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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 2,214
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 309
Gots: 342 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Chincino
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine.

This beer poured to be a dark copper with some reddish tint to it. Thick one inch off white head.

The aroma is of malt and citrus.

Taste is hoppy, the taste of malt is not overpowering. This beer is well-balanced. There is a bit of spice to the taste of this beer.

Good drinkability. I'm definitely glad to have tried this beer.


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Photo of bernie879
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass revealed a dark amber ale with a hughe 4cm lt tan head. Remarkable retention and splotchy lacing.

Aroma: Hops were real strong upfront; piney and grassy in a good way. Could pick up some malty undertones, but the hops are pretty assertive.

Mouthfeel/taste: Full bodied with enough carbonation to enhance the hop bitterness leading to smooth yet crisp feel. Malty characteristics much stronger, with a chewy feel. Caramel and roasted notes definatly there. While hops aren't as strong in this regards they do offer a nice orange-grapfruit zest which balances out the sweetness really well.

Overall: This was a really balanced ale with a lot of complexity and great drinkablity. It is a pricey at 6.50 and I wont't be buying another, but definatly worth the chance to try it.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lot 042811
Pours an orange-brown color that is somewhat hazy. Full light tan frothy head.

The smell has a nice fresh flowery hoppy scent. Also smell the red with a caramel sweet nose that's also got some milk chocolate aromas. Citrus characters like an ipa.

After an initial hop spiciness theres a sweet malt flavor. Theres a crisp bitter finish. More dark flavors than the scent gave away. Some coffee, roasted, chocolate, caramel flavors. Letting these flavors linger on the tongue let them meld together and the aftertaste is so good. Pretty decent hop backbone even when the malt comes through. This at some points reminded me of a good dipa. Had citrus characters.

Very smooth carbonation and easy to drink. Medium body. Solid.

Overall, this is what I want an american amber to be. Definitely delicious. I kept trying to tell myself this is not as good as I think, but it is. Will be buying more. Probably all the time. One of my favorites

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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.

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Photo of Pahn
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled April 28, 2011 (ie ten days ago). Notably, bottle mentions that 1% of profits from the beer go to a whale-related charity, which is laudable.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch, frothy offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving small, densely packed islands of lacing all over the glass. Pours a hazy dark ruby, and continues to fill the glass with lacing.

Smell: Giant hop aroma, like a fine Californian DIPA. The hop aroma is dank, grassy, piny, foresty, but rounds out with a nice citrus and apricot bite. Decent pastry-like malt backbone, though it fades to little more than a highlight. Hop aroma gets bigger and bigger with warmth, ending up as a beautifully integrated floral, grassy, citrus hop explosion.

Taste: Healthy bitterness, with grassy hops that transition to a nice malt backbone. The hops aren't quite as big as in the aroma, but the flavor compensates with a much better developed malt character, which is toasted and biscuity with just a bit of cookie sweetness. The bitterness sticks around as the beer transitions into a long, well-blended aftertaste.

This is a great beer. Over delivers both the hop fix and the malt fix. Near the end of the bottle, the flavor finally develops some booziness, but rather than being distracting this just lends a spiciness that compliments the big hops and malt. Hard to imagine improving on this beer... I guess if the hops were as potent and distinct as in the nose, it would be perfect.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish leading to a long, satisfying aftertaste.

Overall: This is the kind of beer I could keep on hand at all times, or--even better--drink fresh at a bar or local taproom on a near daily basis. Masterfully put together. Compares very favorably to Nugget Nectar or Cascazilla, both very formidable beers. I've been meaning to try Maine Beer Co. for awhile now, and having done so I'm very impressed.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, nearly burgundy color with a decent head into my glass. Very nice hues.

Grassy hops with a hint of citrus greet the nose. Sweet malt follows underneath.

Mild grassy hop flavors mingle with sweet, spicy malt to create an amber that worthy of sipping than anything else.

Mouthfeel is of lingering grassiness and a light malt sweetness.Very crisp.

Enjoyable example of the style. I also liked Peeper Ale as well. Check it out!

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Photo of pratyk
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber Brown with a red tinge, Offwhite head that is not too thick.

Smell: Caramel, Citrus, Peach, Earthy notes with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Citrusy, Hoppy, Earthy with a Coffee finish. Malty to start hoppy to finish. Good amount of bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Medium body. Moderate Carbonation. Conditioned Bottle.

Overall: Great Dark Amber Ale (if I can say so) that is easy to drink and enjoyable. Doesn't feel like a 7-8% ABV beer. Recommended. I can see this becoming my offseason replacement for Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep reddish brown amber with an off white head that leaves some good lacing. Some chill haze. Color is what you want your beer to be. Very pretty.

I'm in the pine forest! Some malt, but it is all hops here.

Big juicy pine hop flavor, and it dominates. As the palate clears, you get some browned bread crust, good toasted malt, a little earthy edge. There is substantial bitterness here, but it is to the proper degree and there is a good balance. Not easy to find fruit in this one.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Easy drinker -- a hoppy brew that you can put down pint after pint. Worth having.

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Photo of Nuggethops
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 4/28/2011

Poured into a Holy Grail Imperial Pint Glass

Dark brown and cloudy with a ruby tint. a healthy two finger beige head that is very frothy and looks great dissipates very slowly to a icm cap that is present throughout there is sticky lacing at the top of the glass but little lacing holds after that. The smell is of resinous piney citrus hop character mostly, with a slight bready malt underneath the great hop profile.

The taste is just like the smell, It's delicious with a nice piney hop profile up front with a slight citrus bite as well. A smooth roasted bready malt flavor compliments the huge hop flavor nicely, this is a great hoppy amber ale.

It is smooth in the mouth but slightly under carbonated leaving it just a little thin. An excellent amber ale that I will gladly drink over and over especially this fresh.

Cheers to the Maine Beer Company for this wonderful brew and their environmentally conscious practices. I happily support this brewery and look forward to some more of their offerings.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one roll around. Bottled 8 days ago. Poured into short's imperial pint glass.

A- Brown with ruby red highlights, big sandy buttercream head that is very rocky and thick. Minimal lacing outside the first ring.

S- Strong forest floor, pine and citrus.

T- New growth pine, juicy orange and grapefruit. Really sticks with you after the sip. Bitterness is welcome, lots of oily hop goodness behind it.

M- Rather heavy body for the style, but it's not a detriment. Moderate carbonation- I think a bit more would knock this outta the park. The bready malt is more felt in heft than found in the flavor profile.. hiding behind the hops.

O- A worthy challenger to eagle claw fist and nugget nectar.. although I'm not convinced it's better, and I'd like to see a bit more carbonation (but now I'm nitpicking). more good beer outta Maine. I love it.


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

Reviewed from notes of 4/13/11.

Lot 031011

A = Dark orange amber to nut brown color. Hearty 2 finger froth. Visible carbonation. Sticky lace.

S = Hoppy, clover, wild flower, grass.

T = Hoppy, pine, grass, wild flower. Very tight in flavor. Friendly! :)

M = Bubbley carnonation on the front end. Creamy. Strong hops on the back end. Pithy and bitter. Good body.

O = Another strong contender from Maine Beer Co. West Coast craft brewing style with an East Coast twist. Very well done!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red color with a huge bubbly tan head that survived for the entire glass despite leaving lots of lace in its wake. Orange and other citrus fruits dominate the aroma. Hints of resin are mixed in there sparingly and mingle well with the caramel and bready malt aromas. Great smelling brew. Taste is mildly caramel and a little sweet. Think of bready malt mixed with citrus, orange rind and tangerines. Hints of chocolate and citrus in a long lingering but fairly dry finish. Medium to light body is maybe the only thing I could suggest to improve this one. I would have loved a touch more body. Smooth resinous and candy like sweet mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not once did I notice the 7.2% abv. Smooth light easy to drink, if they could only find a way to make this more available I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of telecomz
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best take on the amber/red ale on the market. An epiphany.

I love this beer.

Strong citrus, tropical notes lead to a slight malty-dried fruit aroma.

The taste is amazing. Stronger than typical hoopy notes give way to a solid malt backbone.

The beer is bottle conditioned and has medium carbonation, Mouth feel is solid.

As a native Mainer, I couldn't be prouder.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/24/11

Lot 031011

Many thanks to Brez07 for this long-time want

Stained brown, tobacco color. Soft highlights of lightly shaded plum. After reaching just shy of three fingers of foam the head started to slowly collapse to 1/4th inch layer. A decent amount of lace catches mid-way through the glass.

Smells excellent; exactly what I like within the style (I'm calling this one an imperial red, by the by). Hops are lively, expressive and in no short supply. Tropical citrus notes are passed through a floral filter that has already trapped small bits of pine resin. Beneath the hops are notions of caramel and bread (becoming a bit more balanced with warmth).

Exhibiting more of a piney bent, the flavor profile is accented by a moderate bitterness throughout. Citrus seems downplayed compared to the aroma; here, it is zesty and embedded in the mix. There is a spicy kick as well. Toasty, bready malts with subtle caramel. Finishes dry with hints of cocoa, of all things. The aforementioned bitterness compounds over time, nearing astringency.

The medium body is laden with resiny goodness. Carbonation is moderate and suits the dryness of the beer. Alcohol is hidden but at 7.2% abv it sneaks up on you. Bitterness lingers after the finish.

This is a pretty nice imperial red. It's easy to drink and enjoyable. This would be in rotation were I within distribution range. Recommended.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours much darker than your typical amber, with a hazy brown body and some ruby red highlights. Frothy and sticky ivory colored head rises up to almost 2 inches thick.

Aroma is notably hoppy, with wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Some carmel and toffee notes linger in the background.

Taste is spot on with your stereotypical American hop profile; lots of citrusy notes and plenty of bitterness. The "amber" aspect of this amber ale adds a more notable malt presence than an typical IPA would. Sweet toffee like malts balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body feel and a nice clean finish. Overall, Maine Beer Co. has an excellent hoppy amber (or brown) ale and I look forward to more from them.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An opaque brown. I can see some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy off white head that sticks to the sides. This beer is way to dark to be an amber ale.

The aroma is a big dose of grassy, tea like, and citrusy hops. Taste goes in the same direction. A tasty amount of hop flavor like the nose described to me. A weak backbone of roasted and/or chocolate malt lets the hops play a big role in this but in the end the beer comes up a little flavorless. Not that bitter but the mixture of the hops and malt adds a slight coffee like bitterness. Dry finish. Light and foamy in the mouth.

A refreshing beer for the summer I'd say. I just wish it was a little lower in alcohol since I'm barely getting any sweetness/malt flavor.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Lot#03-10-11. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna color. Produced a huge frothy and fluffy tan colored head. Great retention behing it that left lots of lacing in its wake.

(S)- A dry hoppy blast up front. Very very dry actually with some hoppy citrus and caramel malts.

(T)- A better balance than the smell foretold. A nice nutty/caramel richness with an even mellower citrus hop character. Still dry, but richer and maltier.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and malty, yet dry and citrus-like hop aspect. Mild bitterness, almost becomes earthy as it warms.

(D)- A solid to great american amber. Malty and rich with an assertive yet balanced hop profile.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my NB globe. Got two of these in a care package from the amazing trader/generous guy known as portia99.

Brown body with a big fluffy light tan head on top. Nice hoppy aroma, mostly citrus notes with a hint of toasty sweetness at the end. More citrusy hop goodness up front with this brew, finishes with a well balanced mixture of caramely malts and citrusy hops. mouthfeel is medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation and a slight stickiness.

Overall this is a solid beer, and really hits the spot after a long day of work. Provides a nice hoppy aroma and flavor with a balanced malt backbone. Hoppy amber ales are a style I would love to have more of. I wouldn't mind drinking some of these again in the future.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle bought in Springfield, drank it in Bangor, ME mid March. Super fresh being bottled a week before I drank it.

A: A dark muddy brown look with barely amber to brown highlights. Nice pinky of slightly off white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Best part of the beer, super nice dry hopped aroma. Flowery citrus sugary aromas waft from the glass that is complimented nicely by a marshmallow almost barley like malt. Awesome aroma.

T/M: A little watered down for my liking here but a nice round spiced amber malt character with bitter floral hops, maybe a little pine resin but not a lot of the citrus i hoped for. Dry bitter finish.

O: A pleasant drinker that is different but comparable to Nugget Nectar among others.

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Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember for the life of me who sent me this beer. Had a couple trades come to me at the same time from the New England area. So whoever sent it to me, big thanks for a great extra! Poured into a blanco diablo pint glass.

A- Pours very dark, almost brown color. Fluffy one finger head or so. Left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Very interesting looking beer.

S- Nice big hoppy aroma. Floral, a little citrus aroma up front and through the middle. Sweet caramel malt smell at the end. Very strong nose to it.

T- Wow, very nice flavors going on here. Like the nose, big hop flavors burst out at first. No middle here, goes straight to malts finishing up the drink. The two balance out well, with a rather sharp difference. Bitterness starts a little strong and slowly dies down throughout the drink.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Gets a little thick, syrupy, but still rather smooth.

O- By far, the best amber ale I've had. Full of flavors, and very well balanced out. Big thanks to whoever sent this as an extra!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to drazzamataz for the bottle. 500 ml. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark red color, almost brown. Almost to brown for an amber, but a big 3 finger head dropped and left sheets of sticky lace.

A: Pretty hoppy for the style, but not something I'm gonna complain about. Grass, pine and caramel with a hint of citrus.

T: Damn nice for an amber. Really nice mix of the caramel malt ith the grassy hops. It gets a bit herbal in the middle and finishes dry and sweet. No really evidence of alcohol.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Almost a little too creamy, but not in a bad way.

O: This is a very good beer. Hoppy but with enough of a malt backbone to balance it out. Pretty impressed with what Maine Beer Comapany is doing. Skal.

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

Nose is great, burnt malts, toast, red deep amber appearance, lovely head, lovely smell, just all types of malt and fun stuff. hops are present too, in a citrus and pine resin way and lovely. i ... am turned on.

smell is womping good, taste is best with back end burnt toast yummy carbon and such

mouth is good solid medium body and overall it's a wonderful suprise from a new friend matty b up in maine. who knew. seriously. who knew.

apologies on the review i'll touch this up soon but there's a movie to be watched with the woman and she's mad i'm talking so much about this chick zoe.

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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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours an almost opaque mahogany with a generously sized fluffy, light tan head that sticks around a while and laces very well.

wow. pine. a touch of caramel underlies the huge hop aroma that is dominated by the pine, but also brings in some spruce, tree sap, woody, earthy, with some bitter citrus behind that. a hop onslaught, that doesn't quite lose its amber identity.

hoppy aroma even attacks the palate as I sip, and the flavor starts bitter, then a caramel and toasted malt sweetness takes over before a peppery, spicy, and piney hop flavor again takes over. finishes with juicy and resiny hops and some citrus juice that lingers pleasantly.

delicate medium body with ample carbonation and a juicy finish that is thirst quenching.

wow. a tremendous beer. not extreme, but everything is just beautifully crafted, and though it is extremely hoppy, its not too bitter and the hops don't overtake the amber qualities that add some balance and make this extremely drinkable.
a year later and I've picked this beer up every single time I've been in a store and it's been less than 2 months old. One of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of bum732
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Bold pine and sap resin, touch of woodiness, very fruity.

L: Hazy brown, dense creamy light tan head, good retention.

T: Smooth piney sweet sappy malt. Touch of caramel undertones. Smooth medium bitterness leads to a candy semi-sweet finish with just a touch of hop resin.

M: Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, very smooth.

This is an amazing beer, blew me away. Nose is similar to nugget nectar but a more "pine" like profile. Lighter in sweetness than NN and light overall, but unbelievable creamy smooth on the mouthfeel. Definitely try this beer.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.