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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: 442 | Ratings: 3,078
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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Photo of emount91
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear yellow/amber color, carbonation seen, foamy head. smell is very light citrus, some light mango or peach on the back end with an equally as light bready malt. taste is a little heavier than smell on the peach/mango but is quickly cut short and made clean by the citrus and malt which are balanced. clean and bright mouthfeel. and yet other decent beer from MBC.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 120115. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy hops, tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, pine hops and some bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel and a bit of floralness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. It's easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think it's a good citrusy pale ale, glad I got to try this one! I'd certainly drink this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottled into a pint glass. Half inch or so of foam that slowly dissipated into a ring of bubbles. Slightly piney and dank aroma. Tastes the same with some subtle citrus, not overly bitter, just a good balance. Feels like a bigger beer than it is. Very well done, just wish it was a little more economical.

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

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle dated 12/01/15 poured into a tulip on 1/21/16. Bottle recommends consumption within 90 days of date printed.

Look: Pours semi-translucent honey color with quarter-finger of bright white head. Significant and immediate lacing upon its resolution. Very gentle agitation brings forth significant and very fluffy head that retains well. Tons and tons of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, almost cloyingly so. Reminds me a little bit of apple cider or apple juice. Fairly malty. Faint hint of pine and resin. Other fruit notes for sure; citrus and stone fruits. Very interesting, each whiff was a bit different, especially as it warmed.

Taste: Malts predominate upfront. Biscuity and fairly sweet. Bit of grapefruit and citrus. Pine and resin with lemon linger afterwards.

Feel: Quite carbonated, medium mouthfeel. Wonderful finish. Incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Crisp but not dry. I'm having a hard time describing it.

Overall: An incredibly balanced and satisfying experience. Better than the sum of its parts for sure. My first beer from Maine Beer Company and definitely not my last.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/29/2016 enjoyed 1/21/2016 in a stemless wine glass.

Look - Lighter orange depending on how cold or at what angle you look at it. Thick medium bubbled white head settles to more than a ring. Lacing is strong.

Smell - Musty hop. Light bread. Very light citrus.

Taste - Musty. Malty. Hoppy. Not that citrusy.

Feel - Not too carbonated as the head would signify. Creamy than water. Dry.

Overall - This is my type of ale. Musty, bitter enough, and lighter citrus.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a maize color with a white near-fluffy head and lacing.

This is the second in a line of five beers and I'm getting an impressive display of hop freshness so far.

Tangerine, passionfruit and dank hops on the nose translates to fresh dew, biscuit or saltine cracker and a hint of lime on the tongue.

The bitterness builds a bit, but at the end of the night, I think this is my favorite of Maine's offerings.

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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 BeerAndGasMasks
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours amber with a small head. The citrus smell of hops entices the nose, followed by the malt and a gentle push of hops. Enjoyable!

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,078 ratings.
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