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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,910 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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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Reviews by CrellMoset:
Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

CrellMoset, Feb 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 9-29-2012.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber with a large fluffy off white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big floral and piney hops really jump out at ya along with sweet biscuit and brown sugar,the malt base is almost as big as the hop onslaught,a great nose.Sticky piney hops really stand out on the palate up front but a big brown sugar and biscuit malt base is there again to stand up to the hops,I get a little earthiness to round out everything in the finish.This is a complex flavor packed red,to me it's like an old school left coast hopped up red,great stuff.

oberon, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

StevenT562, Mar 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tbryan5, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

bulldogg915, Nov 09, 2014
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the second beer I've had from Maine Beer Company, and I have been very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed Spring Peeper, but this one was even better. In an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark red/brown color with a huge tan head that resembled whipped cream. A nice amount of lace. A really sweet floral aroma, very outdoorsy, and a bit of citrus. Strong pine taste, as well as a little grapefruit. Some malt presence too, making this a very well-balanced beer. You need to find this and try it.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

NWer, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a very dark amber color with a creamy. light tan head that left lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is citrus and candied fruit and a hint of caramel. Very nice.
This beer is a taste experience. Lots of tropical fruit up front , then some caramel and biscuit and then that piney, hoppy finish that leaves a bitter dryness on the tongue.
Medium-smooth on the mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a lovely blend of malty and hoppy and somehow manages to be both things at the same time. Wish I could have another right now!

SD-Alefan, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DaftPatrick, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Callmecoon, Apr 05, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber thick thick head with pleanty of lace

Beautiful hop aroma eathy piny. Wonderful very fresh

Nice very nice start with a slight caremel malt and quickly becomes hoppy and finishes all hops. The bitter becomes prominant but isn't offensive a well rounded hop taste very nice

bishopdc0, Jan 30, 2011
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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.