Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 537
Hads: 2,176
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 302
Gots: 324 | 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 Phelps
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sent by augustiner719 and poured into a tulip.

Maroon, mostly clear with rose highlights. One finger of dense, fluffy tan foam descends slowly, leaving behind walls of lace as thick and sticky as cupcake icing.

Lovely nose, a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

The flavor’s a perfect reflection of the nose, so I’ll say it again: a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

Medium-high, pinching carbonation livens up the big, velvety body. Medium-full and viscous, with just a touch of alcohol.

Zoe’s label is simple but appropriate — the smiley face looking out at me right now mirrors my own. A balanced, drinkable, flavorful, mighty fine hoppy amber. (910 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Zoe dozens of times and can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet!

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier VT.

Appearance: Pours a nice medium dull burgandy with a 2 finger slightly off white (beige) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Piney resinous hops dominate the malty base. slight toffee notes and lots of bready notes stem from said malt base.

Taste: Same as the nose but with more balance as the malt flavor stands up more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I'm fond of. Extremely good when fresh. (621 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful pour! Great head and retention, a rocky beast.

I close my eyes and sniff, and I smell a well hopped and fruity arrangement with the associated citruses and pines. The hops are the voice and I have to search for some malt or fruit, and I do eventually find some moderate caramel, but the hops are just, mmm, juicy.

Initially, at the front end, it tastes like roasted barley with a slight nib of dark chocolate, and I expect that to follow differently than the fruity/citrus driven hopsplosion that ensues. Fresh grassiness and smoked woodchips finish it out with a lingering chalky malt and sour hop tingle. Very interesting brew. I like it, a LOT. Try one! (669 characters)

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. (763 characters)

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. (659 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle. Packaged on September 19, 2011 - drank on October 21, 2011. Thats pretty fresh, especially living 5+hrs to the brewery.

Poured a reddish/brown haze. Even the foam had a reddish hue; almost looked like a fresh ripe fig. Fantastic looking. Smelled very very hoppy, but the taste wasnt overwhelmed with hops. Very hoppy initial flavour but finished very crisp, malty, and like a red ale should. An amazing unique beer! It is in my personal top 10 maybe 20 beers I ever had. Buy it if you see it! I just wish the bottle was bigger! :) (549 characters)

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... (1,491 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Drazzamatazz for this beer from the Nice Cans III BIF. 16oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a deep red/brown color with a half inch of off white head that fades into a nice cap of bubbles. Lots of lacing left all over the edges of the glass. Slightly cloudy.

S: Lots of citrus hop smells, with some caramel malt and a little bit of roasted malt as well in there. A touch of coffee in there as well. Really a lot of resiny citrusy hops though. Awesome.

T: A lot going on here, citrusy hops and coffee at the same time. Really a nice malt profile, caramel, roasted malts that even border on burnt. Tons of resinous hop flavors, citrus and pine. Excellent bitterness that ties everything together on the finish. Tasty!

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, finishes about right, not too dry not too sweet. Really nice here.

O: Very enjoyable amber ale, smells great, tastes great and works really well for me. Very enjoyable beer. I really wish this was something I could get regularly, nice beer here! (1,025 characters)

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

Pours a very dark amber color, almost looks cola like. The big head is dense and leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass. A bit too dark for the style.

The aroma is nice and hoppy. A good combination of grapefruit and pine notes. Very fresh aroma. A bit of a pineapple tropical fruit hop aroma in the end.

The taste is of a bready caramel base, some very light toast notes. The rest of the profile is all hops. Orange and grapefruit form the citrus flavors, to go along with some tropical fruit. Piney and resiny hops finish up the flavor. There is a powdery yeast presence as well.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation, not too lively. Sweet to begin with but ends with a noticable hoppy bitterness. Bitterness doesn't linger which is a plus.

A very good hoppy brew. I would prefer more caramel notes and less tropical fruit hops but I am being picky. Can't go wrong with this beer. (891 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by Drazzamatazz (cheers!). Dated September 2011, little bit of age but nothing that would keep me from opening it.

A: Fluffy beige foams that leave huge branches of gossamer lacing that cover the walls of the glass. Deep mahogany and dark cherry body that has only the slightest give in opacity. As the beer warms it appears less foggy and certainly more light on the cherry. Looks like a delicious little pie tart.

S: Some dusty woodshop smells that linger on piney resinous hops. Lots of tree sap sweetness and hard toffee candies. Smells of fall with dried crunchy leaves and dried grasses. A really nice balance between that light musky woodiness, tree sap sweetness, and pine preservative smells. Little bit sweeter in the notes that you'd expect for the style.

T: Taste is a really nice balance of bitter woody flavors, and hoppy pine. Some cereal grain malt flavors that make me think of lightly cinnamon porridge. The hops aren't as alive as I imagine they are fresh, but there's a nice balanced malt backbone that makes this more than just a one two punch in the flavor. Little bit of woody cinnamon spice that bridges the hoppy and caramel malt flavors in style.

M: medium body with a fine knit gossamer glove on the tongue. A tad bit of wetness creeps in between the gap left from slightly fading hops. The bitterness doesn't linger as much which makes this offering feel a bit lighter than is probably intended. I assume a fresher bottle would mitigate this issue. By no means light in the mouth, but it's medium with a noticeable gap.

O: This is really quite good, with an earthy tone to all the flavors. I'd definitely like the flavor transitions to be a bit more clear, but I imagine having a fresher bottle will give a much more dynamic experience. I really enjoyed drinking this, but some gaps in the mouth feel definitely made me wish I had a super fresh bottle to determine where the error was stemmed from. Another very solid beer from Maine beer co. (1,991 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Hoppy Red for the style. Bottled 9/1 - drank 10/16

Not so hoppy that you call it an IPA first. The RED is there first and foremost but the hops are there in spades.

Best Hoppy RED i've came across. Juicy yet hoppy and RED first...this coming from a west coast IPA guy.

A must try...2nd only to Nugget Nectar but make no mistake...NN doesn't focus on the RED at the front as well as this specimen does.

PHUCK YEAH Maine Beer Co! (442 characters)

Photo of rbd13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled 06-09-11

Pours dark copper/amber with two fingers of head,leaves heavy lacing.
Bright citrus/grapefruit hop nose.
Citrusy hop flavor with a nice malty balance.
Very smooth and easy drinking, finish lingers with a slightly bitter earthy flavor. (252 characters)

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

Just like the label says I'm gonna "do what's right" and drink this beautiful beer.

Pours a dark brown with a nice egg white head. Looks rich and wonderful. The way you thought a Newcastle looked when you first had it way back in junior year of college.

The nose has hops hops and more hops. Very unique for the appearance. Taste is hop forward and I can't help wanting to call this an Amber IPA.

Awesomeness from Maine beer company. (439 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This at first tastes like a pale ale but once it sits in your mouth for a minute you get a nice maltiness and fig. It's certainly hoppy and there's a good note of floral. The Zoe is very smooth and has a dry feel on the mouth.

Hazy, opaque dark brown with a tan, foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing. Very strong alcohol and hop scent.

This is a very high-quality rye. (378 characters)

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

Bottle courtesy of andrewski1, thanks again!

I couldn't wait to try another hoppy NE brew.

Pours a hazy and deep amber color with a nice off white head, some lacing.

Aromas are quite nice. Hints of brewed tea, light nuttiness, earthy hops, and hints of pine needles.

Taste is earthy, with some nutty, spicy, and very slightly sweet tea like malts. Finish is dry, with some pine needles, and general mineral bitterness. This is a hoppy and tasty amber.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is really sharp and crisp, body is full enough without being heavy.

Overall, this is a very solid and well balanced hoppy amber. I'd grab this often if it was a local option. I'll happily finish this bottle. (696 characters)

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

Zoe pours a really, really deep red, like clay red. Huge puffy off tan/light tan head tight, tight carb and a bite'o sheeting. Just a hair to dark on the color for me. Super fresh, olfactory over load of hops. Big piney and resinous hops, light citrus undertones. Massivley pithy and piney red ale here. But wait there's more, fruity flavors and malty flavors too. A well pronounced malt backbone. A slightly lingering bitter hop/bitter chocolate finish. I'm buying more of this stuff. This beer was so insanely fresh, all should seak this out. (544 characters)

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. (836 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a dark, hazy rubyish amber with a frothy, foamy off-white head.

The smell is good. It is musty with some acutely citrusy and tropical smelling hops with a big load of malt.

The flavor is pretty good. It is malty with even a hint of roastiness. The hops are herbal, almost minty with a pine finish.

It is an interesting one for sure. (359 characters)

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

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish copper brew. Dense head isn't going anywhere fast, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is forward with fresh hops character.

Taste is hearty grain husks to start, comes on strong in the middle with citrus hops, with a smooth segue into the prominent bitterness, which lingers with a light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a touch grainy, and drinkability is good. Nice fall brew, even if it's available more often than that. (597 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 9/1/11 bottle date. Poured into Deschutes snifter.

A: DEEP amber almost reddish color. One finger off white tannish head. Goes down quick. Nice lacing and some alcohol feet.

S: One of the freshest beer smells I have ever had. It smells a lot like hop pellets during home brewing. Their are some sweet malts behind but you definitely get the hops first and foremost.

T: Good hop bite in the front of the tongue. Not as much as from the nose. Good balance in the middle: sweet malts matching the hop bitterness. Nice bitter crisp bite.

M: Medium.

O: A. Great beer again. (587 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle thanks to jlindros`for this one!

A-Dark brown with a reddish hue and a nice thick frothy head. Real solid pour into a pint glass.

S-Loads of caramel as well as a lot of fresh grain. Reminds me of doughnuts before being all sweetened. Really has a great aroma Almost a subtle grapefruit smell as well.

T-Very biscuitty and lots of caramel. There is some bread as well as a dry hoppy aftertase. Taste is rather unusual as it switches from sweet to dry hoppiness.

M-Intially very sweet with a drying aftertaste. Medium carbonation makes this very smooth and drinkable.

O-I really enjoyed this beer, it is classy, tasty and drinkable. My only real complaint is that I kind of wish it was in a six pack rather than a 500ml. Great beer though. I am not to familiar with red ales but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (828 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep copper with a two-finger, thick, dark cream head. Great lacing and the head goes nowhere. Sweet citrus aroma. Grapefruit and orange zest lead, also a hint of tropical mango notes. This is a well hopped Amber. Starts innocent enough with slight notes of grapefruit before a bitter earthy and pine kick comes through. Solid caramel malt adds sweet and creaminess before a big hoppy finish. Bitter citrus notes, some grassy flavors and more pine bring it home. Big flavorful amber from this impressive Brewery. (526 characters)

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. (627 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep copper. Head is tan, creamy, and fluffy. Leaves some serious lacing on the glass. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a small amount of foam on the top of the beer throughout.

Smell: Super malty. Biscuit, bread crust, caramel, and a touch of earth. Super bready. Hops run to a touch citrusy with a tiny floral component. Everything comes across as nicely balanced. Hint of spice and grass come through the back.

Taste: Sweeter and hoppier than the nose. Big hit of caramel malts give way to a nice bread crust finish. Grass and earth bring a depth that's unexpected. Hops are loaded with citrus, mainly grapefruit. Touch of pine on the back as well. Loads of flavor going on. Each sip builds the hop profile, but the malts never back down. Remarkable balance overall. Touches of chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things lively.

Overall: I won't lie, I didn't understand why people loved this beer the first time I had it, or the second, or even the third, but it finally clicked. Nicely balanced with an assertive hop character, but an equally solid malt profile. Also, this beer helps save whales. (1,204 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz dark brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on label.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
The color is a cross between a red amber and a nut brown ale, sort of a ruby-hued nutmeg, with a frothy beige head and loads of sticky, clinging lace.
A big whopping mix of floral, citric, resiny and piney hop aromas is released at first pour. Caramel and bready malt smells inch through and begin to balance things nicely.
The citrusy hop-forward flavors are counter-balanced by a sweet and doughy malt backbone.
The spritzy effervescence loses its fizz about halfway through and becomes very slick and smooth.
Very well-conceived and accomplished Big Amber/Red Ale! (656 characters)

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.