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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 279
Gots: 221 | FT: 13
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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice American amber here. the color is dark brick red, clear enough, but not letting a ton of light in. there is a huge oatmeal looking cream colored head with excellent retention and a certain sex appeal. the nose is dry red malts, and a whole lot of hops, especially for the style. there is basically no sweetness at all, which is the factor that always turns me off from these. this one is real hoppy, like a red ipa, with a lot of grapefruit and pine, really dense and robust, a very impressive ale. I like this side of red malt, its new, its sturdy, and its delicious. I would love to see more beers like this out there, I love its depth and careful yet aggressive hop complex. soft carbonation, full body, this appears to me as a fall beer, but I suppose its a heck of a drink around the calendar. maine beer company has impressed me so far, I am looking forward to the mean old tom ive got in the fridge, and anything else I can get my hands on from these guys.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/1/13 that's what Philly sells to the Pittsburgh market. I'll take it though. Dark amber bordering on a mahogany brown hue, light tan head just barley off white. Aromatics hints of dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops, east coast style hops but rock solid so far. Just a hint of tart/citric/grapefruit notes with oxidized hops starting with some biscuit/caramel malts thrown in as well. Complex beer I like MBC with the two beers I've had so far before Zoe, were Peeper Ale and King Titus. Flavor wise there's just a touch of cardboard starting in the malt department, I don't see any infection years just a hint of oxidation from the age. Bitterness from the hops makes it through each sip, earthy citric notes with a semi-sweet dark amber malt base, it drinks really well share a bottle with a friend and it will be gone in no time. These are the type of beers I wish were available locally. Overall I really enjoy this beer, and I appreciate the east coast style hops especially in an amber ale.

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

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops that quickly transitions into a very complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer with a lot of flavor and substance that make great drink for an entire evening.

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a opaque, reddish-brown body that is topped with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts with some pine and orange hop aromas.

T - Caramel and toasted malt up front. Pine and sweaty hop flavors show up in the middle. Some more caramel as the hops fade to a moderately bitter pine flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nicely put together but the flavor profile doesn't work quite as well. The bitterness is kind of soapy and the hop character just isn't as bright as it was in the aroma.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of thick light tan colored head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of rich froth and slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma just explodes in the nose with a huge floral feel that contains notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. This immediately gives way to dense and malty smelling layer of sticky caramel and dark roast. This is just so flavorful feeling in the nose, with everything seeming to have fresh and powerful presence.

Hops and malt pull equal weight in the taste, with a blast of herbal tones and zesty grapefruit bitterness that propels resins and spice out in the profile. The malt however is equally robust, with a mix of caramel sweetness and burnt roasted notes that lay heavy in the finish along with a strong resinous dryness that seems to linger forever. As this warms, the flavors seem to meld and balance even more and take off some of the initial assertive edges that hold this back a little in the beginning. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a wonderful even feeling creaminess in the mouth that has just enough of an effervescent sharpness to the carbonation. While the alcohol does give this a bit of a powerful beefiness like a Double Red would, this is still very smooth for 7%, with only some trailing warmth being present and adding some extra boldness to an already aggressive finish.

As a lover of hoppy Red Ales, I just have to say that I’m in love with this beer. From its beautiful look, to its flavorful yet well balanced profiles, to its super easy drinkability, this one just all the right notes for me. The other two Maine beers I’ve had (Peeper & Lunch) got close for me but this is the first one to really knock it out of the park, as I think this is definitely the freshest that I’ve been able to try one of their beers. I’m super excited to here that this is going to be distributed in SE PA going forward, as I’ll definitely be picking up some more bottles.

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.

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

This finally made it to MA, yay!

Creamy almost 1 finger head gasses slowly with lacing over darker molasses brown color.

Nose of fresh earthy and floral hops, some dark earthy malts, bit of fluffy dark malts, touch of roast.

Taste starts rich and creamy dark malts, bit of fluffy roast and almost chewy nougat, toffee, earthy and slight nutty malts, earthy and floral hops, light spicy, fresh hops, not too bitter, light fruit hops as well. Finish gets a bit more bitter, with a nice lingering hop character, light toffee, roast, and earthy malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied with good carb.

Drink is great, a nice hop character not too bitter, the dark malts add a nice flavor without too much body or syrupy flavor. Very well balanced, tasty.

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

Thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, I was looking forward to trying this as I had 2 other beers by Maine Beer and they were both enjoyable. I tasted this chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is deep crimson w/ copper hues and light haze with thick 2 finger light beige head with tight bead. I really love the aroma as it stands out from other amber ales I have had recently with some fruity and hoppy floral notes with slight ruby red grapefruit odor and a sweet pine tinge accents the subtle malt in the nose. The feel is great -mostly dry, semi-bitter with slight nuttiness and hint of malt sweetness with semi-high carbonation and bitter dry finish.

The taste has a light toast and cocoa-nuttiness with a mild tinge of citrus zest and pine hop flavoring. The hop flavors do add a slight chalkiness to the middle with mild bready malt coming into its own with subtle biscuit-like essence bu a nice interplay of the hops with mostly grapefruit flavor in the finish. Overall this kind of amber is kind of a red IPA as is has a very spicy and highly hopped example of the American Amber style which can range from dull and almost a brown to this style which is hop forward and yet still has a nice backbone of malt. I can't say enough good things about this it was as good as I hoped it would be with a nice refreshing dry finish.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  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.

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

Picked this at Eastside Beverage Co. in Portland, ME. 500ml bottle shared with grub. Served in a pint glass. No freshness information that I could find, but I get the sense this turns over pretty quickly.

A - Pours with a generous two-plus fingers of light tan foam. Retention is superb, and the lacing is splotchy and pervasive - things eventually settle to a thick cap. Surprisingly, dark brown body, perhaps too brown to even be called a red ale, let alone the "hoppy amber" described on the bottle. There are some copper-amber highlights when held to the light.

S - Initially it's a nice fresh burst of aromatic hops - citrus, pine, and general fruitiness. As it warms, a true red ale malt character emerges, with caramel apple, cotton candy, and toffee.

T - The taste is a little less successful in my book, as some of the complexity and depth of flavor vanishes. There is a lot of bitter grapefruit hop character, that eventually reveals some caramel malt at the back of the palate before finishing with more bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Never gets overwhelming, but I could have stood for a touch more hop flavor and complexity here.

M - Soft body, good lively carbonation, chewy medium body that's big enough for 7.2%. Finishes with light dryness and a bit of enamel-coating hop oil.

D - I had no problems with the 250ml in my glass, and would gladly have finished the rest of it. It's a shame I didn't buy more of this one, as it's a very successful and enjoyable brew. Looking forward to more offerings from these guys.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

At the time of this review this beer is the #2 American amber / red ale on the beat of beeradvocate list. Received recently in a trade, thanks. Beer served in a pilsner glass.

Beer is reddish brown and hazy with a nice off white head lots of lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, earthy, piny. Smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and very hoppy, chewy grinding, nice. Moderate bitterness, great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a murky nut brown color with one finger of tan head that has high rentention. High carbonation evident.

s - Smell is all citrus hops. Hints of piney hops too, pretty nice.

t - Taste is some bitterness from the hops, followed by some smooth malts. Decent.

m - Low carbonation and medium body. Smooth after the initial bitterness.

d - A decent amber ale. I thought it smelled really nice but was somewhat lacking in the taste. I just didn't think the citrus and pine hops came through in the taste like they did in the smell. Would try again.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, thick head that leaves a solid blanket of lace. Settles like a dome. The liquid is light brown and clear. A beautiful looking beer.

Very mild aroma. More chocolatey than any other smell. Light hop nose.

This is a smooth beer. Nice malty start to the taste--mostly the paler versions without any graininess. Excellent hop as a spice, not as a predominate flavor. The alcohol is present as a warming effect. Long aftertaste of white peppered hop. The body is full with a decent level of carbonation. In short, a very good, well-balanced beer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark cloudy brown color with a one finger head. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit dominate.

Taste: decent malt level here with some pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a spicy yeast flavor. Bitterness is sharp but provides some nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. Worthy of a try by anyone who likes the style.

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.