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Zoe - Maine Beer Company


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Ratings: 1527
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%

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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Photo of mscott1975


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:18:05 | More by mscott1975
Photo of JohnQVD

New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep hazy rust color with a big foamy head that leaves chunks of foam behind. Smell is malty, with citrus and pepper. At first, taste is caramel and pine resin with a spicy finish and a bit of bite from the carbonation. As it sits, the carbonation dies back and a breadier taste emerges. Feel is light with ample carbonation that gets lighter through the glass without going flat. Overall this is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:02:43 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a snifter. This one was a gusher, poured dark and murky copper brown with a thick foamy head that had great retention and lacing

S- pine and citrus hop notes with a bit of grass, deep bready malt profile with notes of chocolate and caramel, a bit of graininess

T- piney hops with a citrus-rind kick, sweet-bready malt with caramel and some earthy & herbal flavors, huge buiscity malt on the finish with subtle notes of chocolate that lead to a dryish finish, citrus hop & buiscity yeast on the linger

M- medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, leading to a silky smooth finish. ABV is barely detectable, if at all. I don't think it could get any better.

O- I loved the chocolate/biscuit malt profile and it was well balanced by the citrus/pine hops. Mouthfeel was about perfect, high drinkability, one of the best of the style that I've had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:23:05 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:18:51 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of rodney45

New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy walnut amber with an antique paper colored head.

S: Cascade and centennial hop notes with notes of citrus and pineapple.

T: First notes of blueberry, citrus floral hops and blackberry jam. Secondary flavors of chocolate and crystal malts. Dry finish with a reoccurring blueberry notes.

M: Moderate body with medium level carbonation. Hoppy with little alcohol ether presence.

O: A good beer, needs to sit in the glass for a bit and warm to room temperature before all the intricacies come out. Perhaps a bit overpriced but worth a try at least once. I really like Maine Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 12:04:45 | More by rodney45
Photo of PHBoiler


4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roughly 6 week old bottle poured into Spieglau glass

This is the deepest darkness Amber I've ever poured. The balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bright hops is impressive on the nose as well as in the taste. Almost a nuttiness or roast on the tongue from the deep Amber at first. There are plenty of citrus hop notes as well as bittering hops. The malts round this beer out quite nicely. Impressive beer beyond the sea of DIPAs and barrel aged offerings that seem to dominate craft beer lately.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:54:40 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of mooseo


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:03:33 | More by mooseo
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Zoe

Look - Pours dark maple syrup then settles dark brown, almost amber around the sides. Great soapy head. Unfiltered sedimentary body. Glorious lacing. These brews tend to intimidate those who are not into craft beers. Pour carefully to avoid getting too much sediment, unless you are like me and you don't mind eating it.

Smell - Dark malts, sweet but subtle. Toasted caramel. Burnt citrus hops are a nice addition here.

Taste - Wow! Dark fruity complexity of an advanced malty dubble. Bitter hops are there in the back, nice and deep.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy, sweet and burnt caramel. Drinkable for sure. The burnt bitter hops are quite unique and round this out quite well.

Overall - Interesting brew. Almost like burnt maple syrup or burnt dark brown sugar, but in a good way. Thoroughly enjoyed. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 13:19:00 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Pencible


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:34:57 | More by Pencible
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately came across a bottle older than the recommended 90 day period (bottled on 11/04/12, consumed today, 4/13/13 - so two months older than recommended)...

A: amber brown body in a pint glass; full head of tan left plenty of lace

S: hoppy bitterness, citrus, and pine

T: up front hops following the nose, followed by a nice, complex maltiness that slips in a little sweetness

M: medium bodied, fuzzy carbonation, slight bitter coat

O: a well-executed beer - nice drinking, but I'm sure my review would have been higher on a fresher bottle - I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:44:42 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from a grocery store, can't recall the name, in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy, fizzy amber red. 1 inch head, very nice lacing.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, and caramel.

Tastes basically the same. Huge notes of pine, and herbal dank hops. A bit of fruitiness is noted, with the grapefruit. The malt bill is pretty strong, and backs up the hops nicely. Some toasty bread and caramel. Lingering pleasant hop bitterness.

Decent carbonation, medium body & mouthfeel.

A tasty hoppy brew from Maine Beer Co. A good balance of extreme hops and tasty malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 13:10:27 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 2/28/13, nice and fresh.

A- It's catagorized as an American Amber/Red ale and that's no joke. It is a beautiful, hearty looking reddish amber, some brown too, depending on the light. A dense 4-finger head, khaki-tan in color, lasts and lasts leaving heavy lacing and a heavy 'plop' of creaminess in its middle.
Just hazy enough to highlight the bottle conditioning, and it starts off with lots of bubbles.

S- Fresh pine is the first smell that I pick up. Following are the citrus hops, bready malts, and some note of alcohol making it a subtle blend.

T-Citrus and raisin malt bread with some pine resin and a mild chocolate finish. How's that description...?...yeah, that's what I said!

M-Lots of chewy body, a bit of oily pine. This beer feels good on the palate.

O- A flavorful, powerful brew. The only downside that I see is that it's not an everyday 'go-to' type because it's aggressive. As a hearty amber, it's the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:15:51 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23, 2012. Unfortunately just past the 90 day recommended drink by period.

Beer is dark red with a good-sized light tan head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is a nice blend of malt and hops. Bread, chocolate and caramel scents are strong. Some pleasantly dank pine along with citrus scents. Malts are probably more prominent than they would be if the bottle was fresher, but it is still a very nice scent.

Taste is also very good. Citrus fruit (orange, some grapefruit), pine and a big malty backbone- caramel, bread and chocolate. Well balanced, fairly dry. Good mix of flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:44:51 | More by jrenihan
Photo of sommersb


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-01-2013
Freshness: Bottled 02-26-13
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a big off-white head on the dark amber, clear beer. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The last pour adds some cloudiness from the bottle-conditioning yeast

Smell has spicy hops with big pine and citrus elements. Some caramel malts and dark fruits counter for an overall lovely bouquet

Taste has a fairly strong hop bitterness with typical grapefruit notes, but the malts show up with a bit of sweetness and keep things interesting so its not a one-trick pony. A bit of astringency is a negative factor

The feel is crisp due to the high carbonation. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry, but with some balance.

Overall a very nice treat. I'll admit this is typically not one of my favorite styles, but this is a very good rendition -- hoppy, but complex enough to keep me wanting more. Recommended

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:59:17 | More by sommersb
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields something like four fingers of foam atop a much darker than amber beer -- much closer to the mahogany typical of a brown ale. Excellent retention with a rocky head persisting, while lace formation is similarly awesome. Aroma is hop-forward, as expected. Pithy grapefruit and orange rind is most prevalent, sitting atop a rich toffee base.

Overall flavor profile is malty yet dry, with a solid citric, grassy bitterness. The dryness, not unexpected based on previous experiences with Maine offerings, is a bit unusual for a 7+% ABV amber, but the flavors here are beautifully integrated. A great variety of malts, including some chocolate malt, makes for a robust backbone that can stand up to the bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily like an IPA, not surprising giving the generous hopping, while the sudsy carbonation has a very delicate touch.

Top notch hoppy red ale here, and though certainly expensive at $7 for a 16.9oz bottle, it's absolutely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:18:43 | More by gr0g
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker than anticipated ruby brown with large and frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell leads in with a barleywine-like maltiness, catching me off guard for a hoppy amber ale. A bit of chocolate followed up with a sweet citrusy aroma.

Taste is opposite from the nose in that the hops lead off, bringing tangarine and a backdrop of pine. The malts then shine through as rich caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is both slick and sticky, sign of both the hops and malt in this beer.

Overall really enjoying this beer, but it definitely doesn't fit in the category. Maybe it's all other amber ales that don't fit though. A+

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:05:29 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of soulfly1492


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Complex and bold. Bold pine hops. Earthy, grassy. Some grapefruit citrus, tangerine. Lightly toasted malt.

Appearance: Deep amber. Hard to see due to the deep color, but there are many small particles in suspension. This is a bottle conditioned brew. Head is tan in color, and is thick and frothy. Great retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Bold but balanced. Crisp pine hops, followed by sweet barely roasty malt. Mild tangerine citrus. No grapefruit here. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Moderately dry. Medium carbonation is smooth, not stinging. 4

Overall: Not exactly a classic example, but a creative variation of the base style. Very smooth given the near-imperial flavor and compexity. A great example of how American brewers are doing some great things.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 12:38:46 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a sinful mahogany cherry brown with over two fingers of frothy head. Redeculous amounts of sticky, spider-web lacing grabbing onto the glass. Very nice clarity with cherry red highlights.

S- Fruity grapefruit, cocoa, pine needles, rye bread, orange peel all with a wonderful spiceiness. Picking up some caraway, cilantro, fennel, and a touch of funky yeast.

T- Spicey and fruity! Grapefruit, orange, rye malt, caraway, pine sap, and a touch of caramel. Over-ripe pineapple, slightly funky yeast, and some bits of raisins/figs/dried fruit and dry hay. Has a touch of a metallic/mineral finish.

M- Nicely bitter, yet sweet. Pungent citrus/pine punch meets caramel/pineapple sweetness and blends seemlessly. Loving the spiciness! This is unreal, really glad it's finally in my area.

O- If you like NN... you'll love the shit out of this beer! It's like a more mature Nugget Nectar. Tons of sweet, bitter and spice that dance all over your tongue. The only problem with this is the price. $7/16oz is gonna make it hard for me to justify very often. I wanna see how much of this excedes the 90 drinking date near me. I have a feeling not very much. Too bad this wasn't in a 4-pack for $20.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:41:27 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and can pick up some hoppy smell. Nothing to remarkable for the sight and smell. The taste is very smooth with an ok hoppy presence which for this beer fits well. It's more of a light hop upfront and a very smooth finish kind of sweet finish. Found myself guzzling it down always ready for another sip. Overall, another impressive beer from Maine Beer Company. This is definitely a beer to share with friends, wish it came in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 21:39:16 | More by sjones5045
Photo of Hendry


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 06:08:29 | More by Hendry
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

012013 Bottle date into my new DFH IPA glass
Consumed 40 days into the 90 days recommended by the brewery.

Clear dark copper/brown pour with a booming 3+ finger light tan head. Lacing is just glued to the sides of the glass.

Sweet strawberries, digestive cookies, fresh bread, slight alcohol, grapefruit and some bitter pine. Sweet malts are fantastic at rounding everything out.

Bitter pine, dark sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Dark stone fruits and a dry lingering bitter finish. The bottle does not lie; A hoppy, happy amber.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:39:03 | More by korguy123
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks KangarooAdam59!

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - pours a reddish brown color with 2 finger white head some lacing.

S - malts, caramel, earthy notes, piney, citrus.

T - malts start it off, followed by the piney hops and grapefruit.

M - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - This was a great beer! Would definitely trade with KangarooAdam59 again in the future! :)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 14:19:39 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep amber almost brown in color with a big off white head leaving behind some awesome lacing. The smell is floral and grapefruit hops up front with some grainy notes and a bitter almost spent coffee bean scent. The flavor is rich and malty with a good amount of citrusy hops and a grainy after taste. The mouthfeel is a bit big from high carbonation, but maintains a good level of drinkability. Overall I am glad I stumbled on to a fresh bottle of this on a trip to Vermont.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:30:47 | More by dickieb
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to be trying something from this brewery. Worth the minimal extra coin to get it; as opposed to having to take a road trip.

Looks beautiful. Nose is great too; berry amber kind of thing going on. Hops are definitely biting on the palate. Great flavor ride. Kicks in on the end and gives a nice overall wave. Carbonation seems a bit too high and biting really. It really hissed a good bit when I opened it up. A very nice amber. A good first beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:09:36 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Company "Zoe"
16.9 oz. bottle, freshness dated "122312 23"
$7.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. When? I don't know. Why? Well, I can answer that - there's something about the bright and citrusy hops that attracts me. I'm like a fish looking for a shiny lure. Bright and citrusy hops will work. But wait? Is that all that's needed? Are the hops enough? No, not really, I need something to balance the hops. What, pray tell then is that? Well, malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness, I think. And Zoe delivers all of that.

The appearance is very good, and certainly better than most. It's a clear mahogany (when poured properly to leave the lees behind), and a creamy head of light tan tops it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is all about bright and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple...

The flavor adds just enough dark caramel and a hint of chocolate / fudge to balance it along with a spritz of yeasty fruitiness (berries and apple). A very-firm to solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and fruity with notes of berries, citrus, and apple. Maybe even some grape (both white and red).

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a very-fine bubbled and natural carbonation that leaves it gently bristling and then creamy across the palate.

It's raucously hoppy, and I use that word rather than aggressive or tenacious because it suggests a little bit of fun. Yet it's somehow balanced. And that balance may be teetering, but it still somehow seems to hold. So, although it is a little off-kilter, it's not so far off that it's undrinkable. It all comes together in the end. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:21:35 | More by NeroFiddled
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.