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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009)
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown in color. When moved into the light, it has more of a resemblance to a hazy copper. Two plus fingers of tan head that hold strong with their retention. Once faded, it leaves a Swiss cheese-like lacing.

S: Big, juicy fruit scents of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. A healthy portion of pine in there to make this super appealing.

T: Very piney and earthy. Fruit that was in the nose is a little more subtle than the it would've implied, but not to a fault. Overall maltiness seems just right. The layering of flavors is great.

M: Medium body and medium carb. Pretty clean and refreshing for 7% above brew.

O: Incredible. if only more ambers were as well put together as this one. Ambers have always been tough for me because I find they are either too hoppy, not hoppy enough, or too malty. Zoe strikes the balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:01:13 | More by mpedara429
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/4/14

A murky looking root beer with sediment and tiny pieces of yeast and enough clarity to see bubbles going up the side, three fingers of dark tan head slowly falls leaving rings deep down the glass I can easily count 8 and that's something you don't see everyday, still a little foam at the bottom

S grapefruit, lemon, manderine orange, spruce, leafy earthy notes, Iced tea powder, brown sugar, caramel, and faint coco, well balanced with a fair bit going on from both the malt and hops

T slightly more malty notes in the mouth, dark bread, lots of burnt brown sugar, still has plenty of citrus and earthy notes, tastes great but the nose has something extra working for it

M leaning towards full, not as much carbonation as you would guess from the massive well retained foam but still creams up a little, not quite sticky on the lips, leafy citrus lingers

O another winner from Maine, well balanced and has plenty going on, didn't take much time to drink the bottle, just a couple sips left at this point

I've had 4 beers from Maine and all have been great, its been a while since I've been this impressed by my first crack at a brewery. Find their beers and drink them, and send me a bottle of Lunch!!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 16:58:19 | More by wordemupg
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Chilly444

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first ever Maine Beer Co. brew. It was simply amazing.

The head/lacing is incredibe and frothy. It lingers through the entire experience and that is something I really tend to notice that the best beers all have in common.

A - Deep brown/rosey red. Huge sappy, bubbly, head and thick leg lacing.

S - less than noticable. Malty with a sweet hop aroma.

T - Deep caramel malt with earthy floral hop backings. A bit of smoke/bold roasted grain.

M - medium bodied and evenly distributed flavor layers throughout.

O - very very good. This is one you need to SEE & try. The descriptions won't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 17:20:04 | More by Chilly444
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - I'm just a little surprised that there isn't an umlaut over the 'e' in this beer's name - seems to be the current hipster trend, no?

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and pleasantly bubbly beige head, which leaves some random sudsy, broken chainlink lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, resinous pine and leafy hops, bittersweet dark fruit - of the fig, cherry and raisin variety - a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and further grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus notes. The taste is big on the hefty pine resin, edgy leafy, and muddled citrus pith hop bitterness up front, followed gamely by a sturdy bready, biscuity, and well caramelized malt, one aided and abetted by some middling cocoa powder, and a soft nutty coffee essence. Very little is discernible about the apparently near 15-proof booze factor.

The carbonation is pretty tight, not really showing its cards whatsoever, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and plainly smooth, not much else going on here. It finishes much drier than I might have expected, the caramel maltiness turning tail, in the face of that lingering citrus, pine, and bitter leafy hoppiness.

A well-made American amber ale - the hops are certainly not to be trifled with, but that doesn't mean that the malt is given short shrift - in fact, a fair amount of love is doted on the biscuit, bread, and caramel notes, almost, as already stated, through the end. Anyways, a tasty, somewhat beguiling, and drinkable despite the ABV, hoppy amber brew - I want to, but I'm just not gonna add a smiley face to seal this one off.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:17:58 | More by biboergosum
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good he’d retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 20:42:14 | More by Samp01
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SLeffler27

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A two-inch, rocky, beige head leaves sticky patchy lace as it slowly drops, never actually dissipating, above a clear, dark garnet beer.

Pine pitch provides a powerful punch before pineapple and strong grapefruit take over. Zoe is a hoppy delight, with a token background of roasted malt that develops with warmth.

Bitterness is quite present as grapefruit opens. Sweetness is off balance for the style, but the flavors are nonetheless enjoyable, including caramel malt that builds with warmth. A lingering bitter finish coats the palate and maintains itself well into the next sip.

The body is medium to full with modest carbonation and a flannel texture, while the alcohol is about as expected.

This is the kind of beer one looks forward to enjoying with friends after work. It is more of a hybrid than true to any one style. If balance can be tuned in better, it would truly be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:28:43 | More by SLeffler27
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:30:25 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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dank203

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:55:48 | More by dank203
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Mineo

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering from MBC once again. Beautiful citrus hops dominate the nose, while the taste is a mixture of bitter hops up front and a delicate, chocolate-like lingering on the back. Appearance is dark -- like a mix of brown and mahogany. A prominent creamy head contributes. Not a session beer by any means, like some of MBC's other offerings, but Zoe is an excellent full-bodied example of the amber style. If you find Nugget Nectar overly assertive or fruity, try Zoe instead. I know many who prefer it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:39:25 | More by Mineo
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: more brown/ black than red, but there is some red evident. Very dark for an Amber.

S: bready malts, like a somewhat charred biscuit. Very American IPA hop aroma on the secondary.

T: eminently drinkable, a little smoke even. Lots of malt, hops on the end. Dry, slightly bitter.

M: bubbly. Medium sized bubbles, but we'll carbonated.

O: great beer. Doesn't taste as dark as it looks. Very drinkable. Not a lot of alcohol notes or esthers. Very clean

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 15:57:48 | More by tkdchampxi
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/1/13 that's what Philly sells to the Pittsburgh market. I'll take it though. Dark amber bordering on a mahogany brown hue, light tan head just barley off white. Aromatics hints of dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops, east coast style hops but rock solid so far. Just a hint of tart/citric/grapefruit notes with oxidized hops starting with some biscuit/caramel malts thrown in as well. Complex beer I like MBC with the two beers I've had so far before Zoe, were Peeper Ale and King Titus. Flavor wise there's just a touch of cardboard starting in the malt department, I don't see any infection years just a hint of oxidation from the age. Bitterness from the hops makes it through each sip, earthy citric notes with a semi-sweet dark amber malt base, it drinks really well share a bottle with a friend and it will be gone in no time. These are the type of beers I wish were available locally. Overall I really enjoy this beer, and I appreciate the east coast style hops especially in an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 21:30:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep amber, more like mahogany, hazed, thick white, rocky head has great retention and lacing.

S/T - Hop forward, as expected, with resinous pine mostly, touches of grapefruit. Caramel, toffee malt sweetness is slightly there, but the beer has an overpowering bitterness that masks what sweet flavors there may be. The resinous bitterness has little depth of hop flavor, only offering piney flavors.

M - Medium body, delicate medium carbonation, prickly across the palate.

O - Hoppy as expected, however, I was expecting more depth of hop flavor/aroma to allow for some malt sweetness to play in.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:47:37 | More by garuda
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is a murky and opaque caramel. Great head, retention, and webbed lacing.

The nose has a heavy malt presence. Bready and slightly sweet. Herbal and pine hops.

Good balance of the bready malt, pine, and herbal flavor. Peach iced tea.

Chewy mouthfeel with heft.

A real nice hoppy red. I appreciate the assertive hops while keeping balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:22:33 | More by Vonerichs
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bmwats

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, fluffy, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, molasses.

T: Bitter pecan shells, roasted coffee malt, and a bitter hop.

M: Hearty and hoppy. Bitterness hangs on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some sound lacing. Nose is roasty and nutty. Bitter and roasty with a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:55:25 | More by bmwats
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers where I am confused and have to ask "is it just me?" I love the aroma with its sweet fruity hops like nectarines and watermelon but the flavor comes across as more winey sweet with touches of floral bitterness. This was a very fresh bottle so I'm inclined to think it's just my palate that simply did not accept the hop varieties.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 21:59:09 | More by KYGunner
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was born on 1/14/14, sweet, just over two weeks old.

Zoe pours a hazy deep brown with hints of red. Has a large, thick and creamy tan head with very good retention and almost a complete wall of lacing. Aroma is mostly malt forward, showcasing caramel and toffee. Get a bit of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of pine and resin.

Taste starts with bread and toffee, then moving to caramel and orange, with a dark fruit and toasty malt, floral, and resinous finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than average, creamy and chewy, with average carbonation.

In my opinion, this is an expertly crafted beer. My tastes enjoy the balance weighted a little more towards the hops, yet this beer is still immensely enjoyable to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 20:21:41 | More by JG-90
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Twobeards

Maine

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby, good carbonation giving a pretty big light tan head that billowed for awhile, smell of citrus than piney hops, sweet slightly caramel malts, with a bit of toast. Taste starts with a sweet note than rolls right into the citrus hop notes, than resin like hops melding with some spicy and toasted notes. Finishes with a decent bitter from the hops and a twinge of sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel feels thin but slightly sticky, let's the notes linger in your mouth awhile longer.

The bitter end lingers a bit too long for my taste, but it's a great hop forward amber that I liked more the longer I drank and thought about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:39:10 | More by Twobeards
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Mises85

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this beer dated "102513" and drank it yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Just gorgeous chestnut brown color with 3 finger head that doesn't go away. Head has pillow texture.

Smell: Big citrus, pine, grapefruit, touch of malt, some orange, oil.

Taste: head felt like a pillow, IPA characteristics, biscuit, oily, slight raisin note

Mouthfeel: super smooth although at the end, the alcohol kicks you. Definite IPA bitterness.

Overall: Excellent beer and would definitely drink again. Felt more like a classic IPA with some extra malt character for balance. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:23:52 | More by Mises85
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vfgccp

New York

3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled Jan 2013, opened Dec 2013.

A - Killer looking beer. Stellar bone white head with outstanding retention and sheets of lace. Deep cheery wood ice tea body.

S - A little funky. Wet leaves, old malt, pumpernickel bread, and molasses.

T - This bottle might have sat a little too long. Leafy hops, musk, molasses, raisiny malt, and caramel.

M - Light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad, but not quite where I'd expect it to be. I think this bottle was a little old. Will definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:59:54 | More by vfgccp
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a nice amber with plenty of head.
Odor is a little piney and citrusy. Some malt comes through as well. A little bit of biscuit in there too.
Taste is hops up front. Transitions and becomes more complex. Some malt, toffee and a little grapefruit come through. Ends with some very nice hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is middle of the road. Not overly carbonated and not heavy.
Overall, an excellent beer from Maine Beer. Balanced and complex. Hits many of the requirements for an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:54:12 | More by dexterk1
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 Nov.

A mildly hazy dark amber with a dense, khaki head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The blood red highlights are nice too. The nose!talk about hops! So fresh and fragrant! Pine, mint, juniper, citrus, grapefruit, all wonderfully integrated and juicy, this is a beautiful expression of hops. Leaning heavily on aromatic hops and less on bittering hops, this is clean and soft, lacking in grassy notes. Caramel and toffee are present, pulling this deep into Nugget Nectar territory. A little bit of brown sugar is present as well. Awesome stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of modest hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit are most dominant, but I also get a good amount of navel oranges and a little mint. The mid palate brings out flavors of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar and caramel, but thankfully, this beer isn't particularly sweet. In fact, the way this feels on the palate reminds me again of NN. Bitter on the finish with a mild pine resin character, this beer is medium light in body and has a medium high level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I'd like, but the flavors and balance on the finish is excellent. Excellent stuff, I imagine this would be incredible on cask. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:02:46 | More by DefenCorps
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:34:50 | More by superspak
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timc100

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber with a dense, creamy beige/eggshell colored head. Great hoppy and malty blended aroma - big sweet grapefruit, resin, sticky pine with some cocoa powder, cereal grain, and caramel. Very vibrant fresh taste - hop bitterness and darker maltiness blend well.

Another fantastic beer from MBC.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:31:35 | More by timc100
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color, slightly hazy and deep red hues. Head is thin about half a finger off-white almost pink. Head also retains nicely and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells very nicely balanced. Grainy husky malt aromas work nicely with aromas of sweet maple and mildly nutty malt. Malt plays nicely with fresh lightly fruitier hops that have aromas of mango Papaya and hints of grapefruit.

Taste is great. Malt is forward and has some light grainy and toffee flavors before a slight fruity and predominately piney hoppy mild bitterness persists through the midsection. Light floral notes finish on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate to high carbonation is cut by a good amount of hop oils and resin and malty stickiness. Nice balance keeps this highly drinkable with a good body.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:49:01 | More by Fcolle2
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. There's about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and it's beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.

S: It's about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.

T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.

M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.

O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. It's definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer that's only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:25:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.