By now, you’ve heard us rave about Maine Beer Company. Frankly, at this point we’re hoping to find a sub-par brew among their offerings, just to prove that they’re capable of making a mistake.
So when we tasted their Mo pale ale, and our panelists started using words like “light” and comparing it to Maine’s heavy-hitter, Lunch, we thought we had found a crack in Maine’s rock-solid foundation.
The appearance of the beer is textbook Maine Beer Company — cloudy and golden with a light head.
Our panel liked the smell, likening it to its cousin, Lunch. It’s hard not to, because Mo has a lot in common with Lunch. They both share similar malts and Simcoe hops.
As a result, Mo has a light scent of pine and citrus — lighter than Lunch, but a little more pronounced on the hops.
Taste is where Mo tries to make its own mark. After all, this is an American pale ale, where Lunch is an India pale ale.
Still, our panel couldn’t help but compare it to Lunch, judging Mo lighter and with less of a buttery mouthfeel. Citrus and hops dominate the taste, though “dominate” may be a bit strong a word in this case.
Aftertaste was rated decent, but not overwhelming. As an APA, it’s meant to finish dry and clean — which it did. It also had light floral overtones and a somewhat metallic character.
Drinkability was solid. Our panel had no qualms about finishing their glass and seeking a refill. “Balanced” was mentioned more than once.
There is only one drawback to this beer — while it’s attractive, it lives in the shadow of its supermodel cousin, Lunch.
And perhaps that is the crack in Maine Beer’s foundation. When you produce superstar beers like Lunch and Dinner, even excellent brews like Mo are destined to be overshadowed by their superstar cousins.
But when your motto is “Do What’s Right,” that’s a pretty nice problem to have.
(Appearance 8., Smell 8.67, Taste 23.67, Aftertaste 15.67, Drinkability 24.5)