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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,829
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)
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4/5  rDev -5%

fjl77, Feb 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

valdieuer, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

abanton, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2011. Courtesy of amphion1065, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Bottle code 090111.

Starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I open it. Probably not a good sign. Big thick tan head. Well carbonated. Cloudy dark chocolate brown in color. Aroma is nice, but a bit strange; combination of resiny hops, cinnamon and vanilla. Aroma is more reminiscent of a IPA, heavy on the resin. A fair amount of resiny hops to start. Some root beer spiciness. Resiny and earthy. Light body, warming ethanol. Moderate hoppiness throughout. Some faint roasty notes linger.

Overall just a little something odd that I can't put my finger on. If the foaming is any indication of infection, it didn't seem to have any obvious off flavor indicators.

htomsirveaux, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jmarsh123 for the killer extra!

A - pours a reddish brown color without a creamy looking head

S - nose is toasted biscuit and grainy malts. There is a nice splash of earthy and pine hops.

T - taste follows the nose well. Grainy amber malts start it off. These fade o a pleasant.piney bitterness. A little bit of sweet citrus rind is in there as well.

M - creamy, full body goes down well

D - solid amber ale here. Nice bitterness and complexity to it makes it an above average brew and one I would love to try again.

birchstick, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

cmsimeur, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from Al's. In my new Asahi mug.

A: The amber is a caramel brown color, just a bit of red to liven things up. It's fuller hues leave it generally opaque with some orange highlights throughout. A thick white head, over two fingers, laces nicely around the glass.

S: Caramel and bread, both strong. Citrusy hops, equally strong. The aromas are bright, vibrant for an overcast winter day - reminding me of warmer weather. The malt has enough heft to verge on a black ale, the darkness and the hops coming together nicely.

T: The citrus hoppiness abounds, a fresh sharpness that lingers. Paired with the hops are plenty of caramel malts, a darker undertone that continues the aroma's trend towards black ale territory. The hops have a leafy, freshly pulled flavor that adds to their vibrancy. The combination of big flavors is nice, making the ale taste far stronger than it is. Another winner from Maine.

M: The big head saps the carbonation from the ale, allowing the flavors to intensify and not disappear in each sip. The spicy hops are comforting, a piquant flavor content to linger.

akorsak, Feb 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

bigred89, Feb 04, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't help but add my 2 cents to the review realm for this superb American Amber ale.

A - Darker than amber almost brown with a tight knit, pillowy, marshmellow-y head. Lace all over half of my glass.

S - A blast of, Simcoe?, mango, pine, citrus and sappy wood... as the initial release of CO2 subsides, a doughy malt character emerges. This beer smells like freshly cut citrus, fruit and flowers sitting in the middle of a bread bakery.

T - Bitterness balances the doughy malt character. I do have to emphasize, this beer is not sweet but does have a fair amount of bready character. Citrus, mango and pine provide a balance among the character. Satisfying.

M - Low-med carbonation, medium body, no astringency. Again, satisfying.

O - Very good interpretation of the style. Wonderful balance, with bright tones in all the right places. This is a beer I would recommend to anyone. Extremely drinkable even at 7.2%...

Jettanbass9, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

abelikewha, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

rtucker06, Jan 31, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice brown color with a just off white head that is dense and long lasting. There is sheets of nice lacing as well. Aroma is light and citrus forward with a hint of roast. Very balanced aroma. Flavor is has more coffee and roast than the aroma but is very well balanced with mild smoke. Citrus hops complement the malt profile very nicely. One of the fewer beers that I have had that successfully balances a more roasted coffee malt profile with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium light and is well carbonated. It is quite enjoyable and well balanced. A bit pleasantly surprised by this beer. Didn't have the highest expectations, but I really ended up enjoying it.

Agold, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

dfecteau, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

InebriatedJoker, Jan 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

CummingsK21, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

HopStoopid120, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

cestlavie, Jan 25, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer many times and thought it was about time I did a review on it to look back on.

A- More of a brownish color than amber but still has a good look to it. Nice tan 2 finger pillowy head that camps out on the top of the beer and rides the waves.

S- Really clean hop aroma. Its not overly big and pungent just a really great mix of pine and slight citrus. With some bready malts to back it up.

T- This one is just like the label says a Happy Hoppy Amber Ale. The taste follows in line with the aroma, very well balanced hop and malt bill here. Its a crisp clean drinking beer.

M- Not quite medium bodied but more medium than light if that makes any sense. Good carbonation for the style, enjoyable mouthfeel.

O- This is a very good beer. I definitley enjoy all of Maine Beer Co's beers and out of the 3 I have had this one is my favorite. When ever I can find a beer made by this company its a happy day for this guy. If you havent had Zoe go find her. Great Great Beer. Now I need to find me some Lunch.

HopsHopenstein, Jan 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Mjmoon15, Jan 15, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep clouded amber color with a thin beige head, patchy lacing coats the glass. Film retains with a cloud across the top of the brew.

Nice hoppy punch in the nose with a kiss of citrus, slight pininess, caramel bready sweetness. Really inviting and balanced.

Begins with sticky hops and resin, citrus peel and bitterness. Bready malt backbone, decent sweet caramel flair with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes with bitter grapefruit and bread crust.

Medium body, a little higher carb, sticky and refreshing. Everything I've had from this brewery has been really on point - I'm looking forward to more!

xnicknj, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.