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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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4.19
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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: This pours extremely dark for an Amber Ale. Pours a very hazy dark copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head that reveals a very nice layer of lacing.

N: Big orange citrus and tangerine along with some pine sap backing it up. Has a big sugary caramel backbone.

T: Big tropical notes are in the front. Pineapple, papaya, mango and tangerine along with something similar to sugar cookies. Mid-palate has bursts of big rich sugary caramel. Lemon, navel orange, brown sugar and a little bit of Tootsie Roll also makes an appearance. Finishes with toffee, grapefruit pith and resinous pine sap with a lighter intermingling of tropical and citrus fruits.

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied. Sticky and dry with a good bitterness.

O: This Amber is quite heavy on the malts but is beautifully balanced with the heavy hopping. Maine Beer Company really knows how to kick ass with the hoppy beers. Complex, easy drinking with no notice of alcohol.

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Photo of jb413
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a unique mahogany-brown, relatively opaque. A slight red-brown on the edges. About two fingers of light tan head that retained well. Very nice.

S - A lot going on in the nose here. Fairly big hoppiness, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee hints.

T - Slightly sweet toasty and caramel malts in the front. Strong malt backbone. Roastiness as well. Hoppiness comes in with some earthy roasty bitterness and extends into the finish. Lots of nutty flavors towards the finish.

MF - Smooth. Moderate hop bite and a little past medium on the body scale. Slightly watery in the front somehow however.

O - A solid brew. More like a hoppy earthy brown than an amber. A bit pricy, but oh well! Got way more caramel / nutty / earthy than some other users, not sure how.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a dark, garnet red with a 2-3 finger head. The smell is beyond muted. I tried my hardest to get any discernible characteristics out of this, but I can't pick anything up. Extremely muted nose. At most, I pick up some maltiness. The taste on the other hand, is wonderful. Very balanced with a subtle hop profile complimented perfectly with a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy for the style, with a perfect level of carbonation. The finish is a touch sweet and bitter at the same time. Very nice. Overall, this is just one more wonderful beer offering by the folks at Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of hopley
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A spectacular beer! Extremely hoppy and bitter - I've never tasted a Pliny The Elder but have made one - Zoe is on par with Pliny, and Sierra Torpedo. Great malty backbone and perfect head. Nice hoppy smell, perhaps it's been dry-hopped. I look forward to trying the rest of the Maine Beer Company's bombers!

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Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass. Bottle sent to me by Valdieu2!

A: Pours a dark orangish brown with a spongy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nose comprised of citrus and tropical hops. Sweet orange, pineapple.

T: Waves of buttery caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit, rindish bitterness, mint, peppercorn, and spicy alcohol mixed up altogether. Smooth.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: Mellower than most hoppy reds I've had, but tasty nonetheless.

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

Thanks to GFunk720 for including this as an extra in our recent trade

Poured from 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy dark red amber with a two and a half finger beige head. Beautiful lacing. The aroma is a mixture of plum and black cherries, accented by grapefruit and citrus and a bit of grass and pine. Initially, the the flavor of dark fruit highlighted with grapefruit and citrus dominates transitioning to a bit of sweet malt and then finishes with piney hop bitterness. Considerable body supplied by a fairly hefty malt backbone for an American Amber/Red Ale, well carbonated and slick mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew and very much on the same plane as Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A surprisingly dark crimson with a big, thick, tightly bubbled light khaki head that eventually leaves big, thick, chunky irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, clearly well-crafted beer.

A happy, hoppy aroma, as expected. There's quite a bit of fresh citrus aroma along with some sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and freshly baked bread. Good stuff.

This is an exceptionally well balanced and easy drinking amber, though it is also extremely hoppy. The bread, toffee, caramel, and graham cracker malt flavors are the most expressive, though there's also a fantastic amount of pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors balancing things out incredibly nicely. Fantastic.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

This is just slightly better than Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Zoe from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 94

Bottle date is 02/xx/12. The "xx" kind of looks like an "06," but is too poorly printed to tell for sure. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and translucent mahogany with three fingers of tan seafoam head that turns soapy while it slowly settles, ultimately turning into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, toffee, nuttiness, honey graham cracker and a little caramel. Smells like a hoppy, nutty amber ale. 4/5

Taste: Bready malt, pecan, walnut and lemony/grapefruity hops. Light toffee and caramel on the midpalate. Finishes with that buttery walnut and pecan flavor and modest lemon. This is quite different from any amber that I have ever had before. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Buttery mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A unique variation of the style, warmly received. I am usually not a fan of amber ales, but I really enjoyed this one. I would certainly buy and drink this again. Thank you Jason for hooking me up with this one!

Recommendation: Seek this one out, especially if you like amber ales. I could see this one being quite enjoyable for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: 5.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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

Appearance:
Pours a very foamy head that is a slight tan and lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear dark red amber with a hint of orange.

Smell:
Malty with hints of a grapefruit hoppy smell. The roasted malts dominate the smell with the hops coming in at different parts but mainly supplementing the malts.

Taste:
Similar to the smell, the malts dominate the pallate. The hops are a little bitter but it mixes well with the roasted malts. I also get a slightly caramel taste as well. The malts are very strong in this beer.

Mouthfeel:
Light body but bordering on medium bodied. Still a decent feel though.

Overall:
This a very good beer and different from a lot of ambers that I've had before.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with a massive 3 finger head. dark mahogany with garnett hues when held in light and tons of sticky lace. Needs a better coloring.

S- grapefruit, pine sap, pine wood, lemon rind.

T/M tosha cracker maltese with a hint of turmoil. Lots of times, followed by citrus. Granny body prickles the tongue as it slides by smooth out as it warms up a bit and caramel sweetness helps round out the grapefruit bitterness. the big full body is rich. It finishes with a slight sweetness and withering, bitter dryness.

O- very good, the well short of the greatness of nugget nectar. Needs more juiciness and maybe some tropical fruit.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Dark Brown with champagne head that lasts
S Cascade? hops, a little bit soapy i think?
T A bit hoppy, a bit malty, not a lot here, expected more
M Undercarbed, fairly thin
O No freshness date, I suspect I might have gotten an old bottle. Just not much here.

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

1 pint .9 oz bottled on 02/09/12. thanks to valdieu2 for the opportunity!

a - pours a murky chestnut color that glows garnet when held up to a light. gave me a dense, two finger, creamy, tan head that lasts for quite a while. lacing completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - fresh baked bread, grapefruit, grass, and notes of grape.

t - mmmm. notes of grapefruit, red grape, and raisin all supported by delicious, nutty, chocolatey malt. a resinous, piney bitterness washes over before a lingering dry and bittersweet finish. very well balanced.

m - medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation. medium co2 profile.

o - really a wonderful beer and definitely put a smile on my face. much hoppier than most amber ales that i have tried, but that's a good thing. worth seeking out imho.

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Photo of beer2day
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy deep orange. Substantial 2-finger cream head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is biscuit malt and light caramel malt. Strawberry licorice works in, too.

Strong malt flavors, with biscuit and lightly scorched caramel. More of an amber feel than red. Very nice hop bite in the end.

Very strong for the style. Big malt presence, lots of stiff body. Grainy, and very much so.

Overall, I'm not a huge amber or red fan. This beer, however, is very good. I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown - good retention

smells of floral/citrus hops and sweet malt

taste is similar to the nose but with a peppery spice i am guessing from the hops - plenty of bitterness but backed up with the caramel malt

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation - smooth and creamy

overall very solid red/amber - i have beer impressed with the 2 offerings i have had from Maine Beer Co. - hope to try more

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Photo of eclipse54
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks for this one! Bottled on 02/09/2012, and consumed now in my DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with deep ruby hues; the body was much darker and more opaque than I had expected for the style. A massive amount of light tan head develops and lingers for virtually the extent of the drink. Scattered patches of lacing remain on the glass. Very good presentation here.

The aroma is of a peppercorn spice laced with earthen hops. In terms of the spice, it makes me think of the glorious peppercorns that often adorn bacon. No bacon here, but that's the kind of pepper I'm thinking of. Some citrus, pine, caramel, and a touch of roasted nuts (almond, cashew?) even come through behind it. Rather hop-forward on the nose overall.

The taste is comprised of earthen, dirty hops in front of a spicy and slightly roasty center (reminiscent of a nut brown in that regard). Delicate citrus and pine notes struggle through along with some almond, nut, and caramel towards the end. As with the nose, the earthen hops and peppercorn flavors hog the palatal stage.

Mouthfeel is crisp and spot-on with regards to carbonation, but the drink finishes rather dry and with a lingering, resinous coating on the palate. The nutty flavors seem to linger a bit as well.

Overall, a good amber though one I feel is a bit non-traditional. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means, but I was expecting a slightly different experience from this one. Either way, this is another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.!

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

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and floral aroma with some nice malt aroma coming through

T-citrus and roasted malt with hints of sweetness followed by a nice hop finish, but not overly bitter

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and nice crisp feel

O-a great amber ale, one of my favorites. Great balance of flavors.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark, opaque, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a frothy, dense, foamy head that is off-white and starts around a half an inch, slowly settling into a nice, dense film. Aromas are rich and hoppy, with a resiny, green, floral and citrus aromas on a sweet caramel backbone. Smells delicious. Flavors are hop forward, with peppery spiced and floral characteristics leading the way. The malt profile gets a bit overshadowed by the strong hops presence, lending more of a red IPA feel to the beer. The caramel sweet backbone can be felt more at the end of the palate, along with a dark roasting characteristic. The bitter and reisny hops lead through to the aftertaste, as well, and the beer leaves a slick, foamy cling behind as you drink. The finish is dry and bitter, with a resiny linger left behind. Good, solid beer with some very strong and unique characteristics. If you are a hop head, this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

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

dark reddish brownish amber with a tan head that left some lace. nose is a very nice mix of pine and grapefruit layered on top of chocolate and roasty, caramelly malt. taste exudes very good balance, and the layers of chocolate, caramel and hop come together very well. creamy, soft, medium-full body. i thought this was begging for some spicy bbq. pleasant hop bitterness, and although there was definitely a touch of heat, the alcohol was well integrated as well, and barely noticeable. it seems as if maine beer co. is making some very flavorful, very well balanced beers. this one was no exception. yum. thanks g.

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Photo of Holland
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: brown with reddish orange highlights and a thick tan head that stays forever. So far this is looking fantastic. The head sticks to the side of the glass, covering nearly all of the glass it touches.

S: smokey and hoppy smelling. Like burning evergreen trees. Lot more roasted malt than I expected.

T: very smokey for the style with spicy hops. The smoke comes and goes with more sips, and the taste recovers to give a nice hoppy amber beer flavor. The roasted malts again come through a lot. Some citrus hops.

M: well carbonated with medium body. It's crisp but still coats the mouth.

O: this is a hoppy brown ale. I don't really care for it, though it has some excellent characteristics. Too much roasted malt with fruity hops isn't a great combination for me.

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Photo of b3shine
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks pretty good; very dark for an amber. Nice carbonation and lacing. Smells great; the hops are pleasant, as is the malt. Tastes great too; I'd put it ahead of Nugget Nectar. Great balance between the hops and the malt. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, a great beer that I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque brown-red color with a finger of frothy khaki sitting atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace in the process.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit, orange, and peach coming through. There is a nice balance of sweet roasted caramel malts with a bit of chocolate and coffee as well.

T - The beer starts off with some growing grapefruit and orange hop flavor and some mild bitterness alongside a bit of lightly roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar. Through the middle, some pine hop flavor comes through with more roasted flavors and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a mix of roasted malts and a some cocoa with some light bitterness and citrus hop.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice amber ale that has a lot more to it than most beers in the style. Really great nose and hop presence.

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Photo of TK5150
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours brown with amber highlights. Nice two finger beige "bottle conditioned" head. Great lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S- Pineapple, peach and orange, hints of caramel and chocolate maltiness.

T- Pineapples, oranges, piney mango, caramel, chocolate, hints of roast, estery spice.

M- Surprisingly, this feels very full in the mouth, with perfect carbonation.

O- Very surprised by this one, especially with the clear presence of chocolate. Great stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. On tap, served cool in a wine glass.

Dark brown mahogany body and an off white head. Herbal and juicy scent. Flavor is prickly hop and a nice sweet malt balance. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I really like this beer. Nice interpretation on a pretty wide open style.

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

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a dark brown initially that when held to the light looks more of an amber to ruby. 3 fingers worth of tan froth appear and slowly fade leaving a webby screen of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger.

The smell is sweet with toasty and toffee-like malt. It has a bit of a burnt aspect about it before getting filled with citrus and herbal to pine-like hop character. A bit grassy and solvent with alcohol across the back.

The taste is toasty grain to toffee-like burnt sweetness. Some herbs and pine character of oily hops. Just like the aroma, it gets grassy in flavor with solvent alcohol. There is a moderate bitterness to this brew that gets a bit pulpy and fruited like grapefruit.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is resinous and hoppy with an interesting burnt character about it that keeps it back from being more drinkable. I've certainly enjoyed most of the offerings I've had from these folks and wouldnt mind trying more. However, from what I've had, I've been least impressed by this offering.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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