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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

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Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.18%
 
 
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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper color with thick pillow of dense off-white to khaki head, good retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma brings notes of pine resin with pungent citrus and light medicinal notes, moderate amounts of toasted bread and nuts with a faint hint of caramel. Taste again brings the hops, big and bitter citrus and pine, again a faint herbal/medicinal note, malt backbone is firm, light toasted bread and nuts with a lightly sweet caramel note, hints of earth... like a muted scotch ale. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, dry finish. A really nice hoppy amber with a solid, but not sweet malt presence.

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

I picked up a bottle of this in western Mass.

Appearance is amber with a 1 finger white head and quite a bit of lacing. The smell is a mix of piney hops, caramel, toffee and malts. Zoe tastes rather hoppy, some citrus, most evidently from an orange, some roasted malts and pine. MF is medium with a finish that is fairly dry. Looking forward to enjoying more beers from Main Beer in the future.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/24/11
Color is brownish red. Sticky lacing all around the glass.
Tons of hops in the nose but sweet malty notes shine through as well.
As the nose suggests it has a good balance of malt and hops. Piney hops mixed with sugary fruitiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice bitter after taste.
Carbonation was a little lower than I like. Medium body.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/20/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

Pours a brownish/reddish deep amber with a thick, sticky light tan cap. Some moderate lacing.

Floral hops, pine, ruby red grapefruit and a subtle earthy aroma. Some toffee and caramel as it warms.

Up front, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel and toffee with a musty/earthy flavor carries you through the middle. Pine and grapefruit bitterness come back for the finish. The caramel/toffee element lends a sweetness that cuts through the bitterness in the finish somewhat.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. The finish is mildly bitter and full of pine needles and grapefruit.

Overall, this is a damn fine amber. Good, sturdy hop profile with a good imbalance that allows the hops to carry the load, but the malts are showcased as well.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 Nov.

A mildly hazy dark amber with a dense, khaki head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The blood red highlights are nice too. The nose!talk about hops! So fresh and fragrant! Pine, mint, juniper, citrus, grapefruit, all wonderfully integrated and juicy, this is a beautiful expression of hops. Leaning heavily on aromatic hops and less on bittering hops, this is clean and soft, lacking in grassy notes. Caramel and toffee are present, pulling this deep into Nugget Nectar territory. A little bit of brown sugar is present as well. Awesome stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of modest hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit are most dominant, but I also get a good amount of navel oranges and a little mint. The mid palate brings out flavors of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar and caramel, but thankfully, this beer isn't particularly sweet. In fact, the way this feels on the palate reminds me again of NN. Bitter on the finish with a mild pine resin character, this beer is medium light in body and has a medium high level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I'd like, but the flavors and balance on the finish is excellent. Excellent stuff, I imagine this would be incredible on cask. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Lot#03-10-11. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna color. Produced a huge frothy and fluffy tan colored head. Great retention behing it that left lots of lacing in its wake.

(S)- A dry hoppy blast up front. Very very dry actually with some hoppy citrus and caramel malts.

(T)- A better balance than the smell foretold. A nice nutty/caramel richness with an even mellower citrus hop character. Still dry, but richer and maltier.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and malty, yet dry and citrus-like hop aspect. Mild bitterness, almost becomes earthy as it warms.

(D)- A solid to great american amber. Malty and rich with an assertive yet balanced hop profile.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, nearly burgundy color with a decent head into my glass. Very nice hues.

Grassy hops with a hint of citrus greet the nose. Sweet malt follows underneath.

Mild grassy hop flavors mingle with sweet, spicy malt to create an amber that worthy of sipping than anything else.

Mouthfeel is of lingering grassiness and a light malt sweetness.Very crisp.

Enjoyable example of the style. I also liked Peeper Ale as well. Check it out!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.11.13
122312

A - Pours a hazy, very dark amber with a huge light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Tons of hop pine, hard to pick up much else.

T - Bread, bitter grass, orange peel, pine.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Smells great, but pretty malty and bitter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red appearance, ruby is a descriptor that comes to mind, it gleams. Solidly thick off white head that has damn good retention. Aroma was plenty hoppy, in a similar vein as Nugget Nectar, where you get both the amber/red kind of malt aromas and a heavy dose of hops (nugget smell from both).

Taste was delicious, immediately planting itself within the upper echelon of all amber beers. Unlike Nugget Nectar, this one got itself flavor wise to be a bit more than just brash hoppiness and bitterness, it allowed for flavor intrusions of all kinds, be it the malt, the hop mouthfeel of a vegetal nature, the caramel, the mild sweetness. This is the archtype. Hides alcohol very well. Its a hearty beer that drinks effortlessly. Hops still pack pine and citrus flavor beyond everything else. I wonder if there are magnums in here, there is a peppery edge to it.

Drank this the night before the Firestone Walker invitational, 2013, at our campsite at Lake Naciemiento before bedtime before the big event. That's a lot of "b's".

This is elite stuff.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this one up at our tasting. Pours a hazy plum with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Nose reveals sweet citrus and apricot. Taste follows nose on a light, toasted malt background with some bittering hops coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant and even background carbonation. One of the best American Ambers I've tried. A bargain at $5.99 a bomber. I would drink this all the time if it were more accessible.

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Photo of cbutova
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought back from Maine after an amazing weekend in Acadia National Park.

A- Very dark red with a white head. The cap has great retention and leaves a very thick coat of massive lace. A thick pillow stays atop the beer

S- Amazingly fresh hop bomb. Tons of tropical fruit, citrus fruit and floral notes. Reminds me of Sculpin, HopSlam... etc. Very great use of hops. Slight malt in the background to balance but it doesn't even matter with such good hop aroma.

T- More malty than aroma but the hops still shine. Great tropical fruit, citrus zest, floral hints and some pine. Slight caramel and toasty bready malt. Even a bit of mint.

MF- Very smooth I would say. The body is on the lighter end with lower carbonation but somehow doesn't feel watery. Lower end bitterness lets the hop flavor really shine.

DB- I am glad I picked this one up. Tastes like a pile of wet, fresh hops. Probably the best Amber Ale I have ever had. I know where I am going to stop in Maine whenever I visit. Comparable to any great IPA as far as hop flavor goes. The body, flavor and bitterness level make this one dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero into my De Stuise glass...Pours a very ugly muddyr murky brown with a light amber highlights. Pretty carbonated with medium tope head...The aroma is decent lots of caramel to start with some piney hops on the back. Alex says its better fresh but this isn't bad right now. Mostly malt now, light grass finish...The taste is a let down, lots of chalky hops that feel weird and have an off taste. Light grass finish.

This is ok, but a weird chalky/hop feel and taste distracts me. Decent brew but not a top buzzed.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle; born on 100813
A - gargantuan beige head tops a deep red-amber ale, incredible head retention with chunky lacing
S - nice blend of caramel and piny hops with hints of grapefruit and bready malts
T - bitter and complex with caramel, burnt sugar, grapefruit, juicy, piny hops, toasted grain, bread crust - rye bread perhaps
M - thinner side of medium for body, resinous and drying on the palate with a bitter lingering finish
O - really liked this one, but at its price point I will not buy it again.

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Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of my best BA bud hoppymcgee, great extra for our most recent trade. Bottled 08-18-11.
Pours a dark ruby amber almost brown; if you don't hold it up to the light it looks brown to be honest. Darkest Amber Ale I have ever seen. There is a nice inch or so of eggshell colored thick frothy head which slowly dissipates to a nice little foam cap.
Aromas sappy pine hops and lighter citrus (mainly grapefruit), grassy and slightly floral hops. As I dive back in I get layers of gooey caramel malts.
The tastes begin with the thick caramel malts but immediately you are greeted with the resiny, sappy pine hops. Grapefruit and floral hops def are second fiddle to the pine hop flavors; quite hoppy and bitter up front but with a sweetness kicking in late to balance out the aftertaste. As it warms I get some notes of toffee almost chocolate from the dark malts.
The mouthfeel is fairly creamy/chewy; medium bodied with good, crisp carbonation. Finish is nice and dry and the hops linger for the perfect amount on the tongue; definitely not a palate wrecker thanks to the amble malt bill.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Tocobaga I had a couple weeks back, but with a darker malt backbone. This was a fantastic beer and I wish I had a case of it. Hoppy amber ales are slowly becoming my favorite style because of there balance of malt and hops. Highly recommended and worth seeking out; I know I will be.

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

I picked up a bottle of this along with Peeper Ale in MA last week, now having Zoe with dinner back in OH. It pours a dark color, more brown than red, with a huge tan foam. Nice hops aromas, pine needles and light citrus, with some sweet malty aromas of caramel/toffee, maybe some mild toastiness.

Very flavorful, leaning towards the hops side of the equation, this is my kind of red ale. More like an IPA than a classic red ale, lots of citrus character. Still enough malt balance to it but thankfully not overly sweet from the malt contributions. A bit dry in the aftertaste, with some lingering citrus flavors.

Wow was this good, I wish I had another. I also wish it was just a little cheaper, it would be hard to turn to this too often if I lived in the distribution area, needs its price knocked down a bit for daily consumption.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this cool little bottle. Always excellent to be introduced to a new brewery, & a hoppy amber sounds fine right now. 16.9 oz presentation.

Bonus points for the cool, minimalist label. Having two daughters about the age of Zoe, I appreciate the story, too. Poured in its entirety into my Terrapin snifter, which I love 'cause it holds any beer. Real dark red, bordering the international date line to woody brown. Smells like wheaty bread, citrus hops, & sweet malts.

Zoe tastes like rye bread with hop leaves baked into the crust. The malt is bready, chewy, with minimal sweetness but plenty of toasted character. The hops are earthy, grassy, with bare citrus & a modicum of finishing bitterness. A touch heavy for an amber, whether due to the alcohol or other ingredients, but it's the equivalent of a big meal followed by a one thin mint.

Interesting twist on a red. Good beer, smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep red (almost brown). The head is a thin layer of bone white foam. Lacing around the glass is beautiful.

S: I'm picking up bitters and sweetness in this beer. Each time I smell it, the odors change. Sometimes the malts are noticeable, sometimes the hops are noticeable. I'm going with mainly hoppy, more pine than citrus.

T: Initially I get some malty sweetness up front. Then it changes to the nice pine notes from the hops. It then changes, again, back to the malt sweetness. Even still... there is a lingering hop essence.

M: I'd say medium bodied. Initially Some great carbonation and flavor. The flavors linger for a bit, but this isn't a chewy or sticky beer. It's extremely well balanced.

D: This beer is a great Amber. Like Maine's other offerings, I could drink this beer all night long.

O: This is a delicious offering. It's not as hop forward as other Ambers that I enjoy (Nugget Nectar, Brian Boru), but it's a really fantastic beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another huge box full of a little of everything, from "Moby do you even whælz bruh", to long time wants, to obscure locals showed up from wordemupg yesterday. Guy turns a one bottle trade into a porch crushing showdown, hey? Touché my friend, touché.

Poured into one of those trusty ol' Bruery tulips.

Appearance. Pours a very dark and rich brown with some deep redish burnt-orange coming through when held to the light. This is topped with 1.5 fingers of really creamy smooth, pale khaki-caramel head that falls very, very slowly and doesn't entirely disappear before the glass is done and covered in awesome heavy lace.

Smell. Sticky piney hops with the lightest cocoa dusting, There's some grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest and a bit of caramel underneath everything. Yep, so far so good.

Taste. Those big, oily piney hops are definetly there, grapefruit rinds and flesh as well. Then that light cocoa ...yeah this pretty much follows the smell. That's a good thing. Getting some sweet ripe pineapple as well which wasn't in the nose for me. Long lingering oily grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Surprisingly delicious beer here. The last time I enjoyed something of this type so much was the VCBW cascadian dark from years back. Thanks wordemupg!

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

This was the second beer I've had from Maine Beer Company, and I have been very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed Spring Peeper, but this one was even better. In an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark red/brown color with a huge tan head that resembled whipped cream. A nice amount of lace. A really sweet floral aroma, very outdoorsy, and a bit of citrus. Strong pine taste, as well as a little grapefruit. Some malt presence too, making this a very well-balanced beer. You need to find this and try it.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber dark red with a 2 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: grassy, bitter, dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

drinkability: a little more dry then I like in my amber red ales. but not a bad representation. enjoyed quite a bit since we don't get distribution here in delaware.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Dark amber with tan film that leaves trailers. Gooey strawberry orange marmalade nose.
Strawberry jam, Ryvita, a bit of chocolate, a sour roasty bite, then resin and cedar oil hops.
Lemon zest finish and drying linger. Medium, soft, crisp.

Nice, but nothing special. Wondering if there’s Simcoe in there. A touch of dark malts makes this one different.

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

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep clouded amber color with a thin beige head, patchy lacing coats the glass. Film retains with a cloud across the top of the brew.

Nice hoppy punch in the nose with a kiss of citrus, slight pininess, caramel bready sweetness. Really inviting and balanced.

Begins with sticky hops and resin, citrus peel and bitterness. Bready malt backbone, decent sweet caramel flair with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes with bitter grapefruit and bread crust.

Medium body, a little higher carb, sticky and refreshing. Everything I've had from this brewery has been really on point - I'm looking forward to more!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for providing yet another goodie from Maine!!! Lot 032411 (THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN)

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. a cool smoke rose from the surface of the bottle and a shiny brown liquid filled the glass. 3 full fingers of milkshake style head that lasted forever and left heavy lacing on the glass. try as i might i could not pour this without at least a finger and a half of head (a bit annoying actually since it interfered with my beer!).

s - as soon as i opened the bottle a sweet smell filled the air. upon closer inspection an unreal citric hop filled my nose. very wonderfully balanced and wonderfully sweet and sweaty and piny. just the way i like it. A+++ on smell. like a great ipa even though this is an amber. the sweetness is a bit ginger and it blends just so nicely.

t - brown sugar with a strong somewhat dry bitterness. the hoppiness of this beer is a bit intense if you are expecting an amber ale. on many levels it works and on many levels it does not, but overall this is a tasty beer...but perhaps misclassified?

m - mouth is medium bitter and relatively full. pretty bready.

o - overall, i continue to be impressed by the beer i get to taste from maine brewing company. really is the marraige of the amber to a hoppy ipa. the hops help the amber a bit, but i'd probably rather have just the ipa. definitely worth seeking out.

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

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and wild clover honey.
T: It tasted like sweet wild clover honey and candied apricot, with bitter citrus zest and copper hops. It had a clean and lasting bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was harsher than expected, so it was not super easy to drink. A rewarding drink, but not as delicious as, say, Mouflan.

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Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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Zoe from Maine Beer Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,430 ratings.
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