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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:
602
Ratings:
2,449
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GFunk720 for including this as an extra in our recent trade

Poured from 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy dark red amber with a two and a half finger beige head. Beautiful lacing. The aroma is a mixture of plum and black cherries, accented by grapefruit and citrus and a bit of grass and pine. Initially, the the flavor of dark fruit highlighted with grapefruit and citrus dominates transitioning to a bit of sweet malt and then finishes with piney hop bitterness. Considerable body supplied by a fairly hefty malt backbone for an American Amber/Red Ale, well carbonated and slick mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew and very much on the same plane as Nugget Nectar.

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

Look - A super dark amber color
Smell - Killer nose. Tons of citrus with hints of pine, caramel and dark fruit type sweetness
Taste - Citrus, earthiness, pine, grapefruit, pithy, nutty, caramel, malt sweetness

Overall - Easily the best red/amber ale available. MBC is amazing.

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Photo of gfreed
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from this small brewery in Maine, not only in taste but also tastefulness. There's a tad too much hoppy pine in the aroma, bending slightly toward new-carpet smell, but it's not overwhelming nor does it contribute to hammy hoppiness in the flavor. Definitely dry and crisp with hops to the fore, but everything here has comfy rounded edges, like a giant cotton beanbag chair. For a good hoppy American ale, it lacks the hostile attitude of so many of its cousins from the West coast. MBC is a pearl of New England.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Insanely hoppy, with the malt presence to back it up, unlike Lunch. Piney, creamy and very drinkable. Candied fruit and resin mid palate. Creamsicle finish with lingering bitterness. Outstanding.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy red, almost blood orange, colour with an initial tall and creamy head. Recedes to a dirty off-white coloured blanket, and lingers on-top very nicely. Little to no lacing for me.

S: Lots of wonderful pine hops, caramel-like malt backbone, grapefruit rind, and picking up hints of nutmeg. Overall a real nice smell that's well complimented.

T: Bready-caramel malt is actually more prevalent in the taste than the hops, contrary to the initial aroma. Although the hops are balanced quite nicely. Citrus notes and pepper present, along with a brown sugary taste (cinnamon-like?) in the finish.

M: Good carbonation and viscosity for the style.

D: Great beverage and easily drinkable. A little on the steep side price-wise which will be restricting my intake, but a real good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - the beer pours out much darker than expected. a deep opaque mahogany with red highlights. 2 fingers worth of tightly packed off white foam leave lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is muted. earthy notes are easy to tease out. autumn leaves, bitter orange peel, and caramel. there is a hint of smokiness or possibly tobacco. but overall nose does seem week.

T - bitterness starts immediately. bright citrus notes color the tongue while chocolate and cereal notes of the malt profile balance out the strong flavor. hints of dark fruit at the back end which carry out on the long bitter finish.

M - full side medium bodied. medium carbonation, tight and bubbly. creamy texture.

O - while the nose isn't strong the flavors of this beer do make up for the short coming. a well made beer.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via Glouglouburp-pours a cloudy dark chestnut/iced tea with a lively white head and delicate lacing. Nose- grapefruit, caramel and tea. Taste- nutty, herbal and almost slight chocolate roast underlying character. Grassy hop bitterness is intertwined with sweet bread on the finish. Touch of alcohol head. Crisp carbonation and somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

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

A- pouts a beautiful red amber color with a finger and a half of red tinged head. Very good retention.

S- I could smell some hops as soon as I popped this. Leafy floral hops blend with a citrus characteristic and dense pine. Sweet caramel like malt aroma brings a superb balance.

T- starts of with some sweet caramel like maltiness. The hops intertwine with notes of citrus peel, tangerine and leafy flavors. Finishes with some yeasty dusty notes, intense dense pine and a nice hop bitterness. Extremely tasty and refreshing.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and great carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a delicious brew.

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

Very solid offering from MBC once again. Beautiful citrus hops dominate the nose, while the taste is a mixture of bitter hops up front and a delicate, chocolate-like lingering on the back. Appearance is dark -- like a mix of brown and mahogany. A prominent creamy head contributes. Not a session beer by any means, like some of MBC's other offerings, but Zoe is an excellent full-bodied example of the amber style. If you find Nugget Nectar overly assertive or fruity, try Zoe instead. I know many who prefer it.

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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 celticfutblclub
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz poured into a pint glass. bottled 3/10/2011

A - dark dark brown with a nice thick creamy head that slowly recedes to a thin line that sticks for the duration.

S - holy hops. they werent lying about this being a hoppy amber and you can tell right from the first whiff. citrus banana and a bubblegum type flavor are also in there.

T - there are those hops again. theres a nice balance between them and a malty underneath. the finish on this thing is quite amazing and if drinkability was still around would definitely be giving this a 5 out of 5 in that regard.

M - this thing is just so unbelievably smooth and sticks to the side of your mouth for just enough time.

O - i had heard a lot of great things about this company and though i thought the peeper ale was very good quality it did not blow me away but i knew i had to wait to try this one. it definitely holds up to the hype in my opinion. go get one.

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

This beer pours very dark for a red ale with a deep dark brown amber color, reminiscent of a more earthy red wine an brown sugar, and with a huge lightly maple syrup-drizzled head that lasts forever and leaves a nice sticky spatterwork of lacing on the side of the glass.
The beer smells thick with some great resiny pine hops and fruity grapefruit mango. There is also a light underlying mingle of sweet biscuit and caramel malts along with a ghost of chocolate.
The beer tastes fantastically balanced for a hop-forward red. The pine hops are definitely the big thing here, and leave a lovely pine taste in the mouth with hints of mango, nectarine, and grapefruit. This beer also delivers a lovely bit of caramel malts that put a nice sweet body to the bitter pine and balance the beer tremendously. The clash of the hops and the malt seems to make a slightly roasted taste that could be in the malt or just could be from the collision of flavors. Mouthfeel is cool and slightly jellying, yet very smooth and clean on the tongue, only leaving a light cloying pine hop linger and lots of clean saliva lining the mouth. There is a slight tingle of carbonation which is definitely present in the beer, but it is not harsh at all.
Overall this is a supremely great red ale that I am very excited to live near. I still need to try Troëg’s Nugget Nectar, but as of now this is the best red I have tasted! I can guarantee I will be trying Peeper Ale (their summer seasonal) within the week!

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Photo of suspect
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger latte colored head that disappears very slowly. Lacing is thick, consistent and super sticky.

S: Very nice malt mixture perks up first in the nose followed by slight hop zest and resiny blend that almost smells like a faded IPA.

T: Follows the nose and brings with it flavors of a faded IPA with a nice malt blend that again makes me unsure of whether I'm drinking an amber or an old IPA. Malt blend is most definitely the highlight.

M: Thick mouthfeel, hop oils coat the mouth making me reach for more. Bitter finish.

O: This is a solid beer but again, not one that is amazing. Maine seems to be brewing up some solid, not risky, beers.

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

A - Pours a nice dark red/amber color with puffy, two finger, eggshell white head. Tons of lacing on the side.

S - Good blend of malt and hops. The malt is sweet, a little bit of dark fruit and molasses. Hops are both grassy and citrusy. Touches of grapefruit and pine.

T - Packs an absolute punch of bitter hops. Wow. Hops are bitter and piney, malt is full-bore. Very good.

M - Sticky and full. Good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall - Incredibly good beer. Absolutely superb.

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

Bottle poured into my NB globe. Got two of these in a care package from the amazing trader/generous guy known as portia99.

Brown body with a big fluffy light tan head on top. Nice hoppy aroma, mostly citrus notes with a hint of toasty sweetness at the end. More citrusy hop goodness up front with this brew, finishes with a well balanced mixture of caramely malts and citrusy hops. mouthfeel is medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation and a slight stickiness.

Overall this is a solid beer, and really hits the spot after a long day of work. Provides a nice hoppy aroma and flavor with a balanced malt backbone. Hoppy amber ales are a style I would love to have more of. I wouldn't mind drinking some of these again in the future.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour a nice golden semi-dark amber, somewhat clear with a beautiful long lasting creamy white head.
Not a lot going on in terms of bouquet. Did pick up some malt and a medium amount of hoppieness.
Taste was soft and round, more hops than I anticipated. BUT the best thing about this one, was the aftertaste.
It lasted and lasted and lasted forever. Seemed like 5 or 10 minutes after tasting this one, the taste remained and it was very nice!

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Gotta give credit where credit is due... this is a beautiful looking beer. A dark colored brown with a little reddish tint to it. About a 1" foamy, frothy head and lacing for days.

Smell - Leaves some to be desired, in my opinion the overall smell is very faint and I only really get sweet malts.

Taste - A nice balance of malt and hop deliver what Maine calls their "happy, hoppy, Amber Ale". The hops are just strong enough to feel their presence at the end, and don't overwhelm the multiple (I'm assuming) styles of dark malt. The maltiness up front is just what you look for in an amber, and the pine flavors allows a smooth transition into the hop flavor. Slight citrus lingers at first, but the warmer the beer gets, the more chocolate I get at the end.

Feel - Creamy, yet doesn't go down super smooth. Carbonation and the slight bite provided by the hops may not make it ideal for slamming a couple back, but the mouthfeel is strong overall.

Overall - Another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zoe pours a really, really deep red, like clay red. Huge puffy off tan/light tan head tight, tight carb and a bite'o sheeting. Just a hair to dark on the color for me. Super fresh, olfactory over load of hops. Big piney and resinous hops, light citrus undertones. Massivley pithy and piney red ale here. But wait there's more, fruity flavors and malty flavors too. A well pronounced malt backbone. A slightly lingering bitter hop/bitter chocolate finish. I'm buying more of this stuff. This beer was so insanely fresh, all should seak this out.

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Photo of dank203
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2 week old bottle. 2 glasses, poured my initial 12-14 ounces in a pint glass, then the rest with yeast into a smaller glass to examine. pours murky brown. bit of sediment from what I can see through the murk. spectacular hop aroma. lot of bite, clean, subtle bitterness lingers

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
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