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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,711 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 262
Gots: 171 | FT: 11
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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argock

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL amber bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 093012 stamped on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Beautiful chestnut-brown dark ruby with thick 2-finger beige frothy head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: A lot of orange citrus with even more musky, dank, resinous hops aroma. The malts are undeniably amber ale with toffee, burnt caramel, raisin, and fig.

T: I enjoyed the flavor of this beer but have to admit I am not the biggest fan of the dank hops flavor, which this beer has a lot of. It reminded me of Ithaca Cascazilla in some ways, but this brew is far superior in having much greater malt depth and mouthfeel. The medium malt contributions of rum raisin, fig, toffee, and roast malt work well with the orange citrus, lemongrass, and dank, earthy, herbal nature of the hops flavors. This beer really opens up from the malt side with warming.

M: This beer has a wonderful balance of tackiness and creaminess than just rolls on your palate. The body is medium with low-medium carbonation to give it a more lazy, lush mouthfeel.

O: I really liked this beer a lot, and probably would have bumped up several scores except for the focus on the dank, earthy, herbal, grassy hops aromas and flavors. Even with this prejudice, I thought this beer was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:26:05 | More by argock
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

10-21-2012 00:07:25 | More by Wally1912
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy brown/copper shimmer, finger fluffy khaki head,
stunning lacing display

S: grapefruit aroma, pine, clean biscuit malt

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, mild caramel, biscuit bread
pine smooth bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: WHAT ON EARTH!! Thank you Maine brewery for
making such a fine beer experience and for my wife
for randomly grabbing this bottle today. I will
DEFINITELY be buying more of their beers. Smooth,
hoppy, oily biscuity, is it possible for a beer to have a
little bit of everything? yep.

DELICIOUS, FIND A BOTTLE!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:24:04 | More by BeerLover99
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large dirty white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense hops is quite interesting with nice floral undertones. Taste is a great mix between intense hops presence with limited bitter notes and some really good citrus and earthy hops notes. Malt backbone is quite solid and not too sweet to cut through the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great dry-hopping execution.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 19:24:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark red/amber color with puffy, two finger, eggshell white head. Tons of lacing on the side.

S - Good blend of malt and hops. The malt is sweet, a little bit of dark fruit and molasses. Hops are both grassy and citrusy. Touches of grapefruit and pine.

T - Packs an absolute punch of bitter hops. Wow. Hops are bitter and piney, malt is full-bore. Very good.

M - Sticky and full. Good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall - Incredibly good beer. Absolutely superb.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:07:50 | More by BeerBuckeye
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-17-2012 23:09:18 | More by kell50
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%

10-17-2012 19:12:37 | More by ncaudle
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-17-2012 02:36:16 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

10-15-2012 00:19:26 | More by Chugs13
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BelJen

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

10-12-2012 20:23:11 | More by BelJen
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Azzy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-12-2012 06:58:33 | More by Azzy
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

pour is a very dark copper with a good bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, grainy, and slightly roasted. Orange citrus, crystal malt, and roasted almost burnt biscuit. Taste is more hop forward, citrusy and light herbal note with an undertone of grain and a light toasted note. The body is nice and light with high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:34:09 | More by cpetrone84
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gniv

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-09-2012 01:23:38 | More by gniv
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%

10-07-2012 19:13:21 | More by claaark13
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Skelator

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

10-07-2012 04:12:16 | More by Skelator
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

10-07-2012 01:01:56 | More by bostonryan
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

10-05-2012 02:53:00 | More by beermanbrian
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:13:35 | More by WillCarrera
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JohnnyB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

09-30-2012 02:54:45 | More by JohnnyB
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-30-2012 01:32:39 | More by BeerBucks
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

09-28-2012 18:41:02 | More by brystmar
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

Danky citrus hops. Damn.

Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done maly backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

Highly drinkable, probably Zoes greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and thr like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUt

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:40:24 | More by Duff27
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CHickman

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque chestnut brown color with some light coming through around the edges and a huge 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles, that faded extremely slowly, going down and looking like Styrofoam leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like a black IPA with a nice tan layer on top like you’d see on a Guinness. Misses the mark on color in the Amber/Red Ale classification, but impressive in every other way.

Wow, what a nose; I could smell the hops 6 inches away from the glass. Smells of big juicy citrus hops initially, with piney hops, caramel and grains following. The first wave of hops had tangerine and grapefruit, light floral hops, and then wheat bread, syrup, biscuit and brown sugar; not a ton of smells, but what is present is very pronounced and enjoyable.

Tastes like coffee, grapefruit, roasted grains, syrup, caramel and a burst of citrus hops up front. Then there is a mix pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, herbs or hop leafs, peat moss, cocoa powder, mild toffee, floral hops, and very mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the grains and chocolate malt show up more after each sip, leading to the hop bitterness that trails off with roasted notes. Nice balance and complex flavors overall, getting better as it warms up. I really liked the way the hops and malts worked in harmony in this brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that was almost thick but still slides down easy, leaving a semi-dry bitter roasted finish that’s part hops and part roasted grains or chocolate mousse. The alcohol shows through after each swallow, but it’s a minor heat and not a distraction.

Maine Beer Co. keeps putting out hits, and while this beer may not look red or amber, it’s still damn tasty and full of flavor. Another beer I recommend trying from a great brewery. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:18:55 | More by CHickman
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-24-2012 17:14:24 | More by phingdong
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Noelito76

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-24-2012 02:53:01 | More by Noelito76
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.