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:
2,479
Reviews:
609
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
490
For Trade:
15
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Photo of ncelauro
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Coorsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish copper color with a huge off-white head. The nose is both bready and hoppy. The body is much lighter than expected. The flavor is also flatter than the nose would indicate. There is a hoppy semi-dry finish but there isn't much of a bitter punch.

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Photo of avisong
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AD17
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an amber color with great clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pine hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, nutty, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice blend of ingredients with mild tingly bitterness in the rear. Hop flavor lasts all the way through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and mild bitterness.

Overall: Mmmm, I have forgotten how good this beer tasted. Need to make sure I have it more often.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MFG 12/9/10

A: Very dark brown in color, though the light shining through on the bottom of the glass reveals this beer to be more a dark chestnut brown. Forms a 1/4" of light tan head on the pour that settles down to a bubbly surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Very hoppy: a mix of floral and citrus, though grapefruit seems to predominate.

T: A light dose of roasted malt that fades to a grapefruit bitterness. Bitterness drops off quickly, leaving citrus hops on the finish.

M: Medium body that finishes thin. Appropriate carbonation.

D: An unexpectedly good beer that offers up a very nice blend of malts and hops. I am an admitted hop head who does not like malt crowding out my hops, but, for me, this beer is capable of showcasing malts without distracting from the hops.

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

Zoe pours a clear, dark brown color with a two-finger stiff, frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The strong, hoppy aroma has lots of orange citrus and pine. As the beer warms some caramel malt notes become present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, slightly oily with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins hoppy with notes of orange citrus and pine with a hint of pepper. In the middle amber and caramel malt plus of touch of toast move in. Some metallic notes are in there too. It finishes dry with a bitter grassy hop flavor. Once gone the orange citrus notes linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. The body seems a bit light to me and with over 7% abv this one is a sipper. I'm hoping this beer will soon be distributed in Mass.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good RedAle/Amber Ale. Poured into a pint glass and accompanied by talke out Chinese Lo-Mein. Looked great. Medium size antique white head with good retention and thick lacing. Nice, fairly dense amber color with strong reddish highlights all through the glass when held to the light.

Aroma is piney hops and caramel malts..strong..very pleasant. Taste is great as well. Very refreshing, beautiful hops/malt balance...definitely hoppy but not an IPA. Can't taste the alcohol which is pretty high for this style.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Goes down as smooth as a session beer but really has a kick.

The price is a bit high on this one but the beer is very good.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

500ml bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - deep amber color with a fluffy off-white head that hung around and left a thick coat of lacing.

S - earthy, piney hops and caramel malt.

T - lots of earthy flavor along with malty sweetness and a piney twang.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - a good example of the style.

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

Pours a reddish amber color (clear except for the last pour with some sediment) with a creamy, off-white head that persists and clings to the glass. The smell is nicely hoppy with some grain husk notes and a lightly sweet maltiness. A very pleasant aroma. The flavor is richly malty (crystal malt?) with a strong by well-balanced hoppiness. The sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness linger very nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, with a very, very smooth, velvety feel that only accentuates the malt and hops. This is a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, amber hue with moderate frothing. Mild aroma replete with hints of caramel and molasses. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad.

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

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 12-13, had this beer on 12-24. Super fresh as always when it comes to Maine! Fresh, hoppy amber. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigTravor
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,479 ratings.
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