Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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
Ratings:
2,465
Reviews:
606
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
483
For Trade:
15
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Photo of craftaholic
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guess its a hoppy amber like it says but it isn't well executed

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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 michaelnj
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All I could taste was hops

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Photo of Holland
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: brown with reddish orange highlights and a thick tan head that stays forever. So far this is looking fantastic. The head sticks to the side of the glass, covering nearly all of the glass it touches.

S: smokey and hoppy smelling. Like burning evergreen trees. Lot more roasted malt than I expected.

T: very smokey for the style with spicy hops. The smoke comes and goes with more sips, and the taste recovers to give a nice hoppy amber beer flavor. The roasted malts again come through a lot. Some citrus hops.

M: well carbonated with medium body. It's crisp but still coats the mouth.

O: this is a hoppy brown ale. I don't really care for it, though it has some excellent characteristics. Too much roasted malt with fruity hops isn't a great combination for me.

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Photo of NJB145
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zoe pours a rustic chestnut-brown hue, and is topped with a sturdy cap of sudsy tan froth. The nose is sweet, imparting maple-ish tones, and it is spicy in an earthy sense. There also is quite a bit of discernible alcohol in the aroma. The flavor offers a bit of toasty-roasty nuttiness atop the sweetness, as well as an earthy-herbal understated hoppiness. Unfortunately, it is, again, unpleasantly alcoholic (especially for 7%) Not a bad beer, but not terribly special.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled Jan 2013, opened Dec 2013.

A - Killer looking beer. Stellar bone white head with outstanding retention and sheets of lace. Deep cheery wood ice tea body.

S - A little funky. Wet leaves, old malt, pumpernickel bread, and molasses.

T - This bottle might have sat a little too long. Leafy hops, musk, molasses, raisiny malt, and caramel.

M - Light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad, but not quite where I'd expect it to be. I think this bottle was a little old. Will definitely try it again.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Yes_Ill_Have_Another
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of cofeeguru
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of SRBush1974
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HeadyBroughtMeHere
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Dbot
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jp110099
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of JohnnysBarIsIt
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of superdan73
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. There's about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and it's beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.

S: It's about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.

T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.

M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.

O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. It's definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer that's only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...

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Photo of Tank880
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Gconashevick
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of curtis6290
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,465 ratings.
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