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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 267 | FT: 15
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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Photo of kirok1999
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy dark copper with a wispy, thick head that leaves a nice amount of lace.
Hoppy as hell with lots of pine, herbs, rosemary and some mild citrus.
Tastes the same as the smell with a lingering aftertaste of spicy herbs and wood.
Feels creamy and smooth and is a pleasure to sip.

Photo of amphion1065
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 8/19/11 into a pint glass. Incidentally, big thanks to Maine Beer Co. - a small operation by any standard - for bottle-dating

Pours a very deep red, not quite ruby and not quite brown. One-finger off-white head recedes pretty quickly. Minimal scattered lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced. For such a fresh bottle I expected a bit more hops, but there is definitely a strong earthy hop presence here. Some nice sweet malt for counterbalance.

Like the aroma, the taste demonstrates a great degree of balance. There is some initial and lingering bitterness from the hops, but there's also some very pleasing malty sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty sweet amber ale. There’s almost a sort of chocolate, brown ale flavor here, too.

Mouthfeel is good, if a little syrupy. I think the carbonation could be bumped up a bit on this one.

Though I prefer my amber ales a little hoppier, this is a solid offering from MBC. It's not trying to be Nugget Nectar, and for what it is it's successful.

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!

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

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

Photo of gdkersey
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - quite a bit darker than I imagined, perhaps it was the glass. dark reddish-brown. fair amount of carbonation, had to let it settle before pouring more.

S - earthy, grassy hops. brown bread.

T - roasty malt backbone. the hops do their job well and this is an extremely well balanced beer. there isn't a crazy amount of hop flavor (compared to something like Nugget Nectar), but that is not a bad thing, great tasting beer

M - carbonation is a bit on the high side, but doesn't take away too much from the beer

Overall, great beer from a new brewery...looking forward to seeing what else these guys put out.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. Bottle sent to me by Valdieu2!

A: Pours a dark orangish brown with a spongy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nose comprised of citrus and tropical hops. Sweet orange, pineapple.

T: Waves of buttery caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit, rindish bitterness, mint, peppercorn, and spicy alcohol mixed up altogether. Smooth.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: Mellower than most hoppy reds I've had, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of eclipse54
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks for this one! Bottled on 02/09/2012, and consumed now in my DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with deep ruby hues; the body was much darker and more opaque than I had expected for the style. A massive amount of light tan head develops and lingers for virtually the extent of the drink. Scattered patches of lacing remain on the glass. Very good presentation here.

The aroma is of a peppercorn spice laced with earthen hops. In terms of the spice, it makes me think of the glorious peppercorns that often adorn bacon. No bacon here, but that's the kind of pepper I'm thinking of. Some citrus, pine, caramel, and a touch of roasted nuts (almond, cashew?) even come through behind it. Rather hop-forward on the nose overall.

The taste is comprised of earthen, dirty hops in front of a spicy and slightly roasty center (reminiscent of a nut brown in that regard). Delicate citrus and pine notes struggle through along with some almond, nut, and caramel towards the end. As with the nose, the earthen hops and peppercorn flavors hog the palatal stage.

Mouthfeel is crisp and spot-on with regards to carbonation, but the drink finishes rather dry and with a lingering, resinous coating on the palate. The nutty flavors seem to linger a bit as well.

Overall, a good amber though one I feel is a bit non-traditional. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means, but I was expecting a slightly different experience from this one. Either way, this is another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.!

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a bit of reddish colors to it. The head settled down to a thin covering and left some great lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off both the hoppy and malty qualities pretty well. Some zesty citrus with a grapefruit bitterness mixes with some sweeter malty, toasted, slight caramel character.

The taste shows slightly more of the malty flavors to it. More of the sweet malty, caramel flavors come through along with some toasty flavors. Towards the finish the hops really step it up with some grapefruit citrus and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty and hoppy flavors to it. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a good version of the style.

Photo of dank203
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers

Photo of mattbk
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber, almost brown. Fairly hazy. Nice light tan creamy head. Looks good.
S: Nice fresh grapefruity, floral aroma. Some light orange too. A bit dank. Not much in the way of malt through the aroma, but I'm guessing I will get it in the flavor.
T: Mostly grapefruit, orange, dank hops. The body is actually fairly light and the malt character is very light. APA-IPA level bitterness, not overwhelming though. This is really a darker IPA; if it was lighter it would definitely be an IPA. Still, it's tasty, nice fresh hop aroma and flavor, definitely some dankness. I would have preferred a bit of malt to round this out.
M: Mouthfeel should be a bit higher on this, it's fairly dry, medium-light mouthfeel. The carbonation is nice.
O: Solid beer, really just a slightly darker IPA though. I would have liked to taste more of the specialty malts used in this beer. I'd recommend to hop heads for sure though.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,035 ratings.