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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 Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Another fantastic looking beer from this brewery. Golden orange and hazy. 2 finger head and magnificent lacing and retention.

S- Fruity hops with a touch of funk. Lemon grass, mango, and tangerine. Some pine makes its way. Pale malts.

T- This raised my eyebrows a little bit. Has that "wow" factor. Follows nose well, but takes it up a couple notches. Balanced as can be with some nice spice thrown in.

M- Perfect summer beer body. Refreshing, smooth. Goes down great. Mid body bordering on light. Smooth. Perfectly carbonated. Dry.

O- My second of four Maine Beers enjoyed with my buddy that took a trip to the northeast. I am liking what I am trying so far. The body of this one is one of the best I've had in a pale ale. Hop forward, but balances out really well.

Bottled 6/4/13
Consumed 7/18/13
$7 for 500 ml bottle

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Photo of jvillefan
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: There is a perfect golden yellow body with a three finger ivory white head that hangs around for the length of the beer.

S: There is a citrus, grassy, and pine aroma the is very strong coming off the beer. Not much malt to speak of in the aroma.

T: The hops are spot on. A nice mixture between grassy, pine, and citrus with a heavy dose of bitterness. The issue I have with it is that is is lacking in the malt department. If the malt was better is would be a world class Pale Ale.

M: Nice and light as you would expect a pale ale to be. Great carbonation as well.

O: A very good Pale but the malt could come through in the nose and mouth.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA.

It's one thing to feel it, but it's another to do it. And with a Mo in Boston, Raul is straight feeling it! Kind of like Pliny's lil brotha (that's a good thing, my peeps), this thang is all kinds of hoppy, floral and nasty. Not nasty like the red eye I took from LA to get here; nasty like your mama at prom.


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Photo of LeRose
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with reddish hues. An inch or so of pure white foamy head that lingered and laced well. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Big citrus notes - couldn't really tell what kind of citrus. Didn't think it was grapefruit for sure from the aroma. While it smelled "nice", it wasn't really outstanding in the aroma.

Taste: The taste was clearly grapefruit-like much more than the aroma. Nice malty/caramel sweetness in the middle with some pine-like resin taste, then the citrus takes over again on the finish. A hint of green grassy flavor, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: A bit lively, but the carbonation was not aggressive. Sufficient to keep things clean. A medium body - not syrupy as it looked. Very clean with just a hint of grapefruit lingering behind.

Overall: a very tasty brew that is easy to drink and enjoy. Refreshing enough for a hot day. The only negative is the price, but I would buy this one again.

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Photo of adam42381
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 5/20/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium straw color with golden highlights and a huge 4 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: An excellent combination of sweet citrus with just a bit of pine and bitter citrus.

Taste: Pine and a touch of grapefruit up front followed by some pale malt and just a hint of sweet citrus in the middle before ending with another round of pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, yet long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a couple bottles without much difficulty.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is another one that walks a thin line between American Pale Ale and IPA, but I'm really liking it no matter how you classify it. I highly recommend checking it out.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Light translucent amber formed a killer two inch white head which dissipated to a heavy foam surface layer with dense though spotty lacing. Great! But let's face it, one should expect no less at $7 a pint.

s: Grapefruity citrus. Nice!

t: Citrus hops predominate, becoming more piney as quaffing proceeds. Refreshing.

m: Medium, smooth and easy-drinking. Clean aftertaste.

o: A top-notch pale ale which could easily pass for a medium-hopped IPA. Roughly on a par with Lagunitas IPA for taste, but heavier mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this, but considering the price, I'd pick Lagunitas IPA at 14 cents an ounce over this at 44 cents, or, bottlewise, at $10 per sixpack, 12 ounces of L-IPA would be $1.67, while Maine Mo would run $5.25 per 12 oz. Stuff us Scots take very seriously LOL.

I do have New England loyalties, but they only stretch so far. If Mo was the same price per pint bottle as Jack's Abby Hoponius Union, (about $3), I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it over the nationally distributed product mentioned above by that California brewery.

PS: Just drank the dregs which allegedly included the bottle conditioning yeast, and it was really smooth. Nice going, Maine brewers!

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Murky yellow-amber in color, slightly hazy with slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe oranges, weed, and a bit of peace.

Taste: Oranges, sweet malts, a bit of pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A delicious APA. Refreshing!

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Photo of RyanCave
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy, golden, looks like a hef, thick head that turns very whispy like finely beat egg whites. good lacing,

N: Lemon, Wheat, hay, grass, a bit tart

T: Pine, grass and hay, bitter aftertaste

M: Smooth, refreshing, good carbonation, cucumbery- light bodied and refreshing

O: this is a very good Pale Ale, very happy with it. low alcohol content which means its perfect for a hot summer day. I can see enjoying this next to the ocean or pool. I will absolutely buy this again, and I'm very lucky to have it close to me now, but will seek it out when I move

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Photo of thecheapies
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Drink within 90 days of stamped born on date." Stamped, "060413". 16.9 ouncer poured into a pint glass.

I overdid it on the pour. I didn't realize this thing wants to gush all over, and I didn't use care. I ended up with a glass of half beer, half foam. That head ain't budgin', either. Locking onto the walls of the glass, we can see some excellent lacing here from this one. The color of the beer is a hazy golden amber. I wasn't too gentle where I didn't get an occasional particle in the beer here and there.

Bright citrusy and semi-tropical fruit hops all up in this nose! Grapefruit, tangerine, sour mango, and hints of lime all knock on the door of piney-ness and bust in the door. Or, out the foam. There's still a dry and sturdy toasted malt background that fully-realizes the nose of this beer. An exceptional bundle of aromas from an American Pale Ale. MO is kicking ass, so far.

Dry, crisp, hoppy, and refreshing. Loads of great grapefruit pith, citrus rind, and tropical fruit flavors. Hints of floral and pine hops make brief entrances and even more brief exits. Finishes with a dry citrusy twist, pulling out with some lemon and lime. Toasty and crackery pale malts is the other fine half of this beer; super-dry and clean and free from sweeter caramel malt or toffee-like distractions. It wouldn't work with these leafy green hops. No resinous nature here. No dankness. Just a super fresh pale ale with nearly unmatchable quality. Already sold.

Medium body, which seems slightly weight due to the style it falls under. That carbonation is great. You bite through a stocky, but soft, layer of foam before delving into some underlying sudsiness that is tight and blends in with a smooth viscosity.

This is unreal for a pale ale. I've never had Zombie Dust, but the bar has just been raised yet again. My girlfriend and I, we love MO. I absolutely would've brought more than one bottle home from that Total Wine in Fair Fax, Virginia; only, they didn't have more than one. Here's hoping I stumble upon a bounty of this particular brew. For someone who is not big on American Pale Ales, I'd stock the fridge with this all summer. I couldn't imagine getting sick of this.

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Photo of GJ40
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500 ml bottle in a standard pint glass. Dated "060413".

A - Golden with a slight haze and a thick off white head.

S - Fantastic aroma with loads of citrus, pineapple and mango.

T - A firm citrusy bitterness from start to finish. Lingers nicely. It leans toward the dry side; maybe too dry.

M - Moderate consistency with a high carbonation of fine, at times piercing, bubbles. They interfered a bit.

O - A solid west coast style pale ale.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine MO is a very hoppy APA without particularly strong malt. I kinda wish there was more malt there to balance the hops.

A: Orange colour and a big 3 cm head with strong, visible carbonation. Looks great! 5

S: Nice citrus hop aroma and some noticeable maltiness too. 4

T: The main flavour is strong piney, grassy hops. There isn't much malt there to balance it. Still nice though. 3.75

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of Mikecap
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a very light gold with a thin whitish head that fades quickly, leaving lacing along the sides of my pint glass. Carbonation is clearly noticeable.

Smell: Not as much as I expected but there are some grassy notes with some citrus fruit undertones. Decent smell to it but doesn't beg me to taste.

Taste: Citrus fruit, maybe some lemon and tangerine, but this could benefit from some more hoppy character in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for an APA with slight creaminess and a lot of carbonation. Goes down fairly easily.

Overall: This is only the second beer I've tried from Maine Beer Company and it definitely doesn't live up to the hype for me. It was ok, but definitely not something I'll rush to try again. I'll take SNPA over this all day.

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Photo of Boto
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear golden color. There was a rather large fizzy head on it that lingered a bit and left some lacing. It has a nice nose: a lot is going on there. Get some apricot, spices, pine notes as the main players. The taste is very good. Just a hint of the apricot, and a bit of bitterness. Hints of citrus and pine. Good malt body behind it, with no sweetness coming through. Glad to see their beers making it past the borders now!

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazes faint apricot colored with a firm head of tight foam that lingers long and settles out slowly. Inviting aroma of citrus and honey, some pine. Flavor matches the nose, very citrusy, full of tangerine and melon, hints of mint, sappy pine, grapefruit rind and honey. Finishes dry, pine and orange rind itch lingers. Great beer, pretty hoppy for a pale ale.

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Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 5/21/13, enjoyed on 7/1/13

The beer pours a nice, clean, copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A finger or two or white, soapy head rises up and has great retention and leaves a lovely network of webbed lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, wildflower, light pine and sweet pale malt, really balanced, really well integrated. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, on the tongue with great earthy pine and wildflower qualities with some crisp spiciness before a smooth, sweet malt profile takes over the finish. The body is crisp and bubbly, with higher than average carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A damn fine APA from Maine Beer Company, bright, vibrant with a great earthy balance. It's clean, simple and refreshing, yet easily satisfies any hop craving.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of grassy hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easy, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to pound down for a whole evening.

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Photo of dougfur
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color, a bit hazy with a solid head. Great looking beer! The smell is not even close to over powering, but it's nice; just a light, citrusy hop smell; classic american pale ale. The taste is nice too, but the citrusy side of the hops is muted a bit and instead you get more bitterness that I would expect in a beer of this style. Still, it's a great tasting beer. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but fine. All in all, a very nice apa. It actually reminds me of Founders All Day, but it's more bitter, has less hop aroma and taste, and it costs about 3 times as much. That's why, even though I'd be happy to drink this beer again, I probably won't.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KalH for this bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Bright gold in color with mild haze, and a huge fluffy white head atop significant visible carbonation.

S: Resinous pine, citrus pith, grassy, a bit of spice hops, and a base of cracker malt.

T: Resin, grass, bitter citrus with some tropical fruits and melon. A more sizeable cracker malt presence then expected. Moderate bitterness into the hang.

M: Light bubbly body, just a bit of alcohol warmth.

O: Very, very well done. Yet another offering from MBC that impresses me.

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Photo of Amalak
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. A caramel orange color, a bit hazy but see-through for the most part. There are some bubbles coming up. A white head with some limited lacing.

S. Very hoppy scent, some citrus.

T/M. It has a nice pale ale hoppiness to it, with a citrus undertone. Perhaps a peach or a mango flavor in there as well. Carbonated and medium bodied. A bit dry.

O. It has something of a similar feel as a Heady Topper, but more reserved. Very refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 3/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors.

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Photo of harrymel
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 16APR13 (best by mid July)

Nice honey colored ale with a solid, persistent quilt of soapy whites atop. Nose is pretty simple, some resin, some pine, some grapfruit pith, and light english malting. Taste follows suite with some decent bitterness, a good resiny, piney, PNW-ey character and a sweet tea malt backbone. Tastes more English aggressive than APA to me, but I dig. Medium bodied with fluffy carb and an off dry finish. Not sure what the price is on this, but on tap at average prices, I'd probably slam a good several annually (with one night probably being pretty top heavy)

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy lemony orange with a frothy head of soft foam that would not go away. Fell to some crags and great lace. Nose was pine, sweet citrus, tangerine, candy sugar, toffee malt, and a little pepper. A little soap too. Taste was juicy citrus. Grapefruit rinds and pithy lemon, a tad astringent, and peppery. Nutty toasted malt and finished with lots of floral, dry and bitter and somewhat thin. It was worth trying and I liked it but not as much as everyone else.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Greywulfken
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy pale amber in a pint; bigas-you-want-it head of dense ivory foam; laced the inside of the glass and retained a scummy looking pile of head all the way down

S: lots of citrusy-style hops - grapefruit-ish and floral predominantly, but with herbal and earthy notes as well

T: a hop-dominated drink - very crisp and moderately bitter, with subtle malt backbone; pine creeps through into the grapefruit hops; slight musky aftertaste

M: moderate carbonation and medium body; bitter grapefruit-like aftertaste; smooth with a drying finish

O: a well-done APA; a workingman's beer - nothing to fancy, just well-made, suitable for bars, BBQs and boating, and all forms of outdoor action.

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

A: Pours an unfiltered yellow to orange. Thick frothy head is at least 2 fingers deep. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus - grapefruit, fresh earthy hops, inviting.

T: Really nicely balanced and flavored pale ale. A touch of malts, but dominated by a nice fresh hop flavor although not over the top.

M: Carbonation is very fine and frothy. Light enough for summer and just a tad strong for session but easily could enjoy more than one.

O: Excellent.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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