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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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566 Reviews
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Reviews: 566
Hads: 2,297
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 315
Gots: 391 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Reviews: 566 | Hads: 2,297
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of jleblanc, review is from notes. Pours a dark copper color with decent clarity. Fluffy tan foam shows excellent lacing and retention, very pretty beer.

Nose is excellent as well, hoppy leaning with a nice touch of toffee and toast. Hops are tropical and lightly resinous. Nice.

Fresh, bright and citric hop flavors come out to play, big time. Pleasant balance of toasted caramel malts. This is the second beer from Maine Beer Co I have had and am wishing this was a local brewpub already. Very good stuff. Clean amber ale that manages to distinguish itself in a loaded style category with its lovely hop aroma and flavors. Superb!

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

S- Danky citrus hops. Damn.

T- Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done malty backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

M- Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable, probably Zoe's greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and the like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red with orange highlights, slightly hazy, and a tan-orange head that forms up nicely. Not much lacing.

S - Hop oils are front and center. Pine predominates, with some grapefruit notes.

T - I fear this is a touch faded, because the fruit notes are not very strong. Pine is forward, with a malty sweetness in the close.

M - Serious drying in the close. Good carbonation.

O - I'd love to get this fresh, but even with a couple months on it, this is a very good beer. Enjoyably hop-forward, with pine as its central note.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice American amber here. the color is dark brick red, clear enough, but not letting a ton of light in. there is a huge oatmeal looking cream colored head with excellent retention and a certain sex appeal. the nose is dry red malts, and a whole lot of hops, especially for the style. there is basically no sweetness at all, which is the factor that always turns me off from these. this one is real hoppy, like a red ipa, with a lot of grapefruit and pine, really dense and robust, a very impressive ale. I like this side of red malt, its new, its sturdy, and its delicious. I would love to see more beers like this out there, I love its depth and careful yet aggressive hop complex. soft carbonation, full body, this appears to me as a fall beer, but I suppose its a heck of a drink around the calendar. maine beer company has impressed me so far, I am looking forward to the mean old tom ive got in the fridge, and anything else I can get my hands on from these guys.

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Photo of theruckus33
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mightyatom for this "extra".

A.: Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger off-white khaki head. Body is a murky red, with beautiful lacing against the glass.

S: Nice pine scent with toasted malt in the background, citrus also and a hint of pineapple.

T: Isn't as hop forward as I was expecting with the smell. Smooth, bread notes with a solid malt backbone but the hops balance it with a nice lingering bitter dryness.

M: Juicy, clean, and slick. Really nice

Overall: This beer wont blow your mind, but it is super tasty, dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle bought at the Maine Beer Company brewery store on "Blizzard Day" 2013.

This beer has great head retention, the foam just sticks around for ages (perhaps a wee bit of wheat in there?). The beer itself is a deep mahogany amber color; the redness really only becomes apparent when the beer is held right up to a light, its just so dark.

The nose on this is a little odd. Initially, the hops hit your nose, and they strike me as lightly grapefruity. To be honest, the hops here seem similar to MBD's "Lunch" DIPA but much definitely secondary to the malt backbone. The nose here is hops first, but then quickly fading to a smoky malt. Too be honest, I was quite suprised at just how smoky the nose on this beer is, its a rather interesting take on the american amber style.

The taste on this is fairly subdued. No strong hoppy bitterness, not much residual sweetness, overall, a very balanced beer. Very malt-forward, not bitter, but a great balance between the hops and malt character.

This is perhaps the best mouthfeel that I have ever had on a beer before. This beer truly fills the entire palate and brings flavor to every corner of your mouth. Just great.

This is a very, very, solid American Amber. It is a little malty for my taste, but a very hefty and interesting beer. This is certianly an excellent representation of the more extreme ABV end of the style and a worthwhile pickup for anyone. Not my favorite MBC offering (total peeper, lunch, and mo fan here) but really good stuff.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to drazzamataz for the bottle. 500 ml. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark red color, almost brown. Almost to brown for an amber, but a big 3 finger head dropped and left sheets of sticky lace.

A: Pretty hoppy for the style, but not something I'm gonna complain about. Grass, pine and caramel with a hint of citrus.

T: Damn nice for an amber. Really nice mix of the caramel malt ith the grassy hops. It gets a bit herbal in the middle and finishes dry and sweet. No really evidence of alcohol.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Almost a little too creamy, but not in a bad way.

O: This is a very good beer. Hoppy but with enough of a malt backbone to balance it out. Pretty impressed with what Maine Beer Comapany is doing. Skal.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very foamy off-white/cream head after a generous pour into a pint glass. The body is a dark amber and syrupy. Beautiful lacing.

S - You have to lean in for the aroma of a light chocolate. The hops are strong and centered... I wish I had a chance to try this beer a bit earlier. The date on the bottle is 6/17/14.... I'm almost two months late.

T - Well, despite my tardiness, the beer remains damn refreshing. Notes of almonds and chocolate surround the crisp hops. Taste doesn't linger... ends with a nice, clean finish. Medium carbonation.

M - Medium mouthfeel here, almost light. It definitely looks like it would be a heavier beer, pouring almost like a stout.

O - Very tasty amber ale... another win for Maine Beer Company. Steep pricetag, however, over $7.... making this a once-in-a-while beer. If you're a fan of MBC, make sure you give this one a shot.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with 040512 on the side. Pours a dark chestnutty brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and floral with a nice overall sweet smell. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet caramel & brown sugar, and some earth. Floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Not too much of an alcohol presence. Drinks very easily. Overall, not the best hoppy Red I've had, but certainly one of the best.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of jcrouseou
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/red ale with plenty of hops that deliver a dry, fruity taste with a bit of floral as well. It pours a deep copper color with a big frothy head. It has medium thickness on the body and finishes with a sharp hop taste.
Maine Beer Company has climbed onto my "go to" list (when I can find it) and this is the first beer of theirs that I tried. Very flavorful and well-crafted. If you like dry ales, this is a good one.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Portland last weekend.

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that ades quickly. Smelling this beer leaves notes of chocolate, hops, and alcohol. The hops are piney and earthy and compliments the beer's malty base. This beer tastes excellent and has an even better mouthfeel. This beer screams earthiness, almost like I'm sipping down the fertile Maine soil itself. Definitely a tasty amber and it hits the spot.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.

Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.

Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.

Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.

Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isn't the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I haven't had before.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottled on date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dark amber red in color with a sandstone colored two finger head. Good retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thick ring of suds around the edge.

Smell - Smell evokes freshly cut orange with lesser grapefruit and pine notes, while the malts come through as lightly toasted and with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Not quite as strong or aggressive as the pungent aroma led on, but still has good flavor complexity and great balance. Starts with a bit of citrus and pine hoppiness, but backed by a firm, almost equal malt backbone that consists of toasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. Hints of woodiness. Light orange pith bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty good, but feel it could stand to have more carbonation, because it comes across as a bit flat, and despite the complexities, the flavor tastes slightly muted; kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard that's sat open all night. That might sound like an unjust description, but believe me an AB that's sat around for 10 hours is still pretty damn good. In any case, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice amber ale. A dark brown color with minimal head. Presence of a subtle yet pleasing piney hop aroma. Good toasty flavor and a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I was not sure what to expect with this beer, but found it to be pleasantly satisfying with a unique all around experience. Good beer.

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Photo of PolhillS
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delete than expected. Less than an inch head with fine lacing.
Smells piney and citrus with very little toast.
Taste likes an IPA, but milder. Looks can be deceiving, but this was good beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz dark brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on label.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
The color is a cross between a red amber and a nut brown ale, sort of a ruby-hued nutmeg, with a frothy beige head and loads of sticky, clinging lace.
A big whopping mix of floral, citric, resiny and piney hop aromas is released at first pour. Caramel and bready malt smells inch through and begin to balance things nicely.
The citrusy hop-forward flavors are counter-balanced by a sweet and doughy malt backbone.
The spritzy effervescence loses its fizz about halfway through and becomes very slick and smooth.
Very well-conceived and accomplished Big Amber/Red Ale!

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Photo of Treebs
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 4/9/2013, enjoyed on 5/23/2013.

A: Pours a ruby red color with a sandy colored head forming on the pour. Stays thick and heavy throughout and slowly recedes down the glass leaving behind sticky trails of lace.

S: Hoppy upfront with some notes of pine and dried grass. The malt backbone is pretty sweet in a caramel-esque way with a touch of roast as well.

T: Piney bitterness with some sweet caramel malts. Some grapefruit rind is in there as well with a mild grassy hop flavor.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Smooth and slick finish.

O: A more hop-forward amber ale. I'm usually more of a malt forward amber guy, but this was still very nice.

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Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9/10/13, poured into a HF glass.

Pours a dark amber clear body with a light tan head of high thickness, good retention, some lacing. Smells of piney floral hops and spices. Taste is enjoyably bitter with a nice spicy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium bodied, quite dry. Overall, a well-enjoyed amber ale, a style which is often macro-produced, but well executed in this case with abundant use of hops.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass. fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty. medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't beat down doors trying to get more, but i will happily pick it up if and when i happen across it again.

(originally reviewed: 06-10-2011)

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Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Murky amber with an even, persistent, cream-colored head.

S - 3.75 - Smell is very faint. What's there is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel smelling malt.

T - 4.25 - A very clean piney hop taste continues through from the nose, while the expected caramel does not really. There's almost a char taste of black malt in it like you get with a stout. It's an unexpected and interesting flavor.

M - 4.0 - Medium body with slight hop abrasion. Very nicely and unexpectedly dry and crisp for what looked like it was going to be a somewhat viscous caramelly beer.

O - 4.0 - A unique and interesting beer that is easy to drink, maturely composed, flavorful, and well done. It's not quite the combination of things for me in general for repeated drinking, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of JaredSammy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep amber, burnt sugar brown. Thick head.
S - Lacking smell, for a red ale this is one of the first that doesn't have that wet dog smell. Slight hop.
T - Extremely hoppy for a red ale. The pine and herbaceous flavor overcomes the red ale qualities.
F - Bubbly, thick, and kinda creamy. Carbonation is heavy but it doesn't affect the mouth feel.
O - Great beer, different than red ales I have had. If you are looking for a great hop bomb but don't want to drink the usual IPA, this is your guy or I mean girl.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, nearly burgundy color with a decent head into my glass. Very nice hues.

Grassy hops with a hint of citrus greet the nose. Sweet malt follows underneath.

Mild grassy hop flavors mingle with sweet, spicy malt to create an amber that worthy of sipping than anything else.

Mouthfeel is of lingering grassiness and a light malt sweetness.Very crisp.

Enjoyable example of the style. I also liked Peeper Ale as well. Check it out!

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.