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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
2,452
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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320
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477
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Photo of shigg85
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle from M & R Liquors in Manchester, CT. Poured into a U.S. pint glass. Bottled 9/10/2013; consumed about 55 days afterward. Really rich malty flavors and an absolutely beautiful body (maybe due to the bottle conditioning). The foam is always a treat on these Maine brews. The aftertaste is a bit harsh toward the end of the bottle, but other than that, this is a solid, amazing red ale!

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan.

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Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a very dark copper with a good bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, grainy, and slightly roasted. Orange citrus, crystal malt, and roasted almost burnt biscuit. Taste is more hop forward, citrusy and light herbal note with an undertone of grain and a light toasted note. The body is nice and light with high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

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

A murky dark golden copper-brown color with a very healthy light tan head and super lacing. The aroma is surprisingly big with lots of nutty malt and pine hops as well as a little dark fruit. Really makes me think of something more along the lines of a barleywine or an imperial red. Very nice but not quite what I expected. The taste buds pick up a more blended mix of fruity malt and piney hops along with some grassy edges. The body is medium at best with tingly carbonation and a frothy feel. Very good though I'd say the aroma beats the flavor.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of jleblanc, review is from notes. Pours a dark copper color with decent clarity. Fluffy tan foam shows excellent lacing and retention, very pretty beer.

Nose is excellent as well, hoppy leaning with a nice touch of toffee and toast. Hops are tropical and lightly resinous. Nice.

Fresh, bright and citric hop flavors come out to play, big time. Pleasant balance of toasted caramel malts. This is the second beer from Maine Beer Co I have had and am wishing this was a local brewpub already. Very good stuff. Clean amber ale that manages to distinguish itself in a loaded style category with its lovely hop aroma and flavors. Superb!

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A - Absolutely perfect looking beer. A rich, dark red color that illuminates beautifully when held up to a light. With slightly free pour it carried a 2 inch head that works its way down to about a 1/4 head eventually. Has a steady lacing to it as well. For an Amber Ale it presents itself exactly as I think it should... love this appearance.

S - Fresh grassy hop aroma. Very pleasant and similar to that of an IPA.

T - I get oranges and a citrus zest to compliment the hop profile. Definitely is a "hopped up" Amber Ale but it has a crisp finish and good balance throughout.

M - Refreshing and well balanced.

O - Solid beer. I recently had Nugget Nectar for the first time and think this is every bit as good... just doesn't carry the hype for some reason. I wish I had a Nugget left to try next to this. Very legit beer that I would suggest trying to anyone.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into DFH shaped pint glass. Thanks to SneezyAchew for this one.

A: Pours an unsuspecting dark raisny brown with huge, oily, dark tan head that took its time to fade into a rocky film. Chunks of lacing were left down the glass.
S: First impression upon popping the cap: "Holly shit I've had DIPA's that smell ten times worse than this!" This is one hopped up amber ale with huge notes of fresh fruity and floral hops. I get almost no malt. Delicious.
T: Luckily the flavor reminds me this is an amber ale (although this would have made a great ipa!) The hops are somewhat balanced by lightly roasted malt and a touch of sweet caramel. However this beer is far from balanced and should not be drank by those looking for a malty brew. Finish has a good dose of bitterness and is slightly smoky.
M: Body is on the thicker side of medium with soft, even carbonation and a chewy, somewhat oily body. Goes down easy without a trace of alcohol.
O: A definite rival to Nugget Nectar. This is one hoppy beer and one I feel deserves just as much praise as the all mighty beer by Tröegs. I'm not sure amber ales are "supposed" to be this hoppy, but what the hell, that's the way I like them! Well done Zoe. Thanks a ton for sending me a few of these Michael!

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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 MDDMD
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and floral aroma with some nice malt aroma coming through

T-citrus and roasted malt with hints of sweetness followed by a nice hop finish, but not overly bitter

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and nice crisp feel

O-a great amber ale, one of my favorites. Great balance of flavors.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maine Zoe, bottle bought at Whole Foods Portland for $5.50. Bottled on September First 2011 and enjoyed on November Third 2011.

Appearance: This is one heck of a dark amber/red ale! Looks more like a brown ale, or even a barleywine. It's got a deep chestnut color, like the bottom of a dirty lake. The pour is quite gorgeous, with a great two-finger head that lasts.

Smell: Bubbling caramel on the stove, creme brulee. Then vanilla, cinnamon and dessert spices. Weird! Also floor wax/wood-polishing product. Definitely not what I expected, but not bad. Intriguing. I don't get any of the fresh hops many reviewers talk about. Maybe my Zoe is too old?

Taste: Here is where Zoe is lacking. There is a nice, mellow hop base and some roasty/caramel flavors, but that is about it. Spicy, tingly finish. Malt all around.

Mouthfeel: A little thin around the edges, with an almost watery finish that leaves me wanting more. Both body and flavor could use more strength, while carbonation is adequate (but not spectacular).

Overall: Not impressed with this one. I love Lunch and respect Peeper, but this is just alright, almost blah. Sure, it is drinkable (that 7.2% drinks more like 5%) but this is just not interesting.

Hopefully a fresher bottle is better?

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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 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 jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23, 2012. Unfortunately just past the 90 day recommended drink by period.

Beer is dark red with a good-sized light tan head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is a nice blend of malt and hops. Bread, chocolate and caramel scents are strong. Some pleasantly dank pine along with citrus scents. Malts are probably more prominent than they would be if the bottle was fresher, but it is still a very nice scent.

Taste is also very good. Citrus fruit (orange, some grapefruit), pine and a big malty backbone- caramel, bread and chocolate. Well balanced, fairly dry. Good mix of flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, very tasty.

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

Picked up at Carl's in Kittery this fall, and recently poured into a pint glass. Well worth the wait.

Bottom line on top - this is a great beer.

Pours a beautiful dark crimson tinger brown with a lovely full inch of thick creamy foam. Long lasting retention. Pictures should be taken.

Rich malty smell, strong toffee/caramel notes. Some chocolate. Hoppy open gives way to malty blend. Rich chewy taste like a candy bar.

Slight bitter aftertaste lingers a touch too long, but not to worry.

Great beer - well done.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color, almost looks cola like. The big head is dense and leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass. A bit too dark for the style.

The aroma is nice and hoppy. A good combination of grapefruit and pine notes. Very fresh aroma. A bit of a pineapple tropical fruit hop aroma in the end.

The taste is of a bready caramel base, some very light toast notes. The rest of the profile is all hops. Orange and grapefruit form the citrus flavors, to go along with some tropical fruit. Piney and resiny hops finish up the flavor. There is a powdery yeast presence as well.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation, not too lively. Sweet to begin with but ends with a noticable hoppy bitterness. Bitterness doesn't linger which is a plus.

A very good hoppy brew. I would prefer more caramel notes and less tropical fruit hops but I am being picky. Can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle. Packaged on September 19, 2011 - drank on October 21, 2011. Thats pretty fresh, especially living 5+hrs to the brewery.

Poured a reddish/brown haze. Even the foam had a reddish hue; almost looked like a fresh ripe fig. Fantastic looking. Smelled very very hoppy, but the taste wasnt overwhelmed with hops. Very hoppy initial flavour but finished very crisp, malty, and like a red ale should. An amazing unique beer! It is in my personal top 10 maybe 20 beers I ever had. Buy it if you see it! I just wish the bottle was bigger! :)

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ultra-firm, tight opaque head... ultra-dark red brown color. bitchin' lookin' brew...
got lots o' hop in the smell, but an 'amateurish' kind of aroma....(?).
taste is very hoppy, hoppy-red, and refreshing. a little bit of an earthy taste, but this plays very well into the refreshing part of it.
2nd pour is more vigorous and, consequently, more head-y. super- creamy and thick head!! this is a great red.
oh, and a bitchin' label too!

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Maine bottle from Ben, 500ml.

Pours a nice, deep clear copper with a crazy thick head that leaves some of the most impressive lacing I've ever seen. A full two inch cap sticks on top for the duration. I honestly can't think of a better looking amber.

Aroma is bright with floral hops and light lemon and pineapple citrus. There is still a noticeable caramel malt presence but the hops are the star in the nose.

Taste is almost as impressive with the toasted caramel malts taking the forefront a little more. That said the floral pine and grassy hops are still a major player and leave a bitter, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth for the style. Sticky with hops but with a dry, slightly roasted character on the palate.

Probably not quite in Nugget Nectar territory, but this is a great amber - hop forward with the right balance of malts and body. Well done.

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

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is a deep amber color. It is topped with a large, rocky, tan head.

S - As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell pine resin and a little orange zest. It also has a tea-like smell.

T - I get an earthy malt backbone followed by a some citrusy hops, and finally, a hop finish.

M - Medium

O - This tastes like Noseratu is supposed to taste. This is a great, hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL amber bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 093012 stamped on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Beautiful chestnut-brown dark ruby with thick 2-finger beige frothy head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: A lot of orange citrus with even more musky, dank, resinous hops aroma. The malts are undeniably amber ale with toffee, burnt caramel, raisin, and fig.

T: I enjoyed the flavor of this beer but have to admit I am not the biggest fan of the dank hops flavor, which this beer has a lot of. It reminded me of Ithaca Cascazilla in some ways, but this brew is far superior in having much greater malt depth and mouthfeel. The medium malt contributions of rum raisin, fig, toffee, and roast malt work well with the orange citrus, lemongrass, and dank, earthy, herbal nature of the hops flavors. This beer really opens up from the malt side with warming.

M: This beer has a wonderful balance of tackiness and creaminess than just rolls on your palate. The body is medium with low-medium carbonation to give it a more lazy, lush mouthfeel.

O: I really liked this beer a lot, and probably would have bumped up several scores except for the focus on the dank, earthy, herbal, grassy hops aromas and flavors. Even with this prejudice, I thought this beer was excellent.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown - good retention

smells of floral/citrus hops and sweet malt

taste is similar to the nose but with a peppery spice i am guessing from the hops - plenty of bitterness but backed up with the caramel malt

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation - smooth and creamy

overall very solid red/amber - i have beer impressed with the 2 offerings i have had from Maine Beer Co. - hope to try more

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

Big thanks to jmarsh123 for the killer extra!

A - pours a reddish brown color without a creamy looking head

S - nose is toasted biscuit and grainy malts. There is a nice splash of earthy and pine hops.

T - taste follows the nose well. Grainy amber malts start it off. These fade o a pleasant.piney bitterness. A little bit of sweet citrus rind is in there as well.

M - creamy, full body goes down well

D - solid amber ale here. Nice bitterness and complexity to it makes it an above average brew and one I would love to try again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 05/20/2014. Another new beer to me from Maine Beer Company; I have good expectations since these guys have impressed me so far.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark caramel amber color, but appears a dark sunset red in the glass. Three big fluffy frothy fingers of khaki tan head. The head recedes to a nice fluffy rocky surface with lots of thin lacing on the glass. On the darker side of things for the style, I would say, but a very nice appearance for the beer.

S - The aroma is very interesting and inviting, also. Very earthy, twiggy, & herbal. Caramel malts, and some yeast. Not a particularly exciting aroma, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows through.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malts, herbal, earthy, and leafy. Some resinous / piney hop presence is noticeable, but I'd say the malts are the more major player. Dark and roasty at times, almost to the point where you forget you a drinking an amber ale.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, another quality beer from Maine Beer Company; these guys seem to put out consistently good beers, and I look forward to more from them.

Maine Beer Company Zoe ---4/5.

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