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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

callmemickey, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Hugonaut13, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

pisano, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy deep orange. Substantial 2-finger cream head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is biscuit malt and light caramel malt. Strawberry licorice works in, too.

Strong malt flavors, with biscuit and lightly scorched caramel. More of an amber feel than red. Very nice hop bite in the end.

Very strong for the style. Big malt presence, lots of stiff body. Grainy, and very much so.

Overall, I'm not a huge amber or red fan. This beer, however, is very good. I'd seek it out again.

beer2day, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

DaftPatrick, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Gotti311, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. Bottle sent to me by Valdieu2!

A: Pours a dark orangish brown with a spongy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nose comprised of citrus and tropical hops. Sweet orange, pineapple.

T: Waves of buttery caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit, rindish bitterness, mint, peppercorn, and spicy alcohol mixed up altogether. Smooth.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: Mellower than most hoppy reds I've had, but tasty nonetheless.

Etan, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

shehateme, Jan 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with 040512 on the side. Pours a dark chestnutty brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and floral with a nice overall sweet smell. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet caramel & brown sugar, and some earth. Floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Not too much of an alcohol presence. Drinks very easily. Overall, not the best hoppy Red I've had, but certainly one of the best.

PicoPapa, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +1%

MNBeerGeek, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into snifter. bottled on 11.04.12.

A: deep copper color. pretty clear. slightly reddish white head. retention is reasonable with some lacing.

S: caramel and apricots. fruity and earthy. if i had to guess i would say cascade hops were used. a really hoppy nose.

T: burnt raisins and burnt caramel flavors. a bitterness is there, but it is hard to decipher if it is from the hops or the cara malts. they linger especially towards the finish. brown sugar and tobacco as well. a bitter linger.

M: the carb is good, well executed bottle conditioning. works well here. medium bodied.

D: some serious complexity on the body. much richer than your typical hoppy amber. the malt component is certainly the bigger driver of flavor than the hops. however it is totally reverse on the nose. much more floral on the nose than caramel/malty aromas.

Jimmys, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is a murky and opaque caramel. Great head, retention, and webbed lacing.

The nose has a heavy malt presence. Bready and slightly sweet. Herbal and pine hops.

Good balance of the bready malt, pine, and herbal flavor. Peach iced tea.

Chewy mouthfeel with heft.

A real nice hoppy red. I appreciate the assertive hops while keeping balance.

Vonerichs, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

starrdogg, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz dark brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on label.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
The color is a cross between a red amber and a nut brown ale, sort of a ruby-hued nutmeg, with a frothy beige head and loads of sticky, clinging lace.
A big whopping mix of floral, citric, resiny and piney hop aromas is released at first pour. Caramel and bready malt smells inch through and begin to balance things nicely.
The citrusy hop-forward flavors are counter-balanced by a sweet and doughy malt backbone.
The spritzy effervescence loses its fizz about halfway through and becomes very slick and smooth.
Very well-conceived and accomplished Big Amber/Red Ale!

BeerResearcher, Sep 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

MattXT, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A two-inch, rocky, beige head leaves sticky patchy lace as it slowly drops, never actually dissipating, above a clear, dark garnet beer.

Pine pitch provides a powerful punch before pineapple and strong grapefruit take over. Zoe is a hoppy delight, with a token background of roasted malt that develops with warmth.

Bitterness is quite present as grapefruit opens. Sweetness is off balance for the style, but the flavors are nonetheless enjoyable, including caramel malt that builds with warmth. A lingering bitter finish coats the palate and maintains itself well into the next sip.

The body is medium to full with modest carbonation and a flannel texture, while the alcohol is about as expected.

This is the kind of beer one looks forward to enjoying with friends after work. It is more of a hybrid than true to any one style. If balance can be tuned in better, it would truly be outstanding.

SLeffler27, Mar 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

thebouch01, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

CEDAMA, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep copper. Head is tan, creamy, and fluffy. Leaves some serious lacing on the glass. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a small amount of foam on the top of the beer throughout.

Smell: Super malty. Biscuit, bread crust, caramel, and a touch of earth. Super bready. Hops run to a touch citrusy with a tiny floral component. Everything comes across as nicely balanced. Hint of spice and grass come through the back.

Taste: Sweeter and hoppier than the nose. Big hit of caramel malts give way to a nice bread crust finish. Grass and earth bring a depth that's unexpected. Hops are loaded with citrus, mainly grapefruit. Touch of pine on the back as well. Loads of flavor going on. Each sip builds the hop profile, but the malts never back down. Remarkable balance overall. Touches of chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things lively.

Overall: I won't lie, I didn't understand why people loved this beer the first time I had it, or the second, or even the third, but it finally clicked. Nicely balanced with an assertive hop character, but an equally solid malt profile. Also, this beer helps save whales.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

HRamz3, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Eriktheipaman, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SFC21, Feb 18, 2012
Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.