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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 242 | 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:
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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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass. fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty. medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't beat down doors trying to get more, but i will happily pick it up if and when i happen across it again.

(originally reviewed: 06-10-2011)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head of light tan/mocha foam. Large bubbles which stick around and become rocky. Body is a new funky brown that reminded me of root beer when I poured it. Now it has some good red to it. Deep colors. Solid lacing.

S - Very smooth and sweet hops. There is an unknown fruit that could be a green grape but on the opposite side of a wine scent. Maybe it is apple.

T - Fresh and hoppy. Some darker malt flavors but the mouthfeel makes it lighter. Hops are harsher than on the nose. More of a rind bitterness.

M - The carbonation is high but body is light and makes this taste refreshing.

O - An interesting beer that has a lot of new aspects I have never experienced before. Decent all around, but not something I would need to seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of suspect
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger latte colored head that disappears very slowly. Lacing is thick, consistent and super sticky.

S: Very nice malt mixture perks up first in the nose followed by slight hop zest and resiny blend that almost smells like a faded IPA.

T: Follows the nose and brings with it flavors of a faded IPA with a nice malt blend that again makes me unsure of whether I'm drinking an amber or an old IPA. Malt blend is most definitely the highlight.

M: Thick mouthfeel, hop oils coat the mouth making me reach for more. Bitter finish.

O: This is a solid beer but again, not one that is amazing. Maine seems to be brewing up some solid, not risky, beers.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.50 500ml bottle from Abe's.

Dark amber, glows red when backlit. Three fingers of dense oatmeal colored foam. Good lacing.

Inviting aggressive nose of grapefruit and orange.

Caramel slides down the tongue first. Some juicy fruits crash the sides. Big bitter wall at the back. The bitterness quickly clears, and the fruitiness makes a quick encore before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is light, keeping his from being too ponderous.

I'm a big fan of big and hoppy reds, and this is a good one.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of C20Percent
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled on 4/15*

A: Pours a very dark blood red -- almost brown -- with a fluffy light tan color head on top. So much complexity in the color. Much too dark to see through. Give the glass and swirl and see the bubbles dance right below the head. Really nice looking for an Amber Ale.

S: Hoppy fruitness -- citrus. Tropical fruits. Wife says floral. Loving the hop smell, but just short of Nugget Nectar-level aroma. Real good, though.

T: Getting some crazy tropical fruit hoppy flavor, with a slight tang. I think that was just the bitter finish to follow, though. Not as sweet or as hoppy as Nugget Nectar or Red Ale. However, I do like the flavor of the malt used here. Nice flavor.

M: The beer excels here -- the best feature of this beer. So incredibly smooth and creamy. Perfect body -- just short of thick. Perfect texture -- so soft. Perfect carbonation. Wow!

O: Real nice beer. The appearance and feel carry this beer to a 4.5. Totally worth the cost. Would suggest to this to anyone. I anybody thinks Nugget Nectar or Red Ale is too sweet, then this is the beer for you.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very hazy brown with red highlights. Very frothy off white head which leaves behind some excellent lacing throughout the drinking session. Spicy, floral, earthy pine and citrus hops and light, sweet toasted malts in the nose. Flavor is well-blended pine and citrus that gives way to smooth toasted malts. Residual toast and citrus. Medium-bodied with good carbonation throughout. A very well-made amber ale! One of the better ambers I ever had.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Portland last weekend.

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that ades quickly. Smelling this beer leaves notes of chocolate, hops, and alcohol. The hops are piney and earthy and compliments the beer's malty base. This beer tastes excellent and has an even better mouthfeel. This beer screams earthiness, almost like I'm sipping down the fertile Maine soil itself. Definitely a tasty amber and it hits the spot.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Tan to brown in color, with a nice tan head. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: A light hoppy aroma (citrus, pine), with malt and a bit of spiciness in the back.

T: Piney, grapefruit hop flavor with a malt sweetness and the spiciness near the end. Can't quite define what the spices remind me of.

M: Relatively light bubbly mouthfeel. No particular hang.

O: Definitely a good beer. Maybe nothing truly outstanding, but very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.