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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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:
447
Ratings:
3,098
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
21.78%
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
660
For Trade:
17
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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

**
10/13/16

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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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. This is an exciting brewery. It seems whatever they put out instantly garners top notch reviews, and it's easy to see why with a beer like this. Strong pine flavors suggest a powerful backbone of citrus and lemon zest with grapefruit nuances also apparent. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with a fizzy head over two fingers high. The nose is a very even mixture of citrus and pine with a slight malt backbone. The flavor follows suit as you get a great mixture of orange, tangerine, and pine with the malt adding a great balance to the hop bitterness. The feel is medium, very well carbonated, and finishes dry. This is great Pale Ale! Very balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: orange tangerine grapefruit peach mango melon.
Taste: mild citrus notes upfront orange tangerine grapefruit middle of the mouth bready malt sweetness grapefruit zest melon light tropical notes finishes with a slight biterness.
Feel: light medium body semi dry finish. Very easy drinking.
Overall: a really nice summer beer the flavor isn't really crazy but it's supper easy drinking. Nice beer for a super hot day!

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company is climbing the ranks as one of the better breweries in New England. They have many top notch offerings. MO is one of their Pale Ales.

It pours a very light yellow color with lots of fluffy white head. Very carbonated. Aroma has some citrus, a little pine, and some bready malt. Not overpowering though. Taste is tropical, citrus, and a touch of pine. Just enough malt for great balance. Very smooth with very little bitterness. Very light body making it go down like your favorite summer brew.

MO is a great pale ale. I actually think MO is a better pale ale than Lunch is an IPA. Not that I don't like Lunch, but I don't think it stands up to the best IPA's in New England, but I think MO does compare to the best pale ales. It's just a great beer.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, crisp and clean, this is one of the best pale ales I've had. Not overly hopped like a lot of pale ales nowadays, this beer is perfectly balanced and is ridiculously easy to drink. I want more of this one.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently got to try this. I was on a big Maine Beer Company kick and this was BY FAR my favorite of the 5-6 beers that I bought. It was very tasty and worth every penny. I will buy it whenever I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of hrdr
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale yellow honey in color, this ale has a heavy up-front resinous chewiness, followed with a dry quick finish. Deep dank aromas, light head and thin lacing. A great summer ale, no gimmicks here. I think this APA is among the very best of its kind.

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

Delightfully light and refreshing. Just like I like my APAs - not too much dank or alcohol flavor, plenty refreshing. Nice white head, clean flavors, smooth finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: citrus and earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, some pine, mild earthy tones, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Mildly dry at the finish.

Overall: a very refreshing and tasty beer. Easy to quaff a few of these in a session.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice hazy golden beer with a big white head that dissipates eventually
S - big dank notes, grapefruit, citrus peel, garlic and onion in a good way, overly ripe fruits
T - very citrusy, overly ripe fruit, citrus peel, garlic, onion, ganja, dank, little grain in the background
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is overly ripe fruits and hop resin
O - good beer, this one id.drink again

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

Bottle dated 5/10/2016 poured into a tulip on 6/03/2016

L: Pours a beautiful deep gold/light orange in hue. Not quite opaque, but not clear by any means. Nice fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Definitely get the zesty citrus notes. A bit piney/earthy(?). Very nice.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well. More citrus. More pine. A bit resinous, but not overbearing.

F: A nice medium/light bodied APA. Leaves a welcomed coat on the roof of your mouth. Not too carbonated. Dry, but not arid. Pleasant.

Overall this is a very great beer. It doesn't smack you in the face. The notes aren't super subtle. The flavors and aromas are there, present themselves, but don't demand your respect or appreciation which I like. It is what it is. A very good APA.

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