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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,202
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 305
Gots: 333 | FT: 14
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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 mooseo
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering. (674 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 NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Purchased in Portland, bottled 10 days ago.

A - Pours a very dark auburn with about a finger of dense off-white head. Darkest beer in this style that I have seen. Leaves an amoeba lacing

S - Intoxicating blend of malts; sweet and bready. Citrus hops round it out. Some spiciness that reminds me of a rye beer.

T - Starts with a big citrus punch and mellows with sourdough malts. Herbs and bitter hops on the finish with a clean aftertaste. Different and impressive.

M - Extremely smooth with a creamy feel. Drinks easily, but too full bodied to drink several.

O - I was happy to find this beer so fresh on a trip to Maine. In the vast sea of hoppy ambers, this one isn't aggressively hopped and allows the malts to shine. Shows great balance as well as complexity in the malt profile. Hops are certainly present but don't overpower. This is one fantastic beer. (917 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An opaque brown. I can see some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy off white head that sticks to the sides. This beer is way to dark to be an amber ale.

The aroma is a big dose of grassy, tea like, and citrusy hops. Taste goes in the same direction. A tasty amount of hop flavor like the nose described to me. A weak backbone of roasted and/or chocolate malt lets the hops play a big role in this but in the end the beer comes up a little flavorless. Not that bitter but the mixture of the hops and malt adds a slight coffee like bitterness. Dry finish. Light and foamy in the mouth.

A refreshing beer for the summer I'd say. I just wish it was a little lower in alcohol since I'm barely getting any sweetness/malt flavor. (747 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Very happy/surprised to see this last weekend on cask at Novare. 10oz pour into a pint glass

A: Dark amber pour with limited amount of head. Just a touch of lacing left at the top of the glass

S: Very similar to the bottled version. Lots of hops and some spice, caramel

T: Also just like the bottle, but a little lighter due to less carbonation. Citrusy and piney hops blended with some spice

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. I might actually prefer the cask version from a mouthfeel aspect because the hop bitterness is toned down, so as to preserve the palate

D: While I like the bottled version better, it was really great to see this in a different format. MBC continues to impress me given their small size (742 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby-brown with two fingers of tan head. Great head retention.

S - Aroma of sweet caramel malt and light citrus and pine hop. Lighter, subtle dark fruit aroma.

T - Pretty unique. Stronger dark fruit flavors with subtle chocolate and charcoal. Balanced with hops in the form of grapefruit and pine needles. A sweet and malt-forward offering with a small bittering hop presence that amplifies the overall taste immensely.

M - Medium body with an overall wet fell leading to slightly drying finish. Nice carbonation

O - Very very good beer. It is an amber ale through and through, which to me means expert balance between malt and hop, with sweeter malts and subtle hops. Far more true to the amber ale style that other much hoppier offerings like NN and Eagle Claw Fist. Wonderful! (793 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour a nice golden semi-dark amber, somewhat clear with a beautiful long lasting creamy white head.
Not a lot going on in terms of bouquet. Did pick up some malt and a medium amount of hoppieness.
Taste was soft and round, more hops than I anticipated. BUT the best thing about this one, was the aftertaste.
It lasted and lasted and lasted forever. Seemed like 5 or 10 minutes after tasting this one, the taste remained and it was very nice! (441 characters)

Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe. (1,022 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was born on 1/14/14, sweet, just over two weeks old.

Zoe pours a hazy deep brown with hints of red. Has a large, thick and creamy tan head with very good retention and almost a complete wall of lacing. Aroma is mostly malt forward, showcasing caramel and toffee. Get a bit of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of pine and resin.

Taste starts with bread and toffee, then moving to caramel and orange, with a dark fruit and toasty malt, floral, and resinous finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than average, creamy and chewy, with average carbonation.

In my opinion, this is an expertly crafted beer. My tastes enjoy the balance weighted a little more towards the hops, yet this beer is still immensely enjoyable to me. (739 characters)

Photo of Mineo
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering from MBC once again. Beautiful citrus hops dominate the nose, while the taste is a mixture of bitter hops up front and a delicate, chocolate-like lingering on the back. Appearance is dark -- like a mix of brown and mahogany. A prominent creamy head contributes. Not a session beer by any means, like some of MBC's other offerings, but Zoe is an excellent full-bodied example of the amber style. If you find Nugget Nectar overly assertive or fruity, try Zoe instead. I know many who prefer it. (512 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 Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle. (739 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers (277 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with some red around the edges. Fairly heavy carbonation and a big cream head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a piny, buttery, biscuity, grassy smell. It's appealing for sure. Very aromatic.

Taste: Raisins and dark fruit dominate the taste of this beer, which also has a booze kick and hefty malt presence. There's also biscuit, grass and apricot. Some mild figs, too, and some noticeable citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, which is a good depth for this beer, because a heavier body would make it a little too "big." It's reasonably dense, but approachable.

Overall: Sip it, savor it, and enjoy it. Another great beer from MBC, everyone's favorite simple-label-loving brewery. You really don't need to go nuts on bottle designs when your beer is this well crafted. It strikes me as kind of an IPA/amber hybrid, and will appeal to fans of either. (929 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle bought at the Maine Beer Company brewery store on "Blizzard Day" 2013.

This beer has great head retention, the foam just sticks around for ages (perhaps a wee bit of wheat in there?). The beer itself is a deep mahogany amber color; the redness really only becomes apparent when the beer is held right up to a light, its just so dark.

The nose on this is a little odd. Initially, the hops hit your nose, and they strike me as lightly grapefruity. To be honest, the hops here seem similar to MBD's "Lunch" DIPA but much definitely secondary to the malt backbone. The nose here is hops first, but then quickly fading to a smoky malt. Too be honest, I was quite suprised at just how smoky the nose on this beer is, its a rather interesting take on the american amber style.

The taste on this is fairly subdued. No strong hoppy bitterness, not much residual sweetness, overall, a very balanced beer. Very malt-forward, not bitter, but a great balance between the hops and malt character.

This is perhaps the best mouthfeel that I have ever had on a beer before. This beer truly fills the entire palate and brings flavor to every corner of your mouth. Just great.

This is a very, very, solid American Amber. It is a little malty for my taste, but a very hefty and interesting beer. This is certianly an excellent representation of the more extreme ABV end of the style and a worthwhile pickup for anyone. Not my favorite MBC offering (total peeper, lunch, and mo fan here) but really good stuff. (1,516 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle: 2/18/14
A: Huge 3+ finger tall head was created when pouring from an inch above the snifter glass. The foam is made of mixed sized bubbles and soapy looking, off white with an tan tint. Head retention lasted for days.. The beer is a dark maroon color with moderate haze.

S: Very hop forward aroma with moderate spicey pine and fruity notes (I'm going to guess chinook). There is an underlying sweet malt nose that comes off like candy raisins or gummy candies.

T: A nice firm hop bitterness on the first sip that fades over time. Similar moderate piny, dank, spicey and melon hop flavors come through in the middle. The middle caramel malts shine through and balance nicely in the beer with slight toffee and raisin notes. The balance is on the hops but not overwhelmingly. Also getting a slight roast character with some fruity esters possibly from the ferment.

M: A moderately carbonated beer. The body is fairly big and is emphasized with all of the crystal malts I'm picking up. No astringancy or alcohol warming, but its not the most easy drinking beer.

O: A nice flavored american red with a good dose of malt character and piney hop character. I'd compare this to a few other ambers I've had from Half-Acre (ginger twin?) or even a bigger version of alpha king. (1,288 characters)

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

Pours a dark amber to medium brown. A little on the dark side for an amber. Deep white fluffy head with thick sticky lacing drizzling down the glass as it dissipates.

Best word I can use to describe the smell is very pleasant, pine and earth meet light, bready & caramel malts.

Taste blew me away. This beer is truly a roller coaster ride between the hops and malts with the hops being more dominant. Back and forth from pine needles to bready, biscuit malt to citrus/berry and earthy hops and back to light caramel. The 7.2% ABV stays nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with a crispy, prickly finish.

This was one of the few beers that made me keep saying "wow" throughout my consumption of it. It was crazy the way different flavors popped from this beer with each sip. Drinking this beer was a very enjoyable experience. Quite possibly the best Amber I've ever had. Don't be fooled. These guys and their tiny brewery make damn great beer!

Bottled on date of 4-28-2011 (993 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red/brown color with a thick tan head. Smells of pine, citrus, and a little chocolate. Taste is fairly well balanced between malt and hops. A lot of roasty, chocolaty malts complemented by pine and citrus hops. Some dark fruit in there too. This isn't as much a hoppy amber as it is a Black IPA. Much darker and roastier than other hoppy ambers I've had. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and carbonation is pretty low. I usually like my hoppy beers to be lighter and crisper. Overall, a pretty good amber. MBC definitely did their own thing with it. (557 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Beantown. I met the owners at the ACBF and thought they were pretty cool people. Larger format bottle with overly simplified label. Pretty cool packaging if you ask me...very straightforward! Brewed 4/28/11.

The beer has a large billowing tan head that has a very soft texture and a lot of staying power. Lacing sticks on the glass and from one look, we can see that Maine Beer Co. did not skimp on the hops. The color of the body is a dark amber with crimson highlights. Beautiful beer!

The smell is a little lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, it is heavily hopped. I can pick out the more sweet, citrusy notes in the aroma. Smells like Centennial hops, with the strong tangerine/grapefruit smells. Light alcohol on the nose brings out some tropical fruits, i.e. coconut, mango. While I like the aroma, a standard amber ale probably shouldn't be showing off a high alcohol presence...

The alcohol does come through on the back end, with the exhale. Up front though, there isn't a strong bitterness, but a good balance is struck between the darker malts and the brighter hops. I feel like the malt complexity got let behind here however. Slightly weaker than I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, with a prickly touch from the high carbonation. Good body, can tell this is more "imperial".

Overall, I really liked this beer. Attractive amber beer with a strong hop character, but not overly hoppy. Strikes a good balance! Completely recommend picking this up if you see it. Though it is listed on BA as an American Amber Ale, this is almost a strong ale. I guess Imperial Red Ale would work too! (1,626 characters)

Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month. (1,171 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Coats the glass very well and leaves tons of suds all over. Aroma is very hop forward; piney, grapefruit, earthy. Some smokey and roasty characters in the nose as well. Flavor combines the hoppy aroma with a caramel malt sweetness. Bitter, slightly astringent finish. Bubbly, almost prickly on the tongue. Well balanced hoppy amber ale. Bit pricey, but worth it. (421 characters)

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

Beautiful garnet color body. Frothy tan head lasts forever.

Aroma is more hoppy than expected. American hops. Very cascade like. West coast memories. Citrus. Earthy malt aroma. Nutty. Remeniscent of some of the few more hoppier English brown ales. Maple syrup as the beer warms up. Unique.

Wow flavor is great. Not too hoppy as the nose might lead you to believe. More malt forward here especially up front and definately more so for an American amber ipa. light biscuit notes. Rum, some raisin, juicy. Finishes with a pungent strong, yet very clean bitterness all at an american ipa caliber. I wouldnt call this beer highly complex but the balance is amazing. Excellent play between with the hops and malt going on here.

7.2 abv but goes down more like a five O.

Color of the beer and the aroma make this beer very intriguing especially after you taste it. An excellent offering. Looking forward to one day visiting the brewery for this one on tap. (953 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember for the life of me who sent me this beer. Had a couple trades come to me at the same time from the New England area. So whoever sent it to me, big thanks for a great extra! Poured into a blanco diablo pint glass.

A- Pours very dark, almost brown color. Fluffy one finger head or so. Left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Very interesting looking beer.

S- Nice big hoppy aroma. Floral, a little citrus aroma up front and through the middle. Sweet caramel malt smell at the end. Very strong nose to it.

T- Wow, very nice flavors going on here. Like the nose, big hop flavors burst out at first. No middle here, goes straight to malts finishing up the drink. The two balance out well, with a rather sharp difference. Bitterness starts a little strong and slowly dies down throughout the drink.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Gets a little thick, syrupy, but still rather smooth.

O- By far, the best amber ale I've had. Full of flavors, and very well balanced out. Big thanks to whoever sent this as an extra! (1,043 characters)

Photo of Centennial
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving- 16oz bottle poured into pint glass (thanks to bendurgin for sending me this.)

Appearance- Dark Amber with 2 finger head and lots of head retention. Slight cloudy hue to it.

Smell- Bready, Earthy, with bubble-gum like sweetness, mild hop aroma

Taste- Hops come through much more in the taste the in the smell. Malt is totally hidden by aggressive hop bitterness, but roasted notes pull through. A burning sensation of alcohol is more noticeable then with a typical beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel- smooth but alcohol is apparent and finish is a little waxy.

Overall- not a bad hoppy amber but I have had much better, I think this beer would benefit from a more active dry hopping and less of a the bittering hops. (723 characters)

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.