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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 266
Gots: 180 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

08-17-2012 01:33:11 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

10-23-2012 02:25:39 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 4/9/13.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with pine and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very pine and herbal hop forward.

06-14-2013 04:46:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

12-10-2011 21:47:31 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes. Huge thanks to BrewedAwakening for getting some of this out to me.

Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose is really quite nice with a really strong presence of citrus and pine hops as well as some light amber malt. The taste is a bit of light malt with a good level of bitterness, though not as much as the nose would have indicated. This drinks really well and is a beautiful Red IPA (let's get that new style rolling...) and I'd love to try a few more things from Maine Brewing.

11-14-2010 03:40:48 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-28-2012 21:47:39 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a short light beige colored head.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite hoppy but a little more complex with citrus flavors and hints of pine resin. There is also a good amount of caramel malts and a moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have the perfect balance of malts and hops. The mouthfeel is also very smooth for the style.

09-22-2012 20:53:46 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a very nice head; solid in both the stickage and lacing departments

Smell: For a beer of this age, this still has a strong floral, hoppy aroma about it; rather biscuity, too, but just imagine what it might have been like when first brewed!

Taste: The biscuity, dark bread malt backbone appears right up front and is a strong presence from start to finish; it doesn't take long, however, for the citrusy hops to make a stand, leaving a tangerine bitterness that combats the malt; again, I imagine this would have been extraordinary when fresh so I am going to bump up the score a notch

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Maine Beer Company is a brewery to be reckoned with if you are a hop lover; I, for one, am going to keep my eye on them as this is a great example of a hoppy amber

06-05-2011 01:40:16 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Recieved this as a very generous extra recently. I decided to open it up today on my first day of vacation to really get things started right. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/30/2010.

Huge pour, deep and ark brown in color with a three inch head of light tan that capped the top of the glass perfectly, leaving tons of coating lacing all over the sides of the glass that settled down nicely, and evenly, creating literally the perfect look.

Aroma was very hoppy, loads of orange, pineapple, lots of rich citrus notes riding on the back of a deep malty base. Rich caramel, bready malts, touches of deep citrus all over this. Really quite intense. Drinks like a thick IPA, an a damn good one at that! Really quite an amazing beer. Long citrus flavor in the finish with touches of candied sugar an pineapple slices.

Overall a fantastic beer. Really under the radar here and one of the best extras I have ever recieved.

06-30-2010 19:20:18 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Its with the flavor of Amber but the proportion of IPA that Zoe comes to life. Much drier, hoppier and aromatic than your average Red Ale makes her a winner with Hop Heads!

Rusty reddish-brown in color, the ale pours with a creamy and quick separation of the beer's dark body and its bone-white frothy cap. Showing off its hoppy array, the ale glows dimly with garnet highlights through its dry-hopped hazce. Strong staying power and lacy collars of foam continue to show off her charming appearance.

Hops, hops and more hops leap from the glass and strike the olfactory senses with IPA characteristics. Lead by fresh-sawed pine, the quintessential scent of ripe white grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and leaf. Buried underneath is the supporting hop scents of bread crust, pecan, slightly scorched caramel and a fresh-kilned barley aroma that stops shy of toast.

Then to taste, the IPA demeanor continues- its dry malt taste is barely sweet with mildly burnt toffee. The more bready counterparts of crust, nuts, and grain keeps the malts suppressed in order to allow the hops to shine. The middle palate gleams with sharp citrus flavor of the peels and pulp of just-ripe grapefruit and oranges. As the beer makes a quick transition to finish, the rise of pine resins and an overall leafy taste carries the bitterness to an unbelievable crisp and refreshing closure.

Medium-light in body, the expected crystal-type sweetness is avoided and allows the ale to trend light and dry right from the get-go. This quick work to finish makes drinkability a breeze. However, the ale is so crisp, clean, and dry that it exposes mild astringency from both hop matter and grain husk. Its moderate alcohol warmth hides behind the bitterness- just as does in American IPA.

As an Amber Ale that trends IPA, the proportions have been rearranged- suppressing malt sweetness and body in order to celebrate true American hop character gives this clever ale an edge for hop lovers.

08-07-2013 20:56:32 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-17-2012 16:31:22 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large dirty white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense hops is quite interesting with nice floral undertones. Taste is a great mix between intense hops presence with limited bitter notes and some really good citrus and earthy hops notes. Malt backbone is quite solid and not too sweet to cut through the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great dry-hopping execution.

10-19-2012 19:24:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

06-02-2012 00:47:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-25-2012 15:34:55 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-11-2012 09:28:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-13-2013 21:26:16 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5%

05-04-2012 04:27:32 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

My aunt and uncle picked up a bottle of this while they were in Maine a month or so ago. The beer poured out as a deep looking amber color. In darker light it looked brown. The head was white and had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy, there wasn't too much else really happening besides some citrusy hops filling the nose. The taste is bitter but yet. Dry drinkable in my opinion. Has some sweetness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a pretty good carbonation to it also. Overall I thought this brew was really good actually. I would drink this one again for sure.

11-12-2011 00:53:02 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

12-04-2012 00:18:34 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

At least Maine went with the traditional spelling (though I don't have too much against "Zooey", frankly)... Anyway, it pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises pine, toffee, mint, and orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a more pronounced toffee character and the addition of a touch of cocoa. It's sweet, but not too; and it's hoppy, but not too. Very nicely done here. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, the third consecutive winner from this brewery. Get some.

07-25-2011 05:46:00 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5%

06-09-2013 16:33:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

11-25-2011 19:58:44 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-19-2013 08:20:06 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle - I'm just a little surprised that there isn't an umlaut over the 'e' in this beer's name - seems to be the current hipster trend, no?

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and pleasantly bubbly beige head, which leaves some random sudsy, broken chainlink lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, resinous pine and leafy hops, bittersweet dark fruit - of the fig, cherry and raisin variety - a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and further grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus notes. The taste is big on the hefty pine resin, edgy leafy, and muddled citrus pith hop bitterness up front, followed gamely by a sturdy bready, biscuity, and well caramelized malt, one aided and abetted by some middling cocoa powder, and a soft nutty coffee essence. Very little is discernible about the apparently near 15-proof booze factor.

The carbonation is pretty tight, not really showing its cards whatsoever, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and plainly smooth, not much else going on here. It finishes much drier than I might have expected, the caramel maltiness turning tail, in the face of that lingering citrus, pine, and bitter leafy hoppiness.

A well-made American amber ale - the hops are certainly not to be trifled with, but that doesn't mean that the malt is given short shrift - in fact, a fair amount of love is doted on the biscuit, bread, and caramel notes, almost, as already stated, through the end. Anyways, a tasty, somewhat beguiling, and drinkable despite the ABV, hoppy amber brew - I want to, but I'm just not gonna add a smiley face to seal this one off.

04-03-2014 04:17:58 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Maine Beer Company "Zoe"
16.9 oz. bottle, freshness dated "122312 23"
$7.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. When? I don't know. Why? Well, I can answer that - there's something about the bright and citrusy hops that attracts me. I'm like a fish looking for a shiny lure. Bright and citrusy hops will work. But wait? Is that all that's needed? Are the hops enough? No, not really, I need something to balance the hops. What, pray tell then is that? Well, malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness, I think. And Zoe delivers all of that.

The appearance is very good, and certainly better than most. It's a clear mahogany (when poured properly to leave the lees behind), and a creamy head of light tan tops it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is all about bright and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple...

The flavor adds just enough dark caramel and a hint of chocolate / fudge to balance it along with a spritz of yeasty fruitiness (berries and apple). A very-firm to solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and fruity with notes of berries, citrus, and apple. Maybe even some grape (both white and red).

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a very-fine bubbled and natural carbonation that leaves it gently bristling and then creamy across the palate.

It's raucously hoppy, and I use that word rather than aggressive or tenacious because it suggests a little bit of fun. Yet it's somehow balanced. And that balance may be teetering, but it still somehow seems to hold. So, although it is a little off-kilter, it's not so far off that it's undrinkable. It all comes together in the end. Worth trying.

02-25-2013 00:21:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.