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Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

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Photo of potownbill
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a chance to have the Peepers Ale on a recent trip to Bar Harbor. I purchased a bottle of Zoe at a great beer store (Global in Ellsworth) on the way home. Should have bought a case!
Appearance: Cloudy Mahogany Brown. Off white head with good lacing.
Smell: Bitter hops. Default smell would be citrus with some pine, but it was a very pleasant bitter aroma.
Taste: Citrus, with a decent malt background.
Mouthfeel; some puckering, but not overly hopped. Smooth
Drinkability: Oh, sooo good!
This brewery only offers a couple beers, but they do them very well.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 2/28/13, nice and fresh.

A- It's catagorized as an American Amber/Red ale and that's no joke. It is a beautiful, hearty looking reddish amber, some brown too, depending on the light. A dense 4-finger head, khaki-tan in color, lasts and lasts leaving heavy lacing and a heavy 'plop' of creaminess in its middle.
Just hazy enough to highlight the bottle conditioning, and it starts off with lots of bubbles.

S- Fresh pine is the first smell that I pick up. Following are the citrus hops, bready malts, and some note of alcohol making it a subtle blend.

T-Citrus and raisin malt bread with some pine resin and a mild chocolate finish. How's that description...?...yeah, that's what I said!

M-Lots of chewy body, a bit of oily pine. This beer feels good on the palate.

O- A flavorful, powerful brew. The only downside that I see is that it's not an everyday 'go-to' type because it's aggressive. As a hearty amber, it's the real deal.

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Photo of scotorum
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

a: A deep nearly clear ruby, a two inch tan head receded very slowly to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Plums and/or some other dark fruit.

t: Dark malt balanced beautifully by fruity hops. Refreshing and delicious. Smoky dark fruit aftertaste lingers.

m: Moderate to chewy, lots of body and carbonation.

o: A superb brew, perhaps more like a hoppy Belgian Dubbel than the American Amber it is listed as. At $7 a pint most of us cannot afford to drink Zoe regularly. But it is a fine treat anytime.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz poured into a pint glass. bottled 3/10/2011

A - dark dark brown with a nice thick creamy head that slowly recedes to a thin line that sticks for the duration.

S - holy hops. they werent lying about this being a hoppy amber and you can tell right from the first whiff. citrus banana and a bubblegum type flavor are also in there.

T - there are those hops again. theres a nice balance between them and a malty underneath. the finish on this thing is quite amazing and if drinkability was still around would definitely be giving this a 5 out of 5 in that regard.

M - this thing is just so unbelievably smooth and sticks to the side of your mouth for just enough time.

O - i had heard a lot of great things about this company and though i thought the peeper ale was very good quality it did not blow me away but i knew i had to wait to try this one. it definitely holds up to the hype in my opinion. go get one.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of thick light tan colored head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of rich froth and slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma just explodes in the nose with a huge floral feel that contains notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. This immediately gives way to dense and malty smelling layer of sticky caramel and dark roast. This is just so flavorful feeling in the nose, with everything seeming to have fresh and powerful presence.

Hops and malt pull equal weight in the taste, with a blast of herbal tones and zesty grapefruit bitterness that propels resins and spice out in the profile. The malt however is equally robust, with a mix of caramel sweetness and burnt roasted notes that lay heavy in the finish along with a strong resinous dryness that seems to linger forever. As this warms, the flavors seem to meld and balance even more and take off some of the initial assertive edges that hold this back a little in the beginning. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a wonderful even feeling creaminess in the mouth that has just enough of an effervescent sharpness to the carbonation. While the alcohol does give this a bit of a powerful beefiness like a Double Red would, this is still very smooth for 7%, with only some trailing warmth being present and adding some extra boldness to an already aggressive finish.

As a lover of hoppy Red Ales, I just have to say that I’m in love with this beer. From its beautiful look, to its flavorful yet well balanced profiles, to its super easy drinkability, this one just all the right notes for me. The other two Maine beers I’ve had (Peeper & Lunch) got close for me but this is the first one to really knock it out of the park, as I think this is definitely the freshest that I’ve been able to try one of their beers. I’m super excited to here that this is going to be distributed in SE PA going forward, as I’ll definitely be picking up some more bottles.

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Photo of garylite
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brothers at Maine Beer Company are super cool and low key. Take the tour if you get up to Portland. Love the Peeper and had the Lunch for the first time recently. The Zoe is my favorite. Awesome head, subtle fragrance and great brown color and legs that don't ever stop (natural fermentation), Nice Malt and caramel blends well with Hops. A strong beer you will wish you had more of. Good luck finding it...

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of dbsrs
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beers. From MBC. Also nice people when in Portland main stop. By the T- shirt "do things right".
Class acts. Best on tap if you can find it.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked 01/05/16… glad to try it relatively fresh!

appearance is dark brown with a bit of red and tan/white colored foam. Two fingers of head, nice retention and leaves some lacing.

nose isnt overly pungent but is pretty amazing in terms of just being a unique and awesome scent. begins floral with citrus notes and a hint of pine and some malt

taste is sweet caramel malt followed by citrus and a really nice pine flavor… perfect amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is great and overall this is a quality beer, very crisp and clean. All the flavors work beautifully together, excellent balance in this one. with so many high grade Maine Beer Co brews, it took me a long time to try this one but im so glad i did. recommended!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a dark amber with a creamy, ivory head that lingers. Smell is fresh and yeasty with some sharp piney hoppy notes. Taste has a nice malt backbone and an assertive mixture of caramel and pine and hops. It's complex and very good. The beer is fairly heavily carbonated, which makes it quite drinkable. The carbonation and the hops are a nice counterbalance to the dark malty/caramel stuff that's going on here. All in all, an excellent beer. This strikes me as a darker version of their Spring Peeper. Good stuff.

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Photo of gfreed
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from this small brewery in Maine, not only in taste but also tastefulness. There's a tad too much hoppy pine in the aroma, bending slightly toward new-carpet smell, but it's not overwhelming nor does it contribute to hammy hoppiness in the flavor. Definitely dry and crisp with hops to the fore, but everything here has comfy rounded edges, like a giant cotton beanbag chair. For a good hoppy American ale, it lacks the hostile attitude of so many of its cousins from the West coast. MBC is a pearl of New England.

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Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! Served cold, pours a beautiful caramel color with a 3 finger head.

The head has a deep piney aroma reminiscent of the Maine woods:)

The mouth feel is very smooth.

The finish is is a complex piney-citrus and pleasantly hoppy.

A class act!

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Photo of palma
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet color body. Frothy tan head lasts forever.

Aroma is more hoppy than expected. American hops. Very cascade like. West coast memories. Citrus. Earthy malt aroma. Nutty. Remeniscent of some of the few more hoppier English brown ales. Maple syrup as the beer warms up. Unique.

Wow flavor is great. Not too hoppy as the nose might lead you to believe. More malt forward here especially up front and definately more so for an American amber ipa. light biscuit notes. Rum, some raisin, juicy. Finishes with a pungent strong, yet very clean bitterness all at an american ipa caliber. I wouldnt call this beer highly complex but the balance is amazing. Excellent play between with the hops and malt going on here.

7.2 abv but goes down more like a five O.

Color of the beer and the aroma make this beer very intriguing especially after you taste it. An excellent offering. Looking forward to one day visiting the brewery for this one on tap.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper color, slightly hazy with a nice off white head. the smell is hugely hoppy with some nice malty undertones. the flavor follows sui with there being a huge hop flavor right up front followed by the malty backbone that keeps the beer rounded. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer, but i find maine beer co to be a little expensive.

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Photo of JNbeerded
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The guy who reviewed this below is certainly confused. There is a lot going on in this beer. Solid caramel, chocolate malt backbone with an assertive hop bitterness and aroma. It i pours a beautiful dark amber out of the bottle, as long as you leave the yeast behind as it says on the label. There is so much good with this beer, it is definitely my favorite hoppy ale that is not an IPA or pale ale.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber in color with shades of deep red and orange. Off-white, pillowy, lumpy head that fades into a thin layer. No lace.

S - Hops and malt complement each other very well. More like a Pale Ale.

T - So incredibly balanced but with enough malt presence to keep it in line with the style. Fresh, bright hops with a roasted malt backbone. I get some Stout roastiness from the malt. Perfect. One of the best examples of the style that I've tried.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, and incredibly drinkable. Having experienced two of Maine Beer Co.'s four beers, I can imagine moving to Portland, drinking their beers every day, and dying happily. The brewers have done some fantastic work.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had Zoe from a bottle that was not even a month old.
However, the difference from bottle to draft was a huge difference.

Had this on tap at the dirty truth in Northampton on a beautiful summers day.

The pour is a nice dark red, almost brown. Which really leads me to my next point that.. Maine Brewing calls this an amber but its really its own category of greatness.

There is so much going on in the taste of this beer. Spices that are also in the smell, citrus taste, bitterness (just the right amount) from the hops, as well as a roasted malt taste.

There is nothing I can really complain about in this beer.
Maine Brewing definitely knows what they are doing.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a great, well-rounded, hoppy amber ale? This is it.

Like the other brews I've had from MBC, Zoe pours very, very well straight from the solid, Pliney-esque bottle. Nice amber/red color with a good foamy white head laying atop.

Aroma is a heavy dose of both fruity/floral hops and sweet caramel maltiness. It's almost evident how balanced this is by the aroma itself.

Flavor is just about exactly what I (me, personally) am looking for in an American Amber Ale. It's got a very solid malt backbone and weighs in at a very nice 7+% abv. The sweet caramel and toasty flavors meld almost perfectly with the strong, fresh hops flavors which are citrusy and sweet like someone squeezed oranges into this brew.

I can't get enough of this beer as it seems to fit all my beery desires in one. It's easy drinking, malty and hoppy and not too strong but not too weak. I've had it on tap and in bottles and have never once been even close to disappointed.

Way to go Maine Beer Company, you guys are doing very, very well. Cheers!

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, about in-line with a Grade A medium amber maple syrup. Pretty, long lasting, rocky light tan head. Leaves plenty of lacing. Nice looking beer!

Dank, piny hoppy aroma. Spicy hops mingle with caramel from the malts to make a tasty beer. Brown sugar sweetness toward the finish. But just the right amount of spicy hops bitterness races across the finish line, inspiring another sip.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. Nice example of an American brown ale, in my opinion.

Update 22 Jan 2012 - just cracked open a 4 month old bottle (27 Sept) and it is as good as a much fresher bottle. I could smell the piny hops as soon as the bottle cap had been cracked open. I purchased this bottle off an unrefrigerated shelf yesterday. This is one hoppy beer that does last.

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Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light amber, with a persistent, off white head. Strong lacing to the bottom of the glass.
S: wonderful floral hops, with a dash is citrus. There is a secondary malt aroma that is just a hint of graham cracker. Really blown away by the smell in this.
T: follows the smell with bright floral hop flavors balanced perfectly on a malt base. Only the mildest bitterness persists, and nothing piney or resiny. This is juicy despite the malt.
M: rather full and soft, never astringent. Pleasingly gentle in the mouth, carbonation is just right.
O: surprised by this a bit. Like many of their beers, but I think I prefer this to nearly all of them.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of my fav amber ales. has a nice piney and floral hop character. good balance of malt and hops too. tad bit high carbonation for me but overall a great amber ale.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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