Brew Review

Beer Review – Maine Beer Company MO Pale Ale


There isn’t a whole lot of information about Maine Beer Company on their company website. There is even less information about the beers they brew (they currently list five) beyond a generic description. Of the five beers that they make, I have so far had three: Peeper Pale Ale, which I reviewed in August, Lunch IPA, and MO Pale Ale which I am reviewing now.

Although I didn’t find much information about this beer on their website, I was able to find a photo of the label, which has a bit of information about the meaning of MO. Here it is:

Label photo courtesy of beerpulse.com.

Since I LOVED their Peeper Pale Ale and Lunch IPA, I was very excited to stumble upon this beer at The Foodery. Let’s find out if this beer lives up to my lofty expectations…

  • Appearance: Clear, golden orange color. Fast rising head that tops out at a couple inches, and then slowly subsides to a half inch of thick, fluffy, tan foam. Lots of sticky lacing remains as you empty your glass.
  • Aroma: Very fragrant citrus scented hops, i.e. a combination of grapefruits and tangerines. Mild, yeast infused funk. Light brown sugar sweetness in the background.
  • Taste: Very well carbonated. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Starts off with some subtle sweetness. The citrusy hops kick in towards the middle, but the bitterness never overpowers. A well balanced sweet/bitter finish.
  • ABV: 6%

I am happy to report that Maine Beer Company’s MO Pale Ale is yet another fine beer by this brewery. Smooth, refreshing, flavorful, and very well balanced with a nice combination of hop bitterness and malt sweetness that lends itself to pairing with a wide variety of foods. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying the rest of their line up very soon.

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  1. It’s good to see that there’s at least a few other brews in their lineup to keep their eyes on that Peeper Ale. I was very happy to have benefited from your generosity in giving me a bottle (along with Lunch IPA) and I also thought it was a really nice brew but it made the other craft beers in my house nervous. It’s one thing to have to worry about peeping toms glaring through a window but having a peeping ale in the craft beer fridge mingling about with the other, unprotected and semi-nude bottles was apparently quite unsettling to a few of them. The Founder’s Red’s Rye turned a few shades redder and the Smuttynose Shoals Pale turned ghost white. After those incidents I had to but a Stone Ruination in the bottom shelf to keep the Peeper in line and comfort the rest of the brew crew. Really unsettling all around.

    I saw MO at Beer Heaven a couple weeks ago but went in a few other directions instead. Perhaps next time I’ll snatch it up.

    Cheers!

    @TheAlemonger

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    • Perhaps some duct tape over the label would have put the other beers at ease. Then again…. that might violate the Geneva Convention.

      And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

      Popped in to Beer Heaven yesterday afternoon. They had the full Maine Beer Company line up. Went with their Zoe and Mean Old Tom. If they’re as good as Peeper, MO, and Lunch, then expect me to return with a case of their beers when I come back from this summer’s road trip to Maine.

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    • Thanks! It was quite good. Have two more of their beers in the fridge, Zoe, a hopped up Pale Ale, and Mean Old Tom, a Stout. Can’t wait to try them!

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