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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:
459
Ratings:
3,160
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
Wants:
290
Gots:
694
For Trade:
19
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Reviews: 459 | Ratings: 3,160
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 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 Siriusfisherman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear gold with a white head and great retention. Very nice lacing.

A: Peach, Citrus and Pine dominate, a touch of toasty malt in the back and a very clean yeast character. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into big citrus and peach hops with some pine resin. Malt provides support in the flavor with some toastiness and candy-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely dry, ripping the moisture from your mouth. Hop flavors linger on the palate for some time.

Overall, an awesome APA, one of the best I have had. Very west-coast, even more so than a lot of west-coast beers. I would recommend this to any hophead looking for a fix.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

A light citrusy hop aroma, and a soft hint of sourness highlight the beer's smell..

A nice citrusy hop flavor with a mild level of bitterness and malt sweetness for balance,

The mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation and a nice clean finish.

Overall - A very solid pale ale.

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Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, citrus zest, hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit, mango), bready malts.

Taste - Light to moderately bitter citrus hops that come across the palate with a clean finish. Bready malts and hints of tropical and citrus fruits support the hops well. Hint of soapiness. Bitterness lingers well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - A tasty American Pale Ale that delivers on quality flavour. I can see myself having a few of these on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden liquid, yellow-ish gold foam on top, but wow! what an aroma!!!! grapefruit, but with a hint of chocolate chip cookies.... yeah, I know that sounds a little wild. more sniffing and the toffee sweetness is going away...
very flavorful. very hoppy, in a pine and grapefruit way. nice mellow brew. very nice. a little bit of the simcoe/cat pee in the smell but it's not bad. the flavor imparts the same, but it's not bad. not getting the sweet aroma I first had in the taste and that aroma has long since subsided.. Lemon!

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful golden color.

S-Not much of an aroma compared to other ipa's but I guess it is a single

T-subtle, leaves an almost perfect after taste.

M-great mouthfeel, goes down extremely smooth.

O-overall really enjoyed this beer, would love to get my hands on a fresh one!

Bottled 3-11-14

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although the packaging might not be the most eye-catching or engaging, but within is a great beer. A light gold color with a thin head yet the smell was fantastic with hop and citrus notes in the nose. The taste was even better with well defined notes of hop through out with great flavors of lemon peel, banana, and I tasted notes of elderberry although those I was with said they didn't agree. One of my favorite kinds of beer, simple yet excellently crafted. It was a little thin for me but I thought this beer was great and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very recent arrival to mercurial Calgary in April, four beers from this Maine brewery have appeared in my fridge thanks to a heads-up from my favorite neighborhood beer dealer wordemupg. Cheers brother. This is only round one and frankly things might have already plateaued based on how f'ing tasty this pale ale is. A somewhat cloudy yellow with orange and red tints, featuring a lively pour with a soapy white head managing to fill much of my shaker pint glass. Phenomenal head retention, stuff sits there like a milkshake. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and redolent with a hoppy spice. I get lychee and white grape, mango, orange, faint pineapple, kind of a gummy worms effect presumably from the crystal malts. An absolutely masterpiece on the palate, with uber-clean yeast, pine, grapefruit rind, peaches, and some weedy and catty notes all in a well-integrated interplay. Bitter but very clean, faint onion and pepper apparent from the IPA-level hopping regime but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Toasty caramel malts provide the backbone and the finish is leafy and a tad woody, with more citrus rind and tropical ghost notes lingering until the end. This could be the best American pale ale I've had to date, a hop-centric brew but with sublime malt balance and nary a flaw to be found.

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Photo of tclipse
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as APA's go, this is perfect. Appearance is a hazy khaki orange. Smells amazing, big time citrus- orange peel and lemon in particular... a bit of pineapple as well. Taste is slightly hop forward and heavy on the citrus, but mellow and refreshing enough to remind you that this isn't an IPA. My new favorite pale ale, and it isn't close.

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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 wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/14

A hazy pale orange, not a whole lot of visible bubbles but it pours a big head that sits around for a while leaving partial rings deep down the glass ending up as a low island, looks great

S plenty of tropical fruit, canned peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, and bruised mango, some floral notes, and a hint of pine, has a big nose going on and I can smell my glass an arms length away on the table

T not far from then nose but just toned down a little, some lemon rind and slightly more pine and some bready malt in the background

M lighter side of medium, bitter without turning my mouth inside-out, very gritty in the mouth, creams up, and lots of citrus rind on the finish

O this one works well for me, hopped to hell but not a complete runaway, IPA level of hops no doubt

I was pretty stoked to see this brewery in Alberta and my first experience was a good one. I'm looking forward to the other 3 I have in my fridge.

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Photo of BigMurph
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - slightly opaque copper body with lots of carbonation on inspection. Foamy white head three fingers thick coats the glass the whole way down.

S - pine, orange peel, grapefruit dominate the nose. earthiness in the back.

T - I get some peppery taste along with earthiness in first sip with some grain. orange peel, grapefruit, pine and grass hops comes in towards the end.

M - medium to full bodied for the style with llots of carbonation which works with it. finishes dry with some hop bite lingering.

O - excellent beer and definitely up their with my favorites by them.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a half finger of white foam.

Citrus, passionfruit, guava, grass, and pine.

Passionfruit, citrus, pine.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, great balance.

Overall, another stand out beer from a stand out brewery.

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Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled 021814.

Nice gold body, bit cloudy with awesome lacing. Smell is real nice, grassy floral and hoppy. Lush citrus fruit in the flavor, really explodes in the palate. Very creamy, strong body. Nice balance of sweet fruit and citrus bitterness. A real winner!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, simple black and white label, with a small touch of colour - classy. I know that this is named after the brewer's two kids, but all I can think of when I see this offering's name is 'Mo. Mo. Mo.' a la the Simpsons - not so classy.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, shiny, silky, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a massive array of splattered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pineapple, blood orange, overripe Texas grapefruit, and sassy lemon fruit right up front, with some fast on its heels acrid leafy, piney notes arriving thereafter, a hint of uric acid, and finally, a rather timid crackery and biscuity pale malt. The taste is a little more, but hardly evenly balanced - nice tropical and domestic fruity hops, and grainy, dry bready pale malt, with a bit of pine and leaf bitterness bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is fairly light and frothy, the body a lean medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight airy creaminess building as it settles. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt having bled out, and the citrusy, piney, and floral bitterness of the hops keepin' 'er tight and true.

A very well rendered American pale ale, the hops definitely in charge, but they don't abuse the power - they're much more about the flavour, than any bitterness chip on their collective shoulders. Pretty tasty - other than the high-end single serving price around here, I could see enjoying a number of these in a single sitting. I know - a 'session' with a 6% ABV brew - blasphemy!

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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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MO from Maine Beer Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 3,160 ratings.
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