Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 295
Gots: 307 | FT: 15
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:
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: 2,143 | Reviews: 545
Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A dark amber, almost brown - beautiful beige head, very foamy - pure bottle-conditioned glory

Smell: Hoppy with cooked malts - biscuity and crusty - some serious hoppy aromas, floral and straight-up grapefruit, some pine - nicely balanced

Taste: Great, even better than expected - crusty, grainy malts with a nice hop profile - mostly pine, citrus, grass, and floral notes - malts are cooked and biscuity, perhaps a little more dry than the average amber - nicely bitter, not too sweet - and it's got that Maine Beer Company "clean" flavor, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, excellently carbonated, nicely balanced

Overall: Personally, the only beer that does this better is Tröegs Nugget Nectar

With all due respect to the American Amber/Red Ale style, I did not have high expectations. But Maine Beer pulled it off. It's incredibly balanced, nicely cooked, and very refreshing. Much like Peeper and Lunch, this is remarkably good. I'll be shocked if they can make a bad beer.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich mahogany black cherry color, pillowy kahki head. the initial pour yields an active cascade of bubbles rushing to the bottom of the glass, with a quick retreat. fun to watch.
S: citrus, orange, bready malts, pineapple. nice hoppy attitude without truly giving away what lies beyond the nose.
T: awesome punch of bready malts jazzed with frivolous and badass citrusy hops. tons of attitude in this one with flavors all over the place, as mcdonalds would say, IM LOVIN IT!!!!
M: fairly high carbonation coupeld with a huge hop punch make this a mouthful, but its oh so enjoyable. its nice to get a break from the parade of palate crushing ipas ive been drinking lately. the hops presence is definitely there, but theres so much else at play here that its not so ominous.
D: for as big and hoppy as it is, CRUSHABLE in my book. so damn good i could drink it all night. another homerun from Maine Brewing Co.

Photo of jancona
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow - smells of grapefruit and floral hops with a touch of caramel malt goodness. Taste follows perfectly - this is excellent.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Born on 1/20/13
Reviewed on 3/18/13

Large, frothy, long-lasting head sits atop the ruby colored brew. Heavy grapefruit aroma with some bready malts. Full bodied, thick textured, softly carbonated, and a bit of a chalky finish. Another winner from Maine Beer Co. I prefer the MO to this one but I would be happy to have either anyday. Love what this brewery is doing right now.

Photo of seeswo
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by cavedave. Thanks man! Pours brown, only letting light through the edges and with a nice big root beer float head. Looks great. Smells like a hoppy brown ale - nice light caramel and nutty toffee flavor. Very nice. The taste is extremely interesting. The malty and caramel nuttiness of the amber makes it come off as a brown ale. This is balanced by a pretty strong dose of hops, which come together really well. Drinks very easy. The flavor reminds me of beer made by Ale Asylum in Madison, WI, which is a pretty random connection. I like this one a lot. Nice carbonation and good body. This beer is really tasty. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in an in person trade with Hayesez, thanks Erik!

This is to complete my first week of my holidays. We had nice warm weather in the weekend so i figured this was a good one to try.

Poured in a Duvel glass this beer is perfect. Very deepdark ambercoloured beer with a very nice head which leaves some lacing after a while. Nice carbonation visible.

Smell of pineapple. Nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of carbonation. This is one hell of a beer for a warm day!

Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/24/11 bottle. Pours a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy beige head. Way darker than I expected, nearing black out of the light. Nose is a fresh assortment of hops, biscuit, some pleasant light fruits. Mouth is almost spicy up front, sharp pine resin, bright cloves or something, some light bready tones. Body is really light. Dry throughout, finish is spicy hops. I've been looking forward to this and it's quite a bit different than I expected, which is a great thing especially when it's as good as this is. These guys rock at brewing hoppy ales.

Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a very deep ruby red with a small tan head. It's got nice retention and clings to the sides of the glass. It's darker than I expected for an amber.

S - It's got a very hop forward nose with pine, citrus, and fruitiness appearing in waves. There is also some caramel character present. It's not an in your face aroma, but still provides a pleasant bouquet.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Up front are some toasted and caramel flavors. Afterwards there is a ton of hop flavor similar to the nose. Pine and citrus are the most prominent, but there also fruity notes. The finish has a medium bitterness.

I find most ambers bland, but this one is far from bland. Full of flavors and very easy to drink. This is an exceptional example of what the style is, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company

Photo of CooperEllis
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is a good beer.

2/24/11 bottle from CMac. Thanks dude who doesn't read this site!

Very dark, a little cloudy, and a whole lot of thick offwhite foam. Beyond 'amber', but a depth of color.

Nice resiny, hoppy aroma with a little bit of fall leaves.

I don't know. If I was to pick something that I'd like to drink forever solely based on taste, and not ever have something else, this might be it. It's well balanced, there is a full malt presence, there is a bit of citrus but there's a little bit of resin. It is evenly balanced with a spice bite.

I don't love that this is so watery in the middle and the finish. Otherwise it is good, solid upfront with no oily presence and a crisp finish.

The taste makes up for a bit of shortcoming in the nose and the mouthfeel. If you have the means, I highly reccomend picking one up...

(130th)

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another huge box full of a little of everything, from "Moby do you even whælz bruh", to long time wants, to obscure locals showed up from wordemupg yesterday. Guy turns a one bottle trade into a porch crushing showdown, hey? Touché my friend, touché.

Poured into one of those trusty ol' Bruery tulips.

Appearance. Pours a very dark and rich brown with some deep redish burnt-orange coming through when held to the light. This is topped with 1.5 fingers of really creamy smooth, pale khaki-caramel head that falls very, very slowly and doesn't entirely disappear before the glass is done and covered in awesome heavy lace.

Smell. Sticky piney hops with the lightest cocoa dusting, There's some grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest and a bit of caramel underneath everything. Yep, so far so good.

Taste. Those big, oily piney hops are definetly there, grapefruit rinds and flesh as well. Then that light cocoa ...yeah this pretty much follows the smell. That's a good thing. Getting some sweet ripe pineapple as well which wasn't in the nose for me. Long lingering oily grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Surprisingly delicious beer here. The last time I enjoyed something of this type so much was the VCBW cascadian dark from years back. Thanks wordemupg!

Photo of stickynotes
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep hazy amber, off-white head slowly turns to a thick film, moderate lacing. Big time hops in the aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, floral, some sweet malt hidden in the background, very pleasant. Taste is well balanced. Mild bitterness, sweet malts, caramel, the aftertaste gives me a hint of roasted malts, sweet malt as well as grassy, floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. This beer is complex and well executed. It reminds me of a black ipa, malts and hops are both assertive and demand attention, they play off each other wonderfully. Full flavors and a beer I will recommend to friends.

Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/15

First thing I notice as soon as the 'Falcon pops the top in less than 12 parsecs is the layers that wash through my nose.

Once it reaches the glass, even with reasonably careful pouring I am still staring at two fingers of worth of pale creamy head that almost reaches stiff peaked egg white consistency. Body is dark ruddy amber fading to pale at the edges.

That nose I spoke of though... There's notes of blunt pine and of spice and of a bit of fruit and certainly some creamy biscuit/caramel supporting cast.

Wow. I'm not generally a fan of ambers/reds, but this is incredible. Starts off thick and bitter. Spicey and pine come through before the middle portrays little feints of sugar so that the lingering deep third deep woods bitter doesn't present solitary. Sure enough there's bits of bitter and sweet chocolate and bitter citrus. I'd almost consider this a long lost missing link between GREAT IPAs and GREAT CDAs.
Mouth is reasonably thick and creamy, though it does taste bigger than 7.2%. Not straight ethanol, mind you, but I probably would have guessed another 1-2 percentage points or so.
I was expecting this to be a solid offering, but I'm blown away. Would probably drink A LOT of this if I lived in its distro

Photo of elgiacomo
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottled December 23, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours very dark brown with strong red highlights, quite dark for an Amber Ale. Two fingers of beige head that leaves nice drippy spotty lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, strong malt presence of caramel, dates, dark fruit, dark toasted bread, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with big hops, mostly citrus and pine, moves toward the malt with rich caramel, dates, cherries, chocolate, toasted bread, mild to moderate sweetness, good to strong bitterness, mild alcohol. Really tasty, big and bold flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.

Kind of having a hoppy Amber Ale shootout...had Nugget Nectar last night for the first time and I gotta say I definitely prefer Zoe. I find this to not only be more hoppy, but also has a more robust malt backbone as well. Just a bigger and bolder beer all around. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark amber color, nearly black, with 2 fingers of light brown/amber head. The head persists for a while, but eventually dissipates to a thin layer of foam that is there till the end.

S - Delicious smell. It reminds me of some things by Lagunitas, which is a good thing imo. Sweet and hoppy smelling, fruitier than I expected.

T - Very similar to the smell, quite hoppy, with some fruits in it. I've never had a beer that combines these delicious hops and fruits with tastes of chocolate and coffee. It's a really unique thing for me.

M - Great carbonation, small bubbles that really cover my palate.

D - Very drinkable. Slightly bitter at the finish, but doesn't detract from the drinkability, I could drink several of these, especially with a low(ish) ABV.

Photo of IronLover
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Muddy brown in color with a reddish hue and murky. Poured with a thick beige foam with nice staying power. The foam slowly reduces to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh earthy hop aromaa up front. Resinous pine with ripe citrus grapefuit hop aromas in tow. Intense caramel malt backbone with hints of dark fruit and chocolate malt in the background. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Slightly pungent citrus hop flavors up front that intensifies through the middle before slowly transitioning to a pine hops to the end. Sweet caramal and bready backbone throughout with hints of chocolate malt toward the end. Finishes with a biscuity and pine hop bitterness. Complex flavors and aromas highlight this exceptional beer.

Photo of drcarver
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I love the label.

Second does 7.20% ABV put this into the "Imperial" category?

A - medium brown body appears syrupy. light and billowy 1/2 finger head rises to the top slowly. Clear.

S - Hop to the forefront. Bits of pine, citrus (grapefruit), and grass. Bit of grain to the back of the throat. Nice but hop is more than I'm used to in a red ale.

T/M - Sweet with floral and citurs hop all throughout. Finishes smooth with a bit of metallic bitterness. A definite "freshness" to the hop flavor.

O - While I feel it exceeds the "light to moderate hopping" typical of a red(aren't most beers these days) this a great beer. Fresh and sweet. Well done.

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to fellow BA and good buddy rfgetz for sending this to me as part of a care package from his recent travels...

A - A voluminous pour which yields more than three fingers worth of tightly packed ultra creamy light beige colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Excellent retention... The color is a darker than expected crimson red with some lighter cherry red hues once back lit... Uber still with no discernible carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The hoppiness if first and foremost on the nose... It's a mix of piney and noble... Perhaps a hint of grapefruit... The rest of the nose is rather subdued... There is a faint whiff of caramel... Some light bready malts... The sweetness of some red colored hard candies...

T - The hops are even more pronounced on the palette... Very earthy in nature with some piney character as well... Perhaps some very faint tobacco notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Great consistency... A bit of lushness... Delicate... A bit of sophistication... A touch of dryness... Nicely done...

D - An outstanding Amber Ale... Bursting with character in all facets... Very little balance in the hop forward brew (but that's okay)... A wonderfully unique interpretation of the style... It's evident the amount of craftsmanship and originality that went into this offering...

It should also be noted that this is one of the simplest, but coolest labels in all of beerdom...

Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won in iflah45's LIF. Thanks!

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pours DEEP red almost brown with a beautiful 2.5 finger light tan head. A ton of lacing left down the glass as well.

Smells of caramel malt. A little bit of roastiness and earthiness as well. Slight citrus aroma.

Starts off with a sweet caramel flavor rounding into an in your face, but very pleasant piney/earthy hoppiness with a mostly dry finish. Really changes a lot throughout the palate. Hints of roasted malts are also present.

Carbonation is spot on. Mouthfeel is a bit less than medium, but there is a good creaminess with it too that brings it up a good level.

Had this one on my wants for a while since hoppy ambers are my favorite style. I was not let down. Very complex flavor profile. I would love to compare one of these to a fresh Nugget Nectar next spring.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Stinky Brooklyn (a neighborhood bacon/cheese/beer shop? I know, awesome). Born on date 09/2011.

A: Thick, lacy, amazing head with this awesome falling bubble action -- like Guinness but so much more visible & brilliant. Clings well. Very dark, amber brown body.

S: Hints of toffee, chocolate, slightly bitter hops but more of a toasted malt quality. Suggesting a red ale at the heavier, deeper end of the range

T: Slightly sweet, but the hops come through, adding a bitter tang to a complex malt backbone.

M: Medium-heavy body, smooth carbonation.

O: By far the best I've tasted in this style. Can't drink too much of this, or rather it's easy to drink too much of this, but it really exemplifies the juxtaposition of balance & complexity.

Photo of hitter114
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7-9-2013
drank 7-20-2013... it says drink fresh and I'm inclined to listen

A: Looks beautiful amber to brown with some red hues, a foamy off white/ tan head very nice lacing

S: Smells resinous, hoppy, piney with some dark malt going on

T: Tastes like a mix between a very good piney, dank IPA (reminded me of pliny) and a brown /amber ale. One of the better attempts at achieving true IPA hopppiness in a darker beer. Almost has the same effect as a black IPA, but much more smooth than most

M: Average IPA hoppy bite nothing special

O: A really good brew, the `1st I have tried from Maine. I like it, its not only different but it pulls off being different.

Photo of beer2day
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy deep orange. Substantial 2-finger cream head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is biscuit malt and light caramel malt. Strawberry licorice works in, too.

Strong malt flavors, with biscuit and lightly scorched caramel. More of an amber feel than red. Very nice hop bite in the end.

Very strong for the style. Big malt presence, lots of stiff body. Grainy, and very much so.

Overall, I'm not a huge amber or red fan. This beer, however, is very good. I'd seek it out again.

Photo of Agold
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice brown color with a just off white head that is dense and long lasting. There is sheets of nice lacing as well. Aroma is light and citrus forward with a hint of roast. Very balanced aroma. Flavor is has more coffee and roast than the aroma but is very well balanced with mild smoke. Citrus hops complement the malt profile very nicely. One of the fewer beers that I have had that successfully balances a more roasted coffee malt profile with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium light and is well carbonated. It is quite enjoyable and well balanced. A bit pleasantly surprised by this beer. Didn't have the highest expectations, but I really ended up enjoying it.

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 9-29-2012.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber with a large fluffy off white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big floral and piney hops really jump out at ya along with sweet biscuit and brown sugar,the malt base is almost as big as the hop onslaught,a great nose.Sticky piney hops really stand out on the palate up front but a big brown sugar and biscuit malt base is there again to stand up to the hops,I get a little earthiness to round out everything in the finish.This is a complex flavor packed red,to me it's like an old school left coast hopped up red,great stuff.

Photo of smokeypeat
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get a chance to try this after a quick two day trip to New England. Pours a deep reddish brown with a strong eggshell white foam head into a pint glass. Much stronger earthy pine hop aroma than I expected in an "imperial amber". Taste has a big malt caramel backbone that did not come through as much in the smell to balance out the hops. Got some toasted biscuit taste in there to go along with a great balance of caramel malt and piney hop resinous bite. This beer has found a unique balance that I haven't found readily in other beers. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again. Top notch stuff.

Photo of mikeg67
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while orange fruit, caramel and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long, grapefruity. Amazingly delicious brew.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.