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Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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4.19/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,157
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,489
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
497
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,489 |  Reviews: 610
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jjheinrichs
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to be trying something from this brewery. Worth the minimal extra coin to get it; as opposed to having to take a road trip.

Looks beautiful. Nose is great too; berry amber kind of thing going on. Hops are definitely biting on the palate. Great flavor ride. Kicks in on the end and gives a nice overall wave. Carbonation seems a bit too high and biting really. It really hissed a good bit when I opened it up. A very nice amber. A good first beer from this brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Company "Zoe"
16.9 oz. bottle, freshness dated "122312 23"
$7.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. When? I don't know. Why? Well, I can answer that - there's something about the bright and citrusy hops that attracts me. I'm like a fish looking for a shiny lure. Bright and citrusy hops will work. But wait? Is that all that's needed? Are the hops enough? No, not really, I need something to balance the hops. What, pray tell then is that? Well, malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness, I think. And Zoe delivers all of that.

The appearance is very good, and certainly better than most. It's a clear mahogany (when poured properly to leave the lees behind), and a creamy head of light tan tops it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is all about bright and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple...

The flavor adds just enough dark caramel and a hint of chocolate / fudge to balance it along with a spritz of yeasty fruitiness (berries and apple). A very-firm to solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and fruity with notes of berries, citrus, and apple. Maybe even some grape (both white and red).

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a very-fine bubbled and natural carbonation that leaves it gently bristling and then creamy across the palate.

It's raucously hoppy, and I use that word rather than aggressive or tenacious because it suggests a little bit of fun. Yet it's somehow balanced. And that balance may be teetering, but it still somehow seems to hold. So, although it is a little off-kilter, it's not so far off that it's undrinkable. It all comes together in the end. Worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was way darker than I expected. Big, fluffy head. Smells of some tropical fruit. Taste is unbelievable. Tangy, hoppy, citrus, biting, bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy despite the bitterness. This is what I remember Nugget Nectar tasting like. But better.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of December 23, 2012 and many warnings to be sure to consume it fresh. OK. I got the message!

Appearance is deceiving since the taste and mouthfeel were much more impressive and exceeded my already high expectations.

It's expensive for what you get. They donate some of their profits to the sperm whale society or something like that, but it's well worth the occasional splurge.

If you like Nugget Nectar, this is 0.5 points better overall in my view.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottled December 23, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours very dark brown with strong red highlights, quite dark for an Amber Ale. Two fingers of beige head that leaves nice drippy spotty lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, strong malt presence of caramel, dates, dark fruit, dark toasted bread, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with big hops, mostly citrus and pine, moves toward the malt with rich caramel, dates, cherries, chocolate, toasted bread, mild to moderate sweetness, good to strong bitterness, mild alcohol. Really tasty, big and bold flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.

Kind of having a hoppy Amber Ale shootout...had Nugget Nectar last night for the first time and I gotta say I definitely prefer Zoe. I find this to not only be more hoppy, but also has a more robust malt backbone as well. Just a bigger and bolder beer all around. Fantastic stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.11.13
122312

A - Pours a hazy, very dark amber with a huge light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Tons of hop pine, hard to pick up much else.

T - Bread, bitter grass, orange peel, pine.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Smells great, but pretty malty and bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby-brown with two fingers of tan head. Great head retention.

S - Aroma of sweet caramel malt and light citrus and pine hop. Lighter, subtle dark fruit aroma.

T - Pretty unique. Stronger dark fruit flavors with subtle chocolate and charcoal. Balanced with hops in the form of grapefruit and pine needles. A sweet and malt-forward offering with a small bittering hop presence that amplifies the overall taste immensely.

M - Medium body with an overall wet fell leading to slightly drying finish. Nice carbonation

O - Very very good beer. It is an amber ale through and through, which to me means expert balance between malt and hop, with sweeter malts and subtle hops. Far more true to the amber ale style that other much hoppier offerings like NN and Eagle Claw Fist. Wonderful!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of theruckus33
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mightyatom for this "extra".

A.: Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger off-white khaki head. Body is a murky red, with beautiful lacing against the glass.

S: Nice pine scent with toasted malt in the background, citrus also and a hint of pineapple.

T: Isn't as hop forward as I was expecting with the smell. Smooth, bread notes with a solid malt backbone but the hops balance it with a nice lingering bitter dryness.

M: Juicy, clean, and slick. Really nice

Overall: This beer wont blow your mind, but it is super tasty, dangerously drinkable.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,489 ratings
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