Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 302
Gots: 317 | FT: 15
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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 Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16. 9 fl oz born 6/23/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber with brown and orange highlights, one finger head that moves slowly to a creamy lace.

S - Citrus hops, dark fruit,

T - The taste is ..tasty. Vanilla, nuts, maybe some coffee bean, with a resinous pine and citrus bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is low, drinks smooth, seems a touch watery but there is some definite heft.

O - Glad I spotted this one while visiting MA. It doesn't quite beat Nugget Nectar, but it is right up there on the hoppy red scale. (523 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.16 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 28, 2015

Poured a caramel, reddish amber, semi-clear color with a whopping seven fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of thick, layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops and malts. Getting wet Cascade, rye, sugary iced tea powder, sticky toffee, caramel, dry roasty notes, chocolate covered orange candy, dark fruits, faint cooked vegetables and some Citra zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose nicely. Got the nice mix of hops and malts again. Wet Cascade, earthy rye, powdery iced tea mix, toffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, caramel, toasty biscuit and still that chocolate covered orange candy (one of the See’s Candy). Really good for the style. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this beer. This was all over the place for me, especially the taste and feel. Really good for the style. Wouldn’t be as high if it was an IPA (imperial IPA). (Overall - 4.13)

4.16 | 93 | A- (1,503 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good. But a little bitter for my palate. Pours pretty. Good mouthfeel. But a bit too bitter. Bought a bottle at the Chatham cheese shop and drank with some nice cheese. (168 characters)

Photo of JNbeerded
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bao Bao in Portland. Beautiful reddish amber color with a nice full bodied malt presence and a very nice hop profile. A lot going on in this beer. (156 characters)

Photo of tjwarren
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First couple sips are all hops (not a bad thing) slowly gives way to a rich smooth maltiness with the hops in the background. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Could have it every day. Beautiful winter beer. (208 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: a hazy mixture of purple, amber, ruby red, and light brown. poured a large 3 finger solid tan head. real nice looking head

s: caramel malts, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry. there is a hint of sweet brown sugar, and a crackery malt backbone. just a hint of yeast aroma

t: an extremely smooth, yet rich caramel flavor hits you right away. that is followed by the bready, crackery malts. behind those is an extremely faint tropical fruity hop note, and some earthy tea-leaf like bitterness. the transitions of flavors in here is exceptional

m: mouthfeel is on the medium side. given the size of the head, i expected a little more carbonation. but, i think the carbonation level is very nice for an amber in here

o: my second MBC beer, and i think i'm in love with these guys. as mentioned above, the transition of flavors in this beer is very good. extremely smooth transition. it has the qualities i appreciate in an amber, with a nice amount of hops - not overpowering, not even the focus (1,018 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” cream to light tan colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Earthy, citrusy, spicy hop aromas, light toast, faint chocolate.
T: A rich malt palate starts slightly sweet and then dries out on the finish. Biscuit, nuts, raisin, a little anise to horehound, and traces of chocolate and espresso give dimension to the flavor. A citrus rind bitter accent on the finish.
F: The carbonation if very soft nd creamy, slightly low, the body is medium.
O: A richly textured amber ale with big malt and hop flavors.One of the better ones out there. (607 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottled on date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dark amber red in color with a sandstone colored two finger head. Good retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thick ring of suds around the edge.

Smell - Smell evokes freshly cut orange with lesser grapefruit and pine notes, while the malts come through as lightly toasted and with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Not quite as strong or aggressive as the pungent aroma led on, but still has good flavor complexity and great balance. Starts with a bit of citrus and pine hoppiness, but backed by a firm, almost equal malt backbone that consists of toasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. Hints of woodiness. Light orange pith bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty good, but feel it could stand to have more carbonation, because it comes across as a bit flat, and despite the complexities, the flavor tastes slightly muted; kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard that's sat open all night. That might sound like an unjust description, but believe me an AB that's sat around for 10 hours is still pretty damn good. In any case, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. (1,352 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber body and has a nice piney nose. It has a medium malt body that is bready in taste. This is a very good hoppy amber and a great offering by Maine Beer Company. (182 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/15

First thing I notice as soon as the 'Falcon pops the top in less than 12 parsecs is the layers that wash through my nose.

Once it reaches the glass, even with reasonably careful pouring I am still staring at two fingers of worth of pale creamy head that almost reaches stiff peaked egg white consistency. Body is dark ruddy amber fading to pale at the edges.

That nose I spoke of though... There's notes of blunt pine and of spice and of a bit of fruit and certainly some creamy biscuit/caramel supporting cast.

Wow. I'm not generally a fan of ambers/reds, but this is incredible. Starts off thick and bitter. Spicey and pine come through before the middle portrays little feints of sugar so that the lingering deep third deep woods bitter doesn't present solitary. Sure enough there's bits of bitter and sweet chocolate and bitter citrus. I'd almost consider this a long lost missing link between GREAT IPAs and GREAT CDAs.
Mouth is reasonably thick and creamy, though it does taste bigger than 7.2%. Not straight ethanol, mind you, but I probably would have guessed another 1-2 percentage points or so.
I was expecting this to be a solid offering, but I'm blown away. Would probably drink A LOT of this if I lived in its distro (1,253 characters)

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 11/4/14 dated bottle purchased in April 2015. Crazy that it remained on the shelf but curiosity overrode my best instincts and I invested none the less. Pours a deep brown reminiscent of strong tea with a huge fluffy beige head. Nearly fully opaque. Nose is vegetal with just a bit of herbal spice.while I imagine that at 6 months the hops have dropped off considerably, I found the taste to be quite balanced and pleasant. Rich caramel, malty Sweetness balanced on the back by hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this beer fresh. (550 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is pine, tangerine, toasted malt, and some wet hopping. Decent, above average amber that borders on IPA but is a bit sweeter. Good beer to try, but I prefer others in the style. (185 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer. Just like any other beer not named Lunch by MBC, it sits on the shelf for weeks so availability is never an issue. The issue is that with better beers available, it's not worth the price tag. (211 characters)

Photo of PolhillS
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delete than expected. Less than an inch head with fine lacing.
Smells piney and citrus with very little toast.
Taste likes an IPA, but milder. Looks can be deceiving, but this was good beer. (193 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Wild Horse in Beverly, MA. Expensive 16.9 oz bottles can be found easily throughout MA. I don't usually buy Maine Beer Co bottles, though, because their high pricepoint makes them linger on shelves and I'm just not gonna spend 50 cents an ounce on stale beer.

Pours a hazy, rusty brown. Smells of very aggressive, nice pine hops with only a small hint of a malt background. The aroma does not convey the relatively high ABV.

Tastes good, but a little uneven. Pine up front, grapefruit in the middle, pine and a bit of yeast at the back end. One of the most aggressively hoppy reds I've ever come across, and while it was enjoyable the lack of balance holds it back. (689 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber red with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of pine but with some toasted scents coming through as well. The taste was expertly balanced with piney hops coming through and then a bit of the sweet malt. The finish was very clean with a citrus finish that left you wanting another sip. Loved this one. (338 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although it's higher in ABV, if anyone is looking to replace Levitation once Stone retires it, have a look at this one. VERY similar in taste (although Zoe is just a touch more earthy) and it's as light a drinker as you can find at 7.2%

Looks great. Deep brown with a massive cream colored head that went on for days and laced in text book fashion. Nose carried a nice amount of hops and an earthiness, which I mention in the taste on the backend. Finishes crisp and virtually no sweetness hanging around on the tongue despite just a bit in this well balanced taste. Really a great beer that I would not have thought twice about had I not been drawn to check out everything they have because of the Lunch and Dinner craze. (723 characters)

Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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? (229 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red with orange highlights, slightly hazy, and a tan-orange head that forms up nicely. Not much lacing.

S - Hop oils are front and center. Pine predominates, with some grapefruit notes.

T - I fear this is a touch faded, because the fruit notes are not very strong. Pine is forward, with a malty sweetness in the close.

M - Serious drying in the close. Good carbonation.

O - I'd love to get this fresh, but even with a couple months on it, this is a very good beer. Enjoyably hop-forward, with pine as its central note. (536 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle Poured into a snifter

Appearance: deep dark amber with a 1 finger bright tan head. Some visible carbonation. And nice lacing

Smell: defintlly hop forward with some grapfruit and pine type aromas. Little bit of biscuit lingers at the end

Taste: upfront it's all nice hop flavors. Grafruit and pine but not over powering. Finishes off sweet roasted malty. Some biscuit and yeast

Feel: medium body and some nice carbonation. Actually finishes off just a little dry

Overall: it was pretty tasty, if it were easier to get and maybe a little cheaper than $7 a bottle I'd get it again. (598 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Look- very dark amber, almost black. Huge tan head sticks around for awhile. Head spreads throughout, lacing looks nice. Smell- grassy.. Some floral notes. Actually this beer reminds me of a better Lagunitas Nighttime. Taste- good stuff. Blended. Malt, hops, earthiness, smoothness. Feel- surprisingly smooth, not much booze felt. O- an interesting, well thought Amber ale. (393 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown ruby, that settles in the glass opaque deepest of ambers. Leaves a tall off-white head that sticks around for awhile, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy, piney grapefruit notes, with some molasses and dark fruit notes.

Like the nose, hops are present, resinous, leaves malted sweetness on the tongue, brown bread, minor vanilla notes, a little fig. Hops are the main focus here it seems, and most other notes in the beer take the backseat. Minor bitterness takes the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp and leaves clean.

A interesting take on an amber ale, but slightly over-hopped to my tongue which steal from the experience. (669 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Understated label art. Pry-off pressure cap. 7.2% ABV. "09C214 50."

Served cold into a tulip. Expectations are sky high given its reputation and current ratings.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Fluffy soft consistency. Even. Retention is great - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves an even coating of nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark deep amber hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking amber, but isn't unique or special per se.

AROMA: Amber malts, malty sweetness, floral hop character, some caramalt, and vague herbal hop character. No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spice is detectable.

Overall, it's a nice aroma for an amber, but isn't mind-blowing. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a lovely amber malt backbone with a fresh pleasant hop profile comprised of fresh floral notes, herbal character, and an edge of pine or perhaps faint spruce? Light toastiness, some caramalt, and mild resins. The herbal character is more pronounced than you'd find in most ambers. It's complex and subtle enough, but doesn't impress in terms of intricacy or nuance.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. Bitterness/sweetness balance is apt, and the hops seem well paired to the malts. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I'm not finding the raisin, chocolate, and biscuit mentioned on their website, nor is it citrusy.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and aptly soft. Thickness is apt. This texture complements the taste nicely but doesn't quite elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is good.

OVERALL: A very good amber with a surprisingly well balanced taste, Zoe is a beer every enthusiast will enjoy trying. But it doesn't beat out Troegs Nugget Nectar for the title of best amber, and it's not a world-class brew per se. Easily one of the best beers brewed in this style in the USA, but it won't gobsmack the discerning drinker. It's damn drinkable, though, and I'll inhale the bottle. A nice introduction to Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red body. One inch, persistent, off-white, pillow-fluffy head. The head is super slick. Medium-malt and caramel aroma, with some sharp hop notes in back. I am not an amber guy, so my take my review with a grain of salt. The taste was ho-hum...I can understand why it is highly rated. Balanced flavor of medium roasted malts and hops. The mouth feel substantial, but was somewhat dry...

Overall - For me, the appearance and the smell were the best things about this beer. (488 characters)

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.