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

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603
Ratings:
2,449
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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Photo of Oakenator
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour. Even though this classified as an amber/red there really isn't a hint of that color in its appearance. Strong head and good lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with some chocolate malt. Taste is started and finished with malt with hops appearing somewhere in the middle to end. Lots of layering and well done beer.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zoe pours a clear, dark brown color with a two-finger stiff, frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The strong, hoppy aroma has lots of orange citrus and pine. As the beer warms some caramel malt notes become present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, slightly oily with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins hoppy with notes of orange citrus and pine with a hint of pepper. In the middle amber and caramel malt plus of touch of toast move in. Some metallic notes are in there too. It finishes dry with a bitter grassy hop flavor. Once gone the orange citrus notes linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. The body seems a bit light to me and with over 7% abv this one is a sipper. I'm hoping this beer will soon be distributed in Mass.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled on 1/14/11) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an incredibly dark amber color...actually more of a brown color that is a touch on the muddy side in appearance. Three fingers of dark khacki colored foam with amazing density sits atop the beer for a long, long time. An even sheet of lace covors almost 100% of the glass above the liquid level - quite impressive.

S - Wow...hops! Thick aromas of citrus steadily rise from the glass - packed with grapefruit mainly. Some wonderful pine joins the mix. Really great and intense hops. Along with the hops is some earthy and roasty malt character. Very mild but still noticeable boozy alcohol aromas and a dusting of chocolate to round things out.

T - Crisp hoppy bitterness with some roasted malt that gives a bit of a burnt bitterness and blends in with the hops. Sugary and a bit of caramelized sugar sweetness up front. Lots of hops in the middle with loads of grassy and citrus flavors - oranges and white grapefruit and some pineapple too.

M - A touch on the heavier side of medium bodied. Carbonation is full and assertive. Hop bitterness and earthy roasted malt flavors throughout and linger into the aftertaste. Hard to criticize, but perhaps a touch too far on the heavy side for me in this style.

D - This is an excellent beer. I had heard quite a bit about this one and was definitely excited to give it a try. Definitely lived up to the hype and my expectations. Looking forward to having more of these and trying some of the brewery's other offerings in the near future. A bit heavy to be extremely drinkable, especially in warmer weather...full of flavor and really good beer - probably a couple in a session is enough though.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top on this smiling brew and pour a rich, ruby colored brew. It holds a majestic two and a half finger head of stoic tan bubbles, showing excellent retention. Once this eventually recedes, a thick, single sheet of lacing coats the glass circumferentially. There is a chill haze, but no sediment to speak of, while carbonation appears slow and light. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with lemon rind and flesh, vanilla pod, and wild, earthy lavender. The malts are full of caramel and roast, and exhibit an almost stouty, coffee depth. The hops are equally as fresh and robust, showing nectary florals and big grapefruit citrics. Toffee sweetness and hop stem sourness come with warmth. Our first impression is that the beer remains fresh and light, while retaining robustness of flavoring. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens with caramel and pale malts mixing with a fresh, lemony, grapefruity citric hop character. Very cleansing and balanced to the palate. The middle moves forward with more of those hops, which sour a bit, along with light booziness, more floral and soapy hop varietals. These really take center stage, allowing for less of the malty background to shine through. The finish shows cane and lemon sugars to cut the sourness of the hops, and the residual souring of the paler grains in the mix. Grape skin, warming peppery booze, and yeast round the final flavor out. The aftertaste breathes of freshly cut lemongrass, metallic yeast, bright citric hops, pale and muddy malts, mineral, and souring blackberry fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is an initially thick coating around the mouth, with hearty smack, slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. Eventually, this dries the palate, leaving room for a quick pucker once all flavoring has left the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the soft, inclusive nose, and variety of hops throughout both the aroma and the flavoring. This beer is an affirmation of why we love American ambers and reds so much. There is such variability to the style, with room for such robust hops, and playfully balancing malts and spice. Not only is this a fantastic beer, but the story on the back of the bottle is one of the cutest thoughts we’ve ever heard to the concept and conception of a beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours way darker than I expected. A deep reddish brown with a 1 finger cream colored head.

S: Citrusy hops with grapefruit standing out the most, some faint roasted malt in the background.

T: Really delicious stuff. Dryer and hopper than I'm used to in an amber, but also better. A good hot of grapefruit hops right away followed by a complex middle with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, tangerine rind and toffee with a dry and piny finish. Really tasty.

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Photo of dank203
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers

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Photo of Deingeist
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into pint glass, insane 3 finger head off the bat without pouring vigorously, cloudy dark brown amber, the color of Grade B maple syrup. Nice retention of the head which covered the beer to the bottom (even sipping slowly) but minimal to average lacing.

Smell- Malty, slight fresh tobacco, woody hops, and something that reminds me of a dog but not as bad as that sounds.

Taste- sweet malt and woody hops, then into a chocolate/coffee roasted malt character followed by fruit and esters. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very well balanced. Carbonated but not soda, creamy but not cloying.

Overall- A great beer, quite expensive and not the best for a session, but a must have. I can't think of a much better looking beer, and the taste is up there with my favorites.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this offering from a brewery that is impressing lately. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice looking dark amber color. Almost nutmeg in color. Pours super cloudy due to copious amounts of yeast in the bottle. I personally like this effect, at least on the look of the beer. It would be tough to pour this one even opaquely.

Smell is a bit spicy. A good deal of biting floral hop aroma comes through as well.

The flavor is really impressive. It's complex, as the hops are biting and grassy-good. The malt profile is also biting and spicy, and the flavor in total is deep and complex, yet refreshing. The flavor is quite dense and coats well, but the mouthfeel isn't too heavy.

A flavorful and delightful brew. Let it settle and pour carefully if you want to minimize the yeast in the look, but truly, the yeast in the pour of this one doesn't effect the flavor too much.

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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Zoe from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 94

Bottle date is 02/xx/12. The "xx" kind of looks like an "06," but is too poorly printed to tell for sure. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 03/26/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and translucent mahogany with three fingers of tan seafoam head that turns soapy while it slowly settles, ultimately turning into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 5/5

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, toffee, nuttiness, honey graham cracker and a little caramel. Smells like a hoppy, nutty amber ale. 4/5

Taste: Bready malt, pecan, walnut and lemony/grapefruity hops. Light toffee and caramel on the midpalate. Finishes with that buttery walnut and pecan flavor and modest lemon. This is quite different from any amber that I have ever had before. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Buttery mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A unique variation of the style, warmly received. I am usually not a fan of amber ales, but I really enjoyed this one. I would certainly buy and drink this again. Thank you Jason for hooking me up with this one!

Recommendation: Seek this one out, especially if you like amber ales. I could see this one being quite enjoyable for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: 5.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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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 EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color, slightly cloudy with a thick, well retained tan head that left lots of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, citrus and caramel. Tastes of orange rind, roasted malts, caramel, pepper with a hint of toffee and chocolate. Finishes moderately bitter. Moderately carbonated, smooth and creamy mouth feel, an excellent beer.

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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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,449 ratings.
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