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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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565 Reviews
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Reviews: 565
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 314
Gots: 387 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of jpro
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Duvel glass... This is pretty dark for an amber! Most brown ales aren't this dark... Light tan head leaves a few strands of lace. Smell is piney and resiny - very Chinook-y. Taste is very hop forward, with some citrus and grassy notes, too. A delicious beer -

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, I'd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked 01/05/16… glad to try it relatively fresh!

appearance is dark brown with a bit of red and tan/white colored foam. Two fingers of head, nice retention and leaves some lacing.

nose isnt overly pungent but is pretty amazing in terms of just being a unique and awesome scent. begins floral with citrus notes and a hint of pine and some malt

taste is sweet caramel malt followed by citrus and a really nice pine flavor… perfect amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is great and overall this is a quality beer, very crisp and clean. All the flavors work beautifully together, excellent balance in this one. with so many high grade Maine Beer Co brews, it took me a long time to try this one but im so glad i did. recommended!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a slightly brownish black appearance, a foamy medium sized head, and thick lacing on the sides. Aromas include malts, coffee, hops, raisins and other dark fruits. The taste to the beer was generally bittersweet with a neat balance of caramel malts and hops. Could taste a little bit a chocolate too as the description indicates. The body of the beer tries to balance a creamy texture with a high carbonation level. This gave it an interesting mouthfeel to me. Overall, this was a very interesting drink, especially with its complex aromas, taste, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of my fav amber ales. has a nice piney and floral hop character. good balance of malt and hops too. tad bit high carbonation for me but overall a great amber ale.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gotta give credit where credit is due... this is a beautiful looking beer. A dark colored brown with a little reddish tint to it. About a 1" foamy, frothy head and lacing for days.

Smell - Leaves some to be desired, in my opinion the overall smell is very faint and I only really get sweet malts.

Taste - A nice balance of malt and hop deliver what Maine calls their "happy, hoppy, Amber Ale". The hops are just strong enough to feel their presence at the end, and don't overwhelm the multiple (I'm assuming) styles of dark malt. The maltiness up front is just what you look for in an amber, and the pine flavors allows a smooth transition into the hop flavor. Slight citrus lingers at first, but the warmer the beer gets, the more chocolate I get at the end.

Feel - Creamy, yet doesn't go down super smooth. Carbonation and the slight bite provided by the hops may not make it ideal for slamming a couple back, but the mouthfeel is strong overall.

Overall - Another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby Amber color. Has a bitter hop aroma with notes of roasted biscuit malts. Flavor is citrus peel bitter hops up front with a toasted malty balanced finish. Overall very solid but not overly impressed.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Maine Brewing brew. I have heard good things so let's see. On tap at Mikes in Berea, OH.

Dark red color with a nice fluffy brownish head that leaves nice sticky pacing around the rim of the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, citrus hops and a touch of earth/wood.

Taste is slight caramel sweetness on the front and middle of the tongue followed by orange rind bitterness. There is a long bitterness that builds as I drink this. It's actually quite nice.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Not creamy but the light carbonation allows this to go down nicely.

I am impressed. This is a really nice Amber. Hoppy and well balanced. Super easy to drink and will definitely be having more. Recommended.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking ambers I can remember seeing. Deep mahogany Amber body hosts a thick creamy deep tan head. Nose is a nice mix of hops and malt on the woodsy side. An aggressive flavor platform with hops carrying the malts to a very exciting body that is unique for the style. Nice carbonation and resinous hops. Perfect mouth feel. This is a great food beer.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a slight reddish/golden tint (Amber?). Carbonation is noticeable immediately. Nose of malt, caramel, citrusy hops, wonderful mouthfeel.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.

Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.

Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.

Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.

Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isn't the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I haven't had before.

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Photo of zimm421
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date 12/15/15. Pours a very dark amber, almost brown color with a thick, fluffy tan head. The nose is sweet caramel malts, pine, citrus. The taste is loaded with caramel malts, a hint of roast and then the citrus, tropical fruits and pine take over. The finish is bitter, but goes down nicely. This is everything a hoppy amber should be. It has good body to stand up to the hops, and it makes you go back for more after each sip.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another Maine Beer Co awesome awesome beer
Look - darker amber Rich looking deep and semi translucent Crazy beautiful head and great lacing, smell lots o citrus and slight pine, taste - maltier w less hops big and smooth w long length w impressive aftertaste.. feel nice carbonation overall again a great beer. The standard for Red Ales as far as I have been involved, as w most Maine offerings something to buy and drink when one beer satisfies for the evening, drink in class!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Bottled 10/2015.

Pours a dark amber color with a finger and a half of off white foam. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. More on the grassy side of the hop aroma spectrum, with a bit of sweet tropical fruit.

First sip is wow - a nice rush of hoppy goodness. Dank, grassy, hoppy notes, nice amount of caramel body, and very smoothly bitter finish. The hop schedule is right on point - no harsh or conflicting flavors. This drinks nice, and has tons of flavor.

This is right up there with Troeg's Nugget Nectar unfortunately, it is much, much more expensive. It is a fantastic beer though.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/15/15. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues. Big light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and fig. Some citrus notes in the mix. The flavors are full of toffee. Lots of malts. More dark fruits. Plum is there along with more raisin and fig. Some chocolate notes are definitely in the mix. Subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; thin and slick with active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is my first time having something from Maine Beer Company, and they've been on my radar for years. It's awesome they decided to distribute to Ohio. I remember reading about them when they only had 2-3 offerings, and Zoe was one of them. As for Zoe, it's a good beer, but maybe my expectations were just too high. It's good stuff nonetheless, but nothing mind-blowing, in my opinion. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very pretty beer. but I was a bit underwhelmed with both the smell and the taste. after having MO, I had high expectations of this beer. not that it is a bad beer in any way, just that there are cheaper easier to get red ales that are just as good or better. its worth trying, I just wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh Zoe, she so pretty. Red, ruby appearance, gleaming the cube. Solid off white head with great retention. Plenty of hoppiness to the aroma, plenty comparable to NN.

You know this is a 1st tier amber ale on the first sip. Hop bouquet kickin' butt. The red malt is in the background. Caramel is a nice intrusion here.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Ours out a murky dark brown. Looks dark for the style, but it is quite attractive. Has a really attractive 1/2 finger of off white head. The head has good retention. The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) and the born on date (11/17/15). So this is 2 weeks old!

S: [4.00] Peaches, pineapple, caramelized sugar, Just like the appearance this is inviting and spot on.

T: [4.50] Lemon zest leads to cracker and then some malt sweetness. The finish is a light note of very floral hop bitterness. I also feel like I am getting a hint of cocoa every few sips.

M: [4.25] No alcohol taste at all. Creamy mouthfeel, low to mid carbonation. The floral hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O: [4.25] This is in the ABV range of Flower Power and I find them to be similar. Zoe has a definite floral hop finish. Flower Power is more bold and in your face but the theme is the same. Zoe is more refined and sophisticated. The beer is firing on all cylinders. The appearance is darker than a typical amber but still looks great. The nose and the taste are world class. The floral notes make this beer a big winner.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown. smell of brown sugar, hops, and caramel and pine. tastes like pine, caramel and a little bit of a nutty flavor. nice beer but with so many great offerings from MBC I likely won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark red/brown with a thick white head.

smells like fresh pine hops. slight citrus in the backdrop, some sweetness is there.

tastes like sweet pine, has a very bitter finish. this tastes different than most beers. has a subdued but constant taste similar to all red/amber ales. very good taste.

goes down smooth, makes me desire another taste yet the finish is bitter and leaves an additional feeling.

overall this is a fantastic beer, a hoppy red ale that combines varying tastes. a unique beer that is truly delicious. just wish i could get this more frequently

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Photo of charlzm
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Consumed October 11th, 2015. Poured from bottle into tulip.

Beer is a dark amber-brown kind of shade with a thin but adequate head.

Aroma is subtle melanoidin and caramel malt. A dash of hops, including simcoe's signature cat piss note.

Flavor is off right from the first sip - the toasty biscuity caramel malt is there, but there's an off, solventy, rubber note that ruins everything. No notes of the other alleged flavors (raisin, chocolate, pine, citrus). Kinda of a mess.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drain pour.

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, ruby-brown color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice, toasty malt with some brown-sugar sweetness and lots of fresh, grassy hops.

Taste: Big malt flavor without being too sweet or syrupy. Lots of toasted, nutty flavor, with building earthy hop bitterness in the middle that lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Quite tasty, like a hoppy brown ale. Nice balance, drinkable, very good.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gives you them ruby red shimmers, gleaming the cube. The white head is thick like your girl before she became your ex and started using meth to help her lose weight and get action at bar time. Unlike her, this one has retention.

Aroma was hoppy and malty, they both came through in almost equal parts.

Taste immediately lets you know this is the elite tier of amber/red ales. Super hearty, drinks effortlessly. Not just an easy hop dump of bitterness. Masks the alcohol, hearty beer, effort to drink minimal. Hops still pack in the usual suspects of grapefruit and pine. Mild spice accoutrement.

A lovely bottle.

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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a thick tan head. Sweet malt and piney hop aroma, both of which carry over to the taste. Fairly thin and well-carbonated mouthfeel. Like many from MBC, there's a somewhat watery backend, but pretty well balanced overall.

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Photo of JaredSammy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep amber, burnt sugar brown. Thick head.
S - Lacking smell, for a red ale this is one of the first that doesn't have that wet dog smell. Slight hop.
T - Extremely hoppy for a red ale. The pine and herbaceous flavor overcomes the red ale qualities.
F - Bubbly, thick, and kinda creamy. Carbonation is heavy but it doesn't affect the mouth feel.
O - Great beer, different than red ales I have had. If you are looking for a great hop bomb but don't want to drink the usual IPA, this is your guy or I mean girl.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.