Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,471
Reviews:
607
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
487
For Trade:
15
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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: This pours extremely dark for an Amber Ale. Pours a very hazy dark copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head that reveals a very nice layer of lacing.

N: Big orange citrus and tangerine along with some pine sap backing it up. Has a big sugary caramel backbone.

T: Big tropical notes are in the front. Pineapple, papaya, mango and tangerine along with something similar to sugar cookies. Mid-palate has bursts of big rich sugary caramel. Lemon, navel orange, brown sugar and a little bit of Tootsie Roll also makes an appearance. Finishes with toffee, grapefruit pith and resinous pine sap with a lighter intermingling of tropical and citrus fruits.

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied. Sticky and dry with a good bitterness.

O: This Amber is quite heavy on the malts but is beautifully balanced with the heavy hopping. Maine Beer Company really knows how to kick ass with the hoppy beers. Complex, easy drinking with no notice of alcohol.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1382nd review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Pils (Mike Ditka)
500ml

Couldnt read the bottle date

Thanks to RudZud and Jlindros for this one

App- Dark amber, almost caramel mixed with cola brown. A huge creamy off white/tan head with a good 2-1/2 fingers stuck around for a long time. Nice and thick cling and lace.

Smell- A bit full on the nose of caramel malts. A little hoppy but seemingly one sided with only tinges of citrus.

Taste- Its a very nice beer, I would say its a poor mans NN. Has striking citrus with a more tropical note and moves into a creamy malt flavor with some bitter. Not going to steal the show, very solid and drinkable.

Mouth- A little bit thick for me. Needed to come down a bit to let flavors mingle a little bit better. The medium body was good, but a bit thick and chewy on the carbonation.

Drink- Overall, a good beer. My 2nd from Maine and they are doing a nice job up there. Flavorful and pretty balanced. Would have this one again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers where I am confused and have to ask "is it just me?" I love the aroma with its sweet fruity hops like nectarines and watermelon but the flavor comes across as more winey sweet with touches of floral bitterness. This was a very fresh bottle so I'm inclined to think it's just my palate that simply did not accept the hop varieties.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jaymo18
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to CTSparky for bringing this back from the brewery.

A - Brown with a strong reddish color. Reasonable amount of white foam. Pours relatively mild.

S - Hoppy. A very pleasant smell of hops with some citrus and pine. A perfect beer to have in the fall!

T - A good drinker. The flavor of hops stays throughout, with a sweet taste mixed in. I had this just over a month from bottling. I would think the fresher the better.

M - A little heavy for an amber, but very solid. You don't taste the beefy ABV for the style. Mild carbonation.

D - Yep, I'd have another. Shared the bomber and would easily crack open another.

Give these guys extra props for promoting that they are a environmentally green and that they donate proceeds to whale preservation. A good gesture on a solid brew!

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Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of oldvines
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to papollo for this gem!!!

Deep mahogany in color, with a big 3 finger beige head. Laces tons.

Smells is yummy pine, and woods. Slight citrus, and slight sweet malts. This smells amazing. It's hard to put down.

Equal parts pine and sweetness on the taste. Bitter hops and pine first, sweet malty sweetness.

Solid medium bodied. It's actually a bit chewy and thick for a red. Low carbonation.

Easy drinker.

This is an excellent beer, bottom line.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of BeerBeast
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mrebeka
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of dexterk1
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a nice amber with plenty of head.
Odor is a little piney and citrusy. Some malt comes through as well. A little bit of biscuit in there too.
Taste is hops up front. Transitions and becomes more complex. Some malt, toffee and a little grapefruit come through. Ends with some very nice hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is middle of the road. Not overly carbonated and not heavy.
Overall, an excellent beer from Maine Beer. Balanced and complex. Hits many of the requirements for an outstanding beer.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance:
Pours a very foamy head that is a slight tan and lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear dark red amber with a hint of orange.

Smell:
Malty with hints of a grapefruit hoppy smell. The roasted malts dominate the smell with the hops coming in at different parts but mainly supplementing the malts.

Taste:
Similar to the smell, the malts dominate the pallate. The hops are a little bitter but it mixes well with the roasted malts. I also get a slightly caramel taste as well. The malts are very strong in this beer.

Mouthfeel:
Light body but bordering on medium bodied. Still a decent feel though.

Overall:
This a very good beer and different from a lot of ambers that I've had before.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Coorsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,471 ratings.
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