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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
3,099
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
21.78%
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
661
For Trade:
17
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Reviews: 447 | Ratings: 3,099
Photo of gonzo000
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. cloudy yellow in color. Good 2 finger head that lasts.

s. Smells of pine, hops

t. Pine and hops but not over the top, or too biting. Very smooth.

m. Well carbonated.

o. This was an excellent APA that was a bit pine heavy in the profile but so well balanced.

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Photo of MikeMO
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MO is probably Maine Beer Company's most underrated beer. It is far easier to obtain than Dinner or Lunch, but it has a lot to offer in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. It has a similar flavor profile to Dinner, but it is far lighter and slightly more carbonated.

I have enjoyed MO on tap and in bottles; in fact it is one of my regular purchases at the local liquor store. It is a hop-forward Ale with excellent carbonation that goes down all-too-easily on a nice summer day.

It is mostly golden in color and pours with a thin lacey head with a mild dank, hoppy flavor. As with most Maine Beer Co. beers, the fresher the better, so be mindful of the stamped-on production date. After 90 days the quality does suffer, and that would certainly be a waste of an extremely well crafted ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Thebunnyrabbit
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lot of people on here give a great review of this beer-I agree with most of what they have to say.
A: A bit cloudy but pleasingly so, very orange. Poured a finger and a half head on a moderatly aggressive pour.
S: Piney hops but not outstandingly aggressive. Well balanced with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit.
T: Passionfruit really shines through on the taste with a bit more hop for a pale ale then one would expect. Very refreshing.
M: Light carbonation and smooth amazing drinkability.
O: I look at a lot of these reviews and the one thing I can say is complaining about the price is SUCH a cop out for giving a beer this good a low grade. This beer is not meant to be bought by the dozen and sessioned all night long, its 7$ a bottle (thats the equivalent of some cheep wine) buy the beer and enjoy it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch or foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some traces of hops in it.

T: Tasted of light hops, citrus, a little bit of passionfruit, pine, and a hint of malt in the finish. Quite a balanced flavor with every ingredient coming through. Tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Another well made brew from Maine Beer Company. Barely a false note with this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a darker golden color with a big bubbly white head crowning the glass.

Smell - The aroma was based largely in pineapples and bread. The hops that come through in the aroma are sweet.

Taste - My initial impression includes pineapples and bread. The citrus is mild but the sweetness is certainly present. There is a mild grassy flavor but the overall profile is far from resiny. The aftertaste is dry with the hops failing to carry over for the most part.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is active but does not overwhelm. The taste is swept away cleanly leaving a dry impression.

Overall - This is a solid impression of the style, but not one I would actively seek.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A pale golden yellow with a very big white head and good lacing.
S: Smells amazing. Lots of citrus in the nose with a malty sweet background.
T: Very good lots of citrus taste with a nice little balance of sweet malts. Some good grassy hops taste with a nice slightly bitter finish.
M: This beers weakness as its very carbonated.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 5/06/14 into an IPA glass; thanks to HopSynonymous for this one!

Look: beautiful deep yellow with a monstrous fluffy head.

Smell: clean citrus, with almost a hint of a wheaty note in the background. Also some white wine character.

Taste: lemony citrus leads the way, followed by something like lightly-toasted seeds or nuts, with a bit of other fruit—strawberry, peach, orange. Nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, but without being overpoweringly either.

Feel: phenomenally smooth and creamy, light to medium in body, and fairly dry.

Overall: MBC does it again. This is damn near a perfect pale ale. So good—and this bottle was 38 days old! I can only imagine how glorious it would be ultra-fresh.

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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 mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/06/2014 printed on the label. So this is some pretty fresh beer right here, considering it came to me all the way from Maine. My third beer from Maine Beer Company, expectations are high given this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with some semi-clarity and some fine sediment in the glass. Three fingers of thick off-white foamy head with excellent staying power. Very rocky, like the head on a root beer float. The second pour is a much more cloudy orange.

S - The smell is bright, fresh, fruity, floral, and tropical. Notes of pine needles, oranges, mangoes, lemon, grass, and citrus peels. Smells very fresh and juicy.

T - The taste is on par with the nose, but the earthy bready malt and yeast have taken the front seat to the hops. Fruity hop bitterness - grapefruit, orange, lemon rinds, pine resin. All the flavors are in nice balance with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Easy-drinking with a moderate 6.00% abv. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation with the bottle conditioning.

Overall, a lovely example of the style. Lovingly crafted and executed. Perhaps the abv could stand to be toned down just a smidge, but otherwise, it is a wonderful beer, at a nice price point, in a nice single serving bottle. I would definitely drink this again; highly recommended.

Maine Beer Company MO ---4.5/5

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Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into two Sam Adams perfect pints.
date 3/25/14 - 2mths n 1 week. not bad fresh for out of state.

pours two fingers of beutifull head and leaves nice thick lacing.
smell is amazing tropical fruit and hop pine.
taste is the same. mouthfeel is lasting sweet balanced hoppy dankness. LOVE IT.

not sure but this may be the first beer I rated 5 across the board and I thought I was getting more conservative in my rating.

thanks to my bro John for sharing the spoils of his travels. highly reccomend.

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super drinkable and a great clean mouth feel. Not overly hoppy and not the typical tropical fruit bomb every other brewery is pushing out these days. At around 6% ABV you can have a few and not be disturbing the neighbors. Enjoyed this one sitting by the campfire on a cool night. I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/6/14

Appearance: Big head of about three fingers on the pour. Bold orange color with a murky transparency. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Below to average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Definitely big pine front. Crisp, sharp medium bodied fruits play well off the pine lead-in. Resinous pine continues to dominate into the body. A touch of a bready, caramelized malt body is found on the back end.

Taste: Surprising fruity front with highlights of melon, apricots, and tangerines. That tangerine sweetness continues to open up on the body and joins force with a bready malt backbone. Some mildly bitter pine is picked up on the body but isn't as big of a player as I expected after the aroma. The slightly dry finish give a great opportunity for the medium bodied fruits to continue to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant blast of fruits, malt, and some pine yields to a balanced finish which continues to allow those tones to showcase themselves. Carbonation is bright and adds a pleasant crisp texture while drinking.

Overall: Another fantastic offering from MBC. Would never hesitate to try an offering from these guys. Seek it out.

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Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/4/2014 bottle date poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw color with a foamy white one finger head that leaves an large amount of lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Strong hop notes of grapefruit and pine. A hint of sweet notes along the lines of mango, passion fruit and papaya.

T: Generic bitter citrus hop notes. Long, moderately dry and tart finish with notes of pine and citrus pith.

M: Moderately carbonated with a lingering dryness.

D: Highly drinkable, though I was disappointed that the sweeter fruit notes did not translate through to the taste. It's extremely fresh, crisp, which seems to be the trend with MBC beers.

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

A- cloudy golden hue. Big frothy ivory head (creamy like meringue). Very light lacing.

S- earthy, lightly floral, herbaceous, very piney and resinous.

T- some spice, fairly tart. Moderately bitter. Surprisingly, given the pine and resin nose, not much of that came through in the taste.

M- medium, crisp.

O- a solid beer. Good. Slightly disappointed as I'd never had a Maine Beer Co. beer and was really looking forward to it, given their reputation. I wouldn't argue with anyone who thinks it's great, but not worth having again, for me.

Cheers!

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, fresh, excellent balance. I could drink MO all night. This pale ale has the perfect amount of hoppiness to make me a happy guy.

Maine is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. I can't pass up the opportunity to try any of their beers. This one lives up to the small amount of hype built around it. Can't wait to have Lunch one day!!!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear gold with a white head and great retention. Very nice lacing.

A: Peach, Citrus and Pine dominate, a touch of toasty malt in the back and a very clean yeast character. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into big citrus and peach hops with some pine resin. Malt provides support in the flavor with some toastiness and candy-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely dry, ripping the moisture from your mouth. Hop flavors linger on the palate for some time.

Overall, an awesome APA, one of the best I have had. Very west-coast, even more so than a lot of west-coast beers. I would recommend this to any hophead looking for a fix.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

A light citrusy hop aroma, and a soft hint of sourness highlight the beer's smell..

A nice citrusy hop flavor with a mild level of bitterness and malt sweetness for balance,

The mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation and a nice clean finish.

Overall - A very solid pale ale.

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

hazy golden liquid, yellow-ish gold foam on top, but wow! what an aroma!!!! grapefruit, but with a hint of chocolate chip cookies.... yeah, I know that sounds a little wild. more sniffing and the toffee sweetness is going away...
very flavorful. very hoppy, in a pine and grapefruit way. nice mellow brew. very nice. a little bit of the simcoe/cat pee in the smell but it's not bad. the flavor imparts the same, but it's not bad. not getting the sweet aroma I first had in the taste and that aroma has long since subsided.. Lemon!

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful golden color.

S-Not much of an aroma compared to other ipa's but I guess it is a single

T-subtle, leaves an almost perfect after taste.

M-great mouthfeel, goes down extremely smooth.

O-overall really enjoyed this beer, would love to get my hands on a fresh one!

Bottled 3-11-14

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although the packaging might not be the most eye-catching or engaging, but within is a great beer. A light gold color with a thin head yet the smell was fantastic with hop and citrus notes in the nose. The taste was even better with well defined notes of hop through out with great flavors of lemon peel, banana, and I tasted notes of elderberry although those I was with said they didn't agree. One of my favorite kinds of beer, simple yet excellently crafted. It was a little thin for me but I thought this beer was great and would definitely recommend.

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

A very recent arrival to mercurial Calgary in April, four beers from this Maine brewery have appeared in my fridge thanks to a heads-up from my favorite neighborhood beer dealer wordemupg. Cheers brother. This is only round one and frankly things might have already plateaued based on how f'ing tasty this pale ale is. A somewhat cloudy yellow with orange and red tints, featuring a lively pour with a soapy white head managing to fill much of my shaker pint glass. Phenomenal head retention, stuff sits there like a milkshake. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and redolent with a hoppy spice. I get lychee and white grape, mango, orange, faint pineapple, kind of a gummy worms effect presumably from the crystal malts. An absolutely masterpiece on the palate, with uber-clean yeast, pine, grapefruit rind, peaches, and some weedy and catty notes all in a well-integrated interplay. Bitter but very clean, faint onion and pepper apparent from the IPA-level hopping regime but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Toasty caramel malts provide the backbone and the finish is leafy and a tad woody, with more citrus rind and tropical ghost notes lingering until the end. This could be the best American pale ale I've had to date, a hop-centric brew but with sublime malt balance and nary a flaw to be found.

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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 mynie
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle snagged at a liquor store in Albany, NY.

Pours sunshine golden with a bright white head. Smells like aggressive citrus hops with large, variegated citrus nodes including pineapple, grapefruit and orange, and this is balanced exceptionally well with a straight-up east coast malt profile that is super soft, round, and yeasty.

Tastes, thankfully, much like it smells. Excellent, excellent balance with the big aggressive hop nodes tied perfectly to warm, round malt by way of some amazing yeastmanship.

As wonderful as Maine's Lunch is, I think I like Mo a little bit better.

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