Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,471
Reviews:
607
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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323
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Ratings: 2,471 |  Reviews: 607
Photo of ronricorossi
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another classy beer from MBC. Rich and malty, frothy head. Those good amber flavors, biscuit, oat, just a touch of caramel, does copper have a taste? MBC reminds me of Russian River, in that their not experimentalists, they're not releasing bunches of variations with unusual ingredients. They just take a beer style and nail it, giving us their version of a classic recipe. They just make great beers.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark copper with a nice thick off white head. Head lingers, nice looking beer.

S - This is an amber beer that has been hopped for sure. The hop is piney and adds a earthy floral aroma to this. As it warms, the malt shows through a little more, making the aroma seem much heavier.

T - A hearty malty presence in this one with the hops adding some bittering effect to the sides. A little citrus of the hops shines through in the beginning, but that malt overpowers as it hits the back of the tongue.

M - Pretty hearty for sure, would call this medium, to almost heavy, for the style. Little bit of a sipper, but perfectly carbonated.

O - This was perfect for a colder day. Nice and hearty with the malt, inviting and a little refreshing with the hop, they achieved a nice balance. I enjoyed this beer and would have another, if only I were in Maine.

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Photo of salthemonster
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rbodacious
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP72
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rktrat
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice father's day starter

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Photo of RancidAggro
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nodder
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown and clear with a massive tan head. Fades to leave lots of fluffy lacing.

S- Roasted Maltiness and hops. Slightly dank. Smell is subdued.

T- Bitter hops with a big malty backbone. The bitterness surprised me in a good way. A very enjoyable beer.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation. The alcohol is there but well masked.

O- I liked it. I would get again on occasion.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Maine Brewing brew. I have heard good things so let's see. On tap at Mikes in Berea, OH.

Dark red color with a nice fluffy brownish head that leaves nice sticky pacing around the rim of the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, citrus hops and a touch of earth/wood.

Taste is slight caramel sweetness on the front and middle of the tongue followed by orange rind bitterness. There is a long bitterness that builds as I drink this. It's actually quite nice.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Not creamy but the light carbonation allows this to go down nicely.

I am impressed. This is a really nice Amber. Hoppy and well balanced. Super easy to drink and will definitely be having more. Recommended.

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Photo of Jrp54
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TW1ST3D
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gatorlove
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark cherry brown with two fingers of head.

S: Roasted caramel malts.

T: Tastes a bit like a well hopped porter. Malt and caramel is the predominant taste with citrus hops.

M: lightly carbonated and a bit thin.

D: Very drinkable, not overpowering, yet interesting enough in flavor to entice. Reminds me of a black ipa with a better malt profile and a more straightforward citrus hoppiness.

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Photo of Stanley23
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ipatsfans
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Not sure if the number printed on the label is a bottled date, or just a batch number. MFG011411...could be January 14th bottling...could not be.

Pours a dark brownish color, slight crimson appearance when held to the light. Much darker than other Ambers I've had.

Smell is sweet and hoppy, some light grapefruit notes, with a little roasted something or other in there. Can't place it.

Taste is unexpected. Hoppier than it smells, kind of dry and biter, and does not contain the sweet finish I was expecting. Finish is more malt and hops.

Biter hop taste is left in the mouth. Malt remains. Light carbonation, but just about right.

This is a drinkable beer. I wanted to like it more than I do. I would drink it again, but will not seek it out.

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Photo of gcasher
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting. Dark brown, opaque, sweet aroma, big tan head. Bitter taste from the hops, dry, and oaky. It is like a strong ale.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy dark copper with a wispy, thick head that leaves a nice amount of lace.
Hoppy as hell with lots of pine, herbs, rosemary and some mild citrus.
Tastes the same as the smell with a lingering aftertaste of spicy herbs and wood.
Feels creamy and smooth and is a pleasure to sip.

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Photo of allentownpaguy
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of amphion1065
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 8/19/11 into a pint glass. Incidentally, big thanks to Maine Beer Co. - a small operation by any standard - for bottle-dating

Pours a very deep red, not quite ruby and not quite brown. One-finger off-white head recedes pretty quickly. Minimal scattered lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced. For such a fresh bottle I expected a bit more hops, but there is definitely a strong earthy hop presence here. Some nice sweet malt for counterbalance.

Like the aroma, the taste demonstrates a great degree of balance. There is some initial and lingering bitterness from the hops, but there's also some very pleasing malty sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty sweet amber ale. There’s almost a sort of chocolate, brown ale flavor here, too.

Mouthfeel is good, if a little syrupy. I think the carbonation could be bumped up a bit on this one.

Though I prefer my amber ales a little hoppier, this is a solid offering from MBC. It's not trying to be Nugget Nectar, and for what it is it's successful.

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

Brewed 2 weeks ago, bought at Winooski Beverages. Pours dark brown with abundant soapy off-white head. English hop and rich malts aroma. Soft mouthfeel, though bitterness erases the palate in the finish. Toasty malt. Very drinkable and tasty.Lots of thick lace.I could have bought more!

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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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,471 ratings.
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