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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 279
Gots: 221 | FT: 13
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see this arrive in MA. Bottle date is 1/14/11.

Very dark colored, almost looks black from a distance, but it's dark red with some amber highlights. Insanely solid spongy tan head retains at a finger, leaves crazy lacing.

Scent leans more towards hoppy but alot of malt there too. Mint especially noticeable along with pine and grapefruit. Big caramel malt.

Odd taste. Grapefruit, grassy hops, resin. Mint is still strong, an interesting quality I haven't experienced in many beers. Malt is about even between with the hops, pure caramel with slight cocoa/roasted flavors as well. A bit of alcohol and light pineapple.

Carbonation seems a little low, I wish it was a bit more lively.

Way different than I expected. Flavor combo was kind of strange, malt was really strong. I was thinking this would be comparable to Nugget Nectar but it was quite different.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very dark ruby with a huge 3" tan head. Small waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- toast, lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple) and some pine.

T- toasted amber malts, some spicyness, citrus is there but to as prevalent as the nose. Nice spicy, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess and a semi dry finish.

O- good beer. Wish the citrus came through more in the tast as it does in tha aroma, but still a very good amber.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a very dark amber color, more like a brown really, with three plus inches of creamy beige head. Keeps very well, with a full lace and some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is super hoppy and fresh, with loads of floral and citrusy notes. Orange and grapefruit, some resin too. Has a modest malt sweetness to it, just enough to know it's there. The hops are really bright and fresh, though, and this smells beautifully put together. Lots of beers smell citrusy; not all are so fresh and enticing. This is Nugget Nectar territory right here, and it's really impressive.

Taste also has some bright, citrusy hop flavors but not at the level the nose did. Or maybe it's that there isn't quite enough citrus to shine over a pretty substantial malt base. Malt is quite biscuity and bready with a touch of a toasty note even, and a good amount of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate; would be modest by IPA standards, but seems appropriate here. It's quite smooth and flavorful; a bit maltier than many ambers but much hoppier, as well.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and moderately carbonated medium body. It's quite creamy and well put together.

When I smelled this one I couldn't help but think that I was drinking a sort of Nugget Nectar clone. It certainly smelled that way, but unfortunately it didn't reach that level in terms of flavor. That's no knock, however, because it's still very tasty. A really nice beer from this new-to-me brewery.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very foamy pour, fills up nearly half the pint glass, despite fragile, airy quality retains well and hovers over a finger for some time, light tan color, virtually no larger bubbles on the surface, the lacing is weak, a few splotches here and there at best. The liquid is clear and transparent, a very dark reddish brown, looks like the color of library furniture, sedate and serious, almost zero bubbles visible. The nose is expressive with grapefruit, pine leading into malted milk balls, chocolate, coffee and caramelized brown sugar, then veers back to earthy hops and leafy matter, apple and pear skin all you get for fruit, keenly penetrating and erect posture in the nostrils. Full-bodied for the character, has decent enough carbonation yet still sits like a bowling ball on the tongue. Leads with biting white grapefruit zest and green grass notes before the more roasty coffee, mocha steps up. Pine and flowers pull it away from malty sweetness and here there’s greater depth of apricot, peach and pear fruit. Some breadiness and a hint of summer corn but not strong enough to counteract the overall bitterness. Overall, appears to choose power and simplicity over subtlety, no complaints here.

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Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
112411
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to celticfutblclub for hooking me up with this.

Deep, dark crimson-mahogany and slightly hazy in appearance. The liquid was topped by a near three-finger crop of tight, creamy, light tan foam. Large, splotchy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Subtle, tropical fruit notes were noticeable as well. I definitely picked up some mango. The hops were matched by a rich, biscuity, caramel maltiness. The sweet malts seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was crisp and quite hoppy. Definitely more bitter than the nose would indicate. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end before the hops took ever. Strong notes of orange peel. Some ruby red grapefruit. Slightly spicy. The finish was dry and bitter. Grapefruit rind and pine sap came through strong and left me longing for the next sip. As the beer warmed, the flavor profile became sweeter and more mellow. The hops gave way to the rich, biscuity malts. At 7.2% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat distracting initially. It was light and frothy with a zippy, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down and the beer turned smoother and creamier.

I really enjoyed this beer but was disappointed that that the intense, fruity hoppiness seemed to fade as the liquid warmed. To those of you who plan on drinking this, I would recommend doing so quickly (and rather cold) in order to enjoy all of its hoppy glory.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i don't like to say that if you like this this you'd love that... but... with that said. i'm a huge fan of the short's good humans and it seems like this is a more rounded and not as sweet render of that form. somewhat a imperialized amber or brown ale.

the gravity doesn't seem to read as anything syrupy. actually quite brisk. and lightweight but very complex. beige mahogany. a bit cloudy at the end. nose of pine oil at first that breaks into a bit of a caramel and toffee note. palate is a fruit forest fruit. predominately blueberry... a whole lot of blue berry. and hints of baker's chocolate acidic notes and blood orange citrus. well balance with a dry but not too dry end. more so on the desert end of citrus notes. aftertaste of one of those chocolate orange candies that you break apart. a bit milky even. great brew. a must for anyone that like good humans.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.