Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.14%
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Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

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.
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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light amber, with a persistent, off white head. Strong lacing to the bottom of the glass.
S: wonderful floral hops, with a dash is citrus. There is a secondary malt aroma that is just a hint of graham cracker. Really blown away by the smell in this.
T: follows the smell with bright floral hop flavors balanced perfectly on a malt base. Only the mildest bitterness persists, and nothing piney or resiny. This is juicy despite the malt.
M: rather full and soft, never astringent. Pleasingly gentle in the mouth, carbonation is just right.
O: surprised by this a bit. Like many of their beers, but I think I prefer this to nearly all of them. (655 characters)

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from pint bottle.

Hoppy but no citrus notes. Lots of malt flavor with chocolate and raisin. Balanced and dry, not sweet.

Dark brown, large tan head. Alcohol is masked, tastes excellent!

Very pleased and will look forward to trying more from Maine Brew Co!

PS- Label is absurdly cute. (308 characters)

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

Another great beer from Maine Beer Company. As usual, this beer is dry rather than sweet, crisp, and has a nice hoppy profile without reliance on big citrus notes. Very balanced with a long bitterness, and enough very dry malt to sustain the piney and herbal hops. A lighter colored amber than many, and the malt is downplayed in favor of the hops. Delicious! (359 characters)

Photo of nodder
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown and clear with a massive tan head. Fades to leave lots of fluffy lacing.

S- Roasted Maltiness and hops. Slightly dank. Smell is subdued.

T- Bitter hops with a big malty backbone. The bitterness surprised me in a good way. A very enjoyable beer.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation. The alcohol is there but well masked.

O- I liked it. I would get again on occasion. (387 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a. Bold and brown out of the pint bottle. Full two inch tan head. Outstanding lacing on the glass.

s. Not too many complex notes. Hops, malt beer.

t. Again Malt on the front and hops no the back. Not a lot going on, but great balance and full flavor.

m. excellent carbonation.

o. outstanding beer. I was a bit leary of this brewery because so many maine beers are watery, but they have hit a home run with the first one I tried. Will be looking for another. Will revisit this one. (486 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with that classic Maine Beer Co. labeling that somehow manages to be unique and nondescript all at the same time. Marked with a bottling date of 4/15/14, so this one is only about 20 days away from the recommended 90 day 'drink by' period. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Poured with standard vigor, which yields a healthy two finger cream colored head. Retention is excellent, and as it recedes, it leaves heavy sheets of lacing along the sides of the glass. As I drink it down, those sheets continue, showing rings where the level of the liquid stopped between swallows. The color of the body is a deep mahogany red with chestnut low lights. Through the thicker glass of the stein, it almost looks straight brown until I hold it up to the light, at which point the beautiful hue is revealed.

Smell - A pretty nice blend of the aroma profiles you'd expect from an amber--caramel malt, toasted bread and faint pine--alongside a fruitier burst of citrus from the amped up hopping. The fruit isn't overpowering enough to kick this out of the style category, but it does make for a more interesting smell.

Taste - As with the aroma, this is pretty classic amber ale, with a nice healthy malt profile with grain sweetness and subtle caramel flavors as well as a slightly bitter finish from the toasted malts. There is also a complementary presence of the citrus and pine that kick this one up to another level and make it more unique than most amber ales.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly juicy feel on the tongue that makes it very easy to drink.

Overall, just a fantastic beer. It's not the first "hoppy red" I've had, but it might be the best. It manages to kick up the standard amber ale flavor profiles without going so far that it turns it basically into an IPA. This one is still firmly in the American Amber category, but with an added level of interest. (1,974 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; deep amber - darker than I expected; 4 finger egg shell head that receded slowly; moderate lacing;

S: roasted malt first, then dank pine; hoppier than I expected for the style;

T: really well balanced; both the roasted malt and dank pine came through along with a bit of coffee in the background; moderate bitterness;

M: a bit heavier than medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: probably my favorite amber ale; the extra hoppiness is what does it for me; (469 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Medium sweet toffee and wheat bread malt aroma, hints of roast. Malt forward and full. Low spicy orange peel hop aroma. No DMS, No diacetyl, low strawberry esters.

Appearance: Ruby with mahogany highlights. Medium thick rocky tan head. No legs.

Flavor: Medium-low neutral bready malt flavor, much less than expected from aroma. Hop flavor is forward. Medium bitterness. Citrus peel with light hints of earth but almost all citrus: grapefruit pith and lemon peel. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Just heavier than medium bodied, very full feel in the mouth but does not linger and coat. Bitterness lingers for a minute or two, not fading much between the sips, almost a bit much.

Overall: Medium bittered amber. Not much stands out here just some citrus hops used for bittering that don't lend a ton to the aroma. It is good but wasn't worth seeking out. If I had it on the shelf at the grocery store, I would probably go to it occasionally though. (961 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle, but well-defined aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, biscuits, light citrus notes, and a bit of malt. Mellower than some red ales (a lower hops presence), but still a complex, vibrant flavor. Very tasty.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those sneaky beers that grows on you after awhile. Well made and eminently drinkable. (622 characters)

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3.24.14 poured into a glass

A: Unexpected...much darker than I imagined. A beautiful deep dark red with khaki head

S: pine/resin, breadiness, overall not getting a whole lot, but its about 8 weeks old and my allergies are flaring up :(

T: Excellent taste. Moderately bitter with zero alcohol. hit initially with a good malt backbone and fades to a drying piney hop bitterness.

M: Rather thick and creamy, not the prickly high carbonation I expected

O: I am extremely impressed by this beer. My first hoppy red ale, and hopefully not my last! We are fortunate to have just received some Maine Beer Company beers in SC in the last week, and I'm excited to try more. I had peeper and lunch when I visited their old brewery in Portland and enjoyed them immensely. In a four pack would be great, I could knock quite a few back on a warm SC summer day! If you can find it, seek these guys out, haven't disappointed yet. (926 characters)

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker then I expected it to be, Zoe pours dark brown with reddish highlights. Two finger khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Piney hop nose. Mouthwatering. Tastes so much better then it smells and thats saying something. Lighter then expected but not thin at all. I could drink this all night. Another Maine beer that should be sought out. (343 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chilled, served in a tulip glass

A - pours a deep amber/brown, quite dark, lots of soft light brown head with good retention

S - citrus hops, complex malts - crackers and some raisin

T - good mix of hops up front with a solid malty, fruity backbone, follows the nose

M - very smooth, super drinkable

O - I will definitely seek this out again. Great first offering I've had from Maine Beer Co (396 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Beautiful pillowy head that refuses to go away sits atop a perfect brownish amber ale. Remarkably unable to see through this ale, minimal effervescence with the exception of the exquisite foam at the top.

S- I'm getting some caramel to go along with citrus notes. Really nice yeasty bread notes as well.

T- This ale makes you want to chug a 7.2% ABV and go looking for more. This is smooth and there is no astringency whatsoever. All of the smell is present in the taste in perfect proportions.

M- Love this mouthfeel because of how smooth it is. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter keeps sending you back for another sip.

O- This is my first Maine Beer Company beer and it certainly won't be my last. I didn't get a hold of this until 3 months after it's brew date and it's still one of the best ales I've had. I was told that "Lunch" IPA is even better, if that's the case I will be amazed. (904 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber, almost brown. Fairly hazy. Nice light tan creamy head. Looks good.
S: Nice fresh grapefruity, floral aroma. Some light orange too. A bit dank. Not much in the way of malt through the aroma, but I'm guessing I will get it in the flavor.
T: Mostly grapefruit, orange, dank hops. The body is actually fairly light and the malt character is very light. APA-IPA level bitterness, not overwhelming though. This is really a darker IPA; if it was lighter it would definitely be an IPA. Still, it's tasty, nice fresh hop aroma and flavor, definitely some dankness. I would have preferred a bit of malt to round this out.
M: Mouthfeel should be a bit higher on this, it's fairly dry, medium-light mouthfeel. The carbonation is nice.
O: Solid beer, really just a slightly darker IPA though. I would have liked to taste more of the specialty malts used in this beer. I'd recommend to hop heads for sure though. (923 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another huge box full of a little of everything, from "Moby do you even whælz bruh", to long time wants, to obscure locals showed up from wordemupg yesterday. Guy turns a one bottle trade into a porch crushing showdown, hey? Touché my friend, touché.

Poured into one of those trusty ol' Bruery tulips.

Appearance. Pours a very dark and rich brown with some deep redish burnt-orange coming through when held to the light. This is topped with 1.5 fingers of really creamy smooth, pale khaki-caramel head that falls very, very slowly and doesn't entirely disappear before the glass is done and covered in awesome heavy lace.

Smell. Sticky piney hops with the lightest cocoa dusting, There's some grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest and a bit of caramel underneath everything. Yep, so far so good.

Taste. Those big, oily piney hops are definetly there, grapefruit rinds and flesh as well. Then that light cocoa ...yeah this pretty much follows the smell. That's a good thing. Getting some sweet ripe pineapple as well which wasn't in the nose for me. Long lingering oily grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Surprisingly delicious beer here. The last time I enjoyed something of this type so much was the VCBW cascadian dark from years back. Thanks wordemupg! (1,339 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown ale with a frothy head on the thick side.

The nose is obviously a red ale but is infused with plenty of citrus and pine hop notes that adds an intriguing complexity and balance. The malt character smells wonderful with caramelized and meaty, roasted scents. Notes of raisin and chocolate really come through in the malt, giving it a sweet, bready character.

The flavour is sweet and complex in the malt, tasting much the same as it smells. The hops come in softer than on the nose, but balance the flavours (particularly the sweetness) perfectly without being bitter at all.

Medium body, on the lighter side with carbonation.

This is a must try if you're looking for a hoppy American Red that is very well balanced and drinkable. Decent ABV as well. (768 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. A very hoppy aroma that is floral and somewhat fresh along with touches of both roasted and sweet caramel malts. This beer is more hoppy than sweet but there is not only a large chunk of floral, citric hops with touch of fruit sweetness but also a large portion of roasted, breadlike malts. The malts balance with the hops for a hoppy beer that has minimal sweetness but good malty dryness and finishes dry. A hearty, medium-bodied red that is a sipper and not your average hop bomb with sweet malts but a more robust, dry beer. (589 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an American pint glass. I was immediately struck by the relatively dark color, a near-brown reddish bronze with an amazingly thick and rich light tan head. Smells like a dark IPA, tons of spicy grapefruit and orange on top of a nutty, toffee-like malt base. Considerable herbal and pine character as well. Like its IPA counterparts, this Maine offering comes off juicy, fresh, spicy, and extremely hoppy across the board, although here the sweet malts keep up admirably. Near perfect balance, truth be told. I focused on the hops first, an evolution from grapefruit and orange rind to a lychee-like perfume to astringent green banana to strong pine and then mellowing out to well-steeped black tea. Fantastic. The malts deliver a lot of biscuit or semi-sweet cookie flavor, some toffee and hazelnut almost like a well-crafted English brown ale, faint chocolate and tobacco. The mouthfeel is quite bold and prickly, thin to moderate body and moderate to high carbonation with a slick resinous finish of unripe bramblefruit and tomato leaf. The fruit really develops nicely near the end of a bottle, straight up Simcoe raspberry jam and earthy pine. As was the case for Another Round and Mo, its hard to find much wrong here. Maybe the bitterness and pine are a tad much for the style? Regardless, epic brew and not to be missed by hops and sweet malt fans alike. This one captures both dimensions at the same time without either being swamped. (1,461 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Darker than your average amber; body is a murky brown with some hints of amber. Big, foamy off-white head that lingers around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Great hop aroma evened out by some caramel and toasty malt notes. Hints of tropical fruits, tree fruits, pine and even some earthiness.

T- Similar to the aroma, with lots of great fruity hop flavors coming through. The malts are rather assertive, with some caramel, nuttiness, roastiness balancing out the bitterness. Really a strong 1-2 punch of diverse malt and complex bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bite to it, somewhat sticky with a hint of chewiness.

O- A big, complex, hoppy amber/brown. A really unique beer which is saying something in a style that is typically rather one-dimensional. (798 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maine's dedication to the hop is more than admirable, and this one hits all the right notes. Beautiful pour, two-finger off-white head, nice lacing.

Smells as hoppy as a good IPA and tastes better than a lot of them. The carbonation feels lovely on the tongue, and the finish is toffee-bitter-smooth.

Seems like there's no reason to doubt Maine. Just buy 'em and drink 'em. And enjoy! (386 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/25/14
Decent copper color hue with a pretty large frothy head with solid retention. Smells of hops, citrus, pine, and fruits. Moderate carbonation with some bitterness and stickyness to the mouthfeel. The taste though is where I got lost. Not spectacular and nothing over the top. Just kind of the typical pine and citrus. Seemed to be lacking flavor for me; not sure but maybe my palate was off or the 30 days since bottling has robbed the brew of taste. Overall I really wanted to rave about Zoe but I just guess I'll have to try it again to see if anything changes from my first offering. That being said; still a really nice beer just not my favorite from Maine Beer Co.. (685 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown/copper with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - Caramel malts, citrus hops, pine resin, light tropical fruits, touch of brown sugar.

Taste - Caramel malt sweetness (just enough, not cloying) followed up by the piney, citrusy hop bitterness, about a moderate level to it. Hint of tropical fruit and brown sugar just to make it a little more interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of stickiness on the palate. Bitterness lingers into the finish.

Overall - For my first Maine Beer Company offering, they deliver a solid American Amber with a nice hop profile and caramel malt sweetness. (663 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle: 2/18/14
A: Huge 3+ finger tall head was created when pouring from an inch above the snifter glass. The foam is made of mixed sized bubbles and soapy looking, off white with an tan tint. Head retention lasted for days.. The beer is a dark maroon color with moderate haze.

S: Very hop forward aroma with moderate spicey pine and fruity notes (I'm going to guess chinook). There is an underlying sweet malt nose that comes off like candy raisins or gummy candies.

T: A nice firm hop bitterness on the first sip that fades over time. Similar moderate piny, dank, spicey and melon hop flavors come through in the middle. The middle caramel malts shine through and balance nicely in the beer with slight toffee and raisin notes. The balance is on the hops but not overwhelmingly. Also getting a slight roast character with some fruity esters possibly from the ferment.

M: A moderately carbonated beer. The body is fairly big and is emphasized with all of the crystal malts I'm picking up. No astringancy or alcohol warming, but its not the most easy drinking beer.

O: A nice flavored american red with a good dose of malt character and piney hop character. I'd compare this to a few other ambers I've had from Half-Acre (ginger twin?) or even a bigger version of alpha king. (1,288 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too! (435 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: not a great looking beer. Has this dark redish color with almost the pale hue. The head and lacing however are pretty good.
S: THe best part about this beer, i smell grapefruit, hops, and a piney resin.
T: To me this tasted a lot like an ipa. Very hoppy and bitter. I got lots of grapefruit out of it and as the beer warmed i got more and more resiny piney taste that im not a big fan of.
M: actually quite good very nice but a little sticky (444 characters)

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.