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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 wdberkley
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Co puts out so many refined, spot on beers it's almost mind blowing, and MO meets every standard they've set for their offerings. Pours a light golden brown with a skinny white head of foam. Smells clean and crisp, some citrus, slight hit of dank pine. Taste is sweet malt followed by fresh bursts of citrus fruit. Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey color with a white pillowy head. Has a a floral citrusy aroma. Flavor is clean and citrusy. It's a pale ale so it drinks a little light but this is a really crushable beer. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste and overall on the level of a zombie dust to me.

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Photo of patpbr
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour has a yellow body with a foamy white head. Lots of fresh hop aroma its tropical. The taste adds on citrus flavor, a bit earthy. On the dryer side but packed full of flavor for a Pale Ale. This is one I will purchase again. Recommended and just really easy and enjoyable to drink.

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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 Caput_H_lupulorum
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pale straw color, slightly cloudy with a decent but thin white head. A great envigorating aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is dominated by the tropical fruits dominating the nose but with some mild bitterness that thins away in the finish. The mouthfeel is lively, dominated by fine effervescence. Overall a really enjoyable refreshing beer that's not been over-hopped.

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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 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 rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, light, 2/3" head. Old school hop aromas, seems like they were used for bittering and dry hopping.

Taste, minimal heavier malts, stuck with the lesser toasted pale throughout. Its like the bridge between the 90s ipas and ibu busters and the newer vibe of softer bitterness and more aromatic pale ales with a cracker dry malt bill. Good stuff, but still $5 bottle, better kick ass.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome awesome awesome beer
Look - hazy deep yellow/orange. Not translucent at all, unfiltered? Beautiful head and great lacing, smell lots o citrus and some lemons rind. Grapefruit. taste - begins big w citrus notes. Transitions nicely to pine bitterness on the back and a nice mellow long lenght w impressive aftertaste makes it hard not to take another gulp but this is a sipping beer and the price justifies it, take it long and slow and enjoy this. feel nice carbonation overall again a great great beer. Pretty old school in terms of Pale Ale flavor but done perfectly, something to buy and drink when one beer satisfies for the evening, drink in class!

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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 tlema1
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful golden color with a thick, white head
S: floral an citrusy
T: citrus, other fruits, delicious
F:,light body, dry finish
O: great APA!!!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This rarity in these parts pours a chill hazed golden color with a firm head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, light layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of pineapple, pine, lemon zest, and subtle sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with pineapple and lemon notes on the front and sides that are pounded by resinous pine and spruce notes on the middle to back overcoming any malt backbone with sticky dank hops. Coating bitter finish with a touch of seltzer water, very well carbonated. A great brew for Indian and seafood dishes. Solid, but lacking in enough malt for those who are looking for a touch of sweet to their bitter.

Glad to have tried this one, but was hoping for a more balanced brew.


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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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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very light golden yellow in appearance with a nice hoppy aroma and some sweetness to back it up. taste follows with an almost delicate hop profile. certainly a hoppy pale ale, but not aggressively so. very good. would drink this often if availability allowed.

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

A: [4.00] A straw to hony colored beer. The beer has 1 finger of white head with bubbles that are just under medium sized. There are larger bubbles on top. The head is bright white and pulls back leaving a nice coating on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (6.0%) and the born on date (11/17/2015).

S: [4.25] Mango, peach, pineapple, pine.

T: [4.00] Pineapple, pine, a slight spiciness in the middle. Finishes with mild bitterness.

M: [4.00] Hearty mouthfeel with noticeable carbonation. The beer has a bitter lift at the end but nothing that detracts from the beer.

O: [4.00] Wow, these guys know how to make beer. It isn't cheap but it is tasty. The nose on this is nice and bold and easy to pick up. The taste was more subdued but still very good. This is my second Maine Beer Co. beer this week and they were both great. I would drink this more. And I will seek out more of their beers.

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Photo of cmf
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From >pint bottle to becker. Pours golden and moderately clear with very little head. Very strong hoppy aroma. Bananas. Pear. Passion fruit. Light foamy mouthfeel. Definite passion fruit taste. Great beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/27/15

A: slightly hazy, golden light yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: Great hop profile, lots of floral and dank resinous notes, some citrus, subtle pine, light malt backbone. Fantastic 4.5

T: not the hop profile of the nose more herbaceous, some piney bitterness, citrus rind 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, good smoothness for the style, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: really nice beer 4.25

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber color, with a small, foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like pine, grassiness, grapefruit, and herbal tea.

This is a nice sturdy little pale ale. Nothing that immediately jumps out to distinguish itself from other pales. It's fairly floral, grassy, and bitter, and less fruity than I would've expected. It does have some light fruitiness, your bog-standard grapefruit. It's super drinkable and the glass does down way quicker than you'd expect.

This is medium bodied, light and crisp on the palate, with a moderate level of carbonation. This is super drinkable.

A really nice and drinkable pale ale. Nothing that'll knock your socks off, but still really tasty to get fresh.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden, slightly cloudy color with a white head. Smell is more on the sweet side with orange and mango notes. There's a pine/resin smell but it's not dominant. The taste isn't necessarily what I expected given the smell; more grapefruit, pine and bitterness than sweetness. The feel has a nice clean pop of carbonation and is light-to-medium bodied.

Suggested food pairing: Pasta with a light pesto sauce

If you like this beer then you should also try: Zombie Dust

Ideal time to drink this beer: Sitting on the porch in late summer and enjoying a meal as the sun goes down. Given Maine's latitude, I would bet that the sun goes down pretty quickly so drink fast.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This is my first beer from Maine Beer Company and it didn't disappoint. Nothing not to like here, but also nothing really overwhelmingly great about it. I wouldn't necessarily go out looking for it, but if someone offered me MO I might have some mo'.

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

Light straw color, thin foamy head. Aroma is effervescent, with tropical notes. Grapefruit and mango is present. Taste matches the aroma beautifully. Tropical fruits and citrus are bountiful upfront, followed by a subtle hint of pine. Feel is clean and smooth, like fresh spring water. Overall a phenomenal pale, one of my favorites.

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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 chicagoish
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow.. wish I would have brought more of this back from my trip to Maine!! This was an exceptional beer for the style. There is a great bountiful representation of fruit flavors; balanced by a mild but adequate hop presence. The smell is wonderful, taste to match

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into tulip
Look - pours a slightly hazy yellow with a slight 3/4" white head. Pretty good retention and really nice lace.
Smell - Lemongrass, pine, pineapple, grapefruit
Taste - The lemony flavor comes through dominantly with an interesting bitter presence. It's not overly bitter, but more of a hoppy bitterness. The piney presence is there as well, but subdued.
Feel - Very nice balanced lighter side of medium-bodied beer. Carbonation is medium as well. Pretty dry finish.
Overall - Pretty solid APA from MBC. Lots of subdued flavors that lead to a nice sipper.

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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 ChrisP802
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour - Burnt orange with a thick white head
Smell - a small burst of pine
Taste - mild upfront with a nice bitterness at the end. Not as balanced as other Pale Ales I've had, but still very good beer
Overall - soft mouthfeel, leaves a little tang at the end. Easy to drink at only 6%

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