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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 276
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Mjmoon15, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep clouded amber color with a thin beige head, patchy lacing coats the glass. Film retains with a cloud across the top of the brew.

Nice hoppy punch in the nose with a kiss of citrus, slight pininess, caramel bready sweetness. Really inviting and balanced.

Begins with sticky hops and resin, citrus peel and bitterness. Bready malt backbone, decent sweet caramel flair with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes with bitter grapefruit and bread crust.

Medium body, a little higher carb, sticky and refreshing. Everything I've had from this brewery has been really on point - I'm looking forward to more!

xnicknj, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Zoe pours surprisingly dark. It's a heavy brown, almost edging towards black, and there are some nice cherry highlights. Three fingers of cream colored foam billow up and top the beer. Head retention is very good, and lacing is solid, but not overly impressive. The aroma is nice, if fairly one note. It smells of dank, resinous pine. I'm a bit surprised there's nothing in the way of malt present. The flavor is a bit more varied though, and leads off with a smooth caramel swirl. That's followed by a mild wave of bitterness. The hoppy close is predominantly the same resinous pine notes present in the nose, but a bit of an herbal flavor creeps in at the end and adds a bit of complexity. The body is on the full side, and a little bit creamy, but the carbonation is almost nonexistent. A little more pep on that front would be a welcome addition. Zoe is my second beer from Maine Beer Co. (I tried Peeper Ale a couple months back), and it's quite good. I look forward to trying more beers from them in the future.

axeman9182, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

CMack, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pouts a beautiful red amber color with a finger and a half of red tinged head. Very good retention.

S- I could smell some hops as soon as I popped this. Leafy floral hops blend with a citrus characteristic and dense pine. Sweet caramel like malt aroma brings a superb balance.

T- starts of with some sweet caramel like maltiness. The hops intertwine with notes of citrus peel, tangerine and leafy flavors. Finishes with some yeasty dusty notes, intense dense pine and a nice hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and refreshing.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and great carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a delicious brew.

Viciousknishs, Jan 11, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company Zoe

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a cool 1 pint 9oz bottle.

This brew pours a nice rich dark amber color with some slight brown hints. The head is nice and dense and stands about 1 inch tall with some medium sized bubbles sprinkled around. There are some nice dark amber and ruby edges in this brew and the ehad recedes slowly with some nice sticky lacing. (4.5)

Wow! Aroma is DANK! Like a fresh bud of pot it has tons of resinous pine notes with some delicious herbal notes. Earthy and flowery hop aroma. There is also some slight citrus notes on the back end of the aroma. This is one of the nicest smelling beers I’ve ever had. Biscuit notes and slight grainy malt is definitely in the background and gives the brew a mouthwatering quality. (5.0)

Starts off with some intense hop notes and bitterness. Intensely balanced resinous hops with a nice bitter middle and dry bitter finish. The flavor is soo balanced then with delicious deep malt sweetness. Slight dark caramel notes mixed in with the hops give this beer a delicious balanced flavor profile. Finishes with some citrus and some nice dry hop notes. Body is thick for the style and very well carbonated. (4.5)(4.5)

This brew is delicious and gorgeous. Nice hop notes and a delicious malt backbone. Very well crafted. If I lived in Portland, Maine this would be in my fridge constantly. (4.5)

JoEBoBpr, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark Amber. Beautiful 2 finger very fine head with exceptional legs. Looks imposing and fantastic.

Smell: Very balanced and quite aeromatic. A very nice hop profile. A little touch of sweetness with nuts comes through but mainly malts.

Taste: The taste isn't as imposing as the nose would leave you to believe but its exceptionally balanced. A great amber malt profile comes through and is balanced by a fantastic pine character. There is very little alcohol which is impressive given is 7.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Wow. For a long time, I didn't really understand what mouthfeel meant.... until I had this. Thin and pleasant, it spreads excellently over the palate and helps reveal different and hidden flavors. Fantastic.

Overal: A truly solid beer. Much more hoppy than most reds but I really enjoy it. It's not an imperial red or a scortch your face off beer but it's flavor is very nice. It's appearance and mouthfeel really set the tone as they are both nearly perfect. I could drink a lot of this beer!

cradke, Jan 10, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Dark amber with tan film that leaves trailers. Gooey strawberry orange marmalade nose.
Strawberry jam, Ryvita, a bit of chocolate, a sour roasty bite, then resin and cedar oil hops.
Lemon zest finish and drying linger. Medium, soft, crisp.

Nice, but nothing special. Wondering if there’s Simcoe in there. A touch of dark malts makes this one different.

StJamesGate, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

alexsergio, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

verdict603, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

DSlim71, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jmpizzo, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

jh1982, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of JAXSON
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/24/11 bottle. Pours a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy beige head. Way darker than I expected, nearing black out of the light. Nose is a fresh assortment of hops, biscuit, some pleasant light fruits. Mouth is almost spicy up front, sharp pine resin, bright cloves or something, some light bready tones. Body is really light. Dry throughout, finish is spicy hops. I've been looking forward to this and it's quite a bit different than I expected, which is a great thing especially when it's as good as this is. These guys rock at brewing hoppy ales.

JAXSON, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

dennho, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

BeerFMAndy, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

GehenHerzog, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ipa247, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

brewerburgundy, Dec 30, 2011
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.