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:
2,471
Reviews:
607
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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323
Gots:
487
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Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Lot#03-10-11. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna color. Produced a huge frothy and fluffy tan colored head. Great retention behing it that left lots of lacing in its wake.

(S)- A dry hoppy blast up front. Very very dry actually with some hoppy citrus and caramel malts.

(T)- A better balance than the smell foretold. A nice nutty/caramel richness with an even mellower citrus hop character. Still dry, but richer and maltier.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and malty, yet dry and citrus-like hop aspect. Mild bitterness, almost becomes earthy as it warms.

(D)- A solid to great american amber. Malty and rich with an assertive yet balanced hop profile.

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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 Glenney67
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 311bulldog
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep reddish brown amber with an off white head that leaves some good lacing. Some chill haze. Color is what you want your beer to be. Very pretty.

I'm in the pine forest! Some malt, but it is all hops here.

Big juicy pine hop flavor, and it dominates. As the palate clears, you get some browned bread crust, good toasted malt, a little earthy edge. There is substantial bitterness here, but it is to the proper degree and there is a good balance. Not easy to find fruit in this one.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Easy drinker -- a hoppy brew that you can put down pint after pint. Worth having.

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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a thick tan head. Sweet malt and piney hop aroma, both of which carry over to the taste. Fairly thin and well-carbonated mouthfeel. Like many from MBC, there's a somewhat watery backend, but pretty well balanced overall.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: not a great looking beer. Has this dark redish color with almost the pale hue. The head and lacing however are pretty good.
S: THe best part about this beer, i smell grapefruit, hops, and a piney resin.
T: To me this tasted a lot like an ipa. Very hoppy and bitter. I got lots of grapefruit out of it and as the beer warmed i got more and more resiny piney taste that im not a big fan of.
M: actually quite good very nice but a little sticky

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Photo of Dilbert65
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Bedfordbeer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I simply must remember to pour bottle-conditioned beers more gingerly. This beer is a dark amber hue with a quite-haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is three-plus fat fingers of pillowy tan foam with a nice lace. Not sure what else I'd want out of an amber ale.

Smell: great big dose of fresh earthy hops with a fair amount of citrus character and a complementary dankness. Quite nice.

Taste: sweetish caramel malt with a tons of dank, earthy, somewhat citrusy and almost moldy hops. OK, that was an initial impulse ... the hops are not as bad as I thought. It's good, but just a bit muddled in a way that makes it hard to pick out the flavors I prefer. So, overall, good, but brewers: you're treading a line here which could easily go bad on you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: while this beer is still pretty good, I feel like some of the dankness and muddiness of the hops detracts from overall drinkability for me. This bottle isn't terribly old (about two months), but perhaps this beer is better closer to its source.

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Photo of oldman1473
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gotta give credit where credit is due... this is a beautiful looking beer. A dark colored brown with a little reddish tint to it. About a 1" foamy, frothy head and lacing for days.

Smell - Leaves some to be desired, in my opinion the overall smell is very faint and I only really get sweet malts.

Taste - A nice balance of malt and hop deliver what Maine calls their "happy, hoppy, Amber Ale". The hops are just strong enough to feel their presence at the end, and don't overwhelm the multiple (I'm assuming) styles of dark malt. The maltiness up front is just what you look for in an amber, and the pine flavors allows a smooth transition into the hop flavor. Slight citrus lingers at first, but the warmer the beer gets, the more chocolate I get at the end.

Feel - Creamy, yet doesn't go down super smooth. Carbonation and the slight bite provided by the hops may not make it ideal for slamming a couple back, but the mouthfeel is strong overall.

Overall - Another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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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 justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: This pours extremely dark for an Amber Ale. Pours a very hazy dark copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head that reveals a very nice layer of lacing.

N: Big orange citrus and tangerine along with some pine sap backing it up. Has a big sugary caramel backbone.

T: Big tropical notes are in the front. Pineapple, papaya, mango and tangerine along with something similar to sugar cookies. Mid-palate has bursts of big rich sugary caramel. Lemon, navel orange, brown sugar and a little bit of Tootsie Roll also makes an appearance. Finishes with toffee, grapefruit pith and resinous pine sap with a lighter intermingling of tropical and citrus fruits.

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied. Sticky and dry with a good bitterness.

O: This Amber is quite heavy on the malts but is beautifully balanced with the heavy hopping. Maine Beer Company really knows how to kick ass with the hoppy beers. Complex, easy drinking with no notice of alcohol.

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Photo of davefromct
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of puftdank
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 11/4/14 dated bottle purchased in April 2015. Crazy that it remained on the shelf but curiosity overrode my best instincts and I invested none the less. Pours a deep brown reminiscent of strong tea with a huge fluffy beige head. Nearly fully opaque. Nose is vegetal with just a bit of herbal spice.while I imagine that at 6 months the hops have dropped off considerably, I found the taste to be quite balanced and pleasant. Rich caramel, malty Sweetness balanced on the back by hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of Rtm05002
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

From a 500 ml bottle (C41514 43 on the label) into a nonic.

A-My normal pour produces one fat finger of light-tan head. Retention and lacing are above average thanks to the oily hops in there. The beer is deep amber in color verging on walnut brown. It is murky but some light gets through. Strangely good-looking stuff.

S-The aroma is full of hops on the first few sniffs. I smell pine, citrus, citrus zest, and a good dose of bitterness. The malts aren't missing, either. I smell toasted bread, cocoa, molasses, rye bread, and a bit of medicinal alcohol, too. Complex, balanced, and very full-bodied.

T-The taste is something of a letdown after the smell. It is more earthy, dull, and spicy, and with more bitterness than the aroma would make you expect. The bright pine and citrus hop flavors have dissipated leaving a duller flavor profile. Malts are still there with toasted bread, cocoa, bread crust, and just a hint of molasses sweetness. Alcohol is very apparent on the finish.

M-The feel is medium to full in body with a bit of oiliness. Carbonation is mellow and fine.

O-I like everything about this beer but the taste, which is just OK. It looks good, it smells great, and the feel is nice, but the taste was a bit too earthy and dull for me. Something seems lost in the translation from my nose to my tongue. That being said, this beer has a lot going for it and I would happily try it again to see if the taste could live up to the smell.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles on a recent day trip over to Portland.

Pours an extremely dark brown with amber highlights when held up to the light. A three finger creamy beige head slowly fades leaving some thick lace behind.

The aroma is filled with lots of grapefruit, orange rind and pine. There's a hint of toasty malts in the background.

Taste is much more subdued in the hops department. It starts out with some toasted bread and sweet malts. There's a hint of roasted coffee and chocolate before some bitter, floral hops. Overall this a very well balanced beer. It combines the sweet, toasty malts of a good red/amber, with the bitter hops of an American IPA. It finishes with a somewhat dry nuttiness.

Medium-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very interesting and enjoyable brew that straddles the line between styles. ABV is not noticeable whatsoever . Glad I picked up a couple of these, and I would grab more if I saw them.

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Photo of toothirsty
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Capsfan90
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,471 ratings.
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