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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

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nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
500ml bottle from Bierkraft, bottled a month ago. Great clear dark amber/chestnut flavor with excellent lacing and a light khaki head. Great aroma of toffee, toasted nuts, coffee beans, and cocoa along with a big hop blast. The flavor is incredibly balanced and complex, almost exactly what you hope every amber ale will be. The dry bitter cocoa and roasted chestnut malt base yields to a citrusy and leafy hoppy finish. Maybe a bit too much bitterness on the finish considering it’s an amber ale and not an IPA, but that’s nitpicking. This is phenomenal. Exceedingly dry and crisp mouthfeel with lasting hop resins and nice carbonation. This beer is amazeballs - yeah I said it - I questioned whether to buy it with the steep $11 price tag, this beer is worth all that and more.

bytemesis (8411) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with a medium tan creamy head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Aroma is hoppy, resin, floral, caramel. Flavor is about the same, lightly sweet, light bitter. Medium body, somewhat creamy. Decent but nothing special. Unfortunately, although the owner told me they just came in, this has an 09\30/12 bottling date. Guess i need a fresh one.

ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Location: .5 L bottle from Buy Rite, 1/13/13

Aroma: The nose has lots of grapefruit hops, with some other citrus, pine, and caramel notes too
Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown color with a thich, frothy, lasting beige head and sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is plenty hoppy, with lots of pine and grapefruit like the nose, there’s some citrusy sweetness, caramel and bready malt notes, and it ends with a fresh, juciy, and rather hoppy bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it is smooth, creamy, and extremely drinkable, with a dry, silky finish
Overall Impression: This is a heck of a beer. What is there to say about Zoe except that this one has just about everything I’m looking for in a beer. If there is a better Amber out there I can’t name it. Maine is quickly moving up my list of best breweries, the quality and hop profile in their beers is spot on.

tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Awesome sample pour of deep amber brown. Short shallow head, lightly fluffed. Nose is killer hoppy amber malts. Bitter citrus and smooth/light caramel. Flavor is nicely hopped as well. Pine and resinous.. Sharp... Smooth.. Beautiful all over.

seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle on date 11/04/12 drank on 01/04/13. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a decent tan colored head. Smells of citrus, resiny pine hops with bit of caramel. Taste is resin with a bit of citrus and a nice malty balance. Caramel is in there too but very well balanced and the right amount of bitterness. Enjoyed this bottle much more that the first time I had it.

callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From notes. Medium amber colored body, decent sized pale tan head. Shows resinous and pine hops, accented by some grapefruit and citrus. Some pale malts and caramel are also noticeable. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, clean finish with some light bitterness.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 29, 2012
It poured a very dark red with some light brown edges. A small white head appeared for less than a minute. The lacing was light and stuck to the pint glass for a good minute then gently slid down the sides of the glass. The smell was the hops and caramel, some pine and citrus enter in the background. The taste was sweet and bitter between the hops and caramel with some spiciness. The palate was well carbonated with a slightly creaminess coating the mouth and still had a dry finish. Overall, this was impressive.

peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle from Gianni - thanks! Pours dark amber with a very large and rocky light tan head. Aroma is light hop biterness and pine with roasted caramel. Taste is light charred malt with caramel and pine/hop bitterness. Cleen mouthfeel. Nice beer but but the hops are minimal. Must be an out of date bottle.

Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2012
You know what’s fun? Splitting hairs about style definitions. The Bride & I discussed - at length - if this was a hoppy amber or a full bodied IPA. It doesn’t really fit neatly in any category, so we didn’t really reach any conclusions. Anyway, you should drink this. It’s good. Thanks to my Secret Santa for this one!

PrattBenjamin (32) - - DEC 5, 2012
Bottled 9/30/12. Drank 12/5/12. Delicious beer. Pours a beautiful rich brown with ample head. Aroma is a combination of piney/earthy hops with some citrus buried under malt aroma. Flavor is very delicate hop and caramel play with some notes of fresh bread. Finish is clean and hoppy with a lingering malt sweetness. Very nice.

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