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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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:
429
Ratings:
3,025
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
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282
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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light, clear golden color with a very impressive large white head.

Smells of big bright citrus, juicy orange and pineapple and grapefruit. Pretty aggressive and bitter hop aroma, hint of pine, not much of a malt character.

Taste is similar but less intense than nose. Grapefruit and orange again, more pine than in the nose, again a pretty neutral malt profile and mostly all hops. Very good but a bit of a letdown after the excellent nose.

Carbonation is really nice but the body is a tad thin. I don't mind that so much really, I'll take a thin body over a malty flavor in an IPA, but it does prevent the feel from being great and not just good.

Really nice "pale" ale, more of an IPA really. Love this brewery, they've yet to disappoint.

8.0/10

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a huge white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of stickies on the side of the glass. Aromas of citrus fill the air as soon as I tilt the bottle toward the glass. Pine and resin with a hint of bread round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is light bread, cracker and a hint of seltzer water with a nice pine and grapefruit flavor going on. There's a solid shot of bitterness in this one, I'm guessing because the body is a bit light to stand up to the massive hopping here. Moderate level of carbonation with a watery and resinous mouthfeel. This is a really nice pale ale, but I would have liked a bit more body especially with the heavy dose of hops in here.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks Toasterchef!!

What a perfectly forming uniform off white head on the pour, large, but settles nicely in due time, the bubbles are practicaly on forming all the same perfect size. A gorgeous nearly clear but a little hazy bronze and brass gold. Shining and shimmering.

What a great soft hop smell on this with a cushy malt. Fruit basket citrus, and great crispy bready toast. Malt dry character takes over, boy this feels like something good is coming.

The palate gets hit and I notice a bit of wetness. Even for a pale ale this is still I find a bit watery, but then the flavors hit so perfectly. An easy toasty whole wheat bread, crisp hop tasting and faint citrus, then eventually some apricot. Afterfinish on this is LOOOOooong, but not like an IPA but just a good solid pale ale. Previous sips jam the nose citrus angle slowly.

I am just blown away by how good this brewery makes beer. Just another solid offering regardless of mouthfeel.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #11 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. This beer is far better than everyone told me so. Shame on all of you for not liking beer. Served with sediment (sorry Maine). Beer is yellow and amber with a yeast based haze, nice one finger / two finger tight white head, small bubbles. Lots of lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is very hoppy, fruity, floral, strong aroma, a little biscuit.

The hops are a little clashy on the palate, there is simultaneously a strong fruity hoppy sense with this other pine hop flavors, they don't play well really well but it is still a good beer. I'd ditch the pine hops and just make a second pale ale with those hops. Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter at the back, a good beer, minimal malt character, no sweetness. I'd have this again. Especially on draft.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crystal clear yellow-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, bright white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of resiny, bitter, pungent green hops with piney overtones. Smells delicious! Flavors are heavily roasted, with a bitter overtone that is undercut by a citrus and bready backbone. Both lemon zest and buttery biscuit support the heavy dose of hops character, that quickly gives way to an effervescent, light, crisp aftertaste. The flavors are so huge initially that it almost seems like it disappears on the backend. Clean, crisp finish makes this beer an incredibly easy drinker. Nicely put together, but a little abrupt on the ending.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great looking pale ale. Yellow gold body with a towering, foamy white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Bright nose. Pine, orange, rosemary, and fresh green cilantro.

T - Woody pine, light rosemary, tart tangerine. Touch of honey and plant stems on the finish.

M - Refreshingly light on the palate.

O - A great session ale. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 04/16/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy golden orange with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh tropical fruit, pine and citrus. Specific notes of mango, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Very balanced with a good bitterness and a big honey malt sweetness. Pine, grapefruit, peach and tangerine flavours.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's deep, it's rich, it's complex, but it has the lighter body and bite of a pale ale compared to an IPA. It holds a great mix of hop notes with spicy and biting dry bitterness topped with floral and tropical fruit juice plus a citrus punch. It's just impressive how much variety of hop flavors this beer covers. Go enjoy a bottle, even for a pale ale, it's a sipper.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus white creamy head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt blend, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, a little malts thrown in, nice citrus and slight pine note. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. The aroma is herbal, grassy, piney and a bit dank. The taste is earthy, dirty, hoppy, and pretty delicious. A nice slightly toasty malt character adds a nice depth of vague sweetness. Dusty yeast and dry and smooth. Very nice.

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Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Black Sheep, Mineola, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white cap. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit aromas, with a touch of pine.

The taste consisted of thick and resinous waves of apricot, mango and pine atop a chewy muddled pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full with a low level carbonation and lingering hop spice.

Overall a balmy hop bomb that lulls the palate to sleep with the dulling body.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Capones the other night.

The beer pours an attractive golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also quite attractive in this beer, as I pick up light wet tobacco, dry citrus, white pepper, light tropical fruit and a hint of pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted pale ale, and I appreciate the amount of flavor it delivers in a (relatively) low alcohol beer. This pale ale is very much on the dry side, with a light, crisp, bitter finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this delicious, medium bodied (at most) pale ale, and so drinkability is excellent.

Maybe not quite up there with zombie dust and bone-a-fide, but nevertheless, this is an excellent, well made pale ale. I just wish it were available where I live!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, juicy hop aroma that's bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes which are countered by a floral, grassy presence and some pale malt. Slightly piney and earthy along with some orange peel, mango, papaya and grapefruit. Subtle bread like yeast and biscuity malt. Smells great!

Medium bodied with dry, sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a dry finish. There's a decent amount of tropical/citrus sweetness but it isn't as prominent as the nose suggests. More of an earthy/floral character than expected overpowering hints of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. Decent malt backbone but it doesn't hinder the hop flavors, giving off hints of biscuit and cracker. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink but could use a bit more sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 052113-15. Sampled on August 13, 2013.

The color is yellow to orange with a tremendous, lacing-leaving puffy white head and cloudy through and though. Looks like its unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

The aroma is very hopped up with a piney, floral character and a lesser citrus note along with an even lesser pale malt, biscuit feel. This smells more like an American IPA.

The body was nice and in the medium range with a smooth creaminess going on.

The taste also had a good hop flavor although the roasted malts were a but more forward in the taste than on the nose. Hop bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Julio's upon first release. Shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes and poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a golden amber clear hue with a nice quarter inch thick blanket that leaves awesome, awesome side lacing.

S - Oh man oh man. I love a good, fresh beer. Tons of mango, grapefruit, and tropical pineapple.

T - Just like the nose with some light malty sweetness. There is a good solid bitterness with the nice tropical backing. Tasty mango, pineapple, and grapefruit.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall this beer is well, oh my god is it good. Great tropical aspects that just scream fresh. Really worth picking up if one has the chance.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber color, with a small, foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like pine, grassiness, grapefruit, and herbal tea.

This is a nice sturdy little pale ale. Nothing that immediately jumps out to distinguish itself from other pales. It's fairly floral, grassy, and bitter, and less fruity than I would've expected. It does have some light fruitiness, your bog-standard grapefruit. It's super drinkable and the glass does down way quicker than you'd expect.

This is medium bodied, light and crisp on the palate, with a moderate level of carbonation. This is super drinkable.

A really nice and drinkable pale ale. Nothing that'll knock your socks off, but still really tasty to get fresh.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body (maybe orange) with slow dying one finger head and lace all down glass. A wonderfully wet, citric hop aroma with touches of sweetness. Smooth, slightly grainy with something akin to crackers for a dryness that passes the tongue on each sip. Flavors are bitter yet juicy hops and there are some tropical fruits and a touch of sugary sweetness but for most part this is a hoppy, dry beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 3/4" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head rises and lasts above the rim, with coating lasting lace. Aroma is a little skanky hops, citrus and pine.

Taste is sweet pale malts to start, citrus in the middle, with ample pine through the close. Mouthfeel is so smooth, and drinkability is great. Price is somewhat prohibitive for an APA, but if I don't think about when I'm drinking, it's so good that it's all worth it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/14

A hazy pale orange, not a whole lot of visible bubbles but it pours a big head that sits around for a while leaving partial rings deep down the glass ending up as a low island, looks great

S plenty of tropical fruit, canned peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, and bruised mango, some floral notes, and a hint of pine, has a big nose going on and I can smell my glass an arms length away on the table

T not far from then nose but just toned down a little, some lemon rind and slightly more pine and some bready malt in the background

M lighter side of medium, bitter without turning my mouth inside-out, very gritty in the mouth, creams up, and lots of citrus rind on the finish

O this one works well for me, hopped to hell but not a complete runaway, IPA level of hops no doubt

I was pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta and my first experience was a good one. I'm looking forward to the other 3 I have in my fridge.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in a cloudy light orange. It has a 2 finger fluffy head.

The aroma has huge orange and tangerine, definitely some tropical fruits like passionfruit and pineapple. Some pine and dankness on the back from the Simcoe and Falconer's Filght.

The beer hits with those tropical fruits in the front. The general theme is a grapefruit flavor with fruit flavor, bitterness, and slight sweetness. A very clean drinking beer that then hits of pine dankness on the back. This is complemented with some biscuity malt.

Maine Beer Company again with some of the best hoppy beers around.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $8 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and resiny hops. There is also some caramel and apricots.

Overall - Another very good and really hoppy beer from this brewer. A tad pricey but you can tell that there are some quality ingredients being used. It reminds me a little bit of the founders all day IPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Like every other Maine Beer, this one is a beauty. Hazy honey/orange. Bubbles feverishly rise. Huge head of creamy froth. Laces like a dream too. Pretty.

S-Oh yeah. Huge wallop of tropical fruit hoppiness. Really aromatic. Behind the pineapple, mango, and citrus is a delicious bready malt. Loving the nose on this hop forward APA.

T-Glorious hops. Fruity and ripe. Citrus and a surprisingly grassy hop finish. Malt is sweet and loafy. Great balance with the sweet and the green. This one will go down incredibly quick. Great flavor.

M-Lighter bodied with plenty of bubbles. Juicy feeling. Sessionable of course.

O/D-Overall this is a great brew, but I may like Peeper better in terms of an APA. I like the malt profile more in Peeper. This however is oh so far from a slouch. I love Maine Beer. This is another addition that makes me so thankful to be able to drink such a quality brew!

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11/7/12
Had on-tap @ Blind Tiger NYC

Nose is phenomenal! Just as good, if not better than I remember it being. A Pale Ale I could drink until the end of my days. One of the top 2-3 best smelling beers I have come across.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.
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