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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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Photo of king75
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark red, almost black, a nice solid inch or two of a dirty white foam head.

S- The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing, hops galore, citrus nodes, even has a slight wild flower smell.

T- get a lot of hops, but there is a good quality malty taste accompanying it. A very clean finish. Leaves you begging for more.

M- Light, just the right amount of weight, light but not too light. Floats across the palate.

D- Could drink this all day long and you would never hear me complain.

The best amber ale I have had by far. Blew my mind! The flavor complexity is amazing almost drinks like an IPA which is something that I do not mind. Highly recommend you try this one if given a chance. I definitely want to try this one again.

king75, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops that quickly transitions into a very complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer with a lot of flavor and substance that make great drink for an entire evening.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought back from Maine after an amazing weekend in Acadia National Park.

A- Very dark red with a white head. The cap has great retention and leaves a very thick coat of massive lace. A thick pillow stays atop the beer

S- Amazingly fresh hop bomb. Tons of tropical fruit, citrus fruit and floral notes. Reminds me of Sculpin, HopSlam... etc. Very great use of hops. Slight malt in the background to balance but it doesn't even matter with such good hop aroma.

T- More malty than aroma but the hops still shine. Great tropical fruit, citrus zest, floral hints and some pine. Slight caramel and toasty bready malt. Even a bit of mint.

MF- Very smooth I would say. The body is on the lighter end with lower carbonation but somehow doesn't feel watery. Lower end bitterness lets the hop flavor really shine.

DB- I am glad I picked this one up. Tastes like a pile of wet, fresh hops. Probably the best Amber Ale I have ever had. I know where I am going to stop in Maine whenever I visit. Comparable to any great IPA as far as hop flavor goes. The body, flavor and bitterness level make this one dangerously drinkable.

cbutova, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a great beer--I've never had such a fresh hop taste from a bottle.

A: Pours a very dark amber with little head. Could have fooled me for a brown ale at first.

S: Beautiful, fresh, floral hop smell dominates but only slightly over a nice caramel, malt background.

T: True to the smell, the taste here is dominated by the uber-fresh, floral hops. This could not be more perfectly balanced against the lovely malt, almost coffee-like background. This tastes more like an unusual, but excellent, fresh IPA.

M: Smooth, medium body and carbonation, lingers from the stickiness of the hops.

D: This goes down easy and the overall excellence of the beer begs for another.

This is an exceptionally well-done beer, and has cemented itself as my favorite to date of Maine beers. I had to pick up another and the Spring Peeper before heading back, so we'll see if it gets knocked off by its sibling.

FrankLloydMike, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Very happy/surprised to see this last weekend on cask at Novare. 10oz pour into a pint glass

A: Dark amber pour with limited amount of head. Just a touch of lacing left at the top of the glass

S: Very similar to the bottled version. Lots of hops and some spice, caramel

T: Also just like the bottle, but a little lighter due to less carbonation. Citrusy and piney hops blended with some spice

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. I might actually prefer the cask version from a mouthfeel aspect because the hop bitterness is toned down, so as to preserve the palate

D: While I like the bottled version better, it was really great to see this in a different format. MBC continues to impress me given their small size

Brez07, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of xanok
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone VE glass.

A-Pours a foggy brownish red. Little lacing on the light brown head.

S-Piney hops, hints of grapefruit. Strong scent of caramel as well, with other malts.

T-Pretty straightforward, not overly complex. Great hop profile followed with that strong malt aftertaste. The beauty in this beer is its near perfect balance.

M-Body is actually a bit heavy for the style. The hop bitterness really stays in your mouth for quite some time afterwards. Carbonation is average for the style.

D-I can't stop sipping it. It's truly a great amber. 7.2% abv isn't a whole lot, but its completely hidden.

Notes-I don't need my ambers overly complex, just balanced. This one is near perfection.

xanok, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours fairly hazy red color with an offwhite 1 finger head. W-O-W, this has a really hoppy aroma that I really like. Really strong notes of citrus, spice, and floral notes. Some tatent nuttiness in the nose as well. Very creamy medium/light mouthfeel. Slightly sweet up front that quickly transitions to anice strong citrus rind hop taste that builds in strength and remains well after the beer is gone from your mouth. The floral hops really come through as well in the aftertaste. Some bitterness in the end as well. If I was told this was an IPA I honestly would believe you.

kbutler1, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hiphop1 for this extra.

Poured into Unibroue chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy khaki head. Great retention with lace rings every sip. Color is a dark ruby head.

Aroma: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine hops with with some mixed fruit citrus. A caramel malt backbone. Almost like a big Ipa.

Taste: Awesome pine hop profile up front. Very bitter. Grapefruit citrus. Caramel malts again. Sticky hop resin taste. Again, tastes like an ipa. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. A bit creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky from the hops.

Overall, one of the better imperial reds I have had. Very fresh and hoppy. Drinks like an ipa and I like it, but it still has some malt to let you know its not an ipa. Pretty good drinkability on this one. Thanks Hollie for a great brew!

mothman, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of garbercury
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewedAwakening for the generous package...Good looking out Amy!

A--Nice deep amber with nice carbonation and retention.

S--Floral notes with a great balance of hops in the nose.

T--BALANCE. Great profile on this one, hops hit you but it has a smooth malty flavor that really compliments the beer, excellent.

M--Smooth, silky mouthfeel.

D-Not normally a hoppy beer guy, but this one is a great example of a balanced amber ale should be brewed. This is a terrific beer and I am enjoying it on a cool saturday, well done and recommended.

garbercury, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of dpalaci6
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased straight from the brewery poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. Nice, white head on top. This is a pretty dark amber.

S- This is different than many of the beers from the Portland area. Yeast is not dominant in the smell at all. Smell is clean, straight forward, and to the point. Toasty malts and a nice floral/slightly citrus hop aroma.

M + D - Very smooth mouthfeel. Almost slick.

D- Very easy to drink. I wish I could have brought more back to Michigan

T- Same as the smell. Straight forward. Toasty malt and floral/citrus hops. The yeast gets out of the way and lets the malt and hops shine. Beer finishes dry

I am not usually an Amber guy, but this beer was fantastic. They advertise this beer as a happy, hoppy amber. For once, there is truth in advertising. If you live in Portland, do yourself a favor and get some Zoe.

dpalaci6, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero into my De Stuise glass...Pours a very ugly muddyr murky brown with a light amber highlights. Pretty carbonated with medium tope head...The aroma is decent lots of caramel to start with some piney hops on the back. Alex says its better fresh but this isn't bad right now. Mostly malt now, light grass finish...The taste is a let down, lots of chalky hops that feel weird and have an off taste. Light grass finish.

This is ok, but a weird chalky/hop feel and taste distracts me. Decent brew but not a top buzzed.

jrallen34, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

Jwale73, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Walken
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company: Zoe (No bottling date) (Tasted 08/08/10)
16.9 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Way dark for style. The beer is dark brown with an underlying redness when held up to the light, haze is evident at the bottom of glass, where some light penetrates. Nice looking off-white head of foam and bubbles, ridiculous retention, almost three inches sit atop the beer after a few minutes.
Odor: Full, balanced nose. Big citrus, tangerine and grapefruit sap, hints of light caramel and bread from the malt.
Consistency: Clean, crisp with a gentle carbonation and a drying malt character, hints of mineral dryness as well.
Taste: This is brilliant right here. Big hop flavor, major pine, minor citric tangerine, herbal bitterness that stops right at the point of balance. Alcohol flares a bit, big warming. From the malt, I get a vague grainy sweetness and nice mellow dark chocolate, which rides into the dry finish along with some herbal/pine hop character.

Glad I made it a point to hit Portland on the way back from Bar Harbor to procure a bottle of this beer. Amply balanced, good solid malt character, really pushing the roast malt for style, but that's a-ok, it is well integrated. Check it.

Walken, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-brown with about a three-quarters inch thick silky tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a little pine and barley. The taste is also decently hopped and bitter with a very distant background of hops. But the bitter hops really take over. This is listed as an amber ale but it really feels more like an IPA. Quite good though.

puboflyons, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MasterSki was nice enough to share this one. thanks alex!

500ml bottle. sampled june 26/2010.

pours deep red, nearly brown but crystal clear with a big dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. light orange and tangerine. light alcohol. wheat bread. biscuit. slightly powdery hops.

taste is nice. much of the same things noted in the aroma, but a bit more subdued. medium bitterness level. definitely more hoppy than most ambers.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. nice hop profile with a decent body to back it up. this "hoppy amber" was quite nice.

grub, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beer pours a dark brown color, much darker than expected and quit diffetent from most ambers i've had. a nice creamy off white head tops this beer and settles slowly to leave some really nice lacing.

S- the nose on this is big, citrus hoppiness. very nice. some good malty sweetness pokes through but overall its a hop forward nose.

T- similar to the nose. alot of citrus hop profile throughout the palate here. some maltiness is apparent up front with some sweetness but quickly bows out to the hops.

M/D- medium bodied and medium carbonation. both work really well for this beer and the almost 8% ABV is very well hidden, quite the gem my buddy Smutty33 brought back from maine with him and cracked open with me.

Pabs311, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very happy to get this... went to the smuttfest in portland maine and was able to get this at tully's and there were some at rsvp. The woman at Tully's was awesome!! i went with two friends and we stayed and talked with her for a while.. anyway the zoe is a hot commodity out there so was very grateful to get some...

A - This pours a deep brown color.. i was expecting it to be a tad lighter.. this is the second glass i've had btw.. but it is dark with a pretty impressive head as well as lacing.. looks like a very nice brown/amber brew with a nice body..

S - this smells better than i remembered before... can smell the hoppiness.. definitely smells like a double ipa.. the hoppiness citrus smell jumps out at you... i'm a little suspect of the freshness however... it is good but i almost think i might have one that is just taking that turn and coming off the hoppiness.

T - Very good... again i wonder about the true freshness.. it tastes like when it's fresh it's fantastic.. it's like i can sense the greatness of this but i think i'm just falling a little short.. but i would still pick this up again..

M - It has great flavor.. maybe a little thin and crisp for me.. but that's probably just me.. very refreshing.. just took another sip.. it's not heavy... it's almost a little thin here.. good carbonation however... i hate to sound like i'm zig zagging but i do like this...

D - My style is more along the DIPA and Imperial Stout so i don't know what to say.. cuz i can easily have this but it makes me want something of the other.. this just falls a little short with hoppiness for me but it's an amber ale so i can't judge it like that.. i have to judge it for what it is... in that case i think this is an A beer... cuz it's not my style and i'm still enjoying this... glad i was able to get some!!

Tomdee74, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

berley31, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Head foams up nearly to the top of the glass; about 2 inches and shrinks to a half finger layer. This is a little darker than a typical amber ale, almost brown. The pour was gorgeous though. The smell is almost all hops. The carbonation drives the hops through clearly. I think I'm sensing amarillo and a very little bit of caramel; very enjoyable. This is one of the most unique tasting beers one can find. It's dominated by hops and has strong bitterness, but the finish leaves a little bit of rich malt flavor from the dark malts. The mouthfeel is slightly sharp but this is an awesome beer.

andrewinski1, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this as a very generous extra recently. I decided to open it up today on my first day of vacation to really get things started right. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/30/2010.

Huge pour, deep and ark brown in color with a three inch head of light tan that capped the top of the glass perfectly, leaving tons of coating lacing all over the sides of the glass that settled down nicely, and evenly, creating literally the perfect look.

Aroma was very hoppy, loads of orange, pineapple, lots of rich citrus notes riding on the back of a deep malty base. Rich caramel, bready malts, touches of deep citrus all over this. Really quite intense. Drinks like a thick IPA, an a damn good one at that! Really quite an amazing beer. Long citrus flavor in the finish with touches of candied sugar an pineapple slices.

Overall a fantastic beer. Really under the radar here and one of the best extras I have ever recieved.

mikesgroove, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of livewire78
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brez07 for this one:

Pours a dark, rick red, milk chocolate color. Fluffy head with great lacing.

Smells of citrus. Bready toasty maltiness and some toffee and caramel malts.

Tastes a lot like an IPA, which is a good thing. Starts out with an agressive hoppy note. Bready middle with a toasty sweet malty finish. The hops are the dominant flavors here and the others definitely take a back seat but they are there if you look hard enough.

Feels really good in the mouth. Carbonation is in the right proportion to carry the flavors along.

Super glad to have had this one. Although it was a bear to get it was definitely worth the effort.

livewire78, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this at Eastside Beverage Co. in Portland, ME. 500ml bottle shared with grub. Served in a pint glass. No freshness information that I could find, but I get the sense this turns over pretty quickly.

A - Pours with a generous two-plus fingers of light tan foam. Retention is superb, and the lacing is splotchy and pervasive - things eventually settle to a thick cap. Surprisingly, dark brown body, perhaps too brown to even be called a red ale, let alone the "hoppy amber" described on the bottle. There are some copper-amber highlights when held to the light.

S - Initially it's a nice fresh burst of aromatic hops - citrus, pine, and general fruitiness. As it warms, a true red ale malt character emerges, with caramel apple, cotton candy, and toffee.

T - The taste is a little less successful in my book, as some of the complexity and depth of flavor vanishes. There is a lot of bitter grapefruit hop character, that eventually reveals some caramel malt at the back of the palate before finishing with more bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Never gets overwhelming, but I could have stood for a touch more hop flavor and complexity here.

M - Soft body, good lively carbonation, chewy medium body that's big enough for 7.2%. Finishes with light dryness and a bit of enamel-coating hop oil.

D - I had no problems with the 250ml in my glass, and would gladly have finished the rest of it. It's a shame I didn't buy more of this one, as it's a very successful and enjoyable brew. Looking forward to more offerings from these guys.

MasterSki, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.90z bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Jayli for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, rusty brown. An easy pour netted about three fingers of khaki cream. Literlly, the foam looked like cream. Retention was awesome as was the lace left behind. i followed my instincts and swirled and poured the black sediment left in the bottom of the glass. This got me an even creamier head (if that's even possible) and a slowly cascading chocolate milk colored body.

S: Heavenly aroma of pine, pineapple, and citrus hops. Incredible! Excellent malt backbone, as well, with notes of cocoa and caramel.

T: Pretty much just as above with the addition of a bit of peppery/spicy yeast. Fresh-assed hops and a perfectly countered bready maltiness really assert themselves. As it warmed I really noticed a sort of rye malt tang.

M: Tangy fruit hops and spicy/peppery yeast work in perfect harmony with the slightly sweet and savory malt backbone. The perfect dose of prickly astringency reigns it all in and left me with a white pepper tingle that played for ages on my tongue.

D: So. Scarily. Great. I'd love it if this was one of my "locals". I could drink this all day.

GbVDave, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of twelvsies
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Maine Brewing Company. I've been drinking a lot of this beer recently, but just now got the chance to sit down and reminisce. 16.9 oz bottle, smiley label. This is one handsome beer. A hearty pour yields a huge head and the retention is unbeatable. Thick inch of foam tops a rusty garnet brew, thick lacing on the way down. Hops dominate the nose, mostly pine, and subtle malt presence. At first sip... Mmm. Hoppy, yes, very bitter up front with lots of pine / spruce flavorings and some citrus, but also plenty of malt backbone for balance. Rustic, toasty bread malt and the slightest sweetness underneath the hops. Zesty. Excellent lingering dryness on the palate, yet a robust and supple mouthfeel, very sturdy. Really tasty beer here folks. And this beer is great w/ food. Having just moved to Portland I'm excited to have this available all the time. Definitely worth seeking out, as is their Peeper Ale - these guys are on a roll. I literally cannot wait to see what they brew next. Cheers!

twelvsies, May 23, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark amber-carmal color, bordering on brown. Poured with a solid two-inch tan head. Disippated slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Herbal, piney, green hops are evident right away. This smells great. Noticable caramel reminds you that this isn't an overtop IPA.

T: The malts - caramel with some fainy bready flavors, shows up first on the taste. As the taste goes on, the bitterness shows back up, although the clear piney flavors are a little more subdued. Finishes rather abrubtly with just some residual bitterness. Surprisingly, a little bit of heat from the alcohol as well.

M: Medium body, medium carbonantion. No issues and matches style expectations.

D: Nice. I thought the taste was a little bit of a let down following the excellent smell. But overall, this is still a great hoppy amber and I would seek this out again. I imagine it's amazing fresh from the tap.

oregonskibum, May 19, 2010
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.