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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 293
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into an 8oz sniffer glass, perfect.

Pours a dark chocolaty black with large tan head that the bartender kindly allowed to flow off when filling this smallish glass.

Smell of roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate with good hop aroma floated in there.

Tastes of toasty bittersweet chocolate malts, with pine and fruity hops present in the background. Nice bitter blends with the toast through finish. Nicely balanced!

Very smooth and velvety mouth feel with perfect carbonation.

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

I had this on-tap at "The Pony Bar" in NYC.

I'd been wanting to try this one forever since it's #2 in the American Amber/Red category here on BA right below my favorite, "Nugget Nectar."

Served in an 8oz. shaped-glass.

A: Poured a glistening amber color, with a slight chill haze, and with a head that had huge, almost chunky bubbles.

S: Pow hop fruitiness with a good bit of yummy red velvet cake batter in the mix as well. Nice malt to ALMOST equal out the hops. Bold, assertive, and fresh!

T: Almost as intense as "Nugget Nectar" with quite a bit of hop sizzle and interesting malt bill, with a bit of warm candy-coated alcohol thrown into the mix. Excellent!

M: Bitter and very hoppy, but I dug the nearly dark, chocolatey malt undertow. The lacing was moderate to substantial and my palate was totally coated with hoppy, pixie stick dust candy!

O: Man, this one gives the Troegs a run for its money and I think if I were to have access to it all the time, it my become an "old shoe" the way "Nugget Nectar" does when the season rolls around.

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

Dark brown pour. Even though this classified as an amber/red there really isn't a hint of that color in its appearance. Strong head and good lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with some chocolate malt. Taste is started and finished with malt with hops appearing somewhere in the middle to end. Lots of layering and well done beer.

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I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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Big thanks to MarkF150 for this great extra. Bottled 6/28/12

A: Pours a dark amber, super hazy amber. Pretty much brown and you can't see through it. Big light tan head that looks really thick and frothy. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly toasted carmel malt. Grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Has a nice sweet perfume aroma.

T: Big backbone of lightly toasted carmel and biscuity malts that are very prevalent all the way through. Almost a honey like sweetness to the malt profile. Good dose of citrus, grapefruit, floral and just a tad bit of earthy hops to provide an excellent balance. Nice sweet and semi hoppy finish that is not dry.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Awesome hoppy amber. Hands down the BEST of this style I've ever had. Great drinkability. Think I actually prefer this over Lunch.

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

A - Hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. (clearly unfiltered)

S- Great hop character, citrus/tropical fruits, some resinous varietals as well

T- great flavor profile. Hop bitterness is accentuated by the caramelized malts, some citrus flavor present as well

M- Full bodied, and not overly carbonated.

O- an excellent beer by an up and coming brewing company out of Maine! I really liked this one (usually like my beers filtered)

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16.9oz bottle poured into Harpoon Imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted. Bought from the refrigerated case at Table & Vine W. Springfield, MA.
A - Pours a cloudy, amber/dark brown, nearly opaque with a thin film of persistent head on top that hangs all the way down the glass.
S - hops with a bit of malt in the background; I know there are Simcoe in here from the website, and that is right on with the aroma; might have guessed Amarillo too, but alas....
T - If I had closed my eyes when trying this I would have guessed it was a Black IPA; the hops are *in your face* and are very earthy and chewy, especially on the front end. It's seriously like eating a bowl of hops. The aftertaste is absolutely delicious, with a mouth-drying, soapy effect that is well-balanced by the malt bill. Very, very tasty. Alcohol is only slightly detectable as the beer warms.
M - Mouth-filling; very smooth (bottle-conditioning); finish completely dries out the tongue. Front-end has this almost gritty feel to it (not in a bad way).
O - Surprising beer; "amber/red ales" are not my favorite but I bought this b/c of the brewery. Glad I did - another great one by Maine Beer.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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