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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
2,410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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319
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461
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Reviews: 592 | Ratings: 2,410
Photo of innisfree
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorites. A bit of sentimental favorite as well. Lovely amber color. Less hoppy than other Maine offerings, but that is not its aim. A truly fantastic beer.

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Photo of pda22
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is style defining. I can't think of another beer quite like it. It has a complex balance of Malta and hops that are just delicious. The color is beautiful dark Amber. The hops provide a delicious flavor and aroma.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with a long-lasting fizzy tan froth. Caramel and herbal hops to the nose. Pine, herbal hops, persimmon, peach, various fruit skins and tea leaves on the palate. Dry and light to medium. Perfectly balanced and highly quaffable. Somewhat tame but never boring. Very nice.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 05/17/16

Pours cloudy hazy dark amber orange red-brown with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like fragrant peach, apricots, nectarine, plum, dried fig and cherry, some raisin, dark caramel, chocolate, medium roast coffee, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, toasty biscuity malty grain, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, with fresh pine and dank floral earthy grass. Tastes slightly bitter, sweet, malty, and spicy with some fresh stone fruits, pithy citrus, dried dark fruit, malty molasses, caramel, brown sugar, toasty biscuit, toffee, chocolate, woody coffee, with some dank fruity earthy floral pine and grass. Feels medium bodied, dense and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique amber ale.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This robust looking 7.2% amber pours a slightly opaque dark brown, slightly russet color with medium tan foamy head. The smell is a big hoppy punch to the nose with a predominant scent of pine. It smells a lot like an IPA. The flavor is an interesting cross between a traditional amber and an IPA. There are notes of pine, grapefruit, and some pepper from the hops with slightly more subdued traditional amber malt flavors of brown bread, caramel, and a little earthiness. The body is medium, but slightly toward the high end of that. It’s a pretty interesting beer and really well balanced. I have never tried a true cross between these two styles before. I think it does a nice job of taking the best from each style and I give it props for having a nice body with a good alcohol content also. I don’t think blending with an amber gives it that much of an advantage over some of the best well balanced IPAs, but still a delicious, really interesting beer to try.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to glass; Another great beer from Maine Brewing! Hazy Amber color with a one finger head that stays with the beer; moderate carbonation. Modest nose of hops, fruits and chocolate. Very smooth on the palate with lingering note of hops, and faint note of raisin/chocolate on the back.
Put a smile on your face and enjoy!

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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 Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on April 29, 2016. Born on 03.15.16. Look is crystal clear dark amber with an light tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is dark dried fruit, citrus, pine and cocoa with biscuit malt aromas. Taste is raisin, citrus fruit, pine resin and dark chocolate with biscuit malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It has a grapefruit smell and bouquet with notes of orange and molasses that goes down smoothly with a clean finish. It is my favorite amber ales when out dining. After the third sip of all their beers your palette starts to really like their beers. The more you drink them, the more you want to try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Born on 02.16.16. Consumed 04.14.16. Best within 90 days of Born on date.

A: Dark ice tea exit from the bottle yields a beautiful dark burgundy coloring in the vessel with a medium density, 2 finger light tan head that is rock steady on the hold with a spongy, porous texture atop. Medium range, moderate paced effervesce makes its way to the surface. A beautiful presentation and great amount lace coverage.

S: Sweet toasted caramel and lemonade citrus on the nose, wet and fresh.

T: Toasted raisin-caramel, edgy citrus flowery hops, spicy with some semi-dry fruitiness. Lemon, nice toasted malting with some nutty appleskin highlights. Really clean flavor, well balanced with a spicy hop bite at knock out. A nice chocolate dusting on the tongue after the swallow.

M: Crisp, tingly mouthful, smooth texture, full bodied, nice feel and weight.

O: A very polished drinking hoppy red, reminds me of the first time I had an alpine duet, just very clean, smooth with a superb craftsmenship quality. Very well balanced for increased drinkability factor. A bit $ but a bottle is surely worth it. Hop bill and malting is spot on for ideal red.

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Photo of zshaft
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quick review here. nice look. minimal nose. nice floral and hoppy notes with great end palate sweetness. good body. solid beer. overall one of the better reds out there.

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Photo of muchos
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/15/16. Enjoyed 4/2/16.
L Very dark brownish red
S Piney, citrusy, flowery, honey, some spice and bread
T Honey-like sweetness up front, toast, juicy citrus. Piney spicy aftertaste
F Plenty of carbonation, resinous
O I'm from PA, but i liked it a little more than a certain hoppy amber nectar brewed relatively close by. Just my 2¢. Cheers!

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

Psyched to find fresh bottles here. Bottled March 15. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Ginormous head, like 4F+, with very good retention and lots of soapy lacing. Dark reddish-brown.

S: Malts up front, some pine. Dark fruits and unsweetened chocolate.

T: A lot of biscuit malt, raisins, hoppy pine.

F: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky resiny finish, but not unpleasant.

O: A good red ale. Glad I got to try it fresh.

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Photo of dbsrs
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beers. From MBC. Also nice people when in Portland main stop. By the T- shirt "do things right".
Class acts. Best on tap if you can find it.

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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 rorykanderson
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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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.
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