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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 prototypic
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Zoe pours a dark copper/amber color. It looks a little hazy. Backlighting reveals some scarlet highlights. It’s a nice color. It’s capped with a really nice, light tan head that stands almost two fingers tall. Impressive. It’s also very slow to recede, leaving a very thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. This is good lookin’ stuff!

It also smells delicious! The malt base smells like a nice mix of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt. Smells nice and sturdy. It doesn’t smell all that sweet. Hops are a much bigger part of the equation than I would’ve guessed. They smell strong…and delicious. They have a nice citric scent that works well with the malt base. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon are noted. There is a good bit of pine in there, as well. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. Nice.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Really good stuff. The malt base is definitely a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. It’s a little sweet. The chocolate flavors are mostly cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. Toasted malts are also noted. The provide a really nice platform for the hops that follow. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors are abundant and are very flavorful. It’s nicely balanced, but the hop flavors are vibrant. Alcohol is masked very well. Not all that noticeable. Finishes with a nice mix of cocoa, pine, and toasted flavors.

It has a medium body that’s nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. The bubbles are soft. This stuff goes down so easily. I’d take down a few bottles if I had them. No doubt about it.

Zoe is my first encounter with Maine Beer Company. I’m really impressed. This is an Amber Ale that packs a ton of flavor. While it features a lot of hop flavor, there is a nice balance between malt and hops. This is really good stuff. You’d be remiss to pass it up.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle. dated 7/23/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber in color with a thick frothy slightly off white head. Crazy long retention and sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hops. Caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit. citrus, hop oil. Caramel malt sweetness. Dry biscuit. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Very nice actually.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel. Medium bodied. great balance with the hops and malts with the hops taking over a little in the finish. Overall It's an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Boppar
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a very foamy head of 2-3 fingers. Smell is predominantly malts along with a moist, hoppy earthiness. Opens up with toast and sweet malts followed by piney, resinous hops and a dry hoppy finish. For an amber, this is a fairly complex brew. The 7.3% ABV is well-hidden and sneaks up on you. Drinkability is off the charts. I am consistently blown away by this brewery.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color where the body is somewhat transparent but still looks a pinch cloudy with an off-white head with a slight orange tint to it.

Smell: Nice potent hoppy scent that you feel as you're pouring this brew into the glass.

Taste: A very complex taste...you feel the strong hit of hops. Has a sweet citrus feel to it that feels a bit like pink grapefruit. Very very bitter, you don't need to know how many IBUs this beer is to know what you got yourself into. Delish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy body....ridiculously sticky, just a little bit dry.

Overall: I bought this on being random and feeling to try something different. I never heard of this beer till actually reviewing it. Though not advertised as an IPA, it is! Has every property you could ask for and for you hop heads this one is addicting so don't say i didn't warn you. Salud!

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Photo of Samp01
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good he’d retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, I'd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to papollo for this gem!!!

Deep mahogany in color, with a big 3 finger beige head. Laces tons.

Smells is yummy pine, and woods. Slight citrus, and slight sweet malts. This smells amazing. It's hard to put down.

Equal parts pine and sweetness on the taste. Bitter hops and pine first, sweet malty sweetness.

Solid medium bodied. It's actually a bit chewy and thick for a red. Low carbonation.

Easy drinker.

This is an excellent beer, bottom line.

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Photo of pratyk
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber Brown with a red tinge, Offwhite head that is not too thick.

Smell: Caramel, Citrus, Peach, Earthy notes with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Citrusy, Hoppy, Earthy with a Coffee finish. Malty to start hoppy to finish. Good amount of bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Medium body. Moderate Carbonation. Conditioned Bottle.

Overall: Great Dark Amber Ale (if I can say so) that is easy to drink and enjoyable. Doesn't feel like a 7-8% ABV beer. Recommended. I can see this becoming my offseason replacement for Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23, 2012. Unfortunately just past the 90 day recommended drink by period.

Beer is dark red with a good-sized light tan head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is a nice blend of malt and hops. Bread, chocolate and caramel scents are strong. Some pleasantly dank pine along with citrus scents. Malts are probably more prominent than they would be if the bottle was fresher, but it is still a very nice scent.

Taste is also very good. Citrus fruit (orange, some grapefruit), pine and a big malty backbone- caramel, bread and chocolate. Well balanced, fairly dry. Good mix of flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 Nov.

A mildly hazy dark amber with a dense, khaki head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The blood red highlights are nice too. The nose!talk about hops! So fresh and fragrant! Pine, mint, juniper, citrus, grapefruit, all wonderfully integrated and juicy, this is a beautiful expression of hops. Leaning heavily on aromatic hops and less on bittering hops, this is clean and soft, lacking in grassy notes. Caramel and toffee are present, pulling this deep into Nugget Nectar territory. A little bit of brown sugar is present as well. Awesome stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of modest hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit are most dominant, but I also get a good amount of navel oranges and a little mint. The mid palate brings out flavors of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar and caramel, but thankfully, this beer isn't particularly sweet. In fact, the way this feels on the palate reminds me again of NN. Bitter on the finish with a mild pine resin character, this beer is medium light in body and has a medium high level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I'd like, but the flavors and balance on the finish is excellent. Excellent stuff, I imagine this would be incredible on cask. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thankful re-review opportunity provided by Mike, who sent an unbelievably generous box this afternoon. Thank you for this opportunity at a fresh bottle: dated 110412.

Pours a dark and cloudy almost brown with a thick tannish billow that leaves copious lacing.

Smells of fresh hops and gingerbread. Cinnamon, orange, marble rye, and a skanky leafy pot dankness. Nice! Hops present fresh and the malts really serve as a substantial platter for their delivery.

Taste is varied and deep, especially for an amber. Chocolate malts are a surprising but effective lead off. Rose hips, leafy and citric hops, and a rich malty rye bread roll through the middle. Hint of metallic, which I find typical in the style, flashes at the finish. On the lighter side of bitter, but with a firm enough hold to leave a lasting fade. As in the nose, the malts really prop up the hops and provide some balance. There's such a melange of different flavors and a depth to this that really makes this a nice amber. Feel is really pleasant, spot on carbonated, and smooth along the tongue.

Overall, I really appreciated this much more than the first time through. My dog Zoe, who tries every beer I do, also appreciated the effort. A surprisingly nice beer. Thanks again Mike!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark mahogany color with a bubbly cappuccino like head that's at least as tall as the body of the beer. Wonderful.

Smells of roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, bitter hops, dark citrus...pretty even balance of hops and dark malt, pretty close to a black ale on the nose but somewhat less sweet and roasty.

Tastes pretty similar. Pine and citrus up front, fades into roasty malt and cocoa. Very good.

Very well carbonated, very full mouthfeel.

Great beer, way better than the Nugget Nectar I had right before it.

8.5/10

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Photo of Nuggethops
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 4/28/2011

Poured into a Holy Grail Imperial Pint Glass

Dark brown and cloudy with a ruby tint. a healthy two finger beige head that is very frothy and looks great dissipates very slowly to a icm cap that is present throughout there is sticky lacing at the top of the glass but little lacing holds after that. The smell is of resinous piney citrus hop character mostly, with a slight bready malt underneath the great hop profile.

The taste is just like the smell, It's delicious with a nice piney hop profile up front with a slight citrus bite as well. A smooth roasted bready malt flavor compliments the huge hop flavor nicely, this is a great hoppy amber ale.

It is smooth in the mouth but slightly under carbonated leaving it just a little thin. An excellent amber ale that I will gladly drink over and over especially this fresh.

Cheers to the Maine Beer Company for this wonderful brew and their environmentally conscious practices. I happily support this brewery and look forward to some more of their offerings.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i don't like to say that if you like this this you'd love that... but... with that said. i'm a huge fan of the short's good humans and it seems like this is a more rounded and not as sweet render of that form. somewhat a imperialized amber or brown ale.

the gravity doesn't seem to read as anything syrupy. actually quite brisk. and lightweight but very complex. beige mahogany. a bit cloudy at the end. nose of pine oil at first that breaks into a bit of a caramel and toffee note. palate is a fruit forest fruit. predominately blueberry... a whole lot of blue berry. and hints of baker's chocolate acidic notes and blood orange citrus. well balance with a dry but not too dry end. more so on the desert end of citrus notes. aftertaste of one of those chocolate orange candies that you break apart. a bit milky even. great brew. a must for anyone that like good humans.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 ShogoKawada
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one roll around. Bottled 8 days ago. Poured into short's imperial pint glass.

A- Brown with ruby red highlights, big sandy buttercream head that is very rocky and thick. Minimal lacing outside the first ring.

S- Strong forest floor, pine and citrus.

T- New growth pine, juicy orange and grapefruit. Really sticks with you after the sip. Bitterness is welcome, lots of oily hop goodness behind it.

M- Rather heavy body for the style, but it's not a detriment. Moderate carbonation- I think a bit more would knock this outta the park. The bready malt is more felt in heft than found in the flavor profile.. hiding behind the hops.

O- A worthy challenger to eagle claw fist and nugget nectar.. although I'm not convinced it's better, and I'd like to see a bit more carbonation (but now I'm nitpicking). more good beer outta Maine. I love it.

635

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

Red appearance, ruby is a descriptor that comes to mind, it gleams. Solidly thick off white head that has damn good retention. Aroma was plenty hoppy, in a similar vein as Nugget Nectar, where you get both the amber/red kind of malt aromas and a heavy dose of hops (nugget smell from both).

Taste was delicious, immediately planting itself within the upper echelon of all amber beers. Unlike Nugget Nectar, this one got itself flavor wise to be a bit more than just brash hoppiness and bitterness, it allowed for flavor intrusions of all kinds, be it the malt, the hop mouthfeel of a vegetal nature, the caramel, the mild sweetness. This is the archtype. Hides alcohol very well. Its a hearty beer that drinks effortlessly. Hops still pack pine and citrus flavor beyond everything else. I wonder if there are magnums in here, there is a peppery edge to it.

Drank this the night before the Firestone Walker invitational, 2013, at our campsite at Lake Naciemiento before bedtime before the big event. That's a lot of "b's".

This is elite stuff.

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

Picked up at Carl's in Kittery this fall, and recently poured into a pint glass. Well worth the wait.

Bottom line on top - this is a great beer.

Pours a beautiful dark crimson tinger brown with a lovely full inch of thick creamy foam. Long lasting retention. Pictures should be taken.

Rich malty smell, strong toffee/caramel notes. Some chocolate. Hoppy open gives way to malty blend. Rich chewy taste like a candy bar.

Slight bitter aftertaste lingers a touch too long, but not to worry.

Great beer - well done.

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

Bottle poured into my NB globe. Got two of these in a care package from the amazing trader/generous guy known as portia99.

Brown body with a big fluffy light tan head on top. Nice hoppy aroma, mostly citrus notes with a hint of toasty sweetness at the end. More citrusy hop goodness up front with this brew, finishes with a well balanced mixture of caramely malts and citrusy hops. mouthfeel is medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation and a slight stickiness.

Overall this is a solid beer, and really hits the spot after a long day of work. Provides a nice hoppy aroma and flavor with a balanced malt backbone. Hoppy amber ales are a style I would love to have more of. I wouldn't mind drinking some of these again in the future.

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Photo of herman77
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MarkF150 for this great extra. Bottled 6/28/12

A: Pours a dark amber, super hazy amber. Pretty much brown and you can't see through it. Big light tan head that looks really thick and frothy. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly toasted carmel malt. Grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Has a nice sweet perfume aroma.

T: Big backbone of lightly toasted carmel and biscuity malts that are very prevalent all the way through. Almost a honey like sweetness to the malt profile. Good dose of citrus, grapefruit, floral and just a tad bit of earthy hops to provide an excellent balance. Nice sweet and semi hoppy finish that is not dry.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Awesome hoppy amber. Hands down the BEST of this style I've ever had. Great drinkability. Think I actually prefer this over Lunch.

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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 sommersb
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-01-2013
Freshness: Bottled 02-26-13
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a big off-white head on the dark amber, clear beer. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The last pour adds some cloudiness from the bottle-conditioning yeast

Smell has spicy hops with big pine and citrus elements. Some caramel malts and dark fruits counter for an overall lovely bouquet

Taste has a fairly strong hop bitterness with typical grapefruit notes, but the malts show up with a bit of sweetness and keep things interesting so its not a one-trick pony. A bit of astringency is a negative factor

The feel is crisp due to the high carbonation. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry, but with some balance.

Overall a very nice treat. I'll admit this is typically not one of my favorite styles, but this is a very good rendition -- hoppy, but complex enough to keep me wanting more. Recommended

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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

Bottled on 3/10/11. Yep, oh so fresh. Poured into a duvel tulip.

A - My my my. Can every beer look like this please? Massive almost 3 finger dark cream coloured head sitting atop a very, very dark garnet pour. This head though, massive amount of side lacing with a head that just wont go away.

S - Really nice fresh hop aromas. Lots of big, fresh citrus and grapefruit aromas. There is some light malt sweetness but for the most part this is hop heavy.

T - Just like the nose this has awesome hop flavour with big time. A great citrus bitterness with a strong malty background that is overpowered by the hops.

M - Nice and slightly, subtly creamy but nicely carbonated with a good crisp, slightly dry finish.

O - Overall this is quite a nice amber ale. I think the malts get lots just a little with all those fresh hops, but I can appreciate the bitterness it lends. Very enjoyable brew from Maine.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into Harpoon Imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted. Bought from the refrigerated case at Table & Vine W. Springfield, MA.
A - Pours a cloudy, amber/dark brown, nearly opaque with a thin film of persistent head on top that hangs all the way down the glass.
S - hops with a bit of malt in the background; I know there are Simcoe in here from the website, and that is right on with the aroma; might have guessed Amarillo too, but alas....
T - If I had closed my eyes when trying this I would have guessed it was a Black IPA; the hops are *in your face* and are very earthy and chewy, especially on the front end. It's seriously like eating a bowl of hops. The aftertaste is absolutely delicious, with a mouth-drying, soapy effect that is well-balanced by the malt bill. Very, very tasty. Alcohol is only slightly detectable as the beer warms.
M - Mouth-filling; very smooth (bottle-conditioning); finish completely dries out the tongue. Front-end has this almost gritty feel to it (not in a bad way).
O - Surprising beer; "amber/red ales" are not my favorite but I bought this b/c of the brewery. Glad I did - another great one by Maine Beer.

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

A: Nice looking beer, rust to burgundy in color, lots of lacing and sea foam, noticeable sediment – 4.50, S: Tons of biscuity malts, very crisp and citrusy for an amber, the hops really standout – 4.00, T: Lots of caramely malts and sweet doughiness, grapefruit and pith play a significant role with a touch of pine, more hops and bitterness than I’d normally anticipate for an amber – 4.25, M: Quite creamy – 4.50, D: Quality beer all around, very drinkable and worth scouting out – 4.50

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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