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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 293
Gots: 279 | FT: 16
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:
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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Ratings: 2,060 | Reviews: 527
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Understated label art. Pry-off pressure cap. 7.2% ABV. "09C214 50."

Served cold into a tulip. Expectations are sky high given its reputation and current ratings.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Fluffy soft consistency. Even. Retention is great - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves an even coating of nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark deep amber hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking amber, but isn't unique or special per se.

AROMA: Amber malts, malty sweetness, floral hop character, some caramalt, and vague herbal hop character. No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spice is detectable.

Overall, it's a nice aroma for an amber, but isn't mind-blowing. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a lovely amber malt backbone with a fresh pleasant hop profile comprised of fresh floral notes, herbal character, and an edge of pine or perhaps faint spruce? Light toastiness, some caramalt, and mild resins. The herbal character is more pronounced than you'd find in most ambers. It's complex and subtle enough, but doesn't impress in terms of intricacy or nuance.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. Bitterness/sweetness balance is apt, and the hops seem well paired to the malts. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I'm not finding the raisin, chocolate, and biscuit mentioned on their website, nor is it citrusy.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and aptly soft. Thickness is apt. This texture complements the taste nicely but doesn't quite elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is good.

OVERALL: A very good amber with a surprisingly well balanced taste, Zoe is a beer every enthusiast will enjoy trying. But it doesn't beat out Troegs Nugget Nectar for the title of best amber, and it's not a world-class brew per se. Easily one of the best beers brewed in this style in the USA, but it won't gobsmack the discerning drinker. It's damn drinkable, though, and I'll inhale the bottle. A nice introduction to Maine Beer Company.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Deep ruby red body. One inch, persistent, off-white, pillow-fluffy head. The head is super slick. Medium-malt and caramel aroma, with some sharp hop notes in back. I am not an amber guy, so my take my review with a grain of salt. The taste was ho-hum...I can understand why it is highly rated. Balanced flavor of medium roasted malts and hops. The mouth feel substantial, but was somewhat dry...

Overall - For me, the appearance and the smell were the best things about this beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 16.9 oz bottle (102114 date) into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. Hazy deep Amber color with nice head, good retention and nice medium lacing all the way down. Aroma is a delicious understated piney hop. The flavor picks up some of the darker caramel malts and is almost a touch toasted copper. The alcohol is mostly well-hidden but breaks through at the back of the palate. Amber ales are not my thing but this is very nice. My first MBC beer. I will certainly seek out others.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.