Zoe | Maine Beer Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding
592 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
ZoeZoe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
2,410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
Wants:
319
Gots:
462
For Trade:
15
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 592 | Ratings: 2,410
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, ruby-brown color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice, toasty malt with some brown-sugar sweetness and lots of fresh, grassy hops.

Taste: Big malt flavor without being too sweet or syrupy. Lots of toasted, nutty flavor, with building earthy hop bitterness in the middle that lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Quite tasty, like a hoppy brown ale. Nice balance, drinkable, very good.

 450 characters

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very pretty beer. but I was a bit underwhelmed with both the smell and the taste. after having MO, I had high expectations of this beer. not that it is a bad beer in any way, just that there are cheaper easier to get red ales that are just as good or better. its worth trying, I just wouldn't seek it out.

 315 characters

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

Pours a rich, deep copper with a two-finger, thick, dark cream head. Great lacing and the head goes nowhere. Sweet citrus aroma. Grapefruit and orange zest lead, also a hint of tropical mango notes. This is a well hopped Amber. Starts innocent enough with slight notes of grapefruit before a bitter earthy and pine kick comes through. Solid caramel malt adds sweet and creaminess before a big hoppy finish. Bitter citrus notes, some grassy flavors and more pine bring it home. Big flavorful amber from this impressive Brewery.

 526 characters

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle bought at the Maine Beer Company brewery store on "Blizzard Day" 2013.

This beer has great head retention, the foam just sticks around for ages (perhaps a wee bit of wheat in there?). The beer itself is a deep mahogany amber color; the redness really only becomes apparent when the beer is held right up to a light, its just so dark.

The nose on this is a little odd. Initially, the hops hit your nose, and they strike me as lightly grapefruity. To be honest, the hops here seem similar to MBD's "Lunch" DIPA but much definitely secondary to the malt backbone. The nose here is hops first, but then quickly fading to a smoky malt. Too be honest, I was quite suprised at just how smoky the nose on this beer is, its a rather interesting take on the american amber style.

The taste on this is fairly subdued. No strong hoppy bitterness, not much residual sweetness, overall, a very balanced beer. Very malt-forward, not bitter, but a great balance between the hops and malt character.

This is perhaps the best mouthfeel that I have ever had on a beer before. This beer truly fills the entire palate and brings flavor to every corner of your mouth. Just great.

This is a very, very, solid American Amber. It is a little malty for my taste, but a very hefty and interesting beer. This is certianly an excellent representation of the more extreme ABV end of the style and a worthwhile pickup for anyone. Not my favorite MBC offering (total peeper, lunch, and mo fan here) but really good stuff.

 1,516 characters

Photo of madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.

Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.

Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.

Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.

Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isn't the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I haven't had before.

 468 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Beantown. I met the owners at the ACBF and thought they were pretty cool people. Larger format bottle with overly simplified label. Pretty cool packaging if you ask me...very straightforward! Brewed 4/28/11.

The beer has a large billowing tan head that has a very soft texture and a lot of staying power. Lacing sticks on the glass and from one look, we can see that Maine Beer Co. did not skimp on the hops. The color of the body is a dark amber with crimson highlights. Beautiful beer!

The smell is a little lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, it is heavily hopped. I can pick out the more sweet, citrusy notes in the aroma. Smells like Centennial hops, with the strong tangerine/grapefruit smells. Light alcohol on the nose brings out some tropical fruits, i.e. coconut, mango. While I like the aroma, a standard amber ale probably shouldn't be showing off a high alcohol presence...

The alcohol does come through on the back end, with the exhale. Up front though, there isn't a strong bitterness, but a good balance is struck between the darker malts and the brighter hops. I feel like the malt complexity got let behind here however. Slightly weaker than I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, with a prickly touch from the high carbonation. Good body, can tell this is more "imperial".

Overall, I really liked this beer. Attractive amber beer with a strong hop character, but not overly hoppy. Strikes a good balance! Completely recommend picking this up if you see it. Though it is listed on BA as an American Amber Ale, this is almost a strong ale. I guess Imperial Red Ale would work too!

 1,626 characters

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle: 2/18/14
A: Huge 3+ finger tall head was created when pouring from an inch above the snifter glass. The foam is made of mixed sized bubbles and soapy looking, off white with an tan tint. Head retention lasted for days.. The beer is a dark maroon color with moderate haze.

S: Very hop forward aroma with moderate spicey pine and fruity notes (I'm going to guess chinook). There is an underlying sweet malt nose that comes off like candy raisins or gummy candies.

T: A nice firm hop bitterness on the first sip that fades over time. Similar moderate piny, dank, spicey and melon hop flavors come through in the middle. The middle caramel malts shine through and balance nicely in the beer with slight toffee and raisin notes. The balance is on the hops but not overwhelmingly. Also getting a slight roast character with some fruity esters possibly from the ferment.

M: A moderately carbonated beer. The body is fairly big and is emphasized with all of the crystal malts I'm picking up. No astringancy or alcohol warming, but its not the most easy drinking beer.

O: A nice flavored american red with a good dose of malt character and piney hop character. I'd compare this to a few other ambers I've had from Half-Acre (ginger twin?) or even a bigger version of alpha king.

 1,288 characters

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

Half litre bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a rich but clear brown with the thickest, foamiest head I've seen in a long time. This head lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves a wonderful lace that clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is powerful enough that I could smell it the moment I cracked open the bottle. With lots of hops, this smells more like an IPA than I expected. Bright, fresh, a tad citrusy, wonderful.

The first sip admittedly threw me off a bit - with so strong of a hop aroma up front, I wasn't prepared for the rich malt flavor that was present. Though there is a lot of hop flavor immediately on the tongue, this evolves into a sharp bitterness which then dissolves into full malt flavor. A little bit of coffee, the malts are dark and a bit dusty. I also detect flavors of maple, grapefruit, and mesclun greens.

Overall a very pleasant and well balanced beer that grew on me significantly as I sipped. Though at first I was a little put off by the strong malt character, this same character proved to perfectly balance with the strong hops up front and in the nose. The results: a wonderful Amber truly worth trying.

 1,177 characters

Photo of mscott1975
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown and leaves an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a good five minutes leaving tons of lacing around the glass. I can see some little floaties suspended in the murky goodness. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: I smell quite a bit of grassy hops along with some citrus and sweet malt. Smells great but I'm having a hard time placing some of the aromas.

Taste: Again with the grassy hops with a wonderful citrus bite like grapefruit. Sticks on the tongue and has some lingering bitterness. I also taste some brown sugar. This is a fantastic tasting beer that is put together really well.

Mouthfeel: Some prickly hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Pretty easy drinking beer for the ABV. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Very well balanced. The hops aren't too overwhelming. I kept wanting to take another sip. I'm a huge fan of "bigger" amber/red ales and this is one of, if not the best I've ever had. Well Done. This is my second Maine beer (Lunch was first). I'll be picking up a few more bottles of this when I'm Philly next month.

 1,171 characters

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

Beautiful garnet color body. Frothy tan head lasts forever.

Aroma is more hoppy than expected. American hops. Very cascade like. West coast memories. Citrus. Earthy malt aroma. Nutty. Remeniscent of some of the few more hoppier English brown ales. Maple syrup as the beer warms up. Unique.

Wow flavor is great. Not too hoppy as the nose might lead you to believe. More malt forward here especially up front and definately more so for an American amber ipa. light biscuit notes. Rum, some raisin, juicy. Finishes with a pungent strong, yet very clean bitterness all at an american ipa caliber. I wouldnt call this beer highly complex but the balance is amazing. Excellent play between with the hops and malt going on here.

7.2 abv but goes down more like a five O.

Color of the beer and the aroma make this beer very intriguing especially after you taste it. An excellent offering. Looking forward to one day visiting the brewery for this one on tap.

 953 characters

Photo of muttyd
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Coats the glass very well and leaves tons of suds all over. Aroma is very hop forward; piney, grapefruit, earthy. Some smokey and roasty characters in the nose as well. Flavor combines the hoppy aroma with a caramel malt sweetness. Bitter, slightly astringent finish. Bubbly, almost prickly on the tongue. Well balanced hoppy amber ale. Bit pricey, but worth it.

 421 characters

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

Poured from bottle marked 01/05/16… glad to try it relatively fresh!

appearance is dark brown with a bit of red and tan/white colored foam. Two fingers of head, nice retention and leaves some lacing.

nose isnt overly pungent but is pretty amazing in terms of just being a unique and awesome scent. begins floral with citrus notes and a hint of pine and some malt

taste is sweet caramel malt followed by citrus and a really nice pine flavor… perfect amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is great and overall this is a quality beer, very crisp and clean. All the flavors work beautifully together, excellent balance in this one. with so many high grade Maine Beer Co brews, it took me a long time to try this one but im so glad i did. recommended!

 750 characters

Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember for the life of me who sent me this beer. Had a couple trades come to me at the same time from the New England area. So whoever sent it to me, big thanks for a great extra! Poured into a blanco diablo pint glass.

A- Pours very dark, almost brown color. Fluffy one finger head or so. Left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Very interesting looking beer.

S- Nice big hoppy aroma. Floral, a little citrus aroma up front and through the middle. Sweet caramel malt smell at the end. Very strong nose to it.

T- Wow, very nice flavors going on here. Like the nose, big hop flavors burst out at first. No middle here, goes straight to malts finishing up the drink. The two balance out well, with a rather sharp difference. Bitterness starts a little strong and slowly dies down throughout the drink.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Gets a little thick, syrupy, but still rather smooth.

O- By far, the best amber ale I've had. Full of flavors, and very well balanced out. Big thanks to whoever sent this as an extra!

 1,043 characters

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

Serving- 16oz bottle poured into pint glass (thanks to bendurgin for sending me this.)

Appearance- Dark Amber with 2 finger head and lots of head retention. Slight cloudy hue to it.

Smell- Bready, Earthy, with bubble-gum like sweetness, mild hop aroma

Taste- Hops come through much more in the taste the in the smell. Malt is totally hidden by aggressive hop bitterness, but roasted notes pull through. A burning sensation of alcohol is more noticeable then with a typical beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel- smooth but alcohol is apparent and finish is a little waxy.

Overall- not a bad hoppy amber but I have had much better, I think this beer would benefit from a more active dry hopping and less of a the bittering hops.

 723 characters

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

Bottle marked 10/27/11

Pours with a voluminous tan head on a chestnut brown body. Lots of sticky fluffy lace.

Scent wafts from the pour: fruity and aromatic with Christmas tree pine notes. Spice: coriander? white pepper?

Taste is minty at first. Almost menthol. Then grapefruits and lemons. Oily resiny hop notes sneak up on you. Nice bitter pine hop finish. Slight hint of roasty / chocolate coffee malt flavor here and there. Complex and takes some time and savoring to pick out the individual flavors.

Mouth is a slick and juicy medium

This is really a very good and rather unusual ale. Can't wait to try more Maine Beer Co brews.

 638 characters

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

Opened while waiting in line for FFF 15th Anniversary party.

A- Pours a translucent light brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Pine needles and grass with citrus zest, caramel and roasted malt. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans are in the background. Very earthy.

T- A nice amount of hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine and grass. Finishes with notes of caramel malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans which provide some balance.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body that I've noticed with every Maine Beer Company. Finishes a tad dry and bitter.

O- Maine Beer Company has not disappointed me at all. Every one of their beers provides a unique take on each style it represents. I could drink their beer all day.

 808 characters

Photo of antott0523
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zoe - Bottled on 7/21/15

A: Pours an opaque caramel color with reddish undertones. A tan head that settles to a quarter finger and leaves some lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible.

S: Pretty subdued nose. Struggling to get notes of caramel, grass, tea, lemon and crackers.

T: Unsweetened iced tea. Dry citrus. A little pine. Slightly resinous. Not sure if this is brewed with rye but there's a subtle spicyness to the beer as well.

M: As always with MBC, a delicate mouthfeel. Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable, but overall quite subdued on the nose and palate. Another delicately brewed beer from MBC, but nothing worth going crazy over. For those who drink a lot of MBC I would describe this as Red Wheelbarrow's malty sister with less hop bite.

 789 characters

Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a very deep ruby red with a small tan head. It's got nice retention and clings to the sides of the glass. It's darker than I expected for an amber.

S - It's got a very hop forward nose with pine, citrus, and fruitiness appearing in waves. There is also some caramel character present. It's not an in your face aroma, but still provides a pleasant bouquet.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Up front are some toasted and caramel flavors. Afterwards there is a ton of hop flavor similar to the nose. Pine and citrus are the most prominent, but there also fruity notes. The finish has a medium bitterness.

I find most ambers bland, but this one is far from bland. Full of flavors and very easy to drink. This is an exceptional example of what the style is, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying more beers from Maine Beer Company

 862 characters

Photo of hopsbreath
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Digital fist bump for mjn5036. Thanks Matt! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark ruby body, huge taupe head, ridiculous head retention, ridiculous lacing. Ultimate score for appearance. Fantastic nose that seems to be heavy on the "C" hops. Pine and grapefruit I abundance. The bottle is dated 102711 but the bouquet is still phenomenal. Perhaps it's a little subdued at the moment but it's a hop lovers wet dream. More of the grapefruit and pine on the tastebuds. Not really an amber ale as much as it's an IPA. It's reminiscent of Furious. Nice soft level of carbonation compliments a dry finish. Great beer.

 605 characters

Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Murky amber with an even, persistent, cream-colored head.

S - 3.75 - Smell is very faint. What's there is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel smelling malt.

T - 4.25 - A very clean piney hop taste continues through from the nose, while the expected caramel does not really. There's almost a char taste of black malt in it like you get with a stout. It's an unexpected and interesting flavor.

M - 4.0 - Medium body with slight hop abrasion. Very nicely and unexpectedly dry and crisp for what looked like it was going to be a somewhat viscous caramelly beer.

O - 4.0 - A unique and interesting beer that is easy to drink, maturely composed, flavorful, and well done. It's not quite the combination of things for me in general for repeated drinking, but I'm glad I tried it.

 788 characters

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 11/4/14 dated bottle purchased in April 2015. Crazy that it remained on the shelf but curiosity overrode my best instincts and I invested none the less. Pours a deep brown reminiscent of strong tea with a huge fluffy beige head. Nearly fully opaque. Nose is vegetal with just a bit of herbal spice.while I imagine that at 6 months the hops have dropped off considerably, I found the taste to be quite balanced and pleasant. Rich caramel, malty Sweetness balanced on the back by hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this beer fresh.

 550 characters

Photo of TedStrosser
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not normally my style, but this was excellent. Very flavorful, but not over the top in your face. Would certainly seek out in the future. Makes me want to try Dinner and Lunch for sure.

 187 characters

Photo of oregonskibum
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark amber-carmal color, bordering on brown. Poured with a solid two-inch tan head. Disippated slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Herbal, piney, green hops are evident right away. This smells great. Noticable caramel reminds you that this isn't an overtop IPA.

T: The malts - caramel with some fainy bready flavors, shows up first on the taste. As the taste goes on, the bitterness shows back up, although the clear piney flavors are a little more subdued. Finishes rather abrubtly with just some residual bitterness. Surprisingly, a little bit of heat from the alcohol as well.

M: Medium body, medium carbonantion. No issues and matches style expectations.

D: Nice. I thought the taste was a little bit of a let down following the excellent smell. But overall, this is still a great hoppy amber and I would seek this out again. I imagine it's amazing fresh from the tap.

 943 characters

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from pint bottle.

Hoppy but no citrus notes. Lots of malt flavor with chocolate and raisin. Balanced and dry, not sweet.

Dark brown, large tan head. Alcohol is masked, tastes excellent!

Very pleased and will look forward to trying more from Maine Brew Co!

PS- Label is absurdly cute.

 308 characters

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color into my pint glass. Two full fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing remains. Caramel and malt on the nose. Surprisingly this beer is hop forward. Cures that malty/caramel garbage I was worried about in the smell. Quite a pleasant beer.

 264 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe