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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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547 Reviews
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Reviews: 547
Hads: 2,238
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 309
Gots: 353 | 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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Reviews: 547 | Hads: 2,238
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of beerhan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of stickynotes
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8/18/11 bottle
A: darker reddish brown. Very dark for an amber.
S: grassy, earthy, and a hint of caramel towards the end
T: sweet caramel initially with a hint of toffee ending with grapefruit and other citrus.
M: very light, watery, yet creamy
O: wish I had gotten to this earlier to get more of the hop notes but it's still delicious. Definitely worth a try. This beer made me a fan of ambers.

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Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of my best BA bud hoppymcgee, great extra for our most recent trade. Bottled 08-18-11.
Pours a dark ruby amber almost brown; if you don't hold it up to the light it looks brown to be honest. Darkest Amber Ale I have ever seen. There is a nice inch or so of eggshell colored thick frothy head which slowly dissipates to a nice little foam cap.
Aromas sappy pine hops and lighter citrus (mainly grapefruit), grassy and slightly floral hops. As I dive back in I get layers of gooey caramel malts.
The tastes begin with the thick caramel malts but immediately you are greeted with the resiny, sappy pine hops. Grapefruit and floral hops def are second fiddle to the pine hop flavors; quite hoppy and bitter up front but with a sweetness kicking in late to balance out the aftertaste. As it warms I get some notes of toffee almost chocolate from the dark malts.
The mouthfeel is fairly creamy/chewy; medium bodied with good, crisp carbonation. Finish is nice and dry and the hops linger for the perfect amount on the tongue; definitely not a palate wrecker thanks to the amble malt bill.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Tocobaga I had a couple weeks back, but with a darker malt backbone. This was a fantastic beer and I wish I had a case of it. Hoppy amber ales are slowly becoming my favorite style because of there balance of malt and hops. Highly recommended and worth seeking out; I know I will be.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice deep clear and amber on the pour, tan head, nice retention, lots of lacing

S: notes of caramel and hops are immediately present, notes of pine, maple, and earthiness come through

T: the front is sweet with the return of rich caramel, this is followed by some fruity hops with notes of orange and mango.

MF: medium body, low carbonation, nice texture

O: another highly flavorful and balanced brew from Maine Beer Co. They are doing things right.

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Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for this bottle. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color with a reddish hue. There are two fingers of light tan head . The retention is good with some lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus peel hops with mild herbal notes and sweet malt. Really nice.

Taste: Really good, does not disappoint from the taste. Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue up front and stay with you the whole sip. There is some malt backbone and mild pepper notes. The finish is bitter like grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mildly chalky, smooth and tingly carbonation, the finish is quite slick.

Overall: I wouldn't say this is a perfect beer by any means, but it tastes fantastic. I'm really loving it and would definitely have another.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass a very nice cloudy dark amber color, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger thick creamy off-white head, with alot of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is AWESOME!, hoppy, nice blend of malts, with a slight citrus note thrown in. Medium Body kinda creamy, smooth feel, ABV is non-existent. This is one of the best amber's I've had to date. Thanks Bill!

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this in western Mass.

Appearance is amber with a 1 finger white head and quite a bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of piney hops, caramel, toffee and malts. Zoe tastes rather hoppy, some citrus, most evidently from an orange, some roasted malts and pine. MF is medium with a finish that is fairly dry. Looking forward to enjoying more beers from Main Beer in the future.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle dated 8/18/11
Pours two fingers worth of beige head. Very creamy, lacing clings to the glass quite well. Body is a murky brown root beer color.

Smells HUGE! Very complex as well. Citrus, grapfruit, lemon, grass, earthy. Some floral and lavender notes as well. Smells like English hops mixed with west coast hops and a dash of the east coast, maybe this doesn't sound right, then lets just say its awesome, or wicked. This is one of those beers you can smell over and over and almost be satisfied with out tasting it. But this is not a time not to taste.

Initial taste is medium sweet carmel and toffee malts. A neutral mid palate, some bready yeast and some creamy tasting malts. The finish is this nice and interesting grassy, earthy, mineral coating finish. This have a very interesting and hard to describe taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, medium carbonation, medium firm hop bitterness. Great job on the balance. Keeps me wanting more after every sip.

Overall this is a great beer. Big pleasant smell, complex taste and smell, nice balance of sweetness bitterness and carbonation. I'll be picking this one up again.
$7 a bottle.

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Photo of Burt
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 8 oz tumbler. It has a date on which is 09/01/11, not sure if it is expiration or pack on date.

Dark amber and coppery that was clear. It has a lot of carbonation which produce a huge thick off white head which dispersed slowly and left thick clinging lace. There was more lace than clear spots.

Nice citrus and pine with a little of malt. I opened the bottle and my wife said she could smell it across the room.

Pine, green mango and white grapefruit at first then it sweetens up a little in the middle with a nice creamy and smooth bitterness that seems like its going to get real intense but just mellows out.

This is a great beer, with all the breweries pulling out of this area I am happy that we are able to find jems like this. Not sure if it out of code but it sure tasted good. It has a smile on the front of the lable and it sure put one on mine.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another delicious looking ale from Maine Brewing Company! Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

LARGE foamy head that takes several minutes to subside. Nice thick spotting on the glass. Wonderful hoppy aroma with the amber 'spice' scent coming in as well. Very nice refreshing and crisp amber ale with a great hop bite to it. This is a darker beer (malt) than something like Nugget Nectar. A slightly thicker brew than other hoppy ambers I have tried. M- just about right.

Another fantastic offering from Maine Brewing. Lunch is spectacular and this is not far behind. If you can get one, try it, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle provided generously and unexpectedly as an extra in a recent trade with mschofield. Thanks for knocking off this want Marty.

This bottle is still fairly fresh with a 8/18/11 date printed on it. Poured it into my Lost Abbey tumbler.

It pours a ferocious mahogany with a slightly off white head. The head sticks around for forever then some, and leaves outstanding lacing.

Smell is of slight citrus and pine, but then backed quickly by this beers backbone..the malt.

Taste follows the smell with the nice light citric tones and piney/floral notes. They definitely stand out more in the taste than they do in the nose. The malt is hidden by the hoppy citric notes very well, but shines through delightfully in the end. It leaves a nice, sweet coating on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but worked extremely well. This was insanely drinkable and paired well with the BBQed TriTip we were having for dinner.

Overall, a very good hoppy amber ale. Exactly how I like my ambers.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer with an off-white head that had some decent lacing.

S - Nice citrus and pine hops over an appropriately malty backbone. Smells like a really nice hoppy amber.

T - Some solid malt with a good hoppy bitterness. A little bit of citrusy hops presence as well, this is quite tasty and a very good take on the style.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight bit of syrup feel.

O - A great hoppy amber, something I'd love to drink regularly. Good beer that I will try to acquire more of when I'm in the mood for this type of beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 8/18/11 Nice & Fresh.
Really a nice looking beer. A thick, creamy off white head that has impressive retention. It sits atop the beer like a dollop of cream. The beer is a beer reddish/Amber color that has nice clarity, but is so deep in color you have to hold it to the light to determine this fact.
Aroma is fresh, and a wonderful mix of floral hops and toasted malts. Reminiscent of a Hopback Amber, Lighter version of Arrogant Bastard. Cascazilla Hop Rocket Red and others in this non-official Hoppy Amber category.
Well, this is a very nice beer. Great balance, excellent depth and a very interesting flavor profile. Just the right amount of toasted malts. Not burnt, but definitely a dark toasted flavor. This gives way to a moment of deep fruit and finally off to the citrus/perfumey notes of hops.
Mouth feel is quite robust. There is a subtle graininess to the feel. Almost a powder. Not a bad thing at all.
Frankly, this is growing on me and I’m a little pissed I only picked up a couple bottles. I was too focused on Lunch. Lesson Learned. Well done folks!!

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Photo of amphion1065
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 8/19/11 into a pint glass. Incidentally, big thanks to Maine Beer Co. - a small operation by any standard - for bottle-dating

Pours a very deep red, not quite ruby and not quite brown. One-finger off-white head recedes pretty quickly. Minimal scattered lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced. For such a fresh bottle I expected a bit more hops, but there is definitely a strong earthy hop presence here. Some nice sweet malt for counterbalance.

Like the aroma, the taste demonstrates a great degree of balance. There is some initial and lingering bitterness from the hops, but there's also some very pleasing malty sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty sweet amber ale. There’s almost a sort of chocolate, brown ale flavor here, too.

Mouthfeel is good, if a little syrupy. I think the carbonation could be bumped up a bit on this one.

Though I prefer my amber ales a little hoppier, this is a solid offering from MBC. It's not trying to be Nugget Nectar, and for what it is it's successful.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a rich but clear brown with the thickest, foamiest head I've seen in a long time. This head lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves a wonderful lace that clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is powerful enough that I could smell it the moment I cracked open the bottle. With lots of hops, this smells more like an IPA than I expected. Bright, fresh, a tad citrusy, wonderful.

The first sip admittedly threw me off a bit - with so strong of a hop aroma up front, I wasn't prepared for the rich malt flavor that was present. Though there is a lot of hop flavor immediately on the tongue, this evolves into a sharp bitterness which then dissolves into full malt flavor. A little bit of coffee, the malts are dark and a bit dusty. I also detect flavors of maple, grapefruit, and mesclun greens.

Overall a very pleasant and well balanced beer that grew on me significantly as I sipped. Though at first I was a little put off by the strong malt character, this same character proved to perfectly balance with the strong hops up front and in the nose. The results: a wonderful Amber truly worth trying.

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Photo of jsled
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 4/5. attractive mostly clear amber/brown. a decent amount of just-off-white head, large bubbles, some lacing.

A: 4/5. strong wonderful fruity/citrusy. some sweetness. no real alcohol.

F: 9/10. bitter, malty, bready. slightly astringent. slight resin. but really well balanced, all around.

M: 4/5. very good. not overly lingering, though some expected lingering bitterness.

O: 9/10. a hoppy amber to be sure, but very well balanced and delicious.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.