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.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The clear copper colored beer is served in a shaker pint glass. The 1/4" head recedes to a thin layer of form. Sipping both reduces the level of the liquid and leaves behind lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include both pine and some citrus that includes grapefruit and some other citric zest. There's some nice rich malt in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the pine, the grapefruit, some other citric zest. The malt backbone has a mixture of sweetness, some caramel and brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light but persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the pine and citrus begin to fade a bit, allowing more of the malt to show for a bit before it fades and the bitter citric and pine dryness complete the ending.

I thought this was an excellent beer and rivals Troeg's Nugget Nectar as my top choice in this style. I'll be looking to have this again next time I find it on tap.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

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