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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 294
Gots: 279 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 2,056 | Reviews: 526
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a very dark copper with a good bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, grainy, and slightly roasted. Orange citrus, crystal malt, and roasted almost burnt biscuit. Taste is more hop forward, citrusy and light herbal note with an undertone of grain and a light toasted note. The body is nice and light with high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 07/29/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very dark ruby color, topped with an inch of creamy beige head, great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S- Fruity, earthy hoppiness, has a bit of a dank oniony smell. As it warms some caramel and toffee aromas become more prominent. The hop aroma is really interesting, and while I've had other beers where the onioney thing was overdone, here it's tolerable and might even be a plus.

T- Similar to the aroma, a bit more malt-forward, citric, grapefruit and piney hops are initially prominent before giving way to a caramel, toffee, bready malt. Hops reassert themselves for a bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, slightly thick feel.

O- A very nice red ale, so far everything I've tried from Maine Beer has been very impressive.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

S- Danky citrus hops. Damn.

T- Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done malty backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

M- Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable, probably Zoe's greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and the like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque chestnut brown color with some light coming through around the edges and a huge 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles, that faded extremely slowly, going down and looking like Styrofoam leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like a black IPA with a nice tan layer on top like you’d see on a Guinness. Misses the mark on color in the Amber/Red Ale classification, but impressive in every other way.

Wow, what a nose; I could smell the hops 6 inches away from the glass. Smells of big juicy citrus hops initially, with piney hops, caramel and grains following. The first wave of hops had tangerine and grapefruit, light floral hops, and then wheat bread, syrup, biscuit and brown sugar; not a ton of smells, but what is present is very pronounced and enjoyable.

Tastes like coffee, grapefruit, roasted grains, syrup, caramel and a burst of citrus hops up front. Then there is a mix pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, herbs or hop leafs, peat moss, cocoa powder, mild toffee, floral hops, and very mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the grains and chocolate malt show up more after each sip, leading to the hop bitterness that trails off with roasted notes. Nice balance and complex flavors overall, getting better as it warms up. I really liked the way the hops and malts worked in harmony in this brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that was almost thick but still slides down easy, leaving a semi-dry bitter roasted finish that’s part hops and part roasted grains or chocolate mousse. The alcohol shows through after each swallow, but it’s a minor heat and not a distraction.

Maine Beer Co. keeps putting out hits, and while this beer may not look red or amber, it’s still damn tasty and full of flavor. Another beer I recommend trying from a great brewery. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good.

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

A: Pours a clear dark garnet reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige (with garnet red highlights) head that reduces to a very thin film with a small thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a strong hop aroma of citrus/grapefruit along with a more moderate presence of floral and pine/resin hops. Underneath the hops there is a light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Starts with some moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness and then the hops take over and dominate the flavor - huge flavors of grapefruit/citrus followed by lighter amounts of pine and floral hop flavors. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger too long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very well balanced and extremely enjoyable, though I would expect nothing less from this brewery (since I have tried almost all of the other beers and they were most impressive). Easy to drink and one I would be happy to have again and again.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottled 2/9/12

a: dark brown color with a thick cloudiness to it. fluffy white head sticks to glass for a very long time.

s: big hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit-like citrus hop character. not much malt to speak of.

t: lots of hop flavor. bitter pine hop flavor makes up most of the hop profile with some mild citrus character. malt sweetness keeps it from becoming too bitter. alcohol is very well hidden. wish i got to try this fresher so it had more citrus flavor. well done though!

m: good mouthfeel.

nice to see another strong amber on the shelves. interesting hop flavor. recommended.

UPDATE 9/23/12:

got a fresh bottle (9/2/12). tons more hop aroma and flavor,
with grapefruit like citrus and pine bitterness throughout. finishes with some nice and sweet malts. not too bitter at all. exceptional. steep price for a pint bottle ($7), so Nugget Nectar still reigns supreme for me but if it wss more reasonable i would take this any day.

Old score: 4.1

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a short light beige colored head.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite hoppy but a little more complex with citrus flavors and hints of pine resin. There is also a good amount of caramel malts and a moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have the perfect balance of malts and hops. The mouthfeel is also very smooth for the style.

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