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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 2,214
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 308
Gots: 342 | FT: 14
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:
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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.5%
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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Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a very deep ruby red with a small tan head. It's got nice retention and clings to the sides of the glass. It's darker than I expected for an amber.

S - It's got a very hop forward nose with pine, citrus, and fruitiness appearing in waves. There is also some caramel character present. It's not an in your face aroma, but still provides a pleasant bouquet.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Up front are some toasted and caramel flavors. Afterwards there is a ton of hop flavor similar to the nose. Pine and citrus are the most prominent, but there also fruity notes. The finish has a medium bitterness.

I find most ambers bland, but this one is far from bland. Full of flavors and very easy to drink. This is an exceptional example of what the style is, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark amber-carmal color, bordering on brown. Poured with a solid two-inch tan head. Disippated slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Herbal, piney, green hops are evident right away. This smells great. Noticable caramel reminds you that this isn't an overtop IPA.

T: The malts - caramel with some fainy bready flavors, shows up first on the taste. As the taste goes on, the bitterness shows back up, although the clear piney flavors are a little more subdued. Finishes rather abrubtly with just some residual bitterness. Surprisingly, a little bit of heat from the alcohol as well.

M: Medium body, medium carbonantion. No issues and matches style expectations.

D: Nice. I thought the taste was a little bit of a let down following the excellent smell. But overall, this is still a great hoppy amber and I would seek this out again. I imagine it's amazing fresh from the tap.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Murky amber with an even, persistent, cream-colored head.

S - 3.75 - Smell is very faint. What's there is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel smelling malt.

T - 4.25 - A very clean piney hop taste continues through from the nose, while the expected caramel does not really. There's almost a char taste of black malt in it like you get with a stout. It's an unexpected and interesting flavor.

M - 4.0 - Medium body with slight hop abrasion. Very nicely and unexpectedly dry and crisp for what looked like it was going to be a somewhat viscous caramelly beer.

O - 4.0 - A unique and interesting beer that is easy to drink, maturely composed, flavorful, and well done. It's not quite the combination of things for me in general for repeated drinking, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color into my pint glass. Two full fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing remains. Caramel and malt on the nose. Surprisingly this beer is hop forward. Cures that malty/caramel garbage I was worried about in the smell. Quite a pleasant beer.

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Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 11/4/14 dated bottle purchased in April 2015. Crazy that it remained on the shelf but curiosity overrode my best instincts and I invested none the less. Pours a deep brown reminiscent of strong tea with a huge fluffy beige head. Nearly fully opaque. Nose is vegetal with just a bit of herbal spice.while I imagine that at 6 months the hops have dropped off considerably, I found the taste to be quite balanced and pleasant. Rich caramel, malty Sweetness balanced on the back by hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle. dated 7/23/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber in color with a thick frothy slightly off white head. Crazy long retention and sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hops. Caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit. citrus, hop oil. Caramel malt sweetness. Dry biscuit. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Very nice actually.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel. Medium bodied. great balance with the hops and malts with the hops taking over a little in the finish. Overall It's an outstanding brew.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks for this one! Bottled on 02/09/2012, and consumed now in my DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with deep ruby hues; the body was much darker and more opaque than I had expected for the style. A massive amount of light tan head develops and lingers for virtually the extent of the drink. Scattered patches of lacing remain on the glass. Very good presentation here.

The aroma is of a peppercorn spice laced with earthen hops. In terms of the spice, it makes me think of the glorious peppercorns that often adorn bacon. No bacon here, but that's the kind of pepper I'm thinking of. Some citrus, pine, caramel, and a touch of roasted nuts (almond, cashew?) even come through behind it. Rather hop-forward on the nose overall.

The taste is comprised of earthen, dirty hops in front of a spicy and slightly roasty center (reminiscent of a nut brown in that regard). Delicate citrus and pine notes struggle through along with some almond, nut, and caramel towards the end. As with the nose, the earthen hops and peppercorn flavors hog the palatal stage.

Mouthfeel is crisp and spot-on with regards to carbonation, but the drink finishes rather dry and with a lingering, resinous coating on the palate. The nutty flavors seem to linger a bit as well.

Overall, a good amber though one I feel is a bit non-traditional. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means, but I was expecting a slightly different experience from this one. Either way, this is another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.!

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker than anticipated ruby brown with large and frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell leads in with a barleywine-like maltiness, catching me off guard for a hoppy amber ale. A bit of chocolate followed up with a sweet citrusy aroma.

Taste is opposite from the nose in that the hops lead off, bringing tangarine and a backdrop of pine. The malts then shine through as rich caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is both slick and sticky, sign of both the hops and malt in this beer.

Overall really enjoying this beer, but it definitely doesn't fit in the category. Maybe it's all other amber ales that don't fit though. A+

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Photo of Antc2382
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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 stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this offering from a brewery that is impressing lately. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice looking dark amber color. Almost nutmeg in color. Pours super cloudy due to copious amounts of yeast in the bottle. I personally like this effect, at least on the look of the beer. It would be tough to pour this one even opaquely.

Smell is a bit spicy. A good deal of biting floral hop aroma comes through as well.

The flavor is really impressive. It's complex, as the hops are biting and grassy-good. The malt profile is also biting and spicy, and the flavor in total is deep and complex, yet refreshing. The flavor is quite dense and coats well, but the mouthfeel isn't too heavy.

A flavorful and delightful brew. Let it settle and pour carefully if you want to minimize the yeast in the look, but truly, the yeast in the pour of this one doesn't effect the flavor too much.

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Photo of timc100
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber with a dense, creamy beige/eggshell colored head. Great hoppy and malty blended aroma - big sweet grapefruit, resin, sticky pine with some cocoa powder, cereal grain, and caramel. Very vibrant fresh taste - hop bitterness and darker maltiness blend well.

Another fantastic beer from MBC.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is a good beer.

2/24/11 bottle from CMac. Thanks dude who doesn't read this site!

Very dark, a little cloudy, and a whole lot of thick offwhite foam. Beyond 'amber', but a depth of color.

Nice resiny, hoppy aroma with a little bit of fall leaves.

I don't know. If I was to pick something that I'd like to drink forever solely based on taste, and not ever have something else, this might be it. It's well balanced, there is a full malt presence, there is a bit of citrus but there's a little bit of resin. It is evenly balanced with a spice bite.

I don't love that this is so watery in the middle and the finish. Otherwise it is good, solid upfront with no oily presence and a crisp finish.

The taste makes up for a bit of shortcoming in the nose and the mouthfeel. If you have the means, I highly reccomend picking one up...


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Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by Drazzamatazz (cheers!). Dated September 2011, little bit of age but nothing that would keep me from opening it.

A: Fluffy beige foams that leave huge branches of gossamer lacing that cover the walls of the glass. Deep mahogany and dark cherry body that has only the slightest give in opacity. As the beer warms it appears less foggy and certainly more light on the cherry. Looks like a delicious little pie tart.

S: Some dusty woodshop smells that linger on piney resinous hops. Lots of tree sap sweetness and hard toffee candies. Smells of fall with dried crunchy leaves and dried grasses. A really nice balance between that light musky woodiness, tree sap sweetness, and pine preservative smells. Little bit sweeter in the notes that you'd expect for the style.

T: Taste is a really nice balance of bitter woody flavors, and hoppy pine. Some cereal grain malt flavors that make me think of lightly cinnamon porridge. The hops aren't as alive as I imagine they are fresh, but there's a nice balanced malt backbone that makes this more than just a one two punch in the flavor. Little bit of woody cinnamon spice that bridges the hoppy and caramel malt flavors in style.

M: medium body with a fine knit gossamer glove on the tongue. A tad bit of wetness creeps in between the gap left from slightly fading hops. The bitterness doesn't linger as much which makes this offering feel a bit lighter than is probably intended. I assume a fresher bottle would mitigate this issue. By no means light in the mouth, but it's medium with a noticeable gap.

O: This is really quite good, with an earthy tone to all the flavors. I'd definitely like the flavor transitions to be a bit more clear, but I imagine having a fresher bottle will give a much more dynamic experience. I really enjoyed drinking this, but some gaps in the mouth feel definitely made me wish I had a super fresh bottle to determine where the error was stemmed from. Another very solid beer from Maine beer co.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles on a recent day trip over to Portland.

Pours an extremely dark brown with amber highlights when held up to the light. A three finger creamy beige head slowly fades leaving some thick lace behind.

The aroma is filled with lots of grapefruit, orange rind and pine. There's a hint of toasty malts in the background.

Taste is much more subdued in the hops department. It starts out with some toasted bread and sweet malts. There's a hint of roasted coffee and chocolate before some bitter, floral hops. Overall this a very well balanced beer. It combines the sweet, toasty malts of a good red/amber, with the bitter hops of an American IPA. It finishes with a somewhat dry nuttiness.

Medium-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very interesting and enjoyable brew that straddles the line between styles. ABV is not noticeable whatsoever . Glad I picked up a couple of these, and I would grab more if I saw them.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle dated 8/18/11
Pours two fingers worth of beige head. Very creamy, lacing clings to the glass quite well. Body is a murky brown root beer color.

Smells HUGE! Very complex as well. Citrus, grapfruit, lemon, grass, earthy. Some floral and lavender notes as well. Smells like English hops mixed with west coast hops and a dash of the east coast, maybe this doesn't sound right, then lets just say its awesome, or wicked. This is one of those beers you can smell over and over and almost be satisfied with out tasting it. But this is not a time not to taste.

Initial taste is medium sweet carmel and toffee malts. A neutral mid palate, some bready yeast and some creamy tasting malts. The finish is this nice and interesting grassy, earthy, mineral coating finish. This have a very interesting and hard to describe taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, medium carbonation, medium firm hop bitterness. Great job on the balance. Keeps me wanting more after every sip.

Overall this is a great beer. Big pleasant smell, complex taste and smell, nice balance of sweetness bitterness and carbonation. I'll be picking this one up again.
$7 a bottle.

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

Just like the label says I'm gonna "do what's right" and drink this beautiful beer.

Pours a dark brown with a nice egg white head. Looks rich and wonderful. The way you thought a Newcastle looked when you first had it way back in junior year of college.

The nose has hops hops and more hops. Very unique for the appearance. Taste is hop forward and I can't help wanting to call this an Amber IPA.

Awesomeness from Maine beer company.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Complex and bold. Bold pine hops. Earthy, grassy. Some grapefruit citrus, tangerine. Lightly toasted malt.

Appearance: Deep amber. Hard to see due to the deep color, but there are many small particles in suspension. This is a bottle conditioned brew. Head is tan in color, and is thick and frothy. Great retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Bold but balanced. Crisp pine hops, followed by sweet barely roasty malt. Mild tangerine citrus. No grapefruit here. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Moderately dry. Medium carbonation is smooth, not stinging. 4

Overall: Not exactly a classic example, but a creative variation of the base style. Very smooth given the near-imperial flavor and compexity. A great example of how American brewers are doing some great things.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get a chance to try this after a quick two day trip to New England. Pours a deep reddish brown with a strong eggshell white foam head into a pint glass. Much stronger earthy pine hop aroma than I expected in an "imperial amber". Taste has a big malt caramel backbone that did not come through as much in the smell to balance out the hops. Got some toasted biscuit taste in there to go along with a great balance of caramel malt and piney hop resinous bite. This beer has found a unique balance that I haven't found readily in other beers. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again. Top notch stuff.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.