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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1521
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%


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:
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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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottled December 23, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours very dark brown with strong red highlights, quite dark for an Amber Ale. Two fingers of beige head that leaves nice drippy spotty lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, strong malt presence of caramel, dates, dark fruit, dark toasted bread, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with big hops, mostly citrus and pine, moves toward the malt with rich caramel, dates, cherries, chocolate, toasted bread, mild to moderate sweetness, good to strong bitterness, mild alcohol. Really tasty, big and bold flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.

Kind of having a hoppy Amber Ale shootout...had Nugget Nectar last night for the first time and I gotta say I definitely prefer Zoe. I find this to not only be more hoppy, but also has a more robust malt backbone as well. Just a bigger and bolder beer all around. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:05:33 | More by elgiacomo
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Muddy brown in color with a reddish hue and murky. Poured with a thick beige foam with nice staying power. The foam slowly reduces to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh earthy hop aromaa up front. Resinous pine with ripe citrus grapefuit hop aromas in tow. Intense caramel malt backbone with hints of dark fruit and chocolate malt in the background. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Slightly pungent citrus hop flavors up front that intensifies through the middle before slowly transitioning to a pine hops to the end. Sweet caramal and bready backbone throughout with hints of chocolate malt toward the end. Finishes with a biscuity and pine hop bitterness. Complex flavors and aromas highlight this exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:53:38 | More by IronLover
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hitter114

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7-9-2013
drank 7-20-2013... it says drink fresh and I'm inclined to listen

A: Looks beautiful amber to brown with some red hues, a foamy off white/ tan head very nice lacing

S: Smells resinous, hoppy, piney with some dark malt going on

T: Tastes like a mix between a very good piney, dank IPA (reminded me of pliny) and a brown /amber ale. One of the better attempts at achieving true IPA hopppiness in a darker beer. Almost has the same effect as a black IPA, but much more smooth than most

M: Average IPA hoppy bite nothing special

O: A really good brew, the `1st I have tried from Maine. I like it, its not only different but it pulls off being different.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:42:50 | More by hitter114
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:11:49 | More by berley31
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:56:44 | More by Jwale73
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark garnet color with a full one fingered greenish/off white colored head. The pour was absolutely beautiful as the foam raised when thousands of tiny bubbles made a break for the surface. Very nice.

S - The nose is filled with very earthy, grassy hops and a healthy dose of hops comprised of a pine/citrus/slightly floral aroma. Roasted malt is somewhat detectable but the hops are definitely front stage and center. It's a hop head's red ale.

T - Roasted caramel malt, mild chocolate underneath with a heavy layer of hoppy goodness scrambling over the top. The tongue is greeted almost immediately with a healthy mixture of floral bitterness, pine, and big citrus hopping. There's also an earthy and grassy presence. There's a slight warming on the way down and the hops clean the malt right off the tongue leaving the mouth coated with pine resins and citric rind bitterness that lingers for many minutes after the sip.

M - Gentle prickliness on the tongue with medium body.

D - Very, very good!

This is an absolutely fabulous amber red ale that's fine tuned for the IPA lovers in the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 00:29:57 | More by jzeilinger
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afksports

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is great, burnt malts, toast, red deep amber appearance, lovely head, lovely smell, just all types of malt and fun stuff. hops are present too, in a citrus and pine resin way and lovely. i ... am turned on.

smell is womping good, taste is best with back end burnt toast yummy carbon and such

mouth is good solid medium body and overall it's a wonderful suprise from a new friend matty b up in maine. who knew. seriously. who knew.

apologies on the review i'll touch this up soon but there's a movie to be watched with the woman and she's mad i'm talking so much about this chick zoe.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 02:28:59 | More by afksports
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red color with a huge bubbly tan head that survived for the entire glass despite leaving lots of lace in its wake. Orange and other citrus fruits dominate the aroma. Hints of resin are mixed in there sparingly and mingle well with the caramel and bready malt aromas. Great smelling brew. Taste is mildly caramel and a little sweet. Think of bready malt mixed with citrus, orange rind and tangerines. Hints of chocolate and citrus in a long lingering but fairly dry finish. Medium to light body is maybe the only thing I could suggest to improve this one. I would have loved a touch more body. Smooth resinous and candy like sweet mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not once did I notice the 7.2% abv. Smooth light easy to drink, if they could only find a way to make this more available I would buy this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:02:08 | More by johnnnniee
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getgetgettleman

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/13/11.

Lot 031011

A = Dark orange amber to nut brown color. Hearty 2 finger froth. Visible carbonation. Sticky lace.

S = Hoppy, clover, wild flower, grass.

T = Hoppy, pine, grass, wild flower. Very tight in flavor. Friendly! :)

M = Bubbley carnonation on the front end. Creamy. Strong hops on the back end. Pithy and bitter. Good body.

O = Another strong contender from Maine Beer Co. West Coast craft brewing style with an East Coast twist. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:31:17 | More by getgetgettleman
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy red, almost blood orange, colour with an initial tall and creamy head. Recedes to a dirty off-white coloured blanket, and lingers on-top very nicely. Little to no lacing for me.

S: Lots of wonderful pine hops, caramel-like malt backbone, grapefruit rind, and picking up hints of nutmeg. Overall a real nice smell that's well complimented.

T: Bready-caramel malt is actually more prevalent in the taste than the hops, contrary to the initial aroma. Although the hops are balanced quite nicely. Citrus notes and pepper present, along with a brown sugary taste (cinnamon-like?) in the finish.

M: Good carbonation and viscosity for the style.

D: Great beverage and easily drinkable. A little on the steep side price-wise which will be restricting my intake, but a real good offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:37:30 | More by Digimaika2
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get a chance to try this after a quick two day trip to New England. Pours a deep reddish brown with a strong eggshell white foam head into a pint glass. Much stronger earthy pine hop aroma than I expected in an "imperial amber". Taste has a big malt caramel backbone that did not come through as much in the smell to balance out the hops. Got some toasted biscuit taste in there to go along with a great balance of caramel malt and piney hop resinous bite. This beer has found a unique balance that I haven't found readily in other beers. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again. Top notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:30:09 | More by smokeypeat
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won in iflah45's LIF. Thanks!

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pours DEEP red almost brown with a beautiful 2.5 finger light tan head. A ton of lacing left down the glass as well.

Smells of caramel malt. A little bit of roastiness and earthiness as well. Slight citrus aroma.

Starts off with a sweet caramel flavor rounding into an in your face, but very pleasant piney/earthy hoppiness with a mostly dry finish. Really changes a lot throughout the palate. Hints of roasted malts are also present.

Carbonation is spot on. Mouthfeel is a bit less than medium, but there is a good creaminess with it too that brings it up a good level.

Had this one on my wants for a while since hoppy ambers are my favorite style. I was not let down. Very complex flavor profile. I would love to compare one of these to a fresh Nugget Nectar next spring.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 17:15:13 | More by jmarsh123
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to fellow BA and good buddy rfgetz for sending this to me as part of a care package from his recent travels...

A - A voluminous pour which yields more than three fingers worth of tightly packed ultra creamy light beige colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Excellent retention... The color is a darker than expected crimson red with some lighter cherry red hues once back lit... Uber still with no discernible carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The hoppiness if first and foremost on the nose... It's a mix of piney and noble... Perhaps a hint of grapefruit... The rest of the nose is rather subdued... There is a faint whiff of caramel... Some light bready malts... The sweetness of some red colored hard candies...

T - The hops are even more pronounced on the palette... Very earthy in nature with some piney character as well... Perhaps some very faint tobacco notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Great consistency... A bit of lushness... Delicate... A bit of sophistication... A touch of dryness... Nicely done...

D - An outstanding Amber Ale... Bursting with character in all facets... Very little balance in the hop forward brew (but that's okay)... A wonderfully unique interpretation of the style... It's evident the amount of craftsmanship and originality that went into this offering...

It should also be noted that this is one of the simplest, but coolest labels in all of beerdom...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:07:13 | More by philbe311
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ozzyCobblepot

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Stinky Brooklyn (a neighborhood bacon/cheese/beer shop? I know, awesome). Born on date 09/2011.

A: Thick, lacy, amazing head with this awesome falling bubble action -- like Guinness but so much more visible & brilliant. Clings well. Very dark, amber brown body.

S: Hints of toffee, chocolate, slightly bitter hops but more of a toasted malt quality. Suggesting a red ale at the heavier, deeper end of the range

T: Slightly sweet, but the hops come through, adding a bitter tang to a complex malt backbone.

M: Medium-heavy body, smooth carbonation.

O: By far the best I've tasted in this style. Can't drink too much of this, or rather it's easy to drink too much of this, but it really exemplifies the juxtaposition of balance & complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:28:15 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I love the label.

Second does 7.20% ABV put this into the "Imperial" category?

A - medium brown body appears syrupy. light and billowy 1/2 finger head rises to the top slowly. Clear.

S - Hop to the forefront. Bits of pine, citrus (grapefruit), and grass. Bit of grain to the back of the throat. Nice but hop is more than I'm used to in a red ale.

T/M - Sweet with floral and citurs hop all throughout. Finishes smooth with a bit of metallic bitterness. A definite "freshness" to the hop flavor.

O - While I feel it exceeds the "light to moderate hopping" typical of a red(aren't most beers these days) this a great beer. Fresh and sweet. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:01:06 | More by drcarver
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice brown color with a just off white head that is dense and long lasting. There is sheets of nice lacing as well. Aroma is light and citrus forward with a hint of roast. Very balanced aroma. Flavor is has more coffee and roast than the aroma but is very well balanced with mild smoke. Citrus hops complement the malt profile very nicely. One of the fewer beers that I have had that successfully balances a more roasted coffee malt profile with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium light and is well carbonated. It is quite enjoyable and well balanced. A bit pleasantly surprised by this beer. Didn't have the highest expectations, but I really ended up enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:41:13 | More by Agold
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and floral aroma with some nice malt aroma coming through

T-citrus and roasted malt with hints of sweetness followed by a nice hop finish, but not overly bitter

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and nice crisp feel

O-a great amber ale, one of my favorites. Great balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 13:26:17 | More by MDDMD
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy deep orange. Substantial 2-finger cream head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is biscuit malt and light caramel malt. Strawberry licorice works in, too.

Strong malt flavors, with biscuit and lightly scorched caramel. More of an amber feel than red. Very nice hop bite in the end.

Very strong for the style. Big malt presence, lots of stiff body. Grainy, and very much so.

Overall, I'm not a huge amber or red fan. This beer, however, is very good. I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:03:32 | More by beer2day
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 18:42:23 | More by Dools9
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:18:34 | More by oberon
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while orange fruit, caramel and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long, grapefruity. Amazingly delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 14:26:54 | More by mikeg67
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:07:06 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:00:31 | More by bishopdc0
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BeerMaverick

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Unique looking bottle with interesting label. A couple inches of tanish smooth head with fantastic retention and lacing deposits. the beer itself is a beautiful dark amber color that is completely transclucent...sort of like a ruby.

S - Wonderful hoppy bouquet with floral wisps. Although the hops are very strong, there is a strong malt background with an earthy/woody feature.

T - Exactly what you want for this style, lots of hops with a strong malty backbone. Very crisp and easy to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is well hidden.

M - Great hoppy feel and aftertaste; the syrupy malt is nice and smooth. Medium-bodied brew that is a perfect balance and representation for this style.

O - Fantastic beer overall, world class for this style IMO. It's a little pricy, but completely worth it especially if it's fresh...I'll be getting more of this and I hope it is a year-round beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 12:00:57 | More by BeerMaverick
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Kinsman

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours much darker than your typical amber, with a hazy brown body and some ruby red highlights. Frothy and sticky ivory colored head rises up to almost 2 inches thick.

Aroma is notably hoppy, with wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Some carmel and toffee notes linger in the background.

Taste is spot on with your stereotypical American hop profile; lots of citrusy notes and plenty of bitterness. The "amber" aspect of this amber ale adds a more notable malt presence than an typical IPA would. Sweet toffee like malts balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body feel and a nice clean finish. Overall, Maine Beer Co. has an excellent hoppy amber (or brown) ale and I look forward to more from them.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 18:18:30 | More by Kinsman
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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