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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 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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Photo of stonermouse
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from the increasingly spectacular Maine Beer Company. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours golden, with a super frothy and regenerating, pillowy head. Great lacing throughout. Very pretty pour.

Aroma is a bit subdued, but it has a bit of a fresh fruit salad smell to it, with a bit of sweetness. Mellow yet pleasant.

The taste here reflect the Maine Beer Co flavor profile to a T. And that's certainly a good thing. The first impression gives off some melon, honeydew specifically. The more I progress, though, the more grassy flavors I get in the front and in the finish. This brew showcases this brewery's typical hop profile wonderfully, cleanly and simply.

Mouthfeel is rich and deep, almost too much so. But for such a clean looking and tasting beer, this is impressive. Finishes dry, yet clean.

Great brew all around. Zoe is still the class of this brewery, with a similar hop profile plus a wicked spicy bite that makes a wonderful drinking experience. MO is a solid pale to be reckoned with, however. I'd love to see this sucker in cans some day...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Like every other Maine Beer, this one is a beauty. Hazy honey/orange. Bubbles feverishly rise. Huge head of creamy froth. Laces like a dream too. Pretty.

S-Oh yeah. Huge wallop of tropical fruit hoppiness. Really aromatic. Behind the pineapple, mango, and citrus is a delicious bready malt. Loving the nose on this hop forward APA.

T-Glorious hops. Fruity and ripe. Citrus and a surprisingly grassy hop finish. Malt is sweet and loafy. Great balance with the sweet and the green. This one will go down incredibly quick. Great flavor.

M-Lighter bodied with plenty of bubbles. Juicy feeling. Sessionable of course.

O/D-Overall this is a great brew, but I may like Peeper better in terms of an APA. I like the malt profile more in Peeper. This however is oh so far from a slouch. I love Maine Beer. This is another addition that makes me so thankful to be able to drink such a quality brew!

Had on-tap @ Blind Tiger NYC

Nose is phenomenal! Just as good, if not better than I remember it being. A Pale Ale I could drink until the end of my days. One of the top 2-3 best smelling beers I have come across.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big amounts of hop aroma and pours lighter than I would have thought. Looks on the grey side of tan.

Aroma is blatant hops and citrus.

I thought this was pretty bitter for a pale ale and tasted more like a ipa light.

Good beer, tasted some galaxy hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Auror
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this last week, but I don't have the bottle in front of me to check the bottle date. Poured into Kate the Great snifter

Appearance- Poured a dark gold hue with medium head. Surprisingly good head retention.

Smell- Tropical fruits all the way, similar to Lunch. A little bit of bread. Smell is actually subtler than I anticipated, but Lunch is one of my favorite smelling beers, so anything close to that is nice.

Taste- Where the smell is subtle, the taste is pretty forthright. Some definite hoppiness, with MBC-signature tropical-tasting hops adding a juicy and sweet characteristic to the hop profile. The finish somehow ends fairly bitter, which I didn't care for. Not much alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel- Strong carbonation prickles the tongue, while the medium body coats the mouth in a pleasing way.

Overall- Another solid offering from MBC. Lunch Jr., but with a little more bitterness on the end.

*Update 7/05/13* Had this a few times since. They've really dialed this one in. Hop flavor to bitterness ratio has improved. Taste score upped.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold. Melted gold. Head is bright-white, densely packed, and leaves some nice curtains of lace. Head drops to a solid cap that lasts for the duration. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. Nice layer of pine resin and something faintly earthy and spicy. Lingering notes of citrus oil. Powdery, bready malt. Touch of sweetness in there as well. Almost floral at times. Nice hop depth with a solid malt backing.

Taste: Mango with a dusting of flower petals. Nice punch of orange flesh on the back. Some lingering pine bitterness. Malts are bready and drop some faint caramel sweetness as well. Nicely balanced. Hop profile is similar to Lunch, but dialed back in a nice way. Very mellow on each progressive sip. Pineapple sneaks on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of moderate on the body. Carbonation is lively and helps carry the hop flavors across the tongue. Easy drinking and delightful.

Overall: I love this aggressively dry-hopped APA thing. Maine Beer Co. kills it. Great balance and one hell of a nose. If they keep this kind of stuff up it'll disappear faster than Lunch, and that's saying something.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip

A: a nice , hazy, pale amber/golden, pours a fluffy two finger white head that recedes slowly, a very nice looking beer, with intense lacing.

S: yum, citrus, grapefruit, orange, hint of pineapple, a bit of pine mixed in, very nice hop aroma for a pale ale

T: awesome, very similar to the nose, a wonderful mix of citrus and pine, touch of resin, very very well rounded flavors.

M: medium for the style with medium carbonation, almost a creamy mouthfeel to it. Slightly bitter pine bite finish, ends it slightly dry, very nice and drinkable as well as refreshing. As with other beers from MBC I kinda get a wateryness, which almost works with the style, but It still sticks out...

O: this is a delicious pale ale, kinda seems like an ipa to me, but whatever you want to call this, it is delicious and I would highly recommend this. A seriously hoppy pale ale!

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Julio's upon first release. Shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes and poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a golden amber clear hue with a nice quarter inch thick blanket that leaves awesome, awesome side lacing.

S - Oh man oh man. I love a good, fresh beer. Tons of mango, grapefruit, and tropical pineapple.

T - Just like the nose with some light malty sweetness. There is a good solid bitterness with the nice tropical backing. Tasty mango, pineapple, and grapefruit.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall this beer is well, oh my god is it good. Great tropical aspects that just scream fresh. Really worth picking up if one has the chance.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz, dated 2/23/12.

Pours a hazy amber with a very nice and thick head. Great lacing and solid retention.

Aroma is subtle, but nice, with fruity, tropical hops. Mango, apricot, peach.

Assertively bitter, with a semi-dry, bready malt flavor with just a hint of caramel malts. Not as much hop flavor as expected, some earthiness. Very bitter finish, which is surprising for an MBC beer, since they are usually far less bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with creamy medium carbonation.

This is a good Pale Ale, but I expect a lot more from MBC. A pretty underwhelming offering when compared to the quality of Peeper, Zoe and Lunch.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, frothy near-white head that settles in a dome-like fashion. Cloudy liquid with a gold to amber color. Sports spots of chunky lace on the glass.

Fresh evergreen and grapefruit hop aroma with a touch of pineapple. Appealing.

Slight fruitiness initially. Dry bitterness takes over quickly and is particularly tingly on the tongue. Exceptionally long bitter aftertaste. The body leans on the richer side while the carbonation is as expected.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks Toasterchef!!

What a perfectly forming uniform off white head on the pour, large, but settles nicely in due time, the bubbles are practicaly on forming all the same perfect size. A gorgeous nearly clear but a little hazy bronze and brass gold. Shining and shimmering.

What a great soft hop smell on this with a cushy malt. Fruit basket citrus, and great crispy bready toast. Malt dry character takes over, boy this feels like something good is coming.

The palate gets hit and I notice a bit of wetness. Even for a pale ale this is still I find a bit watery, but then the flavors hit so perfectly. An easy toasty whole wheat bread, crisp hop tasting and faint citrus, then eventually some apricot. Afterfinish on this is LOOOOooong, but not like an IPA but just a good solid pale ale. Previous sips jam the nose citrus angle slowly.

I am just blown away by how good this brewery makes beer. Just another solid offering regardless of mouthfeel.

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

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden orange/yellow with a finger of fluffy white head and a little bit of sparse lace.

No messing around here; juicy hops that remind me of papaya and orange citrus with a good bitter finish. A little bit of doughy yeast in the background. The pallet gives a little more of a grapefruit flavor with good pine and a sharp bitter finish. Really rock solid.

The body is nice and light and the carbonation is a little bit on the sharp side.

Real good stuff here. MBC is really hitting home runs with their hop forward beers. I need six packs.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Ben, for sharing this! Poured into a tulip. The color is medium to dark orange. There is a giant white foamy head with a ton of sticky lacing. The color is slightly hazy.

The aroma has a lot of cantaloupe and honeydew, with a touch of orange and pine to go with it. The sweet malt helps bring out the melon aromas. The aroma is very strong and very good.

The taste is mellower than the aroma might indicate. The malt flavor is particularly subdued, leading to slightly grassy, piney hops in the finish. This may not be a balanced pale ale, but it's hoppy and refreshing.

This is light in body and has smooth carbonation.

Very delicious. Drink fresh!

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

This is a very pungent, very beautiful beer. Golden Yellow appearance, this really is a "pale" ale.
Nose has tons of citrus, about 50 lemon peel 50 grapefruit. This thing smells better than any of the double IPAs in the area.
Taste follows on the nose, grapefruit upfront with a lingering lemon/orange peel. Nice and dry.
Carbonation is good for the style, a very "west coast" mouth feel.

Overall this is great stuff especially for Maine/New england where everything is heavy on the malt. Pick up a bottle.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50 cL bottle dated 2/23/12 (fresh!) into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.

A: orange with brown hues and gold, has 3 fingers of off-white head with amazing retention and lacing. On of the thickest frothiest heads I've experienced. 4.5

S: nice aromatic hop bouquet with zesty orange peel, grapefruit, pine resin, and a hint of bready malty yeast. 4.0

T: a hint of breast malt initially followed by a great rush of citrusy and piny hop bitterness. I pull out lemon zest, pine, grass, white bread, pepper, and yeast from the taste. Very good. 4.5

M: crisp, clean, medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: a very good pale ale. Quite hoppy, this beer flirts with IPA status and reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. Excellent! I am going to attempt to buy a case before it sells out. A must have. 5.0

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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