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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 293
Gots: 279 | FT: 16
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:
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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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/24/11

Lot 031011

Many thanks to Brez07 for this long-time want

Stained brown, tobacco color. Soft highlights of lightly shaded plum. After reaching just shy of three fingers of foam the head started to slowly collapse to 1/4th inch layer. A decent amount of lace catches mid-way through the glass.

Smells excellent; exactly what I like within the style (I'm calling this one an imperial red, by the by). Hops are lively, expressive and in no short supply. Tropical citrus notes are passed through a floral filter that has already trapped small bits of pine resin. Beneath the hops are notions of caramel and bread (becoming a bit more balanced with warmth).

Exhibiting more of a piney bent, the flavor profile is accented by a moderate bitterness throughout. Citrus seems downplayed compared to the aroma; here, it is zesty and embedded in the mix. There is a spicy kick as well. Toasty, bready malts with subtle caramel. Finishes dry with hints of cocoa, of all things. The aforementioned bitterness compounds over time, nearing astringency.

The medium body is laden with resiny goodness. Carbonation is moderate and suits the dryness of the beer. Alcohol is hidden but at 7.2% abv it sneaks up on you. Bitterness lingers after the finish.

This is a pretty nice imperial red. It's easy to drink and enjoyable. This would be in rotation were I within distribution range. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Darker than your average amber; body is a murky brown with some hints of amber. Big, foamy off-white head that lingers around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Great hop aroma evened out by some caramel and toasty malt notes. Hints of tropical fruits, tree fruits, pine and even some earthiness.

T- Similar to the aroma, with lots of great fruity hop flavors coming through. The malts are rather assertive, with some caramel, nuttiness, roastiness balancing out the bitterness. Really a strong 1-2 punch of diverse malt and complex bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bite to it, somewhat sticky with a hint of chewiness.

O- A big, complex, hoppy amber/brown. A really unique beer which is saying something in a style that is typically rather one-dimensional.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, fluffy, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, molasses.

T: Bitter pecan shells, roasted coffee malt, and a bitter hop.

M: Hearty and hoppy. Bitterness hangs on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some sound lacing. Nose is roasty and nutty. Bitter and roasty with a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 05/20/2014. Another new beer to me from Maine Beer Company; I have good expectations since these guys have impressed me so far.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark caramel amber color, but appears a dark sunset red in the glass. Three big fluffy frothy fingers of khaki tan head. The head recedes to a nice fluffy rocky surface with lots of thin lacing on the glass. On the darker side of things for the style, I would say, but a very nice appearance for the beer.

S - The aroma is very interesting and inviting, also. Very earthy, twiggy, & herbal. Caramel malts, and some yeast. Not a particularly exciting aroma, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows through.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malts, herbal, earthy, and leafy. Some resinous / piney hop presence is noticeable, but I'd say the malts are the more major player. Dark and roasty at times, almost to the point where you forget you a drinking an amber ale.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, another quality beer from Maine Beer Company; these guys seem to put out consistently good beers, and I look forward to more from them.

Maine Beer Company Zoe ---4/5.

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Bold pine and sap resin, touch of woodiness, very fruity.

L: Hazy brown, dense creamy light tan head, good retention.

T: Smooth piney sweet sappy malt. Touch of caramel undertones. Smooth medium bitterness leads to a candy semi-sweet finish with just a touch of hop resin.

M: Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, very smooth.

This is an amazing beer, blew me away. Nose is similar to nugget nectar but a more "pine" like profile. Lighter in sweetness than NN and light overall, but unbelievable creamy smooth on the mouthfeel. Definitely try this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/4/12.

Pours a cloudy deep reddish almost brown. Very nice off white head, billowy with some tight bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.

Pine sap, pine needles, woody hops, bit of biscuity malt to balance.

A nice even taste.pine hops rule. Resinous, pine sap, a bit of grapefruit citrus. Some deep caramel biscuit malts make an attempt at balancing. Finishes witha pretty sturdy lingering hop bitterness.

Drinks very smooth, medium bodied. A touch aof sweetness compliments the hops nicely.

A very enjoyable beer. Exactly what it claims to be, a happy, hoppy amber!

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to CTSparky for bringing this back from the brewery.

A - Brown with a strong reddish color. Reasonable amount of white foam. Pours relatively mild.

S - Hoppy. A very pleasant smell of hops with some citrus and pine. A perfect beer to have in the fall!

T - A good drinker. The flavor of hops stays throughout, with a sweet taste mixed in. I had this just over a month from bottling. I would think the fresher the better.

M - A little heavy for an amber, but very solid. You don't taste the beefy ABV for the style. Mild carbonation.

D - Yep, I'd have another. Shared the bomber and would easily crack open another.

Give these guys extra props for promoting that they are a environmentally green and that they donate proceeds to whale preservation. A good gesture on a solid brew!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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