbal and fruity hop profile with just a hint of mint and chive. The malt backbone is crisp but with a subtle sweetness and tastes of light bread crust and a touch of honey. Leafy and green hop flavors finish out the flavor, and there's a decent bitterness and earthy quality to the aftertaste. Light and clean mouthfeel, drying and crisp, with bright yet soft carbonation. Smooth overall, light in flavor, with a good balance between hoppy bitterness and malt sweetness.

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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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