Beer 397/365 – Maine Beer Company Zoe

Maine Beer Company Zoe

Style: American Amber

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: Sent to me by Jared in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very hop heavy for an Amber, but thats a good thing!

Will I be drinking this again: Due to lack of distribution, no.

Grade: A-

5/24/2011: So many changes in my life lately. I try not to post personal stuff on my blog too much, but over the weekend I had two family members pass away within an hour of each other. Needless to say my family is in a bit of shock right now, so as usual I missed my Monday update. I am still going update twice a week, I just don’t know if I can commit to solid days.

Love the simple labeling that Main Brewing uses on their beer. Each label is plain white, with the name, a short description, and a small drawing of a face. Immediately upon opening the beer you can smell how hoppy it is for an Amber, mostly on the citrus end. The flavor is great, and to be honest if I didn’t know any better I would assume it was a caramel heavy IPA. Lots of citrus hop, caramel malt, toffee, grassy, and bready. Very complex for an Amber, and very well done. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style, but it works for all the flavors going on.

Picture of the day: I love Macs, but this is pretty funny.

Beer 319/365 – O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye

OFallons Hemp Hop Rye

Style: American Amber

ABV: 5.50%

Purchased at: 3 Son’s Dog’s ‘n Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Very unique, lots of flavors and very earthy.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! I didn’t expect much from this but it was pretty unique and tasty.

Grade: B+

9/23/2010: I have only tried two O’Fallon beers in my lifetime, one of them is my favorite pumpkin beer ever, and the other tasted like a cherry tootsie roll gone wrong (Cherry Chocolate Beer). So who knows how this beer will end up. Regardless I appreciate that they were trying to be original by brewing a beer with hemp added.

The nose is very earthy and spicy for an amber which is usually a bit more tame in the smell department. The flavor has tons of caramel hops, and what I would call a sharp earthy nuttiness. Its not a smooth transition from flavor to flavor but I kind of like it for some reason. Mouthfeel is a bit full for the style, but a good bit of carbonation softens the thickness a bit.

Picture of the day: Firefox has encountered a problem.

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