Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 296
Gots: 307 | 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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Photo of mooseo
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 05/07/13.

Clear, dark reddish brown body, poured into a tulip glass, capped by a 1/2 inch head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of dark, chocolatey malt and piney and herbal hops with just a touch of mint. It sort of reminds me of being in a pine forest on a hot summer day.

Tangy malt taste with chocolate, and an intense amount of piney hops. The chocolate and hops reverberate on the palate, ending with a lengthy bitter finish and a touch of mint. Really quite a nice tasting amber beer.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body and round, light carbonation. There is a tongue numbing level of hoppiness here.

This is heavy on the west coat hops, but is pretty well balanced and is a delight to drink.

Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month.

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

A- poured into a snifter. This one was a gusher, poured dark and murky copper brown with a thick foamy head that had great retention and lacing

S- pine and citrus hop notes with a bit of grass, deep bready malt profile with notes of chocolate and caramel, a bit of graininess

T- piney hops with a citrus-rind kick, sweet-bready malt with caramel and some earthy & herbal flavors, huge buiscity malt on the finish with subtle notes of chocolate that lead to a dryish finish, citrus hop & buiscity yeast on the linger

M- medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, leading to a silky smooth finish. ABV is barely detectable, if at all. I don't think it could get any better.

O- I loved the chocolate/biscuit malt profile and it was well balanced by the citrus/pine hops. Mouthfeel was about perfect, high drinkability, one of the best of the style that I've had for sure.

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

This at first tastes like a pale ale but once it sits in your mouth for a minute you get a nice maltiness and fig. It's certainly hoppy and there's a good note of floral. The Zoe is very smooth and has a dry feel on the mouth.

Hazy, opaque dark brown with a tan, foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing. Very strong alcohol and hop scent.

This is a very high-quality rye.

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

Love this beer. One of the bet Amber beers.

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.

Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

Photo of ejl4
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one side by side with another amber so I could really get a good feel for the two.

Great color, a darker amber almost reddish tint in the glass. Long lasting head of a light brown color. Citrusy hop aroma which was not too strong but very pleasant. The taste is balanced a little more towards malt than hops but the hop flavor is still present. The lingering taste is more malty than bitter. This beer had exactly the mouthfeel I like in an Amber, smooth and full.

Overall, this was an excellent beer from Maine Beer Company. I look forward to trying more!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red color with a huge bubbly tan head that survived for the entire glass despite leaving lots of lace in its wake. Orange and other citrus fruits dominate the aroma. Hints of resin are mixed in there sparingly and mingle well with the caramel and bready malt aromas. Great smelling brew. Taste is mildly caramel and a little sweet. Think of bready malt mixed with citrus, orange rind and tangerines. Hints of chocolate and citrus in a long lingering but fairly dry finish. Medium to light body is maybe the only thing I could suggest to improve this one. I would have loved a touch more body. Smooth resinous and candy like sweet mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not once did I notice the 7.2% abv. Smooth light easy to drink, if they could only find a way to make this more available I would buy this all the time.

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

Appearance: A very dark Amber. Beautiful 2 finger very fine head with exceptional legs. Looks imposing and fantastic.

Smell: Very balanced and quite aeromatic. A very nice hop profile. A little touch of sweetness with nuts comes through but mainly malts.

Taste: The taste isn't as imposing as the nose would leave you to believe but its exceptionally balanced. A great amber malt profile comes through and is balanced by a fantastic pine character. There is very little alcohol which is impressive given is 7.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Wow. For a long time, I didn't really understand what mouthfeel meant.... until I had this. Thin and pleasant, it spreads excellently over the palate and helps reveal different and hidden flavors. Fantastic.

Overal: A truly solid beer. Much more hoppy than most reds but I really enjoy it. It's not an imperial red or a scortch your face off beer but it's flavor is very nice. It's appearance and mouthfeel really set the tone as they are both nearly perfect. I could drink a lot of this beer!

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

Brewed on 9-29-2012.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber with a large fluffy off white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big floral and piney hops really jump out at ya along with sweet biscuit and brown sugar,the malt base is almost as big as the hop onslaught,a great nose.Sticky piney hops really stand out on the palate up front but a big brown sugar and biscuit malt base is there again to stand up to the hops,I get a little earthiness to round out everything in the finish.This is a complex flavor packed red,to me it's like an old school left coast hopped up red,great stuff.

Photo of smokeypeat
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 mikeg67
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while orange fruit, caramel and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long, grapefruity. Amazingly delicious brew.

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

A - Pours a dark garnet color with a full one fingered greenish/off white colored head. The pour was absolutely beautiful as the foam raised when thousands of tiny bubbles made a break for the surface. Very nice.

S - The nose is filled with very earthy, grassy hops and a healthy dose of hops comprised of a pine/citrus/slightly floral aroma. Roasted malt is somewhat detectable but the hops are definitely front stage and center. It's a hop head's red ale.

T - Roasted caramel malt, mild chocolate underneath with a heavy layer of hoppy goodness scrambling over the top. The tongue is greeted almost immediately with a healthy mixture of floral bitterness, pine, and big citrus hopping. There's also an earthy and grassy presence. There's a slight warming on the way down and the hops clean the malt right off the tongue leaving the mouth coated with pine resins and citric rind bitterness that lingers for many minutes after the sip.

M - Gentle prickliness on the tongue with medium body.

D - Very, very good!

This is an absolutely fabulous amber red ale that's fine tuned for the IPA lovers in the crowd.

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

Photo of jbertsch
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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!

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

Reviewed from notes of 4/13/11.

Lot 031011

A = Dark orange amber to nut brown color. Hearty 2 finger froth. Visible carbonation. Sticky lace.

S = Hoppy, clover, wild flower, grass.

T = Hoppy, pine, grass, wild flower. Very tight in flavor. Friendly! :)

M = Bubbley carnonation on the front end. Creamy. Strong hops on the back end. Pithy and bitter. Good body.

O = Another strong contender from Maine Beer Co. West Coast craft brewing style with an East Coast twist. Very well done!

Photo of Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 afksports
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is great, burnt malts, toast, red deep amber appearance, lovely head, lovely smell, just all types of malt and fun stuff. hops are present too, in a citrus and pine resin way and lovely. i ... am turned on.

smell is womping good, taste is best with back end burnt toast yummy carbon and such

mouth is good solid medium body and overall it's a wonderful suprise from a new friend matty b up in maine. who knew. seriously. who knew.

apologies on the review i'll touch this up soon but there's a movie to be watched with the woman and she's mad i'm talking so much about this chick zoe.

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

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and floral aroma with some nice malt aroma coming through

T-citrus and roasted malt with hints of sweetness followed by a nice hop finish, but not overly bitter

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and nice crisp feel

O-a great amber ale, one of my favorites. Great balance of flavors.

Photo of drcarver
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I love the label.

Second does 7.20% ABV put this into the "Imperial" category?

A - medium brown body appears syrupy. light and billowy 1/2 finger head rises to the top slowly. Clear.

S - Hop to the forefront. Bits of pine, citrus (grapefruit), and grass. Bit of grain to the back of the throat. Nice but hop is more than I'm used to in a red ale.

T/M - Sweet with floral and citurs hop all throughout. Finishes smooth with a bit of metallic bitterness. A definite "freshness" to the hop flavor.

O - While I feel it exceeds the "light to moderate hopping" typical of a red(aren't most beers these days) this a great beer. Fresh and sweet. Well done.

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to fellow BA and good buddy rfgetz for sending this to me as part of a care package from his recent travels...

A - A voluminous pour which yields more than three fingers worth of tightly packed ultra creamy light beige colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Excellent retention... The color is a darker than expected crimson red with some lighter cherry red hues once back lit... Uber still with no discernible carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The hoppiness if first and foremost on the nose... It's a mix of piney and noble... Perhaps a hint of grapefruit... The rest of the nose is rather subdued... There is a faint whiff of caramel... Some light bready malts... The sweetness of some red colored hard candies...

T - The hops are even more pronounced on the palette... Very earthy in nature with some piney character as well... Perhaps some very faint tobacco notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Great consistency... A bit of lushness... Delicate... A bit of sophistication... A touch of dryness... Nicely done...

D - An outstanding Amber Ale... Bursting with character in all facets... Very little balance in the hop forward brew (but that's okay)... A wonderfully unique interpretation of the style... It's evident the amount of craftsmanship and originality that went into this offering...

It should also be noted that this is one of the simplest, but coolest labels in all of beerdom...

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.