Zoe | Maine Beer Company

ZoeZoe
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,485 Ratings
ZoeZoe
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
Ranking:
#1,134
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,485
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
495
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 2,485 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grayrigg
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Csylvia14
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zoe - Bottled on 7/21/15

A: Pours an opaque caramel color with reddish undertones. A tan head that settles to a quarter finger and leaves some lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible.

S: Pretty subdued nose. Struggling to get notes of caramel, grass, tea, lemon and crackers.

T: Unsweetened iced tea. Dry citrus. A little pine. Slightly resinous. Not sure if this is brewed with rye but there's a subtle spicyness to the beer as well.

M: As always with MBC, a delicate mouthfeel. Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable, but overall quite subdued on the nose and palate. Another delicately brewed beer from MBC, but nothing worth going crazy over. For those who drink a lot of MBC I would describe this as Red Wheelbarrow's malty sister with less hop bite.

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Photo of lccrunchy
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 05Harley
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/9/10

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $6.10/bottle

Appearance: A near black red liquid drains from the bottle revealing a creamy head. Held up to the light one can see the bubbles rising to the top. She's a looker. Sticky too with heavy lacing decorating the drinking vessel. Nearly all of the traits I look for in appearance show up for the party.

Smell: A soft aroma at first but as it warms up closer to 60 degrees the scent becomes stronger. Mango and pine hit the nose first followed by hop resin. Serve it a little warmer than what's recommended (45-50) and boost the experience.

Taste: Starts out a little lite then BAM the hops show up. Not much sweetness to balance it out. I'm picking up some metallic notes in the finish too which doesn't excite me.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy and silky smooth at the start. Medium body. Towards the finish the hop bitterness begins it's mild assault on the taste buds.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The metallic notes in the taste though has me thinking. Maybe a little more malt sweetness to balance this bird out and it would be near exceptional.

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Photo of dfclav
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to jlindros for this generous extra.

A - pours a very dark brownish red with a nice soapy head and nice lacing. Active carbonation keeps the head going for several minutes.

S - smells like a very hoppy red ale, with heavy malt, caramel, grapefruit, and a very spicy note. Piney hop notes linger around the backend creating a very nice aroma.

T - taste is of piney hops and caramel. There is a high amount of spicyness in this beer but it works well. A note of rye from the malt really comes out in the finish as does a decent amount of booze which takes away from the score.

M - very good creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation. Grassy hops provide a nice initial twang followed by a nice spicy finish on the backend.

O - this is a solid beer with a lot of things going right for it. To me the flavor needs a bit of tweaking but this has potential to be a top tier brew. I'll be looking forward to see new things from this company in the future.

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Photo of eddiefl
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allen_Modine
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riy3rd
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ross_Marshall
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Beantown. I met the owners at the ACBF and thought they were pretty cool people. Larger format bottle with overly simplified label. Pretty cool packaging if you ask me...very straightforward! Brewed 4/28/11.

The beer has a large billowing tan head that has a very soft texture and a lot of staying power. Lacing sticks on the glass and from one look, we can see that Maine Beer Co. did not skimp on the hops. The color of the body is a dark amber with crimson highlights. Beautiful beer!

The smell is a little lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, it is heavily hopped. I can pick out the more sweet, citrusy notes in the aroma. Smells like Centennial hops, with the strong tangerine/grapefruit smells. Light alcohol on the nose brings out some tropical fruits, i.e. coconut, mango. While I like the aroma, a standard amber ale probably shouldn't be showing off a high alcohol presence...

The alcohol does come through on the back end, with the exhale. Up front though, there isn't a strong bitterness, but a good balance is struck between the darker malts and the brighter hops. I feel like the malt complexity got let behind here however. Slightly weaker than I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, with a prickly touch from the high carbonation. Good body, can tell this is more "imperial".

Overall, I really liked this beer. Attractive amber beer with a strong hop character, but not overly hoppy. Strikes a good balance! Completely recommend picking this up if you see it. Though it is listed on BA as an American Amber Ale, this is almost a strong ale. I guess Imperial Red Ale would work too!

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Photo of wburch1967
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 Ml bottle from 1/27/11.

I may have waited too lonf to try this, as I was expecting a little bit more. The appearance was beautiful, with a deep red color and soft white cap. The smell was good too, with an earthy mix of hops, malt, and citrus. But the body and taste were a little too light for me. Still, very good.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nappski
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillCheck
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brotherloco
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrebeka
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilly444
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first ever Maine Beer Co. brew. It was simply amazing.

The head/lacing is incredibe and frothy. It lingers through the entire experience and that is something I really tend to notice that the best beers all have in common.

A - Deep brown/rosey red. Huge sappy, bubbly, head and thick leg lacing.

S - less than noticable. Malty with a sweet hop aroma.

T - Deep caramel malt with earthy floral hop backings. A bit of smoke/bold roasted grain.

M - medium bodied and evenly distributed flavor layers throughout.

O - very very good. This is one you need to SEE & try. The descriptions won't do it justice.

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Photo of wekoontz
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color
Very full taste for a pale ale

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Photo of Goatdavemac
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hanna56
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings
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