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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.

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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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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 leroybrown10
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold with a moderate amount of haze. Large off-white head is fairly airy but has really good retention. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

Big pine and lemon aroma. Light cracker malt.

Taste much like the aroma. Pine, lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Just a touch of mango. A bit of malt, biscuit and cracker. Some very mild honey sweetness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mild bitterness but still good hop bite. Lingering citrus and a touch dry towards the end.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, white, pillowy head. Coppery golden beer. Thick, lingering ring remains after several minutes.
S - Piney, lemony and tropical.
T - Sophisticated with red fruits, caramel malts, grassy and peppery notes as well as mango and pineapple.
M - Silky with aggressive carbonation.
O - Excellent and balanced. Very drinkable. Not life altering, but very enjoyable.

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

I am used to drinking outstanding IPA's and this is very similar, but more dry. I can taste the artisanship, because it is not a one trick pony. It is complex in subtle ways. It gives good feel. The amount of carbonation is above average which goes well since it is so dry. The balance of everything is put together without anything overriding other feature.

I wish it could be a bit more bold in smell or flavor, but this is a top notch offering that cannot be denied. Is sum good shit.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second beer from Maine Beer Company and one of my favorite standards. Very unique , crisp taste that got me into trying all their beers I can. It has a strong grapefruit smell and bouquet that goes down smoothly. After the third sip of all their beers your palette starts to really like their beers. The more you drink them, the more you want to try. Only con is it's a little pricey.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two thumbs up to Maine Beer co right off the bat for having a bottled on date clearly visible on the label.
Bottled on: 04.05.16 which was 19 days ago, nice and fresh.

Pours an opaque bronze color with a thick two finger head that hangs around and leaves intricate rings of lacing.

Smells impressive. Like someone straight up cut open a pink grapefruit, squeezed it a little, and held it up to your nose. I'm also getting aromas of peaches and nectarines. Some lemon rind. There's also a very subtle malt profile.

Tastes great, but it caught me by surprise.
I was expecting this to be a tropical fruit bomb as the nose implied, but it's surprisingly floral and hoppy.

The taste follows the nose but only slightly. It's not so much flavors of fruit juice as it is flavors of fruit rind and zest.

Lots of flowery hops.

There's a very delicate biscuit type malt flavor on the finish.

The feel is thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's delicious don't get me wrong but it didn't leave me dying for more like their Peeper ale and Zoe.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a bottle to a teku
look; orangy golden with a nice 1" white head, moderate retention, leave a covering, good lacing
smell; pineapple mango grapefruit, grass, a little pine, hint of earth, predominately big fruity citrusy hop aroma
taste; here's the pale ale, sourdough bread, pine and citrus, delicious,
feel; smooth, feels light bodied, dry finish, too easy to drink
overall; taste smell and feel seem like three different beers but come together beautifully in a deliciously drinkable hoppy apa. no thoughts of ' i wish it had more this, less that, the other could be tweaked'. a perfect whatever it is, kind of what maine beer co does

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Photo of crotharagain
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid American Pale Ale. I agree with jmasher85, not to be compared to Heady or anything from Treehouse, but a very good beer and I'll try it again. Slightly citrus and stonefruit with a nice finish. I'm a fan of Maine Beer Company, they are putting out some great beers.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's interesting to see some comparisons to this being a lower-grade option for Heady. I wouldn't quite call it that, but I will say that when MBC sets out to make a beer, they make a solid, well-rounded beer. Delightful and imminently drinkable every step of the way.

The beer fits its own description every step of the way. The body has a nice head and a clear, crisp texture. The smell is of light, sweet fruit - pineapple, mango, apricot, and passionfruit - with a mellow but firm piney bitterness. The taste is certainly on the dry side, especially in the finish, but there is a good balance here which tempers the bitter hops, injects a light, malty feeling of restraint, and makes this an easy beer to put down. Seems lighter than it is, and is certainly worthy of your time, though I'm always slightly disappointed when a beer is so much more dry and less flavorful than its aroma suggests.

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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 Lonborgski
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 1pt, .9 oz bottle dated 030116 to snifter.
Clear beautiful light copper color. Small head that dissipates, but noticeable effervescence.
Clean but muted smell.
Beautifully balanced clean crisp taste, no bitterness, but no sweetness or yeast taste either, just good clean flavorful ale.
Great feel. You know you have beautiful beer in your mouth. The feeling lingers well after the swallow.
Overall very very nice ale.

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Photo of mickyge
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear yellow color, citrus smell as it's poured, I tasted citrus maybe some pine. Very crisp mouth feel with a dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Think Heady but a bit on the lighter side. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with at least a finger of head. The nose is both piney and potently hoppy. Citrus fruity flavor dominates. The finish is more juicy than hoppy.

If Heady Topper had a little brother, this would be it.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the finest pale ales out there IMHO. loaded with tropical, green mango, pineapple notes and just the right amount of malts to balance. very refreshing mouthfeel despite being dry. a true joy! imbibe without reservations.

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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 auroracrisis
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jungle Jims. Poured into a red solo cup. Wish they would have used an actual glass instead of wasting thousands of plastic cups a month. But anyway...

Pours a crimson amber hue with an off color white head. Decent head retention, a little bit of lacing as the brew is drank down.

Piney hops on the nose at first with a bit of grapefruit and lemon zest. A touch of pumpernickel and oat bread with subtle sweetness.

Opens with zesty lemon and grapefruit zest similar to the nose with a backdrop of piney hop bitterness. A little bit of that bready like malt sweetness. Follows the nose with its flavors, not surprised.

Light medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the tongue with minimal drying.

Balanced zesty and piney hop flavors with a light background of sweeter, bready malts. A good example of an American pale ale. Glad I finally got to try this!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at The Jeffrey on E. 60th. Exceptionally balanced, well integrated beer. Like The Charlatan, it MO is not particularly exciting, but it is perfectly balanced and pretty much flawless APA. Bravo.

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

Dated 1-16-16. Thick foamy head, with strong citrus and grassy aromas. Tastes of hops and citrus,picking up the almost tropical notes others have mentioned. Nice malt backbone. Great beer, but at $8.25 a bottle for basically a session brew, a little bit overpriced in my opinion

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is a hazy gold with a significant foamy bright white head.

Aroma is pretty weak. Some citrus, light bready malts, slight herbs.

A lot of lemon and some grapefruit flavor with some spruce like sharpness. Very light, soft malts that are almost pilsner like grain. A bit watery/ session IPA tasting with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Body is not as thin/watery as the flavor. Very nice fluff to it.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is very enjoyable. However, I am not getting the world class experience that everyone else did. It is still a few weeks from it's drink by date, but I would bet it wasn't. Just kind of flat and average tasting. Maybe I have gone too long without having a true pale, but not overly inspired to buy this one again.

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Photo of chicagopubcrawler21
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1-15-16, poured in a pint glass. Think frothy head, with strong citrus and grassy aromas. Tastes of hops and citrus dominate, picking up the almost tropical notes others have mentioned. Overall mouthfeel is lighter and balanced. Surprisingly nice malt backbone. Great beer from a great brewery. This is no lunch, but mo is welcome in my glass anytime.

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Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice white head that lingers. Nice citrus, lemon aroma.
A strong grapefruit hops flavor with hops bitterness. There isn't malt sweetness. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and grapefruit flesh. Definitely will have again and again.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 1/12/16, which makes it 3 weeks old. Pours a beautiful, hazy golden orange with a finger of white, richly frothy foam. Decent lacing. Smell is grapefruit and orange, followed by spicy herbs. Eucalyptus? Maybe that's it. Very subtle backing of sweet malt

Taste is grapefruit pith and herbal spice. Very small amount of breadiness. A lingering finish that's equal parts mild bitterness and juiciness (like it makes my mouth water, not like fruit juice flavor).

Feel is the lighter side of medium, but not at all watery. Creamy carbonation works well.

A fantastic pale ale that packs in a lot of flavor, with MBC's characteristic elegance.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.
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