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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

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4.27
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8.2%
 
 
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Photo of mikeg67
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with long lasting foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and orange marmalade. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, floral hops, biscuit malt, yeast and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Delicious brew.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle, bottled on 11-16-12, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nearly clear golden color, produces a big creamy three-fingered white head, has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Very nice aroma, lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit, some pine and faint pale malt in the background.

T- Nice tropical hop flavor similar to the nose, some pine and grass, some pale malt lends a bit of sweetness. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M- On the light side of medium, has a nice creamy feel.

O- A really nice pale ale, very light and drinkable with some really nice hop flavors going on, so far I haven't had a single beer from Maine Beer Co that I haven't really enjoyed.

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Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served with a light chill into tulip glass. Produced a large white head with great retention and lacing. Beer itself was a slightly hazy orange gold. Very attractive.

S: hop forward, and yet juicy and sweet, mandarines, sweet caramel, woodsy, florals are prominent, some peppercorn, apples, light and fragrant, but with serious flavour. Also a bit of a dank/funky aspect.

T: some fruity mandarine and grapefruit, bitter light pine notes. Sweet apple and fruity with florals, dank pine, a bit of a crisp salty lychee and passionfruit. Leaves a pleasant drying aftertaste, with florals and a balanced earthy bitterness.

M: carbonation is light, body is quite light with a smooth malts, hints of caramel, with a slight coating hop oiliness. Has a light bitterness with a smooth profile and a light balanced hop finish.

Combines a very fragrant hop aroma with a complex flavour and a highly sessionable profile, I could drink this all night with no complaints. Taste has lots of complexies, smooth green fruits, citrus, and florals with pine and earthy undertones. Carbonation felt on the low side but it really helped the hops come through. Comes highly recommended. Delightful beer and shows excellent character as it warms.

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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 SLeffler27
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The label art is simple and exquisite! A huge fist of white meringue builds and lasts the entire session, while carbonation continuously sends up reinforcements from within a clear, yellow-gold (SRM 4-6) elixir, and thick patches of lace embrace the Harp nonic glass.
The aroma entices one with fresh citrus, ranging from grapefruit to orange, while strong pinesap and mango come out with slight warming. Peaches and pineapple follow as well.

Bitter earthiness is almost balanced with sweet citrus, but wins out in the end. This is simply freshness in a glass with mouthwatering grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some light celery and rye form a nice backdrop while a long, modest finish carries one to the next sip.

A slick, medium body with fizzy carbonation is accented by light metallic notes in this extremely fresh beer. Alcohol is as expected, noticeable, but still a background player.

If one considers MO to be an exemplary APA, then most others are poor examples of the style. Happily, one could easily enjoy a few pints with friends during a long, hot, casual summer afternoon.

MO will become a summer staple for me for as long as Maine Beer Company continues to send it my direction.

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Photo of ms11781
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 02/23/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dull orangish color. A huge, creamy white head develops and sticks around for nearly the entire time it took to finish the beer. The head probably gets a low as about a finger and just sits there. There is literally a gob of foam left on the bottom of the glass after the beer is finished. There is also thick lacing that is left on the glass.

The nose is full of excellent citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit are prominent. There is a touch of pine and some grassy notes. The beer smells very fresh and green. Some bready malt comes through to balance the hops. Excellent nose.

The taste follows along with the nose extremely closely. Big citrus hops, the same orange and grapefruit, come across first and are the biggest aspect of the taste. Bready malt, slight grassiness and a bit of pine all come on in equal parts before a pleasant, slightly bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer is very smooth and has a creamy feel to it. It feels a bit lighter than it probably is in actuality.

This is an excellent beer. With the amount of hops and 6% ABV this is borderline IPA territory. I suppose it's whatever the brewer calls it but if I had it blind I'd call it an IPA. Either way it's a great example of a clean, hoppy beer that could be a mess if it wasn't done properly.

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Photo of Auror
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this last week, but I don't have the bottle in front of me to check the bottle date. Poured into Kate the Great snifter

Appearance- Poured a dark gold hue with medium head. Surprisingly good head retention.

Smell- Tropical fruits all the way, similar to Lunch. A little bit of bread. Smell is actually subtler than I anticipated, but Lunch is one of my favorite smelling beers, so anything close to that is nice.

Taste- Where the smell is subtle, the taste is pretty forthright. Some definite hoppiness, with MBC-signature tropical-tasting hops adding a juicy and sweet characteristic to the hop profile. The finish somehow ends fairly bitter, which I didn't care for. Not much alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel- Strong carbonation prickles the tongue, while the medium body coats the mouth in a pleasing way.

Overall- Another solid offering from MBC. Lunch Jr., but with a little more bitterness on the end.

*Update 7/05/13* Had this a few times since. They've really dialed this one in. Hop flavor to bitterness ratio has improved. Taste score upped.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy yellow/copper pour with 2 fingers of white head which quickly went down to about 1/2" and remained for the entire session. patchy lacing throughout.
smells of fresh hops blasted as soon as i popped the cap on this bottle. poured into a snifter and getting a wonderful aroma of cascade hops. a very basic smelling apa, but perfect. barley and cascade hops (floral/slight pine) are the main scent. the taste is just as nice but lacks a bit of complexity. hops up front, and a biscuit overall backbone. slight bitterness from the hops balanced out nicely with the sweet grain bill. medium in body, high carbonation.. refreshing, yet very fulfilling.

a great pale ale. this is my first offering from this brewery and damn well worth the wait. seems like a very basic recipe but is perfectly executed. no off flavors, everything tastes extremely fresh.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a golden amber color, relatively clear, with a thin cap of foam.

Smells very floral, with some pine and herbal notes. The malt is very, very clean, allowing the very subtle nuances of the hops to be picked out. Citrus is there, but I'm picking out a lot more of those very soft hop tones that are normally buried beneath heavier malt aromas. Given that the malt is all but nonpresent, you can really get the full hop experience.

My first impression is that the flavor is very good, but like Peeper, is unexpectedly light bodied. Not quite as airy as Peeper, but definitely lighter than what I normally expect from an american pale, and certainly a 6%er. The malt is incredibly clean and dry, offering very little to get in the way of the hop experience. For such a mellow beer, the depth of the hops is remarkable. Some juicy citric flavors, but it finishes off dry, foresty and floral. Maybe a little light on the tongue for mid-october, but there's no denying that these guys know what they're doing.

These guys certainly know how to brew. Northern New England is really experiencing a brewing renaissance after decades of buttery ringwood sameness. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for the bottle!

Pours a murky unfiltered dark orange/brown with a big pillowy white head and sticky lacing.

Nose is very sweet fresh citrus. It's like I'm smelling an orange. Quite unique and pleasant.

Taste is similar although the citrus is a bit more subdued. Good light floral bitterness through and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect for the style.

A little bit undercarbonated, but the mouthfeel is good especially for a beer of smaller stature.

Very good beer and maybe the best I've had from Maine so far. Very glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold. Melted gold. Head is bright-white, densely packed, and leaves some nice curtains of lace. Head drops to a solid cap that lasts for the duration. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. Nice layer of pine resin and something faintly earthy and spicy. Lingering notes of citrus oil. Powdery, bready malt. Touch of sweetness in there as well. Almost floral at times. Nice hop depth with a solid malt backing.

Taste: Mango with a dusting of flower petals. Nice punch of orange flesh on the back. Some lingering pine bitterness. Malts are bready and drop some faint caramel sweetness as well. Nicely balanced. Hop profile is similar to Lunch, but dialed back in a nice way. Very mellow on each progressive sip. Pineapple sneaks on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of moderate on the body. Carbonation is lively and helps carry the hop flavors across the tongue. Easy drinking and delightful.

Overall: I love this aggressively dry-hopped APA thing. Maine Beer Co. kills it. Great balance and one hell of a nose. If they keep this kind of stuff up it'll disappear faster than Lunch, and that's saying something.

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

On tap at the original Pony Bar.

Golden/amber pour yields plenty of head and the most lace I've ever seen from an APA. Absolutely gorgeous!

Smells of fresh, tasty hops with plenty of citrus and malt in support. Taste follows suit with impeccable balance. MO is strongly hoppy while not carrying an abundance of bitterness. Fresh, mildly fruity, and surprisingly malty for a pale ale.

Not quite as good as Zombie Dust, but remarkably close. Very impressive!

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Photo of tclipse
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as APA's go, this is perfect. Appearance is a hazy khaki orange. Smells amazing, big time citrus- orange peel and lemon in particular... a bit of pineapple as well. Taste is slightly hop forward and heavy on the citrus, but mellow and refreshing enough to remind you that this isn't an IPA. My new favorite pale ale, and it isn't close.

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Photo of benloho
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: very soft pour so almost no head. Nice orange color with good clarity, beer has legs for low ABV

S: very crisp orange smell with a little bitterness and some cracker

T: just a very vibrant orange taste so crisp malty crackery on the finish but the explosion of pure orange taste is very nice

M: Amazingly crisp with a dry finish and as this beer ages the dryer it gets very light mouthfeel

O: about near as perfect so you get for a lower ABV pale ale, very clean dry orange on the tongue and very light in the mouth it looks great, it smells great, it tastes great find if drink it. Beware of bottle dates at two months this beer is shockingly bland on citrus, falls off quick. Under a month you will just sit there dumbfounded.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big, bold pale, with a lightly hazy orange body, big white head, and lots of lacing. The nose is pine and resin, the taste adds zest and a spicy malt backend. The close is bitter, and there is some build by the bottom of the bottle. Delicious.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, citrus zest, hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit, mango), bready malts.

Taste - Light to moderately bitter citrus hops that come across the palate with a clean finish. Bready malts and hints of tropical and citrus fruits support the hops well. Hint of soapiness. Bitterness lingers well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - A tasty American Pale Ale that delivers on quality flavour. I can see myself having a few of these on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 11.16.12. consumed less than a month later.

A: pretty clear bright amberish gold hued color. bright white head is big. retention is fairly good as well. some clumps of lacing.

S: tons of grapefruit. lemons a little bit of kiwi. very american, very fresh smelling hops here. everything you could want in an APA.

T: passionfruit and grapefruit. lemons and limes. a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. the sugar of the grain lingers briefly before drying almost completely.

M: carb is good. wouldnt hate for a tad more bubbles, but im definitely being nit-picky. light almost medium body.

D: wow, this is some good shit. highly fruity, very drinkable. wouldnt hate more. a lot more.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Another fantastic looking beer from this brewery. Golden orange and hazy. 2 finger head and magnificent lacing and retention.

S- Fruity hops with a touch of funk. Lemon grass, mango, and tangerine. Some pine makes its way. Pale malts.

T- This raised my eyebrows a little bit. Has that "wow" factor. Follows nose well, but takes it up a couple notches. Balanced as can be with some nice spice thrown in.

M- Perfect summer beer body. Refreshing, smooth. Goes down great. Mid body bordering on light. Smooth. Perfectly carbonated. Dry.

O- My second of four Maine Beers enjoyed with my buddy that took a trip to the northeast. I am liking what I am trying so far. The body of this one is one of the best I've had in a pale ale. Hop forward, but balances out really well.

Bottled 6/4/13
Consumed 7/18/13
$7 for 500 ml bottle

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Light translucent amber formed a killer two inch white head which dissipated to a heavy foam surface layer with dense though spotty lacing. Great! But let's face it, one should expect no less at $7 a pint.

s: Grapefruity citrus. Nice!

t: Citrus hops predominate, becoming more piney as quaffing proceeds. Refreshing.

m: Medium, smooth and easy-drinking. Clean aftertaste.

o: A top-notch pale ale which could easily pass for a medium-hopped IPA. Roughly on a par with Lagunitas IPA for taste, but heavier mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this, but considering the price, I'd pick Lagunitas IPA at 14 cents an ounce over this at 44 cents, or, bottlewise, at $10 per sixpack, 12 ounces of L-IPA would be $1.67, while Maine Mo would run $5.25 per 12 oz. Stuff us Scots take very seriously LOL.

I do have New England loyalties, but they only stretch so far. If Mo was the same price per pint bottle as Jack's Abby Hoponius Union, (about $3), I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it over the nationally distributed product mentioned above by that California brewery.

PS: Just drank the dregs which allegedly included the bottle conditioning yeast, and it was really smooth. Nice going, Maine brewers!

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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 zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15


A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 5/21/13, enjoyed on 7/1/13

The beer pours a nice, clean, copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A finger or two or white, soapy head rises up and has great retention and leaves a lovely network of webbed lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, wildflower, light pine and sweet pale malt, really balanced, really well integrated. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, on the tongue with great earthy pine and wildflower qualities with some crisp spiciness before a smooth, sweet malt profile takes over the finish. The body is crisp and bubbly, with higher than average carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A damn fine APA from Maine Beer Company, bright, vibrant with a great earthy balance. It's clean, simple and refreshing, yet easily satisfies any hop craving.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a very light gold with a thin whitish head that fades quickly, leaving lacing along the sides of my pint glass. Carbonation is clearly noticeable.

Smell: Not as much as I expected but there are some grassy notes with some citrus fruit undertones. Decent smell to it but doesn't beg me to taste.

Taste: Citrus fruit, maybe some lemon and tangerine, but this could benefit from some more hoppy character in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for an APA with slight creaminess and a lot of carbonation. Goes down fairly easily.

Overall: This is only the second beer I've tried from Maine Beer Company and it definitely doesn't live up to the hype for me. It was ok, but definitely not something I'll rush to try again. I'll take SNPA over this all day.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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