Zoe | Maine Beer Company

ZoeZoe
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 2,484 ratings
ZoeZoe
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
Ranking:
#1,125
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
2,484
Liked:
2,313
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
495
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 2,484 |  Reviews: 610
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to twelvsies for including this as an extra. Brought these bottles down to St. Louis and split for some non-beer geek friends, to see what they thought. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours brown, off-white head, good lacing, thin cap.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, malts, roast, nice piny hop bitterness.

T - A nice mix of malts and hops. Chocolate, roast, floral notes, slight citrus. A really big bite of hops on the finish that really caught me off-guard. Yum!

M - Light, smooth and crisp, good carbonation for the style.

D - Very easy to drink and enjoyable. We finished this bottle quickly and my buddies really enjoyed it as well. Give it a try!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Served in a 8 oz tumbler. It has a date on which is 09/01/11, not sure if it is expiration or pack on date.

Dark amber and coppery that was clear. It has a lot of carbonation which produce a huge thick off white head which dispersed slowly and left thick clinging lace. There was more lace than clear spots.

Nice citrus and pine with a little of malt. I opened the bottle and my wife said she could smell it across the room.

Pine, green mango and white grapefruit at first then it sweetens up a little in the middle with a nice creamy and smooth bitterness that seems like its going to get real intense but just mellows out.

This is a great beer, with all the breweries pulling out of this area I am happy that we are able to find jems like this. Not sure if it out of code but it sure tasted good. It has a smile on the front of the lable and it sure put one on mine.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while ago in New York, as this beer had a date of 1/5 stamped on it. I love all of Maine's beers and this may be the best one that I've had so far, as this was unlike any American Amber/Red Ale that I've had before. Hoppy, but balanced and fairly potent, this was a slow sipper that needed to fully warm up in order to be completely appreciated!

Great pour to this as this beer had a raisin hue to it with a hint of light seeping in around the edges. A thick tan head formed with massive bubbles that burst as the foam settled in for the duration. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the raisin, dark fruits, and alcohol were certainly there with much of the former in the taste. Lots of currant faded into the piney hops that gave this a good amount of resin to the mouthfeel. Some bitter chocolate, cherry, and biscuit malt could be found here as the residue left behind was quite slick and strong, which was proof of how much booze could be found here.

I like my Ambers balanced and this certainly was, but it was a hint too strong for me. That overshadowed the fine balance of this as there wasn't a lot of carbonation to scrub everything away. Loads of soapy lacing, a smoky residue that made this feel like a Scotch Ale, and hints of pecan gave this a subtle depth that separated this from more hoppy examples of this style but also made me feel that I was drinking something of a different style. Not bad but just a bit off from what it could have been - a solid offering from Maine worthy of the 1% of the proceeds that were donated to save the whales.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

A - Dark brown, pretty clear, tan head that has lots of big bubbles in its ring and lots of cling lace.

S - Sprity hops, nice solid malt.

T - Nice solid medium malt squished by medium hop. Good stuff.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink.

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

A: nice deep clear and amber on the pour, tan head, nice retention, lots of lacing

S: notes of caramel and hops are immediately present, notes of pine, maple, and earthiness come through

T: the front is sweet with the return of rich caramel, this is followed by some fruity hops with notes of orange and mango.

MF: medium body, low carbonation, nice texture

O: another highly flavorful and balanced brew from Maine Beer Co. They are doing things right.

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

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A surprisingly dark crimson with a big, thick, tightly bubbled light khaki head that eventually leaves big, thick, chunky irregular lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, clearly well-crafted beer.

A happy, hoppy aroma, as expected. There's quite a bit of fresh citrus aroma along with some sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and freshly baked bread. Good stuff.

This is an exceptionally well balanced and easy drinking amber, though it is also extremely hoppy. The bread, toffee, caramel, and graham cracker malt flavors are the most expressive, though there's also a fantastic amount of pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors balancing things out incredibly nicely. Fantastic.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

This is just slightly better than Nugget Nectar.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

A: cloudy brown/copper shimmer, finger fluffy khaki head,
stunning lacing display

S: grapefruit aroma, pine, clean biscuit malt

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, mild caramel, biscuit bread
pine smooth bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: WHAT ON EARTH!! Thank you Maine brewery for
making such a fine beer experience and for my wife
for randomly grabbing this bottle today. I will
DEFINITELY be buying more of their beers. Smooth,
hoppy, oily biscuity, is it possible for a beer to have a
little bit of everything? yep.

DELICIOUS, FIND A BOTTLE!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I've had Zoe dozens of times and can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet!

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier VT.

Appearance: Pours a nice medium dull burgandy with a 2 finger slightly off white (beige) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Piney resinous hops dominate the malty base. slight toffee notes and lots of bready notes stem from said malt base.

Taste: Same as the nose but with more balance as the malt flavor stands up more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I'm fond of. Extremely good when fresh.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to fellow BA and good buddy rfgetz for sending this to me as part of a care package from his recent travels...

A - A voluminous pour which yields more than three fingers worth of tightly packed ultra creamy light beige colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Excellent retention... The color is a darker than expected crimson red with some lighter cherry red hues once back lit... Uber still with no discernible carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The hoppiness if first and foremost on the nose... It's a mix of piney and noble... Perhaps a hint of grapefruit... The rest of the nose is rather subdued... There is a faint whiff of caramel... Some light bready malts... The sweetness of some red colored hard candies...

T - The hops are even more pronounced on the palette... Very earthy in nature with some piney character as well... Perhaps some very faint tobacco notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Great consistency... A bit of lushness... Delicate... A bit of sophistication... A touch of dryness... Nicely done...

D - An outstanding Amber Ale... Bursting with character in all facets... Very little balance in the hop forward brew (but that's okay)... A wonderfully unique interpretation of the style... It's evident the amount of craftsmanship and originality that went into this offering...

It should also be noted that this is one of the simplest, but coolest labels in all of beerdom...

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 2,484 ratings
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