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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Damian74
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks KangarooAdam59!

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - pours a reddish brown color with 2 finger white head some lacing.

S - malts, caramel, earthy notes, piney, citrus.

T - malts start it off, followed by the piney hops and grapefruit.

M - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - This was a great beer! Would definitely trade with KangarooAdam59 again in the future! :)

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Photo of Brew33
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, can only see shadows through it. They call this an amber, but it's more of a glowing auburn; reminds me of dark cherries. Beautiful and resilient three finger cream-colored head with lovely lacing. Thick, strong, perfect head.

S - Citrus and pine I can smell from several feet away. A hint of malted barley. Very even scent. Strong hint of honey as it warms.

T - The grain bill is up front, leaving a toasty, bread flavor, but fairly light. Balanced with a very dry hoppiness. No sweetness, and a cloying dryness. Very slight citrus peel flavor as it warms.

M - Medium body, with a thick, clinging finish. Very dry finish, not unlike champagne. Very drinkable, and the carbonation produces mild foaming vice any real stinging.

O - This flavor profile isn't my favorite, but I think it's a fantastic job on the part of Maine Beer Co.; it's just not right for my personal tastes. You can really taste the quality ingredients and craftsmanship in this beer.

Bottled 05/07/13 (I love that Maine Beer Co. puts the date right on the label).

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to twelvsies for including this as an extra. Brought these bottles down to St. Louis and split for some non-beer geek friends, to see what they thought. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours brown, off-white head, good lacing, thin cap.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, malts, roast, nice piny hop bitterness.

T - A nice mix of malts and hops. Chocolate, roast, floral notes, slight citrus. A really big bite of hops on the finish that really caught me off-guard. Yum!

M - Light, smooth and crisp, good carbonation for the style.

D - Very easy to drink and enjoyable. We finished this bottle quickly and my buddies really enjoyed it as well. Give it a try!

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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottled on date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dark amber red in color with a sandstone colored two finger head. Good retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thick ring of suds around the edge.

Smell - Smell evokes freshly cut orange with lesser grapefruit and pine notes, while the malts come through as lightly toasted and with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Not quite as strong or aggressive as the pungent aroma led on, but still has good flavor complexity and great balance. Starts with a bit of citrus and pine hoppiness, but backed by a firm, almost equal malt backbone that consists of toasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. Hints of woodiness. Light orange pith bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty good, but feel it could stand to have more carbonation, because it comes across as a bit flat, and despite the complexities, the flavor tastes slightly muted; kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard that's sat open all night. That might sound like an unjust description, but believe me an AB that's sat around for 10 hours is still pretty damn good. In any case, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, pretty clear, tan head that has lots of big bubbles in its ring and lots of cling lace.

S - Sprity hops, nice solid malt.

T - Nice solid medium malt squished by medium hop. Good stuff.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink.

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

A: nice deep clear and amber on the pour, tan head, nice retention, lots of lacing

S: notes of caramel and hops are immediately present, notes of pine, maple, and earthiness come through

T: the front is sweet with the return of rich caramel, this is followed by some fruity hops with notes of orange and mango.

MF: medium body, low carbonation, nice texture

O: another highly flavorful and balanced brew from Maine Beer Co. They are doing things right.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A surprisingly dark crimson with a big, thick, tightly bubbled light khaki head that eventually leaves big, thick, chunky irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, clearly well-crafted beer.

A happy, hoppy aroma, as expected. There's quite a bit of fresh citrus aroma along with some sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and freshly baked bread. Good stuff.

This is an exceptionally well balanced and easy drinking amber, though it is also extremely hoppy. The bread, toffee, caramel, and graham cracker malt flavors are the most expressive, though there's also a fantastic amount of pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors balancing things out incredibly nicely. Fantastic.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

This is just slightly better than Nugget Nectar.

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