Sunday, April 29, 2012
Maine Beer Company - Zoe
Zoe (named after the daughter of one of the brewery's co-founders) pours a dark and deep reddish brown color with a great looking one finger cream colored head. The aroma had some big citrus hops, grapefruit and some faint roasted malt. Already, I could tell that this wasn't going to be the kind of amber ale I was used to.
The taste opens with a big hit of grapefruit hop flavor followed by a complex middle that featured notes of chocolate, roasted malt, tangerine rind and toffee. The finish is hoppy and dry with a good amount of pine. The depth of flavor in this beer easily surpasses any amber I've come across and this is right up there with Nugget Nectar as the best amber I've ever had.
Final Grade: A
Top 100 Beers Tasted: 37