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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 241 | FT: 13
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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4.24/5  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%

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/09/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, almost black amber color, though it manages very good clarity. Three fingers of fine, dense, light sand colored foam which is slow in deflating. Leaves behind generous an intricate lacing.

S: Piney hoppiness, a hint of bready malt and toffee, hint of blackcurrant, and spice. Nice. Fairly muted aroma.

T: Lots of bready, rye-like malt flavor. Tastes like I'm eating multigrain bread. A little spice, not much hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness and grainy flavor, and nearly bone dry.

M: Medium body and medium, sharp carbonation.

O: Meh, it's OK. Not exactly the "hoppy, hoppy amber" it's advertised as. The taste picks up the hop bitterness without the flavor.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.86/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted/buiscuity malts, sweet caramel, some nuttiness, light coffee and pine resins.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted/buiscuity malts, some caramel, a definite nuttiness, light coffee and some bitter pine resins.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.