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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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 axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes, this was served on tap in an 8 oz tumbler at the UES Pony Bar on opening day.

MO pours an opaque orange. It actually looks just like orange juice, but for the finger or so of white foam that's sitting atop the beer. There's both solid head retention and lacing. The nose is of dank, bitter grapefruit peel, an aroma a typically associate with Centennial hops. The flavor displays a brief bit of bready malts at the open, before a very snappy bitterness comes along. The close tastes of grapefruit peel, but also the pith, which ends up giving the beer a slightly unpleasant close. The body is a tad chewy, and the carbonation dull, but both are super close to being right on the money. MO is right at the upper end of the APA category, trending towards an IPA, and it's just an alright version of the style. I definitely prefer Peeper from MBC.

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

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date a bit tough to make out on this one but i believe it's 06/26/12

pours a cloudy dull golden / amber tone while yielding a big, fluffy off-white head that demonstrates great retention and lots of lacing. not prettiest beer color-wise but the head is very respectable.

and it's a fantastic smelling APA; aromatic nose is full of goodness: big citric hops out of the gate joined by some tropical and grassy notes, maybe a touch of pine in the background. some malt character but very subdued on that count. flavor follows the aroma with lots of citrus some pine (more than i got in the nose), along with secondary elements of tropical and floral hops; balanced by some toasted malt character. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a refreshing, flavorful, and very tasty pale ale. i could drink this all day. another hit from maine beer co, who continues to impress. my biggest criticism would be that they tend to be a bit on the pricey side.

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

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks Lauren!

fresh date of 06/26/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange to light amber bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaving behind some thick lace on the glass.

Smell: This nose is really balanced between pine and citris hops notes. Nice grassy notes and a little floral too. Malts are more cracker like and a touch bready.

Taste: Really nice hop profile in this beer its on the high end of low bitterness from the hops. It starts off with pine, grass, and orange peel are the prominent flavors. Malts and hops balance well with little bit more hop flavors than malts. The beer finishes with grapefruit and pineapples notes that are on the low end of bitter and dont linger around for very long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is really drinkable and carbonation is fantastic! It a great APA. Crisp and clean. Just taste really fresh and juicy.

Overall: Maine Beer Company is all about fantastic bottle conditioned beers. MO and Zoe are without a doubt my favorites; honestly they are tied for 1st place. Lunch is pretty good too, but this APA definately beat out Lunch as the better beer in my opinion. I wish that Maine Beer Company was available to me as a local beer!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2012 making this one three weeks old.

A - Pours golden orange with about a finger of dense head. Effervescent body from underneath keeps the head at a steady half-inch. Shows great lacing. The second pour brings with it lots of sediment, darkening the beer a bit.

S - Fresh cut flowers, orange peel, sweet nectar, and some spicy hops on the back end. Well balanced and vibrant.

T - Starts off with tropical citrus and caramel malt. Floral and grassy hops balance and bitter. Finishes with dry hops.

M - Light and crisp feel. Refreshing and flavorful.

O - One of the best APAs I have had. Remarkably tropical with great balancing hops. This beer is sessionable and full of flavor. It's not Lunch, but it is very tasty. I will definitely pick this one up again.

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

Consumed 7/12/12

Appearance: Burnt orange/amber in color, clear - pours with a big, creamy off-white head, fades to an impressive cap, leaves streaks of lacing

Smell: Unexpectedly hoppy to start (not a bad thing) - some rich tropical notes with mango and ripe citrus - tangerines and sweet grapefruits - some resiny pine - as it warms, it becomes increasingly floral and earthy - some spiciness to it, too - pale malts with some more cooked, caramel malts - very clean

Taste: Nicely balanced and decidedly an American APA - tropical notes in moderation, with some mango - tangerine and ruby red grapefruits - some pine and some mint - mildly bitter, but more bitter than the "average" APA - lightly sweet, lightly toasted pale malts serve as a great base - earthy, a bit too much for my taste - floral, maybe a little leafy at times

Mouthfeel: Medium body, wonderfully smooth and well-carbonated

Overall: Who would have guessed that Maine Beer Co. could make a good pale ale?

This definitely shares some qualities with Peeper and Lunch, but MO is clearly it's own beer. It's aggressively dry hopped yet not very bitter, and actually pretty mellow. I typically love this approach to the style, but MO has a few off-flavors. Regardless, it's still great.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like a standard good pale ale should: copper, white head, about 7/8" in height. Aroma was mostly Cascade and C hops I'd venture to guess. Balanced in the way of bitterness and hop aroma aside from straight bitter.

Taste, fractional crystal/caramel malt, solid hopping, not bracing bitterness, solid body, but not an in your face kind of way. Really good mouthfeel that doesn't get old, nice and delicate breadiness that is subtle, allowing the hops to come across. Minorly grassy and grapefruity. Pretty dry throughout. Another winner as far as I'm concerned from the Maine brewing company.

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Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Bier Cellar in Portland, ME. Finally got my hands on this killer brew! Stamped 06/26/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a big, white, fluffy, pillowy head that fades into great lace but little retention.

S: Huge floral hop aromas. As fresh and fruity as can be. A bit of sweet, sugary malt and earthy hops, as well. Incredible nose.

T: And an equally incredible taste. Explodes with hop flavors. So damn fresh! In my opinion, as good as a hoppy, American Pale Ale can get.

M: Not overly hoppy or bitter, though. An extremely balanced PA. The epitome of how tasty hops can be on the palate. Drinkable? I'd say so.

O: Stands up against all PA's and most IPA's. Keep 'em comin' Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one in bottles at a local beer shop. Pint sized bottle, Bottled 06/28/12, nice and fresh...

A: A deep hazy golden orange color. A small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Smells of awesome orange citrus with some tropical flavors blended in. I get pineapple, lemon, and orange the most. Very fresh smelling. Good.

T: Starts with a citrus maltiness which quickly blends into a water and bitter hop wetness. An orange peel / lemon backend. Good.

M: Light body with a very heavy carbonation. A dry citrus finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I kind of expected more from this as Peeper, Zoe, and Lunch are amazing beers. This one is a little over-carbonated and I wish it had a little more body to it. It's a good beer, but a few tweaks away from being a great beer.

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

A clear light amber color with lots of tiny bubbles racing skyward and a very healthy eggshell colored head and an undeniable wall of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful, delicate floral-citrus combo and a touch of biscuit...simple and classy. The flavor is a bit more bready but continues to offer a brisk, herbal citrus medley. Lemon and toasted grains, floral edges, perhaps a bit of oak. This is a solid but light bodied brew with a tingly, lively feel. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. A picnic must!

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Photo of brystmar
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the original Pony Bar.

Golden/amber pour yields plenty of head and the most lace I've ever seen from an APA. Absolutely gorgeous!

Smells of fresh, tasty hops with plenty of citrus and malt in support. Taste follows suit with impeccable balance. MO is strongly hoppy while not carrying an abundance of bitterness. Fresh, mildly fruity, and surprisingly malty for a pale ale.

Not quite as good as Zombie Dust, but remarkably close. Very impressive!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/23/12. Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice soapy white head on a dark sunset orange colored body. Lots of carbonation. Huge piney aroma of hops. Nice hop flavor balanced well with malt. Not overly assertive, which is what I like. Mouthfeel was nice, with just a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. A very nice beer; tasty and solidly built.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful presentation- with a long lived white head that laces the glass, a translucent red straw color and an effervescence that adds life to the display.

My nose finds a mild nosed beer. Maybe it's me and therefore I downgraded my consideration.

Taste is wonderful-- a mile well balance-- just right, just enough-- it's a titillating flavor thread-- not over-powring, but not underwhelming. Enough ale character to make a lilting, light-footed, pirouette on my taster that causes me to start downing this beer-- I think that I've just won a million bucks and I'm pouring champagne all over my head.

The mouthfeel keeps up with it's flavor-- light, mild but chisled and well defined. It finishes with an equally mild but well established stance.

Overall-- this is a wonderful warm weathre refresher beer with outstanding characteristics. Solid proof that a fine flavored beer does not have to be a flavor steam-roller, nor does it's ABV content have to be a flashing neon sign.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2/21/12 bottle, this was a gusher as soon as I popped the cap. Head is close to pure white and a legit four fingers in my tulip glass. Settles down after five minutes with great lacing. Big refresh of foam with every subsequent pour.

Aroma is pure fruity hop resin- more pineapple and orange than tart grapefruit. Hops show up first on the tongue, but a bit different from the nose, as now I get some pine. Pale malts add just enough sweetness to remind me this is only a PA. This is a bit like Peeper in that the flavor never quite reaches the strength of the nose.

Mouthfeel nice and light, carbonation good. This is wonderfully complex for such an easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: clear light golden colored body with a faint orange hue into my nonic. The white head was about three fingers for about a good two minutes before slowly dieing. The lacing was light, and somewhat spotty. Some carbonation was seen rising. No rings were left as the beer was sipped.

S: centered around the hops. Some citrus came out to play, but very subtley.

T: hops, some citrus came out but it was mostly faint. There was a faint malty backbone. The finish was mostly bitter and dry.

M: medium. It was well carbonated, with a lingering dryness, but was still balanced. It was mostly a drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about. Since the hops take center stage on this beer, I'm not exactly sure if this is really a pale ale. I'm just wondering if this is closer to an IPA. No worries, I would have this again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a wicked huge head, I mean huge, like half the glass is filled up huge, fades also at a wicked slow rate leaving a wicked ton of lacing, bit too wicked though since I have to wait for it to die down.

The nose is filled with a strong amount of grapefruity hops, citrus, some other light fruit esters, for just a pale it packs quite an aroma.

Taste is similar to the aroma, the grapefruit citruys hops taste the forefront, malt smooths things over a bit, decent bitterness, body is almost right, sadly I think all the carbonation disappeared in the head since it tastes almost flat like, I'll be more careful with the second half pour.

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

Pours a bright glowing orange amber with light haze, prickly cap of white bubbles, decent lacing. Scent is huge whiffs of juicy tropical and citrus fruits such as mango, tangerine, pineapple, kiwi, lightly floral with sweet light malts. Taste follows suit bith big tropical and citrus notes, lightly sweet malts with faint residual sugar, lightly bitter. Only knock was the active and prickly carbonation, could be toned down a notch,medium bodied. Fantastic fruit notes that few pales or IPAs produce, an all around winner.

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy golden orange with a delicate white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is hop-dominant, with scents of fresh citrus. More of the same in the taste, loads of fresh juicy citrus hops, floral notes, orange, passionfruit, light caramel sweetness. Light and crisp, medium body, very drinkable. Another MBC success.

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

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clear golden color with a faint orange hue. Thinner white head fades out fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Prickly hops jump right into the nose with some citrus peel and faint fruit sweetness. Orange and pear with some bready malt and grain.

Hoppy and citrusy up front with orange peel. Hints of lemon with a balancing of sweeter fruits. Grainy with decent bready malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue but super refreshing. This drinks superbly - not exactly the most complex thing out there, but a really well done, straight up, no frills pale ale.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear golden color with a slight amber hue and a two finger head that is very creamy just slightly off white and has large bubbles which linger for a very long time, leaves a really beautiful amount of head around the glass
S: purely a beautiful bright and fresh grapefruit hop note, perfectly what i look for in an APA, nice resinous hops notes
T: a nice taste but not quite in line for what i had seen in the scent, the grapefruit hops are absolutely there in the middle but do not taste as bright as they had smelled, there is a very brief note in the middle which reminds me of green peppers but it is extremely fleeting
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth, leaves just the sides of the tongue feeling slightly dry
O: im mad at myself because i bout this beer about a month and a half ago and stuck it in the back of the fridge, i entirely forgot what it was and thought it was a stout so i just kinda kept letting it go, i wish i had drank it sooner so that it was even fresher, that being said it drinks quite nicely and has a nice taste, maine beer co has once again come through in my opinion

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Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via tap at TJs in Paoli. Fresh keg. I've had the Peeper, so I'm interested in the difference.

A: A clear medium golden color that you can see through. A nice one finger white head sits atop. Lacing is sticky, full and lasting.

S: Wow, am I the only one that gets tons of tropical fruit on the nose? I do, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple and some grassy hops to mix with some biscuit malt.

T: Same thing. Loads of citrus that is tropical even with grapefruit, mango, guava and pineapple. The hops are bright and mix with some grassy flavors and biscuit and bready malts. Finish is all citrus with some bitterness. Nice beer, Citra hops maybe?

M: Medium to light, but perfect for the style. No alcohol and some nice bitterness on the finish.

O: How people are not getting tons of citrus and tropical fruits is amazing to me, they jumped right out from the first smell. Freshness maybe? Anyway, what a great pale ale that I will no doubt seek again.

This is a far and away better pale ale than Peeper, seek this one out and you won't be sorry.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. This beer has some great retention.

Smell: Quite light with a mild hop aroma. Just a little citrus fruit and a mild malt sweetness.

Taste: This is much nicer than the smell. Citrus peel hop bitterness hits the tongue, but the malt balances things out well. My only complaint is that the taste seems a bit watery in the middle of the sip. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Another really nice offering from Maine. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I would definitely have another.

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

Poured from bottle purchased at Whole Foods in MA somewhere...
Pours a creamy looking orangey red. Thick white foam with nice lacing. Great hop aroma; some malts are a runner up on the nose, followed by citrus.
Very creamy taste...hoppy and malty. Well balanced and worth every penny. I love MBC. They have to be one of my fav brewers. They are consistantly good and this is no exception.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has partially reduced and left some nice lacing. The beer is a nice orange color with good clarity and lots of bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: citrus and piney notes, crystal clear malts, and some breadiness and sweetness to the beer too.

Taste: citrus and some pine, malts seem pretty tames down from what I smelled in the aroma. All the flavors seem pretty simple to me and wish there were more like in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Another solid offering from MBC in western Portland. Good to see that so many amazing brews are made at 5 breweries in such a small industrial area. Will be looking forward to more of this in the future.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

022312 on the label.
In an imperial pint glass the beer was amber colored with a thick white head and a lot of lace.

Hoppy aroma. Grassy and piney, a little bit of citrus. Some sweet malt.

Hops at the forefront in the taste. Mostly piney and grassy hops, but there was a bit of grapefruit there too. Nice biscuity background.

This was a hoppy, but not overly hoppy, beer. Very pleasant to drink.

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

Pours a solid inch and a half, stiff white head. No pun intended. Very nice retention and carbonation level. Coudy, light golden color with a smidge of pink.

A big whiff brings out a bouquet of some hops mixed with pink grapefruit.

Flavor continues with a marriage of hops with grapefruit. The bitter citrus element is enjoyable and ends with some maltiness on the back end with the grapefruit lingering.

Overall this has a uniqueness about it that warrants a tasting. Definitely an enjoyable pale ale.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,079 ratings.
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