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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 259
Gots: 172 | FT: 11
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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pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

12-03-2013 02:29:30 | More by pisano
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-07-2013 19:25:48 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-01-2013 22:19:31 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

11-11-2012 15:53:21 | More by TheBigBoy
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avaldivia

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-22-2011 06:40:41 | More by avaldivia
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random846

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-03-2013 21:20:55 | More by random846
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-05-2013 04:49:12 | More by mportnoy
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

11-26-2013 03:59:38 | More by Hugonaut13
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -5%

05-23-2014 19:36:57 | More by ricecracker420
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SFC21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-18-2012 02:07:48 | More by SFC21
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maine Zoe, bottle bought at Whole Foods Portland for $5.50. Bottled on September First 2011 and enjoyed on November Third 2011.

Appearance: This is one heck of a dark amber/red ale! Looks more like a brown ale, or even a barleywine. It's got a deep chestnut color, like the bottom of a dirty lake. The pour is quite gorgeous, with a great two-finger head that lasts.

Smell: Bubbling caramel on the stove, creme brulee. Then vanilla, cinnamon and dessert spices. Weird! Also floor wax/wood-polishing product. Definitely not what I expected, but not bad. Intriguing. I don't get any of the fresh hops many reviewers talk about. Maybe my Zoe is too old?

Taste: Here is where Zoe is lacking. There is a nice, mellow hop base and some roasty/caramel flavors, but that is about it. Spicy, tingly finish. Malt all around.

Mouthfeel: A little thin around the edges, with an almost watery finish that leaves me wanting more. Both body and flavor could use more strength, while carbonation is adequate (but not spectacular).

Overall: Not impressed with this one. I love Lunch and respect Peeper, but this is just alright, almost blah. Sure, it is drinkable (that 7.2% drinks more like 5%) but this is just not interesting.

Hopefully a fresher bottle is better?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:27:54 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper color, slightly hazy with a nice off white head. the smell is hugely hoppy with some nice malty undertones. the flavor follows sui with there being a huge hop flavor right up front followed by the malty backbone that keeps the beer rounded. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer, but i find maine beer co to be a little expensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 15:39:41 | More by rowingbrewer
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-03-2014 15:59:10 | More by PopnLoads
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Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

01-04-2014 23:53:09 | More by Danielr26
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civicm87

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

07-11-2013 00:49:21 | More by civicm87
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark Mahogany in color – opaque - with a BIG, tan head that’s part frothy, part sudsy. The size of the head made me think it was better suited for a pint glass.

Amazing aroma. One half is of citrus (grapefruit, grape, orange), and the other half is primarily toffee. Some woodsy/earthy notes are also in there. Both extremes sing in equal power without trying to overdo each other. One of the best beer aromas I’ve smelled in a long time.

The taste is great, though a bit less exciting than the aroma. This is where the hops outplay the malt profile a bit as the bitter hops outline a caramel malt center. The backend showcases the same earthy/woodsy notes noticed in the aroma. The malt profile is a little short. It drops off before the hop profile as the hops leave a lingering bitterness at the end...capped off by a touch of earth as it fades. Dry finish.

Body is medium to above average in weight. Creamy mouthfeel with a little grittiness around the edges.

Overall I loved this beer. As mentioned, the aroma was better than the taste. I wish the malt profile didn't drop off before the hop flavor on the tongue, but I'm splitting hairs here. Overall this is fantastic, and something I’ll be looking for again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 13:16:39 | More by jbertsch
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle bought in Springfield, drank it in Bangor, ME mid March. Super fresh being bottled a week before I drank it.

A: A dark muddy brown look with barely amber to brown highlights. Nice pinky of slightly off white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Best part of the beer, super nice dry hopped aroma. Flowery citrus sugary aromas waft from the glass that is complimented nicely by a marshmallow almost barley like malt. Awesome aroma.

T/M: A little watered down for my liking here but a nice round spiced amber malt character with bitter floral hops, maybe a little pine resin but not a lot of the citrus i hoped for. Dry bitter finish.

O: A pleasant drinker that is different but comparable to Nugget Nectar among others.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:59:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-27-2013 18:27:25 | More by HRamz3
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-18-2013 15:59:03 | More by Jason1337
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. A dense finger of tan foam rests atop deep amber fluid and fades gradually, and leaving patchy lacing. It's not visibly active, and the color when backlit is reddish copper.

Immediately after the pour the nose is predominantly hoppy, but not so much after a few minutes. Mild caramel and moderate alcohol are the main drivers of the aroma, though some floral and fruity hops hang around, though not as pungent as right after the pour.

The hop presence is floral, fruity, and a little bit piny. The hoppy lead is joined and pretty much balanced by a barely discernible caramel malty base that is ever so vaguely sweet. The bitterness is gentle throughout, but persistent and piny after the finish.

Slightly low carbonation, with a rich medium body that dries out succinctly as it leads into the lingering bitter finish.

This is a good beer. Good balance, good hopping, good body. But the overall dry character of it, from the middle through the finish, is a distraction to me. This dryness is also probably why some love it. A little more malty and a little less dry and I would score it higher.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 19:09:43 | More by sprucetip
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a very foamy head that is a slight tan and lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear dark red amber with a hint of orange.

Smell:
Malty with hints of a grapefruit hoppy smell. The roasted malts dominate the smell with the hops coming in at different parts but mainly supplementing the malts.

Taste:
Similar to the smell, the malts dominate the pallate. The hops are a little bitter but it mixes well with the roasted malts. I also get a slightly caramel taste as well. The malts are very strong in this beer.

Mouthfeel:
Light body but bordering on medium bodied. Still a decent feel though.

Overall:
This a very good beer and different from a lot of ambers that I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 21:23:31 | More by HattedClassic
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Drazzamatazz for this beer from the Nice Cans III BIF. 16oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a deep red/brown color with a half inch of off white head that fades into a nice cap of bubbles. Lots of lacing left all over the edges of the glass. Slightly cloudy.

S: Lots of citrus hop smells, with some caramel malt and a little bit of roasted malt as well in there. A touch of coffee in there as well. Really a lot of resiny citrusy hops though. Awesome.

T: A lot going on here, citrusy hops and coffee at the same time. Really a nice malt profile, caramel, roasted malts that even border on burnt. Tons of resinous hop flavors, citrus and pine. Excellent bitterness that ties everything together on the finish. Tasty!

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, finishes about right, not too dry not too sweet. Really nice here.

O: Very enjoyable amber ale, smells great, tastes great and works really well for me. Very enjoyable beer. I really wish this was something I could get regularly, nice beer here!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:53:00 | More by pokesbeerdude
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-22-2013 02:29:33 | More by calcnerd
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-22-2013 16:44:03 | More by MattXT
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-09-2014 04:53:51 | More by jkball01
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.