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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Photo of FickleBeast
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Bottled 10/2015.

Pours a dark amber color with a finger and a half of off white foam. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. More on the grassy side of the hop aroma spectrum, with a bit of sweet tropical fruit.

First sip is wow - a nice rush of hoppy goodness. Dank, grassy, hoppy notes, nice amount of caramel body, and very smoothly bitter finish. The hop schedule is right on point - no harsh or conflicting flavors. This drinks nice, and has tons of flavor.

This is right up there with Troeg's Nugget Nectar unfortunately, it is much, much more expensive. It is a fantastic beer though.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/15/15. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues. Big light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and fig. Some citrus notes in the mix. The flavors are full of toffee. Lots of malts. More dark fruits. Plum is there along with more raisin and fig. Some chocolate notes are definitely in the mix. Subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; thin and slick with active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is my first time having something from Maine Beer Company, and they've been on my radar for years. It's awesome they decided to distribute to Ohio. I remember reading about them when they only had 2-3 offerings, and Zoe was one of them. As for Zoe, it's a good beer, but maybe my expectations were just too high. It's good stuff nonetheless, but nothing mind-blowing, in my opinion. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very pretty beer. but I was a bit underwhelmed with both the smell and the taste. after having MO, I had high expectations of this beer. not that it is a bad beer in any way, just that there are cheaper easier to get red ales that are just as good or better. its worth trying, I just wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh Zoe, she so pretty. Red, ruby appearance, gleaming the cube. Solid off white head with great retention. Plenty of hoppiness to the aroma, plenty comparable to NN.

You know this is a 1st tier amber ale on the first sip. Hop bouquet kickin' butt. The red malt is in the background. Caramel is a nice intrusion here.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Ours out a murky dark brown. Looks dark for the style, but it is quite attractive. Has a really attractive 1/2 finger of off white head. The head has good retention. The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) and the born on date (11/17/15). So this is 2 weeks old!

S: [4.00] Peaches, pineapple, caramelized sugar, Just like the appearance this is inviting and spot on.

T: [4.50] Lemon zest leads to cracker and then some malt sweetness. The finish is a light note of very floral hop bitterness. I also feel like I am getting a hint of cocoa every few sips.

M: [4.25] No alcohol taste at all. Creamy mouthfeel, low to mid carbonation. The floral hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O: [4.25] This is in the ABV range of Flower Power and I find them to be similar. Zoe has a definite floral hop finish. Flower Power is more bold and in your face but the theme is the same. Zoe is more refined and sophisticated. The beer is firing on all cylinders. The appearance is darker than a typical amber but still looks great. The nose and the taste are world class. The floral notes make this beer a big winner.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown. smell of brown sugar, hops, and caramel and pine. tastes like pine, caramel and a little bit of a nutty flavor. nice beer but with so many great offerings from MBC I likely won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark red/brown with a thick white head.

smells like fresh pine hops. slight citrus in the backdrop, some sweetness is there.

tastes like sweet pine, has a very bitter finish. this tastes different than most beers. has a subdued but constant taste similar to all red/amber ales. very good taste.

goes down smooth, makes me desire another taste yet the finish is bitter and leaves an additional feeling.

overall this is a fantastic beer, a hoppy red ale that combines varying tastes. a unique beer that is truly delicious. just wish i could get this more frequently

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Photo of charlzm
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Consumed October 11th, 2015. Poured from bottle into tulip.

Beer is a dark amber-brown kind of shade with a thin but adequate head.

Aroma is subtle melanoidin and caramel malt. A dash of hops, including simcoe's signature cat piss note.

Flavor is off right from the first sip - the toasty biscuity caramel malt is there, but there's an off, solventy, rubber note that ruins everything. No notes of the other alleged flavors (raisin, chocolate, pine, citrus). Kinda of a mess.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drain pour.

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

Appearance: Clear, ruby-brown color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice, toasty malt with some brown-sugar sweetness and lots of fresh, grassy hops.

Taste: Big malt flavor without being too sweet or syrupy. Lots of toasted, nutty flavor, with building earthy hop bitterness in the middle that lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Quite tasty, like a hoppy brown ale. Nice balance, drinkable, very good.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gives you them ruby red shimmers, gleaming the cube. The white head is thick like your girl before she became your ex and started using meth to help her lose weight and get action at bar time. Unlike her, this one has retention.

Aroma was hoppy and malty, they both came through in almost equal parts.

Taste immediately lets you know this is the elite tier of amber/red ales. Super hearty, drinks effortlessly. Not just an easy hop dump of bitterness. Masks the alcohol, hearty beer, effort to drink minimal. Hops still pack in the usual suspects of grapefruit and pine. Mild spice accoutrement.

A lovely bottle.

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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a thick tan head. Sweet malt and piney hop aroma, both of which carry over to the taste. Fairly thin and well-carbonated mouthfeel. Like many from MBC, there's a somewhat watery backend, but pretty well balanced overall.

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Photo of JaredSammy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep amber, burnt sugar brown. Thick head.
S - Lacking smell, for a red ale this is one of the first that doesn't have that wet dog smell. Slight hop.
T - Extremely hoppy for a red ale. The pine and herbaceous flavor overcomes the red ale qualities.
F - Bubbly, thick, and kinda creamy. Carbonation is heavy but it doesn't affect the mouth feel.
O - Great beer, different than red ales I have had. If you are looking for a great hop bomb but don't want to drink the usual IPA, this is your guy or I mean girl.

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not normally my style, but this was excellent. Very flavorful, but not over the top in your face. Would certainly seek out in the future. Makes me want to try Dinner and Lunch for sure.

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Photo of antott0523
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zoe - Bottled on 7/21/15

A: Pours an opaque caramel color with reddish undertones. A tan head that settles to a quarter finger and leaves some lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible.

S: Pretty subdued nose. Struggling to get notes of caramel, grass, tea, lemon and crackers.

T: Unsweetened iced tea. Dry citrus. A little pine. Slightly resinous. Not sure if this is brewed with rye but there's a subtle spicyness to the beer as well.

M: As always with MBC, a delicate mouthfeel. Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable, but overall quite subdued on the nose and palate. Another delicately brewed beer from MBC, but nothing worth going crazy over. For those who drink a lot of MBC I would describe this as Red Wheelbarrow's malty sister with less hop bite.

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

From a bottle dated 7/21/15. Not really a fan of amber ales, but this was quite good. Way hoppier than most ambers and is quite well balanced with very bready malts.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable tasty red ale. Has a very maltly flavor to it with just the right overtones of hops which gives it a smooth aftertaste. A little pricey but worth it you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16. 9 fl oz born 6/23/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber with brown and orange highlights, one finger head that moves slowly to a creamy lace.

S - Citrus hops, dark fruit,

T - The taste is ..tasty. Vanilla, nuts, maybe some coffee bean, with a resinous pine and citrus bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is low, drinks smooth, seems a touch watery but there is some definite heft.

O - Glad I spotted this one while visiting MA. It doesn't quite beat Nugget Nectar, but it is right up there on the hoppy red scale.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 28, 2015

Poured a caramel, reddish amber, semi-clear color with a whopping seven fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of thick, layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops and malts. Getting wet Cascade, rye, sugary iced tea powder, sticky toffee, caramel, dry roasty notes, chocolate covered orange candy, dark fruits, faint cooked vegetables and some Citra zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose nicely. Got the nice mix of hops and malts again. Wet Cascade, earthy rye, powdery iced tea mix, toffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, caramel, toasty biscuit and still that chocolate covered orange candy (one of the See’s Candy). Really good for the style. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this beer. This was all over the place for me, especially the taste and feel. Really good for the style. Wouldn’t be as high if it was an IPA (imperial IPA). (Overall - 4.00)

4.11 | 92 | A-

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Photo of Domvan
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Amber color, foamy head
Smell - Nice light hoppiness
Taste - Light & crisp
Feel - Light bodied crisp mouthfeel
Another unique offering from Maine Beer Company

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Photo of Brondeau
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good. But a little bitter for my palate. Pours pretty. Good mouthfeel. But a bit too bitter. Bought a bottle at the Chatham cheese shop and drank with some nice cheese.

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

The guy who reviewed this below is certainly confused. There is a lot going on in this beer. Solid caramel, chocolate malt backbone with an assertive hop bitterness and aroma. It i pours a beautiful dark amber out of the bottle, as long as you leave the yeast behind as it says on the label. There is so much good with this beer, it is definitely my favorite hoppy ale that is not an IPA or pale ale.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First couple sips are all hops (not a bad thing) slowly gives way to a rich smooth maltiness with the hops in the background. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Could have it every day. Beautiful winter beer.

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

a: a hazy mixture of purple, amber, ruby red, and light brown. poured a large 3 finger solid tan head. real nice looking head

s: caramel malts, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry. there is a hint of sweet brown sugar, and a crackery malt backbone. just a hint of yeast aroma

t: an extremely smooth, yet rich caramel flavor hits you right away. that is followed by the bready, crackery malts. behind those is an extremely faint tropical fruity hop note, and some earthy tea-leaf like bitterness. the transitions of flavors in here is exceptional

m: mouthfeel is on the medium side. given the size of the head, i expected a little more carbonation. but, i think the carbonation level is very nice for an amber in here

o: my second MBC beer, and i think i'm in love with these guys. as mentioned above, the transition of flavors in this beer is very good. extremely smooth transition. it has the qualities i appreciate in an amber, with a nice amount of hops - not overpowering, not even the focus

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” cream to light tan colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Earthy, citrusy, spicy hop aromas, light toast, faint chocolate.
T: A rich malt palate starts slightly sweet and then dries out on the finish. Biscuit, nuts, raisin, a little anise to horehound, and traces of chocolate and espresso give dimension to the flavor. A citrus rind bitter accent on the finish.
F: The carbonation if very soft nd creamy, slightly low, the body is medium.
O: A richly textured amber ale with big malt and hop flavors.One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bottled on date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and dark amber red in color with a sandstone colored two finger head. Good retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thick ring of suds around the edge.

Smell - Smell evokes freshly cut orange with lesser grapefruit and pine notes, while the malts come through as lightly toasted and with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Not quite as strong or aggressive as the pungent aroma led on, but still has good flavor complexity and great balance. Starts with a bit of citrus and pine hoppiness, but backed by a firm, almost equal malt backbone that consists of toasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. Hints of woodiness. Light orange pith bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, soft carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty good, but feel it could stand to have more carbonation, because it comes across as a bit flat, and despite the complexities, the flavor tastes slightly muted; kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard that's sat open all night. That might sound like an unjust description, but believe me an AB that's sat around for 10 hours is still pretty damn good. In any case, I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,459 ratings.
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