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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.

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Reviews: 443 | Ratings: 3,079
Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves considerable lacing

Smell: Citrus with some biscuity malt in there

Taste: Citrus and pine up front with hop bitterness, followed by some biscuit and cracker, with a semi-dry finish

Feel: On the light side of medium body, with full carbonation

Overall: A very good beer, but I will probably never buy it again due to the price. I feel like I should try everything from Maine Beer Company once, but unless it becomes more affordable I likely won't buy it again. Which is a shame because they make excellent product.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +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 cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big head. Somewhat hoppy and light-bodied for the style, which is to my liking. The hop flavors are complex and forward without being too bitter. Finishes dry.

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Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A proliferation of carbonation bubbles quickly breaks through this hazy, pale orange brew. Has a craggy, full, light tan head.

Smells of pungent, earthy hops which are backed by a wall of malt and followed by some orange citrus.

More orange on the tongue with mellow bitterness, tea and grain.

Light-bodied with a perfect pale ale punch, but remember it's only play fighting here, which isn't a bad thing, because nobody likes being knocked out all the time.


Blind review 8.15.16

Just a beautiful beer with a golden orange body and a large, fluffy nearly pure white froth that tops out above the rim and dissipates in its own sweet time. Faint malt and light fruits in the aroma.

Taste is full of more light fruits (orange, melon rind, white grape), a hint of grain and a touch of floral and piney hops.
Light bodied and goes down way too quickly. If that's even possible?

The perfect marriage of delicious and drinkable. Just wish this one would last a bit longer, because I want Mo!

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Photo of jggrunbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pilsner glass. This beer is right up my alley. Very drinkable, clean and crisp. It lives up to it's wine like bottling and packaging. The color is almost champagne like and I think it would pair with many foods. My only hesitation about this beer is that in it might not have a strong enough taste for a beer drinkers on this forum, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. However...

Appearance: Light decent amount of head. Clear golden color.

Smell: Floral hoppy notes dominate this one. Nice and fragrant.

Taste: This one tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Some hop bitterness going on, but it is not as flavorful as the nose would lead you to believe. Its floral, not too malty but balanced very well. Finish is clean.

Overall: This is a better version of SN Pale Ale, its also more expensive. I have not had any of the bigger more popular Maine ales, but if this is any indication, its a solid brewery and one I would like to try more offerings from!

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Photo of Agent1
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Great head, excellent lacing. Nice, bubbly and bright white! Golden orange and very active in the glass. Very enticing.

Smell - Very oily on the noise. Lots and lots of lupulin in the aroma, which one would imagine, this is best to be drank young, similar to beers like Pliny the Elder. Pineapple, mango, coriander, pine, honey, apricots/ peaches, flowers, plants, mandarin oranges. So much going on here.

Taste - Quality pils malts, wheat, with beautifully bittering. Quite hoppy. Simcoe shines through and is absolutely glorious. Notes of honey, grass, barnyard funk, lemon, marigolds, elderberry, pineapple, green apple, mango, white bread, hay, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Excellent carbonation. Zippy and crisp. Very clean finish!

Overall - Very impressive Pale Ale. Has many shared characteristics to beers like the Chainbreaker, but arguably, better. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've had in a long time. Tassstyyyyyeeehh!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle split between a few little plastic cups. Mine's pink. I didn't write down any dates from the bottle.

Pours mostly clear, small head, lots of carbonation. Smell is tropical fruity, juicy. Flowery. Light and bright. Pretty awesome for a pale ale.

Taste is very nice pale ale -- solid malt bill with a little hay and some really nice bright fruit and flower highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottled 10/28/14, Consumed in mid-November. Exquisitely fresh for being here in Maryland. Seems like Maine Beer Co. is moving product pretty well down here! Good to know. The beer force is strong with New England.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy golden orange

Smell: Masterful nose--tropical fruits like pineapple and mango just explode, with only a light layer of citric bitterness.

Taste: Follows the nose but adds extra dimension. Initially you're hit with tropical fruits and lightly bitter grapefruit. But then you get a major hit of smooth grain that's crisp and dry, and lends needed balance. The malt isn't really sweet, rather crisp and lightly bready/cereal-like. The flavor profile is the picture of balance within the style. Just stunning stuff. The best pale ale that I can get around these parts (Metro DC area). Yes, DC Brau makes a fine pale ale, but this is the jam right here.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly on point carbonation (medium) and a solid medium body that is a little thicker than you'd expect from a pale ale (albeit one higher in ABV than APA normally weighs in at. The dryness in the finish is exquisite.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in DC at Churchkey.

A: Pours a light gold. 1 finger head, a little cloudy.

S: Incredible. One of the best smelling Pale Ales I've ever had. Huge tropical fruit notes.

T: Same tropical fruits from the nose. Pineapple, citrus, lemon. Light malt backbone to balance it out. Hard to find any flaw here.

M: Good carbonation. I wouldn't even know there was alcohol in this one. So easy to drink.

O: One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. Damn. This is one of those beers that you just want to drink everyday, and you'd never get sick of it.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz bottle dated 28-Oct 2014. In other words, really fresh. Thank you MBC for making these dates so legible, I wish other brewers would follow suit.

I can't think of a more appealing pale ale than this one. Beautiful translucent orange color, lovely citrus nose, crisp and very pleasantly drying on the tongue. Malts are very subdued both in flavor and aroma, but in a good way. Maine Brewing really knows what they're doing, and I applaud their restraint as far as not trying to make every imaginable style of beer. Drink this pale ale fresh!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a exceedingly lovely clear copper color with a bubbly white head.
The aroma is loaded with citrus notes and a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, lots of orange and a hint of grapefruit, maybe a bit of peach and sweet pineapple. A very nice malt balance and a perfect, slightly bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding: Medium, smooth, nearly creamy.
Overall, I just can't stop drinking this beer. Wish I could get it regularly...

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Picked up two single bottles dated 10-28. Have had this beer several times but just now appreciating how damn good it is when super fresh. Subtle, delicate, nuanced and many other adjectives that escape my buzzed brain at the moment ( just killed the second one). Still don't love their prices but this is super high end APA!

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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 HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; honey colored; 2 finger pillowy, white head that receded slowly to a very thick cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit is most prominent with pale malt in the background;

T: grapefruit all the way through with grapefruit rind bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the astringency of the bitterness is a bit much, but that's my only complaint;

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Photo of mst934
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Most reviews in the 4+ range are all on point with my feelings. I have yet to have Zombie Dust, but for the Pale Ale options I have had, this one is easily number one. I found all of mine with a $6.50 price tag, so for a pint plus a few ounces I wasn't bummed. Grabbed a handful to bring back South.

It's refreshing, has a solid body and leaves you wanting more. Kudos MBC.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 072914.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Solid punch of earthy, pungent hops and slightly sweet malt. Very well balanced between the two.

T- Again, good hop flavor in the front that gives way to a bready malt finish. The hops are tangy but not really citrusy. Rather more piney.

M- Tight and crisp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely quite good but I feel like it's not as good as the price should reflect.

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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 macher0
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw. A little cloudy. Fine bubble egg shell head. Sticky laces. The smell bursts with citrus notes: grapefruit, mangos, lemon peel, and pineapple. The taste follows. This is a great beer for citrus-heads. Very light malts backbone and distinctive yeast character. Very smooth, crisp, and light body.

This is a great beer - all around. A lot of the citrus notes of Zombie Dust are similar and the light malt to hop ratio of Pliney is present.

I think this is excellent and is underrated.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite American Pale Ale. Great Beer.. I love having this beer on tap and bottle is great as well. This beer has just the right amount of hops.. Nice and smooth..The percentage of alcohol at 6% is perfect ..if u haven't had this beer, try to get a hold of it

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. According to the label, this was bottled on July 15, 2014, presumably part of batch # 59.

Poured into a large Sam Adams new model Boston Lager glass, this beer initially had a clear golden amber coloration, though chill haze soon crept in, making things rather opaque. There was a BIG, creamy, sudsy, rocky beige colored foam head. Said head took quite a while to drop (never doing so entirely) and left all sorts of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruity hop aroma greeted the workers at my olfactory. There were also some piney notes, but the grapefruity scents overcame all opposition.

Grapefruity, citrusy hops lead the charge at the tastebud beachhead. Midway through, there’s a slightly mineralish taste. The malt backbone provides some toasty notes and keeps the hops from being too overbearing. Make no mistake, this tastes like a hoppy pale ale, not an IPA.

The body was best described as “medium,” with a perfect level of carbonation.

I know something that is 6% abv isn’t an ideal session beer, but damn me if I don’t want to try! If I were to encounter this on-tap at one of my locals, I’d probably stick with it all night.

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

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled September 24, drank September 27 (it pays to check unmarked cases in liquor store refrigerators).

Appearance: Semitranslucent yellow. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Slight orange/grapefruit citrus, much more hard water. The major aromas are hard water and soft flowers. Sweet, light floral aromas; not thick like rose, more like lilac.

Taste: The aroma carries through to the flavor, with subtle but distinct hop flavors (sweet floral, mild orange/grapefruit). Great fresh grain flavor before the crisp dry finish.

Everything is subtle, even at just 3 days in the bottle. It's not like the beer is green, or weak, or prematurely old, it's just subtle. Additionally, doesn't drink like 6% ABV at all, more like 4%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, gives a soft and creamy impression. Low bitterness, but sharpens up with the dry finish. Great stuff.

Overall: This is a great but mellow beer. It's not fabulous, but it is flawless. It's refined and subtle without being "challenging" (you taste what's there, it's just not punching you in the face).

This beer kind of exemplifies my problem with Maine Beer Co. Forget that it's overpriced (though it is: love MBC or hate them, deal with it: you can get beer this quality for a much lower price), the problem is that it's widely distributed, and either produced at such a quantity or distributed inefficiently enough that it's rare to find Mo or Peeper that's younger than a month old.

...which is sad, because this is an every day pale ale. This is a vision of what day to day fresh beer can be: delicate flavors masterfully put together. A pleasure to drink, provided it's fresh and plentiful. I'm not chasing the delivery truck around to get a chance to taste this, but I'm loving the hell out of the fresh bottle I lucked into. Why not just sell every drop of this fast, fresh, local?

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

A great pale ale with understated malts and an assertive hoppiness. This is really "well made" and definitely tasty, but as with other Maine beers I feel like it could be a bit bolder. I know, I'm quibbling. It is great.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%

500ml bottle dated 7/15/14 poured into an unlabeled snifter 9/1/2014.

A- Light, slightly hazy, caramel body with a two finger white head, fair retention time. The head drops into a thick, bubbly collar that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing. [3.75]

S- Clean caramel and toffee pale malt sweetness, some grapefruit. Not too complicated, but smells quite good. [3.75]

F- Plenty of grapefruit accompanied by grainy pale malt sweetness, bread, caramel and crackers. Pine on the finish. More than solid; this is certainly a fairly hop-forward pale ale. [4]

M- Medium bodied, crisp and carbonated just right. Dry, refreshing, crisp and sharp. Finish is pine resin mixed in with grainy pale malt sweetness. [4]

O- More than solid APA although that still doesn't justify the likely cost. Still, despite the relative lack of complexity, this is nicely executed without off-flavours or lacking in any particular category. [4]

Final score: 3.9375

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,079 ratings.
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