The One They Call Zoe

Texas
United States
The One They Call Zoe Hops and Grain beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

THE ONE THEY CALL ZOE is an interesting breed of beer. Brewed in a mildly traditional manner, it’s very similar to many of the German lagers of the old world but dry-hopped to add an extra layer of complexity. Zoe is based on pale and vienna malts, light to golden in color with a beautiful white layer of foam resting on top, constantly delivering floral and citrus dry-hop aromatics with every sip. This beer is meant to be paired with, well, life! It’s also meant to be paired with a few more. With notes of lightly toasted bread, floral hops and an incredibly smooth finish we hope that Zoe is everything that you’ve been searching for in a pale lager.

 

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
47° F
Hops: 
Mt. Hood, Crystal
Malts: 
Pale, Vienna
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

There is a bold herbal, earthy and spicy hop aroma in this beer. The hops are slightly floral with a slight pungency, but not minty or citrusy or anything undesired. The malt is sweet with a touch of bready doughiness. There are no off aromas from the fermentation, and the color is a slightly hazy deep straw (quite likely a chill haze, but unexpected if properly lagered). The head is a fine, persistent off-white with a thin layer of bubbles. The aromatic sensations translate smoothly into the flavor: herbal hops with a rich, but not unbalanced, malt character. The malt is well-developed with a bready character. The finish leans towards the hops, especially a touch of black-pepper spice, but the malt lingers well into the finish as well. There are hints of mineral in the water with just a touch of salt and chalk. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some creaminess from the malts. A slight mineral bite is noticeable, especially towards the finish. This may be exaggerated by a touch of carbonic astringency as well. This is a very enjoyable Czech Premium Pale Lager. The malt and hop profiles expose good complexity and are very appropriate for the style. I do taste some water character coming through that throws it off from the very soft water that characterizes the Pilzen region of the Czech Republic, where this beer style originates, but regardless, this is a strong example of the style and is well worth seeking out.