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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

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596
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2,430
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of ChrisPro
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #12 from Khazadum

16oz? bottle pops with a nice hiss and blast of dank, piny hops.

Into a pint glass it goes, per the blind label. that is NOT the color I was expecting. Pours a dark amber or light maple syrup color with a monstrous four-finger head. The cream-colored pillow seems to just want to hang out with me a while; it just sits there and dissipates, bubble by bubble. As I drink, there are some hints of lace apparent on the glass sides.

Nose still dominated by some big hop aroma: resin and weed just permeate my nostrils. I think there's some nuttiness hidden in there, but this is a hop-forward beer, despite its perplexing color. I really have no idea what to think before diving in...Later I do get some subtle caramel, but barely.

What the hell am I drinking!?!?! My mind is so confused right now. The first sip is so much sweeter than I expected. There's a little caramel and definite roasted nuts, but after a few sips this gives way to a well-balanced bitter hop finish. I get no roasted malt on the back end, so this comes striaght from hop IBUs. What a confusing beer...

Despite its huge frothy hat, there's virtually no carbonation as I drink. I feel like I'm drinking out of a firkin and I like it. Pretty clean around the mouth, but there's a slight lingering slickness on the top of my moth that just won't go away no matter what I do.

Well balanced, and the palate makes the beer incredibly drinkable. I think there's some heat, so we might be looking at like 7.5%, but it still goes down quickly.

At this point, I'm incredibly confused. i'd think something like an imperial amber, or a super dry-hopped india brown ale. I think this is the most perplexing blind beer I've had to date. Not to mention, the unique shaped bottle is confusing me even more.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01/28/14 From bottle dated 12/10/13 at home.

Pretty pour. Great rich copper color. Thick full head. Inviting aroma that lead me down a primrose path to expected balance.

First taste was the hops. Very up front & never gave ground. I enjoyed this but as an un-hoppy guy, one will do. If you like hops, you will love this beer.

It's apparent that a lot of care went into this glass. I need to dig into the Maine repertoire to find my match.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottled on date of 12.09.10. Poured from the bottle into a Portsmouth snifter in two parts. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Dark brown (almost black) in color with a nice full one finger, frothy mocha head and really reamrkable retention. For an amber, this beer is really dark.

Aroma: The hops bring out a really earthy, herbal notes in the nose. I would go so far as to call it floral. Some roasted notes in the background.

Taste: This definitely is way more on the earthy side of the hop spectrum. I get toasted bread and a bit of char here too. I might say this reminds me more of a black IPA than a traditional amber.

Mouthfeel: Really full bodied and creamy for the style, yet it manages to keep crisp.

Drinkability: More than one (at 7.2% ABV) would be tough, but as there is a nice brightness to this.

Overall, an interesting take on the amber style. The char and toasted notes are a nice offset to the earthy hop flavors. I would definitely try this again. Definitely worth buying.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby Amber color. Has a bitter hop aroma with notes of roasted biscuit malts. Flavor is citrus peel bitter hops up front with a toasted malty balanced finish. Overall very solid but not overly impressed.

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Photo of korguy123
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

012013 Bottle date into my new DFH IPA glass
Consumed 40 days into the 90 days recommended by the brewery.

Clear dark copper/brown pour with a booming 3+ finger light tan head. Lacing is just glued to the sides of the glass.

Sweet strawberries, digestive cookies, fresh bread, slight alcohol, grapefruit and some bitter pine. Sweet malts are fantastic at rounding everything out.

Bitter pine, dark sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Dark stone fruits and a dry lingering bitter finish. The bottle does not lie; A hoppy, happy amber.

Light body, medium carbonation.

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

What a great beer! Served cold, pours a beautiful caramel color with a 3 finger head.

The head has a deep piney aroma reminiscent of the Maine woods:)

The mouth feel is very smooth.

The finish is is a complex piney-citrus and pleasantly hoppy.

A class act!

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Photo of sjones5045
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and can pick up some hoppy smell. Nothing to remarkable for the sight and smell. The taste is very smooth with an ok hoppy presence which for this beer fits well. It's more of a light hop upfront and a very smooth finish kind of sweet finish. Found myself guzzling it down always ready for another sip. Overall, another impressive beer from Maine Beer Company. This is definitely a beer to share with friends, wish it came in a six pack.

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

More big thanks to Drazzamatazz for yet another stunning Maine creation.

Pours a brownish dark amber, slighlty cloudy, topped by a massive and thick head that lasts for the entire glass. Heavily hanging hinges of lazy lace lacquer the grateful glass.

Nose is medium aroma of caramel, citrus, lighter pine and floral, even lighter breadiness, still lighter tart yeasty hints. Nice complexity for an amber, very enticing.

Wonderful medium strength taste. It starts with the gentle tart grabbing some bready sweet, taking orange and grapefruit, a little bit of caramel, some ganja for a flavor session, and ends with the citrus notes inviting pine bitter over to dry out the finish. Tastes like a refined and more delicious version of Cascazilla.

Mouthfeel is very fine for the flavors, medium carb. that sharpens them, nicely viscous to allow them some staying power, and a clean clear out to make way for the next sip. Finish straddles the line between juicy and dry, wonderfully so.

My first MBC beer, and I must say I can't wait to try more. One of the best made beers I have had this year, just fucking delicious.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown ale with a frothy head on the thick side.

The nose is obviously a red ale but is infused with plenty of citrus and pine hop notes that adds an intriguing complexity and balance. The malt character smells wonderful with caramelized and meaty, roasted scents. Notes of raisin and chocolate really come through in the malt, giving it a sweet, bready character.

The flavour is sweet and complex in the malt, tasting much the same as it smells. The hops come in softer than on the nose, but balance the flavours (particularly the sweetness) perfectly without being bitter at all.

Medium body, on the lighter side with carbonation.

This is a must try if you're looking for a hoppy American Red that is very well balanced and drinkable. Decent ABV as well.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to drazzamataz for the bottle. 500 ml. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark red color, almost brown. Almost to brown for an amber, but a big 3 finger head dropped and left sheets of sticky lace.

A: Pretty hoppy for the style, but not something I'm gonna complain about. Grass, pine and caramel with a hint of citrus.

T: Damn nice for an amber. Really nice mix of the caramel malt ith the grassy hops. It gets a bit herbal in the middle and finishes dry and sweet. No really evidence of alcohol.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Almost a little too creamy, but not in a bad way.

O: This is a very good beer. Hoppy but with enough of a malt backbone to balance it out. Pretty impressed with what Maine Beer Comapany is doing. Skal.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy dark copper with a wispy, thick head that leaves a nice amount of lace.
Hoppy as hell with lots of pine, herbs, rosemary and some mild citrus.
Tastes the same as the smell with a lingering aftertaste of spicy herbs and wood.
Feels creamy and smooth and is a pleasure to sip.

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

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottled 2/9/12

a: dark brown color with a thick cloudiness to it. fluffy white head sticks to glass for a very long time.

s: big hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit-like citrus hop character. not much malt to speak of.

t: lots of hop flavor. bitter pine hop flavor makes up most of the hop profile with some mild citrus character. malt sweetness keeps it from becoming too bitter. alcohol is very well hidden. wish i got to try this fresher so it had more citrus flavor. well done though!

m: good mouthfeel.

nice to see another strong amber on the shelves. interesting hop flavor. recommended.

UPDATE 9/23/12:

got a fresh bottle (9/2/12). tons more hop aroma and flavor,
with grapefruit like citrus and pine bitterness throughout. finishes with some nice and sweet malts. not too bitter at all. exceptional. steep price for a pint bottle ($7), so Nugget Nectar still reigns supreme for me but if it wss more reasonable i would take this any day.

Old score: 4.1

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head of light tan/mocha foam. Large bubbles which stick around and become rocky. Body is a new funky brown that reminded me of root beer when I poured it. Now it has some good red to it. Deep colors. Solid lacing.

S - Very smooth and sweet hops. There is an unknown fruit that could be a green grape but on the opposite side of a wine scent. Maybe it is apple.

T - Fresh and hoppy. Some darker malt flavors but the mouthfeel makes it lighter. Hops are harsher than on the nose. More of a rind bitterness.

M - The carbonation is high but body is light and makes this taste refreshing.

O - An interesting beer that has a lot of new aspects I have never experienced before. Decent all around, but not something I would need to seek out again.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

**
09/19/16
Bottle to snifter ( dated 08/09/16)
LOOK: murky brown, small but creamy looking head.
AROMA: I get malty grains and bread, plus some pine, oak, and citrus.
TASTE: Mellow Barley, ash and burnt sugars fight it out until resinous pine sneaks in late and adds just the right amount of bitterness.
FEEL: very much alive. Medium body. Probably the best attribute here.

A well crafted beer.
**

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful mahogany with a thick creamy tan head
S: some malt, not too much nose
T: well balanced, malty finish
F: great mouthfeel
O: a nice twist on a style I usually don't like

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Maine Beer Company logo glass. The beer has a very dark amber color; it looks nearly brown in this dimly lit room. The head is large, tan colored, and made up of various sizes of bubbles. There is some patchy lacing. The aroma is very impressive. One whiff and I exclaimed aloud "wow!" It smells of very fresh hops. There is almost a toasted quality to the hops that I haven't come across before. The bottle I have is super-fresh (bought today, delivered to the store earlier in the week, most likely bottled late last week), which must improve the aroma a lot. The flavor is just as impressive as the aroma; actually, I find it to be even more complex. It started out with a toasted flavor. It makes me imagine burnt embers leftover after a campfire. The hops kick in quickly. They are big, bitter and floral. The bitterness lends itself to the toasted aroma and initial flavor, perfectly complimenting the aroma. The is just a bit of sweetness in the mix. It lingers on, along with the bitterness, but last longer, which gives the sensation that the beer gets sweeter after you swallow it. After a few sips, the sides of my mouth felt a slight tug. The bitterness provides the slightest amount of puckering. The beer has a lighter body than I expected. There is plenty of carbonation in each swallow. As I mentioned above, the sweetness lingers on; this is through the coating. The beer goes down so easily. I can feel its strength slightly; after a few rounds this may become a problem. I don't believe that the hops/bitter tastes will ever get overpowering. I could drink this beer all night. I feel so lucky that this beer is brewed and sold so close by. Maine Beer Company have outdone themselves.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. On tap, served cool in a wine glass.

Dark brown mahogany body and an off white head. Herbal and juicy scent. Flavor is prickly hop and a nice sweet malt balance. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I really like this beer. Nice interpretation on a pretty wide open style.

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Photo of Ego
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
3 fingers on a tidy little pour (some audible sizzle but not the usual sizzle to zero, the head sticks around) , the head becomes all craggy, barely amber this is more brown with some amber tinge, it seems 2 tone in appearance due to the muffin top capping this bad boy, lots of columns of bubbles march (with urgent determination) towards the north, there is a mixture of lacing and legs... this is a good looking brew by all measures

nose...
fresh clean hops of the floral kind with a citric edge, a touch of sweet grass with a finish of lemon zest, some caramel malt peaks out here and there... pretty good

taste etc...
medium body with a nice malt kick and a nice hop bite, definite lemon flavor that then blends into some nice bitter flavors reminiscent of an English ESB but with a slightly more aggressive US hop profile, the initial flavor doesn't seem to last long enough before succumbing to the bitterness.. but then relents a bit wanting you to sip more... but after a whole glass.. I wasn't blown away ? strange.

verdict?
enjoyable with a nice hop bite but maybe just a hair too much covering up the malt base. Tasty though and some nice hop flavor without crazy over the top hop flop, the lemon notes make it pretty refreshing for a full feeling beer

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/17/16

Pours cloudy hazy dark amber orange red-brown with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like fragrant peach, apricots, nectarine, plum, dried fig and cherry, some raisin, dark caramel, chocolate, medium roast coffee, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, toasty biscuity malty grain, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, with fresh pine and dank floral earthy grass. Tastes slightly bitter, sweet, malty, and spicy with some fresh stone fruits, pithy citrus, dried dark fruit, malty molasses, caramel, brown sugar, toasty biscuit, toffee, chocolate, woody coffee, with some dank fruity earthy floral pine and grass. Feels medium bodied, dense and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique amber ale.

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

Nose is great, burnt malts, toast, red deep amber appearance, lovely head, lovely smell, just all types of malt and fun stuff. hops are present too, in a citrus and pine resin way and lovely. i ... am turned on.

smell is womping good, taste is best with back end burnt toast yummy carbon and such

mouth is good solid medium body and overall it's a wonderful suprise from a new friend matty b up in maine. who knew. seriously. who knew.

apologies on the review i'll touch this up soon but there's a movie to be watched with the woman and she's mad i'm talking so much about this chick zoe.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 05/07/13.

Clear, dark reddish brown body, poured into a tulip glass, capped by a 1/2 inch head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of dark, chocolatey malt and piney and herbal hops with just a touch of mint. It sort of reminds me of being in a pine forest on a hot summer day.

Tangy malt taste with chocolate, and an intense amount of piney hops. The chocolate and hops reverberate on the palate, ending with a lengthy bitter finish and a touch of mint. Really quite a nice tasting amber beer.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body and round, light carbonation. There is a tongue numbing level of hoppiness here.

This is heavy on the west coat hops, but is pretty well balanced and is a delight to drink.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle ($6.99) born on 7/9/13.

A: Ruddy, muddy. You could tell me Zoe was a porter and I'd believe it. Head retention way above average and lacing is huge, huge, huge.

S: Some caramel, but mostly citrus hops. Also something roasty lurking, probably from toasted malt.

T: Citrus flavor lead nice and bright at the front, especially huge, beautiful grapefruit. This slowly evolves into the back end, which features more a dank, earthy taste that isn't quite my thing, but it's a neat process and a fabulously executed beer.

M: Nice. Quite drying, as all MBC beers seem to be.

O: Completely distinct hop effects from Lunch, Peeper, or MO, and once again at or near the top of its style class. More impeccable execution by MBC.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Head foams up nearly to the top of the glass; about 2 inches and shrinks to a half finger layer. This is a little darker than a typical amber ale, almost brown. The pour was gorgeous though. The smell is almost all hops. The carbonation drives the hops through clearly. I think I'm sensing amarillo and a very little bit of caramel; very enjoyable. This is one of the most unique tasting beers one can find. It's dominated by hops and has strong bitterness, but the finish leaves a little bit of rich malt flavor from the dark malts. The mouthfeel is slightly sharp but this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Psyched to find fresh bottles here. Bottled March 15. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Ginormous head, like 4F+, with very good retention and lots of soapy lacing. Dark reddish-brown.

S: Malts up front, some pine. Dark fruits and unsweetened chocolate.

T: A lot of biscuit malt, raisins, hoppy pine.

F: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky resiny finish, but not unpleasant.

O: A good red ale. Glad I got to try it fresh.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a dark, garnet red with a 2-3 finger head. The smell is beyond muted. I tried my hardest to get any discernible characteristics out of this, but I can't pick anything up. Extremely muted nose. At most, I pick up some maltiness. The taste on the other hand, is wonderful. Very balanced with a subtle hop profile complimented perfectly with a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy for the style, with a perfect level of carbonation. The finish is a touch sweet and bitter at the same time. Very nice. Overall, this is just one more wonderful beer offering by the folks at Maine Beer Co.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,430 ratings.
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