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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,807
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 271
Gots: 190 | 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 NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

NJpadreFan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

A - A beautiful amber in color with shades of deep red and orange. Off-white, pillowy, lumpy head that fades into a thin layer. No lace.

S - Hops and malt complement each other very well. More like a Pale Ale.

T - So incredibly balanced but with enough malt presence to keep it in line with the style. Fresh, bright hops with a roasted malt backbone. I get some Stout roastiness from the malt. Perfect. One of the best examples of the style that I've tried.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, and incredibly drinkable. Having experienced two of Maine Beer Co.'s four beers, I can imagine moving to Portland, drinking their beers every day, and dying happily. The brewers have done some fantastic work.

Gatch, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

zekeman17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a slightly hazy red-brown boy with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes malty but not overly sweet, with roasty dark chocolate and espresso notes as well as some herbal and earthy hops. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall - roasty and malty but light and drinkable. The best of all worlds.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of tugg407
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tugg407, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Pours a copper amber brown with chestut hi- lights. A medium sized tan foamy cap sits on top. The head is well substained. Carbonation is above average and helps to maintain the rocky dense head. Aroma is fantastic with an awsome hop bouquet of bright fresh hops. Aromas of citrus and floral and pine make it a truely wonderful scent. Malts are light, but balanced. Taste is like the nose bold and hoppy. Malts are more pronounced on the palette then in the nose. Lots of hop pop here but not overly as in a IPA. Hops have floral and pine with a good malt backbone. Bitterness is the finish in this medium weight beer that drinks very smooth. Semi-dry finishing and clean.
Very good and very drinkable refreshing too.
As the beer warms it seemed to get a bit more bitter and waters out slighly.

micromaniac129, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

thewimperoo, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Appears a light amber toned orange with a luscious white head that never fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of danky weeds with a floral blast along with citrus and perfume.
Taste is of a balanced sugary blend of perfume and floral hops. Pretty damn tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, full of flavors with an herbal tea lasting finish. Well done beer!

weeare138, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of pfrdaly
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark reddish-brown in color. poured the entire bottle into the glass which was a mistake, as all the sediment ended up in my container. despite this it did not look unappealing.

S- Sweet aroma to this beer. Smelled like caramel or syrup to me.

T- Also sweet. Slight woody (pine) flavor. Caramel also was a strong part of this beer's overall flavor. Compared favorably with Harpoon's Leviathan Uber-Bock.

M- Medium in texture. Not watery or syrupy. Sort of a just right scenario.

O- I highly recommend this beer. I was thrilled by how it tasted and all of its other characteristics were favorable.

pfrdaly, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of brianlindman
4/5  rDev -5%

brianlindman, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Sneers
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

16oz. bottle, bottled about a month ago.

Amber? I think not. Pours a reddish brown that is a beautiful orange-ruby in the light. The beer is capped with an enormous light-tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Piney hops dominate the nose, but they avoid the sticky, resiny qualities that often accompany them. A bit of grapefruit comes through as well. There's really no malt aroma of which to speak.

As in the nose, hops dominate on the palate. The bitterness itself is only moderate. It's interesting to note the dark color of the beer versus the lack of malt presence in it. The malt is just there in the background and is most notable in the finish, where it has a bready character. With a some warming, a very light caramel note comes through. The finish is dry and with a lingering bitterness. The profile is pretty clean overall.

The mouthfeel is just on the heavy side of crisp.

Zoe will be a big hit with hopheads, but I was hoping for more out of this beer. She's bright and snappy, kind of unidimensional, but also unobjectionable.

Sneers, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Aguirre, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

avaldivia, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4/5  rDev -5%

Digital fist bump for mjn5036. Thanks Matt! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark ruby body, huge taupe head, ridiculous head retention, ridiculous lacing. Ultimate score for appearance. Fantastic nose that seems to be heavy on the "C" hops. Pine and grapefruit I abundance. The bottle is dated 102711 but the bouquet is still phenomenal. Perhaps it's a little subdued at the moment but it's a hop lovers wet dream. More of the grapefruit and pine on the tastebuds. Not really an amber ale as much as it's an IPA. It's reminiscent of Furious. Nice soft level of carbonation compliments a dry finish. Great beer.

hopsbreath, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of scottyg354
4.8/5  rDev +14%

A: pour mahogany. Nice thick creamy head. Minimal lacing.

S: heavy hops and malt. Caramel.

T: awesome hippiness to this bad boy. Some bread and caramel notes. Hop finish is great. Really impressive.

M: crisp, refreshing. Goes down well.

O: Good, solid beer.

scottyg354, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5%

On Tap

Maine Brewing Company Zoe pours out the dark amber I Envisioned. A nice dark amber with some light brown shade and a tannish cap of foam up top leaving good amounts of foam on the glass. a decent amount of bubbles rising up. Smells awfully hoppy right off the tap. A nice mix of pine/earth backed with citrus. Trace amounts of pale malt ride up the tail end. Smells awfully clean and ready to drink. Drinking this is nice, what is advertised is delivered, a hoppy amber ale. The amount of biscuit coming from the malt drives down this nicely hopped ale into something more balanced, leading in the amber directon. Caramel seeps through gently and glides with the earth/pine/citrus. Feel is a step up from light with a nice carb that is felt. I could do a pint of this if the day and mood was right, I just don't see myself going out of my way for it. Reminds me of celebration ale.

BARFLYB, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

Scout11, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

alalvarez75, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of mindspin315
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Nice amount of an off white fluffy head. Amber body but a slight darker tinge sits on top. Lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Hop presence hits right away with a big chewy malt backbone. Pine, tropical fruits, gingerbread, grapefruit zest, ripe pinnapple coated in sugar which are all blended with a nice chocolate, biscuit, and bready malt aroma.

Starts out with pine, grapefuit and tropical fruit which never over take the palate as the backbone of the malts keep everything melding together. Bready and light biscuit malts touch of earthiness. Bit of yeast/hop spice sits on the tounge. Carbonation is lively and makes for a nice lively palate. A touch of dryness and good amount of bitterness at the end and light pine sap and syrupy sweet (not cloying) aftertaste.

Another great beer from Maine Beer Co. Very good IPA/amber ale hybrid. Everything is balanced and blended very well. Incredibly drinkable!


mindspin315, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

groetman, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

Blanco, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -5%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of andyschaps
4/5  rDev -5%

andyschaps, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

tobelerone, Dec 16, 2011
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,807 ratings.