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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 ryan1788a5
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dated 2/28/12. Consumed on 4/2/12.

A: Pours a clear, light gold color. The large, creamy, pillowy head has superb retention. Thick foamy rings of lacing cling all the way down the glass.

S: Aromatic hops: piney and floral with subtle hints of mango and orange. Malts scents of bread, flour, and grain. Yeast adds a touch of chalk and must.

T: Green, plant-like hop tastes open. Hints of tangerine and lemon rind. Dry grainy tastes emerge as the hops start to fall away. Cheerios and toast come to mind. Slight peppery accent. This beer is bone dry. The finish is almost non-existent, just a ghost-like dry graininess and some hop oils that fade in a hurry.

M: Light in body, slick, a touch oily (from the hops), and pretty smooth. Slightly coarse astringency. Not a bad mouthfeel.

O: Just too dry and astringent for me. The malt bill seems emaciated.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottling date 2/23/12, so it's about a month old. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a dull golden orange with a pillow white head. The huge white cap retains well after the pour, eventually leaving a lot of thick lacing.

S: Reeks of fresh hops. Almost-puckering aroma of sourish grapefruit, ripe orange, bitter grass and lemon. I'm salivating.

T: Very restrained taste. Palpable grassy and floral bitterness underlaid by subtle citrus hop notes and a nice dry malt base. A bit of spiciness in the finish, with sweet grain and a breath of mild bitterness lingering.

M: Tingly, creamy body. Nice.

O: This is tasty. Hops could be a little more assertive in the taste but it's still refined.

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

What a big bitter beast! I love that this is a 16 oz'er. It fits lovely in a nonic pint. Pours lookin like a pale ale until I swirl and add the yeast then it gets this cool funky brown-ness to it. Big white head with some scant sticky lace.

Smells awesome, big hops- citrus, pine, but mostly citrus. Nice dry malt cracker flavor to back up the bitter. This beer is awesome, might be my new fav pale ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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 tewaris
2.95/5  rDev -30.9%
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 donkeyrunner
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 -34.7%
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 -2.8%
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%
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 WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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 portia99
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -17.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.8%
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 greenengineer
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -1.2%
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 ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.2%
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 Gosox8787
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of mikeywtc
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber / orange color, foamy head. Slightly hazy, left the last 1/8" or so at the bottom of the bottle to avoid the live yeast.

S: Cracked this beer a few days after picking it up but it still had a great floral hoppy aroma to it.

T: Similar to an IPA but not too hoppy. Good aftertaste, just the right amount of bitter.

M: Nicely carbonated and no funny aftertaste.

O: This is the third beer I've had from Maine Beer Co. and it's my favorite so far. Definitely seems like it'd be a great beer to drink in the nicer, warmer weather. Easy to drink and definitely one I'd pick up again.

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