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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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594
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2,417
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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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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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 mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a murky nut brown color with one finger of tan head that has high rentention. High carbonation evident.

s - Smell is all citrus hops. Hints of piney hops too, pretty nice.

t - Taste is some bitterness from the hops, followed by some smooth malts. Decent.

m - Low carbonation and medium body. Smooth after the initial bitterness.

d - A decent amber ale. I thought it smelled really nice but was somewhat lacking in the taste. I just didn't think the citrus and pine hops came through in the taste like they did in the smell. Would try again.

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

Bottled 12/1/13 that's what Philly sells to the Pittsburgh market. I'll take it though. Dark amber bordering on a mahogany brown hue, light tan head just barley off white. Aromatics hints of dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops, east coast style hops but rock solid so far. Just a hint of tart/citric/grapefruit notes with oxidized hops starting with some biscuit/caramel malts thrown in as well. Complex beer I like MBC with the two beers I've had so far before Zoe, were Peeper Ale and King Titus. Flavor wise there's just a touch of cardboard starting in the malt department, I don't see any infection years just a hint of oxidation from the age. Bitterness from the hops makes it through each sip, earthy citric notes with a semi-sweet dark amber malt base, it drinks really well share a bottle with a friend and it will be gone in no time. These are the type of beers I wish were available locally. Overall I really enjoy this beer, and I appreciate the east coast style hops especially in an amber ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to be trying something from this brewery. Worth the minimal extra coin to get it; as opposed to having to take a road trip.

Looks beautiful. Nose is great too; berry amber kind of thing going on. Hops are definitely biting on the palate. Great flavor ride. Kicks in on the end and gives a nice overall wave. Carbonation seems a bit too high and biting really. It really hissed a good bit when I opened it up. A very nice amber. A good first beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rustico in Alexandria.

The beer is reddish copper with a lasting tan head. The aroma offers hops, pine, caramel malt. Lightly sweet. Bread, biscuits, and malty body with a stinging bitter finish. Pine lingers in the back. Alcohol presence is fairly noticeable. Overall, I thought this was mediocre and undeserving of the high ratings it receives. The exorbitant expense of the beer (at various locations in the DC metro area) had kept me from purchasing it. It's an amber ale after all. I don't comprehend the price for such a beer. So I finally gave in and tried it. Disappointing.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Remarkably dark for a red ale. Decent khaki head with impressive lacing.

Smell - Blending of citrus and pine hops with a substantial caramel malt backbone that almost smells like rye. Nice smell, if unremarkable. I can't pinpoint anything wrong with it.

Taste - Beautiful bouquet of hops up front and an immediate blend of caramel and toffee malts. Before any sweetness can set it, the finish is spicy (like rye, again!) with a very strong bitterness that almost detracts. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly oily. Enough to keep the flavors around and not enough to make it heavy. Low carbonation, though. Not flat and not low enough to make it heavy, but enough to make it very creamy. Maybe it slows down the drinking, but not enough to complain.

Overall - Great beer. With ambers, it's tough to be over-the-top impressive in any category, so I'm always looking for that beer that delivers in every category. This one comes damn close. Very nice beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red color with a huge bubbly tan head that survived for the entire glass despite leaving lots of lace in its wake. Orange and other citrus fruits dominate the aroma. Hints of resin are mixed in there sparingly and mingle well with the caramel and bready malt aromas. Great smelling brew. Taste is mildly caramel and a little sweet. Think of bready malt mixed with citrus, orange rind and tangerines. Hints of chocolate and citrus in a long lingering but fairly dry finish. Medium to light body is maybe the only thing I could suggest to improve this one. I would have loved a touch more body. Smooth resinous and candy like sweet mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not once did I notice the 7.2% abv. Smooth light easy to drink, if they could only find a way to make this more available I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark mahogany color with a bubbly cappuccino like head that's at least as tall as the body of the beer. Wonderful.

Smells of roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, bitter hops, dark citrus...pretty even balance of hops and dark malt, pretty close to a black ale on the nose but somewhat less sweet and roasty.

Tastes pretty similar. Pine and citrus up front, fades into roasty malt and cocoa. Very good.

Very well carbonated, very full mouthfeel.

Great beer, way better than the Nugget Nectar I had right before it.

8.5/10

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this at Eastside Beverage Co. in Portland, ME. 500ml bottle shared with grub. Served in a pint glass. No freshness information that I could find, but I get the sense this turns over pretty quickly.

A - Pours with a generous two-plus fingers of light tan foam. Retention is superb, and the lacing is splotchy and pervasive - things eventually settle to a thick cap. Surprisingly, dark brown body, perhaps too brown to even be called a red ale, let alone the "hoppy amber" described on the bottle. There are some copper-amber highlights when held to the light.

S - Initially it's a nice fresh burst of aromatic hops - citrus, pine, and general fruitiness. As it warms, a true red ale malt character emerges, with caramel apple, cotton candy, and toffee.

T - The taste is a little less successful in my book, as some of the complexity and depth of flavor vanishes. There is a lot of bitter grapefruit hop character, that eventually reveals some caramel malt at the back of the palate before finishing with more bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Never gets overwhelming, but I could have stood for a touch more hop flavor and complexity here.

M - Soft body, good lively carbonation, chewy medium body that's big enough for 7.2%. Finishes with light dryness and a bit of enamel-coating hop oil.

D - I had no problems with the 250ml in my glass, and would gladly have finished the rest of it. It's a shame I didn't buy more of this one, as it's a very successful and enjoyable brew. Looking forward to more offerings from these guys.

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

Thanks to ToasterChef for the bottle. Poured into a Nonick pint glass.

A very large light brown to cream colored head off the pour easily four fingers and more. Head forms real easily and evenly. Dark red brownish hues on the bottom, but almost the perfect looking dark brown spectrum amongst the light. Little bit of sticking carbonation on the bottom of the glass. Excellent and lots of great looking lacing while finishing the drink.

Bouquet is kind of muted, but does have much going for it on the nose. Simple malt, small hints of roast and caramel. Faint chocolate and hops. I just wish this smell was alot bigger but it is still good.

Taste is immediately hoppy but not overpowering. Malt taste is a little limited and masked from the nose, but gives a great medium body feel. Pine sensation briefly, but also with chocolate notes. Hints of grass but not quite getting there.

The more you drink the more the hops take over. However this is a real pleasant brew, and this is very good beer. It's quite complex and hard to find its nuances but I like complexity so this is my thing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark, opaque, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a frothy, dense, foamy head that is off-white and starts around a half an inch, slowly settling into a nice, dense film. Aromas are rich and hoppy, with a resiny, green, floral and citrus aromas on a sweet caramel backbone. Smells delicious. Flavors are hop forward, with peppery spiced and floral characteristics leading the way. The malt profile gets a bit overshadowed by the strong hops presence, lending more of a red IPA feel to the beer. The caramel sweet backbone can be felt more at the end of the palate, along with a dark roasting characteristic. The bitter and reisny hops lead through to the aftertaste, as well, and the beer leaves a slick, foamy cling behind as you drink. The finish is dry and bitter, with a resiny linger left behind. Good, solid beer with some very strong and unique characteristics. If you are a hop head, this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this beer is the #2 American amber / red ale on the beat of beeradvocate list. Received recently in a trade, thanks. Beer served in a pilsner glass.

Beer is reddish brown and hazy with a nice off white head lots of lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, earthy, piny. Smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and very hoppy, chewy grinding, nice. Moderate bitterness, great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

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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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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from cbeer88 in the US/Canadian BIF. Thanks!

A -Poured a deep amber colour, only the slightest amount of light passes through. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - A jolt of bitter citrus and piney hops up front. Extremely fresh and vibrant hop aroma. A caramel malt backbone provides a balancing sweetness. An outstanding nose.

T - Bitter hops up front with notes of pine and grapefruit followed up a sweet malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. The bitterness returns in the finish. Very well balanced.

M -Light to medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark cloudy brown color with a one finger head. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit dominate.

Taste: decent malt level here with some pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a spicy yeast flavor. Bitterness is sharp but provides some nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. Worthy of a try by anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

S- Danky citrus hops. Damn.

T- Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done malty backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

M- Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable, probably Zoe's greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and the like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass a very nice cloudy dark amber color, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger thick creamy off-white head, with alot of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is AWESOME!, hoppy, nice blend of malts, with a slight citrus note thrown in. Medium Body kinda creamy, smooth feel, ABV is non-existent. This is one of the best amber's I've had to date. Thanks Bill!

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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 plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop with elements of tofee, caramel and dark fruit.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, caramel and dark fruit. A full piney hop present as well.

The mouthfeel was full and robust.

Overall a balmy hopped up amber ale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on April 29, 2016. Born on 03.15.16. Look is crystal clear dark amber with an light tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is dark dried fruit, citrus, pine and cocoa with biscuit malt aromas. Taste is raisin, citrus fruit, pine resin and dark chocolate with biscuit malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Maine Beer Company. As usual, this beer is dry rather than sweet, crisp, and has a nice hoppy profile without reliance on big citrus notes. Very balanced with a long bitterness, and enough very dry malt to sustain the piney and herbal hops. A lighter colored amber than many, and the malt is downplayed in favor of the hops. Delicious!

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle I picked up in Portland (Maine) a few weeks back.

The beer pours a dark, reddish amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose in this beer is really a thing of beauty and not what I normally expect in an amber... even a hoppy one. This beer is very perfumy, with considerable orange citrus, black pepper and even some light dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, and I'm impressed by how well balanced this beer is. There's some moderate sweetness from the malt initiallly, but it's buoyed very nicely by a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness. This in turn leads to a fairly long, bitter, and impressively dry finish. The finish in this beer is very clean, with not even hint of the 7.2% alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish.

This is quite well done. Impressive (to say the least).

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