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Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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

"Our Happy, Hoppy, Amber" Ale
Maine Beer Company
7.2% ABV

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 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 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 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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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 vicsju1991
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ox botle int pint glass
A- deep reddish amber, nice large whit ehead stays for a bit
S - nutty and malty
T - the perfect amber ale, very nutty, whit a little hoppy bite
M - crisp and clean
O- perfect amber ale, I never find them super enjoyable, but this is such an excellnt 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 RaulMondesi
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, what do you know? Raul did it again: snagged himself another goodie. Now, this isn't a "see a hottie on the 405 and speed up to check her out again," kind of beer; it's more like Raul just walked by a slightly above average girl at South Coast Plaza, liked what he saw, but felt no reason to look back.

Solid Red, better than the majority, but not worth getting in an accident over.

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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 JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/24/11 bottle. Pours a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy beige head. Way darker than I expected, nearing black out of the light. Nose is a fresh assortment of hops, biscuit, some pleasant light fruits. Mouth is almost spicy up front, sharp pine resin, bright cloves or something, some light bready tones. Body is really light. Dry throughout, finish is spicy hops. I've been looking forward to this and it's quite a bit different than I expected, which is a great thing especially when it's as good as this is. These guys rock at brewing hoppy ales.

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

Pours a nice amber red with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of pine but with some toasted scents coming through as well. The taste was expertly balanced with piney hops coming through and then a bit of the sweet malt. The finish was very clean with a citrus finish that left you wanting another sip. Loved this one.

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

Pours much darker than your typical amber, with a hazy brown body and some ruby red highlights. Frothy and sticky ivory colored head rises up to almost 2 inches thick.

Aroma is notably hoppy, with wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Some carmel and toffee notes linger in the background.

Taste is spot on with your stereotypical American hop profile; lots of citrusy notes and plenty of bitterness. The "amber" aspect of this amber ale adds a more notable malt presence than an typical IPA would. Sweet toffee like malts balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body feel and a nice clean finish. Overall, Maine Beer Co. has an excellent hoppy amber (or brown) ale and I look forward to more from them.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: clear deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy medium tan colored head that lingers beautifully and leaves minimal lacing on the glass
S: woah, citrus hops and grapefruit, god damn does it smell like an American pale ale
T: taste jives with the scent only in the beginning, citrus hops initially then moves into a bit of whiskey and woodsy taste notes, finishes and lingers with chocolate malts for a nice long period afterwards
M: super gentle on the carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling exceptionally dry, and yet smooth
O: this beer was all over the place, not in a bad way its just that the smell didnt jive with the taste and the taste didnt jive with he mouthfeel which didnt seem typical for the style, i just dont know how to react, dont get me wrong its a great brew but for the style, idk its just wacky i guess, loved it at the end of the day i guess

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Beautiful pillowy head that refuses to go away sits atop a perfect brownish amber ale. Remarkably unable to see through this ale, minimal effervescence with the exception of the exquisite foam at the top.

S- I'm getting some caramel to go along with citrus notes. Really nice yeasty bread notes as well.

T- This ale makes you want to chug a 7.2% ABV and go looking for more. This is smooth and there is no astringency whatsoever. All of the smell is present in the taste in perfect proportions.

M- Love this mouthfeel because of how smooth it is. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter keeps sending you back for another sip.

O- This is my first Maine Beer Company beer and it certainly won't be my last. I didn't get a hold of this until 3 months after it's brew date and it's still one of the best ales I've had. I was told that "Lunch" IPA is even better, if that's the case I will be amazed.

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Photo of gr0g
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields something like four fingers of foam atop a much darker than amber beer -- much closer to the mahogany typical of a brown ale. Excellent retention with a rocky head persisting, while lace formation is similarly awesome. Aroma is hop-forward, as expected. Pithy grapefruit and orange rind is most prevalent, sitting atop a rich toffee base.

Overall flavor profile is malty yet dry, with a solid citric, grassy bitterness. The dryness, not unexpected based on previous experiences with Maine offerings, is a bit unusual for a 7+% ABV amber, but the flavors here are beautifully integrated. A great variety of malts, including some chocolate malt, makes for a robust backbone that can stand up to the bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily like an IPA, not surprising giving the generous hopping, while the sudsy carbonation has a very delicate touch.

Top notch hoppy red ale here, and though certainly expensive at $7 for a 16.9oz bottle, it's absolutely worth picking up.

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Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

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Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9/10/13, poured into a HF glass.

Pours a dark amber clear body with a light tan head of high thickness, good retention, some lacing. Smells of piney floral hops and spices. Taste is enjoyably bitter with a nice spicy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium bodied, quite dry. Overall, a well-enjoyed amber ale, a style which is often macro-produced, but well executed in this case with abundant use of hops.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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