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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Ratings: 3,275 |  Reviews: 479
Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Like every other Maine Beer, this one is a beauty. Hazy honey/orange. Bubbles feverishly rise. Huge head of creamy froth. Laces like a dream too. Pretty.

S-Oh yeah. Huge wallop of tropical fruit hoppiness. Really aromatic. Behind the pineapple, mango, and citrus is a delicious bready malt. Loving the nose on this hop forward APA.

T-Glorious hops. Fruity and ripe. Citrus and a surprisingly grassy hop finish. Malt is sweet and loafy. Great balance with the sweet and the green. This one will go down incredibly quick. Great flavor.

M-Lighter bodied with plenty of bubbles. Juicy feeling. Sessionable of course.

O/D-Overall this is a great brew, but I may like Peeper better in terms of an APA. I like the malt profile more in Peeper. This however is oh so far from a slouch. I love Maine Beer. This is another addition that makes me so thankful to be able to drink such a quality brew!

Had on-tap @ Blind Tiger NYC

Nose is phenomenal! Just as good, if not better than I remember it being. A Pale Ale I could drink until the end of my days. One of the top 2-3 best smelling beers I have come across.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big amounts of hop aroma and pours lighter than I would have thought. Looks on the grey side of tan.

Aroma is blatant hops and citrus.

I thought this was pretty bitter for a pale ale and tasted more like a ipa light.

Good beer, tasted some galaxy hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Auror
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this last week, but I don't have the bottle in front of me to check the bottle date. Poured into Kate the Great snifter

Appearance- Poured a dark gold hue with medium head. Surprisingly good head retention.

Smell- Tropical fruits all the way, similar to Lunch. A little bit of bread. Smell is actually subtler than I anticipated, but Lunch is one of my favorite smelling beers, so anything close to that is nice.

Taste- Where the smell is subtle, the taste is pretty forthright. Some definite hoppiness, with MBC-signature tropical-tasting hops adding a juicy and sweet characteristic to the hop profile. The finish somehow ends fairly bitter, which I didn't care for. Not much alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel- Strong carbonation prickles the tongue, while the medium body coats the mouth in a pleasing way.

Overall- Another solid offering from MBC. Lunch Jr., but with a little more bitterness on the end.

*Update 7/05/13* Had this a few times since. They've really dialed this one in. Hop flavor to bitterness ratio has improved. Taste score upped.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold. Melted gold. Head is bright-white, densely packed, and leaves some nice curtains of lace. Head drops to a solid cap that lasts for the duration. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. Nice layer of pine resin and something faintly earthy and spicy. Lingering notes of citrus oil. Powdery, bready malt. Touch of sweetness in there as well. Almost floral at times. Nice hop depth with a solid malt backing.

Taste: Mango with a dusting of flower petals. Nice punch of orange flesh on the back. Some lingering pine bitterness. Malts are bready and drop some faint caramel sweetness as well. Nicely balanced. Hop profile is similar to Lunch, but dialed back in a nice way. Very mellow on each progressive sip. Pineapple sneaks on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of moderate on the body. Carbonation is lively and helps carry the hop flavors across the tongue. Easy drinking and delightful.

Overall: I love this aggressively dry-hopped APA thing. Maine Beer Co. kills it. Great balance and one hell of a nose. If they keep this kind of stuff up it'll disappear faster than Lunch, and that's saying something.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip

A: a nice , hazy, pale amber/golden, pours a fluffy two finger white head that recedes slowly, a very nice looking beer, with intense lacing.

S: yum, citrus, grapefruit, orange, hint of pineapple, a bit of pine mixed in, very nice hop aroma for a pale ale

T: awesome, very similar to the nose, a wonderful mix of citrus and pine, touch of resin, very very well rounded flavors.

M: medium for the style with medium carbonation, almost a creamy mouthfeel to it. Slightly bitter pine bite finish, ends it slightly dry, very nice and drinkable as well as refreshing. As with other beers from MBC I kinda get a wateryness, which almost works with the style, but It still sticks out...

O: this is a delicious pale ale, kinda seems like an ipa to me, but whatever you want to call this, it is delicious and I would highly recommend this. A seriously hoppy pale ale!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Julio's upon first release. Shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes and poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a golden amber clear hue with a nice quarter inch thick blanket that leaves awesome, awesome side lacing.

S - Oh man oh man. I love a good, fresh beer. Tons of mango, grapefruit, and tropical pineapple.

T - Just like the nose with some light malty sweetness. There is a good solid bitterness with the nice tropical backing. Tasty mango, pineapple, and grapefruit.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall this beer is well, oh my god is it good. Great tropical aspects that just scream fresh. Really worth picking up if one has the chance.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz, dated 2/23/12.

Pours a hazy amber with a very nice and thick head. Great lacing and solid retention.

Aroma is subtle, but nice, with fruity, tropical hops. Mango, apricot, peach.

Assertively bitter, with a semi-dry, bready malt flavor with just a hint of caramel malts. Not as much hop flavor as expected, some earthiness. Very bitter finish, which is surprising for an MBC beer, since they are usually far less bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with creamy medium carbonation.

This is a good Pale Ale, but I expect a lot more from MBC. A pretty underwhelming offering when compared to the quality of Peeper, Zoe and Lunch.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, frothy near-white head that settles in a dome-like fashion. Cloudy liquid with a gold to amber color. Sports spots of chunky lace on the glass.

Fresh evergreen and grapefruit hop aroma with a touch of pineapple. Appealing.

Slight fruitiness initially. Dry bitterness takes over quickly and is particularly tingly on the tongue. Exceptionally long bitter aftertaste. The body leans on the richer side while the carbonation is as expected.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks Toasterchef!!

What a perfectly forming uniform off white head on the pour, large, but settles nicely in due time, the bubbles are practicaly on forming all the same perfect size. A gorgeous nearly clear but a little hazy bronze and brass gold. Shining and shimmering.

What a great soft hop smell on this with a cushy malt. Fruit basket citrus, and great crispy bready toast. Malt dry character takes over, boy this feels like something good is coming.

The palate gets hit and I notice a bit of wetness. Even for a pale ale this is still I find a bit watery, but then the flavors hit so perfectly. An easy toasty whole wheat bread, crisp hop tasting and faint citrus, then eventually some apricot. Afterfinish on this is LOOOOooong, but not like an IPA but just a good solid pale ale. Previous sips jam the nose citrus angle slowly.

I am just blown away by how good this brewery makes beer. Just another solid offering regardless of mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden orange/yellow with a finger of fluffy white head and a little bit of sparse lace.

No messing around here; juicy hops that remind me of papaya and orange citrus with a good bitter finish. A little bit of doughy yeast in the background. The pallet gives a little more of a grapefruit flavor with good pine and a sharp bitter finish. Really rock solid.

The body is nice and light and the carbonation is a little bit on the sharp side.

Real good stuff here. MBC is really hitting home runs with their hop forward beers. I need six packs.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Ben, for sharing this! Poured into a tulip. The color is medium to dark orange. There is a giant white foamy head with a ton of sticky lacing. The color is slightly hazy.

The aroma has a lot of cantaloupe and honeydew, with a touch of orange and pine to go with it. The sweet malt helps bring out the melon aromas. The aroma is very strong and very good.

The taste is mellower than the aroma might indicate. The malt flavor is particularly subdued, leading to slightly grassy, piney hops in the finish. This may not be a balanced pale ale, but it's hoppy and refreshing.

This is light in body and has smooth carbonation.

Very delicious. Drink fresh!

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of NateWilleverpott
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pungent, very beautiful beer. Golden Yellow appearance, this really is a "pale" ale.
Nose has tons of citrus, about 50 lemon peel 50 grapefruit. This thing smells better than any of the double IPAs in the area.
Taste follows on the nose, grapefruit upfront with a lingering lemon/orange peel. Nice and dry.
Carbonation is good for the style, a very "west coast" mouth feel.

Overall this is great stuff especially for Maine/New england where everything is heavy on the malt. Pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Shizzniggle
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bigorange
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50 cL bottle dated 2/23/12 (fresh!) into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.

A: orange with brown hues and gold, has 3 fingers of off-white head with amazing retention and lacing. On of the thickest frothiest heads I've experienced. 4.5

S: nice aromatic hop bouquet with zesty orange peel, grapefruit, pine resin, and a hint of bready malty yeast. 4.0

T: a hint of breast malt initially followed by a great rush of citrusy and piny hop bitterness. I pull out lemon zest, pine, grass, white bread, pepper, and yeast from the taste. Very good. 4.5

M: crisp, clean, medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: a very good pale ale. Quite hoppy, this beer flirts with IPA status and reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. Excellent! I am going to attempt to buy a case before it sells out. A must have. 5.0

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Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to try anything new from the guys at MBC. This one pours a very vibrant gold, very clear, huge rocky head. Lively, and screaming fresh. Very hoppy in the nose, lots of green pine, some citrus, herb-y. Flavor is indeed very hoppy but this beer remains balanced. Lots of bright hops, herbal and grassy and pine again, woodsy, light doughy malts, and a definite crispness. This beer is super light on the palate for having so much flavor. Very airy and quaffable. Definitely along the same lines as Peeper and Lunch but a testament the brewery that they can pull off such a variety of hoppy light colored beers that all have their own identity. Curious to see if this makes it into the regular rotation or is just a seasonal / one-off. Always a delicious, fresh, well made beer from Maine

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle today from Downeast Beverage in Portland. It wasn't even on the shelf yet, I had to pull it out of the delivery box. It was bottled on 2.23.12, or possibly 2.28.12, it's hard to tell, but it seems unlikely that it left the brewery a mere 24 hours ago. The bottle was at room temperature, so I chilled it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before pouring into my MBC glass.

The beer looks ot be strongly carbonated with a very large white foam head that fills the top third of my glass. The body is a clear tarnished gold liquid with plenty of tiny bubbles rising within. Widespread patchy lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

There is a very nice hop aroma on this beer. Big earthy, pin hops smells dominate. I can tell this is one fresh beer.

MO has a pretty decent pale ale flavor. Pine flavored hops are the strongest taste; it gives me the impression of twigs and pine cones. The hops aren't too oily, but there is a lingering bitterness that isn't sitting right with me. It doesn't taste off or anything like that, it's just not what I was expecting. I guess I would prefer a crisper finish. Still, it is very tasty brew.

Although medium-bodied, the beer feels a touch watery to me. The large amount of hops make me want a meatier beer. Carbonation levels are good.

I like this beer. Although similar, it is distinctly different than Peeper. This is hoppier than a lot of pale's close to an IPA. Fans of MBC won't be disappointed with this new product. IF you've enjoyed their other offerings, I recommend you give MO a shot as well.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 022312 1

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a big fluffy 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing and retains well

S: An intensely hoppy nose with mostly citrus, pine, and grass. Grapefruit/orange rind stands out the most. Some pale malt in there as well, but it is hidden behind the wall of hoppy goodness

T: A little maltier here than in the nose, but it is extremely well balanced while still being nice and hoppy. Alcohol hardly noticeable except for enhancing the malts a little

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The extreme care and hard work shown by the brewery is evident yet again in this newest beer. Not sure if this is a one-time deal or if they will release more, though. This is a lot like peeper, only a little maltier in the taste. Very easy to drink and evenly priced with the rest of the line-up

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