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Brewed by:
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.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

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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 boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%

A- Pours a deep orange in color and very hazy in the glass. A big head forms and retains for days. The head is thick and frothy and dense, sticking around almost literally forever. The lacing is also tremendous on this beer.

S- Slightly floral and hoppy, but not aggressively hoppy or bitter on the nose. Just a touch of bright citrus flavor is in the scent as well. Nothing super complex or aggressive here, just about your standard APA.

T- Starts with a rather mild hops bitterness that is the focus of the beer, but not the only part of the flavor. An underlying malt sweetness sits right under the slight hop bitterness throughout the drink, and provides the base for the mild hops. The hops turn more toward a spiciness than a bitterness midway through the drink and combine with the malt base to give an overall mild pale ale.

M- Light and springy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is a moderately smooth pale ale. Slick across the tongue with just a touch of lingering hops bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a flagship pale ale. Nothing too aggressive in the way of hops, but good balance flavor overall.

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

16oz bottled November 16, 2012. Right at 3 months old.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves thick sheets of bubbly lacing and holds a great cap.

Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, very citrusy, floral hops, a hint dank and catty, some bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, lemon, again very citrusy, hint of pine, mild bready malt, great bitterness and minimal alcohol on the finish. Crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Excellent Pale Ale, right up there with the big boys from Three Floyds that I’ve had. Even right at the brink of the best-by date, this is fantastic.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes, this was served on tap in an 8 oz tumbler at the UES Pony Bar on opening day.

MO pours an opaque orange. It actually looks just like orange juice, but for the finger or so of white foam that's sitting atop the beer. There's both solid head retention and lacing. The nose is of dank, bitter grapefruit peel, an aroma a typically associate with Centennial hops. The flavor displays a brief bit of bready malts at the open, before a very snappy bitterness comes along. The close tastes of grapefruit peel, but also the pith, which ends up giving the beer a slightly unpleasant close. The body is a tad chewy, and the carbonation dull, but both are super close to being right on the money. MO is right at the upper end of the APA category, trending towards an IPA, and it's just an alright version of the style. I definitely prefer Peeper from MBC.

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Photo of sommersb
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 04-02-2013
Freshness: Bottled 01-12-13
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Very cool that this beer was named for twin babies Madeline and Oliver, as I just brewed a homebrew to celebrate my own grandson's birth...

Pour yields a giant white head of tight bubbles on a clear, bright golden beer. Head retention is super, with very good lacing. My last pour is cloudy from the yeast sediment.

Very pleasing aromas are of pepper, plus citrus hop notes such as grapefruits and pine trees.

Taste is primarily about the citrus hop character; it's bitter but not over the top. Nicely balanced.

The feel features prickly carbonation and is medium bodied. Finished dry and bitter from the hops, but still balanced.

Overall, an excellent rendition of a pale ale

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz, dated 2/23/12.

Pours a hazy amber with a very nice and thick head. Great lacing and solid retention.

Aroma is subtle, but nice, with fruity, tropical hops. Mango, apricot, peach.

Assertively bitter, with a semi-dry, bready malt flavor with just a hint of caramel malts. Not as much hop flavor as expected, some earthiness. Very bitter finish, which is surprising for an MBC beer, since they are usually far less bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with creamy medium carbonation.

This is a good Pale Ale, but I expect a lot more from MBC. A pretty underwhelming offering when compared to the quality of Peeper, Zoe and Lunch.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a friend.

Pours a slightly hazey golden color with a couple fingers of thick sudzy head and leaves breat lacing as it falls. MO has a great hop blast of a nose, with lots of citrus (grapefruit) and other tropical fruit, pine resin and some floral notes. The taste follows suite and this APA drinks almost like an IPA with big juicy fruit, pine and spicy hop notes but with a nice bready malt backbone with a clean, dry finish. The body is full but light on the palate and there is plenty of carbonation making MO light and refreshing. Really well done!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Born on 1/3/2013. Enjoyed immensely on 1/19/2013.

Poured carefully into a red wine glass as to not disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. A large frothy white head that seemed to last forever sitting on top of the orange beer. A fair amount of lacing on the glass. Heavy hop aroma with great complexity. Tons of flowers, pine, apples, bananas, and citrus. A little unbalanced as the malt is not very present, but it doesn't really matter. The smell is fantastic and it tastes even better. All of the flavors just work so well together. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. A long, bitter finish caps off one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a while.

I love everything about this beer. The label, the way it looks, the way it tastes... This is an expertly crafted pale ale. A bit of a larger malt backbone could really give this beer some incredible balance and bump it up to world class, but this was meant to be a hoppy beer and Maine Beer Co. has succeeded in creating such. I could drink this every day.

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

When you spend $6 for a pint anticipating world class flavor, the bar is set high. MO pours a murky off orange color with a couple fingers of head,and decent lacing.

If you are expecting a traditional ale, the aroma immediately lets you know that it is much more: the tropical fruits are prominent like a hopped up quality IPA, and the flavors follow suit.
Overall a nicely balanced hop explosion on your palate.

Whether this fine ale would suit traditional ale drinkers is debatable, regardless it is worth a try for the taste experience alone, and lovers of hoppy IPAs should seek this one out for sure.
There is a certain delectable peach-mango flavor going on here.

Finding that many of the top ranked New England brews worth trying simply aren't available in a six pack, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth the price tag if the bottom line is quality.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours darker golden in color with a one finger white head.

Nose has nice resin piney hop qualities to it with a grainy malt background that is very plesent.

Some of the piney hops pull through into the taste but does not overwhelm the grainy malt at all, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and light crisp and there is alot of piney hop resin

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Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

BOD 3/10/15. Pours a clear golden with just a touch of amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class rich complex nose of tropical hops (pineapple, mango), citric (orange), a touch of pepper and pine resin over very subtle biscuit.

Light body with a smooth texture coupled with a subtle oily character. Normally carbonated with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. It lacks just a bit of biscuit sweetness to provide more balance and enhance the complexity. It is a tropical hop forward pale ale with a pine resin background. Bitterness is mild with a subtle orange bitterness underneath. The hop flavors of the nose all make an appearance. The finish is slightly dry and a pine/rind bitterness lingers.

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

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date a bit tough to make out on this one but i believe it's 06/26/12

pours a cloudy dull golden / amber tone while yielding a big, fluffy off-white head that demonstrates great retention and lots of lacing. not prettiest beer color-wise but the head is very respectable.

and it's a fantastic smelling APA; aromatic nose is full of goodness: big citric hops out of the gate joined by some tropical and grassy notes, maybe a touch of pine in the background. some malt character but very subdued on that count. flavor follows the aroma with lots of citrus some pine (more than i got in the nose), along with secondary elements of tropical and floral hops; balanced by some toasted malt character. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a refreshing, flavorful, and very tasty pale ale. i could drink this all day. another hit from maine beer co, who continues to impress. my biggest criticism would be that they tend to be a bit on the pricey side.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a clear golden appearance, with maybe some amber in some light. Thin head with patchy lacing on the sides. Nose is packed with a full, sharp smell of spiced hops, yeast, and very earthy tones. Taste follows the nose with a somewhat sweet, bready beer mixed with hops and a grapefruit flavor. Very crisp carbonation to this beer allowing for a drinkable beer that brings out the great flavors. Overall, this was a fantastic pale ale to drink.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle marked with a bottled on date of Feburary 23, 2012. Served chilled from the refrigerator in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really thick and creamy, two finger white head. The head holds really well and doesn't recede quickly at all. Clear and golden yellow in color. Looks like the ideal pour.

Aroma: Nice some citrusy and fruity hop notes. Sweet tropical fruit notes throughout. Not much in the way of malt character.

Taste: Really nice bright tropical hop character. Lots of mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some light malt sweetness balances out the fruity hop notes. Nicely balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with some light carbonation. Nice and creamy.

Overall, a really nicely balanced pale ale with some great citrus hop notes. The hops are really delicate and offer some great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer. It seems everything they is quality and top notch for the style, even if its just a pale ale.

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

Wow.. wish I would have brought more of this back from my trip to Maine!! This was an exceptional beer for the style. There is a great bountiful representation of fruit flavors; balanced by a mild but adequate hop presence. The smell is wonderful, taste to match

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Maine Beer Co and it definitely lived up to the hype. Poured a strong yellow into a tulip glass with a larger than expected head. The aroma was a blast of citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. You don't even need to raise the glass to smell the wonderful scent. The taste was light in a sessionable way. Could have drank a few of these. The peach or passion fruit flavor shines.

This was one of the best American pale ale's I've ever had. Thanks guy in the liquor store that I made small talk with for recommending this beer for a Labor Day treat.

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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 CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Sept 24, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a full white head. Large bubbles form in the foam and slowly break it down. Big carbonation bubbles are seen shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, really comes through with noticeable citrus qualities. Pale malts back it up but the focus is on the hops.

T: Flavor is great, has the illusion of balance with low bitterness but is very hop forward and flavorful. Earthy tones to it with the blend of malts and hops. Just comes across as an outstanding hoppy beer.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp dose of carbonation. Finish is dry and doesn't have much lingering stickiness. Real easy drinking.

Overall this really shows what a pale ale can taste like. Certainly doesn't have the IBU's of an IPA but the hop flavor shines. A must try by anyone even those who normally shy away from hoppier beers.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy gold with bright white head that stays & stays, good laces too
S - citrus, grapefruit mostly
T - tart, hopes, bitter beauty
M- citrusy finish balances the bitter, dry end makes the next sip (and glass) inevitable
O - a superior APA, ABV manageable -"wow" factor on my first glass - a great beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont NJ

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine MO is a very hoppy APA without particularly strong malt. I kinda wish there was more malt there to balance the hops.

A: Orange colour and a big 3 cm head with strong, visible carbonation. Looks great! 5

S: Nice citrus hop aroma and some noticeable maltiness too. 4

T: The main flavour is strong piney, grassy hops. There isn't much malt there to balance it. Still nice though. 3.75

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a 2015 ucl commerative glass!

Clear golden with hazy streams of bubbles,frothy white two finger cap.

Aroma of citrus, pine

Hop taste on the back of the tongue, not bitter, lingering.

Good mouthfeel.

Nice beer but I like lunch better.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml / 16.9oz / 1pt 0.9oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; bottling date of April 16, 2013 printed in black ink on the side of the label (“041613 13”) with a notice to drink within 90 days of bottling. It’s been 17 days, so freshness is pretty awesome.

Appearance (4.5): Now this beer gives off quite an active pour: four good fingers of very fine foam that dies down slowly, leaving thick, wide, splotchy collars all down the glass; the head also leaves a raised little plateau in the middle of the glass—just excellent. The body is a pale, honey-golden color with orange highlights and just a slight chill haze.

Smell (4.25): Really excellent, sticky citrus notes: mango, some pineapple, and fresh orange juice. Mixes with some mildly dank, mildly catty aromas—overally, characteristically American, in a great way. There are some warm, bready, slightly biscuity malt tones, which are overall nice, blonde, and dry.

Taste (3.75): The hop flavor is surprisingly tame, it seems, but what’s there is still really nice. Some lemony bitterness and flavor, mixed with a really clean, grassy bitterness that characterizes the finish. There’s also a light, almost watered-down pineapple flavor that pairs well with that dry, warm, fresh-baked breadiness. Crackery, crisp, grassy, slightly fruity, and it finishes nicely dry. This is well put-together and well-crafted, but much subtler than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is very fine but still on the aggressive side, with a nice foaming action on the way down and prickling very finely all over. The body is almost medium-weight with a slightly oily feel but still finishing very dry. MBC really does the body well for these pale beers.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid pale ale, though I admit I was expecting something much more lush and juicy—but what’s in the glass is crisp, grassy, dry, refreshing, and very enjoyable. The aroma is fantastic, and to be honest that’s what I was expecting from the palate, but at least with this bottle that’s not the case. But y’know what? Still pretty tasty.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle today from Downeast Beverage in Portland. It wasn't even on the shelf yet, I had to pull it out of the delivery box. It was bottled on 2.23.12, or possibly 2.28.12, it's hard to tell, but it seems unlikely that it left the brewery a mere 24 hours ago. The bottle was at room temperature, so I chilled it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before pouring into my MBC glass.

The beer looks ot be strongly carbonated with a very large white foam head that fills the top third of my glass. The body is a clear tarnished gold liquid with plenty of tiny bubbles rising within. Widespread patchy lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

There is a very nice hop aroma on this beer. Big earthy, pin hops smells dominate. I can tell this is one fresh beer.

MO has a pretty decent pale ale flavor. Pine flavored hops are the strongest taste; it gives me the impression of twigs and pine cones. The hops aren't too oily, but there is a lingering bitterness that isn't sitting right with me. It doesn't taste off or anything like that, it's just not what I was expecting. I guess I would prefer a crisper finish. Still, it is very tasty brew.

Although medium-bodied, the beer feels a touch watery to me. The large amount of hops make me want a meatier beer. Carbonation levels are good.

I like this beer. Although similar, it is distinctly different than Peeper. This is hoppier than a lot of pale ales...it's close to an IPA. Fans of MBC won't be disappointed with this new product. IF you've enjoyed their other offerings, I recommend you give MO a shot as well.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle (dated 10/22/13 - 8 days old!) into imperial pint glass with a huge 3 inch foamy white head that took it's time to settle down. Color is a dark golden with some slight haze.

Love the aroma! A burst of citrus hits your nostrils, like someone just zested a grapefruit on top of my beer. It was noticeable as I was pouring the beer. get a little bit of pine/resinous hops as well.

Taste has plenty of citrus fruit and a nice malt presence that is well balanced by a great hop flavor, but not very bitter.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation, smooth drinking but a somewhat dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding Pale Ale, love how much hop character it has without being too bitter. This is the first beer from Maine Beer Co to land in IL, I can't wait to get my hands on Lunch. I'm a big fan of this format ( 16.9 oz / ~500ml) as opposed to bombers, although not a big fan of the price point ($6.99) but I can appreciate they are a member of 1% for the planet.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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