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:
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Photo of ShanePB
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of two Maine Beer Co. bottles generously sent to me by NJBeerNerd, thanks Mike! 16.9 oz beautifully simplistic bottle with a really awesome "environmental" story behind the brewery and the inspiration for this beer, Zoe. Cool stuff.

A: Cloudy dark ruby body with a creamy, slightly off-white head. This exhibits phenomenal retention and leaves wonderful lacing behind. An outstanding looking beer, especially for the style. Well done, this is off to a great start.

S: Subtle gooey caramel malt notes, pine and sap hop aromas fill in, finishing with some green tea leaves. A floral aspect really opens up as this warmed up a bit and wasn't quite as obvious as first. Perhaps something like a daisy flower, the notes are quite mellow but a nice added layer. Everything is there but overall it's not as aromatic as I expected.

T: Dry floral hop notes coat the palate up front washing it with a bitter taste. Sweet malt - kind of fruity - arrives to balance out the hop bite, even though it's not that much to begin with. Tangerine rind is in the finish and speaking of finish, it's pretty dry.

M: Prickly and bubbly carbonation but not too overpowering. Pretty average for the style, I would have liked a bit less to bring upon a solid medium-bodied feel as this seems to be teetering a bit.

I guess I wanted to compare this to Nugget Nectar before going into it. It's not as bitter or citrusy as NN, but in its own right, is a nice representation of the style. I worry if anything goes missing in this beer, though, there is nothing else to make up for it. One little missing flavor would throw this entire beer off. All in all, a very nice first offering for me from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of SebD
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted/buiscuity malts, sweet caramel, some nuttiness, light coffee and pine resins.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted/buiscuity malts, some caramel, a definite nuttiness, light coffee and some bitter pine resins.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1382nd review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Pils (Mike Ditka)
500ml

Couldnt read the bottle date

Thanks to RudZud and Jlindros for this one

App- Dark amber, almost caramel mixed with cola brown. A huge creamy off white/tan head with a good 2-1/2 fingers stuck around for a long time. Nice and thick cling and lace.

Smell- A bit full on the nose of caramel malts. A little hoppy but seemingly one sided with only tinges of citrus.

Taste- Its a very nice beer, I would say its a poor mans NN. Has striking citrus with a more tropical note and moves into a creamy malt flavor with some bitter. Not going to steal the show, very solid and drinkable.

Mouth- A little bit thick for me. Needed to come down a bit to let flavors mingle a little bit better. The medium body was good, but a bit thick and chewy on the carbonation.

Drink- Overall, a good beer. My 2nd from Maine and they are doing a nice job up there. Flavorful and pretty balanced. Would have this one again.

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Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by Drazzamatazz (cheers!). Dated September 2011, little bit of age but nothing that would keep me from opening it.

A: Fluffy beige foams that leave huge branches of gossamer lacing that cover the walls of the glass. Deep mahogany and dark cherry body that has only the slightest give in opacity. As the beer warms it appears less foggy and certainly more light on the cherry. Looks like a delicious little pie tart.

S: Some dusty woodshop smells that linger on piney resinous hops. Lots of tree sap sweetness and hard toffee candies. Smells of fall with dried crunchy leaves and dried grasses. A really nice balance between that light musky woodiness, tree sap sweetness, and pine preservative smells. Little bit sweeter in the notes that you'd expect for the style.

T: Taste is a really nice balance of bitter woody flavors, and hoppy pine. Some cereal grain malt flavors that make me think of lightly cinnamon porridge. The hops aren't as alive as I imagine they are fresh, but there's a nice balanced malt backbone that makes this more than just a one two punch in the flavor. Little bit of woody cinnamon spice that bridges the hoppy and caramel malt flavors in style.

M: medium body with a fine knit gossamer glove on the tongue. A tad bit of wetness creeps in between the gap left from slightly fading hops. The bitterness doesn't linger as much which makes this offering feel a bit lighter than is probably intended. I assume a fresher bottle would mitigate this issue. By no means light in the mouth, but it's medium with a noticeable gap.

O: This is really quite good, with an earthy tone to all the flavors. I'd definitely like the flavor transitions to be a bit more clear, but I imagine having a fresher bottle will give a much more dynamic experience. I really enjoyed drinking this, but some gaps in the mouth feel definitely made me wish I had a super fresh bottle to determine where the error was stemmed from. Another very solid beer from Maine beer co.

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Photo of KevinL
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sprucetip
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. A dense finger of tan foam rests atop deep amber fluid and fades gradually, and leaving patchy lacing. It's not visibly active, and the color when backlit is reddish copper.

Immediately after the pour the nose is predominantly hoppy, but not so much after a few minutes. Mild caramel and moderate alcohol are the main drivers of the aroma, though some floral and fruity hops hang around, though not as pungent as right after the pour.

The hop presence is floral, fruity, and a little bit piny. The hoppy lead is joined and pretty much balanced by a barely discernible caramel malty base that is ever so vaguely sweet. The bitterness is gentle throughout, but persistent and piny after the finish.

Slightly low carbonation, with a rich medium body that dries out succinctly as it leads into the lingering bitter finish.

This is a good beer. Good balance, good hopping, good body. But the overall dry character of it, from the middle through the finish, is a distraction to me. This dryness is also probably why some love it. A little more malty and a little less dry and I would score it higher.

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Photo of DrJay
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.11.13
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A - Pours a hazy, very dark amber with a huge light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Tons of hop pine, hard to pick up much else.

T - Bread, bitter grass, orange peel, pine.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Smells great, but pretty malty and bitter.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Dark amber with tan film that leaves trailers. Gooey strawberry orange marmalade nose.
Strawberry jam, Ryvita, a bit of chocolate, a sour roasty bite, then resin and cedar oil hops.
Lemon zest finish and drying linger. Medium, soft, crisp.

Nice, but nothing special. Wondering if there’s Simcoe in there. A touch of dark malts makes this one different.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with a massive 3 finger head. dark mahogany with garnett hues when held in light and tons of sticky lace. Needs a better coloring.

S- grapefruit, pine sap, pine wood, lemon rind.

T/M tosha cracker maltese with a hint of turmoil. Lots of times, followed by citrus. Granny body prickles the tongue as it slides by smooth out as it warms up a bit and caramel sweetness helps round out the grapefruit bitterness. the big full body is rich. It finishes with a slight sweetness and withering, bitter dryness.

O- very good, the well short of the greatness of nugget nectar. Needs more juiciness and maybe some tropical fruit.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 05/20/2014. Another new beer to me from Maine Beer Company; I have good expectations since these guys have impressed me so far.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark caramel amber color, but appears a dark sunset red in the glass. Three big fluffy frothy fingers of khaki tan head. The head recedes to a nice fluffy rocky surface with lots of thin lacing on the glass. On the darker side of things for the style, I would say, but a very nice appearance for the beer.

S - The aroma is very interesting and inviting, also. Very earthy, twiggy, & herbal. Caramel malts, and some yeast. Not a particularly exciting aroma, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows through.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malts, herbal, earthy, and leafy. Some resinous / piney hop presence is noticeable, but I'd say the malts are the more major player. Dark and roasty at times, almost to the point where you forget you a drinking an amber ale.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, another quality beer from Maine Beer Company; these guys seem to put out consistently good beers, and I look forward to more from them.

Maine Beer Company Zoe ---4/5.

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Photo of Mark_
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkhartnett
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color into my pint glass. Two full fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing remains. Caramel and malt on the nose. Surprisingly this beer is hop forward. Cures that malty/caramel garbage I was worried about in the smell. Quite a pleasant beer.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavilan
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOSHRINARD
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Ryan011235. Poured into an E&J Cask and Creme glass on 5/19/10.

Appearance
Zoe is dark and rusty. Shades of purple and plum provide shadows to reds and umbers. A tall, frothy head is long lasting and leaves sticky lace.

Aroma
This aroma is by far the best element of this beer. Its sweet and juciy, but piney and bitter at the same time. Lots of fresh pineapple and orange citrus. Layered below that is a sturdy pine aroma. Its very woody, sappy and green. Not a whole lot of room for malts to peek through.

Taste
There is plenty of that nice citrus in the flavors, but a very woody pine element is intense. Contrary to the aroma, the malts are attempting to show themselves. For the most part the malt base is toasty, with notes of a crusty bread.

Mouthfeel
The body is quite full, especially for the style. The puffy carbonation is not so lively that it gets in the way of this beer's fuller weight. The finish is spurred by resinous hop oils.

Overall
A very nice red. Its a decently big beer, in the same vein as a few other imperial reds, e.g. Uncle Rusty. The aroma is fantastic.

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Photo of KyleDubya
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sulty
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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