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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 565
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 314
Gots: 387 | FT: 14
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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

Appearance: Clear, ruby-brown color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice, toasty malt with some brown-sugar sweetness and lots of fresh, grassy hops.

Taste: Big malt flavor without being too sweet or syrupy. Lots of toasted, nutty flavor, with building earthy hop bitterness in the middle that lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Quite tasty, like a hoppy brown ale. Nice balance, drinkable, very good.

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Photo of Mineo
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very pretty beer. but I was a bit underwhelmed with both the smell and the taste. after having MO, I had high expectations of this beer. not that it is a bad beer in any way, just that there are cheaper easier to get red ales that are just as good or better. its worth trying, I just wouldn't seek it out.

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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 BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby Amber color. Has a bitter hop aroma with notes of roasted biscuit malts. Flavor is citrus peel bitter hops up front with a toasted malty balanced finish. Overall very solid but not overly impressed.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: a hazy mixture of purple, amber, ruby red, and light brown. poured a large 3 finger solid tan head. real nice looking head

s: caramel malts, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry. there is a hint of sweet brown sugar, and a crackery malt backbone. just a hint of yeast aroma

t: an extremely smooth, yet rich caramel flavor hits you right away. that is followed by the bready, crackery malts. behind those is an extremely faint tropical fruity hop note, and some earthy tea-leaf like bitterness. the transitions of flavors in here is exceptional

m: mouthfeel is on the medium side. given the size of the head, i expected a little more carbonation. but, i think the carbonation level is very nice for an amber in here

o: my second MBC beer, and i think i'm in love with these guys. as mentioned above, the transition of flavors in this beer is very good. extremely smooth transition. it has the qualities i appreciate in an amber, with a nice amount of hops - not overpowering, not even the focus

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Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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 madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.

Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.

Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.

Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.

Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isn't the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I haven't had before.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Look- very dark amber, almost black. Huge tan head sticks around for awhile. Head spreads throughout, lacing looks nice. Smell- grassy.. Some floral notes. Actually this beer reminds me of a better Lagunitas Nighttime. Taste- good stuff. Blended. Malt, hops, earthiness, smoothness. Feel- surprisingly smooth, not much booze felt. O- an interesting, well thought Amber ale.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gotta give credit where credit is due... this is a beautiful looking beer. A dark colored brown with a little reddish tint to it. About a 1" foamy, frothy head and lacing for days.

Smell - Leaves some to be desired, in my opinion the overall smell is very faint and I only really get sweet malts.

Taste - A nice balance of malt and hop deliver what Maine calls their "happy, hoppy, Amber Ale". The hops are just strong enough to feel their presence at the end, and don't overwhelm the multiple (I'm assuming) styles of dark malt. The maltiness up front is just what you look for in an amber, and the pine flavors allows a smooth transition into the hop flavor. Slight citrus lingers at first, but the warmer the beer gets, the more chocolate I get at the end.

Feel - Creamy, yet doesn't go down super smooth. Carbonation and the slight bite provided by the hops may not make it ideal for slamming a couple back, but the mouthfeel is strong overall.

Overall - Another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

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Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of palma
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of muttyd
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Centennial
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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

Bottle marked 10/27/11

Pours with a voluminous tan head on a chestnut brown body. Lots of sticky fluffy lace.

Scent wafts from the pour: fruity and aromatic with Christmas tree pine notes. Spice: coriander? white pepper?

Taste is minty at first. Almost menthol. Then grapefruits and lemons. Oily resiny hop notes sneak up on you. Nice bitter pine hop finish. Slight hint of roasty / chocolate coffee malt flavor here and there. Complex and takes some time and savoring to pick out the individual flavors.

Mouth is a slick and juicy medium

This is really a very good and rather unusual ale. Can't wait to try more Maine Beer Co brews.

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Photo of iadler
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened while waiting in line for FFF 15th Anniversary party.

A- Pours a translucent light brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Pine needles and grass with citrus zest, caramel and roasted malt. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans are in the background. Very earthy.

T- A nice amount of hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine and grass. Finishes with notes of caramel malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans which provide some balance.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body that I've noticed with every Maine Beer Company. Finishes a tad dry and bitter.

O- Maine Beer Company has not disappointed me at all. Every one of their beers provides a unique take on each style it represents. I could drink their beer all day.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Digital fist bump for mjn5036. Thanks Matt! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark ruby body, huge taupe head, ridiculous head retention, ridiculous lacing. Ultimate score for appearance. Fantastic nose that seems to be heavy on the "C" hops. Pine and grapefruit I abundance. The bottle is dated 102711 but the bouquet is still phenomenal. Perhaps it's a little subdued at the moment but it's a hop lovers wet dream. More of the grapefruit and pine on the tastebuds. Not really an amber ale as much as it's an IPA. It's reminiscent of Furious. Nice soft level of carbonation compliments a dry finish. Great beer.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.