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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,919 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 281
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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:
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.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

MichPaul, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

smccann, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

SDG1070, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Rimbimhoot, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An opaque brown. I can see some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy off white head that sticks to the sides. This beer is way to dark to be an amber ale.

The aroma is a big dose of grassy, tea like, and citrusy hops. Taste goes in the same direction. A tasty amount of hop flavor like the nose described to me. A weak backbone of roasted and/or chocolate malt lets the hops play a big role in this but in the end the beer comes up a little flavorless. Not that bitter but the mixture of the hops and malt adds a slight coffee like bitterness. Dry finish. Light and foamy in the mouth.

A refreshing beer for the summer I'd say. I just wish it was a little lower in alcohol since I'm barely getting any sweetness/malt flavor.

BearsOnAcid, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 4/9/13.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with pine and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very pine and herbal hop forward.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rustico in Alexandria.

The beer is reddish copper with a lasting tan head. The aroma offers hops, pine, caramel malt. Lightly sweet. Bread, biscuits, and malty body with a stinging bitter finish. Pine lingers in the back. Alcohol presence is fairly noticeable. Overall, I thought this was mediocre and undeserving of the high ratings it receives. The exorbitant expense of the beer (at various locations in the DC metro area) had kept me from purchasing it. It's an amber ale after all. I don't comprehend the price for such a beer. So I finally gave in and tried it. Disappointing.

Huhzubendah, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of jneiswender
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. On tap, served cool in a wine glass.

Dark brown mahogany body and an off white head. Herbal and juicy scent. Flavor is prickly hop and a nice sweet malt balance. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I really like this beer. Nice interpretation on a pretty wide open style.

jneiswender, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2011. Courtesy of amphion1065, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Bottle code 090111.

Starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I open it. Probably not a good sign. Big thick tan head. Well carbonated. Cloudy dark chocolate brown in color. Aroma is nice, but a bit strange; combination of resiny hops, cinnamon and vanilla. Aroma is more reminiscent of a IPA, heavy on the resin. A fair amount of resiny hops to start. Some root beer spiciness. Resiny and earthy. Light body, warming ethanol. Moderate hoppiness throughout. Some faint roasty notes linger.

Overall just a little something odd that I can't put my finger on. If the foaming is any indication of infection, it didn't seem to have any obvious off flavor indicators.

htomsirveaux, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing this one.

A: The body is a clear orange hue with some yeast swirling in ropey strands (I was a little late to the tasting, so the dregs were all that was left); lovely finger of tan, sticky head. Attractive, despite the sediment.

S: Simple and elegant, with richly fruity hops and pure caramel malt. Nothing crazy, but entirely enjoyable.

T: The hops flavor fades pretty quickly into nondescript bitterness, and unfortunately the pure bitterness is strong enough to outweigh any malt complexity that I feel must be lying underneath. It's not bad, but definitely doesn't live up to the inviting aroma.

M: Smooth, soft medium body with light carbonation. Decent.

O: I'd have enjoyed this beer considerably more if it had either more or less hops presence; as it was, I felt that bitterness overwhelmed the malt backbone entirely, but didn't really bring any exciting flavors of its own. The alcohol was nicely hidden, but there just wasn't as much going on as I would have hoped and expected. I'd gladly drink this again, but won't be seeking it out.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Boston. I saw it there months ago and neglected to grab one, had been regretting it ever since.

Appearance: A difficult pour, the head billowed up large and fluffy, with an impressively tiny bead. Slightly hazy, and quite dark for an amber. Lacing was impressive, too; won't be using this glass again tonight.

Smell: nice, but a bit restrained; the malt comes through but the only hops you're faced with are mostly green and muted at that, really have work to find them in there.

Taste: again, a bit muted and restrained. Quite dry, the bitterness of the hops comes through more here than expected based on the nose, plenty bitter and still some sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: as noted above, quite dry and astringent, but in a very good way. A bit round and lush, even silky before fading away to the dryness, which just makes me want to pick up my glass.

Overall: a very nice beer, but the general lack of hoppiness gives me pause. Perhaps this bottle was a bit old, but then again, who knows? Love the simplicity of the labels, and their mission statement makes me want to love it. I'll have to give this another try down the line, maybe when I'm up in Maine and with assurances that it's fresh.

myspoonistoobig, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger latte colored head that disappears very slowly. Lacing is thick, consistent and super sticky.

S: Very nice malt mixture perks up first in the nose followed by slight hop zest and resiny blend that almost smells like a faded IPA.

T: Follows the nose and brings with it flavors of a faded IPA with a nice malt blend that again makes me unsure of whether I'm drinking an amber or an old IPA. Malt blend is most definitely the highlight.

M: Thick mouthfeel, hop oils coat the mouth making me reach for more. Bitter finish.

O: This is a solid beer but again, not one that is amazing. Maine seems to be brewing up some solid, not risky, beers.

suspect, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
3 fingers on a tidy little pour (some audible sizzle but not the usual sizzle to zero, the head sticks around) , the head becomes all craggy, barely amber this is more brown with some amber tinge, it seems 2 tone in appearance due to the muffin top capping this bad boy, lots of columns of bubbles march (with urgent determination) towards the north, there is a mixture of lacing and legs... this is a good looking brew by all measures

nose...
fresh clean hops of the floral kind with a citric edge, a touch of sweet grass with a finish of lemon zest, some caramel malt peaks out here and there... pretty good

taste etc...
medium body with a nice malt kick and a nice hop bite, definite lemon flavor that then blends into some nice bitter flavors reminiscent of an English ESB but with a slightly more aggressive US hop profile, the initial flavor doesn't seem to last long enough before succumbing to the bitterness.. but then relents a bit wanting you to sip more... but after a whole glass.. I wasn't blown away ? strange.

verdict?
enjoyable with a nice hop bite but maybe just a hair too much covering up the malt base. Tasty though and some nice hop flavor without crazy over the top hop flop, the lemon notes make it pretty refreshing for a full feeling beer

Ego, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of eggplantwiz
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a 12.09.2010 bottling poured into a 20 oz nonic glass.

A: deep amber brown with a foamy coffee head and sticky lacing

S: Very mild aroma, delicate. pine and citrus notes predominate a carmel backdrop

T: Carmel maltiness with a hint of citrus astringency is most apparent here. Mildly bitter finish. I wonder if I'm missing out on some hop magic here in having a month old bottle. Overall, it comes across as impressively balanced and delicate for the style, with a nuianced complexity.

M: Incredibly smooth, but quite full bodied and perhaps a tinge overcarbonated

D: Easy drinking for sure, but this is not my favorite style in general, so I would be somewhat reluctant to have a second -- I will not hold that against this fine beer in my review, of course . Not a whit of booziness is detectable despite a moderately high 7.l2% ABV for the style.

eggplantwiz, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a dark brown initially that when held to the light looks more of an amber to ruby. 3 fingers worth of tan froth appear and slowly fade leaving a webby screen of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger.

The smell is sweet with toasty and toffee-like malt. It has a bit of a burnt aspect about it before getting filled with citrus and herbal to pine-like hop character. A bit grassy and solvent with alcohol across the back.

The taste is toasty grain to toffee-like burnt sweetness. Some herbs and pine character of oily hops. Just like the aroma, it gets grassy in flavor with solvent alcohol. There is a moderate bitterness to this brew that gets a bit pulpy and fruited like grapefruit.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is resinous and hoppy with an interesting burnt character about it that keeps it back from being more drinkable. I've certainly enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from these folks and wouldnt mind trying more. However, from what I've had, I've been least impressed by this offering.

stakem, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a murky nut brown color with one finger of tan head that has high rentention. High carbonation evident.

s - Smell is all citrus hops. Hints of piney hops too, pretty nice.

t - Taste is some bitterness from the hops, followed by some smooth malts. Decent.

m - Low carbonation and medium body. Smooth after the initial bitterness.

d - A decent amber ale. I thought it smelled really nice but was somewhat lacking in the taste. I just didn't think the citrus and pine hops came through in the taste like they did in the smell. Would try again.

mdfb79, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks!

A: Pours a deep, dark red. Half inch of fluffed foam. Looks quite good.

N: Wow. A ton of pineapple and mango up front. A moderate amount of pine. Some prickly and sweet malt.

T: Quite bitter and almost roasted. Biscuit, pine/spruce. Very grassy. Doesn't have the same tropical notes of the nose, rather more orange and lemon zest. (Good dry hopping?). Reminds of a ramped up pilsner with the malt.

M: A touch on the heavier, syrupy side. Not too distracting, but not perfect either. Some alcohol here.

O: Pretty nice beer and something I'd have time and again if it was available here. Well balanced, but still hoppy.

Sarlacc83, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a slightly hazy red-brown boy with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes malty but not overly sweet, with roasty dark chocolate and espresso notes as well as some herbal and earthy hops. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall - roasty and malty but light and drinkable. The best of all worlds.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - the beer pours out much darker than expected. a deep opaque mahogany with red highlights. 2 fingers worth of tightly packed off white foam leave lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is muted. earthy notes are easy to tease out. autumn leaves, bitter orange peel, and caramel. there is a hint of smokiness or possibly tobacco. but overall nose does seem week.

T - bitterness starts immediately. bright citrus notes color the tongue while chocolate and cereal notes of the malt profile balance out the strong flavor. hints of dark fruit at the back end which carry out on the long bitter finish.

M - full side medium bodied. medium carbonation, tight and bubbly. creamy texture.

O - while the nose isn't strong the flavors of this beer do make up for the short coming. a well made beer.

Teleweizen2, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/09/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, almost black amber color, though it manages very good clarity. Three fingers of fine, dense, light sand colored foam which is slow in deflating. Leaves behind generous an intricate lacing.

S: Piney hoppiness, a hint of bready malt and toffee, hint of blackcurrant, and spice. Nice. Fairly muted aroma.

T: Lots of bready, rye-like malt flavor. Tastes like I'm eating multigrain bread. A little spice, not much hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness and grainy flavor, and nearly bone dry.

M: Medium body and medium, sharp carbonation.

O: Meh, it's OK. Not exactly the "hoppy, hoppy amber" it's advertised as. The taste picks up the hop bitterness without the flavor.

pmarlowe, May 16, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero into my De Stuise glass...Pours a very ugly muddyr murky brown with a light amber highlights. Pretty carbonated with medium tope head...The aroma is decent lots of caramel to start with some piney hops on the back. Alex says its better fresh but this isn't bad right now. Mostly malt now, light grass finish...The taste is a let down, lots of chalky hops that feel weird and have an off taste. Light grass finish.

This is ok, but a weird chalky/hop feel and taste distracts me. Decent brew but not a top buzzed.

jrallen34, Aug 28, 2010
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.