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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 266
Gots: 186 | 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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Photo of kbutler1


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle. Pours fairly hazy red color with an offwhite 1 finger head. W-O-W, this has a really hoppy aroma that I really like. Really strong notes of citrus, spice, and floral notes. Some tatent nuttiness in the nose as well. Very creamy medium/light mouthfeel. Slightly sweet up front that quickly transitions to anice strong citrus rind hop taste that builds in strength and remains well after the beer is gone from your mouth. The floral hops really come through as well in the aftertaste. Some bitterness in the end as well. If I was told this was an IPA I honestly would believe you.

09-17-2010 20:18:41 | More by kbutler1
Photo of khargro2


4/5  rDev -5%

04-30-2013 01:16:48 | More by khargro2
Photo of bacher468


4/5  rDev -5%

12-14-2011 21:47:04 | More by bacher468
Photo of jmarsh123


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

10-09-2011 17:15:13 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of kingcrowing


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

500ml bottle poured into a 12oz Schlitz mug.

First off for it doesn't look like an amber, more like a brown, with a small light brown head, nice looking though. Nose is very nice and hoppy, with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Very nice beer. It's hoppy and smooth with a good malt backbone, very rich with an awesome carbonation. Some bitterness on the finish. The malt is very different from SNPA but the hoppy finish is reminiscent of it. Another great surprise from this small brewery, keep it up!

05-16-2010 00:05:24 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of anteater


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-19-2014 17:53:22 | More by anteater
Photo of jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-30-2014 01:27:19 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of thinwhiteduke


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-25-2014 00:35:04 | More by thinwhiteduke
Photo of KYGunner


3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

This is one of those beers where I am confused and have to ask "is it just me?" I love the aroma with its sweet fruity hops like nectarines and watermelon but the flavor comes across as more winey sweet with touches of floral bitterness. This was a very fresh bottle so I'm inclined to think it's just my palate that simply did not accept the hop varieties.

02-03-2014 21:59:09 | More by KYGunner
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.25/5  rDev +1%

Continuing MBC's tradition of donation, 1% of the proceeds from bottled Zoe goes to Allied Whale, a non-profit organization for preservation of marine mammals.

Had this a few months ago when it was first made, they premiered it at Sebago in cask format. Since cask and bottle can vary quite a bit, I thought I'd support MBC by purchasing their newly bottled Zoe. It seems this beer has made a transition from being more of a "black" IPA to a "hoppy" amber, although this beer is still dark enough to be considered either.

Pours a very dark amber, almost brown color, the head on this thing is huge and creamy looking, slight tan color to it and fades at a ridiculously slow rate, good amount of lacing.

The aroma is what I remember being amazing and it continues to be so, dominated by piney hops and citrus, there is some malt in there to lend some balance, but ever so slightly.

Taste has a bit more malt characteristic but still has that large hop presence, more piney and less citrus in the mouth, finishes with a huge amount of bitterness and seems like burnt malt, carbonation is at a good level.

I'd have to say I prefer this over the cask format (as I usually do though). The strength is well hidden so I could have multiple of these no problem, although I think my tongue would get worn out from that burnt/bitterness aftertaste. Still, another great beer coming from MBC (definitely not to be confused with BMC).

04-15-2010 22:03:45 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-05-2014 00:11:46 | More by wvsabbath
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4/5  rDev -5%

10-07-2012 01:01:56 | More by bostonryan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

02-18-2013 20:18:27 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of TheBrewo


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

We pop the top on this smiling brew and pour a rich, ruby colored brew. It holds a majestic two and a half finger head of stoic tan bubbles, showing excellent retention. Once this eventually recedes, a thick, single sheet of lacing coats the glass circumferentially. There is a chill haze, but no sediment to speak of, while carbonation appears slow and light. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with lemon rind and flesh, vanilla pod, and wild, earthy lavender. The malts are full of caramel and roast, and exhibit an almost stouty, coffee depth. The hops are equally as fresh and robust, showing nectary florals and big grapefruit citrics. Toffee sweetness and hop stem sourness come with warmth. Our first impression is that the beer remains fresh and light, while retaining robustness of flavoring. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens with caramel and pale malts mixing with a fresh, lemony, grapefruity citric hop character. Very cleansing and balanced to the palate. The middle moves forward with more of those hops, which sour a bit, along with light booziness, more floral and soapy hop varietals. These really take center stage, allowing for less of the malty background to shine through. The finish shows cane and lemon sugars to cut the sourness of the hops, and the residual souring of the paler grains in the mix. Grape skin, warming peppery booze, and yeast round the final flavor out. The aftertaste breathes of freshly cut lemongrass, metallic yeast, bright citric hops, pale and muddy malts, mineral, and souring blackberry fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is an initially thick coating around the mouth, with hearty smack, slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. Eventually, this dries the palate, leaving room for a quick pucker once all flavoring has left the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the soft, inclusive nose, and variety of hops throughout both the aroma and the flavoring. This beer is an affirmation of why we love American ambers and reds so much. There is such variability to the style, with room for such robust hops, and playfully balancing malts and spice. Not only is this a fantastic beer, but the story on the back of the bottle is one of the cutest thoughts we’ve ever heard to the concept and conception of a beer.

11-06-2012 02:26:42 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Shared by Ryan011235. Poured into an E&J Cask and Creme glass on 5/19/10.

Zoe is dark and rusty. Shades of purple and plum provide shadows to reds and umbers. A tall, frothy head is long lasting and leaves sticky lace.

This aroma is by far the best element of this beer. Its sweet and juciy, but piney and bitter at the same time. Lots of fresh pineapple and orange citrus. Layered below that is a sturdy pine aroma. Its very woody, sappy and green. Not a whole lot of room for malts to peek through.

There is plenty of that nice citrus in the flavors, but a very woody pine element is intense. Contrary to the aroma, the malts are attempting to show themselves. For the most part the malt base is toasty, with notes of a crusty bread.

The body is quite full, especially for the style. The puffy carbonation is not so lively that it gets in the way of this beer's fuller weight. The finish is spurred by resinous hop oils.

A very nice red. Its a decently big beer, in the same vein as a few other imperial reds, e.g. Uncle Rusty. The aroma is fantastic.

05-20-2011 19:00:02 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of zekeman17


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-27-2011 17:49:26 | More by zekeman17
Photo of LambicKing


4/5  rDev -5%

06-26-2013 00:12:27 | More by LambicKing
Photo of Gregwa


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-05-2012 04:04:22 | More by Gregwa
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%

$7.99 for 25oz. Poured into a chalice. Bottled on 6/4/13. Approximately 1.5 months old when this review was written.

A great amber. An above average IPA.

A – Pours a dark amber, almost brown in color, clear, huge 3-finger rocky light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S – Sweet grapefruit, with some spiciness.

T – A malty backbone is evident but not so excessive that it hides the hoppiness of this beer. A slight sweetness. Resinous, somewhat herbal bitterness kicks in halfway through the taste. Some faint dark fruit/raisin. I could detect no chocolate as the brewer suggests.

MF – Well carbonated, medium bodied. Starts smooth and finishes dry with a lasting bitterness.

07-27-2013 18:52:30 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of ms11781


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Reviewed on 05/06/2011. Bottled on 04/28/2011. 16.9oz bottled poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, extremely dark amber color, almost looks like a murky brown color, but not quite. A foamy, creamy looking off-white head rises up and sits above the rim of the glass a bit before settling in at about almost 2 fingers high until the finish. Amazing retention. Excellent foamy lacing clings to the glass and covers nearly every possible space it can. Really great looking beer.

Amazing hop aroma right out of the bottle. Citrus (heavily orange) and pine stand out above all (the orange more than the pine). Maybe a hint of some sweet malt but not a ton. The nose is pretty straightforward, hoppy and clean, but done extremely well.

The taste is close to the nose but is considerably more balanced while somehow keeping the hops on display. Hugely hoppy with more of a malt presence to even it out a bit. The citrus and pine hops are almost equally strong. Some orange-like hoppy flavors it first with a nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor balancing it out. A decently bitter, piny bite hits at the finish and then mellows, rounding out each sip nicely.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Despite this, it feels a bit fuller in the mouth. Moderate bitterness at the finish. It dries out a bit, not a huge drying like an IPA but a bit more than semi-dry.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with a sweet malt character that brings a nice balance. The hops are the showcase here and they don't disappoint. This beer was extremely fresh, being bottled 8 days before it was consumed, and it certainly showed.

08-14-2011 03:44:09 | More by ms11781
Photo of WillCarrera


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 07/29/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very dark ruby color, topped with an inch of creamy beige head, great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S- Fruity, earthy hoppiness, has a bit of a dank oniony smell. As it warms some caramel and toffee aromas become more prominent. The hop aroma is really interesting, and while I've had other beers where the onioney thing was overdone, here it's tolerable and might even be a plus.

T- Similar to the aroma, a bit more malt-forward, citric, grapefruit and piney hops are initially prominent before giving way to a caramel, toffee, bready malt. Hops reassert themselves for a bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, slightly thick feel.

O- A very nice red ale, so far everything I've tried from Maine Beer has been very impressive.

09-30-2012 05:13:35 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Paccamacca


4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-21-2013 22:52:09 | More by Paccamacca
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-28-2013 15:31:40 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev 0%

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!

10-23-2013 09:26:25 | More by GJ40
Photo of campfirebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-19-2013 00:12:09 | More by campfirebrew
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.