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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 298
Gots: 298 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 2,104 | Reviews: 539
Reviews by Jettanbass9:
Photo of Jettanbass9
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't help but add my 2 cents to the review realm for this superb American Amber ale.

A - Darker than amber almost brown with a tight knit, pillowy, marshmellow-y head. Lace all over half of my glass.

S - A blast of, Simcoe?, mango, pine, citrus and sappy wood... as the initial release of CO2 subsides, a doughy malt character emerges. This beer smells like freshly cut citrus, fruit and flowers sitting in the middle of a bread bakery.

T - Bitterness balances the doughy malt character. I do have to emphasize, this beer is not sweet but does have a fair amount of bready character. Citrus, mango and pine provide a balance among the character. Satisfying.

M - Low-med carbonation, medium body, no astringency. Again, satisfying.

O - Very good interpretation of the style. Wonderful balance, with bright tones in all the right places. This is a beer I would recommend to anyone. Extremely drinkable even at 7.2%...

More User Reviews:
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to a deep red with a two finger dense off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of piney and citrusy hops with some caramel and toasted malt backbone
T: taste is pine and citrus with toasted malt and some caramel sweetness. a little spicy at times as well. slightly herbal and earthy as well with a fairly oily and resinous character. swallow is more oily pine hop flavor with some slight toasted malt on the back end and some lingering spicy flavors.
M: this beer is medium in body with soft bottle conditioned carbonation and a refreshing finish that's a little oily from the hops.
O: overall this is a very enjoyable beer with great flavors and complexity. Well crafted and very hoppy. Definitely a solid representation of the style.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of bishopdc0
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

Photo of Homebrew35
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle dated 8/18/11
Pours two fingers worth of beige head. Very creamy, lacing clings to the glass quite well. Body is a murky brown root beer color.

Smells HUGE! Very complex as well. Citrus, grapfruit, lemon, grass, earthy. Some floral and lavender notes as well. Smells like English hops mixed with west coast hops and a dash of the east coast, maybe this doesn't sound right, then lets just say its awesome, or wicked. This is one of those beers you can smell over and over and almost be satisfied with out tasting it. But this is not a time not to taste.

Initial taste is medium sweet carmel and toffee malts. A neutral mid palate, some bready yeast and some creamy tasting malts. The finish is this nice and interesting grassy, earthy, mineral coating finish. This have a very interesting and hard to describe taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, medium carbonation, medium firm hop bitterness. Great job on the balance. Keeps me wanting more after every sip.

Overall this is a great beer. Big pleasant smell, complex taste and smell, nice balance of sweetness bitterness and carbonation. I'll be picking this one up again.
$7 a bottle.

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with aboutthree fingers of off white head that lasted several minutes with medium lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops, maybe some other fruits like apple maybe?? Toasted malts were also present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Well balanced medium bodied beer, taste of hops and toasted malts with a faint sweetness in the backround.

Overall: Personally not a big fan of reds, but this was a well crafted beer and credit is due were needed. I did enjoy this brew, but won't buy again myself. I can see why it gets high marks, and people that really like reds will enjoy this beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 12oz Schlitz mug.

First off for it doesn't look like an amber, more like a brown, with a small light brown head, nice looking though. Nose is very nice and hoppy, with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Very nice beer. It's hoppy and smooth with a good malt backbone, very rich with an awesome carbonation. Some bitterness on the finish. The malt is very different from SNPA but the hoppy finish is reminiscent of it. Another great surprise from this small brewery, keep it up!

Photo of dogfishandi
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/4/12.

Pours a cloudy deep reddish almost brown. Very nice off white head, billowy with some tight bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.

Pine sap, pine needles, woody hops, bit of biscuity malt to balance.

A nice even taste.pine hops rule. Resinous, pine sap, a bit of grapefruit citrus. Some deep caramel biscuit malts make an attempt at balancing. Finishes witha pretty sturdy lingering hop bitterness.

Drinks very smooth, medium bodied. A touch aof sweetness compliments the hops nicely.

A very enjoyable beer. Exactly what it claims to be, a happy, hoppy amber!

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A surprisingly dark crimson with a big, thick, tightly bubbled light khaki head that eventually leaves big, thick, chunky irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, clearly well-crafted beer.

A happy, hoppy aroma, as expected. There's quite a bit of fresh citrus aroma along with some sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and freshly baked bread. Good stuff.

This is an exceptionally well balanced and easy drinking amber, though it is also extremely hoppy. The bread, toffee, caramel, and graham cracker malt flavors are the most expressive, though there's also a fantastic amount of pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors balancing things out incredibly nicely. Fantastic.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

This is just slightly better than Nugget Nectar.

Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish golden with burnished copper edges and a full half inch of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Bright hoppy aroma, very citrusy and inviting.

Flavor is floral and citrus, resiny and sappy, moving to piney notes, some orange rind pith. Understated caramel and toffee malt rides beneath but gets pushed back down by the hops. Malt rises up more strongly as it warms and brings nuances of crusty bread and dried leaves. Dry and crisp, finishes tingly. Great beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red appearance, ruby is a descriptor that comes to mind, it gleams. Solidly thick off white head that has damn good retention. Aroma was plenty hoppy, in a similar vein as Nugget Nectar, where you get both the amber/red kind of malt aromas and a heavy dose of hops (nugget smell from both).

Taste was delicious, immediately planting itself within the upper echelon of all amber beers. Unlike Nugget Nectar, this one got itself flavor wise to be a bit more than just brash hoppiness and bitterness, it allowed for flavor intrusions of all kinds, be it the malt, the hop mouthfeel of a vegetal nature, the caramel, the mild sweetness. This is the archtype. Hides alcohol very well. Its a hearty beer that drinks effortlessly. Hops still pack pine and citrus flavor beyond everything else. I wonder if there are magnums in here, there is a peppery edge to it.

Drank this the night before the Firestone Walker invitational, 2013, at our campsite at Lake Naciemiento before bedtime before the big event. That's a lot of "b's".

This is elite stuff.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of 05Harley
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/9/10

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $6.10/bottle

Appearance: A near black red liquid drains from the bottle revealing a creamy head. Held up to the light one can see the bubbles rising to the top. She's a looker. Sticky too with heavy lacing decorating the drinking vessel. Nearly all of the traits I look for in appearance show up for the party.

Smell: A soft aroma at first but as it warms up closer to 60 degrees the scent becomes stronger. Mango and pine hit the nose first followed by hop resin. Serve it a little warmer than what's recommended (45-50) and boost the experience.

Taste: Starts out a little lite then BAM the hops show up. Not much sweetness to balance it out. I'm picking up some metallic notes in the finish too which doesn't excite me.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy and silky smooth at the start. Medium body. Towards the finish the hop bitterness begins it's mild assault on the taste buds.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The metallic notes in the taste though has me thinking. Maybe a little more malt sweetness to balance this bird out and it would be near exceptional.

Photo of timc100
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour a nice golden semi-dark amber, somewhat clear with a beautiful long lasting creamy white head.
Not a lot going on in terms of bouquet. Did pick up some malt and a medium amount of hoppieness.
Taste was soft and round, more hops than I anticipated. BUT the best thing about this one, was the aftertaste.
It lasted and lasted and lasted forever. Seemed like 5 or 10 minutes after tasting this one, the taste remained and it was very nice!

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Hoppy Red for the style. Bottled 9/1 - drank 10/16

Not so hoppy that you call it an IPA first. The RED is there first and foremost but the hops are there in spades.

Best Hoppy RED i've came across. Juicy yet hoppy and RED first...this coming from a west coast IPA guy.

A must try...2nd only to Nugget Nectar but make no mistake...NN doesn't focus on the RED at the front as well as this specimen does.

PHUCK YEAH Maine Beer Co!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a very large three finger foamy head that sticks around forever. Leaves great lacing.

S: Very hoppy - pine aroma and a little bit of citrus. Extremely earthy and grassy. A slight malt aroma (caramel), but lots of hops, really inviting.

T: Really like this one! Very hoppy with some nice tropical fruits, pineapple, orange. Has a very complex malt bill, with some noticeable caramel, toffee, and some toasted malts too. The grassiness from the aroma comes through as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable, would love to have this one stocked in the fridge for sure.

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

I love it when a new beer pops up on the shelf!!

Very dark amber with brown hues and a strong 3" towering head, chunky foam that almost doesn't dissipate and leaves at least a 1/4" of foam on top throughout the session!! a healthy looking brew for sure.

The nose is simply bursting with massive hop aroma's! Fresh strawberries, raspberry tarts, pineapple...fresh hop cones that have just been ripped open! A simply amazing fresh "wet" hop aroma.

The flavor delivers sweet toffee maltiness along with sweet dates, and a slight citric tanginess with a dry, snappy finish. The flavor just like the aroma is busting out in fresh hop flavor's, fruits, citrus, dry earthiness...amazing complexity in the hop that could rival any of the best Pale ale's or IPA's out there...this one is flavorful I'm amazed it's not a "wet" or fresh hopped ale.

The feel is medium bodied but lush and thick with a delightful dry, earthy snap.

This one is a WOW!

Photo of king75
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark red, almost black, a nice solid inch or two of a dirty white foam head.

S- The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing, hops galore, citrus nodes, even has a slight wild flower smell.

T- get a lot of hops, but there is a good quality malty taste accompanying it. A very clean finish. Leaves you begging for more.

M- Light, just the right amount of weight, light but not too light. Floats across the palate.

D- Could drink this all day long and you would never hear me complain.

The best amber ale I have had by far. Blew my mind! The flavor complexity is amazing almost drinks like an IPA which is something that I do not mind. Highly recommend you try this one if given a chance. I definitely want to try this one again.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 2 weeks ago, bought at Winooski Beverages. Pours dark brown with abundant soapy off-white head. English hop and rich malts aroma. Soft mouthfeel, though bitterness erases the palate in the finish. Toasty malt. Very drinkable and tasty.Lots of thick lace.I could have bought more!

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.