Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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

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604
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2,452
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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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 MerryTapster
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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Photo of mindspin315
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amount of an off white fluffy head. Amber body but a slight darker tinge sits on top. Lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Hop presence hits right away with a big chewy malt backbone. Pine, tropical fruits, gingerbread, grapefruit zest, ripe pinnapple coated in sugar which are all blended with a nice chocolate, biscuit, and bready malt aroma.

Starts out with pine, grapefuit and tropical fruit which never over take the palate as the backbone of the malts keep everything melding together. Bready and light biscuit malts touch of earthiness. Bit of yeast/hop spice sits on the tounge. Carbonation is lively and makes for a nice lively palate. A touch of dryness and good amount of bitterness at the end and light pine sap and syrupy sweet (not cloying) aftertaste.

Another great beer from Maine Beer Co. Very good IPA/amber ale hybrid. Everything is balanced and blended very well. Incredibly drinkable!

[95/100]

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

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a opaque, reddish-brown body that is topped with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts with some pine and orange hop aromas.

T - Caramel and toasted malt up front. Pine and sweaty hop flavors show up in the middle. Some more caramel as the hops fade to a moderately bitter pine flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nicely put together but the flavor profile doesn't work quite as well. The bitterness is kind of soapy and the hop character just isn't as bright as it was in the aroma.

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Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
112411
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to celticfutblclub for hooking me up with this.

Deep, dark crimson-mahogany and slightly hazy in appearance. The liquid was topped by a near three-finger crop of tight, creamy, light tan foam. Large, splotchy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Subtle, tropical fruit notes were noticeable as well. I definitely picked up some mango. The hops were matched by a rich, biscuity, caramel maltiness. The sweet malts seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was crisp and quite hoppy. Definitely more bitter than the nose would indicate. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end before the hops took ever. Strong notes of orange peel. Some ruby red grapefruit. Slightly spicy. The finish was dry and bitter. Grapefruit rind and pine sap came through strong and left me longing for the next sip. As the beer warmed, the flavor profile became sweeter and more mellow. The hops gave way to the rich, biscuity malts. At 7.2% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat distracting initially. It was light and frothy with a zippy, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down and the beer turned smoother and creamier.

I really enjoyed this beer but was disappointed that that the intense, fruity hoppiness seemed to fade as the liquid warmed. To those of you who plan on drinking this, I would recommend doing so quickly (and rather cold) in order to enjoy all of its hoppy glory.

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

500ml bottle (10/27/11) poured into a tulip

A: Pours light cola with a massive 3-finger tan head. Fantastic head retention, leaves a little lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops, caramel, a little pine. Has a slight cola thing going on as well.

T: Fairly heavy presence of toasted malt, plenty of caramel, and a bite of floral and pine hops. Citrus and floral hops over caramel in the middle with a slightly astringent and bitter finish. I think there may be a hint of chocolate towards the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly strong carbonation. Crisp up front and again on the finish with a fairly smooth middle. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A solid hoppy amber that's well balanced between a sizable caramel malty body and palate-smacking hops. Right up there with Arrogant Bastard for me (a little more malty with more citrus, perfect).

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

For starters, I love the label.

Second does 7.20% ABV put this into the "Imperial" category?

A - medium brown body appears syrupy. light and billowy 1/2 finger head rises to the top slowly. Clear.

S - Hop to the forefront. Bits of pine, citrus (grapefruit), and grass. Bit of grain to the back of the throat. Nice but hop is more than I'm used to in a red ale.

T/M - Sweet with floral and citurs hop all throughout. Finishes smooth with a bit of metallic bitterness. A definite "freshness" to the hop flavor.

O - While I feel it exceeds the "light to moderate hopping" typical of a red(aren't most beers these days) this a great beer. Fresh and sweet. Well done.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish golden with burnished copper edges and a full half inch of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Bright hoppy aroma, very citrusy and inviting.

Flavor is floral and citrus, resiny and sappy, moving to piney notes, some orange rind pith. Understated caramel and toffee malt rides beneath but gets pushed back down by the hops. Malt rises up more strongly as it warms and brings nuances of crusty bread and dried leaves. Dry and crisp, finishes tingly. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh with an 11/24/11 date (I'm assuming that is the bottling date). 16.9oz into Stone IPA glass.

Very nice looking beer - huge, rocky beige head over a very dark, opaque maroon-to-brown body.

Aromas smack of fresh, piney NW hops. Herbal, but with a nice sweetness.

Flavors transfer from piney to floral hops, and there is a touch of soapy bitterness in there as well. A healthy amount of citrus peel in the finish. Not the sweetest of Amber Ales, as it weighs heavily on the bitterness side of the see-saw.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a fairly high carbonation level, yet smooth across the palate.

This is full flavored and well done. I usually prefer a little more malt balance, but there is no complaining on this beauty. May have to pick up that sixtel my distributor has!

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

A few ounces of a 50 cL bottle dated (10/27/11) into a Bordeaux glass.

A: Dark brown, orangish amber when held to light. Half finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: lots of earthy piney hops up front with a bit of caramelly malts coming through, nutty, grassy.

T: Quite hoppy with pine and bitterness up front but with good balance. Probably more hops than an average amber ale and thus aptly characterized as "our happy, hoppy, amber." Caramel and nutty malt sweetness mid taste and finishes nicely and refreshingly bitter.

M: Very nice, small carbonation, smooth.

O: A great beer, one of my favorites. Highly recommend. This is a special ale from a special brewery.

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Photo of plehnus
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: American hops. Apricot, citrus; sharp and tangy. Grapes.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-amber body with a fluffy cream colored head.

Flavor: Extremely strong floral hops. Mild citrus notes. Faint hints of spice. Subtle earthy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an initial bite, but a pretty long and surprisingly smooth finish.

Overall: Not as uniquely complex as I was expecting, but not as bitter either. Fantastic aromatics, perhaps that is why the taste was a little disappointing. Not completely blown away, but definitely not a bad brew either.

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

Porured out of the 1 pint 9 fl.oz bottle into an old fashioned glass.
Full flavored amber with great characteristics. Roasted grapefruit nose. Flavor of mild hops with slightly bitter finish. Medium spritz and smooth texture.
Medium brown unfiltered color and tannish head give a great color to the beer.
I would pair this with game and poultry, fish and chips, and pork dishes.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A dark amber, almost brown - beautiful beige head, very foamy - pure bottle-conditioned glory

Smell: Hoppy with cooked malts - biscuity and crusty - some serious hoppy aromas, floral and straight-up grapefruit, some pine - nicely balanced

Taste: Great, even better than expected - crusty, grainy malts with a nice hop profile - mostly pine, citrus, grass, and floral notes - malts are cooked and biscuity, perhaps a little more dry than the average amber - nicely bitter, not too sweet - and it's got that Maine Beer Company "clean" flavor, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, excellently carbonated, nicely balanced

Overall: Personally, the only beer that does this better is Tröegs Nugget Nectar

With all due respect to the American Amber/Red Ale style, I did not have high expectations. But Maine Beer pulled it off. It's incredibly balanced, nicely cooked, and very refreshing. Much like Peeper and Lunch, this is remarkably good. I'll be shocked if they can make a bad beer.

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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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Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent deep amber, with a tanish red highlights 2 inch sticky head, that takes some time settling, gorgeous lacing. Smell tangerine, pineapple, pine, and some grass. Taste is all of that, with a little hint of carmel in the finish, really well balanced. Most dominant flavor tangerine, by a tiny margin. Body is really nice, a little on the larger side for the ABV, very easy drinking. Not really dry and the perfect amount of life. Hello Maine Beer Company, welcome to New Hampshire! This is a wonderful beer and says the date of 10/27/11 on it, hard to walk past this when fresh.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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