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 jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/23/12, gotta love when they date the bottle. Pours a big fluffy 2+ finger fluffy pasty white head that fades pretty slowly with some soapy and fluffy big thick lacing, over semi clear honey darker orange colored beer.

Nose is somewhat like peeper if I remember correctly, fresh hops, bit of resinous fresh hop aroma, very slight hints of tropical fruit, peach, grapefruit that disappear after the first couple sniffs, then slight pine and even touch grassy with some earthy hop aromas. THen just a touch of a malty base that props up the hops, with a hint of caramel or another reddish malt.

Taste starts with a light pale ale flavor, some sweet malts start it off, with a hint of caramel and toasty reddish malts, and almost syrupy. THen the hops kick in with a decent bitterness, pretty average bitterness for an APA, with some spicy hops, hint of resinous fresh hop, not really any tropical fruit this time and no real citrus either, but I do get a hint of apricot like fruit. THe malts break through again to add another wave of toasty malts. Then the finish dries quite a bit, but leaves a slight sticky malt feel, and a decent hop bitterness with some grassy, slight spicy and earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, def not their best beer so far. It's more like an amber than APA with the amount of malty flavors in it, esp the reddish toasty malts. THe hops aren't quite what I was expecting either, but all in all a decent tasty beer that is worth a try. I would like to try this again on tap and see if it changes, like Peeper did.

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Photo of jlogan7
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of TMath524
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tewaris
2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass, thanks islandboi8204!

Hay golden with a pronounced haze, very good head and good head retention. Aroma is hops AND malts upfront with a generally light, floral-fruity character. Drinks closer to an AIPA in terms of bitterness even if the distinction is rather arbitrary... firmly bitter that I like but without much of a malt backbone, and therefore quite empty and watery feeling.

Strangely not as dry as it could have been with all those malts missing, but crisp enough. Light and easy drinking but with its own flaws, mainly in the taste and feel departments. For reference, not even close to Zombie Dust or Daisy Cutter.

4, 4, 2, 2.5, 3.5

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Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy goldenrod color. A very heady brew it looks like there's a growing mound of soap scum spilling out of my glass. Great retention and a few slithers of foam stuck to my glass even on this sultry evening.

Prickly pear citrus hops and agave nectar. Light bodied, resiny citrus flavor. Not very malty but that seems to showcase the wet and juicy citrus all the more. Maine Beer always does a great job of saturating their beers with resin and this is no exception.

Kinda makes me think of Lunch light.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.79/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Its color is a hazy amber with a sufficient white heads that hangs around and laces nicely.

The aroma pops with a citric hop snap and leafy green grass notes. Real nice.

The flavor sees the hops follow through along with a prominent earthy malt profile in the background. The levels of everything are really pleasant.

Full mouthfeel with enough crispness lot keep it refreshing.

This beer, along with Hill Farmstead's Edward set new benchmarks for the pale ale style. But this one is borderline ipa.

EDIT: I had another bottle of this just 1 month old anod it couldn't have been more bland and boring. The aroma was non existent and the flavor practically vanished at the first hint of any flavor. Highly dissapointing. I have to dock points for inconsistency. Too bad, because the first bottle was so good. I felt taken the second time around given the price.

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

Fills the glass with a slightly hazy orange body and a large, dense, and sticky bone white head. Wonderfully hoppy aroma gives you a boatload of grapefruit and citrus goodness and leaves little room for much else.

As expected, the hops shine through with a bright and fruity citrus character reminiscent of MBCs other hoppy beers. Just a bit of malt backbone comes through the balance things out a bit. While hoppier than the average pale ale, it doesn't really pack the bitterness and punch that you'd get from an IPA, making this one a really tasty easy drinker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth finish. Overall, MBC has another top-notch hoppy beer with MO. Fills the slot nicely in between Peeper and Lunch.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to chowdahead for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Maine Beer wine glass.

Pours a clear light apricot color with a nice white head and a pretty good ring of white lace as the head falls. Good cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Light mango. Just a touch of pale malt lingering in the background for some depth. The flavor has the same elements with a bit of orange peel sneaking in. Nice and light. Light body with crisp carbonation and a slightly-bitter dryness through the finish.

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Photo of jawneyt
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Mo pours a hazy dark amber with a massive rocky head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving only a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The hoppy aroma has notes of lemon rind, pine and grass. A touch of toasted malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is well balanced between the hops and malt. It starts sweet with caramel and pale malt. Orange and lemon citrus quickly take over before finishing moderately bitter with grassy notes. Once gone the grass and citrus lingers on the palate.

Mo is a very tasty, fairly well balanced beer. Would make a great year round offering.

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Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled 02/23/ about 3 weeks old) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat strange dirty amber color with a grayish and almost olive green tint to it (never seen anything like this color before in a beer), dirty, a bit muddy and yeasty. Four huge fingers of bright white foam form on top and linger for many minutes. This is a multiple stage pour beer to relieve the bottle of its contents and fill the glass. When the head does finally fall, tons and tons of sticky lace coat the entire glass.

S - Lots of hops on the nose, piney, herbal and especially grassy with some citrus as well. Really don't get much else out of the aroma. Hops overpower any malt contributions in this beer. Simple and straight forward, but good smelling beer.

T - Same green, herbal, piney and grassy hop flavors as was indicated by the aroma. Medium bitterness from the hops, but flavor is strong. Light malty presence, biscuity malt flavors with touches of sugary sweetness. Hops are the stars of the show however.

M - Medium bodied with a tingly mid-level carbonation. Grassy and herbal hops and medium bitterness.

O - Very good American pale ale. Nice and hoppy overall - full of hop flavor with a smooth bitterness. Fresh and crisp flavors - nothing overpowering...a hop lovers pale ale. Another winner from Maine Beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated Feb 23.

Bright light amber color with a large creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing and maintains itself at about 1/2 finger thick throughout the glass. Beautiful!

Very light aroma. I think I can detect a bit of citrus. Light clean and crisp taste and body. Spicy hop finish. Good stream of medium fine bubbles hint at the palate cleansing carbonation.

A very light example of a pale ale, bordering on a lager with the impression it gives.

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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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Photo of StaEva
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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