Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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

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Photo of TripleSun
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 3/28 drank on 4/29. Poured into a goblet

L - Nice frothy inch of head that leaves a good impression
S - Citrus and toasted malt
T - Dark raisins, chocolate and a good malt backbone
F - Not really hoppy as advertised but has a nice rich body

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish copper color with a huge off-white head. The nose is both bready and hoppy. The body is much lighter than expected. The flavor is also flatter than the nose would indicate. There is a hoppy semi-dry finish but there isn't much of a bitter punch.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, amber hue with moderate frothing. Mild aroma replete with hints of caramel and molasses. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad.

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

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 12-13, had this beer on 12-24. Super fresh as always when it comes to Maine! Fresh, hoppy amber. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle can to FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 11/28/15
From mdfb79 - huge thanks Dan!

Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a dense 2 finger head of light khaki cream. Mostly clear and ruby like with fantastic head retention that reduces to a solid lingering cap. Soapy lacing clings all around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation present. Aromas of succulent grapefruit and pine with orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, dank herbs and pineapple flowing into a bed of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, and brown sugar malts. Finishes with more citrus fruit and a floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of the fresh hop and darkened malt notes; very potent. Flavors unleash more grapefruit, orange zest, spruce, and fresh cut cedar with tangerine and light pineapple/mango. The caramel malt and browned toast with toffee, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness folds in and out of the hops with great ease and balance of flavors. I get flashes of milk chocolate nuttiness as the finish becomes more earthy and floral with grass and pine bitterness on the finish; some lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/ring, and tangerine. This has some fantastic complexity while maintaining a very simple approach. For an overly hopped Amber ale it is remarkably well balanced by the dark malt flavors and easy to down. Fits well within a moderately crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors on after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouth feel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a mild warming sensation. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very resinous yet crisp and refreshing to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering from Maine Beerco.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a small, off-white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of some pine and citrus hops along with toasted malt.

Tastes of the toasted malts layered with some hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. This gives way to some molasses and more burnt flavors. Hops come next with citrus and pine mostly. Some dark fruits comes towards the end before a malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done amber.

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Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color, slightly cloudy with a thick, well retained tan head that left lots of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, citrus and caramel. Tastes of orange rind, roasted malts, caramel, pepper with a hint of toffee and chocolate. Finishes moderately bitter. Moderately carbonated, smooth and creamy mouth feel, an excellent beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber hued beer with a foamy light tan head that leaves tons of lacing. Smell is citrus pine and sweet malt. The taste is orange and pine with a nice caramel sweetness. Really nice brew.

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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 q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter ( dated 08/09/16)
LOOK: murky brown, small but creamy looking head.
AROMA: I get malty grains and bread, plus some pine, oak, and citrus.
TASTE: Mellow Barley, ash and burnt sugars fight it out until resinous pine sneaks in late and adds just the right amount of bitterness.
FEEL: very much alive. Medium body. Probably the best attribute here.

A well crafted beer.

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

From a growler, pours a deep amber. Off-white head leaves little lacing. Smell is caramel and other malt smells along with some piney hops. Taste is the same, with a mild bitterness in the finish. I'm not a big amber lover, but this was quite good.

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Photo of innisfree
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorites. A bit of sentimental favorite as well. Lovely amber color. Less hoppy than other Maine offerings, but that is not its aim. A truly fantastic beer.

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Photo of pda22
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is style defining. I can't think of another beer quite like it. It has a complex balance of Malta and hops that are just delicious. The color is beautiful dark Amber. The hops provide a delicious flavor and aroma.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with a long-lasting fizzy tan froth. Caramel and herbal hops to the nose. Pine, herbal hops, persimmon, peach, various fruit skins and tea leaves on the palate. Dry and light to medium. Perfectly balanced and highly quaffable. Somewhat tame but never boring. Very nice.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/17/16

Pours cloudy hazy dark amber orange red-brown with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like fragrant peach, apricots, nectarine, plum, dried fig and cherry, some raisin, dark caramel, chocolate, medium roast coffee, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, toasty biscuity malty grain, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, with fresh pine and dank floral earthy grass. Tastes slightly bitter, sweet, malty, and spicy with some fresh stone fruits, pithy citrus, dried dark fruit, malty molasses, caramel, brown sugar, toasty biscuit, toffee, chocolate, woody coffee, with some dank fruity earthy floral pine and grass. Feels medium bodied, dense and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique amber ale.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This robust looking 7.2% amber pours a slightly opaque dark brown, slightly russet color with medium tan foamy head. The smell is a big hoppy punch to the nose with a predominant scent of pine. It smells a lot like an IPA. The flavor is an interesting cross between a traditional amber and an IPA. There are notes of pine, grapefruit, and some pepper from the hops with slightly more subdued traditional amber malt flavors of brown bread, caramel, and a little earthiness. The body is medium, but slightly toward the high end of that. It’s a pretty interesting beer and really well balanced. I have never tried a true cross between these two styles before. I think it does a nice job of taking the best from each style and I give it props for having a nice body with a good alcohol content also. I don’t think blending with an amber gives it that much of an advantage over some of the best well balanced IPAs, but still a delicious, really interesting beer to try.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to glass; Another great beer from Maine Brewing! Hazy Amber color with a one finger head that stays with the beer; moderate carbonation. Modest nose of hops, fruits and chocolate. Very smooth on the palate with lingering note of hops, and faint note of raisin/chocolate on the back.
Put a smile on your face and enjoy!

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Photo of dprice
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottled 03-15-16 poured a medium brown color smell raisins dark fruit, taste was crisp clean and with a smoth mouth not over carbonated or to bitter, overall solid amber would seek this out again very well done

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on April 29, 2016. Born on 03.15.16. Look is crystal clear dark amber with an light tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is dark dried fruit, citrus, pine and cocoa with biscuit malt aromas. Taste is raisin, citrus fruit, pine resin and dark chocolate with biscuit malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It has a grapefruit smell and bouquet with notes of orange and molasses that goes down smoothly with a clean finish. It is my favorite amber ales when out dining. After the third sip of all their beers your palette starts to really like their beers. The more you drink them, the more you want to try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Born on 02.16.16. Consumed 04.14.16. Best within 90 days of Born on date.

A: Dark ice tea exit from the bottle yields a beautiful dark burgundy coloring in the vessel with a medium density, 2 finger light tan head that is rock steady on the hold with a spongy, porous texture atop. Medium range, moderate paced effervesce makes its way to the surface. A beautiful presentation and great amount lace coverage.

S: Sweet toasted caramel and lemonade citrus on the nose, wet and fresh.

T: Toasted raisin-caramel, edgy citrus flowery hops, spicy with some semi-dry fruitiness. Lemon, nice toasted malting with some nutty appleskin highlights. Really clean flavor, well balanced with a spicy hop bite at knock out. A nice chocolate dusting on the tongue after the swallow.

M: Crisp, tingly mouthful, smooth texture, full bodied, nice feel and weight.

O: A very polished drinking hoppy red, reminds me of the first time I had an alpine duet, just very clean, smooth with a superb craftsmenship quality. Very well balanced for increased drinkability factor. A bit $ but a bottle is surely worth it. Hop bill and malting is spot on for ideal red.

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

quick review here. nice look. minimal nose. nice floral and hoppy notes with great end palate sweetness. good body. solid beer. overall one of the better reds out there.

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Photo of muchos
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/15/16. Enjoyed 4/2/16.
L Very dark brownish red
S Piney, citrusy, flowery, honey, some spice and bread
T Honey-like sweetness up front, toast, juicy citrus. Piney spicy aftertaste
F Plenty of carbonation, resinous
O I'm from PA, but i liked it a little more than a certain hoppy amber nectar brewed relatively close by. Just my 2¢. Cheers!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Psyched to find fresh bottles here. Bottled March 15. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Ginormous head, like 4F+, with very good retention and lots of soapy lacing. Dark reddish-brown.

S: Malts up front, some pine. Dark fruits and unsweetened chocolate.

T: A lot of biscuit malt, raisins, hoppy pine.

F: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky resiny finish, but not unpleasant.

O: A good red ale. Glad I got to try it fresh.

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Photo of dbsrs
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beers. From MBC. Also nice people when in Portland main stop. By the T- shirt "do things right".
Class acts. Best on tap if you can find it.

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