Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,170
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.57%
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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 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 timc100
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber with a dense, creamy beige/eggshell colored head. Great hoppy and malty blended aroma - big sweet grapefruit, resin, sticky pine with some cocoa powder, cereal grain, and caramel. Very vibrant fresh taste - hop bitterness and darker maltiness blend well.

Another fantastic beer from MBC. (313 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks KangarooAdam59!

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - pours a reddish brown color with 2 finger white head some lacing.

S - malts, caramel, earthy notes, piney, citrus.

T - malts start it off, followed by the piney hops and grapefruit.

M - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - This was a great beer! Would definitely trade with KangarooAdam59 again in the future! :) (399 characters)

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

500 ml bottle thanks to jlindros`for this one!

A-Dark brown with a reddish hue and a nice thick frothy head. Real solid pour into a pint glass.

S-Loads of caramel as well as a lot of fresh grain. Reminds me of doughnuts before being all sweetened. Really has a great aroma Almost a subtle grapefruit smell as well.

T-Very biscuitty and lots of caramel. There is some bread as well as a dry hoppy aftertase. Taste is rather unusual as it switches from sweet to dry hoppiness.

M-Intially very sweet with a drying aftertaste. Medium carbonation makes this very smooth and drinkable.

O-I really enjoyed this beer, it is classy, tasty and drinkable. My only real complaint is that I kind of wish it was in a six pack rather than a 500ml. Great beer though. I am not to familiar with red ales but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (828 characters)

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

Thanks to ToasterChef for the bottle. Poured into a Nonick pint glass.

A very large light brown to cream colored head off the pour easily four fingers and more. Head forms real easily and evenly. Dark red brownish hues on the bottom, but almost the perfect looking dark brown spectrum amongst the light. Little bit of sticking carbonation on the bottom of the glass. Excellent and lots of great looking lacing while finishing the drink.

Bouquet is kind of muted, but does have much going for it on the nose. Simple malt, small hints of roast and caramel. Faint chocolate and hops. I just wish this smell was alot bigger but it is still good.

Taste is immediately hoppy but not overpowering. Malt taste is a little limited and masked from the nose, but gives a great medium body feel. Pine sensation briefly, but also with chocolate notes. Hints of grass but not quite getting there.

The more you drink the more the hops take over. However this is a real pleasant brew, and this is very good beer. It's quite complex and hard to find its nuances but I like complexity so this is my thing. (1,092 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
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. (390 characters)

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

A - Dark brown, pretty clear, tan head that has lots of big bubbles in its ring and lots of cling lace.

S - Sprity hops, nice solid malt.

T - Nice solid medium malt squished by medium hop. Good stuff.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. (289 characters)

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

Thanks to Hiphop1 for this extra.

Poured into Unibroue chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy khaki head. Great retention with lace rings every sip. Color is a dark ruby head.

Aroma: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine hops with with some mixed fruit citrus. A caramel malt backbone. Almost like a big Ipa.

Taste: Awesome pine hop profile up front. Very bitter. Grapefruit citrus. Caramel malts again. Sticky hop resin taste. Again, tastes like an ipa. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. A bit creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky from the hops.

Overall, one of the better imperial reds I have had. Very fresh and hoppy. Drinks like an ipa and I like it, but it still has some malt to let you know its not an ipa. Pretty good drinkability on this one. Thanks Hollie for a great brew! (826 characters)

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

Pours a rich, deep copper with a two-finger, thick, dark cream head. Great lacing and the head goes nowhere. Sweet citrus aroma. Grapefruit and orange zest lead, also a hint of tropical mango notes. This is a well hopped Amber. Starts innocent enough with slight notes of grapefruit before a bitter earthy and pine kick comes through. Solid caramel malt adds sweet and creaminess before a big hoppy finish. Bitter citrus notes, some grassy flavors and more pine bring it home. Big flavorful amber from this impressive Brewery. (526 characters)

Photo of jb413
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a unique mahogany-brown, relatively opaque. A slight red-brown on the edges. About two fingers of light tan head that retained well. Very nice.

S - A lot going on in the nose here. Fairly big hoppiness, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee hints.

T - Slightly sweet toasty and caramel malts in the front. Strong malt backbone. Roastiness as well. Hoppiness comes in with some earthy roasty bitterness and extends into the finish. Lots of nutty flavors towards the finish.

MF - Smooth. Moderate hop bite and a little past medium on the body scale. Slightly watery in the front somehow however.

O - A solid brew. More like a hoppy earthy brown than an amber. A bit pricy, but oh well! Got way more caramel / nutty / earthy than some other users, not sure how. (767 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #12 from Khazadum

16oz? bottle pops with a nice hiss and blast of dank, piny hops.

Into a pint glass it goes, per the blind label. that is NOT the color I was expecting. Pours a dark amber or light maple syrup color with a monstrous four-finger head. The cream-colored pillow seems to just want to hang out with me a while; it just sits there and dissipates, bubble by bubble. As I drink, there are some hints of lace apparent on the glass sides.

Nose still dominated by some big hop aroma: resin and weed just permeate my nostrils. I think there's some nuttiness hidden in there, but this is a hop-forward beer, despite its perplexing color. I really have no idea what to think before diving in...Later I do get some subtle caramel, but barely.

What the hell am I drinking!?!?! My mind is so confused right now. The first sip is so much sweeter than I expected. There's a little caramel and definite roasted nuts, but after a few sips this gives way to a well-balanced bitter hop finish. I get no roasted malt on the back end, so this comes striaght from hop IBUs. What a confusing beer...

Despite its huge frothy hat, there's virtually no carbonation as I drink. I feel like I'm drinking out of a firkin and I like it. Pretty clean around the mouth, but there's a slight lingering slickness on the top of my moth that just won't go away no matter what I do.

Well balanced, and the palate makes the beer incredibly drinkable. I think there's some heat, so we might be looking at like 7.5%, but it still goes down quickly.

At this point, I'm incredibly confused. i'd think something like an imperial amber, or a super dry-hopped india brown ale. I think this is the most perplexing blind beer I've had to date. Not to mention, the unique shaped bottle is confusing me even more. (1,796 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Drazzamatazz for this beer from the Nice Cans III BIF. 16oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a deep red/brown color with a half inch of off white head that fades into a nice cap of bubbles. Lots of lacing left all over the edges of the glass. Slightly cloudy.

S: Lots of citrus hop smells, with some caramel malt and a little bit of roasted malt as well in there. A touch of coffee in there as well. Really a lot of resiny citrusy hops though. Awesome.

T: A lot going on here, citrusy hops and coffee at the same time. Really a nice malt profile, caramel, roasted malts that even border on burnt. Tons of resinous hop flavors, citrus and pine. Excellent bitterness that ties everything together on the finish. Tasty!

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, finishes about right, not too dry not too sweet. Really nice here.

O: Very enjoyable amber ale, smells great, tastes great and works really well for me. Very enjoyable beer. I really wish this was something I could get regularly, nice beer here! (1,025 characters)

Photo of tang3nt
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The story:
I recently went on a trip to New England and ended up at Maine Brewing after checking out the nearby Allagash Brewery. After hearing about Maine Brewing (and scoring a brew - peeper ale) from locals I had to check this place out. I was initially bummed to see they were not open yet (new upgraded brewery location) but decided to take a picture next to the sign out front. Oddly enough one of the owners happened to be there and came out and invited me in(despite them still being under construction) What a nice guy! He showed my lady and I around the brewery and hung out with us for a while. After a cool chat and a private tour, he sent us on our way with a free bottle of Zoe! Very cool.
The beer:
Pours an amber/ruby color with a smal white head.
The aroma is amazing. Smells of fresh citrusy hops.
This brew tastes delicious. A lot of citrus/floral hop flavors and a nice amount of caramel malt flavors to balance.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, nice carbonation and a bit of a dry hop finish. Not as bitter as the aroma would make you think.
Overall a great hoppy amber ale, very drinkable, very hopilicious. Probably the best amber I've had yet. I wish I lived closer, because I would buy tons of this beer. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/4/12. Consumed on 12/27/12.

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass. First impression is the active carbonation. Body is murky chestnut/amber with some mahogany edges when backlit. A two-finger beige head settles on top, retaining well to leave behind thick rings of lace.

S: Good nose for a big, hoppy amber: caramel malt and chocolate malt are followed by a piney hoppy bitterness.

T: Caramel and bready malt followed by piney, citrusy hop bitterness. Lingering taste of pine needles leaves a nice bitter taste offsetting the malt up front.

M: Heft is lighter than expected - about medium, maybe a tad bit lighter. Carbonation is active and fizzy.

O: Very good. Not as good as Lunch (the other Maine Beer I've had), but certainly solid stuff. (773 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this in western Mass.

Appearance is amber with a 1 finger white head and quite a bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of piney hops, caramel, toffee and malts. Zoe tastes rather hoppy, some citrus, most evidently from an orange, some roasted malts and pine. MF is medium with a finish that is fairly dry. Looking forward to enjoying more beers from Main Beer in the future. (395 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very dark ruby with a huge 3" tan head. Small waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- toast, lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple) and some pine.

T- toasted amber malts, some spicyness, citrus is there but to as prevalent as the nose. Nice spicy, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess and a semi dry finish.

O- good beer. Wish the citrus came through more in the tast as it does in tha aroma, but still a very good amber. (516 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan. (593 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is a murky and opaque caramel. Great head, retention, and webbed lacing.

The nose has a heavy malt presence. Bready and slightly sweet. Herbal and pine hops.

Good balance of the bready malt, pine, and herbal flavor. Peach iced tea.

Chewy mouthfeel with heft.

A real nice hoppy red. I appreciate the assertive hops while keeping balance. (352 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark cloudy brown color with a one finger head. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit dominate.

Taste: decent malt level here with some pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a spicy yeast flavor. Bitterness is sharp but provides some nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. Worthy of a try by anyone who likes the style. (500 characters)

Photo of rodney45
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy walnut amber with an antique paper colored head.

S: Cascade and centennial hop notes with notes of citrus and pineapple.

T: First notes of blueberry, citrus floral hops and blackberry jam. Secondary flavors of chocolate and crystal malts. Dry finish with a reoccurring blueberry notes.

M: Moderate body with medium level carbonation. Hoppy with little alcohol ether presence.

O: A good beer, needs to sit in the glass for a bit and warm to room temperature before all the intricacies come out. Perhaps a bit overpriced but worth a try at least once. I really like Maine Brewing Company. (601 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep amber color with a 4-finger pillowy tan head. Nice retention but not really any lacing until I started nearing the end of my glass. Slightly hazy with a good amount of bubbles from what I can see.

S - Toasted and caramel malts with grapefruit, grassy, and floral hop aromas. A faint hint of maple syrup in here, as well. Well-balanced between the malt and hops.

T - Starts with a big sweet caramel and toasted malt presence and builds to a bitter hop taste with grapefruit, orange, and earthy notes. The two flavors are somewhat separated between the start and the finish, but they are equally balanced in intensity.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. The alcohol is very well-hidden, as there’s not really any sign of it.

O - This is a very well-done amber ale. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced in the aroma and the taste, and it has a great mouthfeel. One of my only complaints is the lack of clarity, but it doesn’t diminish from the rest of the beer. This is a tasty, very drinkable beer that I’m glad I got to try. Next time I come back home to Massachusetts, I’ll look for more Maine Beer Co. beers. (1,337 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 3rd. Wish I drank this a little fresher :/

A: Pours a beautiful deep red color with a 2 inch head. Excellent lacing. I'd say they nailed what the appearance of a red ale should look like.

S: Well I have a bit of a cold right now so I'm not smelling this perfectly, but I'm getting some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: First take on this is wow! what a hop punch. As it continues to hit the palate you get an impressive malt bill in which I get some plum and caramel sweetness. The finish has the hops and malt fade out in harmony - good balance! A lot of complexity in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish that has a bit of a lingering hop bitterness to it.

O: Maine Beer Co. nailed it with this as they usually do. This isn't too common around my area but I'm sure that when I see it again fresh I'll pick up another bottle. Try this!

Side note: I paired this with some sausage and eggplant parm and though I don't usually like mixing beer and food, it was great together. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for 25oz. Poured into a chalice. Bottled on 6/4/13. Approximately 1.5 months old when this review was written.

A great amber. An above average IPA.

A – Pours a dark amber, almost brown in color, clear, huge 3-finger rocky light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S – Sweet grapefruit, with some spiciness.

T – A malty backbone is evident but not so excessive that it hides the hoppiness of this beer. A slight sweetness. Resinous, somewhat herbal bitterness kicks in halfway through the taste. Some faint dark fruit/raisin. I could detect no chocolate as the brewer suggests.

MF – Well carbonated, medium bodied. Starts smooth and finishes dry with a lasting bitterness. (683 characters)

Photo of BMackall
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me first say wow. This is without a doubt one of the most exemplary amber ales I've had the pleasure of tasting, though probably one of the least representative of what the style "should" be.

Pours a very dark, very nearly opaque coffee color with a rich but quickly diffused dark buttercream-colored head. Very unusual for an amber. If you had simply given me an already-poured pint of this I would have pegged it as a stout simply by sight. Lacing is great but not as defined as I'd like (basically, there's no record of each sip you've taken on the glass).

The nose is at first all piney and citrusy hops, though upon further smelling there's a little chocolate with perhaps some other kind of earthiness there. Hard to peg down. Not the most complex bouquet but definitely full enough of delicious hops to warrant the above grade.

T - pine, citrus, oak, chocolate, tart fruit...

Taste and mouthfeel are incredibly clean and smooth, with medium carbonation and a rather shocking amount of hop taste up front for an amber ale, though with low bitterness. MBC really let the citrusy-piney character of the hops come out while maintaining a fairly low IBU (IMO, the only thing that keeps me from calling this a pale ale or a hoppy ESB). There's a hint of some sort of fruit too--possibly apple or tart cherry? There's also a large amount of wood, I'd say oak. The aftertaste is of hops with an undertone of chocolate or coffee, hard to tell because it's only barely there. The malts here are somewhat of non-players in that they attempt to balance out the hops but don't quiiite get the job done, though it doesn't really detract from how much I'm enjoying this ale.

Based on my preferences I would give this ale a 5 on taste but I've definitely tasted more complexity in beers before, hence the 4.

Overall, a very drinkable beer too despite the 7% ABV. I've ordered myself a case and my guess is that it won't last too long!

Do yourself a favor and check this one out. It's worth it. If you are a fan of West Coast style ambers, pales, etc, you'll dig this, and the bottle is great.

:) (2,099 characters)

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MasterSki was nice enough to share this one. thanks alex!

500ml bottle. sampled june 26/2010.

pours deep red, nearly brown but crystal clear with a big dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. light orange and tangerine. light alcohol. wheat bread. biscuit. slightly powdery hops.

taste is nice. much of the same things noted in the aroma, but a bit more subdued. medium bitterness level. definitely more hoppy than most ambers.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. nice hop profile with a decent body to back it up. this "hoppy amber" was quite nice. (696 characters)

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.