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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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437
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3,065
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
22.01%
 
 
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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: clear light golden colored body with a faint orange hue into my nonic. The white head was about three fingers for about a good two minutes before slowly dieing. The lacing was light, and somewhat spotty. Some carbonation was seen rising. No rings were left as the beer was sipped.

S: centered around the hops. Some citrus came out to play, but very subtley.

T: hops, some citrus came out but it was mostly faint. There was a faint malty backbone. The finish was mostly bitter and dry.

M: medium. It was well carbonated, with a lingering dryness, but was still balanced. It was mostly a drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about. Since the hops take center stage on this beer, I'm not exactly sure if this is really a pale ale. I'm just wondering if this is closer to an IPA. No worries, I would have this again.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a nice big creamy head that pusses down to a rocky finger’s width, leaving slight spots and clouds of sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and torrential with bubbles of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. This beer smells fat and juicy. It is drizzling with citrus, mango, pine, and slight pineapple. There is a great buttery biscuit smell lying below the fruity hops and giving the beer a great body. This smell is very enticing. The beer tastes like a mellower version of the smell, but it’s a little disappointing. The initial sip dances with some of those wonderful hops but rushes away quickly and is replaced by vegetal bitters. The taste overall is bitter and average. There is a great bitter taste at the middle with a little stale biscuit taste that lasts in the mouth and reminds me of a bitter earthy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety, sitting quite nicely on the tongue and leaving the mouth with a nice skim of saliva and a little dry. The only problem is the earthy, almost vegetal bitter aftertaste that tingles through the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good APA that is hurt by its aftertaste. The smell is to die for and might be my new favorite smell, but the taste doesn’t quite follow up. This is another good offering from Maine Beer Company but my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried; to be fair I must admit that APA’s are not my favorite. This beer is definitely worth a try and smell and continues the excellence that this nano-brewery has developed.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%

500ml bottle dated 7/15/14 poured into an unlabeled snifter 9/1/2014.

A- Light, slightly hazy, caramel body with a two finger white head, fair retention time. The head drops into a thick, bubbly collar that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing. [3.75]

S- Clean caramel and toffee pale malt sweetness, some grapefruit. Not too complicated, but smells quite good. [3.75]

F- Plenty of grapefruit accompanied by grainy pale malt sweetness, bread, caramel and crackers. Pine on the finish. More than solid; this is certainly a fairly hop-forward pale ale. [4]

M- Medium bodied, crisp and carbonated just right. Dry, refreshing, crisp and sharp. Finish is pine resin mixed in with grainy pale malt sweetness. [4]

O- More than solid APA although that still doesn't justify the likely cost. Still, despite the relative lack of complexity, this is nicely executed without off-flavours or lacking in any particular category. [4]

Final score: 3.9375

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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 emount91
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear yellow/amber color, carbonation seen, foamy head. smell is very light citrus, some light mango or peach on the back end with an equally as light bready malt. taste is a little heavier than smell on the peach/mango but is quickly cut short and made clean by the citrus and malt which are balanced. clean and bright mouthfeel. and yet other decent beer from MBC.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine MO is a very hoppy APA without particularly strong malt. I kinda wish there was more malt there to balance the hops.

A: Orange colour and a big 3 cm head with strong, visible carbonation. Looks great! 5

S: Nice citrus hop aroma and some noticeable maltiness too. 4

T: The main flavour is strong piney, grassy hops. There isn't much malt there to balance it. Still nice though. 3.75

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Black Sheep, Mineola, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger frothy white cap. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit aromas, with a touch of pine.

The taste consisted of thick and resinous waves of apricot, mango and pine atop a chewy muddled pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full with a low level carbonation and lingering hop spice.

Overall a balmy hop bomb that lulls the palate to sleep with the dulling body.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times in bottle, but this review is on tap.

A: almost clear, golden-orange. Any translucence is more from color than contents. Good head, significant lacing - coverage sustains at thin 80-90% coverage of surface
S: a little sweet, mango mainly, far from overpowering in strength.
T: similar to nose, a pretty straightforward taste and beer. Crisp refreshing flavor (which I am growing to believe is the water they use). There is a light clay undertone that could also be construed as slightly watery.
M: very subtle dryness that hits the front of the tongue with a mildly metallic taste.
O: a thoroughly enjoyable beer from a great brewer. No match for some of their other brews, but I would offer this as a decent entry APA to a new craft drinker to see if they appreciate the smell and fruity/floral tastes that are present in many IPAs that pack a more bitter punch (if I felt they were worth the cost)

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Lunch. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Light, floral citrus.

T: Blend of citrus and pine with a good balance.

M: Balanced carbonation.

O: Another great IPA and a go to were it not for the high prices.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a small foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of citrus notes with some floral hoppy notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes with some floral hoppy notes and some citrus notes with lightly sweet non-descript malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really like the take on this one with nice floral aroma notes and limited bitterness.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden yellow that gets hazier as you pour the sediment out. Excellent retention and pretty great lace

Scent: Complex hop notes including mint, herbs, citrus, pine and floral notes with some light malt. Yeast brings some nuttiness to the table as well

Taste: Almost like a Lunch-lite if you’ve read that review of mine. Fairly malty and even with some citrusy hop freshness

Mouthfeel: On the middling side of thin with a crispness and refreshing quality akin to most good APAs. Nice, even temperament to it

Drinkability: Probably the easiest beer to drink that MBC makes. Peeper is its only rival in this category but this is higher quality overall

Overall: This is pretty much MBC's "session pale" ale (I know it's 6%), and it functions pretty well in that space. I feel like some of the dry-hopping can get a bit lost, but this is fantastic in almost every way and deserves to be praised and enjoyed by everyone who can get it.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/12/22/maine-beer-mo/

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger eggshell shade. Retention is very good, and so is the thick texture. And so is the lacing left behind, really.

S: The first whiffs heave a goodly amount of grapefruit, with a subtle backing of tropical fruit. Give it time to open up, and some biscuity malts will appear, along with a piny touch. Aromatically, it doesn't beat the senses over the nose - rather, it works through delicate, balanced subtlety.

T: While it opens fairly bitterly on the tongue, it finishes with a healthy dose of mango and melon. The bitterness washes away nicely on the back end, and even supplanted by a hint of malt. It's quite Simcoe forward, and I that's precisely why I like it so much.

M: Superbly crisp and clean. Very little of anything lingers on the tongue, apart from a slight bitterness. I'd even call it thirst quenching, which is frankly amazing taking its dry finish into consideration. It does all of this without relying on strong carbonation, too.

O: No singular element of this blows the mind, but in the same way that Lunch or Sculpin work, continuing to drink it will reveal a very elegant, refined example of a style that's mainly reliant on brute force. Still, this is a LOT of money for a simple pale ale, even one as good as this.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 8/12/12. courtesy of valdieu2. wine glass.

a - pours a deep golden shade, slightly hazy, with a few streams of bubbles visible. gave me a two finger, sudsy, off white head that calmed slowly to a tin cap. webby lacing.

s - strawberry! also orange, grapefruit, honey, fresh cut grass and toasted bread. an absolutely wonderful aroma here.

t - lightly toasted malt character with faint citrus notes. a milder, piney bitterness creeps up slowly. finishes slightly dry.

m - medium in body, carbonation level, and co2 profile. slightly sticky.

o - a pretty nice beer overall, but i wish the taste and feel were on par with the smell. really, this seems to compete with most non-west coast ipas to me. worth buying if you come across it.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different kind of Pale Ale as it behaves like spritzy soda water but with strong hoppiness. The hops are light and earthy with pine, rose petal, flower, spring like airy tastes with an easy caramel malt sweetness. Quenching and easy this is different but delicious.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled 02/23/12...so about 3 weeks old) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat strange dirty amber color with a grayish and almost olive green tint to it (never seen anything like this color before in a beer), dirty, a bit muddy and yeasty. Four huge fingers of bright white foam form on top and linger for many minutes. This is a multiple stage pour beer to relieve the bottle of its contents and fill the glass. When the head does finally fall, tons and tons of sticky lace coat the entire glass.

S - Lots of hops on the nose, piney, herbal and especially grassy with some citrus as well. Really don't get much else out of the aroma. Hops overpower any malt contributions in this beer. Simple and straight forward, but good smelling beer.

T - Same green, herbal, piney and grassy hop flavors as was indicated by the aroma. Medium bitterness from the hops, but flavor is strong. Light malty presence, biscuity malt flavors with touches of sugary sweetness. Hops are the stars of the show however.

M - Medium bodied with a tingly mid-level carbonation. Grassy and herbal hops and medium bitterness.

O - Very good American pale ale. Nice and hoppy overall - full of hop flavor with a smooth bitterness. Fresh and crisp flavors - nothing overpowering...a hop lovers pale ale. Another winner from Maine Beer.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Murky yellow-amber in color, slightly hazy with slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe oranges, weed, and a bit of peace.

Taste: Oranges, sweet malts, a bit of pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A delicious APA. Refreshing!

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: orange tangerine grapefruit peach mango melon.
Taste: mild citrus notes upfront orange tangerine grapefruit middle of the mouth bready malt sweetness grapefruit zest melon light tropical notes finishes with a slight biterness.
Feel: light medium body semi dry finish. Very easy drinking.
Overall: a really nice summer beer the flavor isn't really crazy but it's supper easy drinking. Nice beer for a super hot day!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body (maybe orange) with slow dying one finger head and lace all down glass. A wonderfully wet, citric hop aroma with touches of sweetness. Smooth, slightly grainy with something akin to crackers for a dryness that passes the tongue on each sip. Flavors are bitter yet juicy hops and there are some tropical fruits and a touch of sugary sweetness but for most part this is a hoppy, dry beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/06/12 notes. Not sure of the exact date but was told this was almost a 2 month old bottle. Shared by WheretheWildBeersGo; thanks Joey!

a - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruits, and some fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of fruits and citrus to it.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, floral hops. Tiny bit of bitterness but almost none at all. More grapefruit here and less tropical fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and almost no bitterness for a hoppy beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but like all Maine Beer Co. beers, make sure you check the bottled daye before buying their stuff in NYC or it might be months old. This one holds up much better than 2-3 month old bottles of Peeper and Zoe, but I get the feeling this could be great if you got it super fresh. Still a lot of nice fruit and citrus and something I'd certainly revisit if I saw a fresh bottle/it on tap.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is beautiful lemony citrus with some sweet pine. The taste is smooth and fresh and bright. Juicy citrus hops with a malty background. Finish is dry. nb

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%

A- Pours a deep orange in color and very hazy in the glass. A big head forms and retains for days. The head is thick and frothy and dense, sticking around almost literally forever. The lacing is also tremendous on this beer.

S- Slightly floral and hoppy, but not aggressively hoppy or bitter on the nose. Just a touch of bright citrus flavor is in the scent as well. Nothing super complex or aggressive here, just about your standard APA.

T- Starts with a rather mild hops bitterness that is the focus of the beer, but not the only part of the flavor. An underlying malt sweetness sits right under the slight hop bitterness throughout the drink, and provides the base for the mild hops. The hops turn more toward a spiciness than a bitterness midway through the drink and combine with the malt base to give an overall mild pale ale.

M- Light and springy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is a moderately smooth pale ale. Slick across the tongue with just a touch of lingering hops bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a flagship pale ale. Nothing too aggressive in the way of hops, but good balance flavor overall.

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Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, dry, bubbly, white head. Craters slowly. Dry, sticky lacing, and a persistent foam blanket.

S: Hops and pine resin.

T: Light hop, citrus pith is prominent.

M: Light body, bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great persistent head, and some very persistent lacing. Nose is hoppy with a slight balance of sweet resin. Hoppy bitterness rules the day. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light, clear golden color with a very impressive large white head.

Smells of big bright citrus, juicy orange and pineapple and grapefruit. Pretty aggressive and bitter hop aroma, hint of pine, not much of a malt character.

Taste is similar but less intense than nose. Grapefruit and orange again, more pine than in the nose, again a pretty neutral malt profile and mostly all hops. Very good but a bit of a letdown after the excellent nose.

Carbonation is really nice but the body is a tad thin. I don't mind that so much really, I'll take a thin body over a malty flavor in an IPA, but it does prevent the feel from being great and not just good.

Really nice "pale" ale, more of an IPA really. Love this brewery, they've yet to disappoint.

8.0/10

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over all a good pale ale. Nice hop and citrus notes with the perfect balance of malt. I detect no alcohol. Mouth feel is a little thin. This beers only down fall.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful presentation- with a long lived white head that laces the glass, a translucent red straw color and an effervescence that adds life to the display.

My nose finds a mild nosed beer. Maybe it's me and therefore I downgraded my consideration.

Taste is wonderful-- a mile well balance-- just right, just enough-- it's a titillating flavor thread-- not over-powring, but not underwhelming. Enough ale character to make a lilting, light-footed, pirouette on my taster that causes me to start downing this beer-- I think that I've just won a million bucks and I'm pouring champagne all over my head.

The mouthfeel keeps up with it's flavor-- light, mild but chisled and well defined. It finishes with an equally mild but well established stance.

Overall-- this is a wonderful warm weathre refresher beer with outstanding characteristics. Solid proof that a fine flavored beer does not have to be a flavor steam-roller, nor does it's ABV content have to be a flashing neon sign.

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