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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 272
Gots: 191 | 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%

bdcape27, Dec 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: American hops. Apricot, citrus; sharp and tangy. Grapes.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-amber body with a fluffy cream colored head.

Flavor: Extremely strong floral hops. Mild citrus notes. Faint hints of spice. Subtle earthy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an initial bite, but a pretty long and surprisingly smooth finish.

Overall: Not as uniquely complex as I was expecting, but not as bitter either. Fantastic aromatics, perhaps that is why the taste was a little disappointing. Not completely blown away, but definitely not a bad brew either.

plehnus, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of EagleRare
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porured out of the 1 pint 9 fl.oz bottle into an old fashioned glass.
Full flavored amber with great characteristics. Roasted grapefruit nose. Flavor of mild hops with slightly bitter finish. Medium spritz and smooth texture.
Medium brown unfiltered color and tannish head give a great color to the beer.
I would pair this with game and poultry, fish and chips, and pork dishes.

EagleRare, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jsurfs82, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

stevecooks, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A dark amber, almost brown - beautiful beige head, very foamy - pure bottle-conditioned glory

Smell: Hoppy with cooked malts - biscuity and crusty - some serious hoppy aromas, floral and straight-up grapefruit, some pine - nicely balanced

Taste: Great, even better than expected - crusty, grainy malts with a nice hop profile - mostly pine, citrus, grass, and floral notes - malts are cooked and biscuity, perhaps a little more dry than the average amber - nicely bitter, not too sweet - and it's got that Maine Beer Company "clean" flavor, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, excellently carbonated, nicely balanced

Overall: Personally, the only beer that does this better is Tröegs Nugget Nectar

With all due respect to the American Amber/Red Ale style, I did not have high expectations. But Maine Beer pulled it off. It's incredibly balanced, nicely cooked, and very refreshing. Much like Peeper and Lunch, this is remarkably good. I'll be shocked if they can make a bad beer.

angrybabboon, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/24/11
Color is brownish red. Sticky lacing all around the glass.
Tons of hops in the nose but sweet malty notes shine through as well.
As the nose suggests it has a good balance of malt and hops. Piney hops mixed with sugary fruitiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice bitter after taste.
Carbonation was a little lower than I like. Medium body.

IdrinkGas, Dec 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

SlickestWilly, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

calmstock, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe.

pburland23, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Diomede, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

LostHighway, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

ccyr, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

splendidsplinter, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

setonhallbluehen, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

thebouch01, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jrnyc, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

girllovesbier, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

whartontallboy, Nov 26, 2011
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.