Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Maine Beer Company Zoe

Maine Beer Company Zoe
7.2% ABV
Maine Beer Company, Portland, ME
16.9oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Date on bottle: 2/28/13
Reviewed on 3/30/13

This ale pours a dark amber color with a good bubbly light beige head.  Good lacing.  Decent carbonation evident.

Smell consists of hops, malt, brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, slight yeast, rye, floral notes, some spice, some pepper.

Taste consists of hops, rye, caramel, malt, bread, some yeast, spice, pepper, floral and herbal notes, mild dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is earthy and textured on the palate.  Well balanced with decent but not overwhelming strands of dryness and bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice tasting amber ale that has qualities of a rye and some of an IPA.  Quite hoppy with good mixes of brown sugar, biscuit, rye, and spices.  It sort of breaks the style or crosses the style--however you may look at it--which is a good thing to do as it provides a distinct flavor.  Maine Beer Company is new to my area and, judging by this beer, is a bit on the pricey side, which might be the main reason not to have this one regularly.  Good deep tastes come through after drinking more and it coming up to temperature (it becomes more and more like an IPA as this happens--fascinating!). 

My score: 94

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