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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 bsuedekum
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A - Absolutely perfect looking beer. A rich, dark red color that illuminates beautifully when held up to a light. With slightly free pour it carried a 2 inch head that works its way down to about a 1/4 head eventually. Has a steady lacing to it as well. For an Amber Ale it presents itself exactly as I think it should... love this appearance.

S - Fresh grassy hop aroma. Very pleasant and similar to that of an IPA.

T - I get oranges and a citrus zest to compliment the hop profile. Definitely is a "hopped up" Amber Ale but it has a crisp finish and good balance throughout.

M - Refreshing and well balanced.

O - Solid beer. I recently had Nugget Nectar for the first time and think this is every bit as good... just doesn't carry the hype for some reason. I wish I had a Nugget left to try next to this. Very legit beer that I would suggest trying to anyone.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky dark golden copper-brown color with a very healthy light tan head and super lacing. The aroma is surprisingly big with lots of nutty malt and pine hops as well as a little dark fruit. Really makes me think of something more along the lines of a barleywine or an imperial red. Very nice but not quite what I expected. The taste buds pick up a more blended mix of fruity malt and piney hops along with some grassy edges. The body is medium at best with tingly carbonation and a frothy feel. Very good though I'd say the aroma beats the flavor.

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

Pours a dark rusty copper color with thick pillow of dense off-white to khaki head, good retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma brings notes of pine resin with pungent citrus and light medicinal notes, moderate amounts of toasted bread and nuts with a faint hint of caramel. Taste again brings the hops, big and bitter citrus and pine, again a faint herbal/medicinal note, malt backbone is firm, light toasted bread and nuts with a lightly sweet caramel note, hints of earth... like a muted scotch ale. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, dry finish. A really nice hoppy amber with a solid, but not sweet malt presence.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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 twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of jleblanc, review is from notes. Pours a dark copper color with decent clarity. Fluffy tan foam shows excellent lacing and retention, very pretty beer.

Nose is excellent as well, hoppy leaning with a nice touch of toffee and toast. Hops are tropical and lightly resinous. Nice.

Fresh, bright and citric hop flavors come out to play, big time. Pleasant balance of toasted caramel malts. This is the second beer from Maine Beer Co I have had and am wishing this was a local brewpub already. Very good stuff. Clean amber ale that manages to distinguish itself in a loaded style category with its lovely hop aroma and flavors. Superb!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a very dark copper with a good bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, grainy, and slightly roasted. Orange citrus, crystal malt, and roasted almost burnt biscuit. Taste is more hop forward, citrusy and light herbal note with an undertone of grain and a light toasted note. The body is nice and light with high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

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

16.9oz bottle, poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/20/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

Pours a brownish/reddish deep amber with a thick, sticky light tan cap. Some moderate lacing.

Floral hops, pine, ruby red grapefruit and a subtle earthy aroma. Some toffee and caramel as it warms.

Up front, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel and toffee with a musty/earthy flavor carries you through the middle. Pine and grapefruit bitterness come back for the finish. The caramel/toffee element lends a sweetness that cuts through the bitterness in the finish somewhat.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. The finish is mildly bitter and full of pine needles and grapefruit.

Overall, this is a damn fine amber. Good, sturdy hop profile with a good imbalance that allows the hops to carry the load, but the malts are showcased as well.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/24/11
Color is brownish red. Sticky lacing all around the glass.
Tons of hops in the nose but sweet malty notes shine through as well.
As the nose suggests it has a good balance of malt and hops. Piney hops mixed with sugary fruitiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice bitter after taste.
Carbonation was a little lower than I like. Medium body.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 7/23/11. Purchased in Vermont. Great amber. MBC is two for two, so far for me, and I’d love to try more from them. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is big on caramel and hops. Citrus and pine notes abound. Mildly grassy. It’s just a big mix of caramel maltiness and pine resin/orange/grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is drier than expected, a welcome change from many strong ambers. Aftertaste is all citrus rind and resin. Full mouthfeel but not outstanding in any particular way. A very easy beer to drink and to like.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer as an extra from an awesome trader kmurry8621. Thanks Kevin!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Crimson almost brown colored body with a massive white to tanish colored head. The head dissapates down to about 1 fingers worth of head with lacing sticking everywhere.

Smell: I must say this beer just smells sooo fresh! Citrus(mostly grapefruit, hints of orange peel and lemon), pine resin, and fresh, wet hops. This really reminds me some of the highly rated IPA's including, but not limited to: Pliny, Hopslam, and Double Trouble.

Taste: Mild bitterness from the hops that is balanced to perfection by biscuity malts and slightly caramel sweet tasting malts. Hops taste of pine resin, lemon grass, and grapefruit. Hint of fruitiness. The aftertaste from the hops is a very mild bitterness still tasting the grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: This beer is on the light end of a medium bodied brew. Carbonation is moderate and its just awesome. I just love the mouthfeel on a bottle conditioned beer!

Overall: Wow. This beer is fantastic! What a great extra! This beer makes me understand what a hoppy American Amber Ale is ALL about! Smells fantastic, balance is near perfection, and it very drinkable at 7% AVB. Its a beer that is a great beer for a someone who needs wants an introduction to a tasty hoppy beer without destroying the tastebuds with bitterness, but is also great for someone who has a more sophistocated palate. I really dig this brewery and want more of this beer and also want to try more of the other 3 beers that this brewery currently brews! A MUST TRY!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer with an off-white head that had some decent lacing.

S - Nice citrus and pine hops over an appropriately malty backbone. Smells like a really nice hoppy amber.

T - Some solid malt with a good hoppy bitterness. A little bit of citrusy hops presence as well, this is quite tasty and a very good take on the style.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight bit of syrup feel.

O - A great hoppy amber, something I'd love to drink regularly. Good beer that I will try to acquire more of when I'm in the mood for this type of beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says 05/20/14.

A- Pours a light brown (not amber) color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Very hoppy nose with piney elements and a brown sugary malt sweetness. Combined, it reminds me more of an American Barleywine or straight-up IPA.

T- Piney hops, toasty sweet malt and a noticeable alcohol presence. There are caramel notes from the malt and the bitterness has a considerable duration on the palate.

M- Oily from the hops with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I don't know who they're kidding. This isn't a simple amber ale. This is either a red IPA or an American Strong Ale due to the high hop content and moderate-to-high alcohol. It's delicious but mislabeled.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this cool little bottle. Always excellent to be introduced to a new brewery, & a hoppy amber sounds fine right now. 16.9 oz presentation.

Bonus points for the cool, minimalist label. Having two daughters about the age of Zoe, I appreciate the story, too. Poured in its entirety into my Terrapin snifter, which I love 'cause it holds any beer. Real dark red, bordering the international date line to woody brown. Smells like wheaty bread, citrus hops, & sweet malts.

Zoe tastes like rye bread with hop leaves baked into the crust. The malt is bready, chewy, with minimal sweetness but plenty of toasted character. The hops are earthy, grassy, with bare citrus & a modicum of finishing bitterness. A touch heavy for an amber, whether due to the alcohol or other ingredients, but it's the equivalent of a big meal followed by a one thin mint.

Interesting twist on a red. Good beer, smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is pine, tangerine, toasted malt, and some wet hopping. Decent, above average amber that borders on IPA but is a bit sweeter. Good beer to try, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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 mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this in western Mass.

Appearance is amber with a 1 finger white head and quite a bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of piney hops, caramel, toffee and malts. Zoe tastes rather hoppy, some citrus, most evidently from an orange, some roasted malts and pine. MF is medium with a finish that is fairly dry. Looking forward to enjoying more beers from Main Beer in the future.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the second beer I've had from Maine Beer Company, and I have been very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed Spring Peeper, but this one was even better. In an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark red/brown color with a huge tan head that resembled whipped cream. A nice amount of lace. A really sweet floral aroma, very outdoorsy, and a bit of citrus. Strong pine taste, as well as a little grapefruit. Some malt presence too, making this a very well-balanced beer. You need to find this and try it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought back from Maine after an amazing weekend in Acadia National Park.

A- Very dark red with a white head. The cap has great retention and leaves a very thick coat of massive lace. A thick pillow stays atop the beer

S- Amazingly fresh hop bomb. Tons of tropical fruit, citrus fruit and floral notes. Reminds me of Sculpin, HopSlam... etc. Very great use of hops. Slight malt in the background to balance but it doesn't even matter with such good hop aroma.

T- More malty than aroma but the hops still shine. Great tropical fruit, citrus zest, floral hints and some pine. Slight caramel and toasty bready malt. Even a bit of mint.

MF- Very smooth I would say. The body is on the lighter end with lower carbonation but somehow doesn't feel watery. Lower end bitterness lets the hop flavor really shine.

DB- I am glad I picked this one up. Tastes like a pile of wet, fresh hops. Probably the best Amber Ale I have ever had. I know where I am going to stop in Maine whenever I visit. Comparable to any great IPA as far as hop flavor goes. The body, flavor and bitterness level make this one dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Wild Horse in Beverly, MA. Expensive 16.9 oz bottles can be found easily throughout MA. I don't usually buy Maine Beer Co bottles, though, because their high pricepoint makes them linger on shelves and I'm just not gonna spend 50 cents an ounce on stale beer.

Pours a hazy, rusty brown. Smells of very aggressive, nice pine hops with only a small hint of a malt background. The aroma does not convey the relatively high ABV.

Tastes good, but a little uneven. Pine up front, grapefruit in the middle, pine and a bit of yeast at the back end. One of the most aggressively hoppy reds I've ever come across, and while it was enjoyable the lack of balance holds it back.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for providing yet another goodie from Maine!!! Lot 032411 (THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN)

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. a cool smoke rose from the surface of the bottle and a shiny brown liquid filled the glass. 3 full fingers of milkshake style head that lasted forever and left heavy lacing on the glass. try as i might i could not pour this without at least a finger and a half of head (a bit annoying actually since it interfered with my beer!).

s - as soon as i opened the bottle a sweet smell filled the air. upon closer inspection an unreal citric hop filled my nose. very wonderfully balanced and wonderfully sweet and sweaty and piny. just the way i like it. A+++ on smell. like a great ipa even though this is an amber. the sweetness is a bit ginger and it blends just so nicely.

t - brown sugar with a strong somewhat dry bitterness. the hoppiness of this beer is a bit intense if you are expecting an amber ale. on many levels it works and on many levels it does not, but overall this is a tasty beer...but perhaps misclassified?

m - mouth is medium bitter and relatively full. pretty bready.

o - overall, i continue to be impressed by the beer i get to taste from maine brewing company. really is the marraige of the amber to a hoppy ipa. the hops help the amber a bit, but i'd probably rather have just the ipa. definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Maine bottle from Ben, 500ml.

Pours a nice, deep clear copper with a crazy thick head that leaves some of the most impressive lacing I've ever seen. A full two inch cap sticks on top for the duration. I honestly can't think of a better looking amber.

Aroma is bright with floral hops and light lemon and pineapple citrus. There is still a noticeable caramel malt presence but the hops are the star in the nose.

Taste is almost as impressive with the toasted caramel malts taking the forefront a little more. That said the floral pine and grassy hops are still a major player and leave a bitter, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth for the style. Sticky with hops but with a dry, slightly roasted character on the palate.

Probably not quite in Nugget Nectar territory, but this is a great amber - hop forward with the right balance of malts and body. Well done.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep red (almost brown). The head is a thin layer of bone white foam. Lacing around the glass is beautiful.

S: I'm picking up bitters and sweetness in this beer. Each time I smell it, the odors change. Sometimes the malts are noticeable, sometimes the hops are noticeable. I'm going with mainly hoppy, more pine than citrus.

T: Initially I get some malty sweetness up front. Then it changes to the nice pine notes from the hops. It then changes, again, back to the malt sweetness. Even still... there is a lingering hop essence.

M: I'd say medium bodied. Initially Some great carbonation and flavor. The flavors linger for a bit, but this isn't a chewy or sticky beer. It's extremely well balanced.

D: This beer is a great Amber. Like Maine's other offerings, I could drink this beer all night long.

O: This is a delicious offering. It's not as hop forward as other Ambers that I enjoy (Nugget Nectar, Brian Boru), but it's a really fantastic beer.

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