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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,947 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 279
Gots: 221 | FT: 13
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 jb413
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a unique mahogany-brown, relatively opaque. A slight red-brown on the edges. About two fingers of light tan head that retained well. Very nice.

S - A lot going on in the nose here. Fairly big hoppiness, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee hints.

T - Slightly sweet toasty and caramel malts in the front. Strong malt backbone. Roastiness as well. Hoppiness comes in with some earthy roasty bitterness and extends into the finish. Lots of nutty flavors towards the finish.

MF - Smooth. Moderate hop bite and a little past medium on the body scale. Slightly watery in the front somehow however.

O - A solid brew. More like a hoppy earthy brown than an amber. A bit pricy, but oh well! Got way more caramel / nutty / earthy than some other users, not sure how.

Photo of pawpaw
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a dark, garnet red with a 2-3 finger head. The smell is beyond muted. I tried my hardest to get any discernible characteristics out of this, but I can't pick anything up. Extremely muted nose. At most, I pick up some maltiness. The taste on the other hand, is wonderful. Very balanced with a subtle hop profile complimented perfectly with a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy for the style, with a perfect level of carbonation. The finish is a touch sweet and bitter at the same time. Very nice. Overall, this is just one more wonderful beer offering by the folks at Maine Beer Co.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hopley
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A spectacular beer! Extremely hoppy and bitter - I've never tasted a Pliny The Elder but have made one - Zoe is on par with Pliny, and Sierra Torpedo. Great malty backbone and perfect head. Nice hoppy smell, perhaps it's been dry-hopped. I look forward to trying the rest of the Maine Beer Company's bombers!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. Bottle sent to me by Valdieu2!

A: Pours a dark orangish brown with a spongy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nose comprised of citrus and tropical hops. Sweet orange, pineapple.

T: Waves of buttery caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit, rindish bitterness, mint, peppercorn, and spicy alcohol mixed up altogether. Smooth.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: Mellower than most hoppy reds I've had, but tasty nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GFunk720 for including this as an extra in our recent trade

Poured from 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy dark red amber with a two and a half finger beige head. Beautiful lacing. The aroma is a mixture of plum and black cherries, accented by grapefruit and citrus and a bit of grass and pine. Initially, the the flavor of dark fruit highlighted with grapefruit and citrus dominates transitioning to a bit of sweet malt and then finishes with piney hop bitterness. Considerable body supplied by a fairly hefty malt backbone for an American Amber/Red Ale, well carbonated and slick mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew and very much on the same plane as Nugget Nectar.

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A surprisingly dark crimson with a big, thick, tightly bubbled light khaki head that eventually leaves big, thick, chunky irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, clearly well-crafted beer.

A happy, hoppy aroma, as expected. There's quite a bit of fresh citrus aroma along with some sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and freshly baked bread. Good stuff.

This is an exceptionally well balanced and easy drinking amber, though it is also extremely hoppy. The bread, toffee, caramel, and graham cracker malt flavors are the most expressive, though there's also a fantastic amount of pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors balancing things out incredibly nicely. Fantastic.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

This is just slightly better than Nugget Nectar.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Zoe from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 94

Bottle date is 02/xx/12. The "xx" kind of looks like an "06," but is too poorly printed to tell for sure. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and translucent mahogany with three fingers of tan seafoam head that turns soapy while it slowly settles, ultimately turning into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, toffee, nuttiness, honey graham cracker and a little caramel. Smells like a hoppy, nutty amber ale. 4/5

Taste: Bready malt, pecan, walnut and lemony/grapefruity hops. Light toffee and caramel on the midpalate. Finishes with that buttery walnut and pecan flavor and modest lemon. This is quite different from any amber that I have ever had before. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Buttery mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A unique variation of the style, warmly received. I am usually not a fan of amber ales, but I really enjoyed this one. I would certainly buy and drink this again. Thank you Jason for hooking me up with this one!

Recommendation: Seek this one out, especially if you like amber ales. I could see this one being quite enjoyable for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: 5.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.