MO (Madeline and Oliver) (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Pale Ale

6% ABV

O.G. – 1.053

Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Red Wheat

Hops – Warrior, Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe

Bottled On: 08/12/12


This bottle continues Maine Beer Company’s excellence in bottle labels.  The “MO” font color and the color squares below the name are alright, but they are not my favorite of the MBC’s labels because, in my opinion, they involve too much.  I love MBC’s labels because they are simple, and this one is a little more complex and loses something with it.  This bottle is still worth a space on your shelf but is not the best of MBC’s offerings.

The beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a nice big creamy head that pusses down to a  rocky finger’s width, leaving slight spots and clouds of sticky lacing.  The beer is hazy and torrential with bubbles of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass.  This beer smells fat and juicy.  It is drizzling with citrus, mango, pine, and slight pineapple.  There is a great buttery biscuit smell lying below the fruity hops and giving the beer a great body.  This smell is very enticing.  The beer tastes like a mellower version of the smell, but it’s a little disappointing.  The initial sip dances with some of those wonderful hops but rushes away quickly and is replaced by vegetal bitters.  The taste overall is bitter and average.  There is a great bitter taste at the middle with a little stale biscuit taste that lasts in the mouth and reminds me of a bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety, sitting quite nicely on the tongue and leaving the mouth with a nice skim of saliva and a little dry.  The only problem is the earthy, almost vegetal bitter aftertaste that tingles through the mouth.  Overall this is a pretty good APA that is hurt by its aftertaste.  The smell is to die for and might be my new favorite smell, but the taste doesn’t quite follow up.  This is another good offering from Maine Beer Company but my least favorite of the ones I’ve tried; to be fair I must admit that APA’s are not my favorite.  This beer is definitely worth a try and smell and continues the excellence that this nano-brewery has developed.



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