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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of Scrylol
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden hazy body with a one finger frothy white bubbly head.

Orange juice, heavy citrus, piney, floral, tropical aromas on the nose. Very nice.

Big citrusy and piney flavor, backed by dry, bitter, and slightly malty notes. Slight fruity taste too. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, silky, nice mouthfeel, good body. Nice amount of carbonation that doesn't wreck the tongue.

Very nice APA from Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of mattsander
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, golden, good clarity, white long lasting head.

S: Orange peels & flowers, lemon, tropical/pine-y (seems simcoe?), basil. Very hop forward but not oppressively hoppy. Malt is totally out of the way. Smells awesome.

T: Juicy, hop-centered but never 'big' or 'bold', clean and mineraly. Citrus fruits, very floral. Seems like a low-cohumelone 'clean' bitterness. A beer with a wonderful quality of flavor, and a restrained quantity of flavor.

M: Very dry, a delight to drink.

Great pale ale from Maine.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Miller's Pub. Pours a orangeish gold with slight haze. White head forms and retains a collar. Some lacing present. The nose is heavenly, loads of tropical notes, mango flesh, peach, and pineapple. This is backed by some pine and resin as well as mild malty notes. The taste is hop forward with moderate bitterness and an emphasis on tropical fruits. There is not much body or malt backbone, which works to make this brew light, refreshing, and full of flavor! High carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted pale with an excellent hop profile. Check it out!!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 1/28/14 into a pint glass
A: Golden orange color with a 1.5-finger head that lingers
S: Mango, grapefruit, pine, malt, a bit of stone fruit, florals- very complex
T: Delicious- citrus, tropical fruits, florals, a bit of earch; again complex and balanced
M: Fairly light but with a pleasant bitterness
O: A fantastic IPA- balanced, complex, and simply delicious

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Photo of Mises85
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on a tulip dated 012814.

Appearance: just gorgeous amber orange color. Fluffy pillow 2-3 finger head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top with some firm yeast.

Smell: Citrus, tangerine, mango, guava, biscuit malt. Very IPA like.

Taste: more citrus, tropical fruit flavors. More biscuit malt so it is not exactly an IPA. thick creamy clean finish.

Overall: Another great beer from a fantastic brewery.

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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 ricknelson
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought most of the beers that Maine Beer Co. was offering this past Fall with plans to do a tasting with six of my BA Buddies. But I wound up drinking them all with a couple of my beer buddies who attended my annual New Year's Party. Tasted Peeper Ale, Another One, Zoe, Mean Ole Tom, King Titus, Lil One, Lunch and MO. Lunch and Mo were two of the eight Maine Beer Co. beers that I was really looking forward to tasting. MO did not dis-appoint me in any way. Outstanding is where I rated it and it was all of that.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a friend.

Pours a slightly hazey golden color with a couple fingers of thick sudzy head and leaves breat lacing as it falls. MO has a great hop blast of a nose, with lots of citrus (grapefruit) and other tropical fruit, pine resin and some floral notes. The taste follows suite and this APA drinks almost like an IPA with big juicy fruit, pine and spicy hop notes but with a nice bready malt backbone with a clean, dry finish. The body is full but light on the palate and there is plenty of carbonation making MO light and refreshing. Really well done!

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Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought a 16oz bottle home from work the day it got delivered. I've had most of the brews from Maine Brewing and as hard as it is to say, MO is my personal favorite.

A slightly hazy copper body with an inch of white head. The head fades leaving behind tons of lacing. Reeks of citrusy hops. Awesome. Crisp and refreshing with malt and hops in near perfect balance. An awesome brew. The only problem with the Maine Beers is that they aren't cheap and they run in and out of availability. But thats what happens when you make something special in a finite amount.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pale golden ale, nearly transparent yet hazy and lively. Big head from a center pour, solid white, and firm. Head retention is excellent; lacing is unbelievably thick and sticky. Beautiful beer.

Big citrus hop aroma, some cat pee sneaking in (the only MBC brew where I get this consistently), light biscuit and pale malts, some honey, and a lot of pine. Hop-forward.

Flavor completely matches the aroma: a hop-forward, pine/citrus/resin of a beast. Extremely bitter, but on the flavor end; there's no Bitter Without a Cause going on. All this floats on a light but present pale malt backbone, dry biscuit and grains. The malt flavor marks this as an APA vice IPA, but the bitterness tries to seduce you into changing your mind.

Very drinkable mouthfeel: comes across as medium-light, nearly gulpable, yet it has an almost chewy maltiness that makes you pause and really consider it. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, no sting (yet lively). Nothing off-balance at all.

This is among the better APAs out there. It doesn't have the big Citra notes of ZD, or the amazing mouthfeel of Edward, but I can't think of any others I'd put above it. A worthy, updated successor to SNPA.

Can't believe I never reviewed this beer until now! Super-fresh bottle, 2 weeks old.

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Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from full notes at time of consumption over the weekend. I had heard great things and fully agree that this is a very good Pale Ale.

A- Poured into two pint glasses from the 500ml bottle. Slightly hazy, deep golden body receives a frothy, foamy white cap. The head retention is pretty good and it eventually falls to a thick ring and a bunch of pillows on the beer. Lacing is immediately thick rings and drizzles down most of the glass.

S- Bright and fresh hop blast right when opening the bottle. Hops have a nice bouquet of equal amounts of juicy tropical fruits and citrus juice plus rind. Some floral hints as well. Rounded out by fresh cracked grains, light sweets and some yeast bread.

T- Follows right where the nose left off with the citrus grapefruit, stone fruit pith, tropical juicy and floral hops just edging out the other elements of the beer. Balance is achieved as I think it should be in an APA with cereal grains, biscuit malts and light yeast bringing fruit and bread notes.

MF- Light body with a texture that is just between creamy and foamy. Carbonation at a high end and it really works well with the flavors here. Finishes with a light bitterness lingering with hop flavors.

Damn nice balance is struck here by Maine. The hops are super fresh and fairly pungent but it all rounds out in the end. This is what hoppier APAs should be like, great hop flavors with balance at the same time. It is not a mini-IPA in my opinion, just a great Pale Ale.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, golden, cloudy appearance. Great lacing around the rim of glass. Tiny bubbles provide a fun effervesce.

S: Citrus fruits aroma dominates. Grapefruit, lemon, and hops.

T: Hops provide the bitterness, and the citrus fruits play a game of twister with the carbonation. The taste buds are really enjoying this collection of favors. This beer would be outstanding in the summer.

M: It's surprising how hop forward this beer is and how that impacts the mouthfeel. The bitterness extends to the back roof of the mouth. Very nice feeling that you would get from any citrus beverage. Very close to the line of being an IPA

O: Very easy drinking beer. I wish I was out at a baseball game with a glass of this in hand. It would make for a perfect experience.

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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 KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 2/21/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Broken Bow Pint Glass

Appearance: Golden and foggy, it is difficult to see through the glass. The head is two to three fingers tall and dissipates slowly.
Aromatics: Grapefruit is the strongest aromatic and it hits hard. There is some some flavor of orange and a light malt as well. And some of the pine you would expect from a pale ale.
Flavor: The mouth-fill is very creamy and juicy. It brings a lot of those flavors from the aromatics with it and the malt hits more in the taste
Finish: It finishes with the zests from the fruit and that tart and sour flavors also stays on the mouth.

Notes: Born on date: 12/31/13

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop a bottle, pouring a brew of hazy goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger tall head of creamy, soapy eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention into ringed and patterned lacing down the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be intermittent but active. The aroma is wildly fresh, giving notes of grapefruity and herbal hops, tangerine juiciness, lemon rind zest, white sugar sweetness, tinny metallics, pale malts and chlorine-washed barley, sea foam, sandy dryness, passion and star fruitiness, and manila paper muskiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring remains true to style, respecting the boundaries of the hop profile, in that it doesn’t encroach on the obviously pale maltiness of the base. As we sip, the taste begins with metallic pale and amber maltiness, spicy ale yeastiness, board chalk, fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, lactic acidity, light black pepper spiciness, tin, dried herbals, laundry detergent chemicals, and fresh picked cotton blend. The middle peaks with bitter arugula greens, celery and spinach vegetals, dried sage and thyme spiciness, lemon and tangerine juiciness, coven phenols, clayed minerals, and citric, floral, and softly soapy hoppiness. The end comes with dried pencil graphite, strawed plastics, eggplant vegetals, spicy grapefruit and tangerine rind, fresh squeezed orange juiciness, lemon-lime zest, balmy herbalness, parsnip rootiness, potato starches, and green mustard weed spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of stinging citric and grassy oiliness and rind of hops, pencil woodiness, gravel dustiness, clean ceramic, fumy wood stain and plastic phenol bite, dried straw, leafy green vegetal leafiness, iced water, and sticky orange flesh and seed. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, foam, and pull, working its way easily around the mouth. It is initially coating, but drags into a clean and tannic puck of hoppy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, and following flavor. The nose, right from the start, gave freshness and cleanliness that is hard to come by. Although the taste rushes in rather abruptly, it too gave a spice and ease of sip that followed rather well. This is the last of the Maine Beer Company “heavy hitters” for us to sample, and it was certainly no disappointment. Compared to Lunch and Zoe, however, we did find this guy to sip back a bit easier, and flow a touch lighter. While this can be attributable to stylistic differences, it detracts nothing from the overall sentiment of flavor and forward punch this beer has to offer. This is a fantastic beer, and one of their best, most consistently drinkable to date.

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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 farrago
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large frothy head cresting around three fingers of eggshell white foam, very whipped up and airy, lots of dimpling across the surface, the retention is so-so, the lacing is comprised of a few razor thin but very long streaks. The liquid is a pleasing light orange with a mild metallic sheen, quite clear and pretty, slight yellowing at the rims, plenty of fat bubbles, no beads, all randomly dispersed. The nose has a certain purity to it, milled grains, sour mixed white citrus, spoonful of honey, pine cone, not very sappy, minimal herbaceousness, soft cocoa maltiness, needs to warm to really release the peach, yellow apple, apricot fruit scents. Full-bodied, in fact a little too broad shouldered as it tends to progress slowly through the palate. Here it’s much more floral and the white to pink grapefruit and orange citrus a bigger overall element. The fluffy carbonation helps relieve some weight and create lift and mouth perfume. The sweetness of the apricot, peach, pear fruit takes hold with force. Some peppery notes but the graininess lost a bit. Otherwise, does a good job of masking the total sweetness and making it a blended experience versus bunch of soloists jockeying for position.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Cloudy light orange. Nice white head with a variety of chunky bubble patches.

Smell - Awesome hop aroma. Peach, orange, grapefruit. Grainy bready malt.

Taste - Less hoppy and more grainy. Peach and pineapple hops. Cracker malt lends minimal sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Easy drinking, although bitter.

Overall - I could drink this by the pint any afternoon. Doesn't ever really live up to its own aroma, but it's still excellent.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Clean and light orange/yellow body. 2 inch foam consisting of large air bubbles.

S - Lemon and Orange citrus notes combined with pine and grassy hop aroma.

T - Pine/herbal flavors slightly more prevalent than citrus, but nicely balanced. Slightly bitter and dry finish.

O - This is a nice Pale Ale, but I expected it to be a little better. I think it would be better if it was fresher (bottle date was 10-22-13). I'll update my rating if need be. Prost!

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Photo of silverblaze540
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/31/13

A - Light amber with thick head, which holds pretty well. Cloudy and bubbly. Don't really see any sentiment.

S - Piney, sweet, and citrus. The smell is very pleasant, and my favorite part of the beer.

T - Very piney, but, surprisingly, not really that bitter. There is a citrus, almost orange taste. There is a mild bitter aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, with a bit of an alcohol burn and a little bit of carbonation.

O - I like the smell a lot, and the taste is pretty mild. I like that it is not very bitter, but the piney taste is pretty strong. I am not sure that it is a flavor I would seek out, but it is pretty good if you like piney taste without the bitter (which seems a bit unusual).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/9

Pours dark gold, thick big bubbled white foam. Over one inch high. Pine nose, grassy too. Smooth, mellow malt flavor. Hop held in check. Perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. Simple but great.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle date of 12/31/13 and poured on 1/5/13. Kind of strange that first bottle opened was flat so we opened another and it was perfect.
Golden with big pillowy head that fills about half the glass. Smell is beautiful for a hop head: fresh cut grass, subdued citrus, slight pininess
Taste is spot on with a nice citrus and pine upfront but not in a bitingly bitter way and mellow malt profile.
a bit more grapefruit, citrus, citra and this could be even better but won't complain

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. Well past it’s prime most likely with a 7/3/13 born on date, drinking 1/4/14. The Maine Beer stuff was this old everywhere I went in MD while visiting so I figured I would take a chance anyway. Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a massive fluffy white head on top. Aroma of zesty, earthy hops alongside some citrus and a big sweet toffee/caramel malt bill. Just smelling this I have to assume it isn’t fresh enough to enjoy as intended so I’ll tick for now and rerate another time with a fresh one. Flavor begins with some light grass, a good bit of lemon zest, grapefruit, and ending with some sweet toffee. Even with this age the beer is light and zesty on the palate. I will have to try this fresh because it must be glorious. Hops are a bit on the stale side and the malt bill is taking over a bit. Goes down easy with medium high carbonation. Nicely crafted beer. Now someone trade me a fresh one.

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Photo of mverity
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow orange. Healthy amount of white head with a very thick collar; both of which lasted pretty dang well. Aroma is floral, slightly sweet malt, good amount of sweet citrus. Medium-light body and same carbonation. Taste is overly floral, some pine, again with the citrusy hops. The balance in the nose is not there on the tongue.

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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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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,077 ratings.
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