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MOMO
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Just after opening our brewery, working long nights, weekends, and still maintaining our day jobs, my brother Daniel (the brewer) had twins. Cheers to his courage and dedication to making better beer.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 02-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#575
Reviews:
475
Ratings:
3,250
pDev:
8.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
727
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 3,250 |  Reviews: 475
Photo of Prager62
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 12/22/15 with a 124 next to the date. Poured in my Weyerbacher tulip glass.

Look- Pours a pale straw color with a generous two plus fingers of soapy egg white foam.

Smell- Grapefruit along with something spicy along the line of green onion. Some bready malt and yeast in the back.

Taste- Grapefruit up front followed by some onion and finally a bit of pine. There is some bread flavor in the finish.

Feel- Starts slick and tingly followed by some bitterness. A hearty malt backbone washes it all down.

Overall- A very pleasant pale ale that leans more towards the spicy side with a hearty dose of malt to wash it all down. It's brewed more to style than many of the rule bending tropical juice bombs found today. It's a tasty deviation in that it's crisp, clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RebornStussy
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnnySp88
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours amber with a small head. The citrus smell of hops entices the nose, followed by the malt and a gentle push of hops. Enjoyable!

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Photo of gregcordle
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wdberkley
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Co puts out so many refined, spot on beers it's almost mind blowing, and MO meets every standard they've set for their offerings. Pours a light golden brown with a skinny white head of foam. Smells clean and crisp, some citrus, slight hit of dank pine. Taste is sweet malt followed by fresh bursts of citrus fruit. Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey color with a white pillowy head. Has a a floral citrusy aroma. Flavor is clean and citrusy. It's a pale ale so it drinks a little light but this is a really crushable beer. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste and overall on the level of a zombie dust to me.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patpbr
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour has a yellow body with a foamy white head. Lots of fresh hop aroma its tropical. The taste adds on citrus flavor, a bit earthy. On the dryer side but packed full of flavor for a Pale Ale. This is one I will purchase again. Recommended and just really easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Jackgonzo
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanoBear
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradenMK
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 -4.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaymus
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +10.7%
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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MO from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 3,250 ratings
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