Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,145
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
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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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Ratings: 2,145 | Reviews: 546
Photo of garbercury
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewedAwakening for the generous package...Good looking out Amy!

A--Nice deep amber with nice carbonation and retention.

S--Floral notes with a great balance of hops in the nose.

T--BALANCE. Great profile on this one, hops hit you but it has a smooth malty flavor that really compliments the beer, excellent.

M--Smooth, silky mouthfeel.

D-Not normally a hoppy beer guy, but this one is a great example of a balanced amber ale should be brewed. This is a terrific beer and I am enjoying it on a cool saturday, well done and recommended.

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle I picked up in Portland (Maine) a few weeks back.

The beer pours a dark, reddish amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose in this beer is really a thing of beauty and not what I normally expect in an amber... even a hoppy one. This beer is very perfumy, with considerable orange citrus, black pepper and even some light dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, and I'm impressed by how well balanced this beer is. There's some moderate sweetness from the malt initiallly, but it's buoyed very nicely by a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness. This in turn leads to a fairly long, bitter, and impressively dry finish. The finish in this beer is very clean, with not even hint of the 7.2% alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish.

This is quite well done. Impressive (to say the least).

Photo of SenorHops
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber to medium brown. A little on the dark side for an amber. Deep white fluffy head with thick sticky lacing drizzling down the glass as it dissipates.

Best word I can use to describe the smell is very pleasant, pine and earth meet light, bready & caramel malts.

Taste blew me away. This beer is truly a roller coaster ride between the hops and malts with the hops being more dominant. Back and forth from pine needles to bready, biscuit malt to citrus/berry and earthy hops and back to light caramel. The 7.2% ABV stays nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with a crispy, prickly finish.

This was one of the few beers that made me keep saying "wow" throughout my consumption of it. It was crazy the way different flavors popped from this beer with each sip. Drinking this beer was a very enjoyable experience. Quite possibly the best Amber I've ever had. Don't be fooled. These guys and their tiny brewery make damn great beer!

Bottled on date of 4-28-2011

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from baconsausage in the Small Aquatic Mammal BIF. Really excited to have the chance to review this one!

A-Pours a murky amber with a creamy off white head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Deep roasted malt with floral and earthy hops. A very nice biscuit character as well.

T-Very nice earthy character in the front with some good caramel malt. Hops are nicely present while still taking a back seat to the malt. Very nicely balanced, really flavorful.

M-Medium bodied, a bit dry.

D-Excellent. Very nice depth of flavors and great complexity for the style. I like it!

HV

Photo of TK5150
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours brown with amber highlights. Nice two finger beige "bottle conditioned" head. Great lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S- Pineapple, peach and orange, hints of caramel and chocolate maltiness.

T- Pineapples, oranges, piney mango, caramel, chocolate, hints of roast, estery spice.

M- Surprisingly, this feels very full in the mouth, with perfect carbonation.

O- Very surprised by this one, especially with the clear presence of chocolate. Great stuff, highly recommended.

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this beer is the #2 American amber / red ale on the beat of beeradvocate list. Received recently in a trade, thanks. Beer served in a pilsner glass.

Beer is reddish brown and hazy with a nice off white head lots of lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, earthy, piny. Smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and very hoppy, chewy grinding, nice. Moderate bitterness, great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this at Eastside Beverage Co. in Portland, ME. 500ml bottle shared with grub. Served in a pint glass. No freshness information that I could find, but I get the sense this turns over pretty quickly.

A - Pours with a generous two-plus fingers of light tan foam. Retention is superb, and the lacing is splotchy and pervasive - things eventually settle to a thick cap. Surprisingly, dark brown body, perhaps too brown to even be called a red ale, let alone the "hoppy amber" described on the bottle. There are some copper-amber highlights when held to the light.

S - Initially it's a nice fresh burst of aromatic hops - citrus, pine, and general fruitiness. As it warms, a true red ale malt character emerges, with caramel apple, cotton candy, and toffee.

T - The taste is a little less successful in my book, as some of the complexity and depth of flavor vanishes. There is a lot of bitter grapefruit hop character, that eventually reveals some caramel malt at the back of the palate before finishing with more bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Never gets overwhelming, but I could have stood for a touch more hop flavor and complexity here.

M - Soft body, good lively carbonation, chewy medium body that's big enough for 7.2%. Finishes with light dryness and a bit of enamel-coating hop oil.

D - I had no problems with the 250ml in my glass, and would gladly have finished the rest of it. It's a shame I didn't buy more of this one, as it's a very successful and enjoyable brew. Looking forward to more offerings from these guys.

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Probably the darkest amber ale I've seen. This was a dark coppery color, bordering on brown ale territory. It poured with a sticky, thick, chunky head.

s: Fresh, zesty citrus jumps out of the glass. God I love hoppy ambers, especially happy ones. Near perfect balance provided by sweet caramel. No trace of the 7.2% abv.

t: The fresh citrus aromas don't quite translate into the taste, but this is still damn good. The sweet caramel is great, not at all cloying. The citric bitterness at the end has a bit of a leafy quality that wasn't in the nose. Just a trace of pleasant warmth.

m: Slick bodied with creamy carbonation.

d: Thanks Joe, I was really hoping you'd include one of these. Feel free to send more anytime. Another great one from MBC, really glad I got to try this.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy brown/copper shimmer, finger fluffy khaki head,
stunning lacing display

S: grapefruit aroma, pine, clean biscuit malt

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, mild caramel, biscuit bread
pine smooth bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: WHAT ON EARTH!! Thank you Maine brewery for
making such a fine beer experience and for my wife
for randomly grabbing this bottle today. I will
DEFINITELY be buying more of their beers. Smooth,
hoppy, oily biscuity, is it possible for a beer to have a
little bit of everything? yep.

DELICIOUS, FIND A BOTTLE!

Photo of mick303
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark amber, with a great lacing of medium tan head. Smell is full of earthy caramel, pungent, citrus and pine, quite light. Taste is delicious, yumyum, lots of citrusy hops, a bit spicy, pine notes, strong hoppy profile is matched with a good malt backbone, really dry on the finish with crisp caramel malts, drying out with some black pepper. A perfectly balanced delicious red hoppy ale. Plenty sessionable with a really delicious hop flavour and spice to it, another great beer from MBC.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this east coast treat. 16.9 oz bottle, lot 04/28/11 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish amber hues and a nice fluffy 2-finger light tan head. Holding to the light shows great clarity. The head retention is excellent and there's lots of lacing. Perfect.

S - Caramel, molasses and hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine notes. There are faint yeast notes in the background.

T - Amazing pairing of hops and roasted malts. Slightly sweet toasted malts up front with molasses a hint of vanilla midway. Then the hops take over with grapefruit at first that change to pine bitterness that lingers throughout the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels a bit thin after the burst of carbonation. The finish is dry with slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - One of the best looking beers I've ever seen and definitely the bet looking amber/brown ale. Tastes great to boot with great roasted malt character and a strong hop presence.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer as an extra from an awesome trader kmurry8621. Thanks Kevin!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Crimson almost brown colored body with a massive white to tanish colored head. The head dissapates down to about 1 fingers worth of head with lacing sticking everywhere.

Smell: I must say this beer just smells sooo fresh! Citrus(mostly grapefruit, hints of orange peel and lemon), pine resin, and fresh, wet hops. This really reminds me some of the highly rated IPA's including, but not limited to: Pliny, Hopslam, and Double Trouble.

Taste: Mild bitterness from the hops that is balanced to perfection by biscuity malts and slightly caramel sweet tasting malts. Hops taste of pine resin, lemon grass, and grapefruit. Hint of fruitiness. The aftertaste from the hops is a very mild bitterness still tasting the grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: This beer is on the light end of a medium bodied brew. Carbonation is moderate and its just awesome. I just love the mouthfeel on a bottle conditioned beer!

Overall: Wow. This beer is fantastic! What a great extra! This beer makes me understand what a hoppy American Amber Ale is ALL about! Smells fantastic, balance is near perfection, and it very drinkable at 7% AVB. Its a beer that is a great beer for a someone who needs wants an introduction to a tasty hoppy beer without destroying the tastebuds with bitterness, but is also great for someone who has a more sophistocated palate. I really dig this brewery and want more of this beer and also want to try more of the other 3 beers that this brewery currently brews! A MUST TRY!

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from pint bottle.

Hoppy but no citrus notes. Lots of malt flavor with chocolate and raisin. Balanced and dry, not sweet.

Dark brown, large tan head. Alcohol is masked, tastes excellent!

Very pleased and will look forward to trying more from Maine Brew Co!

PS- Label is absurdly cute.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/4/12.

Pours a cloudy deep reddish almost brown. Very nice off white head, billowy with some tight bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.

Pine sap, pine needles, woody hops, bit of biscuity malt to balance.

A nice even taste.pine hops rule. Resinous, pine sap, a bit of grapefruit citrus. Some deep caramel biscuit malts make an attempt at balancing. Finishes witha pretty sturdy lingering hop bitterness.

Drinks very smooth, medium bodied. A touch aof sweetness compliments the hops nicely.

A very enjoyable beer. Exactly what it claims to be, a happy, hoppy amber!

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour a nice golden semi-dark amber, somewhat clear with a beautiful long lasting creamy white head.
Not a lot going on in terms of bouquet. Did pick up some malt and a medium amount of hoppieness.
Taste was soft and round, more hops than I anticipated. BUT the best thing about this one, was the aftertaste.
It lasted and lasted and lasted forever. Seemed like 5 or 10 minutes after tasting this one, the taste remained and it was very nice!

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-brown with about a three-quarters inch thick silky tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a little pine and barley. The taste is also decently hopped and bitter with a very distant background of hops. But the bitter hops really take over. This is listed as an amber ale but it really feels more like an IPA. Quite good though.

Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque chestnut brown color with some light coming through around the edges and a huge 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles, that faded extremely slowly, going down and looking like Styrofoam leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like a black IPA with a nice tan layer on top like you’d see on a Guinness. Misses the mark on color in the Amber/Red Ale classification, but impressive in every other way.

Wow, what a nose; I could smell the hops 6 inches away from the glass. Smells of big juicy citrus hops initially, with piney hops, caramel and grains following. The first wave of hops had tangerine and grapefruit, light floral hops, and then wheat bread, syrup, biscuit and brown sugar; not a ton of smells, but what is present is very pronounced and enjoyable.

Tastes like coffee, grapefruit, roasted grains, syrup, caramel and a burst of citrus hops up front. Then there is a mix pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, herbs or hop leafs, peat moss, cocoa powder, mild toffee, floral hops, and very mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the grains and chocolate malt show up more after each sip, leading to the hop bitterness that trails off with roasted notes. Nice balance and complex flavors overall, getting better as it warms up. I really liked the way the hops and malts worked in harmony in this brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that was almost thick but still slides down easy, leaving a semi-dry bitter roasted finish that’s part hops and part roasted grains or chocolate mousse. The alcohol shows through after each swallow, but it’s a minor heat and not a distraction.

Maine Beer Co. keeps putting out hits, and while this beer may not look red or amber, it’s still damn tasty and full of flavor. Another beer I recommend trying from a great brewery. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber-y copper to ruby red when held to light. Dull brown otherwise. Big heap o' light beige head leaves no fewer than 8 rings on my glass by the time I finished this beer.

Aroma is dark bread, tobacco and Pinesol. Taste is citrus hops and sweet malt. Citrus and more Pinesol. Bold flavors.

I had this when it first came out and like it better now that I've come back to it.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige (with garnet red highlights) head that reduces to a very thin film with a small thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a strong hop aroma of citrus/grapefruit along with a more moderate presence of floral and pine/resin hops. Underneath the hops there is a light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Starts with some moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness and then the hops take over and dominate the flavor - huge flavors of grapefruit/citrus followed by lighter amounts of pine and floral hop flavors. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger too long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very well balanced and extremely enjoyable, though I would expect nothing less from this brewery (since I have tried almost all of the other beers and they were most impressive). Easy to drink and one I would be happy to have again and again.

Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a very dark amber color, more like a brown really, with three plus inches of creamy beige head. Keeps very well, with a full lace and some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is super hoppy and fresh, with loads of floral and citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit, some resin too. Has a modest malt sweetness to it, just enough to know it's there. The hops are really bright and fresh, though, and this smells beautifully put together. Lots of beers smell citrusy; not all are so fresh and enticing. This is Nugget Nectar territory right here, and it's really impressive.

Taste also has some bright, citrusy hop flavors but not at the level the nose did. Or maybe it's that there isn't quite enough citrus to shine over a pretty substantial malt base. Malt is quite biscuity and bready with a touch of a toasty note even, and a good amount of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate; would be modest by IPA standards, but seems appropriate here. It's quite smooth and flavorful; a bit maltier than many ambers but much hoppier, as well.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and moderately carbonated medium body. It's quite creamy and well put together.

When I smelled this one I couldn't help but think that I was drinking a sort of Nugget Nectar clone. It certainly smelled that way, but unfortunately it didn't reach that level in terms of flavor. That's no knock, however, because it's still very tasty. A really nice beer from this new-to-me brewery.

Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Drazzamatazz.

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with two fingers of foamy off white head and good retention.

Scent of caramel, toasted malts, bread, brown sugar, and citrus. It kind of smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread with a nice dosage of hops.

Taste of citrus, dry orange rind, and bread initially; caramel and more grainy flavors come through on the finish. More hoppy than the scent let on. This is a very good Amber Ale, one of the best I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium/light bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Photo of Hendry
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend recommended I try "MO" from Maine Beer Company for a good time, so I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a "ZOE" as well. The plain Jane labeling appeals to me and exudes a certain amount of confidence in the product from the brewmaster by utilizing such unassuming packaging.

The super thick and creamy head that rests atop this attractive auburn hued ale lasted a good long time. The nose is intruiging and appealing: reminds me of ripe berries, and the taste does not disappoint one bit, very much following the enticing aroma. The hoppiness is apparent but not in a hugely bitter way at all.Carbonation seemed on the light side, but nicely suited for the flavors, which remind me of dark fruits and berries.

I noticed the flavors changing a bit as it warmed in the glass but in a good way, so taking your time drinking this one is my recommendation.Very appealing flavors and aftertaste right down to the last enjoyable sip. My bottle was just under 2 months old, and it doesn't seem like time affected my sample. If you can get your hands on this one, it is well worth a try. Looking forward to sampling MBC "Mo" next tasting, and would definately buy "Zoe" again!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque brown-red color with a finger of frothy khaki sitting atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace in the process.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit, orange, and peach coming through. There is a nice balance of sweet roasted caramel malts with a bit of chocolate and coffee as well.

T - The beer starts off with some growing grapefruit and orange hop flavor and some mild bitterness alongside a bit of lightly roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar. Through the middle, some pine hop flavor comes through with more roasted flavors and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a mix of roasted malts and a some cocoa with some light bitterness and citrus hop.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice amber ale that has a lot more to it than most beers in the style. Really great nose and hop presence.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this along with Peeper Ale in MA last week, now having Zoe with dinner back in OH. It pours a dark color, more brown than red, with a huge tan foam. Nice hops aromas, pine needles and light citrus, with some sweet malty aromas of caramel/toffee, maybe some mild toastiness.

Very flavorful, leaning towards the hops side of the equation, this is my kind of red ale. More like an IPA than a classic red ale, lots of citrus character. Still enough malt balance to it but thankfully not overly sweet from the malt contributions. A bit dry in the aftertaste, with some lingering citrus flavors.

Wow was this good, I wish I had another. I also wish it was just a little cheaper, it would be hard to turn to this too often if I lived in the distribution area, needs its price knocked down a bit for daily consumption.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.