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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,678 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 256
Gots: 169 | FT: 11
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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:
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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claspada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:48:17 | More by claspada
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gford217

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Maine bottle from Ben, 500ml.

Pours a nice, deep clear copper with a crazy thick head that leaves some of the most impressive lacing I've ever seen. A full two inch cap sticks on top for the duration. I honestly can't think of a better looking amber.

Aroma is bright with floral hops and light lemon and pineapple citrus. There is still a noticeable caramel malt presence but the hops are the star in the nose.

Taste is almost as impressive with the toasted caramel malts taking the forefront a little more. That said the floral pine and grassy hops are still a major player and leave a bitter, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth for the style. Sticky with hops but with a dry, slightly roasted character on the palate.

Probably not quite in Nugget Nectar territory, but this is a great amber - hop forward with the right balance of malts and body. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:38:45 | More by gford217
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vfgccp

New York

3.19/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled Jan 2013, opened Dec 2013.

A - Killer looking beer. Stellar bone white head with outstanding retention and sheets of lace. Deep cheery wood ice tea body.

S - A little funky. Wet leaves, old malt, pumpernickel bread, and molasses.

T - This bottle might have sat a little too long. Leafy hops, musk, molasses, raisiny malt, and caramel.

M - Light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad, but not quite where I'd expect it to be. I think this bottle was a little old. Will definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:59:54 | More by vfgccp
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-24-2012 18:17:22 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

05-10-2014 21:39:01 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

Danky citrus hops. Damn.

Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done maly backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

Highly drinkable, probably Zoes greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and thr like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUt

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:40:24 | More by Duff27
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle; born on 100813
A - gargantuan beige head tops a deep red-amber ale, incredible head retention with chunky lacing
S - nice blend of caramel and piny hops with hints of grapefruit and bready malts
T - bitter and complex with caramel, burnt sugar, grapefruit, juicy, piny hops, toasted grain, bread crust - rye bread perhaps
M - thinner side of medium for body, resinous and drying on the palate with a bitter lingering finish
O - really liked this one, but at its price point I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 12:47:00 | More by barnzy78
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A - Absolutely perfect looking beer. A rich, dark red color that illuminates beautifully when held up to a light. With slightly free pour it carried a 2 inch head that works its way down to about a 1/4 head eventually. Has a steady lacing to it as well. For an Amber Ale it presents itself exactly as I think it should... love this appearance.

S - Fresh grassy hop aroma. Very pleasant and similar to that of an IPA.

T - I get oranges and a citrus zest to compliment the hop profile. Definitely is a "hopped up" Amber Ale but it has a crisp finish and good balance throughout.

M - Refreshing and well balanced.

O - Solid beer. I recently had Nugget Nectar for the first time and think this is every bit as good... just doesn't carry the hype for some reason. I wish I had a Nugget left to try next to this. Very legit beer that I would suggest trying to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:03:24 | More by bsuedekum
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Durge

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky dark golden copper-brown color with a very healthy light tan head and super lacing. The aroma is surprisingly big with lots of nutty malt and pine hops as well as a little dark fruit. Really makes me think of something more along the lines of a barleywine or an imperial red. Very nice but not quite what I expected. The taste buds pick up a more blended mix of fruity malt and piney hops along with some grassy edges. The body is medium at best with tingly carbonation and a frothy feel. Very good though I'd say the aroma beats the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 05:44:54 | More by Durge
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popery

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 7/23/11. Purchased in Vermont. Great amber. MBC is two for two, so far for me, and I’d love to try more from them. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is big on caramel and hops. Citrus and pine notes abound. Mildly grassy. It’s just a big mix of caramel maltiness and pine resin/orange/grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is drier than expected, a welcome change from many strong ambers. Aftertaste is all citrus rind and resin. Full mouthfeel but not outstanding in any particular way. A very easy beer to drink and to like.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:40:04 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-07-2013 03:25:44 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-26-2011 00:35:36 | More by whartontallboy
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-brown with about a three-quarters inch thick silky tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a little pine and barley. The taste is also decently hopped and bitter with a very distant background of hops. But the bitter hops really take over. This is listed as an amber ale but it really feels more like an IPA. Quite good though.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:34:09 | More by puboflyons
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:56:44 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing this one.

A: The body is a clear orange hue with some yeast swirling in ropey strands (I was a little late to the tasting, so the dregs were all that was left); lovely finger of tan, sticky head. Attractive, despite the sediment.

S: Simple and elegant, with richly fruity hops and pure caramel malt. Nothing crazy, but entirely enjoyable.

T: The hops flavor fades pretty quickly into nondescript bitterness, and unfortunately the pure bitterness is strong enough to outweigh any malt complexity that I feel must be lying underneath. It's not bad, but definitely doesn't live up to the inviting aroma.

M: Smooth, soft medium body with light carbonation. Decent.

O: I'd have enjoyed this beer considerably more if it had either more or less hops presence; as it was, I felt that bitterness overwhelmed the malt backbone entirely, but didn't really bring any exciting flavors of its own. The alcohol was nicely hidden, but there just wasn't as much going on as I would have hoped and expected. I'd gladly drink this again, but won't be seeking it out.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:43:27 | More by woosterbill
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-03-2013 00:20:03 | More by pathman
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1382nd review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Pils (Mike Ditka)
500ml

Couldnt read the bottle date

Thanks to RudZud and Jlindros for this one

App- Dark amber, almost caramel mixed with cola brown. A huge creamy off white/tan head with a good 2-1/2 fingers stuck around for a long time. Nice and thick cling and lace.

Smell- A bit full on the nose of caramel malts. A little hoppy but seemingly one sided with only tinges of citrus.

Taste- Its a very nice beer, I would say its a poor mans NN. Has striking citrus with a more tropical note and moves into a creamy malt flavor with some bitter. Not going to steal the show, very solid and drinkable.

Mouth- A little bit thick for me. Needed to come down a bit to let flavors mingle a little bit better. The medium body was good, but a bit thick and chewy on the carbonation.

Drink- Overall, a good beer. My 2nd from Maine and they are doing a nice job up there. Flavorful and pretty balanced. Would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:04:08 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/10/11. Yep, oh so fresh. Poured into a duvel tulip.

A - My my my. Can every beer look like this please? Massive almost 3 finger dark cream coloured head sitting atop a very, very dark garnet pour. This head though, massive amount of side lacing with a head that just wont go away.

S - Really nice fresh hop aromas. Lots of big, fresh citrus and grapefruit aromas. There is some light malt sweetness but for the most part this is hop heavy.

T - Just like the nose this has awesome hop flavour with big time. A great citrus bitterness with a strong malty background that is overpowered by the hops.

M - Nice and slightly, subtly creamy but nicely carbonated with a good crisp, slightly dry finish.

O - Overall this is quite a nice amber ale. I think the malts get lots just a little with all those fresh hops, but I can appreciate the bitterness it lends. Very enjoyable brew from Maine.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:31:06 | More by rudzud
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. A very hoppy aroma that is floral and somewhat fresh along with touches of both roasted and sweet caramel malts. This beer is more hoppy than sweet but there is not only a large chunk of floral, citric hops with touch of fruit sweetness but also a large portion of roasted, breadlike malts. The malts balance with the hops for a hoppy beer that has minimal sweetness but good malty dryness and finishes dry. A hearty, medium-bodied red that is a sipper and not your average hop bomb with sweet malts but a more robust, dry beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 21:34:34 | More by clayrock81
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this cool little bottle. Always excellent to be introduced to a new brewery, & a hoppy amber sounds fine right now. 16.9 oz presentation.

Bonus points for the cool, minimalist label. Having two daughters about the age of Zoe, I appreciate the story, too. Poured in its entirety into my Terrapin snifter, which I love 'cause it holds any beer. Real dark red, bordering the international date line to woody brown. Smells like wheaty bread, citrus hops, & sweet malts.

Zoe tastes like rye bread with hop leaves baked into the crust. The malt is bready, chewy, with minimal sweetness but plenty of toasted character. The hops are earthy, grassy, with bare citrus & a modicum of finishing bitterness. A touch heavy for an amber, whether due to the alcohol or other ingredients, but it's the equivalent of a big meal followed by a one thin mint.

Interesting twist on a red. Good beer, smooth, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:33:35 | More by maximum12
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:07:06 | More by sweemzander
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper color with thick pillow of dense off-white to khaki head, good retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma brings notes of pine resin with pungent citrus and light medicinal notes, moderate amounts of toasted bread and nuts with a faint hint of caramel. Taste again brings the hops, big and bitter citrus and pine, again a faint herbal/medicinal note, malt backbone is firm, light toasted bread and nuts with a lightly sweet caramel note, hints of earth... like a muted scotch ale. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, dry finish. A really nice hoppy amber with a solid, but not sweet malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 16:13:45 | More by rfgetz
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-25-2012 17:24:30 | More by enelson
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 19:17:12 | More by Reagan1984
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Gmann

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:50:41 | More by Gmann
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.