MO | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Just after opening our brewery, working long nights, weekends, and still maintaining our day jobs, my brother Daniel (the brewer) had twins. Cheers to his courage and dedication to making better beer.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an HF pint glass.

Right off the bat, another solid Maine Beer Company beer. These guys know what the fuck they're doing Pours a brilliant, transparent gold hue with a nice two finger head with some decent lacing. The smell has a very lovely hop aroma with some stellar citrus and pine. The taste is just sublime. Seriously...MBC knows what it's doing. Excellent balance of all components across the board. The mouthfeel too is slick as hell. This could EASILY be a go to beer for me. I can't wait to see what else these guys have going on. This may be better than both Lunch AND Zoe, to me. Incredible.

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Photo of ms11781
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 02/23/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dull orangish color. A huge, creamy white head develops and sticks around for nearly the entire time it took to finish the beer. The head probably gets a low as about a finger and just sits there. There is literally a gob of foam left on the bottom of the glass after the beer is finished. There is also thick lacing that is left on the glass.

The nose is full of excellent citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit are prominent. There is a touch of pine and some grassy notes. The beer smells very fresh and green. Some bready malt comes through to balance the hops. Excellent nose.

The taste follows along with the nose extremely closely. Big citrus hops, the same orange and grapefruit, come across first and are the biggest aspect of the taste. Bready malt, slight grassiness and a bit of pine all come on in equal parts before a pleasant, slightly bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer is very smooth and has a creamy feel to it. It feels a bit lighter than it probably is in actuality.

This is an excellent beer. With the amount of hops and 6% ABV this is borderline IPA territory. I suppose it's whatever the brewer calls it but if I had it blind I'd call it an IPA. Either way it's a great example of a clean, hoppy beer that could be a mess if it wasn't done properly.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of greenengineer
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into my Maker's Mark snifter
A - good head lingers, pale yellow/orange clear, not cloudy
S - fresh hops smell, flowery, fragrant. It smells like chewing on a hop pellet.
T - bitter hoppy taste, not much else. lots of hop, tastes like chewing on hop pellets too. very dry.
M- a little thin
O - decent, but it smells better than it tastes. Extra points for local and 1% for the planet

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Photo of MaxAdvo
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Perilousleigh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for the bottle!

Pours a murky unfiltered dark orange/brown with a big pillowy white head and sticky lacing.

Nose is very sweet fresh citrus. It's like I'm smelling an orange. Quite unique and pleasant.

Taste is similar although the citrus is a bit more subdued. Good light floral bitterness through and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect for the style.

A little bit undercarbonated, but the mouthfeel is good especially for a beer of smaller stature.

Very good beer and maybe the best I've had from Maine so far. Very glad I got to try this.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Hollie for this one! I could instantly smell the citrus when I cracked it.

Poured into chalice. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed dull golden orange.

Aroma: A massive amount of hops and citrus. Grapefruit, oranges, and clementimes. I get some floral hops and a light amount of caramel with some bready malts.

Taste: Very citrusy to start things out. All kinds of fruits. Grapefruit, oranges, and maybe some blood orange. Some bready malts with a caramel sweetness that shoes up in the backgound. Floral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a great APA. I have been impressed 2 out of 2 times with this brewery. Their hoppy stuff is legit. Very flavorful and very drinkable. This is right up there with TH APAs for me.

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Photo of ale207
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 3/4" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head rises and lasts above the rim, with coating lasting lace. Aroma is a little skanky hops, citrus and pine.

Taste is sweet pale malts to start, citrus in the middle, with ample pine through the close. Mouthfeel is so smooth, and drinkability is great. Price is somewhat prohibitive for an APA, but if I don't think about when I'm drinking, it's so good that it's all worth it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 02/23/12, about 2.5 weeks old.

A: A hazy golden-orange pour with a huge effervescent white head atop it. Retention is top notch, it takes forever to fade away. Lacing up and down the glass.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Some mild tropical fruit. Sweet.

T: Lots of sweet orange and a little bitter grapefruit mixed in. A hint of bready malt.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a touch drying in the aftertaste.

O: I don't know how Maine Beer keeps doing it, but they do. This is a borderline IPA but focused better on balance and drinkability. Flavors compliment each other wonderfully and makes this another great addition to their lineup. This one falls somewhere between Lunch and Peeper and fits in perfectly.

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Photo of DanK4
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's pint glass, bottled Feb. 23.

A: Pours a nice yellow-gold, thick creamy white head that lingers around for quite a bit. A nice stream of carbonation going on, more of a golden-orange once settled. Hazy, but not opaque.

S: Nice hop profile, definitely some citrus notes going on. Smells sweet, even better- smells fresh. Fantastic orange-grapefruit action going on.

T: Just the right bite of hops for an APA, nothing over the top but definitely not hidden. Such a well balanced taste- citrus notes claim their stake on the palate, hop profile hits all areas, nice light malty tones. By no means a "mealy" beer, I could definitely make this my session beer. Well balanced with a great finish, grapefruit notes go beyond the palate and hit the sinus as well which I found interesting.

M: Medium bodied beer, fantastic drink that won't slow you down. Finishes fantastic, leaves your mouth watering for more APA goodness.

O: Definitely recommend this one, too good to pass up for the price. I've had APA's twice the price that were a quarter as good, definitely a score for MBC.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from HiphopIpa -Thanks Hollie.

Poured into Duvel tulip , 2012 new release

A: Pours a hazy orange/golden yellow with three finger head that descends into a thick frothy off white lacing,great carbonation.

S: Hops , citrus , lemongrass ,malt.

T: Smooth hops that are not overly bitter with a clean citrus / lemon zest , sweet malts .

O: A very solid American Pale Ale that has a clean aftertaste ,
I could easily polish off a few of these in a setting.
Well done Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of marshmeli
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL bottle marked with a bottled on date of Feburary 23, 2012. Served chilled from the refrigerator in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really thick and creamy, two finger white head. The head holds really well and doesn't recede quickly at all. Clear and golden yellow in color. Looks like the ideal pour.

Aroma: Nice some citrusy and fruity hop notes. Sweet tropical fruit notes throughout. Not much in the way of malt character.

Taste: Really nice bright tropical hop character. Lots of mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some light malt sweetness balances out the fruity hop notes. Nicely balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with some light carbonation. Nice and creamy.

Overall, a really nicely balanced pale ale with some great citrus hop notes. The hops are really delicate and offer some great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer. It seems everything they is quality and top notch for the style, even if its just a pale ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle 2/23/2012 bottling date poured into duvel tulip

A - slightly opaque copper body with lots of visible carbonation on closer inspection. billowing foamy white head three fingers thick coats the glass the whole way down.

S - pine, orange peel, grapefruit dominate the nose. earthiness hides in the back.

T - earthiness comes in first with some grain. orange peel, grapefruit, pine and grass hops comes in towards the end.

M - medium to full bodied for the style. lots of carbonation which works with it. finishes dry with some hop bite lingering.

O - another fantastic offering from maine beer company. definitely up their with my favorites by them.

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

A-yellow to golden hazy color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-nice floral and tropical fruit aromas with some malt

T-tropical fruit and malt with some grassy flavor and nice hops

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid pale ale that compliments their line nicely

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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