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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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592
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2,410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Purchased in Portland, bottled 10 days ago.

A - Pours a very dark auburn with about a finger of dense off-white head. Darkest beer in this style that I have seen. Leaves an amoeba lacing

S - Intoxicating blend of malts; sweet and bready. Citrus hops round it out. Some spiciness that reminds me of a rye beer.

T - Starts with a big citrus punch and mellows with sourdough malts. Herbs and bitter hops on the finish with a clean aftertaste. Different and impressive.

M - Extremely smooth with a creamy feel. Drinks easily, but too full bodied to drink several.

O - I was happy to find this beer so fresh on a trip to Maine. In the vast sea of hoppy ambers, this one isn't aggressively hopped and allows the malts to shine. Shows great balance as well as complexity in the malt profile. Hops are certainly present but don't overpower. This is one fantastic beer.

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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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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 MisSigsFan
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red/brown color with a thick tan head. Smells of pine, citrus, and a little chocolate. Taste is fairly well balanced between malt and hops. A lot of roasty, chocolaty malts complemented by pine and citrus hops. Some dark fruit in there too. This isn't as much a hoppy amber as it is a Black IPA. Much darker and roastier than other hoppy ambers I've had. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and carbonation is pretty low. I usually like my hoppy beers to be lighter and crisper. Overall, a pretty good amber. MBC definitely did their own thing with it.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An opaque brown. I can see some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy off white head that sticks to the sides. This beer is way to dark to be an amber ale.

The aroma is a big dose of grassy, tea like, and citrusy hops. Taste goes in the same direction. A tasty amount of hop flavor like the nose described to me. A weak backbone of roasted and/or chocolate malt lets the hops play a big role in this but in the end the beer comes up a little flavorless. Not that bitter but the mixture of the hops and malt adds a slight coffee like bitterness. Dry finish. Light and foamy in the mouth.

A refreshing beer for the summer I'd say. I just wish it was a little lower in alcohol since I'm barely getting any sweetness/malt flavor.

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Photo of JG-90
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was born on 1/14/14, sweet, just over two weeks old.

Zoe pours a hazy deep brown with hints of red. Has a large, thick and creamy tan head with very good retention and almost a complete wall of lacing. Aroma is mostly malt forward, showcasing caramel and toffee. Get a bit of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of pine and resin.

Taste starts with bread and toffee, then moving to caramel and orange, with a dark fruit and toasty malt, floral, and resinous finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than average, creamy and chewy, with average carbonation.

In my opinion, this is an expertly crafted beer. My tastes enjoy the balance weighted a little more towards the hops, yet this beer is still immensely enjoyable to me.

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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 Brez07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Very happy/surprised to see this last weekend on cask at Novare. 10oz pour into a pint glass

A: Dark amber pour with limited amount of head. Just a touch of lacing left at the top of the glass

S: Very similar to the bottled version. Lots of hops and some spice, caramel

T: Also just like the bottle, but a little lighter due to less carbonation. Citrusy and piney hops blended with some spice

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. I might actually prefer the cask version from a mouthfeel aspect because the hop bitterness is toned down, so as to preserve the palate

D: While I like the bottled version better, it was really great to see this in a different format. MBC continues to impress me given their small size

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby-brown with two fingers of tan head. Great head retention.

S - Aroma of sweet caramel malt and light citrus and pine hop. Lighter, subtle dark fruit aroma.

T - Pretty unique. Stronger dark fruit flavors with subtle chocolate and charcoal. Balanced with hops in the form of grapefruit and pine needles. A sweet and malt-forward offering with a small bittering hop presence that amplifies the overall taste immensely.

M - Medium body with an overall wet fell leading to slightly drying finish. Nice carbonation

O - Very very good beer. It is an amber ale through and through, which to me means expert balance between malt and hop, with sweeter malts and subtle hops. Far more true to the amber ale style that other much hoppier offerings like NN and Eagle Claw Fist. Wonderful!

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Photo of Dools9
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 6/28/12. Sampled 7/14/12.

A: Very hazy amber brown color. Produced a thick, two finger egg shell colored head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Its very citrusy, fruity. Lots of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a slightly piney quality. Malts are sweet and toasty.

T: Much like the nose, fresh, bitter pine citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit peel there. Malts are present in the form of a toasty caramel malt, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Full flavored and tasty.

M: Medium to full, nice thick feel. Carbonation is medium and works well with the smooth body.

O: Really great, hoppy flavorful amber. Gives nugget nectar a run for its money. Very enjoyable and if you can find it, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited to see Maine Beer Company here in the Philadelphia region. Drank some Peeper while visiting my wife's family in Maine this summer and really enjoyed MBC's work.

Bottle Date: 11/24/2011

Poured from a 15.9 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours darker than expected. Mahogany with orange tints around the edges. Created a finger of off-white head which slowly dissolved into a thin layer with a few soapy bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Juicy citrusy hop notes are square at the forefront of this one. Very inviting smelling pint.

Taste starts with a little prickle of carbonation and a big dose of sharp, crisp grapefruit hops. Back end of the sip features a real nice dark malt note that provides a worthy counterbalance to the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As stated, the carbonation is sharp and it added a crispness to the sip. Very, very drinkable.

Overall, a flavorful, well balanced amber ale. MBC knows how to handle their hops and it shows with Zoe.

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

Pours a dark amber to medium brown. A little on the dark side for an amber. Deep white fluffy head with thick sticky lacing drizzling down the glass as it dissipates.

Best word I can use to describe the smell is very pleasant, pine and earth meet light, bready & caramel malts.

Taste blew me away. This beer is truly a roller coaster ride between the hops and malts with the hops being more dominant. Back and forth from pine needles to bready, biscuit malt to citrus/berry and earthy hops and back to light caramel. The 7.2% ABV stays nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with a crispy, prickly finish.

This was one of the few beers that made me keep saying "wow" throughout my consumption of it. It was crazy the way different flavors popped from this beer with each sip. Drinking this beer was a very enjoyable experience. Quite possibly the best Amber I've ever had. Don't be fooled. These guys and their tiny brewery make damn great beer!

Bottled on date of 4-28-2011

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.
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