1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Zoe - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,830 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 272
Gots: 192 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,830 | Reviews: 500 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev +1%

BrokenStones, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Health
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Health, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with aboutthree fingers of off white head that lasted several minutes with medium lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops, maybe some other fruits like apple maybe?? Toasted malts were also present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Well balanced medium bodied beer, taste of hops and toasted malts with a faint sweetness in the backround.

Overall: Personally not a big fan of reds, but this was a well crafted beer and credit is due were needed. I did enjoy this brew, but won't buy again myself. I can see why it gets high marks, and people that really like reds will enjoy this beer.

Cavanaghty, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, I was looking forward to trying this as I had 2 other beers by Maine Beer and they were both enjoyable. I tasted this chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is deep crimson w/ copper hues and light haze with thick 2 finger light beige head with tight bead. I really love the aroma as it stands out from other amber ales I have had recently with some fruity and hoppy floral notes with slight ruby red grapefruit odor and a sweet pine tinge accents the subtle malt in the nose. The feel is great -mostly dry, semi-bitter with slight nuttiness and hint of malt sweetness with semi-high carbonation and bitter dry finish.

The taste has a light toast and cocoa-nuttiness with a mild tinge of citrus zest and pine hop flavoring. The hop flavors do add a slight chalkiness to the middle with mild bready malt coming into its own with subtle biscuit-like essence bu a nice interplay of the hops with mostly grapefruit flavor in the finish. Overall this kind of amber is kind of a red IPA as is has a very spicy and highly hopped example of the American Amber style which can range from dull and almost a brown to this style which is hop forward and yet still has a nice backbone of malt. I can't say enough good things about this it was as good as I hoped it would be with a nice refreshing dry finish.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of frank12
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

frank12, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of AldoRaine
4.25/5  rDev +1%

AldoRaine, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Renegrenade
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Renegrenade, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 2 weeks ago, bought at Winooski Beverages. Pours dark brown with abundant soapy off-white head. English hop and rich malts aroma. Soft mouthfeel, though bitterness erases the palate in the finish. Toasty malt. Very drinkable and tasty.Lots of thick lace.I could have bought more!

Sammy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of dancaplette
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

dancaplette, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

RoryOMoore, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of GoBIG
5/5  rDev +18.8%

GoBIG, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had Zoe from a bottle that was not even a month old.
However, the difference from bottle to draft was a huge difference.

Had this on tap at the dirty truth in Northampton on a beautiful summers day.

The pour is a nice dark red, almost brown. Which really leads me to my next point that.. Maine Brewing calls this an amber but its really its own category of greatness.

There is so much going on in the taste of this beer. Spices that are also in the smell, citrus taste, bitterness (just the right amount) from the hops, as well as a roasted malt taste.

There is nothing I can really complain about in this beer.
Maine Brewing definitely knows what they are doing.

davewlfpckfan29, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of KenC
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

KenC, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev -5%

KAP1356, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

mendvicdog, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -5%

trevorpost, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RichD
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

RichD, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Schmuckles, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with 3 finger head that retains really well. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops, caramel, malt, some chocolate too maybe

T: Starts off with slight hop character, followed by caramel, malt, dark chocolate, finishes with hoppy bitterness

M: Smoooth~ and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. Smooth and creamy feel really make this beer stand out.

sukwonee, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of stunna
4.25/5  rDev +1%

stunna, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -5%

Hophead717, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -5%

wesley14, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

jaasen64, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of NateD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

NateD, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of JorgeH
4/5  rDev -5%

JorgeH, Aug 02, 2012
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.