Zoe | Maine Beer Company

ZoeZoe
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,485 Ratings
ZoeZoe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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
Ranking:
#1,134
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,485
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
495
Trade:
15
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of charlzm
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Consumed October 11th, 2015. Poured from bottle into tulip.

Beer is a dark amber-brown kind of shade with a thin but adequate head.

Aroma is subtle melanoidin and caramel malt. A dash of hops, including simcoe's signature cat piss note.

Flavor is off right from the first sip - the toasty biscuity caramel malt is there, but there's an off, solventy, rubber note that ruins everything. No notes of the other alleged flavors (raisin, chocolate, pine, citrus). Kinda of a mess.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drain pour.

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Photo of Filabee
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There was not a great taste to this bear...lacking for Maine Beer Co.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of HopHead84
2.87/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8/11/11

Bottle thanks to kingkong. Opens with a loud hiss. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a tawny rust water color with a big foamy beige head. Good retention and lots of lacing, but the body is unattractive.

S: Pronounced perfumy floral notes with grapefruit and herbal tea characteristics. There's a distinct sour note in there with a little chocolate. Pine is resinous and pretty strong. There's an underlying bready sweetness with a dash of caramel and a whisper of toffee. Big earthy notes with grass and a slight metallic note. Sort of a strange mixture of characteristics.

T: Lightly tart, with biscuit, bread, and caramel. Lots of pine, grass, and earth, with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and very dry, with some astringency. There's a lot of grapefruit find with a faint metallic note in the dry finish.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel has a strange chalkiness to it.

Overall: I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's not bad, but the flavors are strange and it almost tastes like there's an incipient infection, though I can't be certain. Definitely a strange beer.

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2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Russian River tulip. Dark amber brown with almost 3 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

Lots of resiny pine hops on the nose, bready malts and just a touch of diacetyl.

Hoppy, caramel bread notes on the tongue. A tad buttery. Odd hop astringency on the finish. Light cardboard. Not bad, but not really good either.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy with decent hop bitterness throughout. Buttery feel. Feels off for a hoppy amber. Can't really get rid of the diacetyl presence.

Overall, this is a slightly below average hoppy amber. Ok, but there are many better beers out there in this category.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Eden
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty malty yeah yes yes

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Photo of Steimie
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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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3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this right after my first Nugget Nectar of the season. Fresh bottle from Liquor World, Cambridge.

Poured from the 500mL bottle into an Ithaca shaped pint glass. Color is slightly browner that amber, clarity is fine, head is just right at about half an inch.

Smell is great, american citrus hops abound. Some sweetness and malt flavors, but the aroma is dominated by the hops. Good so far.

The first sip lets me down. Pleasant hop flavor up front, but then loaded with toffee, caramel sweetness that must be from a heavy hand with crystal malt. I like all the flavors in this beer, I just think they go together about as well as toothpaste and orange juice.

Mouthfeel is fine, plenty of body, no issues with the carbonation. These guys are pretty hyped in this area right now, but I'm pretty disappointed with this offering.

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3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark dark amber, with a medium beige head accompanied by that iconic sticky lacing that Maine Beer Co has come to be known for.

At first blush, a touch of dank hops come off the nose, but that dies off fairly quickly. Malty caramel with grapefruit hops follow up.

This is definitely the most bitter amber I've ever had, not to say that isn't what they're going for. Caramel malts try to support it, but it's too bitter and resiny for an amber, for me.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings
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