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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,210
Reviews:
469
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
711
For Trade:
19
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Ratings: 3,210 |  Reviews: 469
Photo of ryanhooks81
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradenMK
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, what? At 6% abv... this is mostly just an IPA, but when I say "just an IPA," I mean, how did they cram so much aroma and flavor into a brew at only 6%? This thing tastes like it's at least 7.5%, and it tastes like some of my very favorite IPAs. Reviewing it as a "Pale Ale," is almost unfair, because it obliterates all of the rest of the competition, easily being the best pale I've ever drank.

APPEARANCE (3.75) - Really nothing out of the ordinary here, straw yellow with a half-finger white head that doesn't leave much lacing and shrinks down to about a millimeter after a minute or so. I guess the one big standout is that that millimeter of a head never actually goes away. Ever.

SMELL (4.0) - Big lemon zest, solid pine, and a sort of herbal, green tea aroma. A little grapefruit juice and some crystal malt here and I think pilsner malts as well.

TASTE (5.0) - Like I said, it's the best, most flavorful Pale Ale I've ever tasted. Just HUGE flavor profile of hop tea. Resinous and a little yeasty, bitter without being overwhelming, green tea and grass meet citrus and pine on a level that reminds me of Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. Stupidly good for the abv and for the style.

FEEL (5.0) - Watery yet resinous, you get the body you want out of a pale ale, but with a character usually reserved for IPAs. Dry all the way from beginning to end, with only a ghost of lingering bitterness and a long vestige of piney hops. Pfft. So good.

OVERALL (4.5) - Price per pound, this beer is only worth a 4.5 overall rating. I have no way of knowing how much this beer costs MBC to produce, I would imagine it isn't the cheapest thing in the world, but for $8 for 22oz, it's definitely good, even fantastic, but not worth it unless you're seeking the perfect fusion of IPA and American Pale Ale. It definitely punches way above its weight class, a feat that I cannot stress enough, but if you don't mind another 1-2% alcohol, you can find other beers that taste the same even if they don't have the same amazing mouthfeel as this guy. For me, mouthfeel is important, but moreso for stouts, so I could understand why someone might want to spend the extra dollars on this guy. Certainly worth it to those IPA/Pale Ale mouthfeel aficionados out there (there must be as many of you as there are stout mouthfeel guys like me, right?) but I may just stick to Head Hunter. But, please, let me reiterate, this is an incredibly good beer, almost a perfect APA, and even as an IPA it would still be hitting in the big leagues. Swirl the last pour from the bottle and get the yeast into the glass -- it gets even better.

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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pale straw color, slightly cloudy with a decent but thin white head. A great envigorating aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is dominated by the tropical fruits dominating the nose but with some mild bitterness that thins away in the finish. The mouthfeel is lively, dominated by fine effervescence. Overall a really enjoyable refreshing beer that's not been over-hopped.

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Photo of do_ob
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a light, clear gold and settles a hazy, pastel gold in the glass. Great carbonation and topped off with about 1 finger of snow-white foam. Lots of big bubbles in there, and dissolved down to a thin lacing after a minute or two. I love the look of this beer when held to light - just looks like a sleeper beer - really simple yet super classy. Amazing aroma on this guy. Fairly dank aroma with lots of citrus, mango, grapefruit, and maybe a little caramel malt. Incredibly well-balanced aroma - probably the best smelling APA I've ever had. Onto the taste, I get caramel malt, hops, sweet grassy notes, and light tropical fruit initially. The hoppiness intensifies as it warms on the palate, and the finish and aftertaste is pretty dank & hoppy. Very, very well-balanced and tasty without over-doing it in any aspect. This is the perfect beer for 6.0%. Great feel, medium-bodied, and infinitely drinkable.

Overall, I am really impressed by this one. I feel like it's very elegant in it's approach and delivery, so I have to give it props for that. They didn't try to over-hop it, and they didn't try to make it something it isn't. The perfect pale ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of Mpontiakos
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaymus
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a light shade of amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is great. It has wonderful citrus and tropical fruit smells.

The flavor is has citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It reminds me a lot of a session IPA because it tastes a little watered down. It has a dry finish.

Thin mouthfeel

This is a solid beer. The mouthfeel and the fact that it tastes like a session IPA is a little bit of a turnoff. I am not a fan of watered down, session IPA's, and at the price I cannot see myself buying a lot of these. I was awesome to try. Now I can move on.

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Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Copper, light, 2/3" head. Old school hop aromas, seems like they were used for bittering and dry hopping.

Taste, minimal heavier malts, stuck with the lesser toasted pale throughout. Its like the bridge between the 90s ipas and ibu busters and the newer vibe of softer bitterness and more aromatic pale ales with a cracker dry malt bill. Good stuff, but still $5 bottle, better kick ass.

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Photo of Timdolphin
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cleanest beer I have had in a long time.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome awesome awesome beer
Look - hazy deep yellow/orange. Not translucent at all, unfiltered? Beautiful head and great lacing, smell lots o citrus and some lemons rind. Grapefruit. taste - begins big w citrus notes. Transitions nicely to pine bitterness on the back and a nice mellow long lenght w impressive aftertaste makes it hard not to take another gulp but this is a sipping beer and the price justifies it, take it long and slow and enjoy this. feel nice carbonation overall again a great great beer. Pretty old school in terms of Pale Ale flavor but done perfectly, something to buy and drink when one beer satisfies for the evening, drink in class!

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Photo of mflamar
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of katsumi27
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a nice golden color. Maybe a slight haze to it but fairly clear in appearance.
Smell - Citrus, some pineapple, some floral notes, grapefruit, dank/pine
Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some floral, slight tropical notes.

Overall - Such a good tasting pale ale from MBC. SO easy drinking/crushable.

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Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of luspher
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ridgeisgod
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrankShirley
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Betty1968
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tlema1
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful golden color with a thick, white head
S: floral an citrusy
T: citrus, other fruits, delicious
F:,light body, dry finish
O: great APA!!!

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Photo of BKotch
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Evan
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This rarity in these parts pours a chill hazed golden color with a firm head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, light layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of pineapple, pine, lemon zest, and subtle sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with pineapple and lemon notes on the front and sides that are pounded by resinous pine and spruce notes on the middle to back overcoming any malt backbone with sticky dank hops. Coating bitter finish with a touch of seltzer water, very well carbonated. A great brew for Indian and seafood dishes. Solid, but lacking in enough malt for those who are looking for a touch of sweet to their bitter.

Glad to have tried this one, but was hoping for a more balanced brew.

Cheers

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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,210 ratings.
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