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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 266 | FT: 15
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking beer, rust to burgundy in color, lots of lacing and sea foam, noticeable sediment – 4.50, S: Tons of biscuity malts, very crisp and citrusy for an amber, the hops really standout – 4.00, T: Lots of caramely malts and sweet doughiness, grapefruit and pith play a significant role with a touch of pine, more hops and bitterness than I’d normally anticipate for an amber – 4.25, M: Quite creamy – 4.50, D: Quality beer all around, very drinkable and worth scouting out – 4.50

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its with the flavor of Amber but the proportion of IPA that Zoe comes to life. Much drier, hoppier and aromatic than your average Red Ale makes her a winner with Hop Heads!

Rusty reddish-brown in color, the ale pours with a creamy and quick separation of the beer's dark body and its bone-white frothy cap. Showing off its hoppy array, the ale glows dimly with garnet highlights through its dry-hopped hazce. Strong staying power and lacy collars of foam continue to show off her charming appearance.

Hops, hops and more hops leap from the glass and strike the olfactory senses with IPA characteristics. Lead by fresh-sawed pine, the quintessential scent of ripe white grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and leaf. Buried underneath is the supporting hop scents of bread crust, pecan, slightly scorched caramel and a fresh-kilned barley aroma that stops shy of toast.

Then to taste, the IPA demeanor continues- its dry malt taste is barely sweet with mildly burnt toffee. The more bready counterparts of crust, nuts, and grain keeps the malts suppressed in order to allow the hops to shine. The middle palate gleams with sharp citrus flavor of the peels and pulp of just-ripe grapefruit and oranges. As the beer makes a quick transition to finish, the rise of pine resins and an overall leafy taste carries the bitterness to an unbelievable crisp and refreshing closure.

Medium-light in body, the expected crystal-type sweetness is avoided and allows the ale to trend light and dry right from the get-go. This quick work to finish makes drinkability a breeze. However, the ale is so crisp, clean, and dry that it exposes mild astringency from both hop matter and grain husk. Its moderate alcohol warmth hides behind the bitterness- just as does in American IPA.

As an Amber Ale that trends IPA, the proportions have been rearranged- suppressing malt sweetness and body in order to celebrate true American hop character gives this clever ale an edge for hop lovers.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color where the body is somewhat transparent but still looks a pinch cloudy with an off-white head with a slight orange tint to it.

Smell: Nice potent hoppy scent that you feel as you're pouring this brew into the glass.

Taste: A very complex taste...you feel the strong hit of hops. Has a sweet citrus feel to it that feels a bit like pink grapefruit. Very very bitter, you don't need to know how many IBUs this beer is to know what you got yourself into. Delish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy body....ridiculously sticky, just a little bit dry.

Overall: I bought this on being random and feeling to try something different. I never heard of this beer till actually reviewing it. Though not advertised as an IPA, it is! Has every property you could ask for and for you hop heads this one is addicting so don't say i didn't warn you. Salud!

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, what do you know? Raul did it again: snagged himself another goodie. Now, this isn't a "see a hottie on the 405 and speed up to check her out again," kind of beer; it's more like Raul just walked by a slightly above average girl at South Coast Plaza, liked what he saw, but felt no reason to look back.

Solid Red, better than the majority, but not worth getting in an accident over.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JAFoley
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep dark red/brown opaque body, with a huge thick tan head.

S - Bready malts and grapefruit

T - Bitter hops rush forward followed by a deep woody and malty base.

M - Slick with moderate/high carbonation. Fairly thin without detracting from flavor

O - I'm really loving this beer. So crisp and pungent, incredibly drinkable. I'll be picking this up again, but not as often as I'd like considering I paid $6 for a pint bottle...

Photo of nimrod979
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle. dated 7/23/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber in color with a thick frothy slightly off white head. Crazy long retention and sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hops. Caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit. citrus, hop oil. Caramel malt sweetness. Dry biscuit. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Very nice actually.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel. Medium bodied. great balance with the hops and malts with the hops taking over a little in the finish. Overall It's an outstanding brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mycryan
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours into a large two finger head that really holds strong, dark amber brown, slightly red when held up to light.

S: Huge malt, biscuit, maybe some black pepper, hops are certainly present

T+M: Wow thats good.. great carbonation and body, intense malt sweetness up front with some dark fruit, biscuit, honey.. awesomely hoppy but more of a lingering hop finish. Dangerously easy to drink it seems

This beer rules I'll be getting some more for sure

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.