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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,919 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009)
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ricecracker420, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

imfrommichigan, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dduquette, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JimmyAloysius, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

VTEno17, May 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

razorsdescent, May 20, 2014
Photo of ncketchum
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chilled, served in a tulip glass

A - pours a deep amber/brown, quite dark, lots of soft light brown head with good retention

S - citrus hops, complex malts - crackers and some raisin

T - good mix of hops up front with a solid malty, fruity backbone, follows the nose

M - very smooth, super drinkable

O - I will definitely seek this out again. Great first offering I've had from Maine Beer Co

ncketchum, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

docacl, May 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Fejj, May 20, 2014
Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Beautiful pillowy head that refuses to go away sits atop a perfect brownish amber ale. Remarkably unable to see through this ale, minimal effervescence with the exception of the exquisite foam at the top.

S- I'm getting some caramel to go along with citrus notes. Really nice yeasty bread notes as well.

T- This ale makes you want to chug a 7.2% ABV and go looking for more. This is smooth and there is no astringency whatsoever. All of the smell is present in the taste in perfect proportions.

M- Love this mouthfeel because of how smooth it is. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter keeps sending you back for another sip.

O- This is my first Maine Beer Company beer and it certainly won't be my last. I didn't get a hold of this until 3 months after it's brew date and it's still one of the best ales I've had. I was told that "Lunch" IPA is even better, if that's the case I will be amazed.

EdwardK77, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

heartt44, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Moses_Malone, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Psychmusic, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

liamt07, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Shane78, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Phigg1102, May 16, 2014
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.

mattbk, May 16, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another huge box full of a little of everything, from "Moby do you even whælz bruh", to long time wants, to obscure locals showed up from wordemupg yesterday. Guy turns a one bottle trade into a porch crushing showdown, hey? Touché my friend, touché.

Poured into one of those trusty ol' Bruery tulips.

Appearance. Pours a very dark and rich brown with some deep redish burnt-orange coming through when held to the light. This is topped with 1.5 fingers of really creamy smooth, pale khaki-caramel head that falls very, very slowly and doesn't entirely disappear before the glass is done and covered in awesome heavy lace.

Smell. Sticky piney hops with the lightest cocoa dusting, There's some grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest and a bit of caramel underneath everything. Yep, so far so good.

Taste. Those big, oily piney hops are definetly there, grapefruit rinds and flesh as well. Then that light cocoa ...yeah this pretty much follows the smell. That's a good thing. Getting some sweet ripe pineapple as well which wasn't in the nose for me. Long lingering oily grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Surprisingly delicious beer here. The last time I enjoyed something of this type so much was the VCBW cascadian dark from years back. Thanks wordemupg!

Rutager, May 16, 2014
Photo of Ian_B
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown ale with a frothy head on the thick side.

The nose is obviously a red ale but is infused with plenty of citrus and pine hop notes that adds an intriguing complexity and balance. The malt character smells wonderful with caramelized and meaty, roasted scents. Notes of raisin and chocolate really come through in the malt, giving it a sweet, bready character.

The flavour is sweet and complex in the malt, tasting much the same as it smells. The hops come in softer than on the nose, but balance the flavours (particularly the sweetness) perfectly without being bitter at all.

Medium body, on the lighter side with carbonation.

This is a must try if you're looking for a hoppy American Red that is very well balanced and drinkable. Decent ABV as well.

Ian_B, May 15, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. A very hoppy aroma that is floral and somewhat fresh along with touches of both roasted and sweet caramel malts. This beer is more hoppy than sweet but there is not only a large chunk of floral, citric hops with touch of fruit sweetness but also a large portion of roasted, breadlike malts. The malts balance with the hops for a hoppy beer that has minimal sweetness but good malty dryness and finishes dry. A hearty, medium-bodied red that is a sipper and not your average hop bomb with sweet malts but a more robust, dry beer.

clayrock81, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

dkw0063, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dougwillhike, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Cynic-ale, May 10, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an American pint glass. I was immediately struck by the relatively dark color, a near-brown reddish bronze with an amazingly thick and rich light tan head. Smells like a dark IPA, tons of spicy grapefruit and orange on top of a nutty, toffee-like malt base. Considerable herbal and pine character as well. Like its IPA counterparts, this Maine offering comes off juicy, fresh, spicy, and extremely hoppy across the board, although here the sweet malts keep up admirably. Near perfect balance, truth be told. I focused on the hops first, an evolution from grapefruit and orange rind to a lychee-like perfume to astringent green banana to strong pine and then mellowing out to well-steeped black tea. Fantastic. The malts deliver a lot of biscuit or semi-sweet cookie flavor, some toffee and hazelnut almost like a well-crafted English brown ale, faint chocolate and tobacco. The mouthfeel is quite bold and prickly, thin to moderate body and moderate to high carbonation with a slick resinous finish of unripe bramblefruit and tomato leaf. The fruit really develops nicely near the end of a bottle, straight up Simcoe raspberry jam and earthy pine. As was the case for Another Round and Mo, its hard to find much wrong here. Maybe the bitterness and pine are a tad much for the style? Regardless, epic brew and not to be missed by hops and sweet malt fans alike. This one captures both dimensions at the same time without either being swamped.

CalgaryFMC, May 10, 2014
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.