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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 277
Gots: 199 | 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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Photo of jegross2
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Zoe from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 94

Bottle date is 02/xx/12. The "xx" kind of looks like an "06," but is too poorly printed to tell for sure. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and translucent mahogany with three fingers of tan seafoam head that turns soapy while it slowly settles, ultimately turning into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, toffee, nuttiness, honey graham cracker and a little caramel. Smells like a hoppy, nutty amber ale. 4/5

Taste: Bready malt, pecan, walnut and lemony/grapefruity hops. Light toffee and caramel on the midpalate. Finishes with that buttery walnut and pecan flavor and modest lemon. This is quite different from any amber that I have ever had before. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Buttery mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A unique variation of the style, warmly received. I am usually not a fan of amber ales, but I really enjoyed this one. I would certainly buy and drink this again. Thank you Jason for hooking me up with this one!

Recommendation: Seek this one out, especially if you like amber ales. I could see this one being quite enjoyable for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: 5.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

jegross2, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a very foamy head that is a slight tan and lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear dark red amber with a hint of orange.

Smell:
Malty with hints of a grapefruit hoppy smell. The roasted malts dominate the smell with the hops coming in at different parts but mainly supplementing the malts.

Taste:
Similar to the smell, the malts dominate the pallate. The hops are a little bitter but it mixes well with the roasted malts. I also get a slightly caramel taste as well. The malts are very strong in this beer.

Mouthfeel:
Light body but bordering on medium bodied. Still a decent feel though.

Overall:
This a very good beer and different from a lot of ambers that I've had before.

HattedClassic, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DNICE555, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with a massive 3 finger head. dark mahogany with garnett hues when held in light and tons of sticky lace. Needs a better coloring.

S- grapefruit, pine sap, pine wood, lemon rind.

T/M tosha cracker maltese with a hint of turmoil. Lots of times, followed by citrus. Granny body prickles the tongue as it slides by smooth out as it warms up a bit and caramel sweetness helps round out the grapefruit bitterness. the big full body is rich. It finishes with a slight sweetness and withering, bitter dryness.

O- very good, the well short of the greatness of nugget nectar. Needs more juiciness and maybe some tropical fruit.

sentomaster, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

brez8791, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of guezarka
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

guezarka, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Steasy66
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Dark Brown with champagne head that lasts
S Cascade? hops, a little bit soapy i think?
T A bit hoppy, a bit malty, not a lot here, expected more
M Undercarbed, fairly thin
O No freshness date, I suspect I might have gotten an old bottle. Just not much here.

Steasy66, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of wildcats10
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

wildcats10, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz bottled on 02/09/12. thanks to valdieu2 for the opportunity!

a - pours a murky chestnut color that glows garnet when held up to a light. gave me a dense, two finger, creamy, tan head that lasts for quite a while. lacing completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - fresh baked bread, grapefruit, grass, and notes of grape.

t - mmmm. notes of grapefruit, red grape, and raisin all supported by delicious, nutty, chocolatey malt. a resinous, piney bitterness washes over before a lingering dry and bittersweet finish. very well balanced.

m - medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation. medium co2 profile.

o - really a wonderful beer and definitely put a smile on my face. much hoppier than most amber ales that i have tried, but that's a good thing. worth seeking out imho.

divineaudio, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy deep orange. Substantial 2-finger cream head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is biscuit malt and light caramel malt. Strawberry licorice works in, too.

Strong malt flavors, with biscuit and lightly scorched caramel. More of an amber feel than red. Very nice hop bite in the end.

Very strong for the style. Big malt presence, lots of stiff body. Grainy, and very much so.

Overall, I'm not a huge amber or red fan. This beer, however, is very good. I'd seek it out again.

beer2day, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown - good retention

smells of floral/citrus hops and sweet malt

taste is similar to the nose but with a peppery spice i am guessing from the hops - plenty of bitterness but backed up with the caramel malt

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation - smooth and creamy

overall very solid red/amber - i have beer impressed with the 2 offerings i have had from Maine Beer Co. - hope to try more

jsh420, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of StaEva
4.25/5  rDev +1%

StaEva, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of ales4baldo
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ales4baldo, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

valdieu2, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +1%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of eclipse54
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks for this one! Bottled on 02/09/2012, and consumed now in my DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with deep ruby hues; the body was much darker and more opaque than I had expected for the style. A massive amount of light tan head develops and lingers for virtually the extent of the drink. Scattered patches of lacing remain on the glass. Very good presentation here.

The aroma is of a peppercorn spice laced with earthen hops. In terms of the spice, it makes me think of the glorious peppercorns that often adorn bacon. No bacon here, but that's the kind of pepper I'm thinking of. Some citrus, pine, caramel, and a touch of roasted nuts (almond, cashew?) even come through behind it. Rather hop-forward on the nose overall.

The taste is comprised of earthen, dirty hops in front of a spicy and slightly roasty center (reminiscent of a nut brown in that regard). Delicate citrus and pine notes struggle through along with some almond, nut, and caramel towards the end. As with the nose, the earthen hops and peppercorn flavors hog the palatal stage.

Mouthfeel is crisp and spot-on with regards to carbonation, but the drink finishes rather dry and with a lingering, resinous coating on the palate. The nutty flavors seem to linger a bit as well.

Overall, a good amber though one I feel is a bit non-traditional. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means, but I was expecting a slightly different experience from this one. Either way, this is another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.!

eclipse54, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of marshmeli
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

marshmeli, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

JRod1969, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Wizzman
4/5  rDev -5%

Wizzman, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and floral aroma with some nice malt aroma coming through

T-citrus and roasted malt with hints of sweetness followed by a nice hop finish, but not overly bitter

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and nice crisp feel

O-a great amber ale, one of my favorites. Great balance of flavors.

MDDMD, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark, opaque, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a frothy, dense, foamy head that is off-white and starts around a half an inch, slowly settling into a nice, dense film. Aromas are rich and hoppy, with a resiny, green, floral and citrus aromas on a sweet caramel backbone. Smells delicious. Flavors are hop forward, with peppery spiced and floral characteristics leading the way. The malt profile gets a bit overshadowed by the strong hops presence, lending more of a red IPA feel to the beer. The caramel sweet backbone can be felt more at the end of the palate, along with a dark roasting characteristic. The bitter and reisny hops lead through to the aftertaste, as well, and the beer leaves a slick, foamy cling behind as you drink. The finish is dry and bitter, with a resiny linger left behind. Good, solid beer with some very strong and unique characteristics. If you are a hop head, this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

GarthDanielson, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of danmc50
5/5  rDev +18.8%

danmc50, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of StevenT562
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

StevenT562, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jacewg, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark reddish brownish amber with a tan head that left some lace. nose is a very nice mix of pine and grapefruit layered on top of chocolate and roasty, caramelly malt. taste exudes very good balance, and the layers of chocolate, caramel and hop come together very well. creamy, soft, medium-full body. i thought this was begging for some spicy bbq. pleasant hop bitterness, and although there was definitely a touch of heat, the alcohol was well integrated as well, and barely noticeable. it seems as if maine beer co. is making some very flavorful, very well balanced beers. this one was no exception. yum. thanks g.

timtim, Mar 06, 2012
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.