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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
2,430
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
468
For Trade:
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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, thick head that leaves a solid blanket of lace. Settles like a dome. The liquid is light brown and clear. A beautiful looking beer.

Very mild aroma. More chocolatey than any other smell. Light hop nose.

This is a smooth beer. Nice malty start to the taste--mostly the paler versions without any graininess. Excellent hop as a spice, not as a predominate flavor. The alcohol is present as a warming effect. Long aftertaste of white peppered hop. The body is full with a decent level of carbonation. In short, a very good, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 500ml bottle with the date 7/23/13 (so just before the within 90 day recommendation).

A - Amber with very good clarity and a sturdy tan head. Fantastic!

S - A mix of citrusy and floral hops with caramel and bready malts. Nice balance.

T - Like the aroma, a nice mix of hops and malts. The hops are citrusy and leave a nice lingering bitterness. The malts have hints of caramel and dried fruits with elements of bread, toast and biscuits.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate carbonation. It really coats your palate.

O - I generally like hoppy or malty more than both but this one really brings the two together nicely. Well done!

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Photo of jpro
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Duvel glass... This is pretty dark for an amber! Most brown ales aren't this dark... Light tan head leaves a few strands of lace. Smell is piney and resiny - very Chinook-y. Taste is very hop forward, with some citrus and grassy notes, too. A delicious beer -

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

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Remarkably dark for a red ale. Decent khaki head with impressive lacing.

Smell - Blending of citrus and pine hops with a substantial caramel malt backbone that almost smells like rye. Nice smell, if unremarkable. I can't pinpoint anything wrong with it.

Taste - Beautiful bouquet of hops up front and an immediate blend of caramel and toffee malts. Before any sweetness can set it, the finish is spicy (like rye, again!) with a very strong bitterness that almost detracts. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly oily. Enough to keep the flavors around and not enough to make it heavy. Low carbonation, though. Not flat and not low enough to make it heavy, but enough to make it very creamy. Maybe it slows down the drinking, but not enough to complain.

Overall - Great beer. With ambers, it's tough to be over-the-top impressive in any category, so I'm always looking for that beer that delivers in every category. This one comes damn close. Very nice beer.

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

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Big thanks to THECPJ for the bottle, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a pretty dark amber-brown with a lovely, creamy head that fades to a slight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet caramel malt and piney, resinous grapefruit hops. Smells pretty darn good.
T - Wow, such an interesting beer! Definitely more caramel malt and pine resin/grapefruit hops, but there's a really nice minty sorta flavor in the finish that lingers for some time, as well as a chocolatey sorta thing going on. Actually reminds me a bit of a York peppermint patty, and I have no idea where that flavor is coming from. Really nice.
M - Fairly creamy, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Very tasty, and I'm usually not the biggest Amber fan (outside of Nugget Nectar). The mint/chocolate thing adds a nice level of complexity that I wasn't expecting. Great beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a short light beige colored head.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite hoppy but a little more complex with citrus flavors and hints of pine resin. There is also a good amount of caramel malts and a moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have the perfect balance of malts and hops. The mouthfeel is also very smooth for the style.

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

Another delicious looking ale from Maine Brewing Company! Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

LARGE foamy head that takes several minutes to subside. Nice thick spotting on the glass. Wonderful hoppy aroma with the amber 'spice' scent coming in as well. Very nice refreshing and crisp amber ale with a great hop bite to it. This is a darker beer (malt) than something like Nugget Nectar. A slightly thicker brew than other hoppy ambers I have tried. M- just about right.

Another fantastic offering from Maine Brewing. Lunch is spectacular and this is not far behind. If you can get one, try it, you'll be glad you did.

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

Appearance: Extremely dark amber, excellent lacing, and a sizable head.
Smell: Bits of cinnamon with a nice mixture of malt and spices.
Taste: Piny up front, followed by a malty wave with a surprisingly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, reasonably carbonated, goes down smoothly.
Overall: This is an impressive beer. I am definitely a huge fan of the red ale, and this one does not disappoint.

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

A: Dark brown body with 3 finger head that retains really well. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops, caramel, malt, some chocolate too maybe

T: Starts off with slight hop character, followed by caramel, malt, dark chocolate, finishes with hoppy bitterness

M: Smoooth~ and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. Smooth and creamy feel really make this beer stand out.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

At least Maine went with the traditional spelling (though I don't have too much against "Zooey", frankly)... Anyway, it pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises pine, toffee, mint, and orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a more pronounced toffee character and the addition of a touch of cocoa. It's sweet, but not too; and it's hoppy, but not too. Very nicely done here. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, the third consecutive winner from this brewery. Get some.

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Thanks to hiphop1 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on caramel malt

T - Like the nose citrus hops upfront then the caramel malt comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - Big hoppy reds are a favorite of mine and this one doesn't disappoint nice hops and malt in the flavor make this one easy to drink worth getting if you see it around

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle picked up a bottle of this while they were in Maine a month or so ago. The beer poured out as a deep looking amber color. In darker light it looked brown. The head was white and had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy, there wasn't too much else really happening besides some citrusy hops filling the nose. The taste is bitter but yet. Dry drinkable in my opinion. Has some sweetness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a pretty good carbonation to it also. Overall I thought this brew was really good actually. I would drink this one again for sure.

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

I bought this beer at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine.

This beer poured to be a dark copper with some reddish tint to it. Thick one inch off white head.

The aroma is of malt and citrus.

Taste is hoppy, the taste of malt is not overpowering. This beer is well-balanced. There is a bit of spice to the taste of this beer.

Good drinkability. I'm definitely glad to have tried this beer.

Cheers!

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

500ml bottle (10/27/11) poured into a tulip

A: Pours light cola with a massive 3-finger tan head. Fantastic head retention, leaves a little lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops, caramel, a little pine. Has a slight cola thing going on as well.

T: Fairly heavy presence of toasted malt, plenty of caramel, and a bite of floral and pine hops. Citrus and floral hops over caramel in the middle with a slightly astringent and bitter finish. I think there may be a hint of chocolate towards the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly strong carbonation. Crisp up front and again on the finish with a fairly smooth middle. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A solid hoppy amber that's well balanced between a sizable caramel malty body and palate-smacking hops. Right up there with Arrogant Bastard for me (a little more malty with more citrus, perfect).

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Pabs311
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beer pours a dark brown color, much darker than expected and quit diffetent from most ambers i've had. a nice creamy off white head tops this beer and settles slowly to leave some really nice lacing.

S- the nose on this is big, citrus hoppiness. very nice. some good malty sweetness pokes through but overall its a hop forward nose.

T- similar to the nose. alot of citrus hop profile throughout the palate here. some maltiness is apparent up front with some sweetness but quickly bows out to the hops.

M/D- medium bodied and medium carbonation. both work really well for this beer and the almost 8% ABV is very well hidden, quite the gem my buddy Smutty33 brought back from maine with him and cracked open with me.

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

Maine Beer Company: Zoe (No bottling date) (Tasted 08/08/10)
16.9 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Way dark for style. The beer is dark brown with an underlying redness when held up to the light, haze is evident at the bottom of glass, where some light penetrates. Nice looking off-white head of foam and bubbles, ridiculous retention, almost three inches sit atop the beer after a few minutes.
Odor: Full, balanced nose. Big citrus, tangerine and grapefruit sap, hints of light caramel and bread from the malt.
Consistency: Clean, crisp with a gentle carbonation and a drying malt character, hints of mineral dryness as well.
Taste: This is brilliant right here. Big hop flavor, major pine, minor citric tangerine, herbal bitterness that stops right at the point of balance. Alcohol flares a bit, big warming. From the malt, I get a vague grainy sweetness and nice mellow dark chocolate, which rides into the dry finish along with some herbal/pine hop character.

Glad I made it a point to hit Portland on the way back from Bar Harbor to procure a bottle of this beer. Amply balanced, good solid malt character, really pushing the roast malt for style, but that's a-ok, it is well integrated. Check it.

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Photo of zonker17
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to snifter. Copper brown color with rather dense head. Pine nose with malt coming through. Bitter, full body, hop notes that linger. Average carbonation.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a slight reddish/golden tint (Amber?). Carbonation is noticeable immediately. Nose of malt, caramel, citrusy hops, wonderful mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Insanely hoppy, with the malt presence to back it up, unlike Lunch. Piney, creamy and very drinkable. Candied fruit and resin mid palate. Creamsicle finish with lingering bitterness. Outstanding.

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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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,430 ratings.
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