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
Ratings:
2,482
Reviews:
610
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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324
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492
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of two Maine Beer Co. bottles generously sent to me by NJBeerNerd, thanks Mike! 16.9 oz beautifully simplistic bottle with a really awesome "environmental" story behind the brewery and the inspiration for this beer, Zoe. Cool stuff.

A: Cloudy dark ruby body with a creamy, slightly off-white head. This exhibits phenomenal retention and leaves wonderful lacing behind. An outstanding looking beer, especially for the style. Well done, this is off to a great start.

S: Subtle gooey caramel malt notes, pine and sap hop aromas fill in, finishing with some green tea leaves. A floral aspect really opens up as this warmed up a bit and wasn't quite as obvious as first. Perhaps something like a daisy flower, the notes are quite mellow but a nice added layer. Everything is there but overall it's not as aromatic as I expected.

T: Dry floral hop notes coat the palate up front washing it with a bitter taste. Sweet malt - kind of fruity - arrives to balance out the hop bite, even though it's not that much to begin with. Tangerine rind is in the finish and speaking of finish, it's pretty dry.

M: Prickly and bubbly carbonation but not too overpowering. Pretty average for the style, I would have liked a bit less to bring upon a solid medium-bodied feel as this seems to be teetering a bit.

I guess I wanted to compare this to Nugget Nectar before going into it. It's not as bitter or citrusy as NN, but in its own right, is a nice representation of the style. I worry if anything goes missing in this beer, though, there is nothing else to make up for it. One little missing flavor would throw this entire beer off. All in all, a very nice first offering for me from Maine Beer Co.

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

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

Bottle received from cbeer88 in the US/Canadian BIF. Thanks!

A -Poured a deep amber colour, only the slightest amount of light passes through. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - A jolt of bitter citrus and piney hops up front. Extremely fresh and vibrant hop aroma. A caramel malt backbone provides a balancing sweetness. An outstanding nose.

T - Bitter hops up front with notes of pine and grapefruit followed up a sweet malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. The bitterness returns in the finish. Very well balanced.

M -Light to medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

A very dark amber beer; nearly brown, quite cloudy, with a big cap of off white head. Excellent retention and super creamy lacing.

Massive aroma, super sweet and tropical, with loads of juicy hops. Full of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and...mango, perhaps? Wow. Extremely fresh and vivid (bottled a mere 12 days prior to review).

Just phenomenal tasting; lightly sweet, moderately bitter, with a touch of maltiness lingering underneath a tremendously detailed and tasty hop profile. All kinds of fruit in here, led by strong pineapple flavors, followed by tangerine, lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit.

Medium finish with some bitterness and slowly fading memories of one of the best tasting hoppy beers I can remember. Creamy, with medium carbonation and body, and a very nice, smooth and somewhat coating mouthfeel.

What a pleasure. So good. I want to remember this one the way I had this bottle, so awesomely fresh, don't know if I'd get it again if it was much older. The best example of the style I've encountered, including Nugget Nectar.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this pretty fresh. The side of the bottle has a date of 5/7/13.

The beer pours out with a huge tight thick off white head in a very deep red. Almost brownish with how deeply dark red it is. Mahoghany. The aroma is huge and hoppy. Reminds me of a brighter Nugget Nectar, almost like an IPA. It has huge fresh hops, grapefruit, sweet sweet berries, huge sweet fresh mangoes and pineapples. Tropical, very sticky sticky sweet, but along with some pine and resin. There’s also a sweet caramel malt in there. One of the best aromas of a hoppy beer.

The flavor is almost like an IPA. At the front, you get a gentle malt and breadiness, then you’re hit with an herbal or earthy tone. Then the middle and finish has this longing bitterness that is slightly of grapefruit, but also has big earthy qualities. This beer slightly reminds me of Resin because of the deep resin and tea-like flavors.

As I continue having this beer and it warms up slightly, the earthy qualities die down a bit and I get bigger bready malt.

It’s an extremely complex beer. I would say this almost leans on being an IPA because of the lack of that sweet crystal malt. Definitely my favorite beer in the category, much more than Nugget Nectar. Then again, at $8.99 a bottle, I wouldn’t get this too frequently. A must try though.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I simply must remember to pour bottle-conditioned beers more gingerly. This beer is a dark amber hue with a quite-haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is three-plus fat fingers of pillowy tan foam with a nice lace. Not sure what else I'd want out of an amber ale.

Smell: great big dose of fresh earthy hops with a fair amount of citrus character and a complementary dankness. Quite nice.

Taste: sweetish caramel malt with a tons of dank, earthy, somewhat citrusy and almost moldy hops. OK, that was an initial impulse ... the hops are not as bad as I thought. It's good, but just a bit muddled in a way that makes it hard to pick out the flavors I prefer. So, overall, good, but brewers: you're treading a line here which could easily go bad on you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: while this beer is still pretty good, I feel like some of the dankness and muddiness of the hops detracts from overall drinkability for me. This bottle isn't terribly old (about two months), but perhaps this beer is better closer to its source.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop with elements of tofee, caramel and dark fruit.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, caramel and dark fruit. A full piney hop present as well.

The mouthfeel was full and robust.

Overall a balmy hopped up amber ale.

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

Another great beer from Maine Beer Company. As usual, this beer is dry rather than sweet, crisp, and has a nice hoppy profile without reliance on big citrus notes. Very balanced with a long bitterness, and enough very dry malt to sustain the piney and herbal hops. A lighter colored amber than many, and the malt is downplayed in favor of the hops. Delicious!

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-brown with about a three-quarters inch thick silky tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a little pine and barley. The taste is also decently hopped and bitter with a very distant background of hops. But the bitter hops really take over. This is listed as an amber ale but it really feels more like an IPA. Quite good though.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

On Tap

Maine Brewing Company Zoe pours out the dark amber I Envisioned. A nice dark amber with some light brown shade and a tannish cap of foam up top leaving good amounts of foam on the glass. a decent amount of bubbles rising up. Smells awfully hoppy right off the tap. A nice mix of pine/earth backed with citrus. Trace amounts of pale malt ride up the tail end. Smells awfully clean and ready to drink. Drinking this is nice, what is advertised is delivered, a hoppy amber ale. The amount of biscuit coming from the malt drives down this nicely hopped ale into something more balanced, leading in the amber directon. Caramel seeps through gently and glides with the earth/pine/citrus. Feel is a step up from light with a nice carb that is felt. I could do a pint of this if the day and mood was right, I just don't see myself going out of my way for it. Reminds me of celebration ale.

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

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

From a bottle I picked up in Portland (Maine) a few weeks back.

The beer pours a dark, reddish amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose in this beer is really a thing of beauty and not what I normally expect in an amber... even a hoppy one. This beer is very perfumy, with considerable orange citrus, black pepper and even some light dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, and I'm impressed by how well balanced this beer is. There's some moderate sweetness from the malt initiallly, but it's buoyed very nicely by a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness. This in turn leads to a fairly long, bitter, and impressively dry finish. The finish in this beer is very clean, with not even hint of the 7.2% alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish.

This is quite well done. Impressive (to say the least).

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,482 ratings.
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