MO | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Just after opening our brewery, working long nights, weekends, and still maintaining our day jobs, my brother Daniel (the brewer) had twins. Cheers to his courage and dedication to making better beer.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange bodied with a lasting bubbly off white head. Great smell, grapefruit and oranges. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability, creamy. Very tasty orange creamy good hoppyness. The proof is in the taste and this is an excellent American pale. From Capone's Restaurant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 3/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly cloudy yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has a plethora of fruity notes from the hops. The taste has a nice floral fruity quality to it as well. The feel of the beer is very sessionable. Overall it's a very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit along with some hints of tropical fruits. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of hoppy aromas and flavors like an IPA but is very to drink since it is an APA.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, simple black and white label, with a small touch of colour - classy. I know that this is named after the brewer's two kids, but all I can think of when I see this offering's name is 'Mo. Mo. Mo.' a la the Simpsons - not so classy.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, shiny, silky, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a massive array of splattered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pineapple, blood orange, overripe Texas grapefruit, and sassy lemon fruit right up front, with some fast on its heels acrid leafy, piney notes arriving thereafter, a hint of uric acid, and finally, a rather timid crackery and biscuity pale malt. The taste is a little more, but hardly evenly balanced - nice tropical and domestic fruity hops, and grainy, dry bready pale malt, with a bit of pine and leaf bitterness bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is fairly light and frothy, the body a lean medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight airy creaminess building as it settles. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt having bled out, and the citrusy, piney, and floral bitterness of the hops keepin' 'er tight and true.

A very well rendered American pale ale, the hops definitely in charge, but they don't abuse the power - they're much more about the flavour, than any bitterness chip on their collective shoulders. Pretty tasty - other than the high-end single serving price around here, I could see enjoying a number of these in a single sitting. I know - a 'session' with a 6% ABV brew - blasphemy!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Located in the northeast perhaps, but Maine Brewing Company puts together a strong west coast minded pale ale with moderate hop character throughout and a bone dry character for utmost drinkability and refreshment.

Racy golden and capped with a fluffy cloud of froth, Mo springs onto the nose with a radiant scent of citrus, spruce and slight hints of tropical fruit with a slim toasty scent. Scant sweetness graces the tongue with dry hints of granola, dry caramel and honey.

Malt sweetness bounces effortlessly off the tongue, ushered off by bright effervescence. In its wake, the hops build into a pink grapefruit, orange peel and light passionfruit medley. Trending dry, peppery and pine-like, a dried sawdust character comes with hints of hay, grass and herb on the late palate.

Light bodied for pale ale, the strong carbonation and fleeting sweetness ensures a high rate of drinkability with a quick hoppy finish that has a short linger of pine and citrus peel. Its a simple, elegant and brilliant take on the classic American pale ale.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. This beer has some great retention.

Smell: Quite light with a mild hop aroma. Just a little citrus fruit and a mild malt sweetness.

Taste: This is much nicer than the smell. Citrus peel hop bitterness hits the tongue, but the malt balances things out well. My only complaint is that the taste seems a bit watery in the middle of the sip. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Another really nice offering from Maine. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I would definitely have another.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a massive head; great retention and multiple layers of lacing

Smell: Vaguely bitter aroma - more East Coast woodsy/earthy bitterness than citrusy

Taste: The malt base adds just a touch of sweetness but is pretty clean with the hops bringing good bitterness in the middle; some tropical fruit elements but they bitterness is more earhty and slightly grassy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle is a couple of months old and, from reading the other reviews, I suspect the hop profile on this one fades rather quickly; a very nice beer but I am not digging it like some others who conceivably had a fresher example

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