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BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
448
Ratings:
3,102
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
21.78%
 
 
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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazed golden glow with a super craggy bright white head. Instant aroma. Tart citrus fruits on the nose, pine and grapefruit, sticky hop resin, bitter citrus peel.

Thick rich body for a pale ale. Good carbonation, a little sticky but the medium plays it down a bit in a good way for balance. Citrus peels with a faint touch of tobacco. Earthy meets bright citrus fruits with a solid sweet malt backbone throughout. Simple and subtle yet packed with flavor, slowly building bitterness but balanced by a lingering malt sweetness, quite the pale ale. But like everything else Maine, it's just a tease, a beer is rather have in a 6. I'd even pay stone 4 pack prices for their stuff.

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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 dd43
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz bottle dated 28-Oct 2014. In other words, really fresh. Thank you MBC for making these dates so legible, I wish other brewers would follow suit.

I can't think of a more appealing pale ale than this one. Beautiful translucent orange color, lovely citrus nose, crisp and very pleasantly drying on the tongue. Malts are very subdued both in flavor and aroma, but in a good way. Maine Brewing really knows what they're doing, and I applaud their restraint as far as not trying to make every imaginable style of beer. Drink this pale ale fresh!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014-12-24
16.9oz bottle split between a few little plastic cups. Mine's pink. I didn't write down any dates from the bottle.

Pours mostly clear, small head, lots of carbonation. Smell is tropical fruity, juicy. Flowery. Light and bright. Pretty awesome for a pale ale.

Taste is very nice pale ale -- solid malt bill with a little hay and some really nice bright fruit and flower highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy. Overall, this is a great pale ale.

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

Bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice golden-amber with a finger and a half white frothy head. Really looks nice.

S - Subtle aromas include pine and stronger citrus hops, underlying malt base sweetness. Overall very clean and pleasant.

T - Simple and delicious. Sweet citrus, grapefruit, crackers/grain, great malt balance. Really enjoyable.

M - Lighter body than I tend to enjoy APAs, but certainly within reasonable bounds. The light body suits the toned-down but exciting collection of flavors and makes this a very very drinkable beer.

O - A spectacular Pale Ale, it emphasizes what an APA should. It's isn't so intense that you think it should be an IPA (Like Dale's can be some times) and it is perfectly balanced and very drinkable. Worth seeking out, no question. Man does this do down easy. Really need to find me some Lunch.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am used to drinking outstanding IPA's and this is very similar, but more dry. I can taste the artisanship, because it is not a one trick pony. It is complex in subtle ways. It gives good feel. The amount of carbonation is above average which goes well since it is so dry. The balance of everything is put together without anything overriding other feature.

I wish it could be a bit more bold in smell or flavor, but this is a top notch offering that cannot be denied. Is sum good shit.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow.. wish I would have brought more of this back from my trip to Maine!! This was an exceptional beer for the style. There is a great bountiful representation of fruit flavors; balanced by a mild but adequate hop presence. The smell is wonderful, taste to match

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Photo of Kendo
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/31/16; consumed 10/13/16.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy apricot-yellow that's more bright golden when backlit. Big, fluffy 2-finger head of whitish foam on top. Some lace.

S: Nice nose for an APA - juicy citrus over bread doughy malt. Not terribly strong, but pleasant.

T: Juicy - but not over-the-top juicy like a modern NE IPA - citrus (a touch of ruby red grapefruit), with some tropical fruit. Nicely balanced, with a good foundation of bready malt. Hint of pine, then some lemony bitterness near the finish makes it feel pretty clean. Balance is the word that keeps coming to mind.

M: Good creaminess , with a soft, supple feel on the palate. In some ways, the best part of this beer, as it makes it drink even more easily.

O: Excellent APA. If I could get this at a reasonable price, and fresh, I'd buy it all the time.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour into a tulip glass.

A nice bright yellow color with clean citrus in the smell and taste. Goes down easily and finishes clean. Soft and approachable. Could crush a lot of this in one sitting. Maine beers have now become available in the Cleveland, OH area and I am glad they have. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served with a light chill into tulip glass. Produced a large white head with great retention and lacing. Beer itself was a slightly hazy orange gold. Very attractive.

S: hop forward, and yet juicy and sweet, mandarines, sweet caramel, woodsy, florals are prominent, some peppercorn, apples, light and fragrant, but with serious flavour. Also a bit of a dank/funky aspect.

T: some fruity mandarine and grapefruit, bitter light pine notes. Sweet apple and fruity with florals, dank pine, a bit of a crisp salty lychee and passionfruit. Leaves a pleasant drying aftertaste, with florals and a balanced earthy bitterness.

M: carbonation is light, body is quite light with a smooth malts, hints of caramel, with a slight coating hop oiliness. Has a light bitterness with a smooth profile and a light balanced hop finish.

Combines a very fragrant hop aroma with a complex flavour and a highly sessionable profile, I could drink this all night with no complaints. Taste has lots of complexies, smooth green fruits, citrus, and florals with pine and earthy undertones. Carbonation felt on the low side but it really helped the hops come through. Comes highly recommended. Delightful beer and shows excellent character as it warms.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a bottle to a teku
look; orangy golden with a nice 1" white head, moderate retention, leave a covering, good lacing
smell; pineapple mango grapefruit, grass, a little pine, hint of earth, predominately big fruity citrusy hop aroma
taste; here's the pale ale, sourdough bread, pine and citrus, delicious,
feel; smooth, feels light bodied, dry finish, too easy to drink
overall; taste smell and feel seem like three different beers but come together beautifully in a deliciously drinkable hoppy apa. no thoughts of ' i wish it had more this, less that, the other could be tweaked'. a perfect whatever it is, kind of what maine beer co does

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 120115. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy hops, tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, pine hops and some bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel and a bit of floralness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. It's easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think it's a good citrusy pale ale, glad I got to try this one! I'd certainly drink this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (062812 date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky dark orange, cloudy, with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes with minimal lacing, stopping at about half a finger of head. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a fresh pine and grapefruit peel with an underlying biscuit and toasted malt sweetness. Some lighter floral notes and yeast esters come through as it warms.

Taking a sip, a touch of pine and grapefruit bitterness before mostly sweet fruity esters, almost candy like, and toasted malt. Finishes dry and mostly clean.

Light body with a refreshing effervescence. Very easy to drink even if the abv is on the higher range for a pale ale. Another nice beer from Maine Beer Company.

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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 moysauce
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/10/2016 poured into a tulip on 6/03/2016

L: Pours a beautiful deep gold/light orange in hue. Not quite opaque, but not clear by any means. Nice fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Definitely get the zesty citrus notes. A bit piney/earthy(?). Very nice.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well. More citrus. More pine. A bit resinous, but not overbearing.

F: A nice medium/light bodied APA. Leaves a welcomed coat on the roof of your mouth. Not too carbonated. Dry, but not arid. Pleasant.

Overall this is a very great beer. It doesn't smack you in the face. The notes aren't super subtle. The flavors and aromas are there, present themselves, but don't demand your respect or appreciation which I like. It is what it is. A very good APA.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy burnt orange with some bright yellow - like yellow waves of grain. large 3 finger rocky thick white head

s: potent. a punch of hops to the face. loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pine. its a juicy, earthy smelling hopness. there are some sweet malt in here too. smells very crisp and clean

t: holy MOly (see what i did there). i was a little worried that bitterness would be overwhelming from the aroma, but it is incredibly smooth. its mostly grapefruity and pine - definitely East coast tasting. there is like a crystally-caramel malt that smooths out the flavor after the hops it. i'm picking up a little bit of pineapple and passionfruit in here as well. real nice

m: medium, with some carbonation that fizzez in your mouth

o: real good stuff. its not too complex, but is so smooth and clean. i feel healthier just drinking this

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Photo of MCain04
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle 2 wks fresh poured into HF glass

Golden, copper, slightly hazy body, off-white head of 2 fingers, great retention and lacing.

Juicy tropical fruit flavors with pineapple, mango, lemon and orange peel, pine needles, nice aroma.

Hop fruity, piney, flavor is straightforward, not too much malt backing, a little watery and thin, mild sweetness, mild bitterness.

Body is light, thin, crisp, easy-drinking, mildly dry finish.

Overall a great easy drinking pale that is certainly overpriced but definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks Lauren!

fresh date of 06/26/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange to light amber bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaving behind some thick lace on the glass.

Smell: This nose is really balanced between pine and citris hops notes. Nice grassy notes and a little floral too. Malts are more cracker like and a touch bready.

Taste: Really nice hop profile in this beer its on the high end of low bitterness from the hops. It starts off with pine, grass, and orange peel are the prominent flavors. Malts and hops balance well with little bit more hop flavors than malts. The beer finishes with grapefruit and pineapples notes that are on the low end of bitter and dont linger around for very long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is really drinkable and carbonation is fantastic! It a great APA. Crisp and clean. Just taste really fresh and juicy.

Overall: Maine Beer Company is all about fantastic bottle conditioned beers. MO and Zoe are without a doubt my favorites; honestly they are tied for 1st place. Lunch is pretty good too, but this APA definately beat out Lunch as the better beer in my opinion. I wish that Maine Beer Company was available to me as a local beer!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Bottled on 06/26/12
Consumed on 09/18/12

Appearance
Burnt gold with 4 fingers of fluffy head. Big fluffy clouds of lacing. Cloudy with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated navel oranges, lemon juice and caramel. Hints of pineapple and papaya.

Taste
Candy like caramel malts, sugar coated navel oranges and lemon wedges. Light notes of papaya and pineapple. A hint of pine needle and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium, silky, smooth and slightly drying.

Overall
An incredible APA! Maine Beer Co. really knows what they're doing with their hoppy beers. This, along with Peeper, are some of the best examples of what a Pale Ale can be.

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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 MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beer Temple. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that lingers, eventually settling to a thick, chunky cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent golden peach body.

S - Very leafy and zesty, with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a very old-school hop vibe to this but in a potent and and refined manner. Not much malt character here; just punchy hops and perhaps a faint hint of cracker as support.

T - The taste a bit more bready and yeasty malt character amid the very earthy, piney, and herbal hop flavors. Citrus is there, but it's very bitter grapefruit peel and rind; very low sweetness from either hop or malt. Lingering bitterness is present, but restrained relative to the flavor profile. There's a tiny bit of astringency by the end of the bottle but it's pretty in offensive.

M - Creamy, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation and a dry finish. Hop oils and resins linger on the palate, but there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

D - A very nice pale ale. Really dig the 500ml format too, as it's the perfect amount for one serving of this brew. Really drinkable, as the alcohol and bitterness is held in check. It's really nice to see this brewery distributing to Chicago.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01/03/13.

A: Pours a graduated orangish golden clor with a half finger of nice looking white head. Very good lacing and streaks of lacing.

S: Orange and a touch of pink grapefruit, and a very little bready malt.

T: Juicy orange and slightly pine hops, slight grippy bitterness which provides some nice structure, a little light malt towards the back end, finishing juicy without any bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good stuff, well executed. I appreciate the lack of bitterness. This succeeds as a moderately hoppy PA, and does well with food.

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Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled September 24, drank September 27 (it pays to check unmarked cases in liquor store refrigerators).

Appearance: Semitranslucent yellow. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Slight orange/grapefruit citrus, much more hard water. The major aromas are hard water and soft flowers. Sweet, light floral aromas; not thick like rose, more like lilac.

Taste: The aroma carries through to the flavor, with subtle but distinct hop flavors (sweet floral, mild orange/grapefruit). Great fresh grain flavor before the crisp dry finish.

Everything is subtle, even at just 3 days in the bottle. It's not like the beer is green, or weak, or prematurely old, it's just subtle. Additionally, doesn't drink like 6% ABV at all, more like 4%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, gives a soft and creamy impression. Low bitterness, but sharpens up with the dry finish. Great stuff.

Overall: This is a great but mellow beer. It's not fabulous, but it is flawless. It's refined and subtle without being "challenging" (you taste what's there, it's just not punching you in the face).

This beer kind of exemplifies my problem with Maine Beer Co. Forget that it's overpriced (though it is: love MBC or hate them, deal with it: you can get beer this quality for a much lower price), the problem is that it's widely distributed, and either produced at such a quantity or distributed inefficiently enough that it's rare to find Mo or Peeper that's younger than a month old.

...which is sad, because this is an every day pale ale. This is a vision of what day to day fresh beer can be: delicate flavors masterfully put together. A pleasure to drink, provided it's fresh and plentiful. I'm not chasing the delivery truck around to get a chance to taste this, but I'm loving the hell out of the fresh bottle I lucked into. Why not just sell every drop of this fast, fresh, local?

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 1L bottle into ale glass on 4/5/15, bottled 2/24.

A: Pale amber, somewhat cloudy. Light frothy two-finger head, fair rention, moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus up front with some bitterness, malt behind. No sense of alcohol at all.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish. Well-balanced. Slight bitterness.

O: This is quite good, definitely in the league of something a Hill Farmstead would put out, if you're looking for a comparison. Buy it when you see it and drink as soon as possible.

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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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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,102 ratings.
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