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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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4.19
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17.18%
 
 
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Photo of JoshVandy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OrangeAmps for supplying this in a recent trade.

500mL bottle into a Town Hall wide mouth glass.

Lot 042811

A- Pours a deep mahogany color. Very dark and murky with a very nice 1.5 finger light tan head that lingers around forever. The head on this is awesome, having almost the look of whipped cream on top. Nice lacing as well. It doesn't get much better than this.

S- Big citrus and floral hops and fruity notes hit my nose immediately, followed my a sweet caramel malt component. Everything works in unison with everything else. Very refreshing.

T- Follows the nose quite eloquently. Nice hop bite in the front , with citrus, floral and fruity notes following. Balanced out perfectly with a solid malt backbone that has just the right amount of sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry, but lingers just long enough for me to crave another sip.

O- Well, this was a pleasant surprise. A fantastically well-balanced amber ale is not what I'm usually after, but this is beyond impressive and definitely too good not to try. Excessively drinkable at 7.2% with no traces of alcohol, this is something I really need to have consistently stocked in my fridge at all times. I will definitely be looking for more in the near future.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass a very nice cloudy dark amber color, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger thick creamy off-white head, with alot of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is AWESOME!, hoppy, nice blend of malts, with a slight citrus note thrown in. Medium Body kinda creamy, smooth feel, ABV is non-existent. This is one of the best amber's I've had to date. Thanks Bill!

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Photo of ATPete
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, thanks Clark from NH!

Received this one in the BA Secret Santa 2010. Love the 500ml bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Zoe looks like pond water, it poured a surprisingly murky brown with some bright highlights around the very edges, gotta say i was expecting more.. red. I dunno. A large, strong, tan head floats upon the brew. Big hits of fresh resinous hops in the nose, some of that grapefruit, lots of wet pine notes and chocolate underneath it all. A very creamy texture is noted, round and silky, chocolatey malt and some bright hops dominate the flavor with a crisp finish, crazy balanced. Unlike anything ive had before really, im very impressed.

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Photo of VtBeerRun
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the Maine Beer Company! The beer looks amazing when poured. I nice medium head with a brown /amber color. The smell is pretty good, nothing outstanding. The taste however is outstanding, with great hops and hint of sweetness. The mouthful is pretty good, but expected a bit more. Overall definitely a beer I'd recommend to any beer drinker. Well done, again!

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was way darker than I expected. Big, fluffy head. Smells of some tropical fruit. Taste is unbelievable. Tangy, hoppy, citrus, biting, bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy despite the bitterness. This is what I remember Nugget Nectar tasting like. But better.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber brown with chestut hi- lights. A medium sized tan foamy cap sits on top. The head is well substained. Carbonation is above average and helps to maintain the rocky dense head. Aroma is fantastic with an awsome hop bouquet of bright fresh hops. Aromas of citrus and floral and pine make it a truely wonderful scent. Malts are light, but balanced. Taste is like the nose bold and hoppy. Malts are more pronounced on the palette then in the nose. Lots of hop pop here but not overly as in a IPA. Hops have floral and pine with a good malt backbone. Bitterness is the finish in this medium weight beer that drinks very smooth. Semi-dry finishing and clean.
Very good and very drinkable refreshing too.
As the beer warms it seemed to get a bit more bitter and waters out slighly.

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Photo of Phelps
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sent by augustiner719 and poured into a tulip.

Maroon, mostly clear with rose highlights. One finger of dense, fluffy tan foam descends slowly, leaving behind walls of lace as thick and sticky as cupcake icing.

Lovely nose, a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

The flavor’s a perfect reflection of the nose, so I’ll say it again: a great blend of sugar and citrus. Subtle biscuits covered in caramel and burnt sugar blend with the hops: orange peel, grass, resin. A perfect, bright balance.

Medium-high, pinching carbonation livens up the big, velvety body. Medium-full and viscous, with just a touch of alcohol.

Zoe’s label is simple but appropriate — the smiley face looking out at me right now mirrors my own. A balanced, drinkable, flavorful, mighty fine hoppy amber.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker than anticipated ruby brown with large and frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell leads in with a barleywine-like maltiness, catching me off guard for a hoppy amber ale. A bit of chocolate followed up with a sweet citrusy aroma.

Taste is opposite from the nose in that the hops lead off, bringing tangarine and a backdrop of pine. The malts then shine through as rich caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is both slick and sticky, sign of both the hops and malt in this beer.

Overall really enjoying this beer, but it definitely doesn't fit in the category. Maybe it's all other amber ales that don't fit though. A+

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Hoppy Red for the style. Bottled 9/1 - drank 10/16

Not so hoppy that you call it an IPA first. The RED is there first and foremost but the hops are there in spades.

Best Hoppy RED i've came across. Juicy yet hoppy and RED first...this coming from a west coast IPA guy.

A must try...2nd only to Nugget Nectar but make no mistake...NN doesn't focus on the RED at the front as well as this specimen does.

PHUCK YEAH Maine Beer Co!

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Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, dark amber hue with wonderful lacing and a huge foamy head with great retention

S: Loads of spice, citrus, and pine from the hops but also a sweet bready malt base with a touch of alcohol burn

T: A beautiful balance of sweet bready malts and citrus hops but also some apple cider notes, spices, and a pleasant alcohol presence

F: Nicely carbonated and surprisingly creamy that still retains an oily stickiness

O: A perfectly balanced hoppy beer with pleasant and subtle sweetness and spiciness with just the right amount of alcohol burn at the end; this is a damn good beer

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Photo of mindspin315
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amount of an off white fluffy head. Amber body but a slight darker tinge sits on top. Lacing coating the sides of the glass.

Hop presence hits right away with a big chewy malt backbone. Pine, tropical fruits, gingerbread, grapefruit zest, ripe pinnapple coated in sugar which are all blended with a nice chocolate, biscuit, and bready malt aroma.

Starts out with pine, grapefuit and tropical fruit which never over take the palate as the backbone of the malts keep everything melding together. Bready and light biscuit malts touch of earthiness. Bit of yeast/hop spice sits on the tounge. Carbonation is lively and makes for a nice lively palate. A touch of dryness and good amount of bitterness at the end and light pine sap and syrupy sweet (not cloying) aftertaste.

Another great beer from Maine Beer Co. Very good IPA/amber ale hybrid. Everything is balanced and blended very well. Incredibly drinkable!

[95/100]

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A dark amber, almost brown - beautiful beige head, very foamy - pure bottle-conditioned glory

Smell: Hoppy with cooked malts - biscuity and crusty - some serious hoppy aromas, floral and straight-up grapefruit, some pine - nicely balanced

Taste: Great, even better than expected - crusty, grainy malts with a nice hop profile - mostly pine, citrus, grass, and floral notes - malts are cooked and biscuity, perhaps a little more dry than the average amber - nicely bitter, not too sweet - and it's got that Maine Beer Company "clean" flavor, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, excellently carbonated, nicely balanced

Overall: Personally, the only beer that does this better is Tröegs Nugget Nectar

With all due respect to the American Amber/Red Ale style, I did not have high expectations. But Maine Beer pulled it off. It's incredibly balanced, nicely cooked, and very refreshing. Much like Peeper and Lunch, this is remarkably good. I'll be shocked if they can make a bad beer.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich mahogany black cherry color, pillowy kahki head. the initial pour yields an active cascade of bubbles rushing to the bottom of the glass, with a quick retreat. fun to watch.
S: citrus, orange, bready malts, pineapple. nice hoppy attitude without truly giving away what lies beyond the nose.
T: awesome punch of bready malts jazzed with frivolous and badass citrusy hops. tons of attitude in this one with flavors all over the place, as mcdonalds would say, IM LOVIN IT!!!!
M: fairly high carbonation coupeld with a huge hop punch make this a mouthful, but its oh so enjoyable. its nice to get a break from the parade of palate crushing ipas ive been drinking lately. the hops presence is definitely there, but theres so much else at play here that its not so ominous.
D: for as big and hoppy as it is, CRUSHABLE in my book. so damn good i could drink it all night. another homerun from Maine Brewing Co.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Born on 1/20/13
Reviewed on 3/18/13

Large, frothy, long-lasting head sits atop the ruby colored brew. Heavy grapefruit aroma with some bready malts. Full bodied, thick textured, softly carbonated, and a bit of a chalky finish. Another winner from Maine Beer Co. I prefer the MO to this one but I would be happy to have either anyday. Love what this brewery is doing right now.

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Photo of dprice
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottled 03-15-16 poured a medium brown color smell raisins dark fruit, taste was crisp clean and with a smoth mouth not over carbonated or to bitter, overall solid amber would seek this out again very well done

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Photo of seeswo
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by cavedave. Thanks man! Pours brown, only letting light through the edges and with a nice big root beer float head. Looks great. Smells like a hoppy brown ale - nice light caramel and nutty toffee flavor. Very nice. The taste is extremely interesting. The malty and caramel nuttiness of the amber makes it come off as a brown ale. This is balanced by a pretty strong dose of hops, which come together really well. Drinks very easy. The flavor reminds me of beer made by Ale Asylum in Madison, WI, which is a pretty random connection. I like this one a lot. Nice carbonation and good body. This beer is really tasty. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in an in person trade with Hayesez, thanks Erik!

This is to complete my first week of my holidays. We had nice warm weather in the weekend so i figured this was a good one to try.

Poured in a Duvel glass this beer is perfect. Very deepdark ambercoloured beer with a very nice head which leaves some lacing after a while. Nice carbonation visible.

Smell of pineapple. Nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of carbonation. This is one hell of a beer for a warm day!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/24/11 bottle. Pours a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy beige head. Way darker than I expected, nearing black out of the light. Nose is a fresh assortment of hops, biscuit, some pleasant light fruits. Mouth is almost spicy up front, sharp pine resin, bright cloves or something, some light bready tones. Body is really light. Dry throughout, finish is spicy hops. I've been looking forward to this and it's quite a bit different than I expected, which is a great thing especially when it's as good as this is. These guys rock at brewing hoppy ales.

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Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a very deep ruby red with a small tan head. It's got nice retention and clings to the sides of the glass. It's darker than I expected for an amber.

S - It's got a very hop forward nose with pine, citrus, and fruitiness appearing in waves. There is also some caramel character present. It's not an in your face aroma, but still provides a pleasant bouquet.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Up front are some toasted and caramel flavors. Afterwards there is a ton of hop flavor similar to the nose. Pine and citrus are the most prominent, but there also fruity notes. The finish has a medium bitterness.

I find most ambers bland, but this one is far from bland. Full of flavors and very easy to drink. This is an exceptional example of what the style is, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is a good beer.

2/24/11 bottle from CMac. Thanks dude who doesn't read this site!

Very dark, a little cloudy, and a whole lot of thick offwhite foam. Beyond 'amber', but a depth of color.

Nice resiny, hoppy aroma with a little bit of fall leaves.

I don't know. If I was to pick something that I'd like to drink forever solely based on taste, and not ever have something else, this might be it. It's well balanced, there is a full malt presence, there is a bit of citrus but there's a little bit of resin. It is evenly balanced with a spice bite.

I don't love that this is so watery in the middle and the finish. Otherwise it is good, solid upfront with no oily presence and a crisp finish.

The taste makes up for a bit of shortcoming in the nose and the mouthfeel. If you have the means, I highly reccomend picking one up...

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Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another huge box full of a little of everything, from "Moby do you even whælz bruh", to long time wants, to obscure locals showed up from wordemupg yesterday. Guy turns a one bottle trade into a porch crushing showdown, hey? Touché my friend, touché.

Poured into one of those trusty ol' Bruery tulips.

Appearance. Pours a very dark and rich brown with some deep redish burnt-orange coming through when held to the light. This is topped with 1.5 fingers of really creamy smooth, pale khaki-caramel head that falls very, very slowly and doesn't entirely disappear before the glass is done and covered in awesome heavy lace.

Smell. Sticky piney hops with the lightest cocoa dusting, There's some grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest and a bit of caramel underneath everything. Yep, so far so good.

Taste. Those big, oily piney hops are definetly there, grapefruit rinds and flesh as well. Then that light cocoa ...yeah this pretty much follows the smell. That's a good thing. Getting some sweet ripe pineapple as well which wasn't in the nose for me. Long lingering oily grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Surprisingly delicious beer here. The last time I enjoyed something of this type so much was the VCBW cascadian dark from years back. Thanks wordemupg!

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Photo of stickynotes
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep hazy amber, off-white head slowly turns to a thick film, moderate lacing. Big time hops in the aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, floral, some sweet malt hidden in the background, very pleasant. Taste is well balanced. Mild bitterness, sweet malts, caramel, the aftertaste gives me a hint of roasted malts, sweet malt as well as grassy, floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. This beer is complex and well executed. It reminds me of a black ipa, malts and hops are both assertive and demand attention, they play off each other wonderfully. Full flavors and a beer I will recommend to friends.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/28/15

First thing I notice as soon as the 'Falcon pops the top in less than 12 parsecs is the layers that wash through my nose.

Once it reaches the glass, even with reasonably careful pouring I am still staring at two fingers of worth of pale creamy head that almost reaches stiff peaked egg white consistency. Body is dark ruddy amber fading to pale at the edges.

That nose I spoke of though... There's notes of blunt pine and of spice and of a bit of fruit and certainly some creamy biscuit/caramel supporting cast.

Wow. I'm not generally a fan of ambers/reds, but this is incredible. Starts off thick and bitter. Spicey and pine come through before the middle portrays little feints of sugar so that the lingering deep third deep woods bitter doesn't present solitary. Sure enough there's bits of bitter and sweet chocolate and bitter citrus. I'd almost consider this a long lost missing link between GREAT IPAs and GREAT CDAs.
Mouth is reasonably thick and creamy, though it does taste bigger than 7.2%. Not straight ethanol, mind you, but I probably would have guessed another 1-2 percentage points or so.
I was expecting this to be a solid offering, but I'm blown away. Would probably drink A LOT of this if I lived in its distro

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottled December 23, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours very dark brown with strong red highlights, quite dark for an Amber Ale. Two fingers of beige head that leaves nice drippy spotty lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, strong malt presence of caramel, dates, dark fruit, dark toasted bread, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with big hops, mostly citrus and pine, moves toward the malt with rich caramel, dates, cherries, chocolate, toasted bread, mild to moderate sweetness, good to strong bitterness, mild alcohol. Really tasty, big and bold flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.

Kind of having a hoppy Amber Ale shootout...had Nugget Nectar last night for the first time and I gotta say I definitely prefer Zoe. I find this to not only be more hoppy, but also has a more robust malt backbone as well. Just a bigger and bolder beer all around. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark amber color, nearly black, with 2 fingers of light brown/amber head. The head persists for a while, but eventually dissipates to a thin layer of foam that is there till the end.

S - Delicious smell. It reminds me of some things by Lagunitas, which is a good thing imo. Sweet and hoppy smelling, fruitier than I expected.

T - Very similar to the smell, quite hoppy, with some fruits in it. I've never had a beer that combines these delicious hops and fruits with tastes of chocolate and coffee. It's a really unique thing for me.

M - Great carbonation, small bubbles that really cover my palate.

D - Very drinkable. Slightly bitter at the finish, but doesn't detract from the drinkability, I could drink several of these, especially with a low(ish) ABV.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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