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

A - Pours a nice dark red/amber color with puffy, two finger, eggshell white head. Tons of lacing on the side.

S - Good blend of malt and hops. The malt is sweet, a little bit of dark fruit and molasses. Hops are both grassy and citrusy. Touches of grapefruit and pine.

T - Packs an absolute punch of bitter hops. Wow. Hops are bitter and piney, malt is full-bore. Very good.

M - Sticky and full. Good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall - Incredibly good beer. Absolutely superb.

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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 ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 05/06/2011. Bottled on 04/28/2011. 16.9oz bottled poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, extremely dark amber color, almost looks like a murky brown color, but not quite. A foamy, creamy looking off-white head rises up and sits above the rim of the glass a bit before settling in at about almost 2 fingers high until the finish. Amazing retention. Excellent foamy lacing clings to the glass and covers nearly every possible space it can. Really great looking beer.

Amazing hop aroma right out of the bottle. Citrus (heavily orange) and pine stand out above all (the orange more than the pine). Maybe a hint of some sweet malt but not a ton. The nose is pretty straightforward, hoppy and clean, but done extremely well.

The taste is close to the nose but is considerably more balanced while somehow keeping the hops on display. Hugely hoppy with more of a malt presence to even it out a bit. The citrus and pine hops are almost equally strong. Some orange-like hoppy flavors it first with a nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor balancing it out. A decently bitter, piny bite hits at the finish and then mellows, rounding out each sip nicely.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Despite this, it feels a bit fuller in the mouth. Moderate bitterness at the finish. It dries out a bit, not a huge drying like an IPA but a bit more than semi-dry.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with a sweet malt character that brings a nice balance. The hops are the showcase here and they don't disappoint. This beer was extremely fresh, being bottled 8 days before it was consumed, and it certainly showed.

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

A: Reddish-amber pour with a huge, billowing tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Piney and earthy hops, plus caramel and a nice sort of toasted bread aroma. There is a sort of caramelized brown sugar, or almost maple smell there too. Very nice combination.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee. Earth in the middle. Some bitter pine along with a nice brown sugar taste to balance it out in the aftertaste. The pine stands out more as the beer warms. This is really nice.

M: Pretty standard, medium body. Relatively smooth and clean except for the bit of pine bite on the back end.

O: Great beer. Neither the malt or hops are overpowering - they stand on their own and also make a great combination at the same time. I would say that this is second only to Nugget Nectar. That's saying a lot.

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

Served in a 8 oz tumbler. It has a date on which is 09/01/11, not sure if it is expiration or pack on date.

Dark amber and coppery that was clear. It has a lot of carbonation which produce a huge thick off white head which dispersed slowly and left thick clinging lace. There was more lace than clear spots.

Nice citrus and pine with a little of malt. I opened the bottle and my wife said she could smell it across the room.

Pine, green mango and white grapefruit at first then it sweetens up a little in the middle with a nice creamy and smooth bitterness that seems like its going to get real intense but just mellows out.

This is a great beer, with all the breweries pulling out of this area I am happy that we are able to find jems like this. Not sure if it out of code but it sure tasted good. It has a smile on the front of the lable and it sure put one on mine.

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

A - Unique looking bottle with interesting label. A couple inches of tanish smooth head with fantastic retention and lacing deposits. the beer itself is a beautiful dark amber color that is completely transclucent...sort of like a ruby.

S - Wonderful hoppy bouquet with floral wisps. Although the hops are very strong, there is a strong malt background with an earthy/woody feature.

T - Exactly what you want for this style, lots of hops with a strong malty backbone. Very crisp and easy to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is well hidden.

M - Great hoppy feel and aftertaste; the syrupy malt is nice and smooth. Medium-bodied brew that is a perfect balance and representation for this style.

O - Fantastic beer overall, world class for this style IMO. It's a little pricy, but completely worth it especially if it's fresh...I'll be getting more of this and I hope it is a year-round beer.

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

This beer is my longtime girlfriend's name, and perhaps the most sought after beer (within reason) for me.

A-The brew pours like a pretty glass of Pepsi. Ruby highlights tint the outer regions of the glass. A huge bubbly mound of foam materializes the instant I begin to pour. The head refuses to die but also leaves chunky lacing. Overall, this brew looks awesome.

S-The aroma is brimming with huge hoppy scents. Delicious floral hops along with some thick fruity, juicy citrus. A rich luscious nose of hops. Caramel malts help to balance, but the nose is all about the hops.

T-Oh boy this is simply delicious. A floral and grassy hop coats the tongue and overwhelms the taste buds. Bright and lively citrus comes in the second wave of flavor. The beer clearly hop forward but is also quite balanced. Some respectable maltiness adds both flavor and depth. The beer's awesome hop components linger on the palate forever.

M-One of the best mouthfeels. It feels to me like the rich malt helps to give this beer a pretty thick feel. Oily and resinous. Sticky and lasting. Well carbonated.

O/D-Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. Zoe is far too drinkable. I absolutely love this brew. Every aspect of this beer demands high marks. I have been waiting a while for this one and am so very happy to indulge in its flavor. Great, great beer!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 8/18/11 Nice & Fresh.
Really a nice looking beer. A thick, creamy off white head that has impressive retention. It sits atop the beer like a dollop of cream. The beer is a beer reddish/Amber color that has nice clarity, but is so deep in color you have to hold it to the light to determine this fact.
Aroma is fresh, and a wonderful mix of floral hops and toasted malts. Reminiscent of a Hopback Amber, Lighter version of Arrogant Bastard. Cascazilla Hop Rocket Red and others in this non-official Hoppy Amber category.
Well, this is a very nice beer. Great balance, excellent depth and a very interesting flavor profile. Just the right amount of toasted malts. Not burnt, but definitely a dark toasted flavor. This gives way to a moment of deep fruit and finally off to the citrus/perfumey notes of hops.
Mouth feel is quite robust. There is a subtle graininess to the feel. Almost a powder. Not a bad thing at all.
Frankly, this is growing on me and I’m a little pissed I only picked up a couple bottles. I was too focused on Lunch. Lesson Learned. Well done folks!!

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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 SPLITGRIN
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking ambers I can remember seeing. Deep mahogany Amber body hosts a thick creamy deep tan head. Nose is a nice mix of hops and malt on the woodsy side. An aggressive flavor platform with hops carrying the malts to a very exciting body that is unique for the style. Nice carbonation and resinous hops. Perfect mouth feel. This is a great food beer.

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Photo of mooseo
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 05/07/13.

Clear, dark reddish brown body, poured into a tulip glass, capped by a 1/2 inch head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of dark, chocolatey malt and piney and herbal hops with just a touch of mint. It sort of reminds me of being in a pine forest on a hot summer day.

Tangy malt taste with chocolate, and an intense amount of piney hops. The chocolate and hops reverberate on the palate, ending with a lengthy bitter finish and a touch of mint. Really quite a nice tasting amber beer.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body and round, light carbonation. There is a tongue numbing level of hoppiness here.

This is heavy on the west coat hops, but is pretty well balanced and is a delight to drink.

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Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a snifter. This one was a gusher, poured dark and murky copper brown with a thick foamy head that had great retention and lacing

S- pine and citrus hop notes with a bit of grass, deep bready malt profile with notes of chocolate and caramel, a bit of graininess

T- piney hops with a citrus-rind kick, sweet-bready malt with caramel and some earthy & herbal flavors, huge buiscity malt on the finish with subtle notes of chocolate that lead to a dryish finish, citrus hop & buiscity yeast on the linger

M- medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, leading to a silky smooth finish. ABV is barely detectable, if at all. I don't think it could get any better.

O- I loved the chocolate/biscuit malt profile and it was well balanced by the citrus/pine hops. Mouthfeel was about perfect, high drinkability, one of the best of the style that I've had for sure.

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Photo of Amalak
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This at first tastes like a pale ale but once it sits in your mouth for a minute you get a nice maltiness and fig. It's certainly hoppy and there's a good note of floral. The Zoe is very smooth and has a dry feel on the mouth.

Hazy, opaque dark brown with a tan, foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing. Very strong alcohol and hop scent.

This is a very high-quality rye.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3.24.14 poured into a glass

A: Unexpected...much darker than I imagined. A beautiful deep dark red with khaki head

S: pine/resin, breadiness, overall not getting a whole lot, but its about 8 weeks old and my allergies are flaring up :(

T: Excellent taste. Moderately bitter with zero alcohol. hit initially with a good malt backbone and fades to a drying piney hop bitterness.

M: Rather thick and creamy, not the prickly high carbonation I expected

O: I am extremely impressed by this beer. My first hoppy red ale, and hopefully not my last! We are fortunate to have just received some Maine Beer Company beers in SC in the last week, and I'm excited to try more. I had peeper and lunch when I visited their old brewery in Portland and enjoyed them immensely. In a four pack would be great, I could knock quite a few back on a warm SC summer day! If you can find it, seek these guys out, haven't disappointed yet.

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Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

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Photo of ejl4
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one side by side with another amber so I could really get a good feel for the two.

Great color, a darker amber almost reddish tint in the glass. Long lasting head of a light brown color. Citrusy hop aroma which was not too strong but very pleasant. The taste is balanced a little more towards malt than hops but the hop flavor is still present. The lingering taste is more malty than bitter. This beer had exactly the mouthfeel I like in an Amber, smooth and full.

Overall, this was an excellent beer from Maine Beer Company. I look forward to trying more!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red color with a huge bubbly tan head that survived for the entire glass despite leaving lots of lace in its wake. Orange and other citrus fruits dominate the aroma. Hints of resin are mixed in there sparingly and mingle well with the caramel and bready malt aromas. Great smelling brew. Taste is mildly caramel and a little sweet. Think of bready malt mixed with citrus, orange rind and tangerines. Hints of chocolate and citrus in a long lingering but fairly dry finish. Medium to light body is maybe the only thing I could suggest to improve this one. I would have loved a touch more body. Smooth resinous and candy like sweet mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not once did I notice the 7.2% abv. Smooth light easy to drink, if they could only find a way to make this more available I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of cradke
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark Amber. Beautiful 2 finger very fine head with exceptional legs. Looks imposing and fantastic.

Smell: Very balanced and quite aeromatic. A very nice hop profile. A little touch of sweetness with nuts comes through but mainly malts.

Taste: The taste isn't as imposing as the nose would leave you to believe but its exceptionally balanced. A great amber malt profile comes through and is balanced by a fantastic pine character. There is very little alcohol which is impressive given is 7.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Wow. For a long time, I didn't really understand what mouthfeel meant.... until I had this. Thin and pleasant, it spreads excellently over the palate and helps reveal different and hidden flavors. Fantastic.

Overal: A truly solid beer. Much more hoppy than most reds but I really enjoy it. It's not an imperial red or a scortch your face off beer but it's flavor is very nice. It's appearance and mouthfeel really set the tone as they are both nearly perfect. I could drink a lot of this beer!

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

Brewed on 9-29-2012.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber with a large fluffy off white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big floral and piney hops really jump out at ya along with sweet biscuit and brown sugar,the malt base is almost as big as the hop onslaught,a great nose.Sticky piney hops really stand out on the palate up front but a big brown sugar and biscuit malt base is there again to stand up to the hops,I get a little earthiness to round out everything in the finish.This is a complex flavor packed red,to me it's like an old school left coast hopped up red,great stuff.

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

Glad to finally get a chance to try this after a quick two day trip to New England. Pours a deep reddish brown with a strong eggshell white foam head into a pint glass. Much stronger earthy pine hop aroma than I expected in an "imperial amber". Taste has a big malt caramel backbone that did not come through as much in the smell to balance out the hops. Got some toasted biscuit taste in there to go along with a great balance of caramel malt and piney hop resinous bite. This beer has found a unique balance that I haven't found readily in other beers. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper pour with a luscious tan head. Citrusy and pine notes with a caramel and dry crackers as a malt base. Healthy dose of fresh citric hops and nicely caramelized malt profile are in supreme balance. Medium body with a semi sweet finish. This beer is easy going down and very tasty to say the least!

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Photo of mikeg67
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while orange fruit, caramel and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long, grapefruity. Amazingly delicious brew.

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

A - Pours a dark garnet color with a full one fingered greenish/off white colored head. The pour was absolutely beautiful as the foam raised when thousands of tiny bubbles made a break for the surface. Very nice.

S - The nose is filled with very earthy, grassy hops and a healthy dose of hops comprised of a pine/citrus/slightly floral aroma. Roasted malt is somewhat detectable but the hops are definitely front stage and center. It's a hop head's red ale.

T - Roasted caramel malt, mild chocolate underneath with a heavy layer of hoppy goodness scrambling over the top. The tongue is greeted almost immediately with a healthy mixture of floral bitterness, pine, and big citrus hopping. There's also an earthy and grassy presence. There's a slight warming on the way down and the hops clean the malt right off the tongue leaving the mouth coated with pine resins and citric rind bitterness that lingers for many minutes after the sip.

M - Gentle prickliness on the tongue with medium body.

D - Very, very good!

This is an absolutely fabulous amber red ale that's fine tuned for the IPA lovers in the crowd.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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