ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. There’s about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and it’s beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.
S: It’s about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.
T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.
M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.
O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. It’s definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer that’s only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...
salvaticas (432) - - AUG 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Maine Beer Company. Pours solid light mahogany. Very slightly malty on the nose. Strong, slightly smoky, amber flavor. Smooth finish. Good.
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Chalumeaux (41) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours dark red smooth mouth feel not overly bitter but somewhat smokey tasting in the finish.
JBPortland (736) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sudomorph (564) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
deekyn (1167) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red. Nose is plum and grassy pomegranate. Very bitter, oak and birch and some berry notess with oatmeal and rye spice.
BiereLuc (883) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Dégustée en l’honneur de ma petite Zoé née le 17 juillet 2014) - Bière ambrée, rougeâtre, trouble et mousseuse. Le nez respire de houblons frais. En bouche, l’amertume prend le contrôle du palais. «Happy, Hoppy, Amber» : je traduirais le tout par une bonne rousse bien houblonnée avec un soupçon de caramel sur les flancs. Très goûteuse du début à la fin. Oui, ça rend heureux!
agl108 (784) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Poured murky mahogany with thin head that left sheets of lace. Malty sweetness with caramel up front then followed by some dark fruit. Slightly dry finish. Medium to full bodied.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a large and billowing off-white head. Smells of caramel and toasted malt. Nicely balanced flavour. There’s a good dose of hops in there as well as that sweet toasted malt. Enjoyable.