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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%


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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HopHead84

California

2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:03:18 | More by HopHead84
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 04:39:15 | More by MusicaleMike
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armock

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:55:26 | More by armock
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jsanford

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:17:18 | More by jsanford
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:23:19 | More by dbossman
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:39:30 | More by tlazaroff
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:48:42 | More by Dope
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 05:46:00 | More by TMoney2591
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:00:00 | More by SenorHops
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 21:41:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:30:09 | More by smokeypeat
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:12:29 | More by drabmuh
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:37:30 | More by Digimaika2
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garylite

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 22:57:09 | More by garylite
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myspoonistoobig

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:07:03 | More by myspoonistoobig
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augustgarage

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 22:34:09 | More by augustgarage
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CooperEllis

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:46:19 | More by CooperEllis
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rtepiak

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 06:54:06 | More by rtepiak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mkabull for sending this in a recent trade.

Pours a very dark copper/chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Floral hop aroma with lots of dank, earthy pine and sweet dark malt. Lots of caramel and chocolate sweetness along with some biscuit and toffee. At first the hops are prevalent in the nose but as it warms it's very malt forward.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of earthy, bitter hops up front that lingers over the sweet malt profile into a bitter, dry finish. Lots of dank, uber-fresh piny hop flavor which is excellently complimented by the sweeter malt notes. Lots of chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor without getting in the way of the hops. Usually I dislike hoppy beers with this strong of a malt presence but here it creates perfect balance and adds another layer of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:14:56 | More by corby112
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, thick head that leaves a solid blanket of lace. Settles like a dome. The liquid is light brown and clear. A beautiful looking beer.

Very mild aroma. More chocolatey than any other smell. Light hop nose.

This is a smooth beer. Nice malty start to the taste--mostly the paler versions without any graininess. Excellent hop as a spice, not as a predominate flavor. The alcohol is present as a warming effect. Long aftertaste of white peppered hop. The body is full with a decent level of carbonation. In short, a very good, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:40:10 | More by smcolw
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cosmicevan

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for providing yet another goodie from Maine!!! Lot 032411 (THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN)

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. a cool smoke rose from the surface of the bottle and a shiny brown liquid filled the glass. 3 full fingers of milkshake style head that lasted forever and left heavy lacing on the glass. try as i might i could not pour this without at least a finger and a half of head (a bit annoying actually since it interfered with my beer!).

s - as soon as i opened the bottle a sweet smell filled the air. upon closer inspection an unreal citric hop filled my nose. very wonderfully balanced and wonderfully sweet and sweaty and piny. just the way i like it. A+++ on smell. like a great ipa even though this is an amber. the sweetness is a bit ginger and it blends just so nicely.

t - brown sugar with a strong somewhat dry bitterness. the hoppiness of this beer is a bit intense if you are expecting an amber ale. on many levels it works and on many levels it does not, but overall this is a tasty beer...but perhaps misclassified?

m - mouth is medium bitter and relatively full. pretty bready.

o - overall, i continue to be impressed by the beer i get to taste from maine brewing company. really is the marraige of the amber to a hoppy ipa. the hops help the amber a bit, but i'd probably rather have just the ipa. definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:21:07 | More by cosmicevan
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cavedave

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More big thanks to Drazzamatazz for yet another stunning Maine creation.

Pours a brownish dark amber, slighlty cloudy, topped by a massive and thick head that lasts for the entire glass. Heavily hanging hinges of lazy lace lacquer the grateful glass.

Nose is medium aroma of caramel, citrus, lighter pine and floral, even lighter breadiness, still lighter tart yeasty hints. Nice complexity for an amber, very enticing.

Wonderful medium strength taste. It starts with the gentle tart grabbing some bready sweet, taking orange and grapefruit, a little bit of caramel, some ganja for a flavor session, and ends with the citrus notes inviting pine bitter over to dry out the finish. Tastes like a refined and more delicious version of Cascazilla.

Mouthfeel is very fine for the flavors, medium carb. that sharpens them, nicely viscous to allow them some staying power, and a clean clear out to make way for the next sip. Finish straddles the line between juicy and dry, wonderfully so.

My first MBC beer, and I must say I can't wait to try more. One of the best made beers I have had this year, just fucking delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 14:46:12 | More by cavedave
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark Mahogany in color – opaque - with a BIG, tan head that’s part frothy, part sudsy. The size of the head made me think it was better suited for a pint glass.

Amazing aroma. One half is of citrus (grapefruit, grape, orange), and the other half is primarily toffee. Some woodsy/earthy notes are also in there. Both extremes sing in equal power without trying to overdo each other. One of the best beer aromas I’ve smelled in a long time.

The taste is great, though a bit less exciting than the aroma. This is where the hops outplay the malt profile a bit as the bitter hops outline a caramel malt center. The backend showcases the same earthy/woodsy notes noticed in the aroma. The malt profile is a little short. It drops off before the hop profile as the hops leave a lingering bitterness at the end...capped off by a touch of earth as it fades. Dry finish.

Body is medium to above average in weight. Creamy mouthfeel with a little grittiness around the edges.

Overall I loved this beer. As mentioned, the aroma was better than the taste. I wish the malt profile didn't drop off before the hop flavor on the tongue, but I'm splitting hairs here. Overall this is fantastic, and something I’ll be looking for again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 13:16:39 | More by jbertsch
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JoshVandy

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OrangeAmps for supplying this in a recent trade.

500mL bottle into a Town Hall wide mouth glass.

Lot 042811

A- Pours a deep mahogany color. Very dark and murky with a very nice 1.5 finger light tan head that lingers around forever. The head on this is awesome, having almost the look of whipped cream on top. Nice lacing as well. It doesn't get much better than this.

S- Big citrus and floral hops and fruity notes hit my nose immediately, followed my a sweet caramel malt component. Everything works in unison with everything else. Very refreshing.

T- Follows the nose quite eloquently. Nice hop bite in the front , with citrus, floral and fruity notes following. Balanced out perfectly with a solid malt backbone that has just the right amount of sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry, but lingers just long enough for me to crave another sip.

O- Well, this was a pleasant surprise. A fantastically well-balanced amber ale is not what I'm usually after, but this is beyond impressive and definitely too good not to try. Excessively drinkable at 7.2% with no traces of alcohol, this is something I really need to have consistently stocked in my fridge at all times. I will definitely be looking for more in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:53:56 | More by JoshVandy
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a great, well-rounded, hoppy amber ale? This is it.

Like the other brews I've had from MBC, Zoe pours very, very well straight from the solid, Pliney-esque bottle. Nice amber/red color with a good foamy white head laying atop.

Aroma is a heavy dose of both fruity/floral hops and sweet caramel maltiness. It's almost evident how balanced this is by the aroma itself.

Flavor is just about exactly what I (me, personally) am looking for in an American Amber Ale. It's got a very solid malt backbone and weighs in at a very nice 7+% abv. The sweet caramel and toasty flavors meld almost perfectly with the strong, fresh hops flavors which are citrusy and sweet like someone squeezed oranges into this brew.

I can't get enough of this beer as it seems to fit all my beery desires in one. It's easy drinking, malty and hoppy and not too strong but not too weak. I've had it on tap and in bottles and have never once been even close to disappointed.

Way to go Maine Beer Company, you guys are doing very, very well. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:26:44 | More by indiapaleale
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.