Zoe | Maine Beer Company

ZoeZoe
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93.1%
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4.19 w/ 2,484 ratings
ZoeZoe
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
Ranking:
#1,125
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,484
Liked:
2,313
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
495
Trade:
15
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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hiphop1 for this extra.

Poured into Unibroue chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy khaki head. Great retention with lace rings every sip. Color is a dark ruby head.

Aroma: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine hops with with some mixed fruit citrus. A caramel malt backbone. Almost like a big Ipa.

Taste: Awesome pine hop profile up front. Very bitter. Grapefruit citrus. Caramel malts again. Sticky hop resin taste. Again, tastes like an ipa. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. A bit creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky from the hops.

Overall, one of the better imperial reds I have had. Very fresh and hoppy. Drinks like an ipa and I like it, but it still has some malt to let you know its not an ipa. Pretty good drinkability on this one. Thanks Hollie for a great brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Company "Zoe"
16.9 oz. bottle, freshness dated "122312 23"
$7.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. When? I don't know. Why? Well, I can answer that - there's something about the bright and citrusy hops that attracts me. I'm like a fish looking for a shiny lure. Bright and citrusy hops will work. But wait? Is that all that's needed? Are the hops enough? No, not really, I need something to balance the hops. What, pray tell then is that? Well, malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness, I think. And Zoe delivers all of that.

The appearance is very good, and certainly better than most. It's a clear mahogany (when poured properly to leave the lees behind), and a creamy head of light tan tops it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is all about bright and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple...

The flavor adds just enough dark caramel and a hint of chocolate / fudge to balance it along with a spritz of yeasty fruitiness (berries and apple). A very-firm to solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and fruity with notes of berries, citrus, and apple. Maybe even some grape (both white and red).

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a very-fine bubbled and natural carbonation that leaves it gently bristling and then creamy across the palate.

It's raucously hoppy, and I use that word rather than aggressive or tenacious because it suggests a little bit of fun. Yet it's somehow balanced. And that balance may be teetering, but it still somehow seems to hold. So, although it is a little off-kilter, it's not so far off that it's undrinkable. It all comes together in the end. Worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This finally made it to MA, yay!

Creamy almost 1 finger head gasses slowly with lacing over darker molasses brown color.

Nose of fresh earthy and floral hops, some dark earthy malts, bit of fluffy dark malts, touch of roast.

Taste starts rich and creamy dark malts, bit of fluffy roast and almost chewy nougat, toffee, earthy and slight nutty malts, earthy and floral hops, light spicy, fresh hops, not too bitter, light fruit hops as well. Finish gets a bit more bitter, with a nice lingering hop character, light toffee, roast, and earthy malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied with good carb.

Drink is great, a nice hop character not too bitter, the dark malts add a nice flavor without too much body or syrupy flavor. Very well balanced, tasty.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 9-29-2012.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber with a large fluffy off white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big floral and piney hops really jump out at ya along with sweet biscuit and brown sugar,the malt base is almost as big as the hop onslaught,a great nose.Sticky piney hops really stand out on the palate up front but a big brown sugar and biscuit malt base is there again to stand up to the hops,I get a little earthiness to round out everything in the finish.This is a complex flavor packed red,to me it's like an old school left coast hopped up red,great stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Huge thanks to BrewedAwakening for getting some of this out to me.

Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose is really quite nice with a really strong presence of citrus and pine hops as well as some light amber malt. The taste is a bit of light malt with a good level of bitterness, though not as much as the nose would have indicated. This drinks really well and is a beautiful Red IPA (let's get that new style rolling...) and I'd love to try a few more things from Maine Brewing.

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

A: Pours a clear dark garnet reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige (with garnet red highlights) head that reduces to a very thin film with a small thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a strong hop aroma of citrus/grapefruit along with a more moderate presence of floral and pine/resin hops. Underneath the hops there is a light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Starts with some moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness and then the hops take over and dominate the flavor - huge flavors of grapefruit/citrus followed by lighter amounts of pine and floral hop flavors. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger too long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very well balanced and extremely enjoyable, though I would expect nothing less from this brewery (since I have tried almost all of the other beers and they were most impressive). Easy to drink and one I would be happy to have again and again.

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

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops that quickly transitions into a very complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer with a lot of flavor and substance that make great drink for an entire evening.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of thick light tan colored head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of rich froth and slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma just explodes in the nose with a huge floral feel that contains notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. This immediately gives way to dense and malty smelling layer of sticky caramel and dark roast. This is just so flavorful feeling in the nose, with everything seeming to have fresh and powerful presence.

Hops and malt pull equal weight in the taste, with a blast of herbal tones and zesty grapefruit bitterness that propels resins and spice out in the profile. The malt however is equally robust, with a mix of caramel sweetness and burnt roasted notes that lay heavy in the finish along with a strong resinous dryness that seems to linger forever. As this warms, the flavors seem to meld and balance even more and take off some of the initial assertive edges that hold this back a little in the beginning. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a wonderful even feeling creaminess in the mouth that has just enough of an effervescent sharpness to the carbonation. While the alcohol does give this a bit of a powerful beefiness like a Double Red would, this is still very smooth for 7%, with only some trailing warmth being present and adding some extra boldness to an already aggressive finish.

As a lover of hoppy Red Ales, I just have to say that I’m in love with this beer. From its beautiful look, to its flavorful yet well balanced profiles, to its super easy drinkability, this one just all the right notes for me. The other two Maine beers I’ve had (Peeper & Lunch) got close for me but this is the first one to really knock it out of the park, as I think this is definitely the freshest that I’ve been able to try one of their beers. I’m super excited to here that this is going to be distributed in SE PA going forward, as I’ll definitely be picking up some more bottles.

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a bit of reddish colors to it. The head settled down to a thin covering and left some great lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off both the hoppy and malty qualities pretty well. Some zesty citrus with a grapefruit bitterness mixes with some sweeter malty, toasted, slight caramel character.

The taste shows slightly more of the malty flavors to it. More of the sweet malty, caramel flavors come through along with some toasty flavors. Towards the finish the hops really step it up with some grapefruit citrus and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty and hoppy flavors to it. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a good version of the style.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled Jan 2013, opened Dec 2013.

A - Killer looking beer. Stellar bone white head with outstanding retention and sheets of lace. Deep cheery wood ice tea body.

S - A little funky. Wet leaves, old malt, pumpernickel bread, and molasses.

T - This bottle might have sat a little too long. Leafy hops, musk, molasses, raisiny malt, and caramel.

M - Light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad, but not quite where I'd expect it to be. I think this bottle was a little old. Will definitely try it again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, thick head that leaves a solid blanket of lace. Settles like a dome. The liquid is light brown and clear. A beautiful looking beer.

Very mild aroma. More chocolatey than any other smell. Light hop nose.

This is a smooth beer. Nice malty start to the taste--mostly the paler versions without any graininess. Excellent hop as a spice, not as a predominate flavor. The alcohol is present as a warming effect. Long aftertaste of white peppered hop. The body is full with a decent level of carbonation. In short, a very good, well-balanced beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 2,484 ratings
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