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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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Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very pretty beer. but I was a bit underwhelmed with both the smell and the taste. after having MO, I had high expectations of this beer. not that it is a bad beer in any way, just that there are cheaper easier to get red ales that are just as good or better. its worth trying, I just wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is a murky and opaque caramel. Great head, retention, and webbed lacing.

The nose has a heavy malt presence. Bready and slightly sweet. Herbal and pine hops.

Good balance of the bready malt, pine, and herbal flavor. Peach iced tea.

Chewy mouthfeel with heft.

A real nice hoppy red. I appreciate the assertive hops while keeping balance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark cloudy brown color with a one finger head. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit dominate.

Taste: decent malt level here with some pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a spicy yeast flavor. Bitterness is sharp but provides some nice balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer had a nice flavor profile and was very easy to consume. Worthy of a try by anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of rodney45
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy walnut amber with an antique paper colored head.

S: Cascade and centennial hop notes with notes of citrus and pineapple.

T: First notes of blueberry, citrus floral hops and blackberry jam. Secondary flavors of chocolate and crystal malts. Dry finish with a reoccurring blueberry notes.

M: Moderate body with medium level carbonation. Hoppy with little alcohol ether presence.

O: A good beer, needs to sit in the glass for a bit and warm to room temperature before all the intricacies come out. Perhaps a bit overpriced but worth a try at least once. I really like Maine Brewing Company.

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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 Givemebeer
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 3rd. Wish I drank this a little fresher :/

A: Pours a beautiful deep red color with a 2 inch head. Excellent lacing. I'd say they nailed what the appearance of a red ale should look like.

S: Well I have a bit of a cold right now so I'm not smelling this perfectly, but I'm getting some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: First take on this is wow! what a hop punch. As it continues to hit the palate you get an impressive malt bill in which I get some plum and caramel sweetness. The finish has the hops and malt fade out in harmony - good balance! A lot of complexity in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish that has a bit of a lingering hop bitterness to it.

O: Maine Beer Co. nailed it with this as they usually do. This isn't too common around my area but I'm sure that when I see it again fresh I'll pick up another bottle. Try this!

Side note: I paired this with some sausage and eggplant parm and though I don't usually like mixing beer and food, it was great together.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for 25oz. Poured into a chalice. Bottled on 6/4/13. Approximately 1.5 months old when this review was written.

A great amber. An above average IPA.

A – Pours a dark amber, almost brown in color, clear, huge 3-finger rocky light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S – Sweet grapefruit, with some spiciness.

T – A malty backbone is evident but not so excessive that it hides the hoppiness of this beer. A slight sweetness. Resinous, somewhat herbal bitterness kicks in halfway through the taste. Some faint dark fruit/raisin. I could detect no chocolate as the brewer suggests.

MF – Well carbonated, medium bodied. Starts smooth and finishes dry with a lasting bitterness.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 28, 2015

Poured a caramel, reddish amber, semi-clear color with a whopping seven fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of thick, layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops and malts. Getting wet Cascade, rye, sugary iced tea powder, sticky toffee, caramel, dry roasty notes, chocolate covered orange candy, dark fruits, faint cooked vegetables and some Citra zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose nicely. Got the nice mix of hops and malts again. Wet Cascade, earthy rye, powdery iced tea mix, toffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, caramel, toasty biscuit and still that chocolate covered orange candy (one of the See’s Candy). Really good for the style. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this beer. This was all over the place for me, especially the taste and feel. Really good for the style. Wouldn’t be as high if it was an IPA (imperial IPA). (Overall - 4.00)

4.11 | 92 | A-

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Photo of BMackall
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me first say wow. This is without a doubt one of the most exemplary amber ales I've had the pleasure of tasting, though probably one of the least representative of what the style "should" be.

Pours a very dark, very nearly opaque coffee color with a rich but quickly diffused dark buttercream-colored head. Very unusual for an amber. If you had simply given me an already-poured pint of this I would have pegged it as a stout simply by sight. Lacing is great but not as defined as I'd like (basically, there's no record of each sip you've taken on the glass).

The nose is at first all piney and citrusy hops, though upon further smelling there's a little chocolate with perhaps some other kind of earthiness there. Hard to peg down. Not the most complex bouquet but definitely full enough of delicious hops to warrant the above grade.

T - pine, citrus, oak, chocolate, tart fruit...

Taste and mouthfeel are incredibly clean and smooth, with medium carbonation and a rather shocking amount of hop taste up front for an amber ale, though with low bitterness. MBC really let the citrusy-piney character of the hops come out while maintaining a fairly low IBU (IMO, the only thing that keeps me from calling this a pale ale or a hoppy ESB). There's a hint of some sort of fruit too--possibly apple or tart cherry? There's also a large amount of wood, I'd say oak. The aftertaste is of hops with an undertone of chocolate or coffee, hard to tell because it's only barely there. The malts here are somewhat of non-players in that they attempt to balance out the hops but don't quiiite get the job done, though it doesn't really detract from how much I'm enjoying this ale.

Based on my preferences I would give this ale a 5 on taste but I've definitely tasted more complexity in beers before, hence the 4.

Overall, a very drinkable beer too despite the 7% ABV. I've ordered myself a case and my guess is that it won't last too long!

Do yourself a favor and check this one out. It's worth it. If you are a fan of West Coast style ambers, pales, etc, you'll dig this, and the bottle is great.

:)

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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MasterSki was nice enough to share this one. thanks alex!

500ml bottle. sampled june 26/2010.

pours deep red, nearly brown but crystal clear with a big dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. light orange and tangerine. light alcohol. wheat bread. biscuit. slightly powdery hops.

taste is nice. much of the same things noted in the aroma, but a bit more subdued. medium bitterness level. definitely more hoppy than most ambers.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. nice hop profile with a decent body to back it up. this "hoppy amber" was quite nice.

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Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
112411
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to celticfutblclub for hooking me up with this.

Deep, dark crimson-mahogany and slightly hazy in appearance. The liquid was topped by a near three-finger crop of tight, creamy, light tan foam. Large, splotchy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Subtle, tropical fruit notes were noticeable as well. I definitely picked up some mango. The hops were matched by a rich, biscuity, caramel maltiness. The sweet malts seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was crisp and quite hoppy. Definitely more bitter than the nose would indicate. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end before the hops took ever. Strong notes of orange peel. Some ruby red grapefruit. Slightly spicy. The finish was dry and bitter. Grapefruit rind and pine sap came through strong and left me longing for the next sip. As the beer warmed, the flavor profile became sweeter and more mellow. The hops gave way to the rich, biscuity malts. At 7.2% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat distracting initially. It was light and frothy with a zippy, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down and the beer turned smoother and creamier.

I really enjoyed this beer but was disappointed that that the intense, fruity hoppiness seemed to fade as the liquid warmed. To those of you who plan on drinking this, I would recommend doing so quickly (and rather cold) in order to enjoy all of its hoppy glory.

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Photo of bernie879
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass revealed a dark amber ale with a hughe 4cm lt tan head. Remarkable retention and splotchy lacing.

Aroma: Hops were real strong upfront; piney and grassy in a good way. Could pick up some malty undertones, but the hops are pretty assertive.

Mouthfeel/taste: Full bodied with enough carbonation to enhance the hop bitterness leading to smooth yet crisp feel. Malty characteristics much stronger, with a chewy feel. Caramel and roasted notes definatly there. While hops aren't as strong in this regards they do offer a nice orange-grapfruit zest which balances out the sweetness really well.

Overall: This was a really balanced ale with a lot of complexity and great drinkablity. It is a pricey at 6.50 and I wont't be buying another, but definatly worth the chance to try it.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours fairly hazy red color with an offwhite 1 finger head. W-O-W, this has a really hoppy aroma that I really like. Really strong notes of citrus, spice, and floral notes. Some tatent nuttiness in the nose as well. Very creamy medium/light mouthfeel. Slightly sweet up front that quickly transitions to anice strong citrus rind hop taste that builds in strength and remains well after the beer is gone from your mouth. The floral hops really come through as well in the aftertaste. Some bitterness in the end as well. If I was told this was an IPA I honestly would believe you.

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Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: This one pours a clear, very dark amber color. There was a bit of a tan head on it, that lingered awhile and left some lacing. Nice nose! Lots of citrus, pine and malts. The taste is very good. Definitely a bit of a bitter hop presence. Pine and citrus, with a good malt backbone. No sweetness beating out these hops. Nice Beer!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost brown pour with 2 fingers of off white head which dissipated slowly and caused lots of god lacing. lots of hoppy aroma. pine, caramel, more pine, fresh cut grass, and more pine. sweet cocoa-like malt profile with tons of hop flavor. grapefruit and pine like in an ipa, lots of caramel and slightly roasted chocolate flavors like a darker ale. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. wonderfully balanced and tasty making this a diesel amber ale. just realized this is a 7.2% beer, so i guess it did a good job masking the alcohol!

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. (clearly unfiltered)

S- Great hop character, citrus/tropical fruits, some resinous varietals as well

T- great flavor profile. Hop bitterness is accentuated by the caramelized malts, some citrus flavor present as well

M- Full bodied, and not overly carbonated.

O- an excellent beer by an up and coming brewing company out of Maine! I really liked this one (usually like my beers filtered)

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This robust looking 7.2% amber pours a slightly opaque dark brown, slightly russet color with medium tan foamy head. The smell is a big hoppy punch to the nose with a predominant scent of pine. It smells a lot like an IPA. The flavor is an interesting cross between a traditional amber and an IPA. There are notes of pine, grapefruit, and some pepper from the hops with slightly more subdued traditional amber malt flavors of brown bread, caramel, and a little earthiness. The body is medium, but slightly toward the high end of that. It’s a pretty interesting beer and really well balanced. I have never tried a true cross between these two styles before. I think it does a nice job of taking the best from each style and I give it props for having a nice body with a good alcohol content also. I don’t think blending with an amber gives it that much of an advantage over some of the best well balanced IPAs, but still a delicious, really interesting beer to try.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle provided generously and unexpectedly as an extra in a recent trade with mschofield. Thanks for knocking off this want Marty.

This bottle is still fairly fresh with a 8/18/11 date printed on it. Poured it into my Lost Abbey tumbler.

It pours a ferocious mahogany with a slightly off white head. The head sticks around for forever then some, and leaves outstanding lacing.

Smell is of slight citrus and pine, but then backed quickly by this beers backbone..the malt.

Taste follows the smell with the nice light citric tones and piney/floral notes. They definitely stand out more in the taste than they do in the nose. The malt is hidden by the hoppy citric notes very well, but shines through delightfully in the end. It leaves a nice, sweet coating on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but worked extremely well. This was insanely drinkable and paired well with the BBQed TriTip we were having for dinner.

Overall, a very good hoppy amber ale. Exactly how I like my ambers.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of jleblanc, review is from notes. Pours a dark copper color with decent clarity. Fluffy tan foam shows excellent lacing and retention, very pretty beer.

Nose is excellent as well, hoppy leaning with a nice touch of toffee and toast. Hops are tropical and lightly resinous. Nice.

Fresh, bright and citric hop flavors come out to play, big time. Pleasant balance of toasted caramel malts. This is the second beer from Maine Beer Co I have had and am wishing this was a local brewpub already. Very good stuff. Clean amber ale that manages to distinguish itself in a loaded style category with its lovely hop aroma and flavors. Superb!

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle, but well-defined aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, biscuits, light citrus notes, and a bit of malt. Mellower than some red ales (a lower hops presence), but still a complex, vibrant flavor. Very tasty.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those sneaky beers that grows on you after awhile. Well made and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near a full inch off white head. Brown body. Great head retention, some lacing.

S- Danky citrus hops. Damn.

T- Big citrus hop taste but not overdone. Very wonderfully done malty backbone, quality. Real clean crisp finish. Great drinkability.

M- Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable, probably Zoe's greatest attribute. Half step below Nugget Nectar and the like in my opinion. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red with orange highlights, slightly hazy, and a tan-orange head that forms up nicely. Not much lacing.

S - Hop oils are front and center. Pine predominates, with some grapefruit notes.

T - I feared this is a touch faded, because the fruit notes are not very strong, but return with a fresh beer confirmed it. Pine is forward, with a malty sweetness in the close.

M - Serious drying in the close. Good carbonation.

O - This is a very good beer. Enjoyably hop-forward, with pine as its central note.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red body. One inch, persistent, off-white, pillow-fluffy head. The head is super slick. Medium-malt and caramel aroma, with some sharp hop notes in back. I am not an amber guy, so my take my review with a grain of salt. The taste was ho-hum...I can understand why it is highly rated. Balanced flavor of medium roasted malts and hops. The mouth feel substantial, but was somewhat dry...

Overall - For me, the appearance and the smell were the best things about this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice American amber here. the color is dark brick red, clear enough, but not letting a ton of light in. there is a huge oatmeal looking cream colored head with excellent retention and a certain sex appeal. the nose is dry red malts, and a whole lot of hops, especially for the style. there is basically no sweetness at all, which is the factor that always turns me off from these. this one is real hoppy, like a red ipa, with a lot of grapefruit and pine, really dense and robust, a very impressive ale. I like this side of red malt, its new, its sturdy, and its delicious. I would love to see more beers like this out there, I love its depth and careful yet aggressive hop complex. soft carbonation, full body, this appears to me as a fall beer, but I suppose its a heck of a drink around the calendar. maine beer company has impressed me so far, I am looking forward to the mean old tom ive got in the fridge, and anything else I can get my hands on from these guys.

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