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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,997
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 282
Gots: 242 | FT: 13
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:
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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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark for a red ale with a deep dark brown amber color, reminiscent of a more earthy red wine an brown sugar, and with a huge lightly maple syrup-drizzled head that lasts forever and leaves a nice sticky spatterwork of lacing on the side of the glass.
The beer smells thick with some great resiny pine hops and fruity grapefruit mango. There is also a light underlying mingle of sweet biscuit and caramel malts along with a ghost of chocolate.
The beer tastes fantastically balanced for a hop-forward red. The pine hops are definitely the big thing here, and leave a lovely pine taste in the mouth with hints of mango, nectarine, and grapefruit. This beer also delivers a lovely bit of caramel malts that put a nice sweet body to the bitter pine and balance the beer tremendously. The clash of the hops and the malt seems to make a slightly roasted taste that could be in the malt or just could be from the collision of flavors. Mouthfeel is cool and slightly jellying, yet very smooth and clean on the tongue, only leaving a light cloying pine hop linger and lots of clean saliva lining the mouth. There is a slight tingle of carbonation which is definitely present in the beer, but it is not harsh at all.
Overall this is a supremely great red ale that I am very excited to live near. I still need to try Troëg’s Nugget Nectar, but as of now this is the best red I have tasted! I can guarantee I will be trying Peeper Ale (their summer seasonal) within the week!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, dark brown with a 3-finger tan head into a 13-oz goblet. Good lacing. More head than when I had it on-tap earlier in the day.

S - Tropical fruit, pineapple, dark herbal tea, caramel and hop floral. Pleasant and moderately saroma, which was just a bit less strong than on-tap.

T - Nice sweet and spicy caramel malt with a bit of chocolate, which is quickly followed by a bitter hop bite and more earthy spice. The aftertaste includes sweet malt, pepper and some lingering grapefruit zest. Very flavorful and rich tasting.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation yield a velvety smooth feel like an oatmeal stout. It's a bit prickly as it dries. I really enjoyed the substantial feel.

O - A very fine brew. Smells, tastes and feels great. Kind of pricy but I'd seek it out again.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,997 ratings.