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
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
2,449
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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325
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476
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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 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 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 illpass78
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with some red around the edges. Fairly heavy carbonation and a big cream head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a piny, buttery, biscuity, grassy smell. It's appealing for sure. Very aromatic.

Taste: Raisins and dark fruit dominate the taste of this beer, which also has a booze kick and hefty malt presence. There's also biscuit, grass and apricot. Some mild figs, too, and some noticeable citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, which is a good depth for this beer, because a heavier body would make it a little too "big." It's reasonably dense, but approachable.

Overall: Sip it, savor it, and enjoy it. Another great beer from MBC, everyone's favorite simple-label-loving brewery. You really don't need to go nuts on bottle designs when your beer is this well crafted. It strikes me as kind of an IPA/amber hybrid, and will appeal to fans of either.

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

Bottled 2/20, enjoyed within two weeks. Beautiful amber body, thick foamy head. Clean clean clean the whole way through from looks to aroma to taste; MBC's hallmark. Toasted malt, caramel, nuts, herbs, pine, grapefruit. Excellent beer if you're a fan of the style. For reference, my favorite hopped amber brew is Nugget Nectar. Zoe is much more balanced.

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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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Photo of twelvsies
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Maine Brewing Company. I've been drinking a lot of this beer recently, but just now got the chance to sit down and reminisce. 16.9 oz bottle, smiley label. This is one handsome beer. A hearty pour yields a huge head and the retention is unbeatable. Thick inch of foam tops a rusty garnet brew, thick lacing on the way down. Hops dominate the nose, mostly pine, and subtle malt presence. At first sip... Mmm. Hoppy, yes, very bitter up front with lots of pine / spruce flavorings and some citrus, but also plenty of malt backbone for balance. Rustic, toasty bread malt and the slightest sweetness underneath the hops. Zesty. Excellent lingering dryness on the palate, yet a robust and supple mouthfeel, very sturdy. Really tasty beer here folks. And this beer is great w/ food. Having just moved to Portland I'm excited to have this available all the time. Definitely worth seeking out, as is their Peeper Ale - these guys are on a roll. I literally cannot wait to see what they brew next. Cheers!

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Photo of sisuspeed
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Russian River tulip. Dark amber brown with almost 3 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

Lots of resiny pine hops on the nose, bready malts and just a touch of diacetyl.

Hoppy, caramel bread notes on the tongue. A tad buttery. Odd hop astringency on the finish. Light cardboard. Not bad, but not really good either.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy with decent hop bitterness throughout. Buttery feel. Feels off for a hoppy amber. Can't really get rid of the diacetyl presence.

Overall, this is a slightly below average hoppy amber. Ok, but there are many better beers out there in this category.

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Photo of king75
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark red, almost black, a nice solid inch or two of a dirty white foam head.

S- The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing, hops galore, citrus nodes, even has a slight wild flower smell.

T- get a lot of hops, but there is a good quality malty taste accompanying it. A very clean finish. Leaves you begging for more.

M- Light, just the right amount of weight, light but not too light. Floats across the palate.

D- Could drink this all day long and you would never hear me complain.

The best amber ale I have had by far. Blew my mind! The flavor complexity is amazing almost drinks like an IPA which is something that I do not mind. Highly recommend you try this one if given a chance. I definitely want to try this one again.

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

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass.

fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty.

medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't go crazy for it, but i would definitely enjoy it again.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker reddish amber, almost a medium brown. Head was a creamy dirty white that was fairly thick, and stuck remarkably well. Aroma was a strong hoppy pine upfront. Over time developed an underlying bit of brown sugar sweetness. Flavor was hoppy bitter, but was also a bit of a peppery spice balance that helped to smooth it out. Coated very well, just the right amount of stick in the mouth, with a hint of carbonation. Had a fair amount of chew and body. Overall, a well balanced beer. Perhaps a bit on the hoppier side for the style, but not in a bad way.

Consumed 2 weeks after born on date.

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

A: Pours a great looking deep amber color topped by a frothy, thick head of off-white almost tan foam.

S: Caramel! Its all about caramel in this beer. Nice and malty at first, but on a second sniff all I get are hops! Grassy hops to boot. Smells wonderful!

T: Its straight up hops! I love this beer! It kinda tricks you to expect something malty but it drinks like an IPA. Those grassy hops come through in force here. I get a tad of lingering sweetness on the finish as well.

M: Moderate carbonation, and a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely. If I didn't have to drive to Maine every time I wanted one..

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Look- very dark amber, almost black. Huge tan head sticks around for awhile. Head spreads throughout, lacing looks nice. Smell- grassy.. Some floral notes. Actually this beer reminds me of a better Lagunitas Nighttime. Taste- good stuff. Blended. Malt, hops, earthiness, smoothness. Feel- surprisingly smooth, not much booze felt. O- an interesting, well thought Amber ale.

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Photo of mooseo
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at RSVP in Portland today really glad I did. Beer reminds me a bit of a brown ale somewhat nutty, roasty. None the less this is definately a amber and a good one at that. This pours a nice frothy head that last for quite a while.

Body is a cloudy amber and while this is no nuggat nectar this stands on its own a a really nice amber beer.

Definately would have again and recommend.

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

Poured from bottle marked 01/05/16… glad to try it relatively fresh!

appearance is dark brown with a bit of red and tan/white colored foam. Two fingers of head, nice retention and leaves some lacing.

nose isnt overly pungent but is pretty amazing in terms of just being a unique and awesome scent. begins floral with citrus notes and a hint of pine and some malt

taste is sweet caramel malt followed by citrus and a really nice pine flavor… perfect amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is great and overall this is a quality beer, very crisp and clean. All the flavors work beautifully together, excellent balance in this one. with so many high grade Maine Beer Co brews, it took me a long time to try this one but im so glad i did. recommended!

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Photo of Treb0R
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off... this beer is NOTHING like I expected it to be...

Burnt Sienna-colored body, dense manila colored one finger head worked up to a lather... sticks to the glass. High carbonation level. The bubbles are going crazy in my glass.

Imagine Sierra Nevada Celebration on the nose, but way more intense, roasty, and robust. This doesn't smell like a hoppy beer. You get a strong sense malt complexity.

The hop and malt balance is superb. It's not bracingly bitter nor overly sweet. It's just right. Deep toast, rich malty intensity, mild milk chocolate with that whole milk creaminess. The hops are certainly there, but they're somewhat neutral-flavored amongst the intense malt base. Glimmers of pine and floral traits shine through, but definitely no citrusy, fruity, or dank notes. This is unlike any Amber I've ever tasted, and honestly, it changes my perception of what an amber could possibly be. If I were to brew this style soon, it would definitely be in the style of Zoe.

Maine Beer Co. managed to pack so much richness of body and flavor into a 7.2% Amber that I'm honestly stunned. This beer is truly unique. The high carb level helps to improve drinkability in an otherwise very rich tasting, dense beer. Amber Ale not a favorite style of mine, but I can appreciate beauty when I taste it.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4/5  rDev -4.5%

An unexpected treat and it is only 8 days out from bottling, $7.49 for 500ml. Classic styled review

Appearance - Clean Pour, yields two foaming, wispy fingers of head. Best head retention I have come across in a while. Nice retention. The body is a deep mahogany wood a light carbonation coming though it.

Smell - Clean pinny and light grassy hops and mild malts, exactly what it should. There is a bit of dry hopping without going overboard.

Taste - As with the aroma, this is pretty classic amber ale, with a nice healthy malt profile with grain sweetness and subtle caramel flavors as well as a slightly bitter finish from the toasted malts. There is also a complementary presence of the citrus and pine that kick this one up to another level and make it more unique than most amber ales.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and clean finish.

Overall - "Balling", a great very balanced Red Ale, but not as hoppy as the label would lead me to be believe but a great example of what the style can be. However at this price per oz it is hard for me for justify all the time. If this was in a six pack format, then it would be in a regular rotation.

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4.19 out of 5 based on 2,449 ratings.
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