Maine Island Trail Ale
Rising Tide Brewing Company

Maine Island Trail AleMaine Island Trail Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #277
Ranked #7,652
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Maine Island Trail AleMaine Island Trail Ale
Notes: Hoppy Session Ale
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 389 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Misty straw. Thick frothy head.
Hoppy aroma. Citrus fruit and mown grass.
Crisp flavour of lemon. Demi sec completion.
Refreshing feel.
Full of flavour and easy drinking APA.

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Photo of Rhodyrhodyrhody
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden

Aroma lemon piny - prefer lemon to pine and this had the scale tipped just enough

Same taste as the smell - big plus. Nice little bitter kick at the end.

Really clean taste, just enough - not a lot - of maltiness (good).

Think this is a great session, am expecting next time I go back to the store, there won't be any...

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this on a recommendation from our tour guide at Allagash. Great session beer. Reminds me of Surly's Xtra-Citra, which is no surprise since this is citra and simcoe. So it's bright floral hops with a juicy rush and a semi-dry finish. I wish I bought another 4-pack.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some light messy lacing sticking to the glass. The smell starts off with a sticky sweet to bitter pine over top of some light sweet citrus and then adds a decent little lemon rind kick as it warms. The taste was mainly bitter with an ample amount of sweet citrus and an underscore of spice to bitter rind. There’s a light bitter rind aftertaste leading into a sharp crisp pine finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation hits like an AIPA and allows the bitterness to come across harsh enough. Overall, this was a nicely done APA, sessionable for a hot Summer’s day.

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Photo of digboy
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can date (I think) 5/13/17 (2 weeks).

Pours a clear light golden color with a 3 finger frothy, bright white head. Minimal effervescence.

Aroma is crackery malt and lemony pine for me - I'm not picking up the tropicals that everyone describes.

Taste is light and crisp and has that same lemon pine of the smell. A little bitter kick oat the end which is nice.

It is a fairly thin beer in that there is little malt behind it. Not sticky at all, just a clean feel to it.

I like this as a session, but I am bummed I can't seem to get the tropicals out of it. There are so many good and flavorful sessions out there right now that it is tough to make this one a go-to. However the flavor is delightful so I would recommend it.

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Photo of GtBoros
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fabulous. A light color belies s heavy hop and one flavor. Light fizz which complements the delicious pine scent and flavor. A green taste. Floral and herby with pine at the end. Drinking at black point inn Scarborough me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a 25cL Rastal glass. Canned on 21 April 2017.
A finger and half of fluffy white head and an effervescent, milky-transparent pale yellow beer.
It smells hoppy, delicate, and floral.
It tastes hoppy, delicate, and floral! Genuinely flower-like, mostly in the hop bud sense, but also jasmine or rose.
Light, crisp, and eminently drinkable. I don't have many negatives, but it doesn't particularly standout.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +8.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.3%
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 -4.5%
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 +9.8%
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 +2.5%
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 ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 +5.5%
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%
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 +13.6%
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 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 -3.3%
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%
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 +9%
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 -1.3%
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%
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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