Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,479
Reviews:
609
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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324
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490
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque brown-red color with a finger of frothy khaki sitting atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace in the process.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit, orange, and peach coming through. There is a nice balance of sweet roasted caramel malts with a bit of chocolate and coffee as well.

T - The beer starts off with some growing grapefruit and orange hop flavor and some mild bitterness alongside a bit of lightly roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar. Through the middle, some pine hop flavor comes through with more roasted flavors and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a mix of roasted malts and a some cocoa with some light bitterness and citrus hop.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice amber ale that has a lot more to it than most beers in the style. Really great nose and hop presence.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/15/15. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues. Big light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and fig. Some citrus notes in the mix. The flavors are full of toffee. Lots of malts. More dark fruits. Plum is there along with more raisin and fig. Some chocolate notes are definitely in the mix. Subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; thin and slick with active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is my first time having something from Maine Beer Company, and they've been on my radar for years. It's awesome they decided to distribute to Ohio. I remember reading about them when they only had 2-3 offerings, and Zoe was one of them. As for Zoe, it's a good beer, but maybe my expectations were just too high. It's good stuff nonetheless, but nothing mind-blowing, in my opinion. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.90z bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Jayli for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, rusty brown. An easy pour netted about three fingers of khaki cream. Literlly, the foam looked like cream. Retention was awesome as was the lace left behind. i followed my instincts and swirled and poured the black sediment left in the bottom of the glass. This got me an even creamier head (if that's even possible) and a slowly cascading chocolate milk colored body.

S: Heavenly aroma of pine, pineapple, and citrus hops. Incredible! Excellent malt backbone, as well, with notes of cocoa and caramel.

T: Pretty much just as above with the addition of a bit of peppery/spicy yeast. Fresh-assed hops and a perfectly countered bready maltiness really assert themselves. As it warmed I really noticed a sort of rye malt tang.

M: Tangy fruit hops and spicy/peppery yeast work in perfect harmony with the slightly sweet and savory malt backbone. The perfect dose of prickly astringency reigns it all in and left me with a white pepper tingle that played for ages on my tongue.

D: So. Scarily. Great. I'd love it if this was one of my "locals". I could drink this all day.

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

Bottled on 11/4/12. Consumed on 12/27/12.

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass. First impression is the active carbonation. Body is murky chestnut/amber with some mahogany edges when backlit. A two-finger beige head settles on top, retaining well to leave behind thick rings of lace.

S: Good nose for a big, hoppy amber: caramel malt and chocolate malt are followed by a piney hoppy bitterness.

T: Caramel and bready malt followed by piney, citrusy hop bitterness. Lingering taste of pine needles leaves a nice bitter taste offsetting the malt up front.

M: Heft is lighter than expected - about medium, maybe a tad bit lighter. Carbonation is active and fizzy.

O: Very good. Not as good as Lunch (the other Maine Beer I've had), but certainly solid stuff.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber brown with chestut hi- lights. A medium sized tan foamy cap sits on top. The head is well substained. Carbonation is above average and helps to maintain the rocky dense head. Aroma is fantastic with an awsome hop bouquet of bright fresh hops. Aromas of citrus and floral and pine make it a truely wonderful scent. Malts are light, but balanced. Taste is like the nose bold and hoppy. Malts are more pronounced on the palette then in the nose. Lots of hop pop here but not overly as in a IPA. Hops have floral and pine with a good malt backbone. Bitterness is the finish in this medium weight beer that drinks very smooth. Semi-dry finishing and clean.
Very good and very drinkable refreshing too.
As the beer warms it seemed to get a bit more bitter and waters out slighly.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,479 ratings.
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