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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
3,099
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
21.78%
 
 
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281
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Reviews: 447 | Ratings: 3,099
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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with lasting white head. Pretty. Aromas of fruit and pine are prevalent. Same comes through in delicious flavor, never tending too bitter. Very balanced, but slightly too much carbonation for my liking. Otherwise top-notch.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a exceedingly lovely clear copper color with a bubbly white head.
The aroma is loaded with citrus notes and a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, lots of orange and a hint of grapefruit, maybe a bit of peach and sweet pineapple. A very nice malt balance and a perfect, slightly bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding: Medium, smooth, nearly creamy.
Overall, I just can't stop drinking this beer. Wish I could get it regularly...

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Maine Beer Co. And not disappointed. Aroma hits you long before you bring the glass to your nose. Pineapple, citrus and lemongrass, guessing some citra or simcoe at play here.

Resiny taste and great lacing, the malt and body here is very nice, and belies its relatively light color, biscuity and a bit chewy. Perfect carbonation level, coats the palate, hype be damned, this backs it up, better than expected. I'm going to shut up and enjoy the rest.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 06/30/15

Sexy pour, beautiful color and thick foamy head with solid retention ... Also the beer is so drinkable that Its almost too easy to finish before the head has receded. Great scent of pine and citrus, taste is similar with awesome citrus and hop notes that are perfectly balanced with slightly sweet malts.

Overall this brew is ridiculously smooth and drinkable - gushing with fruity citrus flavors perfectly followed by resinous pine. It's so flavorful but remains one of the most refreshing and drinkable beers I've had, which is often a difficult balance to achieve. Bottom line, I love this beer and would drink it every day if I could afford it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Maine Brew co beer.
This pours clearer than I was led to believe it should pour--it looks "normal," although it's lively and full of effervescence. It smacks of juicy hops, like a freshly squeezed orange. Smells wonderful. Crisp, drying, not super bitter but just enough. This was delicious.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle snagged at a liquor store in Albany, NY.

Pours sunshine golden with a bright white head. Smells like aggressive citrus hops with large, variegated citrus nodes including pineapple, grapefruit and orange, and this is balanced exceptionally well with a straight-up east coast malt profile that is super soft, round, and yeasty.

Tastes, thankfully, much like it smells. Excellent, excellent balance with the big aggressive hop nodes tied perfectly to warm, round malt by way of some amazing yeastmanship.

As wonderful as Maine's Lunch is, I think I like Mo a little bit better.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, crisp and clean, this is one of the best pale ales I've had. Not overly hopped like a lot of pale ales nowadays, this beer is perfectly balanced and is ridiculously easy to drink. I want more of this one.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale honey gold with a good head which recedes in a few minutes. The smell is juicy for a pale, with tons of tangerines, papaya, melon, and citrus jumping out. The taste follows, nice biscuits pale malts perfectly balance the juicy hops that steal the show. A nice piney citrus mix hits you first, followed by a tinge of sweet fruits, with a grapefruit finish that evolves into strong tangerine as the beer warms. A tangerines taste lingers in your mouth with some slight hop bitterness. Would really like to know the bittering hops used here. Unreal. The feel is almost perfect to style, nice and drinkable with a decent but not overwhelming bite of carbonation and the perfect amount of bitterness on the finish. Overall, this is a world class pale ale. Seek this out fresh if this is your style.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Tonyjenlasc
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a nice golden color. Maybe a slight haze to it but fairly clear in appearance.
Smell - Citrus, some pineapple, some floral notes, grapefruit, dank/pine
Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some floral, slight tropical notes.

Overall - Such a good tasting pale ale from MBC. SO easy drinking/crushable.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 11.16.12. consumed less than a month later.

A: pretty clear bright amberish gold hued color. bright white head is big. retention is fairly good as well. some clumps of lacing.

S: tons of grapefruit. lemons a little bit of kiwi. very american, very fresh smelling hops here. everything you could want in an APA.

T: passionfruit and grapefruit. lemons and limes. a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. the sugar of the grain lingers briefly before drying almost completely.

M: carb is good. wouldnt hate for a tad more bubbles, but im definitely being nit-picky. light almost medium body.

D: wow, this is some good shit. highly fruity, very drinkable. wouldnt hate more. a lot more.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA.

It's one thing to feel it, but it's another to do it. And with a Mo in Boston, Raul is straight feeling it! Kind of like Pliny's lil brotha (that's a good thing, my peeps), this thang is all kinds of hoppy, floral and nasty. Not nasty like the red eye I took from LA to get here; nasty like your mama at prom.

Yep!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle dated 08/16/16

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, sweet passionfruit, guava, mango, zesty lemon, orange pith, grapefruit rind, mild caramelized crackery bready grain, with dank floral earthy herbal grass and pine. Tastes like passionfruit, guava, pineapple, mango, some caramelized crackery bready malt, zesty lemon, orange pith, grapefruit rind, with dank floral earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice pale ale.

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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 drned
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprising mellow IPA. Others will describe the details. I find this an exceptional east coast effort. Well balanced and very drinkable. Carbonation is a tickle that sticks to the taste buds. Introduced by another fan, and I will look for it in the future.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and it's one of my favourites. Some are calling Maine Beer the Russian River of the East and while I've only ever had Pliny The Elder from RRB, I can understand why some would make that connection. Wish Maine Beer would send more of their brews to NJ.
500ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Hazy gold with a 1" white sea foam head that dissipated down to 1/4".
AR: Tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange and a bit of grapefruit) and a whisper of pine.
T: Practically identical to the nose with the fruit flavours of the hops being quite lush and juicy with a bit of cereal grains/cracker and a grassy element as well.
M: Crisp on the tongue with moderate carbonation, the moist juicy feel turns to a lip smacking palate cleansing dry finish.
OV: A rather exceptionally flavourful beer where you can taste each little nuance throughout the enjoyment of it. A superb effort from Maine Beer. Please send more beer to NJ, thanks!

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Photo of benloho
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

A: MO pours a nice bright tangerine color, with some chill haze, but pretty clear. 2 fingers of creamy, fluffy head that leaves a gorgeous thick lacing on the glass all the way down.
S: Strong hop aroma. I pick up grassyness, some pine, and light herbal qualities with some citrus in there too, specifically orange peel.
T: Follows the nose exactly. Hop forward for sure, with a grassy and herbal quality to it. There are some citrus and pine notes too. Great crackery and biscuity backbone to this beer from the malt.
MF: DRINKABLE! Smooth and light in the mouth, with a crisp feel and dry finish that brings me right back to the glass for another gulp. So easy to drink and so enjoyable on my taste buds.
O: Amazing APA from MBC. While Peeper is a great beer, this one is just so much better in my opinion. I wish I could get these beers in TN.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bright orange hue, big white head, and huge thick lacing down the glass. Big citrus nose, orange dominated, slightly tropical. Taste starts off with some biscuit notes, grapefruit and orange through mid palate and finishes bitter and piney. Big bright explosion of carbonation, medium body, and slightly dry finish. Classic American pale ale and one of the best.

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Photo of Tank880
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really really good. The bouquet is plentiful. Taste has a great start and better finish. My first from this brewery, won't be my last.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: very soft pour so almost no head. Nice orange color with good clarity, beer has legs for low ABV

S: very crisp orange smell with a little bitterness and some cracker

T: just a very vibrant orange taste so crisp malty crackery on the finish but the explosion of pure orange taste is very nice

M: Amazingly crisp with a dry finish and as this beer ages the dryer it gets very light mouthfeel

O: about near as perfect so you get for a lower ABV pale ale, very clean dry orange on the tongue and very light in the mouth it looks great, it smells great, it tastes great find if drink it. Beware of bottle dates at two months this beer is shockingly bland on citrus, falls off quick. Under a month you will just sit there dumbfounded.

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Photo of do_ob
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dexterk1
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into two glasses. I really like that the date is displayed prominently.
Head was nice and large (about 2-3 inches). Color is a slightly hazy golden.
Aroma is nice! Plenty of citrus and a little floral.
Taste is excellent. Well balanced. Light citrus and some pine and floral. Ends with just a little green.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A little of the haze might come through.
Overall an excellent beer! Very well rounded. Great pale ale!!

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MO from Maine Beer Company
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