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On a rainy fall day in 2009, my five-year-old daughter Zoe and I were wandering the streets of Bar Harbor and stumbled across the Whale Museum. Zoe loved it. Hopefully we do the same for you. Cheers! Our Happy, Hoppy, Amber-Ale


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2860) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle. Grapefruit pine hops and light brown sugar aroma. Hazy cola brown with a large off-white head and some good lacing. Caramel malt, pine hops and pepper flavor. Light to medium body and carbonation. Good, but this seems to be more of a dark IPAís masquerading as an amber.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle with friends. Pours a cocoa cola brown with a tan head. Aroma is heavy pine hopes with some citrus in there. Taste is hoppy, but has a nice chewiness to it. Doesnít lean or rely on the hoppiness too much, which is nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Pours deep dark amber with a off white head. Aroma is caramel and citrus. Taste is hoppy bitters with a hint of sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. Solid, another great beer by Maine Beer Co.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (700) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
From one of those weird 500ml bottles into an oversized wine glass. Bottled on 4-5-12. Pours a very unique, muddy brown. Lots of thick carbonation which is slightly brown and spots of lacing. Aroma is grassy hops all the way. Mouthfeel is moderate and bolstered by a lot (but not too much) carbonation. Taste is very hoppy for an amber. This beer could probably be classified as a black (or more correctly brown) IPA. However, the hops are only slightly bitter and grassy taste with some tropical fruit, dominates. Very tasty and very dry. There is also the earthy/dirty flavor that was present in Peeper. must be from Maineís yeast. I like this beer a lot. The reason I wonít buy it too much is itís price. I paid $5 for the bottle and thatís steep for any beer, let alone an amber. Either way, happy to have tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4654) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2012
Deep chewy brown coloured body with a nutty brown glow and a dense, four centimetre tall light brown head - nice looking, but not like any other ambers iíve seen before. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, floral notes, a bit of malt and a bunch of caramelised sugars. Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour at first with a peppery, nutty maltines soon afterwards and a sweet caramel flavour at the end. Aftertaste is mostly malty with a good hop bitterness showing more citrus and floral hoppiness than anything else, with some good sugars, a touch of malt and a little alcohol noticeable. Overall, some good flavours and a pleasant complexity for the style, but nothing truly unbelievable or worth searching for. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 29-February-2012 for US$7.00 sampled at home in Washington on 29-April-2012.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3138) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Bottle with Tom, Pat, Tony, Dev, Dallas. Pours a purple medium head with good lacing. Aromas of butterscotch, diesel, pine, fresh fruit, sour cheese. More of a black ipa. Awesome beer. A little too astringent for my palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! Has a 092911 code on the bottle. Not sure what that is, but whether itís bottled or best buy, this one probably isnít the freshest. Pours murky dark brown with a medium foamy tan head. Nice malty nuttiness on the nose with an earthy, herbal hoppiness. Dark cocoa in the taste, with a dark bread maltiness, some pungent baking spice, and a long, bold finish with some coffee grounds. Medium body with nice smooth carbonation. No idea what this tastes like fresh, but this is still pretty good as is.

Re-rate: Bumping this up a couple points as I had it fresh on tap at the Island Creek Oyster Bar. Lovely hoppiness over a toasted malt base. That is all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle. Murky, wet tree bark color. Looks pretty bad, to be honest. The aroma is unlike most beers of the style. Aggressively hopped amber for sure. Armor has plenty of caramel, pine, grapefruit as well. Really nice. Taste isote malt forward with plenty of caramel. Some faded grapefruit and something sweet I csnít quite describe. Some twigs and pine as well. Good. Medium body with sticky lacing.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
Nice, but hard to figure out what to do with an amber that is closer to a black IPA. Hazy and very dark, tan head, good lacing. Notes of caramel and citrus in the nose. Taste of hops, malt, hops, citrus, copper maybe or some off metallic note, leading to a slam of additional bitterness in the finish. Will try several additional times ... why not ... i have a whole case. I may conclude that it is a great dark IPA instead of an IPA pretending to be an amber.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkipple (7) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2012 does not count


Big thanks to my NoríEaster buddy Eli for this bottle. Enjoyed late at night alone with the super-good Journey soundtrack.

Fine, fun, reserved label art. Reminds me of Japanese penmanship - elegant use of white space. The bottle opens with a snap, and gunsmoke, lots of it. Excellent beginnings.

A. Looks like an Oud Bruin. Deep russet, fall colors. A medium, uneven burgundy-tinged head lingers. Very little lace, spotty. Quite clear. The head, incidentally, lasts for ever.

S. In a word: grand. Terrific balance here, malty and "red" for sure, but lots of caramel malt. The comparisons to Nugget Nectar are inevitable. The hops are both fruity and herbal in measure. There is a soft, malt driven, polished sweetness and a perfume note (sandalwood?) that brings to mind the fine Hitachino brews out of the East. Some beers try to shoehorn in a lot of ingredients and hope for this best, Zoe, by contrast, is simple, direct, and mojo filled.

T. Simply the finest Amber ale Iíve had to date. Zoe is a masterful, magic blend of semi-sweet malt sugar and balancing bitter, nuanced hop. There is a tremendous depth to this beer, but like many such beers, itís very hard to nail down. Harmonious only begins to describe it. The hop flavor - earthy, damp, bitter, dry, green - blends so well into the malt - sweet, fruity, complex, gently toasted, red - that they become one. There are no steps or stages. The finish is gently sweet and fades out, leaving a dry, bitter-green finish that is long and moreish. This is amazingly well brewed beer.

M / P. Full, rounded carbonation exudes confidence. Zoe is absolutely sessionable, despite the rather high 7.2% alcohol, which is nowhere to be found.

Zoe is simply superb beer, a unique take on an little brewed style (in this case, Imperial Amber) and is such a self=assured, lush and harmonious beer that it deserves great praise. This is what American craft brewing is all about. I tip my hat to Maine brewing company. Everyone should enjoy Zoe.


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