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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 johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a huge white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of stickies on the side of the glass. Aromas of citrus fill the air as soon as I tilt the bottle toward the glass. Pine and resin with a hint of bread round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is light bread, cracker and a hint of seltzer water with a nice pine and grapefruit flavor going on. There's a solid shot of bitterness in this one, I'm guessing because the body is a bit light to stand up to the massive hopping here. Moderate level of carbonation with a watery and resinous mouthfeel. This is a really nice pale ale, but I would have liked a bit more body especially with the heavy dose of hops in here.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into my Three Floys's glass. Pale golden color with a thick, rocky, white head to it. It's got a little unfiltered haze to it. Nice lacing as well. Great looking APA.

Aroma has a fresh, zesty citrus. I get some tropical fruit notes to it, which really like. A little bit of pale malts show through, but the hops are the real draw. Really nice hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste follows through with more of the juicy, tropical fruit notes up front. The finish shows a little more citrus rind bitterness to it. The finish is dry and the juicy hops linger nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall. The hoppiness was really nice, especially the juicy tropical notes. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer. Great APA overall.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, 11/10/12, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange color with a four finger white head.

S- Hoppy, floral hops and some citrus hops, bready malt backbone.

T- Less hoppy than the nose, floral hops, some citrus, pepper/pine, bready malts, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid Pale Ale that is worth trying. Finally can buy MBC near me and can't wait to try more of their beers and be able to buy this again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1645th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip

Bottled 9-16-12
Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A dark orange with some yellow running throughout. A bit clear with a 2 finger of pure white head that just stays put as the beer falls. Huge webbing and cling. Not as good as Peeper but close.

Smell- A nice soft but assertive aromatic profile. This has a large amount of tropical citrus but yet retains a good hop note with only a touch of bitter and a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Taste the follows the nose but just tastes a little better. This is a bit more in line with a bigger "Hoppy Birthday" from Alpine. or a "Zombie Dust" from FFF. A good amount of flavors but just brewed a bit bigger. Floral, Citrus, a little bitter. with some good tropical notes and a balanced pine flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very clean profile. Residual flavors are of piney hops and tinges of citrus.

Drink- Just a very good beer. Right on par with ZD and Hoppy Birthday in the hoppy pale ale category. Super refreshing. Would love more of this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #11 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on This beer is far better than everyone told me so. Shame on all of you for not liking beer. Served with sediment (sorry Maine). Beer is yellow and amber with a yeast based haze, nice one finger / two finger tight white head, small bubbles. Lots of lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is very hoppy, fruity, floral, strong aroma, a little biscuit.

The hops are a little clashy on the palate, there is simultaneously a strong fruity hoppy sense with this other pine hop flavors, they don't play well really well but it is still a good beer. I'd ditch the pine hops and just make a second pale ale with those hops. Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter at the back, a good beer, minimal malt character, no sweetness. I'd have this again. Especially on draft.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a grey-amber 16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 111612 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Hazy peach-apricot with 1-2 fingers of white sticky head with good retention and plenty of hanging lace blobs.

S: The aroma is out-of-this-world for an APA with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit followed with good dose of pine and floral as well. The malt is mildly bready and crackery but takes a backseat to the hops. Very clean without much yeast character.

T: The flavor is excellent as well with luscious tropical fruit flavors cut with some pine and bit more grassiness than you catch in the nose. It closes with some floral hops notes as well. The malt bill is pretty straightforward and lends some crackery notes mainly. Again, yeast character is minimal to none. The bitter is low-moderate but right on the money,

M: The mouthfeel is very good as well with light body and medium-dry finish and a moderate carbonation that keep the beer lively without messing with the smoothness -- any more carb would be prickly.

O: A fine beer that I think is benefiting from the freshness -- under 3 weeks since bottling. Delicious with a lot of hops aroma and flavor with relatively low bitterness and ample maltiness to support the pleasant hoppiness. There is a fair amount of dry hopping with Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe I would guess by the bright nose and flavor. Great job Maine Beer. I like this one even better than Peeper which was also quite good. This is probably one of my top 5 APAs -- drinks very much like an Extra Pale Ale because it is very light but with more layered hoppiness.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very bright, clear yellow orange color with a two fingered creamy head that dies down to an even, thick creamy layer across the top.

S - Oranges, passionfruit, grapefruit tropical zest, and pine. The malt is subtle and biscuity.

T - The tropical fruit is zesty (don't know how else to better describe it), pine bitterness with a little bit of fresh earthiness finishes the experience. The pine & citrus coats the mouth and lingers for a good while.

M - Light medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Way hopped up for a Pale Ale and I love it! The hop presence is something you would encounter in an IPA or with some higher alcohol beers. Lighter bodied, crisp, and at 6% I could drink these all day. Hop Heads, seek this one out.

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

16 oz bottle, bottled on 11-16-12, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nearly clear golden color, produces a big creamy three-fingered white head, has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Very nice aroma, lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit, some pine and faint pale malt in the background.

T- Nice tropical hop flavor similar to the nose, some pine and grass, some pale malt lends a bit of sweetness. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M- On the light side of medium, has a nice creamy feel.

O- A really nice pale ale, very light and drinkable with some really nice hop flavors going on, so far I haven't had a single beer from Maine Beer Co that I haven't really enjoyed.

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Photo of Jayli
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours with a hazy golden body, and a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is mango and pineapple fruitiness, mingled with a burst of piney, earthy hops, and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste is big piney, earthy notes punctuate the forefront of this beer. These big pine notes hang around for a while, mingling in to a nice light caramel malt sweetness in the middle. Finish is a massive dose of grapefruit mingled with lighter mango and tangerine flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium to higher carbonation, dry finish with a prickling of carbonation at the end.

O: Goes does easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. Perhaps a bit hoppier than typical APA's, though works really well for this beer.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red-gold body with a huge, fluffy white head.

Nose is juicy hops. Sweet and fruity. Just a tremendous treat for the nose.

Balanced, creamy malt body with a crisp, clean hop finish.

Clean mouthfeel with a slightly chalky finish.

Overall, a great brew. Glad I finally opened this one.

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

On tap at Pony Bar. One of the best APAs of recent memory, really a tremendously tasty and elegant beer. Pours lightly hazed, near clear, and yes, pale, gold, which I appreciated. These are always too dark to be called "pale" so I like that MBC actually made a beer that lives up to the name. About a finger of slowly settling white head with some attractive lacing sticking to the glass.

You know this is gonna be a good one as you get a whiff; tons of lovely hops burst forth, little in the way of detectable malt to distract from the panoply of tropical fruits, pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine. The flavor follows suit; there's a touch of dry biscuity malt underneath, but it's all lovely and crisply defined tropical and citrus fruit hop flavors with remarkably restrained bitterness. Finish is also dry with a medium length lingering aftertaste of pineapples and mangos.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth feel. Drinks just about perfect for this style. Very impressive. These guys are doing excellent, really top-notch work.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle stamp is 8/12/12 which puts this at about 3 months old. I threw this in the fridge and consumed it within 24 hours of seeing it for the first time on a shelf. I really wish I could get at least one of these hoppy Maine Beer Co bottles fresher... The brew appears a hazed golden copper with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap slowly fades leaving thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain just shy of a finger throughout the entire duration.

The aroma contains hop character smelling somewhat zesty like orange. Hints of herbal components are also present with a soft grainy character and mild hint of cheese. The malt is bready and brings with it a hint of sweetness that uplifts the fruited quality of hops that at this point are also started to smelling a bit perfume-like and floral.

The flavor has plenty of hop attributes tasting of the previously described orange zest and minor accenting grapefruit appeal. A hint of cheese and sulfur blend with a cheesy note. The malt is present with a toasty to bready or biscuit quality that while maybe focused a bit more than I would like, is still fitting and appealing in the style. As the brew warms up, the hop aspect really draws into more of an herbal quality with a touch of grass.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is effervescent yet it is soft enough on the tongue to not distract and help move the flavors across the tongue. The 6% abv is very well integrated and overall this is a pretty solid pale ale. Again, I can only image that this brew is pretty awesome the fresher it is. Since this is the freshest I have been able to get one, I can only call it as it is. It is good and I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose. No questions asked if it was fresher than 3 months old of course.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with about three fingers of white head that lingered from quite some time. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, sweet citrus scents popped right out as I poured the beer, no need to put my nose to the glass for this one.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to light bodied. Taste was amazing! Bittersweet hops and citrus. Left a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: What a spectacular brew, Maine Beer Company needs to keep it up, all the beers from them so far have wowed me in being some of the best so far! Definatly will have this one again.

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

Tawny-straw colored pour. Fluffy white head on top.

Sticky pine hop resin on the nose, pungent hop aroma.

Flavor is light, spritzy and bursting with hoppy citrus with some more pine thrown in. Light but smooth mouthfeel punctuated with bubbly hop bitterness.

Full frontal flavor bud assault from the hops but it cleans up just enough to keep from drying out the palate from the bitterness. Loaded with pine/citrus hops, more than enough to sate the hop fiend.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with amber hues and a thin head into my glass. Bright and a bit cloudy at the same time.

Light and fluffy with a splash of citrus upfront. A touch of pine lingers underneath and there appears to be a good malt background to tie everything together.

Citrus and pine notes carry over to the flavor, contributing to a mild bitterness that caresses the tongue.

That same bitterness lingers in a reduced capacity. The carbonation is strong and sticks around afterward, which to me is unwanted. I'd prefer it to fade completely.

A decent pale ale that is well worth checking out....fresh that is (if you read the bottle). It certainly shows but the carbonation bothers me. Then again, it could just be me and not the beer itself. Another solid offering from MBC!

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Photo of divineaudio
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 8/12/12. courtesy of valdieu2. wine glass.

a - pours a deep golden shade, slightly hazy, with a few streams of bubbles visible. gave me a two finger, sudsy, off white head that calmed slowly to a tin cap. webby lacing.

s - strawberry! also orange, grapefruit, honey, fresh cut grass and toasted bread. an absolutely wonderful aroma here.

t - lightly toasted malt character with faint citrus notes. a milder, piney bitterness creeps up slowly. finishes slightly dry.

m - medium in body, carbonation level, and co2 profile. slightly sticky.

o - a pretty nice beer overall, but i wish the taste and feel were on par with the smell. really, this seems to compete with most non-west coast ipas to me. worth buying if you come across it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip; bottled on 8/12/12

Body sits a golden orange with a fluffy, off-white cap, with a good amount of clinging lace. Some small sip marks inside the glass. The aroma is of undercooked biscuits and light earth, with some tropical fruits over top. The hops seemed a little overpowered by the malt; like they are struggling for a little bit of the spotlight. On the palate, tropical fruits (pineapple, papaya, and mango) make a run early, before a sweeping rush of biscuity malt and soft earth. The finish is mildly bitter and lightly sweet from the tropical fruits. This is a nice APA. Well-balanced. Highly drinkable, and even though this is 6%, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Bottled on 06/26/12
Consumed on 09/18/12

Burnt gold with 4 fingers of fluffy head. Big fluffy clouds of lacing. Cloudy with moderate carbonation.

Sugar coated navel oranges, lemon juice and caramel. Hints of pineapple and papaya.

Candy like caramel malts, sugar coated navel oranges and lemon wedges. Light notes of papaya and pineapple. A hint of pine needle and grapefruit zest.

Medium, silky, smooth and slightly drying.

An incredible APA! Maine Beer Co. really knows what they're doing with their hoppy beers. This, along with Peeper, are some of the best examples of what a Pale Ale can be.

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus white creamy head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt blend, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, a little malts thrown in, nice citrus and slight pine note. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of Googs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to pick a bottle of the MO up. One of the final beers from Maine Beer Company I have to try. I'm a big fan.

A: Pale honey, amber body. Medium-Small head and a good amount of lacing along the glass.

S: A sweet smelling ale with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Great hop smell- earthy, floral and full of citrus. Very inviting, let's get down to business.

T: Very hoppy APA and just great. Bitter upfront and with that, I'm getting a lot of what I got in the smell, tropical and citrus fruit. Followed by a nice, sweet biscuity flavor. Well balanced despite it's hoppyness. It really could pass as an IPA. As it warms, the flavors become more pronounced. Nicely done.

M: Fairly light and crisp, drinkable. Carbonation is light, makes for a refreshing APA. Finishes with that bitter-sweet citrus and leaves a very nice after taste in the mouth.

O: Another job well done by Maine Beer Company. Some might find the $8 expensive for the bottle, but I find it well worth it. I think it's somewhat similar to the Peeper Ale and would like to do a tasting side by side to find those subtle differences. Pick this up if you can.

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

A: pale straw color with a hint of orange and a good sized head that leaves a layer on top for the duration.

S: ranges with tropical fruits, some earthy tones, and a bit of pepper along with a malty sweet smell.

T: doesn't live up to the smell as it has more focus on the earthy tones, but still encompasses all the flavors of the smell with more malt.

M: good standard for the mouthfeel of a pale ale

O: it's a solid beer that is just not worth $5 for a 16.9 ounce bottle when Zombie Dust can be had for $10-12 for a six pack. Still, a good one-off buy, and recommended to try once for an interesting hop medley.

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Photo of CHickman
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a big snow white 2 finger head that was full of tight bubbles, barely moved and dissipated slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like an IPA.

Smells of juicy tangerine and grapefruit up front, followed by lemon, pineapple, citrus hops, biscuit or Ritz cracker, light caramel and floral hops; this nose is wonderful for a pale ale and would even be wonderful for an IPA. The citrus aroma is soft, sweet and like a fresh wet hop is in the glass; an outstanding smelling APA.

Tastes like guava or pineapple juice up front, with a big burst of citrus hops and a mix of orange, grapefruit, lemon, starfruit, piney hops, grains, biscuit, buttery cracker, mild toffee, a dash of brown sugar, flowers, floral hops, herbs or hop leafs, and very mild spices like pepper; the grains show up more after the beer slides down and mix with the citrus bitterness quite well to make this basically perfectly balanced for me. This is a very hopped up APA and so full of juicy citrus flavors that it could be an IPA. Each sip gets better and better and more complex, like the brew is dancing on your tongue.

Mouthfeel was very light and zesty, with light fizzy carbonation that slid down easily and smoothly across the tongue, leaving a semi-dry bitter citrus finish that had a grainy presence and left a great aftertaste. The beer feels light overall yet is packed with flavor and very impressive in every way.

The only knock on this beer was that it’s expensive (around $8 for a 16 oz bottle), but after the last sip it justified the price as this was an excellent beer. Maine Beer Company is 3 for 3 in my book, with all 3 beers that I’ve tried from this brewer have been excellent. A very high recommendation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crystal clear yellow-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, bright white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of resiny, bitter, pungent green hops with piney overtones. Smells delicious! Flavors are heavily roasted, with a bitter overtone that is undercut by a citrus and bready backbone. Both lemon zest and buttery biscuit support the heavy dose of hops character, that quickly gives way to an effervescent, light, crisp aftertaste. The flavors are so huge initially that it almost seems like it disappears on the backend. Clean, crisp finish makes this beer an incredibly easy drinker. Nicely put together, but a little abrupt on the ending.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a nice big creamy head that pusses down to a rocky finger’s width, leaving slight spots and clouds of sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and torrential with bubbles of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. This beer smells fat and juicy. It is drizzling with citrus, mango, pine, and slight pineapple. There is a great buttery biscuit smell lying below the fruity hops and giving the beer a great body. This smell is very enticing. The beer tastes like a mellower version of the smell, but it’s a little disappointing. The initial sip dances with some of those wonderful hops but rushes away quickly and is replaced by vegetal bitters. The taste overall is bitter and average. There is a great bitter taste at the middle with a little stale biscuit taste that lasts in the mouth and reminds me of a bitter earthy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety, sitting quite nicely on the tongue and leaving the mouth with a nice skim of saliva and a little dry. The only problem is the earthy, almost vegetal bitter aftertaste that tingles through the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good APA that is hurt by its aftertaste. The smell is to die for and might be my new favorite smell, but the taste doesn’t quite follow up. This is another good offering from Maine Beer Company but my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried; to be fair I must admit that APA’s are not my favorite. This beer is definitely worth a try and smell and continues the excellence that this nano-brewery has developed.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky orangy-gold with a big thick cake of a head -- at first. This dissipates to a skim and a ring, but no lace. Looks like a dirty beer. I'm probably a bit harsh here in my rating, but it still stands.

Nice pine and grapefruit nose, some toasted malt.

Big hop flavor up front. Pine, citric rind. The malt is lean and dry -- this drinks like a hoppy lager. Looking for fruit and I'm not getting it. Who cares. Very drinkable with grain husk bitterness, hop bitterness, and some pure bitter notes. Interesting mix.

Medium body. Nice tingle on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer. I can see this pairing well with food, although I didn't here. My only beef is that...this seems very familiar. This beer is in a good high tier, but is very similar to others. I don't know if I could pick it out from some similar brew. It lacks that unique edge that makes you say -- that's a Maine Beer Co brew. I know I'm nitpicking. Overall, these brewers have put together another great beer. A real winner. Try this.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.
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