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Maine Island Trail Ale | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Maine Island Trail AleMaine Island Trail Ale

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy Session Ale

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 351
Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite session ale, light and crisp with delicious hop flavor. This beer succeeds where many session IPAs fail, it doesn't seem like MITA is trying to be a low ABV version of a hoppy IPA, it's just matching floral citrusy hops with smooth golden ale. This has been my go-to beer for two summers in a row.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 07.22.16

Pours foggy hazy yellow gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like peaches, mango, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, guava, papaya, melon, crackery malt, with dank earthy grass and herbal woodsy pine. Tastes bitter and resinous with herbal woodsy pine, citrus, passionfruit, guava, mild malt, with earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice bitter hoppy session ale.

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Photo of Tyler_m
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw in color, the nose leaves a little to be desired. Taste is bright and hoppy but light on the malt. It's pretty good but not the best balanced pale ale I've had, it's a little over hopped. Carbonation is light but it finishes nicely. Pretty solid beer, a nice sessionable ale

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Photo of CayseyW
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, crisp and refreshing. This a beer I could pound all day and still feel like I'm drinking good craft. It has a nice, bright tropical nose. Taste is more subdued with tropical flavors and light citrus that finishes with a biscuit malt. Feel is exactly what you'd expect from a beer like this--crisp and very drinkable. Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can recommended to me by the awesome dude at Fenway Craft Beer Cellar. Smell is huge citrus - orange peel, lemon zest, a hint of mango, hint of passionfruit, and pine. Taste is floral with a fair amount of bitterness right up front, citrus juices, with a crisp and bready finish. Pretty close to an ideal session pale (almost more like an IPA).

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Photo of Beric
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at OTTO Pizza in Portland, ME
Served: 5 June 2016

Had this one alongside Oscar Tango Tango Oscar and honestly couldn't tell that much of a difference between the two. This one has pretty good flavor for being under 4.5%, which I liked seeing. It's good to see some hoppy lower ABV options starting to become something more than a boneless IPA. That said, I feel like the best part of this beer was the mouthfeel which, despite the low alcohol content, was decidedly medium in body. Overall, a great beer for pizza and possibly as a hoppy option at the beach.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours almost a neon yellow with a hint of green which gives it a vibrant straw color. A beautiful 2 finger head slowly recedes to a thick surface mist and halo. Serious lacing. One of the best looking beers I have poured.

S: I can smell the fresh hops and it's a bit malt forward as well. Citrus is in the mix but it's not strong.

T: Fantastic. A perfect balance between the hops, malt and citrus. I taste pine too. It's the slightest bit sweet. So well balanced. Crushable while still being substantial.

F: Really well done here too. A little extra carbonation and a dry finish conflict with yet compliment the wet rounded mouth feel and the slight sweetness.

Overall I was very impressed with this one. I will definitely buy again. They seem to have really nailed it on the balance between hops, malt and citrus on the palate side. I also think they must treat their water because it's perfect. Try this one you won't be let down.

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Photo of ScientificoLoco
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite session IPAs. Hits all the notes right, is hoppy and yet retains the necessary crisp freshness to tell you consume a lot of them. Thirst quenching and delicious.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light, clear straw-colored body with a fluffy head. Like the color, everything about this beer is on the lighter side - light floral and slightly citrus nose; tastes like a lightly hopped ale with a wafer-thin malt body; light and crisp mouthfeel makes this highly drinkable. Just not enough to make me reach for another. UPDATE - had it on draft in Boston and the flavor and aroma profile was definitely amped up. Updated score to reflect that.

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Photo of CommonSense
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the top session beers on the market (MBC and Bissell compete for sure.)

Hoppy, mouth-watering, delicious, crushable. Did I say fucking delicious?

If you have not tried this, then uhhhhh probably go ahead and grab a 4-pack.

A Maine gem. Only session I prefer is Baby Genius and Diovoletto (Shouts out to Beer II and Hobo Life).


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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can: A pale straw colour with a light delicate head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. A light refreshing citrus aroma that carries over in the initial taste but that fades quickly. The beer feels lightly effervescent and refreshing. Taste was crisp. with a light bitterness, citrus notes and breadiness. A wonderful easy drinking beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz can with a canning date of 09/08/15. Sampled on December 2, 2015.

Yellow, heady pour with decent clarity. Head fades withing 2-3 minutes.

Bright toasted bread, biscuit, and citrus aromas on the nose.

Light, refreshing body.

Good breaded flavor at the start and then it evolves quickly to a citrus and tropical bitterness to finish. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow/gold, solid consistent color...medium good looking clean body, poured a big head, quickly dissipating, blotchy moderate lacing from the initial head
I get a mostly grassy smell, fresh big sniff...elite smell
She's light, tough price for a session beer, good hops, great taste, easy drinker, a smokey grassy toast, aftertaste isn't at all bad but the only thing in question here...
Keep it on the colder side cuz it is a session drink, this beer will be good for the senses
Right now it's my favorite in the style...so pricey to keep around, I'll get only but a couple growlers of this per year.

*glass em*give em all a 2 beer try*pair em with a lefty

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Labor Day weekend reviews, so far.

A- Tallboy can into a goblet with a clarified pale yellow body. Foamy crown rises to a finger with poor retention but remains as a creamy ring. More lace than I expected with spots and several sheets.

S- Hops up front but I wouldn't say it is robust or pungent. Solid profile of citrus, floral and stone fruit hints. Touch of pale cracked barley.

T- Similar to the nose and definitely feels like a session brew as it doesn't have a hop juice palate killing character. Crisp and somewhat light hop tones of orange, citrus zest, mango, apricot, flowers and herbs. Slight base malts and breadiness. Mineral water also comes to mind.

MF- Very light bodied but the overall texture is frothy and substantial on the palate. Medium-high crisp carbonation with a bite on the taste buds all ending a hint bitter.

Reminds me somewhat of All Day with a tad more stone fruit and a more satisfying body. Chalk it up as another good canned hoppy session brew. Maine represented.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Transparent, plae straw yellow with a finger of bright white head.

S - Spices,spruce, wet hops, earthy, lemon

T - A bit more citrus and orange on the taste, some slight grapefruit with acidity, some sort of sawdust or funk to this, wet moss, and tiny bit of pine

F - Very light and slightly thin. Good amount of carbonation. Finishes clean.

O - Enjoyable. Ideal for summer. Not the most flavorful "session" ale as others have more of a hop bite, but this will do.

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Photo of mrz200
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

love this APA when it shows up... interesting hop profile, strong nose, and delicate without being waterey or flavorless.

Rising Tide won't rip your face off with their hops, or any other flavor in their beers, and will probably never release a brew that has folks camping out overnight like the folks up 295 in Freeport, but they always produce stuff that is balanced & exquisitely crafted. I'll continue to get my hands on anything they make.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the brewery on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a crystal clear gold with thin head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of wet hops, lightly dank, little citrus, pine, passion fruit. Mosaic I'm thinking.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lightly bitter. Sweet citrus, good dank musty passionfruit, light malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, little thin.

O - Overall this beer was decent. Nice hop profile.

Serving Type: On Tap

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the brewery

Decent fluffy creamy head, soapy lacing, clear golden pilsner color.

Nose fruity tropical notes mixed with earthy piney sap, passion fruit tropical, hint mango.

Taste brings mild tropical notes, passion fruit like, dank resin with piney sap notes, mosaic, gritty feel, very little malt. Finish dry gritty, little dank resin and tropical notes and pine sap.

Mouth is med bod, gritty hop oil, decent carb.

Overall eh, mosaic is not my friend with the dank pine sap.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A smashable summer beer. If you are tasting this against other high- octane Pale Ales... it will come off pretty week. Stand- alone... after mowing the lawn or cooking out... is so drinkable... with such a crisp and clean finish... could drink this all day. I put this at 2nd behind Nightshifts Whirlpool in the session APA...

Well done Rising Tide...!

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Photo of Jcorn
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not exceptional in any way. But also not bad in any way. Just sorta bland & uninspired. Did I just use the word uninspired? Lame. Extra points for coming in a tall boy.

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

Consumed 6/19/15

A: Clear gold with some slightly darker honey - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head, leaves a nearly solid, white cap, leaves some nice lacing

S: Very clean and hoppy in a light, bright way - nice amount of soft citrus, with tangerine and some floral grapefruit - light tropical notes with some mango, melon - pine and pine needles - touch of peach - very pale malts, extremely clean

T: Very light, very refreshing, very easy to drink - soft, ripe tangerine, a touch of grapefruit, some floral citrus - lightly grassy, with some sharp pine needles - juicy mango, some melon, peaches - low bitterness - pale malts, light bread, light crackers - light sweetness - very clean overall

M: Light body, smooth, medium level of carbonation, finishes lightly hoppy

O: I can never remember the name of this beer, but I won't forget the beer

This is extraordinarily drinkable. It is hoppy, flavorful, and very clean. It's not as hoppy as an IPA (or a session IPA), but it's not supposed to be - it's a balanced APA. The most last time I drank a season-only release that I wanted to drink year-round was when I first had Firestone Walker Easy Jack. And now it is year-round. I hope this gets the same treatment.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Bert's
Deep straw with a touch of haze, large rocky bone white head persists forever. Big tropical fruit with resin and pine with just a touch of bread deep underneath. Light cardboard is noticeable in the aroma but not horribly distracting. Medium to light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Great warm weather beer.

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Photo of jesmillet
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good on the water, on the lawn, on the beach, and even can hold it's own after the sun goes down. Really enjoy this as the greatest alternative to summer pounder. Long live the tall boy!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

can dated 4/30/15
Incredibly pale yellow. Clear and light. Decent little white head that stays around and carbonation iz active. Looks like a positive example of the stereotypes you see on the cover of oktoberfest adverts. Beautiful lacing.

Nose is light and grassy, some floral hop notes and a touch of yeast. Maybe some like biscuits or crackers or something similar.

Comes in grassy and a bit soapy before digging back into yeasty crackers. Eventually merges into a piney bitter finish that lasts nicely. Some lemon notes peek in and there's a round malt lurking in the background that raises it's shoulders on occasion to peek out from under the rug.
Finish is like water crackers and grass and a touch of lemon, but not juicy, and maybe some pine. Crisp though!

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good initial head. Great blanket lace...initially. Cloudy, golden color.

Attractive malt hop blend. Like a well made pale ale.

Starts peppery but there's a touch of fruitiness mid taste. Straight bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste. Low body with an elevated carbonation

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