Zoe - Maine Beer Company
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2.88/5 rDev -31.6%
Bottle thanks to kingkong. Opens with a loud hiss. Poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a tawny rust water color with a big foamy beige head. Good retention and lots of lacing, but the body is unattractive.
S: Pronounced perfumy floral notes with grapefruit and herbal tea characteristics. There's a distinct sour note in there with a little chocolate. Pine is resinous and pretty strong. There's an underlying bready sweetness with a dash of caramel and a whisper of toffee. Big earthy notes with grass and a slight metallic note. Sort of a strange mixture of characteristics.
T: Lightly tart, with biscuit, bread, and caramel. Lots of pine, grass, and earth, with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and very dry, with some astringency. There's a lot of grapefruit find with a faint metallic note in the dry finish.
M: Medium in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel has a strange chalkiness to it.
Overall: I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's not bad, but the flavors are strange and it almost tastes like there's an incipient infection, though I can't be certain. Definitely a strange beer.
08-12-2011 04:03:18 | More by HopHead84
2.9/5 rDev -31.1%
Poured into a Russian River tulip. Dark amber brown with almost 3 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing.
Lots of resiny pine hops on the nose, bready malts and just a touch of diacetyl.
Hoppy, caramel bread notes on the tongue. A tad buttery. Odd hop astringency on the finish. Light cardboard. Not bad, but not really good either.
Mouthfeel is almost creamy with decent hop bitterness throughout. Buttery feel. Feels off for a hoppy amber. Can't really get rid of the diacetyl presence.
Overall, this is a slightly below average hoppy amber. Ok, but there are many better beers out there in this category.
05-17-2011 00:38:01 | More by sisuspeed
2.95/5 rDev -29.9%
A Dark Brown with champagne head that lasts
S Cascade? hops, a little bit soapy i think?
T A bit hoppy, a bit malty, not a lot here, expected more
M Undercarbed, fairly thin
O No freshness date, I suspect I might have gotten an old bottle. Just not much here.
03-23-2012 08:14:14 | More by Steasy66
2.98/5 rDev -29.2%
Sampled this right after my first Nugget Nectar of the season. Fresh bottle from Liquor World, Cambridge.
Poured from the 500mL bottle into an Ithaca shaped pint glass. Color is slightly browner that amber, clarity is fine, head is just right at about half an inch.
Smell is great, american citrus hops abound. Some sweetness and malt flavors, but the aroma is dominated by the hops. Good so far.
The first sip lets me down. Pleasant hop flavor up front, but then loaded with toffee, caramel sweetness that must be from a heavy hand with crystal malt. I like all the flavors in this beer, I just think they go together about as well as toothpaste and orange juice.
Mouthfeel is fine, plenty of body, no issues with the carbonation. These guys are pretty hyped in this area right now, but I'm pretty disappointed with this offering.
03-19-2011 14:10:13 | More by tprokop7
3.15/5 rDev -25.2%
16oz. bottle, bottled about a month ago.
Amber? I think not. Pours a reddish brown that is a beautiful orange-ruby in the light. The beer is capped with an enormous light-tan head that leaves tons of lacing.
Piney hops dominate the nose, but they avoid the sticky, resiny qualities that often accompany them. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well. There's really no malt aroma of which to speak.
As in the nose, hops dominate on the palate. The bitterness itself is only moderate. It's interesting to note the dark color of the beer versus the lack of malt presence in it. The malt is just there in the background and is most notable in the finish, where it has a bready character. With a some warming, a very light caramel note comes through. The finish is dry and with a lingering bitterness. The profile is pretty clean overall.
The mouthfeel is just on the heavy side of crisp.
Zoe will be a big hit with hopheads, but I was hoping for more out of this beer. She's bright and snappy, kind of unidimensional, but also unobjectionable.
12-24-2011 02:30:36 | More by Sneers
3.15/5 rDev -25.2%
Pours a two-finger cream head that takes fades slowly leaving some lace. Deep opaque, brown/black color some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is pine and resin hops, malts try to balance but don't. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Doesn't look like an amber but tastes like one. $6.10 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
12-21-2010 23:05:34 | More by jdhilt
3.18/5 rDev -24.5%
Zoe pours a rustic chestnut-brown hue, and is topped with a sturdy cap of sudsy tan froth. The nose is sweet, imparting maple-ish tones, and it is spicy in an earthy sense. There also is quite a bit of discernible alcohol in the aroma. The flavor offers a bit of toasty-roasty nuttiness atop the sweetness, as well as an earthy-herbal understated hoppiness. Unfortunately, it is, again, unpleasantly alcoholic (especially for 7%) Not a bad beer, but not terribly special.
11-10-2011 01:57:22 | More by ktrillionaire
3.18/5 rDev -24.5%
A: brown with reddish orange highlights and a thick tan head that stays forever. So far this is looking fantastic. The head sticks to the side of the glass, covering nearly all of the glass it touches.
S: smokey and hoppy smelling. Like burning evergreen trees. Lot more roasted malt than I expected.
T: very smokey for the style with spicy hops. The smoke comes and goes with more sips, and the taste recovers to give a nice hoppy amber beer flavor. The roasted malts again come through a lot. Some citrus hops.
M: well carbonated with medium body. It's crisp but still coats the mouth.
O: this is a hoppy brown ale. I don't really care for it, though it has some excellent characteristics. Too much roasted malt with fruity hops isn't a great combination for me.
03-05-2012 00:21:58 | More by Holland
3.19/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
12-28-2013 04:59:54 | More by vfgccp
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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