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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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93
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542 Reviews
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,202
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 305
Gots: 331 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.
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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a thick tan head. Sweet malt and piney hop aroma, both of which carry over to the taste. Fairly thin and well-carbonated mouthfeel. Like many from MBC, there's a somewhat watery backend, but pretty well balanced overall. (240 characters)

Photo of JaredSammy
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep amber, burnt sugar brown. Thick head.
S - Lacking smell, for a red ale this is one of the first that doesn't have that wet dog smell. Slight hop.
T - Extremely hoppy for a red ale. The pine and herbaceous flavor overcomes the red ale qualities.
F - Bubbly, thick, and kinda creamy. Carbonation is heavy but it doesn't affect the mouth feel.
O - Great beer, different than red ales I have had. If you are looking for a great hop bomb but don't want to drink the usual IPA, this is your guy or I mean girl. (514 characters)

Photo of TedStrosser
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not normally my style, but this was excellent. Very flavorful, but not over the top in your face. Would certainly seek out in the future. Makes me want to try Dinner and Lunch for sure. (187 characters)

Photo of antott0523
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zoe - Bottled on 7/21/15

A: Pours an opaque caramel color with reddish undertones. A tan head that settles to a quarter finger and leaves some lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible.

S: Pretty subdued nose. Struggling to get notes of caramel, grass, tea, lemon and crackers.

T: Unsweetened iced tea. Dry citrus. A little pine. Slightly resinous. Not sure if this is brewed with rye but there's a subtle spicyness to the beer as well.

M: As always with MBC, a delicate mouthfeel. Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable, but overall quite subdued on the nose and palate. Another delicately brewed beer from MBC, but nothing worth going crazy over. For those who drink a lot of MBC I would describe this as Red Wheelbarrow's malty sister with less hop bite. (789 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle dated 7/21/15. Not really a fan of amber ales, but this was quite good. Way hoppier than most ambers and is quite well balanced with very bready malts. (165 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable tasty red ale. Has a very maltly flavor to it with just the right overtones of hops which gives it a smooth aftertaste. A little pricey but worth it you will not be disappointed. (195 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16. 9 fl oz born 6/23/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber with brown and orange highlights, one finger head that moves slowly to a creamy lace.

S - Citrus hops, dark fruit,

T - The taste is ..tasty. Vanilla, nuts, maybe some coffee bean, with a resinous pine and citrus bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is low, drinks smooth, seems a touch watery but there is some definite heft.

O - Glad I spotted this one while visiting MA. It doesn't quite beat Nugget Nectar, but it is right up there on the hoppy red scale. (523 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.16 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 28, 2015

Poured a caramel, reddish amber, semi-clear color with a whopping seven fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of thick, layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops and malts. Getting wet Cascade, rye, sugary iced tea powder, sticky toffee, caramel, dry roasty notes, chocolate covered orange candy, dark fruits, faint cooked vegetables and some Citra zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose nicely. Got the nice mix of hops and malts again. Wet Cascade, earthy rye, powdery iced tea mix, toffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, caramel, toasty biscuit and still that chocolate covered orange candy (one of the See’s Candy). Really good for the style. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this beer. This was all over the place for me, especially the taste and feel. Really good for the style. Wouldn’t be as high if it was an IPA (imperial IPA). (Overall - 4.13)

4.16 | 93 | A- (1,503 characters)

Photo of Domvan
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Amber color, foamy head
Smell - Nice light hoppiness
Taste - Light & crisp
Feel - Light bodied crisp mouthfeel
Another unique offering from Maine Beer Company (165 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good. But a little bitter for my palate. Pours pretty. Good mouthfeel. But a bit too bitter. Bought a bottle at the Chatham cheese shop and drank with some nice cheese. (168 characters)

Photo of JNbeerded
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bao Bao in Portland. Beautiful reddish amber color with a nice full bodied malt presence and a very nice hop profile. A lot going on in this beer. (156 characters)

Photo of tjwarren
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First couple sips are all hops (not a bad thing) slowly gives way to a rich smooth maltiness with the hops in the background. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Could have it every day. Beautiful winter beer. (208 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: a hazy mixture of purple, amber, ruby red, and light brown. poured a large 3 finger solid tan head. real nice looking head

s: caramel malts, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry. there is a hint of sweet brown sugar, and a crackery malt backbone. just a hint of yeast aroma

t: an extremely smooth, yet rich caramel flavor hits you right away. that is followed by the bready, crackery malts. behind those is an extremely faint tropical fruity hop note, and some earthy tea-leaf like bitterness. the transitions of flavors in here is exceptional

m: mouthfeel is on the medium side. given the size of the head, i expected a little more carbonation. but, i think the carbonation level is very nice for an amber in here

o: my second MBC beer, and i think i'm in love with these guys. as mentioned above, the transition of flavors in this beer is very good. extremely smooth transition. it has the qualities i appreciate in an amber, with a nice amount of hops - not overpowering, not even the focus (1,018 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” cream to light tan colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Earthy, citrusy, spicy hop aromas, light toast, faint chocolate.
T: A rich malt palate starts slightly sweet and then dries out on the finish. Biscuit, nuts, raisin, a little anise to horehound, and traces of chocolate and espresso give dimension to the flavor. A citrus rind bitter accent on the finish.
F: The carbonation if very soft nd creamy, slightly low, the body is medium.
O: A richly textured amber ale with big malt and hop flavors.One of the better ones out there. (607 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottled on date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dark amber red in color with a sandstone colored two finger head. Good retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thick ring of suds around the edge.

Smell - Smell evokes freshly cut orange with lesser grapefruit and pine notes, while the malts come through as lightly toasted and with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Not quite as strong or aggressive as the pungent aroma led on, but still has good flavor complexity and great balance. Starts with a bit of citrus and pine hoppiness, but backed by a firm, almost equal malt backbone that consists of toasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. Hints of woodiness. Light orange pith bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty good, but feel it could stand to have more carbonation, because it comes across as a bit flat, and despite the complexities, the flavor tastes slightly muted; kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard that's sat open all night. That might sound like an unjust description, but believe me an AB that's sat around for 10 hours is still pretty damn good. In any case, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. (1,352 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber body and has a nice piney nose. It has a medium malt body that is bready in taste. This is a very good hoppy amber and a great offering by Maine Beer Company. (182 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/15

First thing I notice as soon as the 'Falcon pops the top in less than 12 parsecs is the layers that wash through my nose.

Once it reaches the glass, even with reasonably careful pouring I am still staring at two fingers of worth of pale creamy head that almost reaches stiff peaked egg white consistency. Body is dark ruddy amber fading to pale at the edges.

That nose I spoke of though... There's notes of blunt pine and of spice and of a bit of fruit and certainly some creamy biscuit/caramel supporting cast.

Wow. I'm not generally a fan of ambers/reds, but this is incredible. Starts off thick and bitter. Spicey and pine come through before the middle portrays little feints of sugar so that the lingering deep third deep woods bitter doesn't present solitary. Sure enough there's bits of bitter and sweet chocolate and bitter citrus. I'd almost consider this a long lost missing link between GREAT IPAs and GREAT CDAs.
Mouth is reasonably thick and creamy, though it does taste bigger than 7.2%. Not straight ethanol, mind you, but I probably would have guessed another 1-2 percentage points or so.
I was expecting this to be a solid offering, but I'm blown away. Would probably drink A LOT of this if I lived in its distro (1,253 characters)

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 11/4/14 dated bottle purchased in April 2015. Crazy that it remained on the shelf but curiosity overrode my best instincts and I invested none the less. Pours a deep brown reminiscent of strong tea with a huge fluffy beige head. Nearly fully opaque. Nose is vegetal with just a bit of herbal spice.while I imagine that at 6 months the hops have dropped off considerably, I found the taste to be quite balanced and pleasant. Rich caramel, malty Sweetness balanced on the back by hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this beer fresh. (550 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is pine, tangerine, toasted malt, and some wet hopping. Decent, above average amber that borders on IPA but is a bit sweeter. Good beer to try, but I prefer others in the style. (185 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer. Just like any other beer not named Lunch by MBC, it sits on the shelf for weeks so availability is never an issue. The issue is that with better beers available, it's not worth the price tag. (211 characters)

Photo of PolhillS
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delete than expected. Less than an inch head with fine lacing.
Smells piney and citrus with very little toast.
Taste likes an IPA, but milder. Looks can be deceiving, but this was good beer. (193 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Wild Horse in Beverly, MA. Expensive 16.9 oz bottles can be found easily throughout MA. I don't usually buy Maine Beer Co bottles, though, because their high pricepoint makes them linger on shelves and I'm just not gonna spend 50 cents an ounce on stale beer.

Pours a hazy, rusty brown. Smells of very aggressive, nice pine hops with only a small hint of a malt background. The aroma does not convey the relatively high ABV.

Tastes good, but a little uneven. Pine up front, grapefruit in the middle, pine and a bit of yeast at the back end. One of the most aggressively hoppy reds I've ever come across, and while it was enjoyable the lack of balance holds it back. (689 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber red with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of pine but with some toasted scents coming through as well. The taste was expertly balanced with piney hops coming through and then a bit of the sweet malt. The finish was very clean with a citrus finish that left you wanting another sip. Loved this one. (338 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although it's higher in ABV, if anyone is looking to replace Levitation once Stone retires it, have a look at this one. VERY similar in taste (although Zoe is just a touch more earthy) and it's as light a drinker as you can find at 7.2%

Looks great. Deep brown with a massive cream colored head that went on for days and laced in text book fashion. Nose carried a nice amount of hops and an earthiness, which I mention in the taste on the backend. Finishes crisp and virtually no sweetness hanging around on the tongue despite just a bit in this well balanced taste. Really a great beer that I would not have thought twice about had I not been drawn to check out everything they have because of the Lunch and Dinner craze. (723 characters)

Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first go with a Maine Beer Company brew and I am impressed.

Paired with Bill Evans' "On Green Dolphin Street."

This beer was charming, clean and classy. Sometimes you just pull the right beer at the right time, you know? (229 characters)

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.