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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

Added by Rochefort10nh on 05-16-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 349
Reviews by andrewinski1:
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light straw color into a tapered pint glass. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma yields melon and pine. I can tell I'm going to like this by the aroma.

The taste has some mild malty notes in the start, but not much as this is very light in body. The dominant flavor is the pinyness towards the finish. This has a very clean taste; not much bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is light and drinkable; a great summer beer. I would gladly grab a growler of this.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear wheat gold. Head is a bubbly and loose white with a small slightly dense collar. Minimal lacing with a slightly above average carbonation on the pour. Minimal head retention leaves spots of soapy cap.

Smell: Simcoe right up front. Solid notes of pine resin and pine needle. A touch of tropical fruit runs through it thanks to the Citra. Stonefruit - peach. Pale malt base adds a touch of sweetness but mostly throws cracker and white bread crust. A touch of other tropical fruit but nothing definitive - passionfruit, mango, or something similar.

Taste: A bit more Citra up front with a solid tropical flavor. Hints at peach and mango. A touch of bitterness on the back. Solid but not aggressive pine needle with some pine sap thrown in for good measure. Crackery snap to the malt base with a touch of pale bready malt sweetness. Clean. Hops are nicely balanced offering a bit more bitterness than the malt base can handle, but it works. Slight lingering woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly crisp. Medium leaning to light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Maine - I didn't know you could do it.

I've been waiting for someone in New England to make an APA that was crisp, hoppy, light, and refreshing. Rising Tide finally did it. This beer falls in the same line as Daisy Cutter and that's about as high praise as I can offer. I'll be keeping this around for as long as I can find it.

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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 DanGeo
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Bottled 7/19/13.
A great session beer.

Yellow gold color with a thick white head. Ample lace.

Pine and citrus aroma. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit taste, a bit of lemon also. Pine resin. Biscuit.

A crisp, refreshing beer. The bomber went down easily. Wish I had another.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TTripp725
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, golden in color

Smell: grass and citrus hops

Taste: grass, citrus hops, and pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate-high carbonation, slightly bitter with some sweetness at the end

Overall: A decent and above average, sessionable, slightly hoppy pale ale. I would get this again due to the cause, but I wish the beer was more memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MakersMarksman
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Hands down one of the BEST APAs I've ever had the privilege of drinking. Closer to a subtle IPA in my honest opinion. Very citrusy and refreshing. My cousin works for the brewery ad I can wait to see him over the holidays. I only wish you could buy it somewhere else besides New England.

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Maine Island Trail Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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