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:
2,482
Reviews:
610
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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324
Gots:
491
For Trade:
15
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Photo of mendonza
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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Photo of vonnegut21
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,482 ratings.
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