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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

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456
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3,146
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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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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Photo of n2185
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brown with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with great lacing.

S: lots of bright citrus on the nose, mostly orange and pineapple dominating. Some slight grapefruit as well. Smells great.

T: hops dominate the flavor as well--grapefruit, pine, and grassy hop notes mostly. The finish is only slightly bitter.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is light and clean.

O: a great pale ale overall, though definitely more of an IPA. Still, it smells great and tastes good as well.

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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 02/23/12...so 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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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,146 ratings.
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