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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 259
Gots: 172 | FT: 11
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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paulmcm

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 17:04:19 | More by paulmcm
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Bilco

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 11:53:58 | More by Bilco
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 04:51:08 | More by Gushue3
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on April 28, 2011. Brought back from New England trip in August.

A: Clear copper; large, fluffy, tan head that takes up 1/2 of the glass and falls very slowly; leaves thick ring and patches of lacing; no effervescence.

S: Citrus, vanilla, caramel; slight pine.

T: Caramel malt followed by citrus, then piney/resinous hops, slight bitterness.

M: Medium body and light/medium carbonation; creamy & rich; finish is just a bit dry.

O: I love any time I can spend in Maine. Maine Beer Company has created yet more reasons for me to appreciate the state. Four more reasons, with Zoe being one of my top 2, along with Lunch. Peeper and Mean Old Tom are right there, too. Fresher releases are much more complex, as expected. This is a special ale from a young brewery to watch and, of course, to try when possible. Distribution has just been expanded to NH and VT, along with Boston, MA (also NYC, I believe). The price is a natural drawback, but doesn't reduce the quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:32:29 | More by bierbrauer
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halfshell

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-14-2011 22:40:57 | More by halfshell
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 16:24:25 | More by Jspriest
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shaebs99

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 15:58:47 | More by shaebs99
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Screper

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 12:01:23 | More by Screper
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vande

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly bottle-colored brown...a very deep, murky colored brownish amber with a sandy colored, one finger thick head that quickly evolves into a light lacing

S - nice fruity hoppy aroma.. orange peel, coriander, grapefruit...fairly fresh smelling..

T - the fruity hops mixes nicely with the sweet malty goodness... yummy!

M - cold and creamy...nice,light texture...

O - well worth seeking out if you've not had it... as my friend would say, quite a tasty treat !

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 04:07:46 | More by vande
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle picked up a bottle of this while they were in Maine a month or so ago. The beer poured out as a deep looking amber color. In darker light it looked brown. The head was white and had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy, there wasn't too much else really happening besides some citrusy hops filling the nose. The taste is bitter but yet. Dry drinkable in my opinion. Has some sweetness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a pretty good carbonation to it also. Overall I thought this brew was really good actually. I would drink this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:53:02 | More by Knapp85
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zoe pours a rustic chestnut-brown hue, and is topped with a sturdy cap of sudsy tan froth. The nose is sweet, imparting maple-ish tones, and it is spicy in an earthy sense. There also is quite a bit of discernible alcohol in the aroma. The flavor offers a bit of toasty-roasty nuttiness atop the sweetness, as well as an earthy-herbal understated hoppiness. Unfortunately, it is, again, unpleasantly alcoholic (especially for 7%) Not a bad beer, but not terribly special.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:57:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/20/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

Pours a brownish/reddish deep amber with a thick, sticky light tan cap. Some moderate lacing.

Floral hops, pine, ruby red grapefruit and a subtle earthy aroma. Some toffee and caramel as it warms.

Up front, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel and toffee with a musty/earthy flavor carries you through the middle. Pine and grapefruit bitterness come back for the finish. The caramel/toffee element lends a sweetness that cuts through the bitterness in the finish somewhat.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. The finish is mildly bitter and full of pine needles and grapefruit.

Overall, this is a damn fine amber. Good, sturdy hop profile with a good imbalance that allows the hops to carry the load, but the malts are showcased as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 21:15:55 | More by ColForbinBC
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Remarkably dark for a red ale. Decent khaki head with impressive lacing.

Smell - Blending of citrus and pine hops with a substantial caramel malt backbone that almost smells like rye. Nice smell, if unremarkable. I can't pinpoint anything wrong with it.

Taste - Beautiful bouquet of hops up front and an immediate blend of caramel and toffee malts. Before any sweetness can set it, the finish is spicy (like rye, again!) with a very strong bitterness that almost detracts. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly oily. Enough to keep the flavors around and not enough to make it heavy. Low carbonation, though. Not flat and not low enough to make it heavy, but enough to make it very creamy. Maybe it slows down the drinking, but not enough to complain.

Overall - Great beer. With ambers, it's tough to be over-the-top impressive in any category, so I'm always looking for that beer that delivers in every category. This one comes damn close. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:15:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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baconbourbon

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely dark amber, excellent lacing, and a sizable head.
Smell: Bits of cinnamon with a nice mixture of malt and spices.
Taste: Piny up front, followed by a malty wave with a surprisingly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, reasonably carbonated, goes down smoothly.
Overall: This is an impressive beer. I am definitely a huge fan of the red ale, and this one does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:07:24 | More by baconbourbon
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of thick light tan colored head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of rich froth and slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma just explodes in the nose with a huge floral feel that contains notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. This immediately gives way to dense and malty smelling layer of sticky caramel and dark roast. This is just so flavorful feeling in the nose, with everything seeming to have fresh and powerful presence.

Hops and malt pull equal weight in the taste, with a blast of herbal tones and zesty grapefruit bitterness that propels resins and spice out in the profile. The malt however is equally robust, with a mix of caramel sweetness and burnt roasted notes that lay heavy in the finish along with a strong resinous dryness that seems to linger forever. As this warms, the flavors seem to meld and balance even more and take off some of the initial assertive edges that hold this back a little in the beginning. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a wonderful even feeling creaminess in the mouth that has just enough of an effervescent sharpness to the carbonation. While the alcohol does give this a bit of a powerful beefiness like a Double Red would, this is still very smooth for 7%, with only some trailing warmth being present and adding some extra boldness to an already aggressive finish.

As a lover of hoppy Red Ales, I just have to say that I’m in love with this beer. From its beautiful look, to its flavorful yet well balanced profiles, to its super easy drinkability, this one just all the right notes for me. The other two Maine beers I’ve had (Peeper & Lunch) got close for me but this is the first one to really knock it out of the park, as I think this is definitely the freshest that I’ve been able to try one of their beers. I’m super excited to here that this is going to be distributed in SE PA going forward, as I’ll definitely be picking up some more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 15:33:44 | More by Kegatron
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark cloudy brown color with a one finger head. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit dominate.

Taste: decent malt level here with some pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a spicy yeast flavor. Bitterness is sharp but provides some nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. Worthy of a try by anyone who likes the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:45:06 | More by Gavage
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maine Zoe, bottle bought at Whole Foods Portland for $5.50. Bottled on September First 2011 and enjoyed on November Third 2011.

Appearance: This is one heck of a dark amber/red ale! Looks more like a brown ale, or even a barleywine. It's got a deep chestnut color, like the bottom of a dirty lake. The pour is quite gorgeous, with a great two-finger head that lasts.

Smell: Bubbling caramel on the stove, creme brulee. Then vanilla, cinnamon and dessert spices. Weird! Also floor wax/wood-polishing product. Definitely not what I expected, but not bad. Intriguing. I don't get any of the fresh hops many reviewers talk about. Maybe my Zoe is too old?

Taste: Here is where Zoe is lacking. There is a nice, mellow hop base and some roasty/caramel flavors, but that is about it. Spicy, tingly finish. Malt all around.

Mouthfeel: A little thin around the edges, with an almost watery finish that leaves me wanting more. Both body and flavor could use more strength, while carbonation is adequate (but not spectacular).

Overall: Not impressed with this one. I love Lunch and respect Peeper, but this is just alright, almost blah. Sure, it is drinkable (that 7.2% drinks more like 5%) but this is just not interesting.

Hopefully a fresher bottle is better?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:27:54 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from cbeer88 in the US/Canadian BIF. Thanks!

A -Poured a deep amber colour, only the slightest amount of light passes through. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - A jolt of bitter citrus and piney hops up front. Extremely fresh and vibrant hop aroma. A caramel malt backbone provides a balancing sweetness. An outstanding nose.

T - Bitter hops up front with notes of pine and grapefruit followed up a sweet malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. The bitterness returns in the finish. Very well balanced.

M -Light to medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:12:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper color with thick pillow of dense off-white to khaki head, good retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma brings notes of pine resin with pungent citrus and light medicinal notes, moderate amounts of toasted bread and nuts with a faint hint of caramel. Taste again brings the hops, big and bitter citrus and pine, again a faint herbal/medicinal note, malt backbone is firm, light toasted bread and nuts with a lightly sweet caramel note, hints of earth... like a muted scotch ale. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, dry finish. A really nice hoppy amber with a solid, but not sweet malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 16:13:45 | More by rfgetz
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Phelps

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sent by augustiner719 and poured into a tulip.

Maroon, mostly clear with rose highlights. One finger of dense, fluffy tan foam descends slowly, leaving behind walls of lace as thick and sticky as cupcake icing.

Lovely nose, a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

The flavor’s a perfect reflection of the nose, so I’ll say it again: a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

Medium-high, pinching carbonation livens up the big, velvety body. Medium-full and viscous, with just a touch of alcohol.

Zoe’s label is simple but appropriate — the smiley face looking out at me right now mirrors my own. A balanced, drinkable, flavorful, mighty fine hoppy amber.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 06:10:22 | More by Phelps
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koopa

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Zoe dozens of times and can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet!

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier VT.

Appearance: Pours a nice medium dull burgandy with a 2 finger slightly off white (beige) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Piney resinous hops dominate the malty base. slight toffee notes and lots of bready notes stem from said malt base.

Taste: Same as the nose but with more balance as the malt flavor stands up more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I'm fond of. Extremely good when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:04:45 | More by koopa
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful pour! Great head and retention, a rocky beast.

I close my eyes and sniff, and I smell a well hopped and fruity arrangement with the associated citruses and pines. The hops are the voice and I have to search for some malt or fruit, and I do eventually find some moderate caramel, but the hops are just, mmm, juicy.

Initially, at the front end, it tastes like roasted barley with a slight nib of dark chocolate, and I expect that to follow differently than the fruity/citrus driven hopsplosion that ensues. Fresh grassiness and smoked woodchips finish it out with a lingering chalky malt and sour hop tingle. Very interesting brew. I like it, a LOT. Try one!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:21:19 | More by CheezyBlaster
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ozzyCobblepot

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Stinky Brooklyn (a neighborhood bacon/cheese/beer shop? I know, awesome). Born on date 09/2011.

A: Thick, lacy, amazing head with this awesome falling bubble action -- like Guinness but so much more visible & brilliant. Clings well. Very dark, amber brown body.

S: Hints of toffee, chocolate, slightly bitter hops but more of a toasted malt quality. Suggesting a red ale at the heavier, deeper end of the range

T: Slightly sweet, but the hops come through, adding a bitter tang to a complex malt backbone.

M: Medium-heavy body, smooth carbonation.

O: By far the best I've tasted in this style. Can't drink too much of this, or rather it's easy to drink too much of this, but it really exemplifies the juxtaposition of balance & complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:28:15 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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seeswo

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by cavedave. Thanks man! Pours brown, only letting light through the edges and with a nice big root beer float head. Looks great. Smells like a hoppy brown ale - nice light caramel and nutty toffee flavor. Very nice. The taste is extremely interesting. The malty and caramel nuttiness of the amber makes it come off as a brown ale. This is balanced by a pretty strong dose of hops, which come together really well. Drinks very easy. The flavor reminds me of beer made by Ale Asylum in Madison, WI, which is a pretty random connection. I like this one a lot. Nice carbonation and good body. This beer is really tasty. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:26:56 | More by seeswo
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle. Packaged on September 19, 2011 - drank on October 21, 2011. Thats pretty fresh, especially living 5+hrs to the brewery.

Poured a reddish/brown haze. Even the foam had a reddish hue; almost looked like a fresh ripe fig. Fantastic looking. Smelled very very hoppy, but the taste wasnt overwhelmed with hops. Very hoppy initial flavour but finished very crisp, malty, and like a red ale should. An amazing unique beer! It is in my personal top 10 maybe 20 beers I ever had. Buy it if you see it! I just wish the bottle was bigger! :)

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 18:21:24 | More by DrinkSlurm
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.