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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 272
Gots: 192 | FT: 12
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 socon67
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to CTSparky for bringing this back from the brewery.

A - Brown with a strong reddish color. Reasonable amount of white foam. Pours relatively mild.

S - Hoppy. A very pleasant smell of hops with some citrus and pine. A perfect beer to have in the fall!

T - A good drinker. The flavor of hops stays throughout, with a sweet taste mixed in. I had this just over a month from bottling. I would think the fresher the better.

M - A little heavy for an amber, but very solid. You don't taste the beefy ABV for the style. Mild carbonation.

D - Yep, I'd have another. Shared the bomber and would easily crack open another.

Give these guys extra props for promoting that they are a environmentally green and that they donate proceeds to whale preservation. A good gesture on a solid brew!

socon67, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of SebD
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted/buiscuity malts, sweet caramel, some nuttiness, light coffee and pine resins.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted/buiscuity malts, some caramel, a definite nuttiness, light coffee and some bitter pine resins.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

SebD, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 05/06/2011. Bottled on 04/28/2011. 16.9oz bottled poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, extremely dark amber color, almost looks like a murky brown color, but not quite. A foamy, creamy looking off-white head rises up and sits above the rim of the glass a bit before settling in at about almost 2 fingers high until the finish. Amazing retention. Excellent foamy lacing clings to the glass and covers nearly every possible space it can. Really great looking beer.

Amazing hop aroma right out of the bottle. Citrus (heavily orange) and pine stand out above all (the orange more than the pine). Maybe a hint of some sweet malt but not a ton. The nose is pretty straightforward, hoppy and clean, but done extremely well.

The taste is close to the nose but is considerably more balanced while somehow keeping the hops on display. Hugely hoppy with more of a malt presence to even it out a bit. The citrus and pine hops are almost equally strong. Some orange-like hoppy flavors it first with a nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor balancing it out. A decently bitter, piny bite hits at the finish and then mellows, rounding out each sip nicely.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Despite this, it feels a bit fuller in the mouth. Moderate bitterness at the finish. It dries out a bit, not a huge drying like an IPA but a bit more than semi-dry.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with a sweet malt character that brings a nice balance. The hops are the showcase here and they don't disappoint. This beer was extremely fresh, being bottled 8 days before it was consumed, and it certainly showed.

ms11781, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Ryan011235. Poured into an E&J Cask and Creme glass on 5/19/10.

Appearance
Zoe is dark and rusty. Shades of purple and plum provide shadows to reds and umbers. A tall, frothy head is long lasting and leaves sticky lace.

Aroma
This aroma is by far the best element of this beer. Its sweet and juciy, but piney and bitter at the same time. Lots of fresh pineapple and orange citrus. Layered below that is a sturdy pine aroma. Its very woody, sappy and green. Not a whole lot of room for malts to peek through.

Taste
There is plenty of that nice citrus in the flavors, but a very woody pine element is intense. Contrary to the aroma, the malts are attempting to show themselves. For the most part the malt base is toasty, with notes of a crusty bread.

Mouthfeel
The body is quite full, especially for the style. The puffy carbonation is not so lively that it gets in the way of this beer's fuller weight. The finish is spurred by resinous hop oils.

Overall
A very nice red. Its a decently big beer, in the same vein as a few other imperial reds, e.g. Uncle Rusty. The aroma is fantastic.

MbpBugeye, May 20, 2011
Photo of Paccamacca
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Paccamacca, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev -5%

LambicKing, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

DeutschesBier, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev -5%

PhatAtUT, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Darker than your average amber; body is a murky brown with some hints of amber. Big, foamy off-white head that lingers around and leaves lots of sticky residue behind.

S- Great hop aroma evened out by some caramel and toasty malt notes. Hints of tropical fruits, tree fruits, pine and even some earthiness.

T- Similar to the aroma, with lots of great fruity hop flavors coming through. The malts are rather assertive, with some caramel, nuttiness, roastiness balancing out the bitterness. Really a strong 1-2 punch of diverse malt and complex bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bite to it, somewhat sticky with a hint of chewiness.

O- A big, complex, hoppy amber/brown. A really unique beer which is saying something in a style that is typically rather one-dimensional.

stephenjmoore, May 10, 2014
Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/09/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, almost black amber color, though it manages very good clarity. Three fingers of fine, dense, light sand colored foam which is slow in deflating. Leaves behind generous an intricate lacing.

S: Piney hoppiness, a hint of bready malt and toffee, hint of blackcurrant, and spice. Nice. Fairly muted aroma.

T: Lots of bready, rye-like malt flavor. Tastes like I'm eating multigrain bread. A little spice, not much hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness and grainy flavor, and nearly bone dry.

M: Medium body and medium, sharp carbonation.

O: Meh, it's OK. Not exactly the "hoppy, hoppy amber" it's advertised as. The taste picks up the hop bitterness without the flavor.

pmarlowe, May 16, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -5%

jeff1973, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

FLBeerGuy, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

pixieskid, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very dark ruby with a huge 3" tan head. Small waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- toast, lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple) and some pine.

T- toasted amber malts, some spicyness, citrus is there but to as prevalent as the nose. Nice spicy, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess and a semi dry finish.

O- good beer. Wish the citrus came through more in the tast as it does in tha aroma, but still a very good amber.

kawilliams81, May 05, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev -5%

StaveHooks, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of herman77
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MarkF150 for this great extra. Bottled 6/28/12

A: Pours a dark amber, super hazy amber. Pretty much brown and you can't see through it. Big light tan head that looks really thick and frothy. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly toasted carmel malt. Grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Has a nice sweet perfume aroma.

T: Big backbone of lightly toasted carmel and biscuity malts that are very prevalent all the way through. Almost a honey like sweetness to the malt profile. Good dose of citrus, grapefruit, floral and just a tad bit of earthy hops to provide an excellent balance. Nice sweet and semi hoppy finish that is not dry.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Awesome hoppy amber. Hands down the BEST of this style I've ever had. Great drinkability. Think I actually prefer this over Lunch.

herman77, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

number1bum, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too!

pkalix, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of farrago
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very foamy pour, fills up nearly half the pint glass, despite fragile, airy quality retains well and hovers over a finger for some time, light tan color, virtually no larger bubbles on the surface, the lacing is weak, a few splotches here and there at best. The liquid is clear and transparent, a very dark reddish brown, looks like the color of library furniture, sedate and serious, almost zero bubbles visible. The nose is expressive with grapefruit, pine leading into malted milk balls, chocolate, coffee and caramelized brown sugar, then veers back to earthy hops and leafy matter, apple and pear skin all you get for fruit, keenly penetrating and erect posture in the nostrils. Full-bodied for the character, has decent enough carbonation yet still sits like a bowling ball on the tongue. Leads with biting white grapefruit zest and green grass notes before the more roasty coffee, mocha steps up. Pine and flowers pull it away from malty sweetness and here there’s greater depth of apricot, peach and pear fruit. Some breadiness and a hint of summer corn but not strong enough to counteract the overall bitterness. Overall, appears to choose power and simplicity over subtlety, no complaints here.

farrago, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 05/20/2014. Another new beer to me from Maine Beer Company; I have good expectations since these guys have impressed me so far.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark caramel amber color, but appears a dark sunset red in the glass. Three big fluffy frothy fingers of khaki tan head. The head recedes to a nice fluffy rocky surface with lots of thin lacing on the glass. On the darker side of things for the style, I would say, but a very nice appearance for the beer.

S - The aroma is very interesting and inviting, also. Very earthy, twiggy, & herbal. Caramel malts, and some yeast. Not a particularly exciting aroma, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows through.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malts, herbal, earthy, and leafy. Some resinous / piney hop presence is noticeable, but I'd say the malts are the more major player. Dark and roasty at times, almost to the point where you forget you a drinking an amber ale.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, another quality beer from Maine Beer Company; these guys seem to put out consistently good beers, and I look forward to more from them.

Maine Beer Company Zoe ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Aug 13, 2014
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.