Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,485 Ratings
ZoeZoe
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
Ranking:
#1,135
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,485
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
495
Trade:
15
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 2 weeks ago, bought at Winooski Beverages. Pours dark brown with abundant soapy off-white head. English hop and rich malts aroma. Soft mouthfeel, though bitterness erases the palate in the finish. Toasty malt. Very drinkable and tasty.Lots of thick lace.I could have bought more!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 4/9/13.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with pine and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very pine and herbal hop forward.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice American amber here. the color is dark brick red, clear enough, but not letting a ton of light in. there is a huge oatmeal looking cream colored head with excellent retention and a certain sex appeal. the nose is dry red malts, and a whole lot of hops, especially for the style. there is basically no sweetness at all, which is the factor that always turns me off from these. this one is real hoppy, like a red ipa, with a lot of grapefruit and pine, really dense and robust, a very impressive ale. I like this side of red malt, its new, its sturdy, and its delicious. I would love to see more beers like this out there, I love its depth and careful yet aggressive hop complex. soft carbonation, full body, this appears to me as a fall beer, but I suppose its a heck of a drink around the calendar. maine beer company has impressed me so far, I am looking forward to the mean old tom ive got in the fridge, and anything else I can get my hands on from these guys.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle picked up a bottle of this while they were in Maine a month or so ago. The beer poured out as a deep looking amber color. In darker light it looked brown. The head was white and had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy, there wasn't too much else really happening besides some citrusy hops filling the nose. The taste is bitter but yet. Dry drinkable in my opinion. Has some sweetness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a pretty good carbonation to it also. Overall I thought this brew was really good actually. I would drink this one again for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a short light beige colored head.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite hoppy but a little more complex with citrus flavors and hints of pine resin. There is also a good amount of caramel malts and a moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have the perfect balance of malts and hops. The mouthfeel is also very smooth for the style.

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

Its with the flavor of Amber but the proportion of IPA that Zoe comes to life. Much drier, hoppier and aromatic than your average Red Ale makes her a winner with Hop Heads!

Rusty reddish-brown in color, the ale pours with a creamy and quick separation of the beer's dark body and its bone-white frothy cap. Showing off its hoppy array, the ale glows dimly with garnet highlights through its dry-hopped hazce. Strong staying power and lacy collars of foam continue to show off her charming appearance.

Hops, hops and more hops leap from the glass and strike the olfactory senses with IPA characteristics. Lead by fresh-sawed pine, the quintessential scent of ripe white grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and leaf. Buried underneath is the supporting hop scents of bread crust, pecan, slightly scorched caramel and a fresh-kilned barley aroma that stops shy of toast.

Then to taste, the IPA demeanor continues- its dry malt taste is barely sweet with mildly burnt toffee. The more bready counterparts of crust, nuts, and grain keeps the malts suppressed in order to allow the hops to shine. The middle palate gleams with sharp citrus flavor of the peels and pulp of just-ripe grapefruit and oranges. As the beer makes a quick transition to finish, the rise of pine resins and an overall leafy taste carries the bitterness to an unbelievable crisp and refreshing closure.

Medium-light in body, the expected crystal-type sweetness is avoided and allows the ale to trend light and dry right from the get-go. This quick work to finish makes drinkability a breeze. However, the ale is so crisp, clean, and dry that it exposes mild astringency from both hop matter and grain husk. Its moderate alcohol warmth hides behind the bitterness- just as does in American IPA.

As an Amber Ale that trends IPA, the proportions have been rearranged- suppressing malt sweetness and body in order to celebrate true American hop character gives this clever ale an edge for hop lovers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - I'm just a little surprised that there isn't an umlaut over the 'e' in this beer's name - seems to be the current hipster trend, no?

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and pleasantly bubbly beige head, which leaves some random sudsy, broken chainlink lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, resinous pine and leafy hops, bittersweet dark fruit - of the fig, cherry and raisin variety - a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and further grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus notes. The taste is big on the hefty pine resin, edgy leafy, and muddled citrus pith hop bitterness up front, followed gamely by a sturdy bready, biscuity, and well caramelized malt, one aided and abetted by some middling cocoa powder, and a soft nutty coffee essence. Very little is discernible about the apparently near 15-proof booze factor.

The carbonation is pretty tight, not really showing its cards whatsoever, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and plainly smooth, not much else going on here. It finishes much drier than I might have expected, the caramel maltiness turning tail, in the face of that lingering citrus, pine, and bitter leafy hoppiness.

A well-made American amber ale - the hops are certainly not to be trifled with, but that doesn't mean that the malt is given short shrift - in fact, a fair amount of love is doted on the biscuit, bread, and caramel notes, almost, as already stated, through the end. Anyways, a tasty, somewhat beguiling, and drinkable despite the ABV, hoppy amber brew - I want to, but I'm just not gonna add a smiley face to seal this one off.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Understated label art. Pry-off pressure cap. 7.2% ABV. "09C214 50."

Served cold into a tulip. Expectations are sky high given its reputation and current ratings.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Fluffy soft consistency. Even. Retention is great - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves an even coating of nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark deep amber hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking amber, but isn't unique or special per se.

AROMA: Amber malts, malty sweetness, floral hop character, some caramalt, and vague herbal hop character. No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spice is detectable.

Overall, it's a nice aroma for an amber, but isn't mind-blowing. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a lovely amber malt backbone with a fresh pleasant hop profile comprised of fresh floral notes, herbal character, and an edge of pine or perhaps faint spruce? Light toastiness, some caramalt, and mild resins. The herbal character is more pronounced than you'd find in most ambers. It's complex and subtle enough, but doesn't impress in terms of intricacy or nuance.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. Bitterness/sweetness balance is apt, and the hops seem well paired to the malts. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I'm not finding the raisin, chocolate, and biscuit mentioned on their website, nor is it citrusy.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and aptly soft. Thickness is apt. This texture complements the taste nicely but doesn't quite elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is good.

OVERALL: A very good amber with a surprisingly well balanced taste, Zoe is a beer every enthusiast will enjoy trying. But it doesn't beat out Troegs Nugget Nectar for the title of best amber, and it's not a world-class brew per se. Easily one of the best beers brewed in this style in the USA, but it won't gobsmack the discerning drinker. It's damn drinkable, though, and I'll inhale the bottle. A nice introduction to Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a very nice head; solid in both the stickage and lacing departments

Smell: For a beer of this age, this still has a strong floral, hoppy aroma about it; rather biscuity, too, but just imagine what it might have been like when first brewed!

Taste: The biscuity, dark bread malt backbone appears right up front and is a strong presence from start to finish; it doesn't take long, however, for the citrusy hops to make a stand, leaving a tangerine bitterness that combats the malt; again, I imagine this would have been extraordinary when fresh so I am going to bump up the score a notch

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Maine Beer Company is a brewery to be reckoned with if you are a hop lover; I, for one, am going to keep my eye on them as this is a great example of a hoppy amber

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Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for this bottle. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color with a reddish hue. There are two fingers of light tan head . The retention is good with some lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus peel hops with mild herbal notes and sweet malt. Really nice.

Taste: Really good, does not disappoint from the taste. Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue up front and stay with you the whole sip. There is some malt backbone and mild pepper notes. The finish is bitter like grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mildly chalky, smooth and tingly carbonation, the finish is quite slick.

Overall: I wouldn't say this is a perfect beer by any means, but it tastes fantastic. I'm really loving it and would definitely have another.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large dirty white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense hops is quite interesting with nice floral undertones. Taste is a great mix between intense hops presence with limited bitter notes and some really good citrus and earthy hops notes. Malt backbone is quite solid and not too sweet to cut through the hops profile. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great dry-hopping execution.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings
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