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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (935) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
500 ml bottle purchased at Brothers Provisions whose beer buyer had brought a bunch of stuff back from the Chicago area, including this Maine beer ($12.00). Pours a brown-garnet-dark amber hue with two fingers of creamy beige foam. AROMA of sticky pine, grapefruit, some grassy hops, and sticky caramel malts. FLAVOR of earthy citric hops, spruce tips, black tea, sticky caramel malts, and hints of additional dark and stone fruits. Actually has quite a bit of hop bitterness considering that it is an "amber" ale, but still maintains a good balance with the big malt backbone. Moderate ABV is well concealed. Glad to try it...currently the #2 Amber Ale in the world according to RateBeer, after my beloved local Alesmith Evil Dead Red. (480, 905)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber body with a frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, citrus. A hint of pine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/sticky texture, lively carbonation. Taste of caramel and grapefruit. Lingering bitterness on the scale of IPAs in addition to pine and citrus tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (197) - - AUG 29, 2014
Very dark red. Hoppy aroma. Hop forward flavor with a malty balance. Almost feels like an IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2364) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head . Aroma of caramel, pine, floral, bread and grain. Taste is malts, grain, and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (460) - - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at Maine Beer Company. Pours solid light mahogany. Very slightly malty on the nose. Strong, slightly smoky, amber flavor. Smooth finish. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (98) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Pours dark red smooth mouth feel not overly bitter but somewhat smokey tasting in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (934) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2014
500ml bottle pours murky brown red with a 2 finger head. Nose is bready fruit, malt, earthy pine. Taste is earthy malt fruit, multi grain, wheat, pine, herbal, grass. Finish is bitter earthy herbal grassy malt fruit and subtle dark wheat bready dirt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (716) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, amber/caramel with a two finger, khaki head that hangs onto the glass and lasts forever. Aroma has nice notes of pine, citrus, and caramel. Taste is balanced. Caramel, bread, pine, resin, citrus, and a touch of roast/chocolate at the end. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a soft carbonation and mouth feel. Overall a pretty beverage. Caramel, pine, citrus, resin, and a hint of roasted/ chocolate malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1264) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
From quick notes. A - amber brown pour with 1 finger head. S - smells like a hoppy beer. Pine flowers, soap, bitter grasses, grapefruit, lemon and key lime pie. M - bitter and dry mf. fluffy carb. Eh T - taste is the same as the nose corn, fed grains, and resiny hops 3.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1250) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/22/14 and cost $6 ($0.36 per bottle).

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany/maroon shade. Fairly clear body. Pours to a huge, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains wonderfully.

Smell: Strong hoppy sensation of flowers and a hint of berry or other fruity scents.

Taste: I always say I’m not a fan of amber ales, but there are certain examples of the style that really impress me and Maine Beer Zoe is a great example of what I mean. As is typical of the brewery, the hops are prominent here, though the malt base is a bit more vital to the palette of this beer than of their IPAs. I’d prefer it to be more balanced, but what’s here is delectable indeed.

Assertive bitterness from beginning to end, with a taste of flowers, pine, and a hint of tea or herbal sensation (due to the Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial hops, respectively). The brewery’s website list seven different malts, though the actual palette is not quite as complex as you’d think. Marris Otter gives is a touch of English character, with slight cherry flavor. There’s a light confectionery sweetness hiding in the background that’s noticeable if you look for it. Otherwise, the hops carry the load and impart tasty bitterness and give it a slightly astringent, resin-like taste on the back end. What’s here is enjoyable to be sure, though a more truly balanced brew would be amazing I’ll bet.

Drinkability: “Zoe” would seem to be a hefty beer at 7.2% ABV, however, it drinks like something smaller and more mainstream. The mouthfeel itself is soft, smooth and creamy – not quite as crisp as most ambers. The hops do linger and leave a minor dry bitterness on the tongue, but it’s easily tolerable. I could see this being quite versatile when it comes to food pairings.

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