The One They Call Zoe | Hops and Grain Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
370 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
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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
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
58
For Trade:
2
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rating is based on tasting it on tap at the brewery, not from the can.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fun beer, was given a can that may have sat around awhile, maybe gotten warm, but it hasnt effected this beer much i cant imagine, it still seems fresh to me. big wheat and pale malt base, heavier for a lager, with some pretty solid hopping. tangerine or orange or something to them. pale hazy dense wheat beer color, yellow and orange, heady, bubbly. the nose has a lot more hops than the conventional lager, but without sacrificing grain character. the malt is fresh too, bready or crackery, with a touch of lady finger cakey sweetness. minimal bitterness and lots of hops on the finish, grassy and orange zesty. i thought all the body and the big carbonation was a nice feel for the flavors, they evolve together slowly, from malt to hops. a well flavored lager, anything but boring, but it lacks in the session department for me, a handful of these is plenty. my first beer from these guys though is enough to make me want more.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can gifted to me by my flatmate and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given my flatemate's recommendation as well as its current 89 rating. Reviewed as a pale lager because the label clearly identifies it as such. 47 degrees. 5.2% ABV.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass - even when I tilt it. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Average complexion and consistency.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated. There are no obvious flaws here. It's typical of the style; not unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Has a far more aggressive hop profile than I anticipated - wafts of floral notes, vague citrus and accompanying esters, pine, and some resins. However, it does have a slight soapiness to it, indicating that the beer spent too long in primary.

Pale malts. Light grassiness. Maybe a bit of caramalt here or there. I expected more of a pilsner malt build, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

There's certainly some palpable bitterness here. I don't pick up on any yeast character or alcohol. It's a generally pleasant aroma of above average strength and I'm curious to try it.

T: Has a fairly strong pale malt foundation with some extra sugars coming from some source - honey, maybe? The hop profile is fairly assertive for a pale lager but still can't quite overcome the potent malty sweetness here. The hops are harder to distinguish in the taste than they were in the aroma, but I pick up on floral character, a dash of hoppy resins, and maybe a biteen of pine.

No yeast character comes through, nor does any overt alcohol or other off-flavours.

Overall, I'd certainly call it balanced and cohesive. Pretty simple, albeit not for the style per se. It lacks nuance, subtlety, and intricacy, but the careful balance goes a long way. It's not a gestalt build, but it's close. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: A biteen buttery. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. A bit overcarbonated. Decent weight and medium body. Pretty decent presence on the palate. Slightly oily. The texture doesn't feel tailored specifically to the taste, but it suits it well enough. Nicely executed overall.

Not sticky, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: It's a very drinkable lager with a fair amount of flavour and an inspired enough build, but it just doesn't come together to be anything special. I'd happily polish off a 6 pack at a party, but I wouldn't buy this myself. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it. Not a world-class pale lager, but certainly a pretty good one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it hides its ABV well enough and I'm enjoying it for what it is. It'll get you drunk.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color and a modest head that splashes some lace around

Smell: A bit grainy but the hops dominate, bringing a floral, tropical tone

Taste: The bready opening is quickly followed by a deft touch of the floral, tropical hops; the grainy elements take over after the swallow and there is a bit of a soapy, vegetal character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad lager at all; a few off tastes but overall quite enjoyable

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into lager glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, mango, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on finish. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with balanced malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pale lager style. Nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay can thanks to AdamR46 (Reddit)

Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, soapy, fairly hazy golden pale color.

Nose fresh floral hops, pretty bright with little grassy note, little spicy too, mild fruity aroma, little malt base and fluffy malt, very mild herbal grass.

Taste starts a bit malty, little fluffy sweet malt with mild toasty and sweet syrupy. Then hops, fair bitterness, earthy and slight vegetal, grassy, floral, hint of fruit cocktail, hint of slight decaying oil. Finish is dry and more bitter earthy slight herbal grassy hops, little spicy, bit more lingering herbal slight oily hop.

Mouth is med fluffy bod, nice carb, eventually gets a little thin and watery.

Overall ok, mixed, some nice parts but that one bad flavor.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At long last, this review represents The CANQuest's (TM) 1,000th different CANned beer review! My utmost thanks to JenRay for having sent it to me for inclusion in the ongoing madness. I also wish to dedicate this review to The Movie Theater They Call Zoetropolis, an art theater that recently reopened here in Lancaster, PA. One of the slides that they show before the previews depicts a Roy Lichtenstein-like exasperated young mother screaming, "Zoe!" and if I CAN manage a link, I will add it later.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "hand crafted"; "Lively, Crisp, Right Affable"; ""At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Exciting, enticing Animated & Entertained the course is a choice Liquid the Medium lively in spirit and An Air of Aplomb just two steps will Start a Movement"; "For the Planet"; "Go Texan."

I am savoring this moment, which has been a long time in coming. It begins with a loud Crack!, revealing yet another brimful craft CAN, followed by an inverted Glug. I decided to wait a moment or so when some puffy foam began to extrude itself from within the CAN. Oooh, an active beer! When it showed no sign of relenting, I proceeded incautiously, resulting in ~ three fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), suggesting that it was unfiltered. Good! Filtration only strips away flavor and I am not a fan. Nose had a nice, malty sweetness unencumbered by adjuncts. One of the unintended CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) has been the number of AALs that I have had to CANsume, so I know from whence I speak. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was hoppier than the nose had led me to expect! It had a honey-malt flavor intermingled with a minty grassiness and if I had been asked to guess, I might have gone with a Czech Pils. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I might enjoy it more on a hot, humid summer's day than on a (literally) freezing cold morning like this one, hence school being closed. YMMV.

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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

Is it just me, or does "The One They Call Zoe" sound like either a badass western or a badass horror movie? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset auburn-amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, very light biscuit, mild candied orange peel, and a touch of grassy flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, eliciting thoughts of amber ales and the like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, a nice beer; like I said above, it reminds me more of a nice amber ale than anything that calls itself a pale lager these days, but that doesn't hurt its enjoyment any. I could easily see drinking plenty of this as an everyday drinker, were it available 'round these parts.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.97 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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