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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 214 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

wvsabbath, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of pmarlowe
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.

pmarlowe, May 16, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jctribe25 for surprising me with one of my "wants"! Bottled April 28th, 2011 (?). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A careful pour from a well chilled bottle still builds up 1/3 of the glass with rocky, almost Belgian-like beige foam. Dense mountainous lacing and unending retention. Very dark liquid, chocolate with a faint bronze gradient of highlights towards the bottom of the glass.

Leafy, pine-laden, earthy hop aromatics with a touch of malt and orange zest as well.

Pepper (both black and a touch of super-fresh green bell), gentle caramel, and more earth on the palate. Strong, mineral-forward bitterness throughout with clean dark hop flavors. Malt profile brings to mind some NW IPAs as much as any amber ale. Finishes crisp, dry, and with a touch of cocoa.

Creamy, medium-bodied, well carbonated...

A simple but novel take on the style, above average among its peers.

augustgarage, Jul 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

StaveHooks, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
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.

stephenjmoore, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Paccamacca, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Gregwa, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of SebD
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

SebD, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost brown pour with 2 fingers of off white head which dissipated slowly and caused lots of god lacing. lots of hoppy aroma. pine, caramel, more pine, fresh cut grass, and more pine. sweet cocoa-like malt profile with tons of hop flavor. grapefruit and pine like in an ipa, lots of caramel and slightly roasted chocolate flavors like a darker ale. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. wonderfully balanced and tasty making this a diesel amber ale. just realized this is a 7.2% beer, so i guess it did a good job masking the alcohol!

facundoCNB, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too!

pkalix, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

random846, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

rderedin, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Gww1864, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of socon67
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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!

socon67, Nov 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ricecracker420, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

brystmar, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

zekeman17, Dec 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bbadger, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmarsh123, Oct 09, 2011
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.