Zoe - Maine Beer Company
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4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle marked 10/27/11
Pours with a voluminous tan head on a chestnut brown body. Lots of sticky fluffy lace.
Scent wafts from the pour: fruity and aromatic with Christmas tree pine notes. Spice: coriander? white pepper?
Taste is minty at first. Almost menthol. Then grapefruits and lemons. Oily resiny hop notes sneak up on you. Nice bitter pine hop finish. Slight hint of roasty / chocolate coffee malt flavor here and there. Complex and takes some time and savoring to pick out the individual flavors.
Mouth is a slick and juicy medium
This is really a very good and rather unusual ale. Can't wait to try more Maine Beer Co brews.
11-19-2011 02:27:49 | More by sethmeister
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Opened while waiting in line for FFF 15th Anniversary party.
A- Pours a translucent light brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates into a thin cap.
S- Pine needles and grass with citrus zest, caramel and roasted malt. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans are in the background. Very earthy.
T- A nice amount of hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine and grass. Finishes with notes of caramel malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans which provide some balance.
M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body that I've noticed with every Maine Beer Company. Finishes a tad dry and bitter.
O- Maine Beer Company has not disappointed me at all. Every one of their beers provides a unique take on each style it represents. I could drink their beer all day.
11-16-2011 00:36:55 | More by iadler
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.
A - Dark copper with a nice thick off white head. Head lingers, nice looking beer.
S - This is an amber beer that has been hopped for sure. The hop is piney and adds a earthy floral aroma to this. As it warms, the malt shows through a little more, making the aroma seem much heavier.
T - A hearty malty presence in this one with the hops adding some bittering effect to the sides. A little citrus of the hops shines through in the beginning, but that malt overpowers as it hits the back of the tongue.
M - Pretty hearty for sure, would call this medium, to almost heavy, for the style. Little bit of a sipper, but perfectly carbonated.
O - This was perfect for a colder day. Nice and hearty with the malt, inviting and a little refreshing with the hop, they achieved a nice balance. I enjoyed this beer and would have another, if only I were in Maine.
11-15-2011 23:25:28 | More by Scrumtralecent
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-15-2011 01:32:29 | More by bierbrauer
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
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 !
11-13-2011 04:07:46 | More by vande
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.