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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,945 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 279
Gots: 221 | 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:
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 VtBeerRun
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the Maine Beer Company! The beer looks amazing when poured. I nice medium head with a brown /amber color. The smell is pretty good, nothing outstanding. The taste however is outstanding, with great hops and hint of sweetness. The mouthful is pretty good, but expected a bit more. Overall definitely a beer I'd recommend to any beer drinker. Well done, again!

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this east coast treat. 16.9 oz bottle, lot 04/28/11 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish amber hues and a nice fluffy 2-finger light tan head. Holding to the light shows great clarity. The head retention is excellent and there's lots of lacing. Perfect.

S - Caramel, molasses and hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine notes. There are faint yeast notes in the background.

T - Amazing pairing of hops and roasted malts. Slightly sweet toasted malts up front with molasses a hint of vanilla midway. Then the hops take over with grapefruit at first that change to pine bitterness that lingers throughout the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels a bit thin after the burst of carbonation. The finish is dry with slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - One of the best looking beers I've ever seen and definitely the bet looking amber/brown ale. Tastes great to boot with great roasted malt character and a strong hop presence.

Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

17oz. bottle, handwritten date of 8/18/11 on the label (some of the bottles I picked up had stamped dates too, which were the same day, but hard to read). This means that the beer left the brewery on the same day I bought it at Tully's. Wow.

Dark, rich copper with a beige head. Really nice lacing.

The aroma is complex and hoppy. At first very spicy and herbal, but with some hints of tropical fruit. Fresh.

The flavor is surprisingly malty and rich. Malts are dark, with a toasted, near coffee-like quality. Very bitter and resiny, but wonderfully balanced. Hop flavor is spicy and woody. This stuff is really well-crafted, aside from the carbonation, which seemed too low. Maybe it's so fresh it still needs time to condition!

Was expecting a bit more hop presence given the freshness, but Zoe is a very good beer, balanced and very easy to drink. Keep it coming, Maine Beer Co.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper color, slightly hazy with a nice off white head. the smell is hugely hoppy with some nice malty undertones. the flavor follows sui with there being a huge hop flavor right up front followed by the malty backbone that keeps the beer rounded. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer, but i find maine beer co to be a little expensive.

Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 7/23/11. Purchased in Vermont. Great amber. MBC is two for two, so far for me, and I’d love to try more from them. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is big on caramel and hops. Citrus and pine notes abound. Mildly grassy. It’s just a big mix of caramel maltiness and pine resin/orange/grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is drier than expected, a welcome change from many strong ambers. Aftertaste is all citrus rind and resin. Full mouthfeel but not outstanding in any particular way. A very easy beer to drink and to like.

Photo of ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 05/06/2011. Bottled on 04/28/2011. 16.9oz bottled poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, extremely dark amber color, almost looks like a murky brown color, but not quite. A foamy, creamy looking off-white head rises up and sits above the rim of the glass a bit before settling in at about almost 2 fingers high until the finish. Amazing retention. Excellent foamy lacing clings to the glass and covers nearly every possible space it can. Really great looking beer.

Amazing hop aroma right out of the bottle. Citrus (heavily orange) and pine stand out above all (the orange more than the pine). Maybe a hint of some sweet malt but not a ton. The nose is pretty straightforward, hoppy and clean, but done extremely well.

The taste is close to the nose but is considerably more balanced while somehow keeping the hops on display. Hugely hoppy with more of a malt presence to even it out a bit. The citrus and pine hops are almost equally strong. Some orange-like hoppy flavors it first with a nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor balancing it out. A decently bitter, piny bite hits at the finish and then mellows, rounding out each sip nicely.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Despite this, it feels a bit fuller in the mouth. Moderate bitterness at the finish. It dries out a bit, not a huge drying like an IPA but a bit more than semi-dry.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with a sweet malt character that brings a nice balance. The hops are the showcase here and they don't disappoint. This beer was extremely fresh, being bottled 8 days before it was consumed, and it certainly showed.

Photo of oakbluff
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via Glouglouburp-pours a cloudy dark chestnut/iced tea with a lively white head and delicate lacing. Nose- grapefruit, caramel and tea. Taste- nutty, herbal and almost slight chocolate roast underlying character. Grassy hop bitterness is intertwined with sweet bread on the finish. Touch of alcohol head. Crisp carbonation and somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

Photo of HopHead84
2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8/11/11

Bottle thanks to kingkong. Opens with a loud hiss. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a tawny rust water color with a big foamy beige head. Good retention and lots of lacing, but the body is unattractive.

S: Pronounced perfumy floral notes with grapefruit and herbal tea characteristics. There's a distinct sour note in there with a little chocolate. Pine is resinous and pretty strong. There's an underlying bready sweetness with a dash of caramel and a whisper of toffee. Big earthy notes with grass and a slight metallic note. Sort of a strange mixture of characteristics.

T: Lightly tart, with biscuit, bread, and caramel. Lots of pine, grass, and earth, with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and very dry, with some astringency. There's a lot of grapefruit find with a faint metallic note in the dry finish.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel has a strange chalkiness to it.

Overall: I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's not bad, but the flavors are strange and it almost tastes like there's an incipient infection, though I can't be certain. Definitely a strange beer.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Beantown. I met the owners at the ACBF and thought they were pretty cool people. Larger format bottle with overly simplified label. Pretty cool packaging if you ask me...very straightforward! Brewed 4/28/11.

The beer has a large billowing tan head that has a very soft texture and a lot of staying power. Lacing sticks on the glass and from one look, we can see that Maine Beer Co. did not skimp on the hops. The color of the body is a dark amber with crimson highlights. Beautiful beer!

The smell is a little lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, it is heavily hopped. I can pick out the more sweet, citrusy notes in the aroma. Smells like Centennial hops, with the strong tangerine/grapefruit smells. Light alcohol on the nose brings out some tropical fruits, i.e. coconut, mango. While I like the aroma, a standard amber ale probably shouldn't be showing off a high alcohol presence...

The alcohol does come through on the back end, with the exhale. Up front though, there isn't a strong bitterness, but a good balance is struck between the darker malts and the brighter hops. I feel like the malt complexity got let behind here however. Slightly weaker than I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, with a prickly touch from the high carbonation. Good body, can tell this is more "imperial".

Overall, I really liked this beer. Attractive amber beer with a strong hop character, but not overly hoppy. Strikes a good balance! Completely recommend picking this up if you see it. Though it is listed on BA as an American Amber Ale, this is almost a strong ale. I guess Imperial Red Ale would work too!

Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hiphop1 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on caramel malt

T - Like the nose citrus hops upfront then the caramel malt comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - Big hoppy reds are a favorite of mine and this one doesn't disappoint nice hops and malt in the flavor make this one easy to drink worth getting if you see it around

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Big thanks to THECPJ for the bottle, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a pretty dark amber-brown with a lovely, creamy head that fades to a slight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet caramel malt and piney, resinous grapefruit hops. Smells pretty darn good.
T - Wow, such an interesting beer! Definitely more caramel malt and pine resin/grapefruit hops, but there's a really nice minty sorta flavor in the finish that lingers for some time, as well as a chocolatey sorta thing going on. Actually reminds me a bit of a York peppermint patty, and I have no idea where that flavor is coming from. Really nice.
M - Fairly creamy, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Very tasty, and I'm usually not the biggest Amber fan (outside of Nugget Nectar). The mint/chocolate thing adds a nice level of complexity that I wasn't expecting. Great beer!

Photo of dbossman
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, dark amber hue with wonderful lacing and a huge foamy head with great retention

S: Loads of spice, citrus, and pine from the hops but also a sweet bready malt base with a touch of alcohol burn

T: A beautiful balance of sweet bready malts and citrus hops but also some apple cider notes, spices, and a pleasant alcohol presence

F: Nicely carbonated and surprisingly creamy that still retains an oily stickiness

O: A perfectly balanced hoppy beer with pleasant and subtle sweetness and spiciness with just the right amount of alcohol burn at the end; this is a damn good beer

Photo of tlazaroff
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a great looking deep amber color topped by a frothy, thick head of off-white almost tan foam.

S: Caramel! Its all about caramel in this beer. Nice and malty at first, but on a second sniff all I get are hops! Grassy hops to boot. Smells wonderful!

T: Its straight up hops! I love this beer! It kinda tricks you to expect something malty but it drinks like an IPA. Those grassy hops come through in force here. I get a tad of lingering sweetness on the finish as well.

M: Moderate carbonation, and a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely. If I didn't have to drive to Maine every time I wanted one..

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

A: Reddish-amber pour with a huge, billowing tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Piney and earthy hops, plus caramel and a nice sort of toasted bread aroma. There is a sort of caramelized brown sugar, or almost maple smell there too. Very nice combination.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee. Earth in the middle. Some bitter pine along with a nice brown sugar taste to balance it out in the aftertaste. The pine stands out more as the beer warms. This is really nice.

M: Pretty standard, medium body. Relatively smooth and clean except for the bit of pine bite on the back end.

O: Great beer. Neither the malt or hops are overpowering - they stand on their own and also make a great combination at the same time. I would say that this is second only to Nugget Nectar. That's saying a lot.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

At least Maine went with the traditional spelling (though I don't have too much against "Zooey", frankly)... Anyway, it pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises pine, toffee, mint, and orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a more pronounced toffee character and the addition of a touch of cocoa. It's sweet, but not too; and it's hoppy, but not too. Very nicely done here. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, the third consecutive winner from this brewery. Get some.

Photo of SenorHops
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber to medium brown. A little on the dark side for an amber. Deep white fluffy head with thick sticky lacing drizzling down the glass as it dissipates.

Best word I can use to describe the smell is very pleasant, pine and earth meet light, bready & caramel malts.

Taste blew me away. This beer is truly a roller coaster ride between the hops and malts with the hops being more dominant. Back and forth from pine needles to bready, biscuit malt to citrus/berry and earthy hops and back to light caramel. The 7.2% ABV stays nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with a crispy, prickly finish.

This was one of the few beers that made me keep saying "wow" throughout my consumption of it. It was crazy the way different flavors popped from this beer with each sip. Drinking this beer was a very enjoyable experience. Quite possibly the best Amber I've ever had. Don't be fooled. These guys and their tiny brewery make damn great beer!

Bottled on date of 4-28-2011

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep red (almost brown). The head is a thin layer of bone white foam. Lacing around the glass is beautiful.

S: I'm picking up bitters and sweetness in this beer. Each time I smell it, the odors change. Sometimes the malts are noticeable, sometimes the hops are noticeable. I'm going with mainly hoppy, more pine than citrus.

T: Initially I get some malty sweetness up front. Then it changes to the nice pine notes from the hops. It then changes, again, back to the malt sweetness. Even still... there is a lingering hop essence.

M: I'd say medium bodied. Initially Some great carbonation and flavor. The flavors linger for a bit, but this isn't a chewy or sticky beer. It's extremely well balanced.

D: This beer is a great Amber. Like Maine's other offerings, I could drink this beer all night long.

O: This is a delicious offering. It's not as hop forward as other Ambers that I enjoy (Nugget Nectar, Brian Boru), but it's a really fantastic beer.

Photo of smokeypeat
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get a chance to try this after a quick two day trip to New England. Pours a deep reddish brown with a strong eggshell white foam head into a pint glass. Much stronger earthy pine hop aroma than I expected in an "imperial amber". Taste has a big malt caramel backbone that did not come through as much in the smell to balance out the hops. Got some toasted biscuit taste in there to go along with a great balance of caramel malt and piney hop resinous bite. This beer has found a unique balance that I haven't found readily in other beers. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again. Top notch stuff.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this beer is the #2 American amber / red ale on the beat of beeradvocate list. Received recently in a trade, thanks. Beer served in a pilsner glass.

Beer is reddish brown and hazy with a nice off white head lots of lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, earthy, piny. Smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and very hoppy, chewy grinding, nice. Moderate bitterness, great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy red, almost blood orange, colour with an initial tall and creamy head. Recedes to a dirty off-white coloured blanket, and lingers on-top very nicely. Little to no lacing for me.

S: Lots of wonderful pine hops, caramel-like malt backbone, grapefruit rind, and picking up hints of nutmeg. Overall a real nice smell that's well complimented.

T: Bready-caramel malt is actually more prevalent in the taste than the hops, contrary to the initial aroma. Although the hops are balanced quite nicely. Citrus notes and pepper present, along with a brown sugary taste (cinnamon-like?) in the finish.

M: Good carbonation and viscosity for the style.

D: Great beverage and easily drinkable. A little on the steep side price-wise which will be restricting my intake, but a real good offering nonetheless.

Photo of garylite
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brothers at Maine Beer Company are super cool and low key. Take the tour if you get up to Portland. Love the Peeper and had the Lunch for the first time recently. The Zoe is my favorite. Awesome head, subtle fragrance and great brown color and legs that don't ever stop (natural fermentation), Nice Malt and caramel blends well with Hops. A strong beer you will wish you had more of. Good luck finding it...

Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Boston. I saw it there months ago and neglected to grab one, had been regretting it ever since.

Appearance: A difficult pour, the head billowed up large and fluffy, with an impressively tiny bead. Slightly hazy, and quite dark for an amber. Lacing was impressive, too; won't be using this glass again tonight.

Smell: nice, but a bit restrained; the malt comes through but the only hops you're faced with are mostly green and muted at that, really have work to find them in there.

Taste: again, a bit muted and restrained. Quite dry, the bitterness of the hops comes through more here than expected based on the nose, plenty bitter and still some sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: as noted above, quite dry and astringent, but in a very good way. A bit round and lush, even silky before fading away to the dryness, which just makes me want to pick up my glass.

Overall: a very nice beer, but the general lack of hoppiness gives me pause. Perhaps this bottle was a bit old, but then again, who knows? Love the simplicity of the labels, and their mission statement makes me want to love it. I'll have to give this another try down the line, maybe when I'm up in Maine and with assurances that it's fresh.

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jctribe25 for surprising me with one of my "wants"! Bottled April 28th, 2011 (?). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A careful pour from a well chilled bottle still builds up 1/3 of the glass with rocky, almost Belgian-like beige foam. Dense mountainous lacing and unending retention. Very dark liquid, chocolate with a faint bronze gradient of highlights towards the bottom of the glass.

Leafy, pine-laden, earthy hop aromatics with a touch of malt and orange zest as well.

Pepper (both black and a touch of super-fresh green bell), gentle caramel, and more earth on the palate. Strong, mineral-forward bitterness throughout with clean dark hop flavors. Malt profile brings to mind some NW IPAs as much as any amber ale. Finishes crisp, dry, and with a touch of cocoa.

Creamy, medium-bodied, well carbonated...

A simple but novel take on the style, above average among its peers.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is a good beer.

2/24/11 bottle from CMac. Thanks dude who doesn't read this site!

Very dark, a little cloudy, and a whole lot of thick offwhite foam. Beyond 'amber', but a depth of color.

Nice resiny, hoppy aroma with a little bit of fall leaves.

I don't know. If I was to pick something that I'd like to drink forever solely based on taste, and not ever have something else, this might be it. It's well balanced, there is a full malt presence, there is a bit of citrus but there's a little bit of resin. It is evenly balanced with a spice bite.

I don't love that this is so watery in the middle and the finish. Otherwise it is good, solid upfront with no oily presence and a crisp finish.

The taste makes up for a bit of shortcoming in the nose and the mouthfeel. If you have the means, I highly reccomend picking one up...

(130th)

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i don't like to say that if you like this this you'd love that... but... with that said. i'm a huge fan of the short's good humans and it seems like this is a more rounded and not as sweet render of that form. somewhat a imperialized amber or brown ale.

the gravity doesn't seem to read as anything syrupy. actually quite brisk. and lightweight but very complex. beige mahogany. a bit cloudy at the end. nose of pine oil at first that breaks into a bit of a caramel and toffee note. palate is a fruit forest fruit. predominately blueberry... a whole lot of blue berry. and hints of baker's chocolate acidic notes and blood orange citrus. well balance with a dry but not too dry end. more so on the desert end of citrus notes. aftertaste of one of those chocolate orange candies that you break apart. a bit milky even. great brew. a must for anyone that like good humans.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.