Saturday, November 2, 2013

Maine Beer Company Zoe

This is a 7.2% ABV "happy, hoppy, amber ale" from the Maine Beer Company of Freeport, Maine. This beer is named after one of the brewer's daughters, Zoe.  They enjoyed a trip to a whale museum, and now one percent of the sales of this beer are donated to an organization dedicated to preserving whales. The brewery purchases green energy, donates spent grain to local farmers, and gives one percent of its sales to environmental  non-profits.

The beer pours a dark chestnut and ruby in color. There is a tall head of thick and somewhat creamy off-white to light brown foam. The aroma is roasted and toasted malt, caramel, nut, grassy, and a light, boozy fruitiness. The taste is roasted and toasted malt, caramel, a bit of coffee, light fruit, with a fairly bitter finish. There is a definite grassiness in the aftertaste. It is medium bodied, but easy drinking, a real delight.

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