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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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1,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 1527
Reviews: 466
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.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009)
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was born on 1/14/14, sweet, just over two weeks old.

Zoe pours a hazy deep brown with hints of red. Has a large, thick and creamy tan head with very good retention and almost a complete wall of lacing. Aroma is mostly malt forward, showcasing caramel and toffee. Get a bit of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of pine and resin.

Taste starts with bread and toffee, then moving to caramel and orange, with a dark fruit and toasty malt, floral, and resinous finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than average, creamy and chewy, with average carbonation.

In my opinion, this is an expertly crafted beer. My tastes enjoy the balance weighted a little more towards the hops, yet this beer is still immensely enjoyable to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 20:21:41 | More by JG-90
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Twobeards

Maine

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby, good carbonation giving a pretty big light tan head that billowed for awhile, smell of citrus than piney hops, sweet slightly caramel malts, with a bit of toast. Taste starts with a sweet note than rolls right into the citrus hop notes, than resin like hops melding with some spicy and toasted notes. Finishes with a decent bitter from the hops and a twinge of sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel feels thin but slightly sticky, let's the notes linger in your mouth awhile longer.

The bitter end lingers a bit too long for my taste, but it's a great hop forward amber that I liked more the longer I drank and thought about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:39:10 | More by Twobeards
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Mises85

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this beer dated "102513" and drank it yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Just gorgeous chestnut brown color with 3 finger head that doesn't go away. Head has pillow texture.

Smell: Big citrus, pine, grapefruit, touch of malt, some orange, oil.

Taste: head felt like a pillow, IPA characteristics, biscuit, oily, slight raisin note

Mouthfeel: super smooth although at the end, the alcohol kicks you. Definite IPA bitterness.

Overall: Excellent beer and would definitely drink again. Felt more like a classic IPA with some extra malt character for balance. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:23:52 | More by Mises85
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vfgccp

New York

3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:59:54 | More by vfgccp
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a nice amber with plenty of head.
Odor is a little piney and citrusy. Some malt comes through as well. A little bit of biscuit in there too.
Taste is hops up front. Transitions and becomes more complex. Some malt, toffee and a little grapefruit come through. Ends with some very nice hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is middle of the road. Not overly carbonated and not heavy.
Overall, an excellent beer from Maine Beer. Balanced and complex. Hits many of the requirements for an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:54:12 | More by dexterk1
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 Nov.

A mildly hazy dark amber with a dense, khaki head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The blood red highlights are nice too. The nose!talk about hops! So fresh and fragrant! Pine, mint, juniper, citrus, grapefruit, all wonderfully integrated and juicy, this is a beautiful expression of hops. Leaning heavily on aromatic hops and less on bittering hops, this is clean and soft, lacking in grassy notes. Caramel and toffee are present, pulling this deep into Nugget Nectar territory. A little bit of brown sugar is present as well. Awesome stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of modest hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit are most dominant, but I also get a good amount of navel oranges and a little mint. The mid palate brings out flavors of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar and caramel, but thankfully, this beer isn't particularly sweet. In fact, the way this feels on the palate reminds me again of NN. Bitter on the finish with a mild pine resin character, this beer is medium light in body and has a medium high level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I'd like, but the flavors and balance on the finish is excellent. Excellent stuff, I imagine this would be incredible on cask. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:02:46 | More by DefenCorps
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:34:50 | More by superspak
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timc100

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber with a dense, creamy beige/eggshell colored head. Great hoppy and malty blended aroma - big sweet grapefruit, resin, sticky pine with some cocoa powder, cereal grain, and caramel. Very vibrant fresh taste - hop bitterness and darker maltiness blend well.

Another fantastic beer from MBC.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:31:35 | More by timc100
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color, slightly hazy and deep red hues. Head is thin about half a finger off-white almost pink. Head also retains nicely and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells very nicely balanced. Grainy husky malt aromas work nicely with aromas of sweet maple and mildly nutty malt. Malt plays nicely with fresh lightly fruitier hops that have aromas of mango Papaya and hints of grapefruit.

Taste is great. Malt is forward and has some light grainy and toffee flavors before a slight fruity and predominately piney hoppy mild bitterness persists through the midsection. Light floral notes finish on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate to high carbonation is cut by a good amount of hop oils and resin and malty stickiness. Nice balance keeps this highly drinkable with a good body.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:49:01 | More by Fcolle2
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. There's about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and it's beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.

S: It's about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.

T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.

M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.

O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. It's definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer that's only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:25:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle; born on 100813
A - gargantuan beige head tops a deep red-amber ale, incredible head retention with chunky lacing
S - nice blend of caramel and piny hops with hints of grapefruit and bready malts
T - bitter and complex with caramel, burnt sugar, grapefruit, juicy, piny hops, toasted grain, bread crust - rye bread perhaps
M - thinner side of medium for body, resinous and drying on the palate with a bitter lingering finish
O - really liked this one, but at its price point I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 12:47:00 | More by barnzy78
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is a deep amber color. It is topped with a large, rocky, tan head.

S - As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell pine resin and a little orange zest. It also has a tea-like smell.

T - I get an earthy malt backbone followed by a some citrusy hops, and finally, a hop finish.

M - Medium

O - This tastes like Noseratu is supposed to taste. This is a great, hoppy amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:13:01 | More by buschbeer
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T-34-85

New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice amber ale. A dark brown color with minimal head. Presence of a subtle yet pleasing piney hop aroma. Good toasty flavor and a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I was not sure what to expect with this beer, but found it to be pleasantly satisfying with a unique all around experience. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:31:21 | More by T-34-85
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MCain04

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9/10/13, poured into a HF glass.

Pours a dark amber clear body with a light tan head of high thickness, good retention, some lacing. Smells of piney floral hops and spices. Taste is enjoyably bitter with a nice spicy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium bodied, quite dry. Overall, a well-enjoyed amber ale, a style which is often macro-produced, but well executed in this case with abundant use of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:19:57 | More by MCain04
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle dated 100813

a: brown, caramel. thick, frothy light mocha colored head

s: caramel malts. piney hops. dark fruit. black tea

t: sweet, charred malts. slight chocolate. piney hops. astringent aftertaste which strengthens as it warms.

m: medium carbonation. crisp. slightly dry

o: This started out very easy to drink with some nice malty flavor laced with a decent amount of hops. However as it warmed an astringent aftertaste started to overpower everything, eventually becoming intolerable. Not sure what happened there, but drink it rocky mountain cold I guess. Will have to try some other Maine offerings but I think I'll pass on this in the future

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:32:36 | More by Jaycase
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shigg85

Japan

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle from M & R Liquors in Manchester, CT. Poured into a U.S. pint glass. Bottled 9/10/2013; consumed about 55 days afterward. Really rich malty flavors and an absolutely beautiful body (maybe due to the bottle conditioning). The foam is always a treat on these Maine brews. The aftertaste is a bit harsh toward the end of the bottle, but other than that, this is a solid, amazing red ale!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:18:13 | More by shigg85
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 500ml bottle with the date 7/23/13 (so just before the within 90 day recommendation).

A - Amber with very good clarity and a sturdy tan head. Fantastic!

S - A mix of citrusy and floral hops with caramel and bready malts. Nice balance.

T - Like the aroma, a nice mix of hops and malts. The hops are citrusy and leave a nice lingering bitterness. The malts have hints of caramel and dried fruits with elements of bread, toast and biscuits.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate carbonation. It really coats your palate.

O - I generally like hoppy or malty more than both but this one really brings the two together nicely. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 09:26:25 | More by GJ40
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .9 fl oz. bottled poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 10/8. Consumed on 10/21.

A - Brown in color with a tan creamy head. Gentle pour yielded 1-2 finger head. Lot of carbonation. Created irregular lacing as liquid receded.

S - White grapefruit, lime, and black tea.

T - Closely matched smell again with white grapefruit and black tea. Flavor profile not overly complex, but did not need to be. Very pleasant. Light malt backbone with some lasting bitterness.

M - Lot of carbonation, but very fitting with grapefruit taste. Lightly bodied and easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A very pleasant experience and not at all what I was expecting. This beer is too easy to drink and very refreshing. The citrus presentation is nicely balanced with a black tea bitterness. I would gladly buy this again... would be awesome on a warm summer day. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:33:13 | More by Duane_Opfer
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red ochre color, almost crimson with a very craggy red tinted head. Super hoppy nose. Very resinous and piney, lots of citric peel. touch of grapefruit.

Surprisingly light and subtle compared to the nose but the bitterness is huge on this one! Clean light bubbly body hits the tip of the tongue, caramel malts follow along the mid palate, then BAM super resinous pungent hop character. Citrus rind, lots of pine, and bitter hop resin coats the back of the tongue and throat. Huge bitterness comes up after the swallow, lingers, and builds with every sip and swallow. Light caramel body and huge hop flavor. While most ambers are balanced, this amber uses a faint caramel back bone to carry hops along the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. Allow this brew to warm a bit for more of the malt complexity to come forward and balance the hop a bit.

Possibly a bit too bitter for an amber and could use some more balance but an overall great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:31:15 | More by jtierney89
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mrz200

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This review is based on a bottle of the "best case scenario" I've had of Zoe. It varies in quality, and not just strictly based on born-on date, which is very important.

My personal tastes are less "imperial" and more "flagship" and to that degree, MBC is a great brewery. The hoppy amber (Troegs has one, Anderson Valley has one) is one of my favorite styles, and a good Zoe is one of the best ales I've ever had.

Doesn't taste as dark as it looks, and has that small-bubble carbonation and unique pine flavor that is in all MBC ales. The hoppiness is what varies the most in Zoe, but when it's right this beer is an amazing combination of flavors that is damn near perfectly made.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:55:06 | More by mrz200
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Infiniteingest

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Generally: A bar which I used to tend had the Peeper Ale on tap and I recall finding it very unexciting and very expensive. I fully intend to reassess Peeper soon, but in the meantime I thought I would try something different. Enter Zoe. I'm kind of excited for this one. Especially because this brewery is awesome and does all manner of ecologically/socially responsible things.

The Pour: I can't get my face near the glass because the head is standing a full inch and a half above the rim. That's pretty rad. A soft serve ice cream type of head. I see some sediment made it's way into my glass because I missed the Bottle Conditioned statement on the distractingly simple label. My bad. It pours a somewhat clunky looking dark caramel hue, and has some gravity it to it. Looks a bit like a couch in a 70s living room at first, but when backlit it's pretty and substantial looking stuff. It looks like nourishing beer [sic]. I want to have it for breakfast.

Face in the glass: Anyway, time elapses and I eventually get my nose in there. I'm getting a bouquet of delicious smelling chocolatey malts and a fairly epic dose of piney hop notes. A little bit of coffee.

Temperature: 50 degrees. I like this style a little warmer because all of the goods get lost when too cold.

With Regard to Taste: The malts are outstanding and the star of the show, but there's a very savvy hop presence that is as assertive as possible without getting in the way of the chocolate-cofee-tofee symphony of malts. Excellent carbonation keeps it "light". It really compliments the entire palate; on top of the lingering malts and the strong bitter hop finish I am getting notes of sea salt and caramel. This beer is absolutely delicious.

Epitoma: I stand corrected. It is expensive, but this MBC offering, at least, is worth it. Very soon, I will revisit Peeper with the sincere hope that I was just plain wrong 3 (or was it 2?) years ago.

Note: Go buy a bottle of this somewhere and eat a bacon-cheddar burger with it. Thank me later. Caramelized onions would rock too.

Serving type: Bottle 1 pint .9 oz

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 21:43:47 | More by Infiniteingest
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rustico in Alexandria.

The beer is reddish copper with a lasting tan head. The aroma offers hops, pine, caramel malt. Lightly sweet. Bread, biscuits, and malty body with a stinging bitter finish. Pine lingers in the back. Alcohol presence is fairly noticeable. Overall, I thought this was mediocre and undeserving of the high ratings it receives. The exorbitant expense of the beer (at various locations in the DC metro area) had kept me from purchasing it. It's an amber ale after all. I don't comprehend the price for such a beer. So I finally gave in and tried it. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:00:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 3rd. Wish I drank this a little fresher :/

A: Pours a beautiful deep red color with a 2 inch head. Excellent lacing. I'd say they nailed what the appearance of a red ale should look like.

S: Well I have a bit of a cold right now so I'm not smelling this perfectly, but I'm getting some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: First take on this is wow! what a hop punch. As it continues to hit the palate you get an impressive malt bill in which I get some plum and caramel sweetness. The finish has the hops and malt fade out in harmony - good balance! A lot of complexity in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish that has a bit of a lingering hop bitterness to it.

O: Maine Beer Co. nailed it with this as they usually do. This isn't too common around my area but I'm sure that when I see it again fresh I'll pick up another bottle. Try this!

Side note: I paired this with some sausage and eggplant parm and though I don't usually like mixing beer and food, it was great together.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:58:41 | More by Givemebeer
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Deingeist

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into pint glass, insane 3 finger head off the bat without pouring vigorously, cloudy dark brown amber, the color of Grade B maple syrup. Nice retention of the head which covered the beer to the bottom (even sipping slowly) but minimal to average lacing.

Smell- Malty, slight fresh tobacco, woody hops, and something that reminds me of a dog but not as bad as that sounds.

Taste- sweet malt and woody hops, then into a chocolate/coffee roasted malt character followed by fruit and esters. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very well balanced. Carbonated but not soda, creamy but not cloying.

Overall- A great beer, quite expensive and not the best for a session, but a must have. I can't think of a much better looking beer, and the taste is up there with my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 21:24:33 | More by Deingeist
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.