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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 242 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top on this smiling brew and pour a rich, ruby colored brew. It holds a majestic two and a half finger head of stoic tan bubbles, showing excellent retention. Once this eventually recedes, a thick, single sheet of lacing coats the glass circumferentially. There is a chill haze, but no sediment to speak of, while carbonation appears slow and light. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with lemon rind and flesh, vanilla pod, and wild, earthy lavender. The malts are full of caramel and roast, and exhibit an almost stouty, coffee depth. The hops are equally as fresh and robust, showing nectary florals and big grapefruit citrics. Toffee sweetness and hop stem sourness come with warmth. Our first impression is that the beer remains fresh and light, while retaining robustness of flavoring. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens with caramel and pale malts mixing with a fresh, lemony, grapefruity citric hop character. Very cleansing and balanced to the palate. The middle moves forward with more of those hops, which sour a bit, along with light booziness, more floral and soapy hop varietals. These really take center stage, allowing for less of the malty background to shine through. The finish shows cane and lemon sugars to cut the sourness of the hops, and the residual souring of the paler grains in the mix. Grape skin, warming peppery booze, and yeast round the final flavor out. The aftertaste breathes of freshly cut lemongrass, metallic yeast, bright citric hops, pale and muddy malts, mineral, and souring blackberry fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is an initially thick coating around the mouth, with hearty smack, slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. Eventually, this dries the palate, leaving room for a quick pucker once all flavoring has left the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the soft, inclusive nose, and variety of hops throughout both the aroma and the flavoring. This beer is an affirmation of why we love American ambers and reds so much. There is such variability to the style, with room for such robust hops, and playfully balancing malts and spice. Not only is this a fantastic beer, but the story on the back of the bottle is one of the cutest thoughts we’ve ever heard to the concept and conception of a beer.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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 NWer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.