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
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
2,459
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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321
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482
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Reviews: 604 | Ratings: 2,459
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while ago in New York, as this beer had a date of 1/5 stamped on it. I love all of Maine's beers and this may be the best one that I've had so far, as this was unlike any American Amber/Red Ale that I've had before. Hoppy, but balanced and fairly potent, this was a slow sipper that needed to fully warm up in order to be completely appreciated!

Great pour to this as this beer had a raisin hue to it with a hint of light seeping in around the edges. A thick tan head formed with massive bubbles that burst as the foam settled in for the duration. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the raisin, dark fruits, and alcohol were certainly there with much of the former in the taste. Lots of currant faded into the piney hops that gave this a good amount of resin to the mouthfeel. Some bitter chocolate, cherry, and biscuit malt could be found here as the residue left behind was quite slick and strong, which was proof of how much booze could be found here.

I like my Ambers balanced and this certainly was, but it was a hint too strong for me. That overshadowed the fine balance of this as there wasn't a lot of carbonation to scrub everything away. Loads of soapy lacing, a smoky residue that made this feel like a Scotch Ale, and hints of pecan gave this a subtle depth that separated this from more hoppy examples of this style but also made me feel that I was drinking something of a different style. Not bad but just a bit off from what it could have been - a solid offering from Maine worthy of the 1% of the proceeds that were donated to save the whales.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A super dark amber color
Smell - Killer nose. Tons of citrus with hints of pine, caramel and dark fruit type sweetness
Taste - Citrus, earthiness, pine, grapefruit, pithy, nutty, caramel, malt sweetness

Overall - Easily the best red/amber ale available. MBC is amazing.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 1 pt. 0.9oz bottle dated 01-05-16 to snifter.
Initial clean mild hoppy smell.
Shinny brown with creamy milk chocolate brown head. Beautiful dark ale.
Taste of hops initially, chocolate follows. Exquisitely balanced complex flavor. Nothing overpowers.
Substantial but not cloying feel.
Overall really well crafted dark ale.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper pour with a luscious tan head. Citrusy and pine notes with a caramel and dry crackers as a malt base. Healthy dose of fresh citric hops and nicely caramelized malt profile are in supreme balance. Medium body with a semi sweet finish. This beer is easy going down and very tasty to say the least!

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/20, enjoyed within two weeks. Beautiful amber body, thick foamy head. Clean clean clean the whole way through from looks to aroma to taste; MBC's hallmark. Toasted malt, caramel, nuts, herbs, pine, grapefruit. Excellent beer if you're a fan of the style. For reference, my favorite hopped amber brew is Nugget Nectar. Zoe is much more balanced.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, looks like tea, but ruby pokes thru in the light. Smell is pretty unassuming, some pine/resin (Columbus?) that gets eclipsed by the caramel/toffee malt bill. Taste comes together quite nicely, lots of chocolate malt, that accompanies the hops resins with just a whisper of grapefruit pith. Notes of caramel, honey, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, throughout. Finishes with a dry baker's cocoa that begs the palate for more.

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Photo of Sabtos
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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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Insanely hoppy, with the malt presence to back it up, unlike Lunch. Piney, creamy and very drinkable. Candied fruit and resin mid palate. Creamsicle finish with lingering bitterness. Outstanding.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 1/5/16. Pours dark amber which turns a brilliant clear dark ruby under intense light. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding, but a bit light, complex nose of citrus, pith, hints of dark fruit (fig, raisin), pine and a touch of caramel over a malt base with strong dark toasted notes.

Almost heavy medium body that is quite smooth and has a nice touch of creaminess to it. Superb carbonation with a fair burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Flavor arrives in a blended fashion that has minimal separation. It has the flavors of the nose, with dark toasted grainy malt being the most evident part of the base. Dark fruit (prune) and citric pith are the main components with a touch of pine arriving in the very mildly bittered middle. Balance is achieved with little perceived sweetness and has a very subtle caramel note. The finish is a slow fade of prune and pith.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is dark amber with a mahogany tint, slightly cloudy, and sports a majestic 2 fingers of long-lasting off-white foam. I get a nice balance of toasty malt and aromatic hops on the nose. It smells like lemon curd and fresh toast.

Medium body with a very well-balanced flavor and a good, firm feel. Rich malt mingles with spicy hops up front, then the hops take over and a pleasant lemon and tea herbal note creeps in and intensifies across the palate. It never gets out of balance. The finish is not the longest I've had, but I do get a nice lemon note hanging around.

I think this beer is too expensive, but it's still good and I'm glad I tried it. The most obvious comparison for me is Troeg's Nugget Nectar, which I think is a slightly superior beer at a much, much better price. Still, I would definitely try other offerings from this brewer. This is a solid offering in a style that is often very bland and uninspired. If they can make an amber ale taste this good, they must have some spectacular beers to sell.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Dark copper in color and cloudy. Pours a one inch, slightly tan head.

aroma- Toasted malts, caramel, pine, and citrus.

taste- Toasted malts upfront, chocolate/caramel/dark fruit in the middle, and a hoppy finish with a little pine and citrus.

feel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth feel, and a clean finish.

overall- First thing that pops out is the malt flavors, and hoppy aspect is really a side note, which is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful mahogany with a thick creamy tan head
S: some malt, not too much nose
T: well balanced, malty finish
F: great mouthfeel
O: a nice twist on a style I usually don't like

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Photo of jpro
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Duvel glass... This is pretty dark for an amber! Most brown ales aren't this dark... Light tan head leaves a few strands of lace. Smell is piney and resiny - very Chinook-y. Taste is very hop forward, with some citrus and grassy notes, too. A delicious beer -

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, I'd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked 01/05/16… glad to try it relatively fresh!

appearance is dark brown with a bit of red and tan/white colored foam. Two fingers of head, nice retention and leaves some lacing.

nose isnt overly pungent but is pretty amazing in terms of just being a unique and awesome scent. begins floral with citrus notes and a hint of pine and some malt

taste is sweet caramel malt followed by citrus and a really nice pine flavor… perfect amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is great and overall this is a quality beer, very crisp and clean. All the flavors work beautifully together, excellent balance in this one. with so many high grade Maine Beer Co brews, it took me a long time to try this one but im so glad i did. recommended!

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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 dee4maine
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of my fav amber ales. has a nice piney and floral hop character. good balance of malt and hops too. tad bit high carbonation for me but overall a great amber ale.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gotta give credit where credit is due... this is a beautiful looking beer. A dark colored brown with a little reddish tint to it. About a 1" foamy, frothy head and lacing for days.

Smell - Leaves some to be desired, in my opinion the overall smell is very faint and I only really get sweet malts.

Taste - A nice balance of malt and hop deliver what Maine calls their "happy, hoppy, Amber Ale". The hops are just strong enough to feel their presence at the end, and don't overwhelm the multiple (I'm assuming) styles of dark malt. The maltiness up front is just what you look for in an amber, and the pine flavors allows a smooth transition into the hop flavor. Slight citrus lingers at first, but the warmer the beer gets, the more chocolate I get at the end.

Feel - Creamy, yet doesn't go down super smooth. Carbonation and the slight bite provided by the hops may not make it ideal for slamming a couple back, but the mouthfeel is strong overall.

Overall - Another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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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 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 SPLITGRIN
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking ambers I can remember seeing. Deep mahogany Amber body hosts a thick creamy deep tan head. Nose is a nice mix of hops and malt on the woodsy side. An aggressive flavor platform with hops carrying the malts to a very exciting body that is unique for the style. Nice carbonation and resinous hops. Perfect mouth feel. This is a great food beer.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a slight reddish/golden tint (Amber?). Carbonation is noticeable immediately. Nose of malt, caramel, citrusy hops, wonderful mouthfeel.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.

Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.

Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.

Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.

Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isn't the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I haven't had before.

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Photo of zimm421
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date 12/15/15. Pours a very dark amber, almost brown color with a thick, fluffy tan head. The nose is sweet caramel malts, pine, citrus. The taste is loaded with caramel malts, a hint of roast and then the citrus, tropical fruits and pine take over. The finish is bitter, but goes down nicely. This is everything a hoppy amber should be. It has good body to stand up to the hops, and it makes you go back for more after each sip.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another Maine Beer Co awesome awesome beer
Look - darker amber Rich looking deep and semi translucent Crazy beautiful head and great lacing, smell lots o citrus and slight pine, taste - maltier w less hops big and smooth w long length w impressive aftertaste.. feel nice carbonation overall again a great beer. The standard for Red Ales as far as I have been involved, as w most Maine offerings something to buy and drink when one beer satisfies for the evening, drink in class!

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