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Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
589
Ratings:
2,395
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light amber, with a persistent, off white head. Strong lacing to the bottom of the glass.
S: wonderful floral hops, with a dash is citrus. There is a secondary malt aroma that is just a hint of graham cracker. Really blown away by the smell in this.
T: follows the smell with bright floral hop flavors balanced perfectly on a malt base. Only the mildest bitterness persists, and nothing piney or resiny. This is juicy despite the malt.
M: rather full and soft, never astringent. Pleasingly gentle in the mouth, carbonation is just right.
O: surprised by this a bit. Like many of their beers, but I think I prefer this to nearly all of them.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of my fav amber ales. has a nice piney and floral hop character. good balance of malt and hops too. tad bit high carbonation for me but overall a great amber ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a very large three finger foamy head that sticks around forever. Leaves great lacing.

S: Very hoppy - pine aroma and a little bit of citrus. Extremely earthy and grassy. A slight malt aroma (caramel), but lots of hops, really inviting.

T: Really like this one! Very hoppy with some nice tropical fruits, pineapple, orange. Has a very complex malt bill, with some noticeable caramel, toffee, and some toasted malts too. The grassiness from the aroma comes through as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable, would love to have this one stocked in the fridge for sure.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from a grocery store, can't recall the name, in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy, fizzy amber red. 1 inch head, very nice lacing.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, and caramel.

Tastes basically the same. Huge notes of pine, and herbal dank hops. A bit of fruitiness is noted, with the grapefruit. The malt bill is pretty strong, and backs up the hops nicely. Some toasty bread and caramel. Lingering pleasant hop bitterness.

Decent carbonation, medium body & mouthfeel.

A tasty hoppy brew from Maine Beer Co. A good balance of extreme hops and tasty malt.

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Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark red/brown with a thick white head.

smells like fresh pine hops. slight citrus in the backdrop, some sweetness is there.

tastes like sweet pine, has a very bitter finish. this tastes different than most beers. has a subdued but constant taste similar to all red/amber ales. very good taste.

goes down smooth, makes me desire another taste yet the finish is bitter and leaves an additional feeling.

overall this is a fantastic beer, a hoppy red ale that combines varying tastes. a unique beer that is truly delicious. just wish i could get this more frequently

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Photo of stevenstofen
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over-sized wine glass from a bottle.

A - The appearance of this brew really is exceptional. It has a beautiful amber-reddish color and fabulous head retention. Continual lacing with every sip throughout the entire experience.

S - Raisiny, piney, and fruity. Mostly fruity.

T - I get a lot of fruitiness that really stands out. Again, raspberry and grapefruit; a fantastic compliment to the piney and hoppie flavor.

MF - Amazing. Extremely smooth on the palate. The flavor remains between each individual sip.

O - A fantastic beer. One of my favorites. An excellent bang for the buck.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown ale with a frothy head on the thick side.

The nose is obviously a red ale but is infused with plenty of citrus and pine hop notes that adds an intriguing complexity and balance. The malt character smells wonderful with caramelized and meaty, roasted scents. Notes of raisin and chocolate really come through in the malt, giving it a sweet, bready character.

The flavour is sweet and complex in the malt, tasting much the same as it smells. The hops come in softer than on the nose, but balance the flavours (particularly the sweetness) perfectly without being bitter at all.

Medium body, on the lighter side with carbonation.

This is a must try if you're looking for a hoppy American Red that is very well balanced and drinkable. Decent ABV as well.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't help but add my 2 cents to the review realm for this superb American Amber ale.

A - Darker than amber almost brown with a tight knit, pillowy, marshmellow-y head. Lace all over half of my glass.

S - A blast of, Simcoe?, mango, pine, citrus and sappy wood... as the initial release of CO2 subsides, a doughy malt character emerges. This beer smells like freshly cut citrus, fruit and flowers sitting in the middle of a bread bakery.

T - Bitterness balances the doughy malt character. I do have to emphasize, this beer is not sweet but does have a fair amount of bready character. Citrus, mango and pine provide a balance among the character. Satisfying.

M - Low-med carbonation, medium body, no astringency. Again, satisfying.

O - Very good interpretation of the style. Wonderful balance, with bright tones in all the right places. This is a beer I would recommend to anyone. Extremely drinkable even at 7.2%...

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

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottled 2/9/12

a: dark brown color with a thick cloudiness to it. fluffy white head sticks to glass for a very long time.

s: big hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit-like citrus hop character. not much malt to speak of.

t: lots of hop flavor. bitter pine hop flavor makes up most of the hop profile with some mild citrus character. malt sweetness keeps it from becoming too bitter. alcohol is very well hidden. wish i got to try this fresher so it had more citrus flavor. well done though!

m: good mouthfeel.

nice to see another strong amber on the shelves. interesting hop flavor. recommended.

UPDATE 9/23/12:

got a fresh bottle (9/2/12). tons more hop aroma and flavor,
with grapefruit like citrus and pine bitterness throughout. finishes with some nice and sweet malts. not too bitter at all. exceptional. steep price for a pint bottle ($7), so Nugget Nectar still reigns supreme for me but if it wss more reasonable i would take this any day.

Old score: 4.1

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

Have had this beer many times and thought it was about time I did a review on it to look back on.

A- More of a brownish color than amber but still has a good look to it. Nice tan 2 finger pillowy head that camps out on the top of the beer and rides the waves.

S- Really clean hop aroma. Its not overly big and pungent just a really great mix of pine and slight citrus. With some bready malts to back it up.

T- This one is just like the label says a Happy Hoppy Amber Ale. The taste follows in line with the aroma, very well balanced hop and malt bill here. Its a crisp clean drinking beer.

M- Not quite medium bodied but more medium than light if that makes any sense. Good carbonation for the style, enjoyable mouthfeel.

O- This is a very good beer. I definitley enjoy all of Maine Beer Co's beers and out of the 3 I have had this one is my favorite. When ever I can find a beer made by this company its a happy day for this guy. If you havent had Zoe go find her. Great Great Beer. Now I need to find me some Lunch.

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

A few ounces of a 50 cL bottle dated (10/27/11) into a Bordeaux glass.

A: Dark brown, orangish amber when held to light. Half finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: lots of earthy piney hops up front with a bit of caramelly malts coming through, nutty, grassy.

T: Quite hoppy with pine and bitterness up front but with good balance. Probably more hops than an average amber ale and thus aptly characterized as "our happy, hoppy, amber." Caramel and nutty malt sweetness mid taste and finishes nicely and refreshingly bitter.

M: Very nice, small carbonation, smooth.

O: A great beer, one of my favorites. Highly recommend. This is a special ale from a special brewery.

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

Had at Novare Res on 4/30 - 16.9 oz bottle
Had tried this at a tasting a few weeks prior, and am so glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle!

A: This beer pours a deep dark copper, amber color with a two finger of offwhite/khaki colored head. Head recedes at a slow pace and leaves big clumps of sticky lacing behind.

S: Nose is of big floral hops, with a generous pine and grassy background.

T: Taste starts with mildly sweet caramel malts mingled with some grassy notes. Piney hops really fills out the middle. Finish has a harsher pine bite before the floral hops take over the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean with just a touch of oiliness before a dry finish.

D: Goes down very easy, very tasty, great kick, great representation of style. If I had better access to this beer, I would drink it every day!

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

Pours a nice amber red with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of pine but with some toasted scents coming through as well. The taste was expertly balanced with piney hops coming through and then a bit of the sweet malt. The finish was very clean with a citrus finish that left you wanting another sip. Loved this one.

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

I had this on-tap at "The Pony Bar" in NYC.

I'd been wanting to try this one forever since it's #2 in the American Amber/Red category here on BA right below my favorite, "Nugget Nectar."

Served in an 8oz. shaped-glass.

A: Poured a glistening amber color, with a slight chill haze, and with a head that had huge, almost chunky bubbles.

S: Pow hop fruitiness with a good bit of yummy red velvet cake batter in the mix as well. Nice malt to ALMOST equal out the hops. Bold, assertive, and fresh!

T: Almost as intense as "Nugget Nectar" with quite a bit of hop sizzle and interesting malt bill, with a bit of warm candy-coated alcohol thrown into the mix. Excellent!

M: Bitter and very hoppy, but I dug the nearly dark, chocolatey malt undertow. The lacing was moderate to substantial and my palate was totally coated with hoppy, pixie stick dust candy!

O: Man, this one gives the Troegs a run for its money and I think if I were to have access to it all the time, it my become an "old shoe" the way "Nugget Nectar" does when the season rolls around.

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Photo of gr0g
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields something like four fingers of foam atop a much darker than amber beer -- much closer to the mahogany typical of a brown ale. Excellent retention with a rocky head persisting, while lace formation is similarly awesome. Aroma is hop-forward, as expected. Pithy grapefruit and orange rind is most prevalent, sitting atop a rich toffee base.

Overall flavor profile is malty yet dry, with a solid citric, grassy bitterness. The dryness, not unexpected based on previous experiences with Maine offerings, is a bit unusual for a 7+% ABV amber, but the flavors here are beautifully integrated. A great variety of malts, including some chocolate malt, makes for a robust backbone that can stand up to the bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily like an IPA, not surprising giving the generous hopping, while the sudsy carbonation has a very delicate touch.

Top notch hoppy red ale here, and though certainly expensive at $7 for a 16.9oz bottle, it's absolutely worth picking up.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too!

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

This was the second beer I've had from Maine Beer Company, and I have been very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed Spring Peeper, but this one was even better. In an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark red/brown color with a huge tan head that resembled whipped cream. A nice amount of lace. A really sweet floral aroma, very outdoorsy, and a bit of citrus. Strong pine taste, as well as a little grapefruit. Some malt presence too, making this a very well-balanced beer. You need to find this and try it.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a very dark amber color with a creamy. light tan head that left lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is citrus and candied fruit and a hint of caramel. Very nice.
This beer is a taste experience. Lots of tropical fruit up front , then some caramel and biscuit and then that piney, hoppy finish that leaves a bitter dryness on the tongue.
Medium-smooth on the mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a lovely blend of malty and hoppy and somehow manages to be both things at the same time. Wish I could have another right now!

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber thick thick head with pleanty of lace

Beautiful hop aroma eathy piny. Wonderful very fresh

Nice very nice start with a slight caremel malt and quickly becomes hoppy and finishes all hops. The bitter becomes prominant but isn't offensive a well rounded hop taste very nice

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

Pours much darker than your typical amber, with a hazy brown body and some ruby red highlights. Frothy and sticky ivory colored head rises up to almost 2 inches thick.

Aroma is notably hoppy, with wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Some carmel and toffee notes linger in the background.

Taste is spot on with your stereotypical American hop profile; lots of citrusy notes and plenty of bitterness. The "amber" aspect of this amber ale adds a more notable malt presence than an typical IPA would. Sweet toffee like malts balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body feel and a nice clean finish. Overall, Maine Beer Co. has an excellent hoppy amber (or brown) ale and I look forward to more from them.

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

Bottle received from cbeer88 in the US/Canadian BIF. Thanks!

A -Poured a deep amber colour, only the slightest amount of light passes through. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - A jolt of bitter citrus and piney hops up front. Extremely fresh and vibrant hop aroma. A caramel malt backbone provides a balancing sweetness. An outstanding nose.

T - Bitter hops up front with notes of pine and grapefruit followed up a sweet malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. The bitterness returns in the finish. Very well balanced.

M -Light to medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

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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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.
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