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

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Reviews:
604
Ratings:
2,456
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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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 Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark red/brown with a thick white head.

smells like fresh pine hops. slight citrus in the backdrop, some sweetness is there.

tastes like sweet pine, has a very bitter finish. this tastes different than most beers. has a subdued but constant taste similar to all red/amber ales. very good taste.

goes down smooth, makes me desire another taste yet the finish is bitter and leaves an additional feeling.

overall this is a fantastic beer, a hoppy red ale that combines varying tastes. a unique beer that is truly delicious. just wish i could get this more frequently

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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 NiceTaps
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 2/28/13, nice and fresh.

A- It's catagorized as an American Amber/Red ale and that's no joke. It is a beautiful, hearty looking reddish amber, some brown too, depending on the light. A dense 4-finger head, khaki-tan in color, lasts and lasts leaving heavy lacing and a heavy 'plop' of creaminess in its middle.
Just hazy enough to highlight the bottle conditioning, and it starts off with lots of bubbles.

S- Fresh pine is the first smell that I pick up. Following are the citrus hops, bready malts, and some note of alcohol making it a subtle blend.

T-Citrus and raisin malt bread with some pine resin and a mild chocolate finish. How's that description...?...yeah, that's what I said!

M-Lots of chewy body, a bit of oily pine. This beer feels good on the palate.

O- A flavorful, powerful brew. The only downside that I see is that it's not an everyday 'go-to' type because it's aggressive. As a hearty amber, it's the real deal.

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with aboutthree fingers of off white head that lasted several minutes with medium lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops, maybe some other fruits like apple maybe?? Toasted malts were also present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Well balanced medium bodied beer, taste of hops and toasted malts with a faint sweetness in the backround.

Overall: Personally not a big fan of reds, but this was a well crafted beer and credit is due were needed. I did enjoy this brew, but won't buy again myself. I can see why it gets high marks, and people that really like reds will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Dark copper in color and cloudy. Pours a one inch, slightly tan head.

aroma- Toasted malts, caramel, pine, and citrus.

taste- Toasted malts upfront, chocolate/caramel/dark fruit in the middle, and a hoppy finish with a little pine and citrus.

feel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth feel, and a clean finish.

overall- First thing that pops out is the malt flavors, and hoppy aspect is really a side note, which is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep hazy rust color with a big foamy head that leaves chunks of foam behind. Smell is malty, with citrus and pepper. At first, taste is caramel and pine resin with a spicy finish and a bit of bite from the carbonation. As it sits, the carbonation dies back and a breadier taste emerges. Feel is light with ample carbonation that gets lighter through the glass without going flat. Overall this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Very tasty amber ale. One of the few beers I've had recently that still had a head when the class was almost empty. Good solid beer, but I've had better from the folks at Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red body. One inch, persistent, off-white, pillow-fluffy head. The head is super slick. Medium-malt and caramel aroma, with some sharp hop notes in back. I am not an amber guy, so my take my review with a grain of salt. The taste was ho-hum...I can understand why it is highly rated. Balanced flavor of medium roasted malts and hops. The mouth feel substantial, but was somewhat dry...

Overall - For me, the appearance and the smell were the best things about this beer.

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Photo of Samp01
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good he’d retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16. 9 fl oz born 6/23/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber with brown and orange highlights, one finger head that moves slowly to a creamy lace.

S - Citrus hops, dark fruit,

T - The taste is ..tasty. Vanilla, nuts, maybe some coffee bean, with a resinous pine and citrus bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is low, drinks smooth, seems a touch watery but there is some definite heft.

O - Glad I spotted this one while visiting MA. It doesn't quite beat Nugget Nectar, but it is right up there on the hoppy red scale.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep amber color with a 4-finger pillowy tan head. Nice retention but not really any lacing until I started nearing the end of my glass. Slightly hazy with a good amount of bubbles from what I can see.

S - Toasted and caramel malts with grapefruit, grassy, and floral hop aromas. A faint hint of maple syrup in here, as well. Well-balanced between the malt and hops.

T - Starts with a big sweet caramel and toasted malt presence and builds to a bitter hop taste with grapefruit, orange, and earthy notes. The two flavors are somewhat separated between the start and the finish, but they are equally balanced in intensity.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. The alcohol is very well-hidden, as there’s not really any sign of it.

O - This is a very well-done amber ale. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced in the aroma and the taste, and it has a great mouthfeel. One of my only complaints is the lack of clarity, but it doesn’t diminish from the rest of the beer. This is a tasty, very drinkable beer that I’m glad I got to try. Next time I come back home to Massachusetts, I’ll look for more Maine Beer Co. beers.

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

This beer pours with a nice brown color with a just off white head that is dense and long lasting. There is sheets of nice lacing as well. Aroma is light and citrus forward with a hint of roast. Very balanced aroma. Flavor is has more coffee and roast than the aroma but is very well balanced with mild smoke. Citrus hops complement the malt profile very nicely. One of the fewer beers that I have had that successfully balances a more roasted coffee malt profile with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium light and is well carbonated. It is quite enjoyable and well balanced. A bit pleasantly surprised by this beer. Didn't have the highest expectations, but I really ended up enjoying it.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber thick thick head with pleanty of lace

Beautiful hop aroma eathy piny. Wonderful very fresh

Nice very nice start with a slight caremel malt and quickly becomes hoppy and finishes all hops. The bitter becomes prominant but isn't offensive a well rounded hop taste very nice

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Photo of Jaycase
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle dated 100813

a: brown, caramel. thick, frothy light mocha colored head

s: caramel malts. piney hops. dark fruit. black tea

t: sweet, charred malts. slight chocolate. piney hops. astringent aftertaste which strengthens as it warms.

m: medium carbonation. crisp. slightly dry

o: This started out very easy to drink with some nice malty flavor laced with a decent amount of hops. However as it warmed an astringent aftertaste started to overpower everything, eventually becoming intolerable. Not sure what happened there, but drink it rocky mountain cold I guess. Will have to try some other Maine offerings but I think I'll pass on this in the future

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Photo of jpro
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Duvel glass... This is pretty dark for an amber! Most brown ales aren't this dark... Light tan head leaves a few strands of lace. Smell is piney and resiny - very Chinook-y. Taste is very hop forward, with some citrus and grassy notes, too. A delicious beer -

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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a thick tan head. Sweet malt and piney hop aroma, both of which carry over to the taste. Fairly thin and well-carbonated mouthfeel. Like many from MBC, there's a somewhat watery backend, but pretty well balanced overall.

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zoe
"Our Happy, Hoppy, Amber" Ale
Maine Beer Company
7.2% ABV
IBUs?
OG?

500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Ipatsfans!

More brown than amber, this ale poured a dark shade of burnt caramel with a beautiful light brown head. The suds formed in cascade, like a thick stout - dense and creamy, and held promise of good retention and lacing. Not exactly what I expected but good looking nonetheless.

Delicate hop aroma with the freshness of a pine forest and some caramel notes underneath. The hop aroma is reminiscent of West Coast stuff, and Daisy Cutter. Go figure. Taste is fairly amicable, with a decent amount of light bitterness and a good malt backbone. The hop flavor is fresh, and is rind like at times: always welcome. Again unexpected but there's a fair (for the style description) amount of roast induced, I believe, tannic character. Drinks more like a hoppy porter or black IPA, but that's just nitpicking. Finish is rather sweet for my liking and the alcohol is high as well. The body and the mouthfeel are spot on if you ask me, and overall the beer is quite pleasant for a brewery with merely 2 beers on its portfolio. Thanks again, Ipatsfans! A good drink.

Scores: Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Taste 4, Mouthfeel 4, Drinkability 4

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Photo of fscottkey
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Ours out a murky dark brown. Looks dark for the style, but it is quite attractive. Has a really attractive 1/2 finger of off white head. The head has good retention. The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) and the born on date (11/17/15). So this is 2 weeks old!

S: [4.00] Peaches, pineapple, caramelized sugar, Just like the appearance this is inviting and spot on.

T: [4.50] Lemon zest leads to cracker and then some malt sweetness. The finish is a light note of very floral hop bitterness. I also feel like I am getting a hint of cocoa every few sips.

M: [4.25] No alcohol taste at all. Creamy mouthfeel, low to mid carbonation. The floral hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O: [4.25] This is in the ABV range of Flower Power and I find them to be similar. Zoe has a definite floral hop finish. Flower Power is more bold and in your face but the theme is the same. Zoe is more refined and sophisticated. The beer is firing on all cylinders. The appearance is darker than a typical amber but still looks great. The nose and the taste are world class. The floral notes make this beer a big winner.

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

dark reddish brownish amber with a tan head that left some lace. nose is a very nice mix of pine and grapefruit layered on top of chocolate and roasty, caramelly malt. taste exudes very good balance, and the layers of chocolate, caramel and hop come together very well. creamy, soft, medium-full body. i thought this was begging for some spicy bbq. pleasant hop bitterness, and although there was definitely a touch of heat, the alcohol was well integrated as well, and barely noticeable. it seems as if maine beer co. is making some very flavorful, very well balanced beers. this one was no exception. yum. thanks g.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,456 ratings.
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