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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 davewlfpckfan29
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had Zoe from a bottle that was not even a month old.
However, the difference from bottle to draft was a huge difference.

Had this on tap at the dirty truth in Northampton on a beautiful summers day.

The pour is a nice dark red, almost brown. Which really leads me to my next point that.. Maine Brewing calls this an amber but its really its own category of greatness.

There is so much going on in the taste of this beer. Spices that are also in the smell, citrus taste, bitterness (just the right amount) from the hops, as well as a roasted malt taste.

There is nothing I can really complain about in this beer.
Maine Brewing definitely knows what they are doing.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with 3 finger head that retains really well. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops, caramel, malt, some chocolate too maybe

T: Starts off with slight hop character, followed by caramel, malt, dark chocolate, finishes with hoppy bitterness

M: Smoooth~ and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. Smooth and creamy feel really make this beer stand out.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark for a red ale with a deep dark brown amber color, reminiscent of a more earthy red wine an brown sugar, and with a huge lightly maple syrup-drizzled head that lasts forever and leaves a nice sticky spatterwork of lacing on the side of the glass.
The beer smells thick with some great resiny pine hops and fruity grapefruit mango. There is also a light underlying mingle of sweet biscuit and caramel malts along with a ghost of chocolate.
The beer tastes fantastically balanced for a hop-forward red. The pine hops are definitely the big thing here, and leave a lovely pine taste in the mouth with hints of mango, nectarine, and grapefruit. This beer also delivers a lovely bit of caramel malts that put a nice sweet body to the bitter pine and balance the beer tremendously. The clash of the hops and the malt seems to make a slightly roasted taste that could be in the malt or just could be from the collision of flavors. Mouthfeel is cool and slightly jellying, yet very smooth and clean on the tongue, only leaving a light cloying pine hop linger and lots of clean saliva lining the mouth. There is a slight tingle of carbonation which is definitely present in the beer, but it is not harsh at all.
Overall this is a supremely great red ale that I am very excited to live near. I still need to try Troëg’s Nugget Nectar, but as of now this is the best red I have tasted! I can guarantee I will be trying Peeper Ale (their summer seasonal) within the week!

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Photo of Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, dark brown with a 3-finger tan head into a 13-oz goblet. Good lacing. More head than when I had it on-tap earlier in the day.

S - Tropical fruit, pineapple, dark herbal tea, caramel and hop floral. Pleasant and moderately saroma, which was just a bit less strong than on-tap.

T - Nice sweet and spicy caramel malt with a bit of chocolate, which is quickly followed by a bitter hop bite and more earthy spice. The aftertaste includes sweet malt, pepper and some lingering grapefruit zest. Very flavorful and rich tasting.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation yield a velvety smooth feel like an oatmeal stout. It's a bit prickly as it dries. I really enjoyed the substantial feel.

O - A very fine brew. Smells, tastes and feels great. Kind of pricy but I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in an in person trade with Hayesez, thanks Erik!

This is to complete my first week of my holidays. We had nice warm weather in the weekend so i figured this was a good one to try.

Poured in a Duvel glass this beer is perfect. Very deepdark ambercoloured beer with a very nice head which leaves some lacing after a while. Nice carbonation visible.

Smell of pineapple. Nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of carbonation. This is one hell of a beer for a warm day!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Purchased in Portland, bottled 10 days ago.

A - Pours a very dark auburn with about a finger of dense off-white head. Darkest beer in this style that I have seen. Leaves an amoeba lacing

S - Intoxicating blend of malts; sweet and bready. Citrus hops round it out. Some spiciness that reminds me of a rye beer.

T - Starts with a big citrus punch and mellows with sourdough malts. Herbs and bitter hops on the finish with a clean aftertaste. Different and impressive.

M - Extremely smooth with a creamy feel. Drinks easily, but too full bodied to drink several.

O - I was happy to find this beer so fresh on a trip to Maine. In the vast sea of hoppy ambers, this one isn't aggressively hopped and allows the malts to shine. Shows great balance as well as complexity in the malt profile. Hops are certainly present but don't overpower. This is one fantastic beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1382nd review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Pils (Mike Ditka)
500ml

Couldnt read the bottle date

Thanks to RudZud and Jlindros for this one

App- Dark amber, almost caramel mixed with cola brown. A huge creamy off white/tan head with a good 2-1/2 fingers stuck around for a long time. Nice and thick cling and lace.

Smell- A bit full on the nose of caramel malts. A little hoppy but seemingly one sided with only tinges of citrus.

Taste- Its a very nice beer, I would say its a poor mans NN. Has striking citrus with a more tropical note and moves into a creamy malt flavor with some bitter. Not going to steal the show, very solid and drinkable.

Mouth- A little bit thick for me. Needed to come down a bit to let flavors mingle a little bit better. The medium body was good, but a bit thick and chewy on the carbonation.

Drink- Overall, a good beer. My 2nd from Maine and they are doing a nice job up there. Flavorful and pretty balanced. Would have this one again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with 040512 on the side. Pours a dark chestnutty brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and floral with a nice overall sweet smell. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet caramel & brown sugar, and some earth. Floral hops as well. Nice bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Not too much of an alcohol presence. Drinks very easily. Overall, not the best hoppy Red I've had, but certainly one of the best.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep amber color with a 4-finger pillowy tan head. Nice retention but not really any lacing until I started nearing the end of my glass. Slightly hazy with a good amount of bubbles from what I can see.

S - Toasted and caramel malts with grapefruit, grassy, and floral hop aromas. A faint hint of maple syrup in here, as well. Well-balanced between the malt and hops.

T - Starts with a big sweet caramel and toasted malt presence and builds to a bitter hop taste with grapefruit, orange, and earthy notes. The two flavors are somewhat separated between the start and the finish, but they are equally balanced in intensity.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. The alcohol is very well-hidden, as there’s not really any sign of it.

O - This is a very well-done amber ale. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced in the aroma and the taste, and it has a great mouthfeel. One of my only complaints is the lack of clarity, but it doesn’t diminish from the rest of the beer. This is a tasty, very drinkable beer that I’m glad I got to try. Next time I come back home to Massachusetts, I’ll look for more Maine Beer Co. beers.

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Photo of palma
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet color body. Frothy tan head lasts forever.

Aroma is more hoppy than expected. American hops. Very cascade like. West coast memories. Citrus. Earthy malt aroma. Nutty. Remeniscent of some of the few more hoppier English brown ales. Maple syrup as the beer warms up. Unique.

Wow flavor is great. Not too hoppy as the nose might lead you to believe. More malt forward here especially up front and definately more so for an American amber ipa. light biscuit notes. Rum, some raisin, juicy. Finishes with a pungent strong, yet very clean bitterness all at an american ipa caliber. I wouldnt call this beer highly complex but the balance is amazing. Excellent play between with the hops and malt going on here.

7.2 abv but goes down more like a five O.

Color of the beer and the aroma make this beer very intriguing especially after you taste it. An excellent offering. Looking forward to one day visiting the brewery for this one on tap.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass. fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty. medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't beat down doors trying to get more, but i will happily pick it up if and when i happen across it again.

(originally reviewed: 06-10-2011)

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head of light tan/mocha foam. Large bubbles which stick around and become rocky. Body is a new funky brown that reminded me of root beer when I poured it. Now it has some good red to it. Deep colors. Solid lacing.

S - Very smooth and sweet hops. There is an unknown fruit that could be a green grape but on the opposite side of a wine scent. Maybe it is apple.

T - Fresh and hoppy. Some darker malt flavors but the mouthfeel makes it lighter. Hops are harsher than on the nose. More of a rind bitterness.

M - The carbonation is high but body is light and makes this taste refreshing.

O - An interesting beer that has a lot of new aspects I have never experienced before. Decent all around, but not something I would need to seek out again.

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Photo of suspect
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger latte colored head that disappears very slowly. Lacing is thick, consistent and super sticky.

S: Very nice malt mixture perks up first in the nose followed by slight hop zest and resiny blend that almost smells like a faded IPA.

T: Follows the nose and brings with it flavors of a faded IPA with a nice malt blend that again makes me unsure of whether I'm drinking an amber or an old IPA. Malt blend is most definitely the highlight.

M: Thick mouthfeel, hop oils coat the mouth making me reach for more. Bitter finish.

O: This is a solid beer but again, not one that is amazing. Maine seems to be brewing up some solid, not risky, beers.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.50 500ml bottle from Abe's.

Dark amber, glows red when backlit. Three fingers of dense oatmeal colored foam. Good lacing.

Inviting aggressive nose of grapefruit and orange.

Caramel slides down the tongue first. Some juicy fruits crash the sides. Big bitter wall at the back. The bitterness quickly clears, and the fruitiness makes a quick encore before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is light, keeping his from being too ponderous.

I'm a big fan of big and hoppy reds, and this is a good one.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled on 4/15*

A: Pours a very dark blood red -- almost brown -- with a fluffy light tan color head on top. So much complexity in the color. Much too dark to see through. Give the glass and swirl and see the bubbles dance right below the head. Really nice looking for an Amber Ale.

S: Hoppy fruitness -- citrus. Tropical fruits. Wife says floral. Loving the hop smell, but just short of Nugget Nectar-level aroma. Real good, though.

T: Getting some crazy tropical fruit hoppy flavor, with a slight tang. I think that was just the bitter finish to follow, though. Not as sweet or as hoppy as Nugget Nectar or Red Ale. However, I do like the flavor of the malt used here. Nice flavor.

M: The beer excels here -- the best feature of this beer. So incredibly smooth and creamy. Perfect body -- just short of thick. Perfect texture -- so soft. Perfect carbonation. Wow!

O: Real nice beer. The appearance and feel carry this beer to a 4.5. Totally worth the cost. Would suggest to this to anyone. I anybody thinks Nugget Nectar or Red Ale is too sweet, then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very hazy brown with red highlights. Very frothy off white head which leaves behind some excellent lacing throughout the drinking session. Spicy, floral, earthy pine and citrus hops and light, sweet toasted malts in the nose. Flavor is well-blended pine and citrus that gives way to smooth toasted malts. Residual toast and citrus. Medium-bodied with good carbonation throughout. A very well-made amber ale! One of the better ambers I ever had.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Portland last weekend.

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that ades quickly. Smelling this beer leaves notes of chocolate, hops, and alcohol. The hops are piney and earthy and compliments the beer's malty base. This beer tastes excellent and has an even better mouthfeel. This beer screams earthiness, almost like I'm sipping down the fertile Maine soil itself. Definitely a tasty amber and it hits the spot.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Tan to brown in color, with a nice tan head. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: A light hoppy aroma (citrus, pine), with malt and a bit of spiciness in the back.

T: Piney, grapefruit hop flavor with a malt sweetness and the spiciness near the end. Can't quite define what the spices remind me of.

M: Relatively light bubbly mouthfeel. No particular hang.

O: Definitely a good beer. Maybe nothing truly outstanding, but very drinkable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber color (clear except for the last pour with some sediment) with a creamy, off-white head that persists and clings to the glass. The smell is nicely hoppy with some grain husk notes and a lightly sweet maltiness. A very pleasant aroma. The flavor is richly malty (crystal malt?) with a strong by well-balanced hoppiness. The sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness linger very nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, with a very, very smooth, velvety feel that only accentuates the malt and hops. This is a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: very dark red colored body with some light brown edges. A small white head appeared for less than a minute. The lacing was light and stuck together for a good minute. It took about a minute before it spider-webbed.

S: hops and caramel, some pine and citrus enter in on the background. It was mainly well-balanced.

T: bittersweet through the hops and caramel, some light spiciness came out through the hops. The pine was really light.

M: medium with a well balanced carbonation slightly felt, it was slightly creamy and had a dry finish.

O: this was a great beer. My expectations were moderate when I think I was way more surprised how well this beer turned out. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very dark ruby with a huge 3" tan head. Small waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- toast, lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple) and some pine.

T- toasted amber malts, some spicyness, citrus is there but to as prevalent as the nose. Nice spicy, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess and a semi dry finish.

O- good beer. Wish the citrus came through more in the tast as it does in tha aroma, but still a very good amber.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours way darker than I expected. A deep reddish brown with a 1 finger cream colored head.

S: Citrusy hops with grapefruit standing out the most, some faint roasted malt in the background.

T: Really delicious stuff. Dryer and hopper than I'm used to in an amber, but also better. A good hot of grapefruit hops right away followed by a complex middle with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, tangerine rind and toffee with a dry and piny finish. Really tasty.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - the beer pours out much darker than expected. a deep opaque mahogany with red highlights. 2 fingers worth of tightly packed off white foam leave lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is muted. earthy notes are easy to tease out. autumn leaves, bitter orange peel, and caramel. there is a hint of smokiness or possibly tobacco. but overall nose does seem week.

T - bitterness starts immediately. bright citrus notes color the tongue while chocolate and cereal notes of the malt profile balance out the strong flavor. hints of dark fruit at the back end which carry out on the long bitter finish.

M - full side medium bodied. medium carbonation, tight and bubbly. creamy texture.

O - while the nose isn't strong the flavors of this beer do make up for the short coming. a well made beer.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.
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