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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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433
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3,042
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4.27
pDev:
22.01%
 
 
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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When you spend $6 for a pint anticipating world class flavor, the bar is set high. MO pours a murky off orange color with a couple fingers of head,and decent lacing.

If you are expecting a traditional ale, the aroma immediately lets you know that it is much more: the tropical fruits are prominent like a hopped up quality IPA, and the flavors follow suit.
Overall a nicely balanced hop explosion on your palate.

Whether this fine ale would suit traditional ale drinkers is debatable, regardless it is worth a try for the taste experience alone, and lovers of hoppy IPAs should seek this one out for sure.
There is a certain delectable peach-mango flavor going on here.

Finding that many of the top ranked New England brews worth trying simply aren't available in a six pack, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth the price tag if the bottom line is quality.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 052615: Hints of citrus, pine, and something else of tropical origin... This is a very solid pale ale. Very floral, and tasty. Excellent brew.

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Photo of macher0
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw. A little cloudy. Fine bubble egg shell head. Sticky laces. The smell bursts with citrus notes: grapefruit, mangos, lemon peel, and pineapple. The taste follows. This is a great beer for citrus-heads. Very light malts backbone and distinctive yeast character. Very smooth, crisp, and light body.

This is a great beer - all around. A lot of the citrus notes of Zombie Dust are similar and the light malt to hop ratio of Pliney is present.

I think this is excellent and is underrated.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an unfiltered yellow to orange. Thick frothy head is at least 2 fingers deep. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus - grapefruit, fresh earthy hops, inviting.

T: Really nicely balanced and flavored pale ale. A touch of malts, but dominated by a nice fresh hop flavor although not over the top.

M: Carbonation is very fine and frothy. Light enough for summer and just a tad strong for session but easily could enjoy more than one.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of brewskis
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a finger and a half white head. Great head retention that leaves a thin blanket of lacing. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of more citrus fruits up front like grapefruit and orange. Then beneath that there are some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as a tiny hint of pine and floral. The malt imparts a sweet breadiness note that makes the fruit aromas seem more juicier. Taste is outstanding. Reminds me of a Hill Farmstead beer. Starts with hefty doses of bitter grapefruit and orange notes. The the middle brings a crackery, bready, sweet malt presence that balances quite nice with the increasing bitter, yet juicy grapefruit. Also starting to get tropical fruit notes as well. The finish brings more juicy tropical fruit notes like pineapple. Also getting more juicy grapefruit and a good amount of pine. Definitely detect the red wheat on the finish as well. Getting almost like a bubblegum flavor. Bitter, but not as aggressive as you might expect. In-your-face, yet delicate from the balance of malt and hops, as well as the clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect, as it refreshes the beer and cleanses the palate, which makes you want to take another sip. I’ve had a lot of amazing pale ales, and this one is right up there with those. Glad they are in Chicago now.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the finest pale ales out there IMHO. loaded with tropical, green mango, pineapple notes and just the right amount of malts to balance. very refreshing mouthfeel despite being dry. a true joy! imbibe without reservations.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a semi-opaque light orange with a creamy two-finger head. Very nice; a fine looking beer that makes me want to drink it.

S - Citrus and hops with a bit of pine/dank, mmm. Smells like many IPA's.

T - A nice mix of grapefruit and hopiness. Tastes like their could be citra hops in it (apparently not). Nicely balanced; none of the flavors are overpowering. All of the flavors linger after a sip as well.

M - Light body and smooth.

O - This is a fantastic, well-crafted citrusy APA. With IPA's and DIPA's being "all the rage" right now, this should not be overlooked.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden colored beer. This pours with two fingers of rocky/creamy off-white foam with a persistent head that leaves sticky, ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong pineapple, grapefruit and lemon, citrus hops aroma along with a medium grassy character from dry hop additions. Mild ale esters a light malt character biscuits.

T: A strong grapefruit hops flavor with a very strong hops bitterness. There isn't much malt backing this up just a slight sweetness with a light bready and slight caramel quality to it. The balance is very bitter and the finish is quite dry. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and flavors of grapefruit and a touch a pith.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation and a medium amount of creaminess.

O: An outstanding American Pale that is almost nothing but a showcase for strong citrus hops aromas and flavors with a very enjoyable grapefruit character.

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Photo of philbe311
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Voluminous four plus fingers worth of rich creamy off white colored head densely packed with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Rock star retention... The color is a slightly muted golden honey... A moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation throughout... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose is of bright and vibrant citrusy hops... Grapefruit is at the forefront... A faint malty bread base... Some very light caramel and toffee notes linger way beneath the surface... Simple, straight forward and very effective...

T - It should be no surprise that the hops are again at the forefront... However on the palate they are slightly less citrusy with some piney goodness mixed in... They sit atop a sturdy malt base of biscuit and bread crust... Like the nose, this is fairly simple but extremely well executed...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Lush but slightly chewy... Bright carbonation... Dense and rich... Slightly unique and very effective...

D - This is a world class American Pale Ale... Attention to detail and a lot of subtleties add up to make one outstanding offering... Outstanding in all facets... I don't have a single bit of constructive criticism and this one is near perfection... Maine Brewing has a good thing going and I hope keeps going for a very long time...

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 1pt, .9 oz bottle dated 030116 to snifter.
Clear beautiful light copper color. Small head that dissipates, but noticeable effervescence.
Clean but muted smell.
Beautifully balanced clean crisp taste, no bitterness, but no sweetness or yeast taste either, just good clean flavorful ale.
Great feel. You know you have beautiful beer in your mouth. The feeling lingers well after the swallow.
Overall very very nice 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 MakeMineADoubleJack
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, fresh, excellent balance. I could drink MO all night. This pale ale has the perfect amount of hoppiness to make me a happy guy.

Maine is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. I can't pass up the opportunity to try any of their beers. This one lives up to the small amount of hype built around it. Can't wait to have Lunch one day!!!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company - MO

Look - Pours a cloudy honey with a glorious soapy head. Lacing abound.

Smell - Dank citrus hops, spices, snappy malts. Literally mouth-watering.

Taste - Smooth, lightly carbonated dry malt followed by a tasty hop blast. Has some bite. Light and crisp as hell.

Mouthfeel - Clean, dry, and not boozy at all. Quite drinkable.

Overall - What a great brew, thoroughly enjoyed and would 100% recommend. This would be absolutely amazing for a Summer cookout or something, or whenever you want to feel like you are at one.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy gold with bright white head that stays & stays, good laces too
S - citrus, grapefruit mostly
T - tart, hopes, bitter beauty
M- citrusy finish balances the bitter, dry end makes the next sip (and glass) inevitable
O - a superior APA, ABV manageable -"wow" factor on my first glass - a great beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont NJ

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Photo of neurobot01
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 5/06/14 into an IPA glass; thanks to HopSynonymous for this one!

Look: beautiful deep yellow with a monstrous fluffy head.

Smell: clean citrus, with almost a hint of a wheaty note in the background. Also some white wine character.

Taste: lemony citrus leads the way, followed by something like lightly-toasted seeds or nuts, with a bit of other fruit—strawberry, peach, orange. Nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, but without being overpoweringly either.

Feel: phenomenally smooth and creamy, light to medium in body, and fairly dry.

Overall: MBC does it again. This is damn near a perfect pale ale. So good—and this bottle was 38 days old! I can only imagine how glorious it would be ultra-fresh.

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Photo of rjd722
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, quite simply another hit from Maine Beer...I've never been disappointed. Beautiful pour with a huge frothy head, great retention and lacing. Slightly hazy, light orange-yellow color. The aroma presents a big burst of pine, with slight grass and citrus. Unbelievably smooth and easy to drink, instantly one of my favorite pales. Great balance of piney, floral, hops and sweet malt.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. This is an exciting brewery. It seems whatever they put out instantly garners top notch reviews, and it's easy to see why with a beer like this. Strong pine flavors suggest a powerful backbone of citrus and lemon zest with grapefruit nuances also apparent. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Agent1
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Great head, excellent lacing. Nice, bubbly and bright white! Golden orange and very active in the glass. Very enticing.

Smell - Very oily on the noise. Lots and lots of lupulin in the aroma, which one would imagine, this is best to be drank young, similar to beers like Pliny the Elder. Pineapple, mango, coriander, pine, honey, apricots/ peaches, flowers, plants, mandarin oranges. So much going on here.

Taste - Quality pils malts, wheat, with beautifully bittering. Quite hoppy. Simcoe shines through and is absolutely glorious. Notes of honey, grass, barnyard funk, lemon, marigolds, elderberry, pineapple, green apple, mango, white bread, hay, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Excellent carbonation. Zippy and crisp. Very clean finish!

Overall - Very impressive Pale Ale. Has many shared characteristics to beers like the Chainbreaker, but arguably, better. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've had in a long time. Tassstyyyyyeeehh!

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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 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!

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11/7/12
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 rdilauro
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding and brilliant color. Stood back an minute or so just to look at the color!
Aroma was typical of a good IPA, the grapefruit, citrus overtones was present but not overdone. The first sip was so very smooth. The bitterness was there, but this was a bigger softer ale which balanced the bitterness.

The aftertaste lingered and lingered and lingered. That to me was the best. If I can get a beer
to last this long with the aftertaste, oh BOY!

Loved this one will have MO again

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in a cloudy light orange. It has a 2 finger fluffy head.

The aroma has huge orange and tangerine, definitely some tropical fruits like passionfruit and pineapple. Some pine and dankness on the back from the Simcoe and Falconer's Filght.

The beer hits with those tropical fruits in the front. The general theme is a grapefruit flavor with fruit flavor, bitterness, and slight sweetness. A very clean drinking beer that then hits of pine dankness on the back. This is complemented with some biscuity malt.

Maine Beer Company again with some of the best hoppy beers around.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The label art is simple and exquisite! A huge fist of white meringue builds and lasts the entire session, while carbonation continuously sends up reinforcements from within a clear, yellow-gold (SRM 4-6) elixir, and thick patches of lace embrace the Harp nonic glass.
The aroma entices one with fresh citrus, ranging from grapefruit to orange, while strong pinesap and mango come out with slight warming. Peaches and pineapple follow as well.

Bitter earthiness is almost balanced with sweet citrus, but wins out in the end. This is simply freshness in a glass with mouthwatering grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some light celery and rye form a nice backdrop while a long, modest finish carries one to the next sip.

A slick, medium body with fizzy carbonation is accented by light metallic notes in this extremely fresh beer. Alcohol is as expected, noticeable, but still a background player.

If one considers MO to be an exemplary APA, then most others are poor examples of the style. Happily, one could easily enjoy a few pints with friends during a long, hot, casual summer afternoon.

MO will become a summer staple for me for as long as Maine Beer Company continues to send it my direction.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-a beautiful orange color with a white head

S-a zesty sweet pine citrus aroma very complex

T-fantastic citrus hops and balanced with the malt

M-has a nice bitter finish, piney and resiney. Smooth at the end

This pale ale taste different from other pale ales that would make you want it again.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Maine Beer Co and it definitely lived up to the hype. Poured a strong yellow into a tulip glass with a larger than expected head. The aroma was a blast of citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. You don't even need to raise the glass to smell the wonderful scent. The taste was light in a sessionable way. Could have drank a few of these. The peach or passion fruit flavor shines.

This was one of the best American pale ale's I've ever had. Thanks guy in the liquor store that I made small talk with for recommending this beer for a Labor Day treat.

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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