Zoe - Maine Beer Company
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4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
A murky dark golden copper-brown color with a very healthy light tan head and super lacing. The aroma is surprisingly big with lots of nutty malt and pine hops as well as a little dark fruit. Really makes me think of something more along the lines of a barleywine or an imperial red. Very nice but not quite what I expected. The taste buds pick up a more blended mix of fruity malt and piney hops along with some grassy edges. The body is medium at best with tingly carbonation and a frothy feel. Very good though I'd say the aroma beats the flavor.
11-27-2012 05:44:54 | More by Durge
3.68/5 rDev -12.6%
500mL bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks!
A: Pours a deep, dark red. Half inch of fluffed foam. Looks quite good.
N: Wow. A ton of pineapple and mango up front. A moderate amount of pine. Some prickly and sweet malt.
T: Quite bitter and almost roasted. Biscuit, pine/spruce. Very grassy. Doesn't have the same tropical notes of the nose, rather more orange and lemon zest. (Good dry hopping?). Reminds of a ramped up pilsner with the malt.
M: A touch on the heavier, syrupy side. Not too distracting, but not perfect either. Some alcohol here.
O: Pretty nice beer and something I'd have time and again if it was available here. Well balanced, but still hoppy.
11-26-2012 19:48:26 | More by Sarlacc83
4.25/5 rDev +1%
Thankful re-review opportunity provided by Mike, who sent an unbelievably generous box this afternoon. Thank you for this opportunity at a fresh bottle: dated 110412.
Pours a dark and cloudy almost brown with a thick tannish billow that leaves copious lacing.
Smells of fresh hops and gingerbread. Cinnamon, orange, marble rye, and a skanky leafy pot dankness. Nice! Hops present fresh and the malts really serve as a substantial platter for their delivery.
Taste is varied and deep, especially for an amber. Chocolate malts are a surprising but effective lead off. Rose hips, leafy and citric hops, and a rich malty rye bread roll through the middle. Hint of metallic, which I find typical in the style, flashes at the finish. On the lighter side of bitter, but with a firm enough hold to leave a lasting fade. As in the nose, the malts really prop up the hops and provide some balance. There's such a melange of different flavors and a depth to this that really makes this a nice amber. Feel is really pleasant, spot on carbonated, and smooth along the tongue.
Overall, I really appreciated this much more than the first time through. My dog Zoe, who tries every beer I do, also appreciated the effort. A surprisingly nice beer. Thanks again Mike!
11-25-2012 01:33:40 | More by BarrytheBear
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.