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:
2,465
Reviews:
606
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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322
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483
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle bought at the Maine Beer Company brewery store on "Blizzard Day" 2013.

This beer has great head retention, the foam just sticks around for ages (perhaps a wee bit of wheat in there?). The beer itself is a deep mahogany amber color; the redness really only becomes apparent when the beer is held right up to a light, its just so dark.

The nose on this is a little odd. Initially, the hops hit your nose, and they strike me as lightly grapefruity. To be honest, the hops here seem similar to MBD's "Lunch" DIPA but much definitely secondary to the malt backbone. The nose here is hops first, but then quickly fading to a smoky malt. Too be honest, I was quite suprised at just how smoky the nose on this beer is, its a rather interesting take on the american amber style.

The taste on this is fairly subdued. No strong hoppy bitterness, not much residual sweetness, overall, a very balanced beer. Very malt-forward, not bitter, but a great balance between the hops and malt character.

This is perhaps the best mouthfeel that I have ever had on a beer before. This beer truly fills the entire palate and brings flavor to every corner of your mouth. Just great.

This is a very, very, solid American Amber. It is a little malty for my taste, but a very hefty and interesting beer. This is certianly an excellent representation of the more extreme ABV end of the style and a worthwhile pickup for anyone. Not my favorite MBC offering (total peeper, lunch, and mo fan here) but really good stuff.

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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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,465 ratings.
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