1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Zoe - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,772 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 266
Gots: 182 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,772 | Reviews: 495 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of suspect

New York

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

06-09-2012 15:34:32 | More by suspect
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

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

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.

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

06-23-2013 00:09:02 | More by Ego
Photo of eggplantwiz

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

01-13-2011 00:34:01 | More by eggplantwiz
Photo of stakem


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

02-15-2012 18:35:07 | More by stakem
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

04-29-2010 00:11:33 | More by mdfb79
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

11-26-2012 19:48:26 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

12-26-2011 23:57:47 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

04-22-2012 05:32:47 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

05-16-2013 04:57:21 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of jrallen34


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

08-28-2010 03:01:14 | More by jrallen34
Photo of garuda


3.71/5  rDev -11.9%

A - Deep amber, more like mahogany, hazed, thick white, rocky head has great retention and lacing.

S/T - Hop forward, as expected, with resinous pine mostly, touches of grapefruit. Caramel, toffee malt sweetness is slightly there, but the beer has an overpowering bitterness that masks what sweet flavors there may be. The resinous bitterness has little depth of hop flavor, only offering piney flavors.

M - Medium body, delicate medium carbonation, prickly across the palate.

O - Hoppy as expected, however, I was expecting more depth of hop flavor/aroma to allow for some malt sweetness to play in.

02-28-2014 01:47:37 | More by garuda
Photo of Didier

New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev -11.6%

08-23-2014 21:31:21 | More by Didier
Photo of Centennial


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

Serving- 16oz bottle poured into pint glass (thanks to bendurgin for sending me this.)

Appearance- Dark Amber with 2 finger head and lots of head retention. Slight cloudy hue to it.

Smell- Bready, Earthy, with bubble-gum like sweetness, mild hop aroma

Taste- Hops come through much more in the taste the in the smell. Malt is totally hidden by aggressive hop bitterness, but roasted notes pull through. A burning sensation of alcohol is more noticeable then with a typical beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel- smooth but alcohol is apparent and finish is a little waxy.

Overall- not a bad hoppy amber but I have had much better, I think this beer would benefit from a more active dry hopping and less of a the bittering hops.

08-29-2011 05:51:38 | More by Centennial
Photo of nickfl


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

A - Pours with a opaque, reddish-brown body that is topped with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts with some pine and orange hop aromas.

T - Caramel and toasted malt up front. Pine and sweaty hop flavors show up in the middle. Some more caramel as the hops fade to a moderately bitter pine flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nicely put together but the flavor profile doesn't work quite as well. The bitterness is kind of soapy and the hop character just isn't as bright as it was in the aroma.

12-15-2011 05:10:16 | More by nickfl
Photo of DaftPatrick


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-31-2014 02:16:55 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-16-2014 01:51:31 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-18-2013 03:56:45 | More by megamass
Photo of alienlifeforcecube


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-16-2013 06:37:47 | More by alienlifeforcecube
Photo of ccurrid


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-12-2014 04:21:17 | More by ccurrid
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-13-2013 10:42:46 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of Adkins1203


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-11-2014 03:17:37 | More by Adkins1203
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-17-2012 16:31:22 | More by acurtis
Photo of TheLevi4000

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-03-2013 16:57:43 | More by TheLevi4000
Photo of HollandTunnels


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-11-2013 10:08:06 | More by HollandTunnels
Photo of Tyrus


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-20-2013 18:14:24 | More by Tyrus
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.