Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sleestak12 on 10-23-2013

Like many of our beers, Red Wheelbarrow (which started out as a pilot batch brewed by Brewer Dan Roberts) doesn’t fit neatly into a style category — think of it as a stronger, more hop-forward interpretation of a traditional red ale. Red Wheelbarrow is not, however, a “red IPA” — there is robust malt character (think raisin and fig) on both the nose and palate that temper the abundant hop presence (think citrus fruit).
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Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

102213 01

A: Beautiful deep orange red with a yellowish off white head that fades into some great lace and retention.

S: Piney sappy hops hit first followed by some nice roasted malt. Less hop forward than I remember Zoe being but I'm glad because this is its own unique beer.

T: Sticky resiny hoppy goodness. On the bitter and pungent side. Malt and hops share an equal role in this beer. Truly balanced and very delicious.

M: Super smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Body, carbonation, and drinkability are all on point.

O: While its by no means old and faded, I've had it for a few weeks and I wish I had drank it sooner. Still a fabulous beer despite my rookie mistake. (676 characters)

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Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blood red color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew like champagne that leads to a creamy 2 finger khaki head with tons if tiny bubbles in the head, which faded very slowly and left very good lacing coating the sides.

Smells very hoppy up front, with red grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, orange peel, pine cone/piney hops, some other tropical fruit, caramel, toffee, brad crust/toast, graham cracker, floral notes and a touch of sweetness like grains or malt which fermented. Really nice nose that's complex but has enough balance to remind me of Nugget Nectar. Every time I go to take a sip I get a fresh blast of hops as the glass approaches.

Tastes also starts off hoppy with citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange peel and some mild spices like coriander and pepper, but it shifts to chocolate malt, biscuit, toffee and roasted grains for a tug of war of the taste-buds. Second wave of flavor has lemongrass, dry hay, fresh cut flowers and some trailing caramel which brings out a buttery sweetness. Very mild citrus hop bitterness with hints if the piney hops and a malty backbone that lingers as the mouth dries out.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side and almost slick with mild to average carbonation and a medium body that leans towards the chewy side with a little texture; very mild bitterness, nice balance and a slightly sweet malt/grain aftertaste that goes down very easy.

This beer completely hides the ABV and is really enjoyable, like all beers from these guys - I've come to expect great things from Maine and this is another solid beer in their arsenal. I'll definitely have this any chance I get. (1,629 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up @ Julio's. Bottled 04 Nov 2014.

A mildly hazy dark red with a thick, dense, long-lasting light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks fantastic. The nose is a big bruising blast of hops. Resiny and pithy grapefruit, pine and preserved lemons are very noticeable, along with a moderate malt backbone, consisting of caramel and a little toffee. While the balance here is strongly in favor of the hops, there is a nice wholeness, a fullness, that comes from the tastefully designed malt bill. Caramelized grapefruit juice is how I'd describe this.

The palate opens with a big, juicy bitterness, pungent, resiny, fruity grapefruit, pine and orange peel. This is followed by a blend of caramel, a little buckwheat honey and burnt sugar before a long and brilliantly bitter finish dominated by the most gorgeously oily and resiny feel. This is by no means the oiliest beer there ever was, nor does it come close, but instead exudes great depth. This is further enhanced by a soft and supple carbonation. Fantastic stuff, Maine Beer has always impressed with the mouthfeel on their beers but this one is remarkable. Recommended for fans of Nugget Nectar. (1,191 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/4/2014. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice red ale. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,583 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this beer, arriving as an extra last week. 500 ML bottle split with my wife while watching a little Justified. I think if I talk like Raylan my wife might…never mind.

The pour is more orange than red, which makes me wonder about Maine wheelbarrows. Or colors. Plenty of carbonation. The nose consists of rusty caramel, really, I can’t get any hops up my nose at all. Pretty underwhelming.

Red Wheelbarrow brings nothing glib to mind. Tons of hops coat the tongue & create third degree hop burns front to back: wow. Bitter, bitter, bitter, with secondary symptoms of orange & tangerines. Rusted caramel malts cut the anger somewhat, but the bitterness returns with a vengeance to hop up the finish, too. Half a shorty bottle is enough.

Half a hop vine clearly went into this hop bottle, making it the harshest, hoppiest red I’ve ever laid tongue on. Interesting & good. (905 characters)

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/22/13.
In a MBC pint glass this beer was a hazy rust color. There as a thick tan head, and a moderate amount of sticky lace.

Mostly a citrus aroma. Some grassy hops and caramel malt.

Grapefruit taste up front, followed by the grassy hops. Sweet caramel background.

A hop-forward beer, easy to drink. (313 characters)

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey colroed with a half inch head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long, and leaves big webs and pinwheels of lace on the insides of the glass as it's drained.

Inviting aroma of toffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, and grapefruit.

Bright and pungent hoppy flavors upfront, full of pine and grapefruit, assertive bitterness. A subtle malt backbone rides beneath, but hops fully overpowers.

Full mouthfeel, puckers the cheeks, finishes with a carbonation tingle. Great beer. (480 characters)

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
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