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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

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596
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2,430
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, light-tan, creamy head that persists on and on. Body is a deep, dark ruby color (almost black-looking at first glance) with highlights when held to the light, and clear.

S: Sweet, slightly fruity aroma, with lots of citrus from an apparent large hop-dose.

T: Sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness at first, with lots of citrus hop flavor. Seems to be just a touch of chocolate/roast flavor as well. Quite a bitter finish to balance things out.

M: Medium-full body, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I like this brewery... I greatly enjoyed this beer and their Peeper Ale. Really looking forward to what they do next.

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Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9/10/13, poured into a HF glass.

Pours a dark amber clear body with a light tan head of high thickness, good retention, some lacing. Smells of piney floral hops and spices. Taste is enjoyably bitter with a nice spicy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium bodied, quite dry. Overall, a well-enjoyed amber ale, a style which is often macro-produced, but well executed in this case with abundant use of hops.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Maine Brewing Company. I've been drinking a lot of this beer recently, but just now got the chance to sit down and reminisce. 16.9 oz bottle, smiley label. This is one handsome beer. A hearty pour yields a huge head and the retention is unbeatable. Thick inch of foam tops a rusty garnet brew, thick lacing on the way down. Hops dominate the nose, mostly pine, and subtle malt presence. At first sip... Mmm. Hoppy, yes, very bitter up front with lots of pine / spruce flavorings and some citrus, but also plenty of malt backbone for balance. Rustic, toasty bread malt and the slightest sweetness underneath the hops. Zesty. Excellent lingering dryness on the palate, yet a robust and supple mouthfeel, very sturdy. Really tasty beer here folks. And this beer is great w/ food. Having just moved to Portland I'm excited to have this available all the time. Definitely worth seeking out, as is their Peeper Ale - these guys are on a roll. I literally cannot wait to see what they brew next. Cheers!

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Photo of sisuspeed
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Russian River tulip. Dark amber brown with almost 3 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

Lots of resiny pine hops on the nose, bready malts and just a touch of diacetyl.

Hoppy, caramel bread notes on the tongue. A tad buttery. Odd hop astringency on the finish. Light cardboard. Not bad, but not really good either.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy with decent hop bitterness throughout. Buttery feel. Feels off for a hoppy amber. Can't really get rid of the diacetyl presence.

Overall, this is a slightly below average hoppy amber. Ok, but there are many better beers out there in this category.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy dark amber, almost chestnut tone; somewhat aggressive pour yields a big, billowing heady - a good 3" worth - creamy, and beige in color. decent head retention, and a lot of patchy lacing left on the glass.

fairly aromatic nose is hop-forward (pine, a little citrus), with a strong presence of toasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same characteristics. nice and sort of unique blend of the hoppiness with the toasted/bready malt notes. very tasty. not crazy, mind-blowing tasty, but tasty.

medium-full bodied with lively carbonation.

overall this was a really solid amber, i liked it a lot. wouldn't go crazy for it, but i would definitely enjoy it again.

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Photo of illpass78
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with some red around the edges. Fairly heavy carbonation and a big cream head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a piny, buttery, biscuity, grassy smell. It's appealing for sure. Very aromatic.

Taste: Raisins and dark fruit dominate the taste of this beer, which also has a booze kick and hefty malt presence. There's also biscuit, grass and apricot. Some mild figs, too, and some noticeable citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, which is a good depth for this beer, because a heavier body would make it a little too "big." It's reasonably dense, but approachable.

Overall: Sip it, savor it, and enjoy it. Another great beer from MBC, everyone's favorite simple-label-loving brewery. You really don't need to go nuts on bottle designs when your beer is this well crafted. It strikes me as kind of an IPA/amber hybrid, and will appeal to fans of either.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker reddish amber, almost a medium brown. Head was a creamy dirty white that was fairly thick, and stuck remarkably well. Aroma was a strong hoppy pine upfront. Over time developed an underlying bit of brown sugar sweetness. Flavor was hoppy bitter, but was also a bit of a peppery spice balance that helped to smooth it out. Coated very well, just the right amount of stick in the mouth, with a hint of carbonation. Had a fair amount of chew and body. Overall, a well balanced beer. Perhaps a bit on the hoppier side for the style, but not in a bad way.

Consumed 2 weeks after born on date.

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Photo of king75
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark red, almost black, a nice solid inch or two of a dirty white foam head.

S- The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing, hops galore, citrus nodes, even has a slight wild flower smell.

T- get a lot of hops, but there is a good quality malty taste accompanying it. A very clean finish. Leaves you begging for more.

M- Light, just the right amount of weight, light but not too light. Floats across the palate.

D- Could drink this all day long and you would never hear me complain.

The best amber ale I have had by far. Blew my mind! The flavor complexity is amazing almost drinks like an IPA which is something that I do not mind. Highly recommend you try this one if given a chance. I definitely want to try this one again.

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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 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 Antc2382
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Look- very dark amber, almost black. Huge tan head sticks around for awhile. Head spreads throughout, lacing looks nice. Smell- grassy.. Some floral notes. Actually this beer reminds me of a better Lagunitas Nighttime. Taste- good stuff. Blended. Malt, hops, earthiness, smoothness. Feel- surprisingly smooth, not much booze felt. O- an interesting, well thought Amber ale.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at RSVP in Portland today really glad I did. Beer reminds me a bit of a brown ale somewhat nutty, roasty. None the less this is definately a amber and a good one at that. This pours a nice frothy head that last for quite a while.

Body is a cloudy amber and while this is no nuggat nectar this stands on its own a a really nice amber beer.

Definately would have again and recommend.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled 8/18/11.

It's more than amber, it's all shades of deep red. Quite a sustained fluffy head still sits atop in latte brown.

As far as hops, it's showing the four month age, with toffee and candied fruits overshadowing what had to have been a nose chalk full of tropical fruit. Lots of candied orange peel and caramel malt. There's even some buttered toast and a smattering of alcohol.

The dominant flavors are candied orange peel, crystal malt, and bitter alcohol. Sort of a rearrangement of the aromas. It's standard Amber stuff, but very strong.

It hovers between thin and medium bodied. Regardless, it's a bit rough and bitter, which is a good counter to the crystal malt. It would also be better if there were a bit more carb.

While it's nothing revolutionary, it is very well done. I like sweetness as long as it's well tempered, preferably by hop bitterness, which it is here.

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Photo of mooseo
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Dark ruby/brown with a gigantic light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, pine needle, grapefruit and light citrus hops. Earthy, fresh aroma.

T - Waves of piney hops, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Bready, nutty malts provide some balance. Finishes somewhat bitter with spicy herbal notes, grassy hops, and grainy malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. High carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is a delicious hoppy amber ale. Pine is the dominant flavor here, but there is a lot of complexity in the taste. The soft, bready malts blend perfectly and lend just the right amount of sweetness. Very impressive offering.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off... this beer is NOTHING like I expected it to be...

Burnt Sienna-colored body, dense manila colored one finger head worked up to a lather... sticks to the glass. High carbonation level. The bubbles are going crazy in my glass.

Imagine Sierra Nevada Celebration on the nose, but way more intense, roasty, and robust. This doesn't smell like a hoppy beer. You get a strong sense malt complexity.

The hop and malt balance is superb. It's not bracingly bitter nor overly sweet. It's just right. Deep toast, rich malty intensity, mild milk chocolate with that whole milk creaminess. The hops are certainly there, but they're somewhat neutral-flavored amongst the intense malt base. Glimmers of pine and floral traits shine through, but definitely no citrusy, fruity, or dank notes. This is unlike any Amber I've ever tasted, and honestly, it changes my perception of what an amber could possibly be. If I were to brew this style soon, it would definitely be in the style of Zoe.

Maine Beer Co. managed to pack so much richness of body and flavor into a 7.2% Amber that I'm honestly stunned. This beer is truly unique. The high carb level helps to improve drinkability in an otherwise very rich tasting, dense beer. Amber Ale not a favorite style of mine, but I can appreciate beauty when I taste it.

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

Bottled 2/20, enjoyed within two weeks. Beautiful amber body, thick foamy head. Clean clean clean the whole way through from looks to aroma to taste; MBC's hallmark. Toasted malt, caramel, nuts, herbs, pine, grapefruit. Excellent beer if you're a fan of the style. For reference, my favorite hopped amber brew is Nugget Nectar. Zoe is much more balanced.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4/5  rDev -4.5%

An unexpected treat and it is only 8 days out from bottling, $7.49 for 500ml. Classic styled review

Appearance - Clean Pour, yields two foaming, wispy fingers of head. Best head retention I have come across in a while. Nice retention. The body is a deep mahogany wood a light carbonation coming though it.

Smell - Clean pinny and light grassy hops and mild malts, exactly what it should. There is a bit of dry hopping without going overboard.

Taste - As with the aroma, this is pretty classic amber ale, with a nice healthy malt profile with grain sweetness and subtle caramel flavors as well as a slightly bitter finish from the toasted malts. There is also a complementary presence of the citrus and pine that kick this one up to another level and make it more unique than most amber ales.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and clean finish.

Overall - "Balling", a great very balanced Red Ale, but not as hoppy as the label would lead me to be believe but a great example of what the style can be. However at this price per oz it is hard for me for justify all the time. If this was in a six pack format, then it would be in a regular rotation.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a sinful mahogany cherry brown with over two fingers of frothy head. Redeculous amounts of sticky, spider-web lacing grabbing onto the glass. Very nice clarity with cherry red highlights.

S- Fruity grapefruit, cocoa, pine needles, rye bread, orange peel all with a wonderful spiceiness. Picking up some caraway, cilantro, fennel, and a touch of funky yeast.

T- Spicey and fruity! Grapefruit, orange, rye malt, caraway, pine sap, and a touch of caramel. Over-ripe pineapple, slightly funky yeast, and some bits of raisins/figs/dried fruit and dry hay. Has a touch of a metallic/mineral finish.

M- Nicely bitter, yet sweet. Pungent citrus/pine punch meets caramel/pineapple sweetness and blends seemlessly. Loving the spiciness! This is unreal, really glad it's finally in my area.

O- If you like NN... you'll love the shit out of this beer! It's like a more mature Nugget Nectar. Tons of sweet, bitter and spice that dance all over your tongue. The only problem with this is the price. $7/16oz is gonna make it hard for me to justify very often. I wanna see how much of this excedes the 90 drinking date near me. I have a feeling not very much. Too bad this wasn't in a 4-pack for $20.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 3rd. Wish I drank this a little fresher :/

A: Pours a beautiful deep red color with a 2 inch head. Excellent lacing. I'd say they nailed what the appearance of a red ale should look like.

S: Well I have a bit of a cold right now so I'm not smelling this perfectly, but I'm getting some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: First take on this is wow! what a hop punch. As it continues to hit the palate you get an impressive malt bill in which I get some plum and caramel sweetness. The finish has the hops and malt fade out in harmony - good balance! A lot of complexity in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish that has a bit of a lingering hop bitterness to it.

O: Maine Beer Co. nailed it with this as they usually do. This isn't too common around my area but I'm sure that when I see it again fresh I'll pick up another bottle. Try this!

Side note: I paired this with some sausage and eggplant parm and though I don't usually like mixing beer and food, it was great together.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: very dark red colored body with some light brown edges. A small white head appeared for less than a minute. The lacing was light and stuck together for a good minute. It took about a minute before it spider-webbed.

S: hops and caramel, some pine and citrus enter in on the background. It was mainly well-balanced.

T: bittersweet through the hops and caramel, some light spiciness came out through the hops. The pine was really light.

M: medium with a well balanced carbonation slightly felt, it was slightly creamy and had a dry finish.

O: this was a great beer. My expectations were moderate when I think I was way more surprised how well this beer turned out. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

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

Deep brown color, about in-line with a Grade A medium amber maple syrup. Pretty, long lasting, rocky light tan head. Leaves plenty of lacing. Nice looking beer!

Dank, piny hoppy aroma. Spicy hops mingle with caramel from the malts to make a tasty beer. Brown sugar sweetness toward the finish. But just the right amount of spicy hops bitterness races across the finish line, inspiring another sip.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. Nice example of an American brown ale, in my opinion.

Update 22 Jan 2012 - just cracked open a 4 month old bottle (27 Sept) and it is as good as a much fresher bottle. I could smell the piny hops as soon as the bottle cap had been cracked open. I purchased this bottle off an unrefrigerated shelf yesterday. This is one hoppy beer that does last.

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks!

A: Pours a deep, dark red. Half inch of fluffed foam. Looks quite good.

N: Wow. A ton of pineapple and mango up front. A moderate amount of pine. Some prickly and sweet malt.

T: Quite bitter and almost roasted. Biscuit, pine/spruce. Very grassy. Doesn't have the same tropical notes of the nose, rather more orange and lemon zest. (Good dry hopping?). Reminds of a ramped up pilsner with the malt.

M: A touch on the heavier, syrupy side. Not too distracting, but not perfect either. Some alcohol here.

O: Pretty nice beer and something I'd have time and again if it was available here. Well balanced, but still hoppy.

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

1 pint .9 oz bottled on 02/09/12. thanks to valdieu2 for the opportunity!

a - pours a murky chestnut color that glows garnet when held up to a light. gave me a dense, two finger, creamy, tan head that lasts for quite a while. lacing completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - fresh baked bread, grapefruit, grass, and notes of grape.

t - mmmm. notes of grapefruit, red grape, and raisin all supported by delicious, nutty, chocolatey malt. a resinous, piney bitterness washes over before a lingering dry and bittersweet finish. very well balanced.

m - medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation. medium co2 profile.

o - really a wonderful beer and definitely put a smile on my face. much hoppier than most amber ales that i have tried, but that's a good thing. worth seeking out imho.

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Photo of beerhan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle thanks to jlindros`for this one!

A-Dark brown with a reddish hue and a nice thick frothy head. Real solid pour into a pint glass.

S-Loads of caramel as well as a lot of fresh grain. Reminds me of doughnuts before being all sweetened. Really has a great aroma Almost a subtle grapefruit smell as well.

T-Very biscuitty and lots of caramel. There is some bread as well as a dry hoppy aftertase. Taste is rather unusual as it switches from sweet to dry hoppiness.

M-Intially very sweet with a drying aftertaste. Medium carbonation makes this very smooth and drinkable.

O-I really enjoyed this beer, it is classy, tasty and drinkable. My only real complaint is that I kind of wish it was in a six pack rather than a 500ml. Great beer though. I am not to familiar with red ales but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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