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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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565 Reviews
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Reviews: 565
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 314
Gots: 388 | 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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle I picked up in Portland (Maine) a few weeks back.

The beer pours a dark, reddish amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose in this beer is really a thing of beauty and not what I normally expect in an amber... even a hoppy one. This beer is very perfumy, with considerable orange citrus, black pepper and even some light dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, and I'm impressed by how well balanced this beer is. There's some moderate sweetness from the malt initiallly, but it's buoyed very nicely by a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness. This in turn leads to a fairly long, bitter, and impressively dry finish. The finish in this beer is very clean, with not even hint of the 7.2% alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish.

This is quite well done. Impressive (to say the least).

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger cream head that takes fades slowly leaving some lace. Deep opaque, brown/black color some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is pine and resin hops, malts try to balance but don't. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Doesn't look like an amber but tastes like one. $6.10 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mkabull for sending this in a recent trade.

Pours a very dark copper/chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Floral hop aroma with lots of dank, earthy pine and sweet dark malt. Lots of caramel and chocolate sweetness along with some biscuit and toffee. At first the hops are prevalent in the nose but as it warms it's very malt forward.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of earthy, bitter hops up front that lingers over the sweet malt profile into a bitter, dry finish. Lots of dank, uber-fresh piny hop flavor which is excellently complimented by the sweeter malt notes. Lots of chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor without getting in the way of the hops. Usually I dislike hoppy beers with this strong of a malt presence but here it creates perfect balance and adds another layer of complexity.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I simply must remember to pour bottle-conditioned beers more gingerly. This beer is a dark amber hue with a quite-haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is three-plus fat fingers of pillowy tan foam with a nice lace. Not sure what else I'd want out of an amber ale.

Smell: great big dose of fresh earthy hops with a fair amount of citrus character and a complementary dankness. Quite nice.

Taste: sweetish caramel malt with a tons of dank, earthy, somewhat citrusy and almost moldy hops. OK, that was an initial impulse ... the hops are not as bad as I thought. It's good, but just a bit muddled in a way that makes it hard to pick out the flavors I prefer. So, overall, good, but brewers: you're treading a line here which could easily go bad on you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: while this beer is still pretty good, I feel like some of the dankness and muddiness of the hops detracts from overall drinkability for me. This bottle isn't terribly old (about two months), but perhaps this beer is better closer to its source.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from Al's. In my new Asahi mug.

A: The amber is a caramel brown color, just a bit of red to liven things up. It's fuller hues leave it generally opaque with some orange highlights throughout. A thick white head, over two fingers, laces nicely around the glass.

S: Caramel and bread, both strong. Citrusy hops, equally strong. The aromas are bright, vibrant for an overcast winter day - reminding me of warmer weather. The malt has enough heft to verge on a black ale, the darkness and the hops coming together nicely.

T: The citrus hoppiness abounds, a fresh sharpness that lingers. Paired with the hops are plenty of caramel malts, a darker undertone that continues the aroma's trend towards black ale territory. The hops have a leafy, freshly pulled flavor that adds to their vibrancy. The combination of big flavors is nice, making the ale taste far stronger than it is. Another winner from Maine.

M: The big head saps the carbonation from the ale, allowing the flavors to intensify and not disappear in each sip. The spicy hops are comforting, a piquant flavor content to linger.

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

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish copper brew. Dense head isn't going anywhere fast, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is forward with fresh hops character.

Taste is hearty grain husks to start, comes on strong in the middle with citrus hops, with a smooth segue into the prominent bitterness, which lingers with a light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a touch grainy, and drinkability is good. Nice fall brew, even if it's available more often than that.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-brown with about a three-quarters inch thick silky tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a little pine and barley. The taste is also decently hopped and bitter with a very distant background of hops. But the bitter hops really take over. This is listed as an amber ale but it really feels more like an IPA. Quite good though.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/4/14

A murky looking root beer with sediment and tiny pieces of yeast and enough clarity to see bubbles going up the side, three fingers of dark tan head slowly falls leaving rings deep down the glass I can easily count 8 and that's something you don't see everyday, still a little foam at the bottom

S grapefruit, lemon, manderine orange, spruce, leafy earthy notes, Iced tea powder, brown sugar, caramel, and faint coco, well balanced with a fair bit going on from both the malt and hops

T slightly more malty notes in the mouth, dark bread, lots of burnt brown sugar, still has plenty of citrus and earthy notes, tastes great but the nose has something extra working for it

M leaning towards full, not as much carbonation as you would guess from the massive well retained foam but still creams up a little, not quite sticky on the lips, leafy citrus lingers

O another winner from Maine, well balanced and has plenty going on, didn't take much time to drink the bottle, just a couple sips left at this point

I've had 4 beers from Maine and all have been great, its been a while since I've been this impressed by my first crack at a brewery. Find their beers and drink them, and send me a bottle of Lunch!!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” cream to light tan colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Earthy, citrusy, spicy hop aromas, light toast, faint chocolate.
T: A rich malt palate starts slightly sweet and then dries out on the finish. Biscuit, nuts, raisin, a little anise to horehound, and traces of chocolate and espresso give dimension to the flavor. A citrus rind bitter accent on the finish.
F: The carbonation if very soft nd creamy, slightly low, the body is medium.
O: A richly textured amber ale with big malt and hop flavors.One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/10/11. Yep, oh so fresh. Poured into a duvel tulip.

A - My my my. Can every beer look like this please? Massive almost 3 finger dark cream coloured head sitting atop a very, very dark garnet pour. This head though, massive amount of side lacing with a head that just wont go away.

S - Really nice fresh hop aromas. Lots of big, fresh citrus and grapefruit aromas. There is some light malt sweetness but for the most part this is hop heavy.

T - Just like the nose this has awesome hop flavour with big time. A great citrus bitterness with a strong malty background that is overpowered by the hops.

M - Nice and slightly, subtly creamy but nicely carbonated with a good crisp, slightly dry finish.

O - Overall this is quite a nice amber ale. I think the malts get lots just a little with all those fresh hops, but I can appreciate the bitterness it lends. Very enjoyable brew from Maine.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. A very hoppy aroma that is floral and somewhat fresh along with touches of both roasted and sweet caramel malts. This beer is more hoppy than sweet but there is not only a large chunk of floral, citric hops with touch of fruit sweetness but also a large portion of roasted, breadlike malts. The malts balance with the hops for a hoppy beer that has minimal sweetness but good malty dryness and finishes dry. A hearty, medium-bodied red that is a sipper and not your average hop bomb with sweet malts but a more robust, dry beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, I'd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Lot#03-10-11. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna color. Produced a huge frothy and fluffy tan colored head. Great retention behing it that left lots of lacing in its wake.

(S)- A dry hoppy blast up front. Very very dry actually with some hoppy citrus and caramel malts.

(T)- A better balance than the smell foretold. A nice nutty/caramel richness with an even mellower citrus hop character. Still dry, but richer and maltier.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and malty, yet dry and citrus-like hop aspect. Mild bitterness, almost becomes earthy as it warms.

(D)- A solid to great american amber. Malty and rich with an assertive yet balanced hop profile.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from a grocery store, can't recall the name, in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy, fizzy amber red. 1 inch head, very nice lacing.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, and caramel.

Tastes basically the same. Huge notes of pine, and herbal dank hops. A bit of fruitiness is noted, with the grapefruit. The malt bill is pretty strong, and backs up the hops nicely. Some toasty bread and caramel. Lingering pleasant hop bitterness.

Decent carbonation, medium body & mouthfeel.

A tasty hoppy brew from Maine Beer Co. A good balance of extreme hops and tasty malt.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.11.13
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A - Pours a hazy, very dark amber with a huge light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Tons of hop pine, hard to pick up much else.

T - Bread, bitter grass, orange peel, pine.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Smells great, but pretty malty and bitter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red appearance, ruby is a descriptor that comes to mind, it gleams. Solidly thick off white head that has damn good retention. Aroma was plenty hoppy, in a similar vein as Nugget Nectar, where you get both the amber/red kind of malt aromas and a heavy dose of hops (nugget smell from both).

Taste was delicious, immediately planting itself within the upper echelon of all amber beers. Unlike Nugget Nectar, this one got itself flavor wise to be a bit more than just brash hoppiness and bitterness, it allowed for flavor intrusions of all kinds, be it the malt, the hop mouthfeel of a vegetal nature, the caramel, the mild sweetness. This is the archtype. Hides alcohol very well. Its a hearty beer that drinks effortlessly. Hops still pack pine and citrus flavor beyond everything else. I wonder if there are magnums in here, there is a peppery edge to it.

Drank this the night before the Firestone Walker invitational, 2013, at our campsite at Lake Naciemiento before bedtime before the big event. That's a lot of "b's".

This is elite stuff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another old ass beer picked up from the house of 1,000 beers discounted by half since it's the April 15th batch 2014.

A - Deep amber in color very dark ruby semi hazy with sight sediment chunks. Head is 2+ of off white head that pulls back for exceptional lacing on the glass. Pretty.
S - Decent amber not too hoppy mostly biscuit malts, some chocolate, and a touch of caramel like sweetness.
T - Has a bitter twang to it lingering to some woody notes and some herbal hops. Mostly mild with tones of caramel and biscuit malts. I assume better fresh.
M - Good body easy to drink light to medium carbonation.

Overall though not bad or off this beer doesn't seem to go very good with age so if you see a bottle 6+ months old avoid it unless hella cheap. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, nearly burgundy color with a decent head into my glass. Very nice hues.

Grassy hops with a hint of citrus greet the nose. Sweet malt follows underneath.

Mild grassy hop flavors mingle with sweet, spicy malt to create an amber that worthy of sipping than anything else.

Mouthfeel is of lingering grassiness and a light malt sweetness.Very crisp.

Enjoyable example of the style. I also liked Peeper Ale as well. Check it out!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my longtime girlfriend's name, and perhaps the most sought after beer (within reason) for me.

A-The brew pours like a pretty glass of Pepsi. Ruby highlights tint the outer regions of the glass. A huge bubbly mound of foam materializes the instant I begin to pour. The head refuses to die but also leaves chunky lacing. Overall, this brew looks awesome.

S-The aroma is brimming with huge hoppy scents. Delicious floral hops along with some thick fruity, juicy citrus. A rich luscious nose of hops. Caramel malts help to balance, but the nose is all about the hops.

T-Oh boy this is simply delicious. A floral and grassy hop coats the tongue and overwhelms the taste buds. Bright and lively citrus comes in the second wave of flavor. The beer clearly hop forward but is also quite balanced. Some respectable maltiness adds both flavor and depth. The beer's awesome hop components linger on the palate forever.

M-One of the best mouthfeels. It feels to me like the rich malt helps to give this beer a pretty thick feel. Oily and resinous. Sticky and lasting. Well carbonated.

O/D-Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. Zoe is far too drinkable. I absolutely love this brew. Every aspect of this beer demands high marks. I have been waiting a while for this one and am so very happy to indulge in its flavor. Great, great beer!

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Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of my best BA bud hoppymcgee, great extra for our most recent trade. Bottled 08-18-11.
Pours a dark ruby amber almost brown; if you don't hold it up to the light it looks brown to be honest. Darkest Amber Ale I have ever seen. There is a nice inch or so of eggshell colored thick frothy head which slowly dissipates to a nice little foam cap.
Aromas sappy pine hops and lighter citrus (mainly grapefruit), grassy and slightly floral hops. As I dive back in I get layers of gooey caramel malts.
The tastes begin with the thick caramel malts but immediately you are greeted with the resiny, sappy pine hops. Grapefruit and floral hops def are second fiddle to the pine hop flavors; quite hoppy and bitter up front but with a sweetness kicking in late to balance out the aftertaste. As it warms I get some notes of toffee almost chocolate from the dark malts.
The mouthfeel is fairly creamy/chewy; medium bodied with good, crisp carbonation. Finish is nice and dry and the hops linger for the perfect amount on the tongue; definitely not a palate wrecker thanks to the amble malt bill.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Tocobaga I had a couple weeks back, but with a darker malt backbone. This was a fantastic beer and I wish I had a case of it. Hoppy amber ales are slowly becoming my favorite style because of there balance of malt and hops. Highly recommended and worth seeking out; I know I will be.

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Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this pretty fresh. The side of the bottle has a date of 5/7/13.

The beer pours out with a huge tight thick off white head in a very deep red. Almost brownish with how deeply dark red it is. Mahoghany. The aroma is huge and hoppy. Reminds me of a brighter Nugget Nectar, almost like an IPA. It has huge fresh hops, grapefruit, sweet sweet berries, huge sweet fresh mangoes and pineapples. Tropical, very sticky sticky sweet, but along with some pine and resin. There’s also a sweet caramel malt in there. One of the best aromas of a hoppy beer.

The flavor is almost like an IPA. At the front, you get a gentle malt and breadiness, then you’re hit with an herbal or earthy tone. Then the middle and finish has this longing bitterness that is slightly of grapefruit, but also has big earthy qualities. This beer slightly reminds me of Resin because of the deep resin and tea-like flavors.

As I continue having this beer and it warms up slightly, the earthy qualities die down a bit and I get bigger bready malt.

It’s an extremely complex beer. I would say this almost leans on being an IPA because of the lack of that sweet crystal malt. Definitely my favorite beer in the category, much more than Nugget Nectar. Then again, at $8.99 a bottle, I wouldn’t get this too frequently. A must try though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this along with Peeper Ale in MA last week, now having Zoe with dinner back in OH. It pours a dark color, more brown than red, with a huge tan foam. Nice hops aromas, pine needles and light citrus, with some sweet malty aromas of caramel/toffee, maybe some mild toastiness.

Very flavorful, leaning towards the hops side of the equation, this is my kind of red ale. More like an IPA than a classic red ale, lots of citrus character. Still enough malt balance to it but thankfully not overly sweet from the malt contributions. A bit dry in the aftertaste, with some lingering citrus flavors.

Wow was this good, I wish I had another. I also wish it was just a little cheaper, it would be hard to turn to this too often if I lived in the distribution area, needs its price knocked down a bit for daily consumption.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle, but well-defined aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, biscuits, light citrus notes, and a bit of malt. Mellower than some red ales (a lower hops presence), but still a complex, vibrant flavor. Very tasty.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those sneaky beers that grows on you after awhile. Well made and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero into my De Stuise glass...Pours a very ugly muddyr murky brown with a light amber highlights. Pretty carbonated with medium tope head...The aroma is decent lots of caramel to start with some piney hops on the back. Alex says its better fresh but this isn't bad right now. Mostly malt now, light grass finish...The taste is a let down, lots of chalky hops that feel weird and have an off taste. Light grass finish.

This is ok, but a weird chalky/hop feel and taste distracts me. Decent brew but not a top buzzed.

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