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
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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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an American pint glass. I was immediately struck by the relatively dark color, a near-brown reddish bronze with an amazingly thick and rich light tan head. Smells like a dark IPA, tons of spicy grapefruit and orange on top of a nutty, toffee-like malt base. Considerable herbal and pine character as well. Like its IPA counterparts, this Maine offering comes off juicy, fresh, spicy, and extremely hoppy across the board, although here the sweet malts keep up admirably. Near perfect balance, truth be told. I focused on the hops first, an evolution from grapefruit and orange rind to a lychee-like perfume to astringent green banana to strong pine and then mellowing out to well-steeped black tea. Fantastic. The malts deliver a lot of biscuit or semi-sweet cookie flavor, some toffee and hazelnut almost like a well-crafted English brown ale, faint chocolate and tobacco. The mouthfeel is quite bold and prickly, thin to moderate body and moderate to high carbonation with a slick resinous finish of unripe bramblefruit and tomato leaf. The fruit really develops nicely near the end of a bottle, straight up Simcoe raspberry jam and earthy pine. As was the case for Another Round and Mo, its hard to find much wrong here. Maybe the bitterness and pine are a tad much for the style? Regardless, epic brew and not to be missed by hops and sweet malt fans alike. This one captures both dimensions at the same time without either being swamped.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Darker than your average amber; body is a murky brown with some hints of amber. Big, foamy off-white head that lingers around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Great hop aroma evened out by some caramel and toasty malt notes. Hints of tropical fruits, tree fruits, pine and even some earthiness.

T- Similar to the aroma, with lots of great fruity hop flavors coming through. The malts are rather assertive, with some caramel, nuttiness, roastiness balancing out the bitterness. Really a strong 1-2 punch of diverse malt and complex bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bite to it, somewhat sticky with a hint of chewiness.

O- A big, complex, hoppy amber/brown. A really unique beer which is saying something in a style that is typically rather one-dimensional.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maine's dedication to the hop is more than admirable, and this one hits all the right notes. Beautiful pour, two-finger off-white head, nice lacing.

Smells as hoppy as a good IPA and tastes better than a lot of them. The carbonation feels lovely on the tongue, and the finish is toffee-bitter-smooth.

Seems like there's no reason to doubt Maine. Just buy 'em and drink 'em. And enjoy!

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/25/14
Decent copper color hue with a pretty large frothy head with solid retention. Smells of hops, citrus, pine, and fruits. Moderate carbonation with some bitterness and stickyness to the mouthfeel. The taste though is where I got lost. Not spectacular and nothing over the top. Just kind of the typical pine and citrus. Seemed to be lacking flavor for me; not sure but maybe my palate was off or the 30 days since bottling has robbed the brew of taste. Overall I really wanted to rave about Zoe but I just guess I'll have to try it again to see if anything changes from my first offering. That being said; still a really nice beer just not my favorite from Maine Beer Co..

Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown/copper with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - Caramel malts, citrus hops, pine resin, light tropical fruits, touch of brown sugar.

Taste - Caramel malt sweetness (just enough, not cloying) followed up by the piney, citrusy hop bitterness, about a moderate level to it. Hint of tropical fruit and brown sugar just to make it a little more interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of stickiness on the palate. Bitterness lingers into the finish.

Overall - For my first Maine Beer Company offering, they deliver a solid American Amber with a nice hop profile and caramel malt sweetness.

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle: 2/18/14
A: Huge 3+ finger tall head was created when pouring from an inch above the snifter glass. The foam is made of mixed sized bubbles and soapy looking, off white with an tan tint. Head retention lasted for days.. The beer is a dark maroon color with moderate haze.

S: Very hop forward aroma with moderate spicey pine and fruity notes (I'm going to guess chinook). There is an underlying sweet malt nose that comes off like candy raisins or gummy candies.

T: A nice firm hop bitterness on the first sip that fades over time. Similar moderate piny, dank, spicey and melon hop flavors come through in the middle. The middle caramel malts shine through and balance nicely in the beer with slight toffee and raisin notes. The balance is on the hops but not overwhelmingly. Also getting a slight roast character with some fruity esters possibly from the ferment.

M: A moderately carbonated beer. The body is fairly big and is emphasized with all of the crystal malts I'm picking up. No astringancy or alcohol warming, but its not the most easy drinking beer.

O: A nice flavored american red with a good dose of malt character and piney hop character. I'd compare this to a few other ambers I've had from Half-Acre (ginger twin?) or even a bigger version of alpha king.

Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too!

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: not a great looking beer. Has this dark redish color with almost the pale hue. The head and lacing however are pretty good.
S: THe best part about this beer, i smell grapefruit, hops, and a piney resin.
T: To me this tasted a lot like an ipa. Very hoppy and bitter. I got lots of grapefruit out of it and as the beer warmed i got more and more resiny piney taste that im not a big fan of.
M: actually quite good very nice but a little sticky

Photo of mpedara429
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown in color. When moved into the light, it has more of a resemblance to a hazy copper. Two plus fingers of tan head that hold strong with their retention. Once faded, it leaves a Swiss cheese-like lacing.

S: Big, juicy fruit scents of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. A healthy portion of pine in there to make this super appealing.

T: Very piney and earthy. Fruit that was in the nose is a little more subtle than the it would've implied, but not to a fault. Overall maltiness seems just right. The layering of flavors is great.

M: Medium body and medium carb. Pretty clean and refreshing for 7% above brew.

O: Incredible. if only more ambers were as well put together as this one. Ambers have always been tough for me because I find they are either too hoppy, not hoppy enough, or too malty. Zoe strikes the balance.

Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/4/14

A murky looking root beer with sediment and tiny pieces of yeast and enough clarity to see bubbles going up the side, three fingers of dark tan head slowly falls leaving rings deep down the glass I can easily count 8 and that's something you don't see everyday, still a little foam at the bottom

S grapefruit, lemon, manderine orange, spruce, leafy earthy notes, Iced tea powder, brown sugar, caramel, and faint coco, well balanced with a fair bit going on from both the malt and hops

T slightly more malty notes in the mouth, dark bread, lots of burnt brown sugar, still has plenty of citrus and earthy notes, tastes great but the nose has something extra working for it

M leaning towards full, not as much carbonation as you would guess from the massive well retained foam but still creams up a little, not quite sticky on the lips, leafy citrus lingers

O another winner from Maine, well balanced and has plenty going on, didn't take much time to drink the bottle, just a couple sips left at this point

I've had 4 beers from Maine and all have been great, its been a while since I've been this impressed by my first crack at a brewery. Find their beers and drink them, and send me a bottle of Lunch!!

Photo of Chilly444
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first ever Maine Beer Co. brew. It was simply amazing.

The head/lacing is incredibe and frothy. It lingers through the entire experience and that is something I really tend to notice that the best beers all have in common.

A - Deep brown/rosey red. Huge sappy, bubbly, head and thick leg lacing.

S - less than noticable. Malty with a sweet hop aroma.

T - Deep caramel malt with earthy floral hop backings. A bit of smoke/bold roasted grain.

M - medium bodied and evenly distributed flavor layers throughout.

O - very very good. This is one you need to SEE & try. The descriptions won't do it justice.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - I'm just a little surprised that there isn't an umlaut over the 'e' in this beer's name - seems to be the current hipster trend, no?

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and pleasantly bubbly beige head, which leaves some random sudsy, broken chainlink lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, resinous pine and leafy hops, bittersweet dark fruit - of the fig, cherry and raisin variety - a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and further grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus notes. The taste is big on the hefty pine resin, edgy leafy, and muddled citrus pith hop bitterness up front, followed gamely by a sturdy bready, biscuity, and well caramelized malt, one aided and abetted by some middling cocoa powder, and a soft nutty coffee essence. Very little is discernible about the apparently near 15-proof booze factor.

The carbonation is pretty tight, not really showing its cards whatsoever, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and plainly smooth, not much else going on here. It finishes much drier than I might have expected, the caramel maltiness turning tail, in the face of that lingering citrus, pine, and bitter leafy hoppiness.

A well-made American amber ale - the hops are certainly not to be trifled with, but that doesn't mean that the malt is given short shrift - in fact, a fair amount of love is doted on the biscuit, bread, and caramel notes, almost, as already stated, through the end. Anyways, a tasty, somewhat beguiling, and drinkable despite the ABV, hoppy amber brew - I want to, but I'm just not gonna add a smiley face to seal this one off.

Photo of Samp01
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good he’d retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A two-inch, rocky, beige head leaves sticky patchy lace as it slowly drops, never actually dissipating, above a clear, dark garnet beer.

Pine pitch provides a powerful punch before pineapple and strong grapefruit take over. Zoe is a hoppy delight, with a token background of roasted malt that develops with warmth.

Bitterness is quite present as grapefruit opens. Sweetness is off balance for the style, but the flavors are nonetheless enjoyable, including caramel malt that builds with warmth. A lingering bitter finish coats the palate and maintains itself well into the next sip.

The body is medium to full with modest carbonation and a flannel texture, while the alcohol is about as expected.

This is the kind of beer one looks forward to enjoying with friends after work. It is more of a hybrid than true to any one style. If balance can be tuned in better, it would truly be outstanding.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

Photo of dank203
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers

Photo of Mineo
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering from MBC once again. Beautiful citrus hops dominate the nose, while the taste is a mixture of bitter hops up front and a delicate, chocolate-like lingering on the back. Appearance is dark -- like a mix of brown and mahogany. A prominent creamy head contributes. Not a session beer by any means, like some of MBC's other offerings, but Zoe is an excellent full-bodied example of the amber style. If you find Nugget Nectar overly assertive or fruity, try Zoe instead. I know many who prefer it.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: more brown/ black than red, but there is some red evident. Very dark for an Amber.

S: bready malts, like a somewhat charred biscuit. Very American IPA hop aroma on the secondary.

T: eminently drinkable, a little smoke even. Lots of malt, hops on the end. Dry, slightly bitter.

M: bubbly. Medium sized bubbles, but we'll carbonated.

O: great beer. Doesn't taste as dark as it looks. Very drinkable. Not a lot of alcohol notes or esthers. Very clean

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/1/13 that's what Philly sells to the Pittsburgh market. I'll take it though. Dark amber bordering on a mahogany brown hue, light tan head just barley off white. Aromatics hints of dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops, east coast style hops but rock solid so far. Just a hint of tart/citric/grapefruit notes with oxidized hops starting with some biscuit/caramel malts thrown in as well. Complex beer I like MBC with the two beers I've had so far before Zoe, were Peeper Ale and King Titus. Flavor wise there's just a touch of cardboard starting in the malt department, I don't see any infection years just a hint of oxidation from the age. Bitterness from the hops makes it through each sip, earthy citric notes with a semi-sweet dark amber malt base, it drinks really well share a bottle with a friend and it will be gone in no time. These are the type of beers I wish were available locally. Overall I really enjoy this beer, and I appreciate the east coast style hops especially in an amber ale.

Photo of garuda
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is a murky and opaque caramel. Great head, retention, and webbed lacing.

The nose has a heavy malt presence. Bready and slightly sweet. Herbal and pine hops.

Good balance of the bready malt, pine, and herbal flavor. Peach iced tea.

Chewy mouthfeel with heft.

A real nice hoppy red. I appreciate the assertive hops while keeping balance.

Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, fluffy, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, molasses.

T: Bitter pecan shells, roasted coffee malt, and a bitter hop.

M: Hearty and hoppy. Bitterness hangs on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some sound lacing. Nose is roasty and nutty. Bitter and roasty with a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers where I am confused and have to ask "is it just me?" I love the aroma with its sweet fruity hops like nectarines and watermelon but the flavor comes across as more winey sweet with touches of floral bitterness. This was a very fresh bottle so I'm inclined to think it's just my palate that simply did not accept the hop varieties.

Photo of JG-90
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was born on 1/14/14, sweet, just over two weeks old.

Zoe pours a hazy deep brown with hints of red. Has a large, thick and creamy tan head with very good retention and almost a complete wall of lacing. Aroma is mostly malt forward, showcasing caramel and toffee. Get a bit of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of pine and resin.

Taste starts with bread and toffee, then moving to caramel and orange, with a dark fruit and toasty malt, floral, and resinous finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than average, creamy and chewy, with average carbonation.

In my opinion, this is an expertly crafted beer. My tastes enjoy the balance weighted a little more towards the hops, yet this beer is still immensely enjoyable to me.

Photo of Twobeards
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby, good carbonation giving a pretty big light tan head that billowed for awhile, smell of citrus than piney hops, sweet slightly caramel malts, with a bit of toast. Taste starts with a sweet note than rolls right into the citrus hop notes, than resin like hops melding with some spicy and toasted notes. Finishes with a decent bitter from the hops and a twinge of sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel feels thin but slightly sticky, let's the notes linger in your mouth awhile longer.

The bitter end lingers a bit too long for my taste, but it's a great hop forward amber that I liked more the longer I drank and thought about it.

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