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The One They Call Zoe | Hops and Grain Brewery

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88
very good
45 Reviews
THE BROS
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The One They Call ZoeThe One They Call Zoe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery
Texas, United States
hopsandgrain.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LittleDon on 04-09-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
366
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
32.49%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
59
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by nsheehan:
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3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Zoe
Hops & Grain
20130730
12oz can to modern pint
Pale Lager
5.2% ABV

A – Pretty clear but a bit hazy. A yellowish-gold color. Very translucent. Nothing standout or inviting.

S – Some nice hop smells up front, but then some slight butter and apple creep in. From the hops I pick up some grass, spice, and orange zest. I pick up a slight tobacco note on the back end I don’t like. It combines to be like slightly burned popcorn.

T – Grass, corn, and apple. I can’t pick up any butter or tobacco. There’s no rough grain taste, which is a good thing. After a few more minutes, I’m picking up more corn and apple than grass. But more importantly I’m now picking up some grain, and it’s smooth grain. This tells me the quality of beer is quite high, however it’s not a taste I enjoy.

M – Light-medium bodied and a little clingy to the tongue. Finish is only slightly dry. I was expecting a more crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

D – It’s actually a decent quality pale lager, a style that I’ve often found lacking in quality. However, there are some off-smells, and I don’t like the taste of grain in general. I can see how someone could really dig this for a lager, except for the off-smells and the lack of crispness. Perhaps this batch is a little off. I’ll try it again next summer.
3.75, 2.75, 3, 3.25, 3; 3.05.

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3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

While we applaud craft brewers who want to do lagers, this one just got lost in translation. It’s just too damn raw to even be recognized as a lager. We’ve had Zwickelbiers that are more refined than this. The biscuity tone is a bit of a distraction as well. Wouldn’t take much to clean this beer up and reveal some greatness.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 5.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale golden, decent lacing

SMELL: Heavy dough, flour, fresh-cut grass, yeast, biscuity, lemon pith, faint spice

TASTE: Grainy, smooth, semi-creamy, moderate-sized body, slight hop bitterness, grain husk, biscuity malt, nutty yeast, mildly chalky, dry finish

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OK, if this is a lager, then LAGER it! Seriously, I think some time in a lagering tank could make this a really nice beer. The bitterness and carbonation seem spot on to me and it pours with a nice head. But some of that haziness must be coming from suspended yeast because it tastes way too yeasty/bready to be a clean lager. Certainly very drinkable and in this hot summer heat, I will enjoy finishing the sixer...just seems like it has the potential to be more.
EDIT/ADD: Wow, that first can must have been some sort of aberration. I have now had two more beers from that six pack and they were as different from the first as could be. Very clean, both in appearance and taste. Nice subtle hops and malt dominate the taste and NONE of that yeastiness of the first can. VERY strange...I am going to change the rating too and my apologies to H&G.

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The One They Call Zoe from Hops and Grain Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 366 ratings.
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