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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

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596
Ratings:
2,430
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

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Photo of gdkersey
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - quite a bit darker than I imagined, perhaps it was the glass. dark reddish-brown. fair amount of carbonation, had to let it settle before pouring more.

S - earthy, grassy hops. brown bread.

T - roasty malt backbone. the hops do their job well and this is an extremely well balanced beer. there isn't a crazy amount of hop flavor (compared to something like Nugget Nectar), but that is not a bad thing, great tasting beer

M - carbonation is a bit on the high side, but doesn't take away too much from the beer

Overall, great beer from a new brewery...looking forward to seeing what else these guys put out.

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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 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 billab914
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a bit of reddish colors to it. The head settled down to a thin covering and left some great lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off both the hoppy and malty qualities pretty well. Some zesty citrus with a grapefruit bitterness mixes with some sweeter malty, toasted, slight caramel character.

The taste shows slightly more of the malty flavors to it. More of the sweet malty, caramel flavors come through along with some toasty flavors. Towards the finish the hops really step it up with some grapefruit citrus and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty and hoppy flavors to it. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a good version of the style.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a slightly brownish black appearance, a foamy medium sized head, and thick lacing on the sides. Aromas include malts, coffee, hops, raisins and other dark fruits. The taste to the beer was generally bittersweet with a neat balance of caramel malts and hops. Could taste a little bit a chocolate too as the description indicates. The body of the beer tries to balance a creamy texture with a high carbonation level. This gave it an interesting mouthfeel to me. Overall, this was a very interesting drink, especially with its complex aromas, taste, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of mattbk
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber, almost brown. Fairly hazy. Nice light tan creamy head. Looks good.
S: Nice fresh grapefruity, floral aroma. Some light orange too. A bit dank. Not much in the way of malt through the aroma, but I'm guessing I will get it in the flavor.
T: Mostly grapefruit, orange, dank hops. The body is actually fairly light and the malt character is very light. APA-IPA level bitterness, not overwhelming though. This is really a darker IPA; if it was lighter it would definitely be an IPA. Still, it's tasty, nice fresh hop aroma and flavor, definitely some dankness. I would have preferred a bit of malt to round this out.
M: Mouthfeel should be a bit higher on this, it's fairly dry, medium-light mouthfeel. The carbonation is nice.
O: Solid beer, really just a slightly darker IPA though. I would have liked to taste more of the specialty malts used in this beer. I'd recommend to hop heads for sure though.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby Amber color. Has a bitter hop aroma with notes of roasted biscuit malts. Flavor is citrus peel bitter hops up front with a toasted malty balanced finish. Overall very solid but not overly impressed.

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

Bottled 12/1/13 that's what Philly sells to the Pittsburgh market. I'll take it though. Dark amber bordering on a mahogany brown hue, light tan head just barley off white. Aromatics hints of dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops, east coast style hops but rock solid so far. Just a hint of tart/citric/grapefruit notes with oxidized hops starting with some biscuit/caramel malts thrown in as well. Complex beer I like MBC with the two beers I've had so far before Zoe, were Peeper Ale and King Titus. Flavor wise there's just a touch of cardboard starting in the malt department, I don't see any infection years just a hint of oxidation from the age. Bitterness from the hops makes it through each sip, earthy citric notes with a semi-sweet dark amber malt base, it drinks really well share a bottle with a friend and it will be gone in no time. These are the type of beers I wish were available locally. Overall I really enjoy this beer, and I appreciate the east coast style hops especially in an amber ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red ochre color, almost crimson with a very craggy red tinted head. Super hoppy nose. Very resinous and piney, lots of citric peel. touch of grapefruit.

Surprisingly light and subtle compared to the nose but the bitterness is huge on this one! Clean light bubbly body hits the tip of the tongue, caramel malts follow along the mid palate, then BAM super resinous pungent hop character. Citrus rind, lots of pine, and bitter hop resin coats the back of the tongue and throat. Huge bitterness comes up after the swallow, lingers, and builds with every sip and swallow. Light caramel body and huge hop flavor. While most ambers are balanced, this amber uses a faint caramel back bone to carry hops along the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. Allow this brew to warm a bit for more of the malt complexity to come forward and balance the hop a bit.

Possibly a bit too bitter for an amber and could use some more balance but an overall great beer.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large dirty white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense hops is quite interesting with nice floral undertones. Taste is a great mix between intense hops presence with limited bitter notes and some really good citrus and earthy hops notes. Malt backbone is quite solid and not too sweet to cut through the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great dry-hopping execution.

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

Unfortunately came across a bottle older than the recommended 90 day period (bottled on 11/04/12, consumed today, 4/13/13 - so two months older than recommended)...

A: amber brown body in a pint glass; full head of tan left plenty of lace

S: hoppy bitterness, citrus, and pine

T: up front hops following the nose, followed by a nice, complex maltiness that slips in a little sweetness

M: medium bodied, fuzzy carbonation, slight bitter coat

O: a well-executed beer - nice drinking, but I'm sure my review would have been higher on a fresher bottle - I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.

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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 bmwats
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, fluffy, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, molasses.

T: Bitter pecan shells, roasted coffee malt, and a bitter hop.

M: Hearty and hoppy. Bitterness hangs on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some sound lacing. Nose is roasty and nutty. Bitter and roasty with a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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 Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottled on date of 12.09.10. Poured from the bottle into a Portsmouth snifter in two parts. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Dark brown (almost black) in color with a nice full one finger, frothy mocha head and really reamrkable retention. For an amber, this beer is really dark.

Aroma: The hops bring out a really earthy, herbal notes in the nose. I would go so far as to call it floral. Some roasted notes in the background.

Taste: This definitely is way more on the earthy side of the hop spectrum. I get toasted bread and a bit of char here too. I might say this reminds me more of a black IPA than a traditional amber.

Mouthfeel: Really full bodied and creamy for the style, yet it manages to keep crisp.

Drinkability: More than one (at 7.2% ABV) would be tough, but as there is a nice brightness to this.

Overall, an interesting take on the amber style. The char and toasted notes are a nice offset to the earthy hop flavors. I would definitely try this again. Definitely worth buying.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4/5  rDev -4.5%

An unexpected treat and it is only 8 days out from bottling, $7.49 for 500ml. Classic styled review

Appearance - Clean Pour, yields two foaming, wispy fingers of head. Best head retention I have come across in a while. Nice retention. The body is a deep mahogany wood a light carbonation coming though it.

Smell - Clean pinny and light grassy hops and mild malts, exactly what it should. There is a bit of dry hopping without going overboard.

Taste - As with the aroma, this is pretty classic amber ale, with a nice healthy malt profile with grain sweetness and subtle caramel flavors as well as a slightly bitter finish from the toasted malts. There is also a complementary presence of the citrus and pine that kick this one up to another level and make it more unique than most amber ales.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and clean finish.

Overall - "Balling", a great very balanced Red Ale, but not as hoppy as the label would lead me to be believe but a great example of what the style can be. However at this price per oz it is hard for me for justify all the time. If this was in a six pack format, then it would be in a regular rotation.

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

On Tap

Maine Brewing Company Zoe pours out the dark amber I Envisioned. A nice dark amber with some light brown shade and a tannish cap of foam up top leaving good amounts of foam on the glass. a decent amount of bubbles rising up. Smells awfully hoppy right off the tap. A nice mix of pine/earth backed with citrus. Trace amounts of pale malt ride up the tail end. Smells awfully clean and ready to drink. Drinking this is nice, what is advertised is delivered, a hoppy amber ale. The amount of biscuit coming from the malt drives down this nicely hopped ale into something more balanced, leading in the amber directon. Caramel seeps through gently and glides with the earth/pine/citrus. Feel is a step up from light with a nice carb that is felt. I could do a pint of this if the day and mood was right, I just don't see myself going out of my way for it. Reminds me of celebration ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a very dark copper with a good bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, grainy, and slightly roasted. Orange citrus, crystal malt, and roasted almost burnt biscuit. Taste is more hop forward, citrusy and light herbal note with an undertone of grain and a light toasted note. The body is nice and light with high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

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

Appearance: Clear, ruby-brown color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice, toasty malt with some brown-sugar sweetness and lots of fresh, grassy hops.

Taste: Big malt flavor without being too sweet or syrupy. Lots of toasted, nutty flavor, with building earthy hop bitterness in the middle that lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Quite tasty, like a hoppy brown ale. Nice balance, drinkable, very good.

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

500ml bottle dated 10/27/11 from Bert's Better Beers.

Pours almost opaque mahogany with crimson edgework and a two-plus inch head of beige. Loads of tattered lacing and a solid skim cap on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roasted barley and some mild tropical hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sappy mouthfeel.

Sweet, roasty malt, grapefruit, pine, and a mild bitterness start the palate. Hints of mango and apricots follow through.

Finishes with sweet roast, a yeasty bite, and a pelletized hop aftertaste.

Tasty enough but the hops are subdued in the nose and the pellet bite detracts in the finish. Shades of homebrew here.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. A very hoppy aroma that is floral and somewhat fresh along with touches of both roasted and sweet caramel malts. This beer is more hoppy than sweet but there is not only a large chunk of floral, citric hops with touch of fruit sweetness but also a large portion of roasted, breadlike malts. The malts balance with the hops for a hoppy beer that has minimal sweetness but good malty dryness and finishes dry. A hearty, medium-bodied red that is a sipper and not your average hop bomb with sweet malts but a more robust, dry beer.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer. Just like any other beer not named Lunch by MBC, it sits on the shelf for weeks so availability is never an issue. The issue is that with better beers available, it's not worth the price tag.

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Photo of Brez07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Very happy/surprised to see this last weekend on cask at Novare. 10oz pour into a pint glass

A: Dark amber pour with limited amount of head. Just a touch of lacing left at the top of the glass

S: Very similar to the bottled version. Lots of hops and some spice, caramel

T: Also just like the bottle, but a little lighter due to less carbonation. Citrusy and piney hops blended with some spice

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. I might actually prefer the cask version from a mouthfeel aspect because the hop bitterness is toned down, so as to preserve the palate

D: While I like the bottled version better, it was really great to see this in a different format. MBC continues to impress me given their small size

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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