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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 277
Gots: 196 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

KevSal, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SFC21, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

uvm2003, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

CrellMoset, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a dark brown initially that when held to the light looks more of an amber to ruby. 3 fingers worth of tan froth appear and slowly fade leaving a webby screen of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger.

The smell is sweet with toasty and toffee-like malt. It has a bit of a burnt aspect about it before getting filled with citrus and herbal to pine-like hop character. A bit grassy and solvent with alcohol across the back.

The taste is toasty grain to toffee-like burnt sweetness. Some herbs and pine character of oily hops. Just like the aroma, it gets grassy in flavor with solvent alcohol. There is a moderate bitterness to this brew that gets a bit pulpy and fruited like grapefruit.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is resinous and hoppy with an interesting burnt character about it that keeps it back from being more drinkable. I've certainly enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from these folks and wouldnt mind trying more. However, from what I've had, I've been least impressed by this offering.

stakem, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of fjl77
4/5  rDev -5%

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

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
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
Photo of Jettanbass9
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
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.