Zoe | Maine Beer Company

2,485 Ratings

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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Photo of pmarlowe
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/09/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, almost black amber color, though it manages very good clarity. Three fingers of fine, dense, light sand colored foam which is slow in deflating. Leaves behind generous an intricate lacing.

S: Piney hoppiness, a hint of bready malt and toffee, hint of blackcurrant, and spice. Nice. Fairly muted aroma.

T: Lots of bready, rye-like malt flavor. Tastes like I'm eating multigrain bread. A little spice, not much hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness and grainy flavor, and nearly bone dry.

M: Medium body and medium, sharp carbonation.

O: Meh, it's OK. Not exactly the "hoppy, hoppy amber" it's advertised as. The taste picks up the hop bitterness without the flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased in Wakefield ri. Bottled 2/26/13.

A - pours a hazy amber-cherry body with a 3 finger thick, dense, khaki colored head that reduces slowly to a mushroom cloud of frothy foam. Exhibits thick lacing. Picture

S- pungent pine, citrus, resin aromas. Very upfront and easy to detect, I can tell
This beer will be hoppy. das dank

T- Big malt character upfront- caramel , toffee, vanilla. Following this comes the hops- pine and huge weed resin notes. Smokey, roasty flavor on the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and borderline astringent. Super flavorful .

M- medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.

What a beautifully crafted beer - you could call this a dipa and no one would question it, but the huge malt character balances out the hops and makes for a delicious red ale. Recommendable.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings
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