Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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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Avg:
4.19
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8.59%
 
 
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Photo of sendsilk
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another delicious looking ale from Maine Brewing Company! Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

LARGE foamy head that takes several minutes to subside. Nice thick spotting on the glass. Wonderful hoppy aroma with the amber 'spice' scent coming in as well. Very nice refreshing and crisp amber ale with a great hop bite to it. This is a darker beer (malt) than something like Nugget Nectar. A slightly thicker brew than other hoppy ambers I have tried. M- just about right.

Another fantastic offering from Maine Brewing. Lunch is spectacular and this is not far behind. If you can get one, try it, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle provided generously and unexpectedly as an extra in a recent trade with mschofield. Thanks for knocking off this want Marty.

This bottle is still fairly fresh with a 8/18/11 date printed on it. Poured it into my Lost Abbey tumbler.

It pours a ferocious mahogany with a slightly off white head. The head sticks around for forever then some, and leaves outstanding lacing.

Smell is of slight citrus and pine, but then backed quickly by this beers backbone..the malt.

Taste follows the smell with the nice light citric tones and piney/floral notes. They definitely stand out more in the taste than they do in the nose. The malt is hidden by the hoppy citric notes very well, but shines through delightfully in the end. It leaves a nice, sweet coating on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but worked extremely well. This was insanely drinkable and paired well with the BBQed TriTip we were having for dinner.

Overall, a very good hoppy amber ale. Exactly how I like my ambers.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer with an off-white head that had some decent lacing.

S - Nice citrus and pine hops over an appropriately malty backbone. Smells like a really nice hoppy amber.

T - Some solid malt with a good hoppy bitterness. A little bit of citrusy hops presence as well, this is quite tasty and a very good take on the style.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight bit of syrup feel.

O - A great hoppy amber, something I'd love to drink regularly. Good beer that I will try to acquire more of when I'm in the mood for this type of beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 8/18/11 Nice & Fresh.
Really a nice looking beer. A thick, creamy off white head that has impressive retention. It sits atop the beer like a dollop of cream. The beer is a beer reddish/Amber color that has nice clarity, but is so deep in color you have to hold it to the light to determine this fact.
Aroma is fresh, and a wonderful mix of floral hops and toasted malts. Reminiscent of a Hopback Amber, Lighter version of Arrogant Bastard. Cascazilla Hop Rocket Red and others in this non-official Hoppy Amber category.
Well, this is a very nice beer. Great balance, excellent depth and a very interesting flavor profile. Just the right amount of toasted malts. Not burnt, but definitely a dark toasted flavor. This gives way to a moment of deep fruit and finally off to the citrus/perfumey notes of hops.
Mouth feel is quite robust. There is a subtle graininess to the feel. Almost a powder. Not a bad thing at all.
Frankly, this is growing on me and I’m a little pissed I only picked up a couple bottles. I was too focused on Lunch. Lesson Learned. Well done folks!!

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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 rinhaak
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a rich but clear brown with the thickest, foamiest head I've seen in a long time. This head lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves a wonderful lace that clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is powerful enough that I could smell it the moment I cracked open the bottle. With lots of hops, this smells more like an IPA than I expected. Bright, fresh, a tad citrusy, wonderful.

The first sip admittedly threw me off a bit - with so strong of a hop aroma up front, I wasn't prepared for the rich malt flavor that was present. Though there is a lot of hop flavor immediately on the tongue, this evolves into a sharp bitterness which then dissolves into full malt flavor. A little bit of coffee, the malts are dark and a bit dusty. I also detect flavors of maple, grapefruit, and mesclun greens.

Overall a very pleasant and well balanced beer that grew on me significantly as I sipped. Though at first I was a little put off by the strong malt character, this same character proved to perfectly balance with the strong hops up front and in the nose. The results: a wonderful Amber truly worth trying.

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

P: 4/5. attractive mostly clear amber/brown. a decent amount of just-off-white head, large bubbles, some lacing.

A: 4/5. strong wonderful fruity/citrusy. some sweetness. no real alcohol.

F: 9/10. bitter, malty, bready. slightly astringent. slight resin. but really well balanced, all around.

M: 4/5. very good. not overly lingering, though some expected lingering bitterness.

O: 9/10. a hoppy amber to be sure, but very well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of Centennial
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving- 16oz bottle poured into pint glass (thanks to bendurgin for sending me this.)

Appearance- Dark Amber with 2 finger head and lots of head retention. Slight cloudy hue to it.

Smell- Bready, Earthy, with bubble-gum like sweetness, mild hop aroma

Taste- Hops come through much more in the taste the in the smell. Malt is totally hidden by aggressive hop bitterness, but roasted notes pull through. A burning sensation of alcohol is more noticeable then with a typical beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel- smooth but alcohol is apparent and finish is a little waxy.

Overall- not a bad hoppy amber but I have had much better, I think this beer would benefit from a more active dry hopping and less of a the bittering hops.

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Photo of ejl4
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one side by side with another amber so I could really get a good feel for the two.

Great color, a darker amber almost reddish tint in the glass. Long lasting head of a light brown color. Citrusy hop aroma which was not too strong but very pleasant. The taste is balanced a little more towards malt than hops but the hop flavor is still present. The lingering taste is more malty than bitter. This beer had exactly the mouthfeel I like in an Amber, smooth and full.

Overall, this was an excellent beer from Maine Beer Company. I look forward to trying more!

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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 LaCoursiere
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this east coast treat. 16.9 oz bottle, lot 04/28/11 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish amber hues and a nice fluffy 2-finger light tan head. Holding to the light shows great clarity. The head retention is excellent and there's lots of lacing. Perfect.

S - Caramel, molasses and hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine notes. There are faint yeast notes in the background.

T - Amazing pairing of hops and roasted malts. Slightly sweet toasted malts up front with molasses a hint of vanilla midway. Then the hops take over with grapefruit at first that change to pine bitterness that lingers throughout the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels a bit thin after the burst of carbonation. The finish is dry with slight alcohol warmth.

O/D - One of the best looking beers I've ever seen and definitely the bet looking amber/brown ale. Tastes great to boot with great roasted malt character and a strong hop presence.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

17oz. bottle, handwritten date of 8/18/11 on the label (some of the bottles I picked up had stamped dates too, which were the same day, but hard to read). This means that the beer left the brewery on the same day I bought it at Tully's. Wow.

Dark, rich copper with a beige head. Really nice lacing.

The aroma is complex and hoppy. At first very spicy and herbal, but with some hints of tropical fruit. Fresh.

The flavor is surprisingly malty and rich. Malts are dark, with a toasted, near coffee-like quality. Very bitter and resiny, but wonderfully balanced. Hop flavor is spicy and woody. This stuff is really well-crafted, aside from the carbonation, which seemed too low. Maybe it's so fresh it still needs time to condition!

Was expecting a bit more hop presence given the freshness, but Zoe is a very good beer, balanced and very easy to drink. Keep it coming, Maine Beer Co.

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

This beer pours a reddish copper color, slightly hazy with a nice off white head. the smell is hugely hoppy with some nice malty undertones. the flavor follows sui with there being a huge hop flavor right up front followed by the malty backbone that keeps the beer rounded. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer, but i find maine beer co to be a little expensive.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 7/23/11. Purchased in Vermont. Great amber. MBC is two for two, so far for me, and I’d love to try more from them. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is big on caramel and hops. Citrus and pine notes abound. Mildly grassy. It’s just a big mix of caramel maltiness and pine resin/orange/grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is drier than expected, a welcome change from many strong ambers. Aftertaste is all citrus rind and resin. Full mouthfeel but not outstanding in any particular way. A very easy beer to drink and to like.

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Photo of ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 05/06/2011. Bottled on 04/28/2011. 16.9oz bottled poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, extremely dark amber color, almost looks like a murky brown color, but not quite. A foamy, creamy looking off-white head rises up and sits above the rim of the glass a bit before settling in at about almost 2 fingers high until the finish. Amazing retention. Excellent foamy lacing clings to the glass and covers nearly every possible space it can. Really great looking beer.

Amazing hop aroma right out of the bottle. Citrus (heavily orange) and pine stand out above all (the orange more than the pine). Maybe a hint of some sweet malt but not a ton. The nose is pretty straightforward, hoppy and clean, but done extremely well.

The taste is close to the nose but is considerably more balanced while somehow keeping the hops on display. Hugely hoppy with more of a malt presence to even it out a bit. The citrus and pine hops are almost equally strong. Some orange-like hoppy flavors it first with a nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor balancing it out. A decently bitter, piny bite hits at the finish and then mellows, rounding out each sip nicely.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Despite this, it feels a bit fuller in the mouth. Moderate bitterness at the finish. It dries out a bit, not a huge drying like an IPA but a bit more than semi-dry.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with a sweet malt character that brings a nice balance. The hops are the showcase here and they don't disappoint. This beer was extremely fresh, being bottled 8 days before it was consumed, and it certainly showed.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via Glouglouburp-pours a cloudy dark chestnut/iced tea with a lively white head and delicate lacing. Nose- grapefruit, caramel and tea. Taste- nutty, herbal and almost slight chocolate roast underlying character. Grassy hop bitterness is intertwined with sweet bread on the finish. Touch of alcohol head. Crisp carbonation and somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.87/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8/11/11

Bottle thanks to kingkong. Opens with a loud hiss. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a tawny rust water color with a big foamy beige head. Good retention and lots of lacing, but the body is unattractive.

S: Pronounced perfumy floral notes with grapefruit and herbal tea characteristics. There's a distinct sour note in there with a little chocolate. Pine is resinous and pretty strong. There's an underlying bready sweetness with a dash of caramel and a whisper of toffee. Big earthy notes with grass and a slight metallic note. Sort of a strange mixture of characteristics.

T: Lightly tart, with biscuit, bread, and caramel. Lots of pine, grass, and earth, with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and very dry, with some astringency. There's a lot of grapefruit find with a faint metallic note in the dry finish.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel has a strange chalkiness to it.

Overall: I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's not bad, but the flavors are strange and it almost tastes like there's an incipient infection, though I can't be certain. Definitely a strange beer.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Beantown. I met the owners at the ACBF and thought they were pretty cool people. Larger format bottle with overly simplified label. Pretty cool packaging if you ask me...very straightforward! Brewed 4/28/11.

The beer has a large billowing tan head that has a very soft texture and a lot of staying power. Lacing sticks on the glass and from one look, we can see that Maine Beer Co. did not skimp on the hops. The color of the body is a dark amber with crimson highlights. Beautiful beer!

The smell is a little lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, it is heavily hopped. I can pick out the more sweet, citrusy notes in the aroma. Smells like Centennial hops, with the strong tangerine/grapefruit smells. Light alcohol on the nose brings out some tropical fruits, i.e. coconut, mango. While I like the aroma, a standard amber ale probably shouldn't be showing off a high alcohol presence...

The alcohol does come through on the back end, with the exhale. Up front though, there isn't a strong bitterness, but a good balance is struck between the darker malts and the brighter hops. I feel like the malt complexity got let behind here however. Slightly weaker than I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, with a prickly touch from the high carbonation. Good body, can tell this is more "imperial".

Overall, I really liked this beer. Attractive amber beer with a strong hop character, but not overly hoppy. Strikes a good balance! Completely recommend picking this up if you see it. Though it is listed on BA as an American Amber Ale, this is almost a strong ale. I guess Imperial Red Ale would work too!

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hiphop1 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on caramel malt

T - Like the nose citrus hops upfront then the caramel malt comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - Big hoppy reds are a favorite of mine and this one doesn't disappoint nice hops and malt in the flavor make this one easy to drink worth getting if you see it around

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Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Big thanks to THECPJ for the bottle, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a pretty dark amber-brown with a lovely, creamy head that fades to a slight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet caramel malt and piney, resinous grapefruit hops. Smells pretty darn good.
T - Wow, such an interesting beer! Definitely more caramel malt and pine resin/grapefruit hops, but there's a really nice minty sorta flavor in the finish that lingers for some time, as well as a chocolatey sorta thing going on. Actually reminds me a bit of a York peppermint patty, and I have no idea where that flavor is coming from. Really nice.
M - Fairly creamy, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Very tasty, and I'm usually not the biggest Amber fan (outside of Nugget Nectar). The mint/chocolate thing adds a nice level of complexity that I wasn't expecting. Great beer!

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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 tlazaroff
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a great looking deep amber color topped by a frothy, thick head of off-white almost tan foam.

S: Caramel! Its all about caramel in this beer. Nice and malty at first, but on a second sniff all I get are hops! Grassy hops to boot. Smells wonderful!

T: Its straight up hops! I love this beer! It kinda tricks you to expect something malty but it drinks like an IPA. Those grassy hops come through in force here. I get a tad of lingering sweetness on the finish as well.

M: Moderate carbonation, and a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely. If I didn't have to drive to Maine every time I wanted one..

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish-amber pour with a huge, billowing tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Piney and earthy hops, plus caramel and a nice sort of toasted bread aroma. There is a sort of caramelized brown sugar, or almost maple smell there too. Very nice combination.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee. Earth in the middle. Some bitter pine along with a nice brown sugar taste to balance it out in the aftertaste. The pine stands out more as the beer warms. This is really nice.

M: Pretty standard, medium body. Relatively smooth and clean except for the bit of pine bite on the back end.

O: Great beer. Neither the malt or hops are overpowering - they stand on their own and also make a great combination at the same time. I would say that this is second only to Nugget Nectar. That's saying a lot.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

At least Maine went with the traditional spelling (though I don't have too much against "Zooey", frankly)... Anyway, it pours a clear russet-garnet topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises pine, toffee, mint, and orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a more pronounced toffee character and the addition of a touch of cocoa. It's sweet, but not too; and it's hoppy, but not too. Very nicely done here. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, the third consecutive winner from this brewery. Get some.

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

Pours a dark amber to medium brown. A little on the dark side for an amber. Deep white fluffy head with thick sticky lacing drizzling down the glass as it dissipates.

Best word I can use to describe the smell is very pleasant, pine and earth meet light, bready & caramel malts.

Taste blew me away. This beer is truly a roller coaster ride between the hops and malts with the hops being more dominant. Back and forth from pine needles to bready, biscuit malt to citrus/berry and earthy hops and back to light caramel. The 7.2% ABV stays nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with a crispy, prickly finish.

This was one of the few beers that made me keep saying "wow" throughout my consumption of it. It was crazy the way different flavors popped from this beer with each sip. Drinking this beer was a very enjoyable experience. Quite possibly the best Amber I've ever had. Don't be fooled. These guys and their tiny brewery make damn great beer!

Bottled on date of 4-28-2011

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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