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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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4.19
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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a dark brown initially that when held to the light looks more of an amber to ruby. 3 fingers worth of tan froth appear and slowly fade leaving a webby screen of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger.

The smell is sweet with toasty and toffee-like malt. It has a bit of a burnt aspect about it before getting filled with citrus and herbal to pine-like hop character. A bit grassy and solvent with alcohol across the back.

The taste is toasty grain to toffee-like burnt sweetness. Some herbs and pine character of oily hops. Just like the aroma, it gets grassy in flavor with solvent alcohol. There is a moderate bitterness to this brew that gets a bit pulpy and fruited like grapefruit.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is resinous and hoppy with an interesting burnt character about it that keeps it back from being more drinkable. I've certainly enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from these folks and wouldnt mind trying more. However, from what I've had, I've been least impressed by this offering.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2011. Courtesy of amphion1065, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Bottle code 090111.

Starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I open it. Probably not a good sign. Big thick tan head. Well carbonated. Cloudy dark chocolate brown in color. Aroma is nice, but a bit strange; combination of resiny hops, cinnamon and vanilla. Aroma is more reminiscent of a IPA, heavy on the resin. A fair amount of resiny hops to start. Some root beer spiciness. Resiny and earthy. Light body, warming ethanol. Moderate hoppiness throughout. Some faint roasty notes linger.

Overall just a little something odd that I can't put my finger on. If the foaming is any indication of infection, it didn't seem to have any obvious off flavor indicators.

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Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jmarsh123 for the killer extra!

A - pours a reddish brown color without a creamy looking head

S - nose is toasted biscuit and grainy malts. There is a nice splash of earthy and pine hops.

T - taste follows the nose well. Grainy amber malts start it off. These fade o a pleasant.piney bitterness. A little bit of sweet citrus rind is in there as well.

M - creamy, full body goes down well

D - solid amber ale here. Nice bitterness and complexity to it makes it an above average brew and one I would love to try again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from Al's. In my new Asahi mug.

A: The amber is a caramel brown color, just a bit of red to liven things up. It's fuller hues leave it generally opaque with some orange highlights throughout. A thick white head, over two fingers, laces nicely around the glass.

S: Caramel and bread, both strong. Citrusy hops, equally strong. The aromas are bright, vibrant for an overcast winter day - reminding me of warmer weather. The malt has enough heft to verge on a black ale, the darkness and the hops coming together nicely.

T: The citrus hoppiness abounds, a fresh sharpness that lingers. Paired with the hops are plenty of caramel malts, a darker undertone that continues the aroma's trend towards black ale territory. The hops have a leafy, freshly pulled flavor that adds to their vibrancy. The combination of big flavors is nice, making the ale taste far stronger than it is. Another winner from Maine.

M: The big head saps the carbonation from the ale, allowing the flavors to intensify and not disappear in each sip. The spicy hops are comforting, a piquant flavor content to linger.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't help but add my 2 cents to the review realm for this superb American Amber ale.

A - Darker than amber almost brown with a tight knit, pillowy, marshmellow-y head. Lace all over half of my glass.

S - A blast of, Simcoe?, mango, pine, citrus and sappy wood... as the initial release of CO2 subsides, a doughy malt character emerges. This beer smells like freshly cut citrus, fruit and flowers sitting in the middle of a bread bakery.

T - Bitterness balances the doughy malt character. I do have to emphasize, this beer is not sweet but does have a fair amount of bready character. Citrus, mango and pine provide a balance among the character. Satisfying.

M - Low-med carbonation, medium body, no astringency. Again, satisfying.

O - Very good interpretation of the style. Wonderful balance, with bright tones in all the right places. This is a beer I would recommend to anyone. Extremely drinkable even at 7.2%...

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Photo of Agold
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice brown color with a just off white head that is dense and long lasting. There is sheets of nice lacing as well. Aroma is light and citrus forward with a hint of roast. Very balanced aroma. Flavor is has more coffee and roast than the aroma but is very well balanced with mild smoke. Citrus hops complement the malt profile very nicely. One of the fewer beers that I have had that successfully balances a more roasted coffee malt profile with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium light and is well carbonated. It is quite enjoyable and well balanced. A bit pleasantly surprised by this beer. Didn't have the highest expectations, but I really ended up enjoying it.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer many times and thought it was about time I did a review on it to look back on.

A- More of a brownish color than amber but still has a good look to it. Nice tan 2 finger pillowy head that camps out on the top of the beer and rides the waves.

S- Really clean hop aroma. Its not overly big and pungent just a really great mix of pine and slight citrus. With some bready malts to back it up.

T- This one is just like the label says a Happy Hoppy Amber Ale. The taste follows in line with the aroma, very well balanced hop and malt bill here. Its a crisp clean drinking beer.

M- Not quite medium bodied but more medium than light if that makes any sense. Good carbonation for the style, enjoyable mouthfeel.

O- This is a very good beer. I definitley enjoy all of Maine Beer Co's beers and out of the 3 I have had this one is my favorite. When ever I can find a beer made by this company its a happy day for this guy. If you havent had Zoe go find her. Great Great Beer. Now I need to find me some Lunch.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep clouded amber color with a thin beige head, patchy lacing coats the glass. Film retains with a cloud across the top of the brew.

Nice hoppy punch in the nose with a kiss of citrus, slight pininess, caramel bready sweetness. Really inviting and balanced.

Begins with sticky hops and resin, citrus peel and bitterness. Bready malt backbone, decent sweet caramel flair with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes with bitter grapefruit and bread crust.

Medium body, a little higher carb, sticky and refreshing. Everything I've had from this brewery has been really on point - I'm looking forward to more!

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Zoe pours surprisingly dark. It's a heavy brown, almost edging towards black, and there are some nice cherry highlights. Three fingers of cream colored foam billow up and top the beer. Head retention is very good, and lacing is solid, but not overly impressive. The aroma is nice, if fairly one note. It smells of dank, resinous pine. I'm a bit surprised there's nothing in the way of malt present. The flavor is a bit more varied though, and leads off with a smooth caramel swirl. That's followed by a mild wave of bitterness. The hoppy close is predominantly the same resinous pine notes present in the nose, but a bit of an herbal flavor creeps in at the end and adds a bit of complexity. The body is on the full side, and a little bit creamy, but the carbonation is almost nonexistent. A little more pep on that front would be a welcome addition. Zoe is my second beer from Maine Beer Co. (I tried Peeper Ale a couple months back), and it's quite good. I look forward to trying more beers from them in the future.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pouts a beautiful red amber color with a finger and a half of red tinged head. Very good retention.

S- I could smell some hops as soon as I popped this. Leafy floral hops blend with a citrus characteristic and dense pine. Sweet caramel like malt aroma brings a superb balance.

T- starts of with some sweet caramel like maltiness. The hops intertwine with notes of citrus peel, tangerine and leafy flavors. Finishes with some yeasty dusty notes, intense dense pine and a nice hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and refreshing.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and great carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a delicious brew.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company Zoe

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a cool 1 pint 9oz bottle.

This brew pours a nice rich dark amber color with some slight brown hints. The head is nice and dense and stands about 1 inch tall with some medium sized bubbles sprinkled around. There are some nice dark amber and ruby edges in this brew and the ehad recedes slowly with some nice sticky lacing. (4.5)

Wow! Aroma is DANK! Like a fresh bud of pot it has tons of resinous pine notes with some delicious herbal notes. Earthy and flowery hop aroma. There is also some slight citrus notes on the back end of the aroma. This is one of the nicest smelling beers I’ve ever had. Biscuit notes and slight grainy malt is definitely in the background and gives the brew a mouthwatering quality. (5.0)

Starts off with some intense hop notes and bitterness. Intensely balanced resinous hops with a nice bitter middle and dry bitter finish. The flavor is soo balanced then with delicious deep malt sweetness. Slight dark caramel notes mixed in with the hops give this beer a delicious balanced flavor profile. Finishes with some citrus and some nice dry hop notes. Body is thick for the style and very well carbonated. (4.5)(4.5)

This brew is delicious and gorgeous. Nice hop notes and a delicious malt backbone. Very well crafted. If I lived in Portland, Maine this would be in my fridge constantly. (4.5)

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Photo of cradke
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark Amber. Beautiful 2 finger very fine head with exceptional legs. Looks imposing and fantastic.

Smell: Very balanced and quite aeromatic. A very nice hop profile. A little touch of sweetness with nuts comes through but mainly malts.

Taste: The taste isn't as imposing as the nose would leave you to believe but its exceptionally balanced. A great amber malt profile comes through and is balanced by a fantastic pine character. There is very little alcohol which is impressive given is 7.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Wow. For a long time, I didn't really understand what mouthfeel meant.... until I had this. Thin and pleasant, it spreads excellently over the palate and helps reveal different and hidden flavors. Fantastic.

Overal: A truly solid beer. Much more hoppy than most reds but I really enjoy it. It's not an imperial red or a scortch your face off beer but it's flavor is very nice. It's appearance and mouthfeel really set the tone as they are both nearly perfect. I could drink a lot of this beer!

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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 JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/24/11 bottle. Pours a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy beige head. Way darker than I expected, nearing black out of the light. Nose is a fresh assortment of hops, biscuit, some pleasant light fruits. Mouth is almost spicy up front, sharp pine resin, bright cloves or something, some light bready tones. Body is really light. Dry throughout, finish is spicy hops. I've been looking forward to this and it's quite a bit different than I expected, which is a great thing especially when it's as good as this is. These guys rock at brewing hoppy ales.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle dated 10/27/11 from Bert's Better Beers.

Pours almost opaque mahogany with crimson edgework and a two-plus inch head of beige. Loads of tattered lacing and a solid skim cap on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roasted barley and some mild tropical hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sappy mouthfeel.

Sweet, roasty malt, grapefruit, pine, and a mild bitterness start the palate. Hints of mango and apricots follow through.

Finishes with sweet roast, a yeasty bite, and a pelletized hop aftertaste.

Tasty enough but the hops are subdued in the nose and the pellet bite detracts in the finish. Shades of homebrew here.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber in color with shades of deep red and orange. Off-white, pillowy, lumpy head that fades into a thin layer. No lace.

S - Hops and malt complement each other very well. More like a Pale Ale.

T - So incredibly balanced but with enough malt presence to keep it in line with the style. Fresh, bright hops with a roasted malt backbone. I get some Stout roastiness from the malt. Perfect. One of the best examples of the style that I've tried.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, and incredibly drinkable. Having experienced two of Maine Beer Co.'s four beers, I can imagine moving to Portland, drinking their beers every day, and dying happily. The brewers have done some fantastic work.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a slightly hazy red-brown boy with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes malty but not overly sweet, with roasty dark chocolate and espresso notes as well as some herbal and earthy hops. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall - roasty and malty but light and drinkable. The best of all worlds.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber brown with chestut hi- lights. A medium sized tan foamy cap sits on top. The head is well substained. Carbonation is above average and helps to maintain the rocky dense head. Aroma is fantastic with an awsome hop bouquet of bright fresh hops. Aromas of citrus and floral and pine make it a truely wonderful scent. Malts are light, but balanced. Taste is like the nose bold and hoppy. Malts are more pronounced on the palette then in the nose. Lots of hop pop here but not overly as in a IPA. Hops have floral and pine with a good malt backbone. Bitterness is the finish in this medium weight beer that drinks very smooth. Semi-dry finishing and clean.
Very good and very drinkable refreshing too.
As the beer warms it seemed to get a bit more bitter and waters out slighly.

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Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light amber toned orange with a luscious white head that never fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of danky weeds with a floral blast along with citrus and perfume.
Taste is of a balanced sugary blend of perfume and floral hops. Pretty damn tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, full of flavors with an herbal tea lasting finish. Well done beer!

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Photo of pfrdaly
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark reddish-brown in color. poured the entire bottle into the glass which was a mistake, as all the sediment ended up in my container. despite this it did not look unappealing.

S- Sweet aroma to this beer. Smelled like caramel or syrup to me.

T- Also sweet. Slight woody (pine) flavor. Caramel also was a strong part of this beer's overall flavor. Compared favorably with Harpoon's Leviathan Uber-Bock.

M- Medium in texture. Not watery or syrupy. Sort of a just right scenario.

O- I highly recommend this beer. I was thrilled by how it tasted and all of its other characteristics were favorable.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Digital fist bump for mjn5036. Thanks Matt! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark ruby body, huge taupe head, ridiculous head retention, ridiculous lacing. Ultimate score for appearance. Fantastic nose that seems to be heavy on the "C" hops. Pine and grapefruit I abundance. The bottle is dated 102711 but the bouquet is still phenomenal. Perhaps it's a little subdued at the moment but it's a hop lovers wet dream. More of the grapefruit and pine on the tastebuds. Not really an amber ale as much as it's an IPA. It's reminiscent of Furious. Nice soft level of carbonation compliments a dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pour mahogany. Nice thick creamy head. Minimal lacing.

S: heavy hops and malt. Caramel.

T: awesome hippiness to this bad boy. Some bread and caramel notes. Hop finish is great. Really impressive.

M: crisp, refreshing. Goes down well.

O: Good, solid beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Maine Brewing Company Zoe pours out the dark amber I Envisioned. A nice dark amber with some light brown shade and a tannish cap of foam up top leaving good amounts of foam on the glass. a decent amount of bubbles rising up. Smells awfully hoppy right off the tap. A nice mix of pine/earth backed with citrus. Trace amounts of pale malt ride up the tail end. Smells awfully clean and ready to drink. Drinking this is nice, what is advertised is delivered, a hoppy amber ale. The amount of biscuit coming from the malt drives down this nicely hopped ale into something more balanced, leading in the amber directon. Caramel seeps through gently and glides with the earth/pine/citrus. Feel is a step up from light with a nice carb that is felt. I could do a pint of this if the day and mood was right, I just don't see myself going out of my way for it. Reminds me of celebration ale.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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