1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

594 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 594
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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).

(Beer added by: sleestak12 on 10-23-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 594 | Reviews: 89 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a deep, dense head of minimally three fingers, very even surface, light brown in hue, very impressive looking, slides immediately down the side of the tilted glass, only a rare streak of lacing to be found, the overall retention is excellent. Filmy amber red in color with a healthy glow, you have to get really close to see the active bubbles within, overall the color may be closer to brown than orange, on the dark side. The nose mixes cocoa. floral water, orange peels, baking spice and a stiffening amount of bright hops and hard crust baguette, while there’s little that is bitter it never feels too sweet, the peach, apricot, red cherry, pear fruit scents are much more complementary than the star of the show. Medium-bodied, creamy mouth feel with close to zero softness, has an understated muscularity. Not a lot of roast, dryness comes from the grassiness, dark chocolate powder, bread grains and bare touch of black pepper. Caramel, spiced oranges, chamomile, basil and oregano, the breadiness is not sweet but is a steadying cornerstone. Peach, apricot, nectarine fruit with a touch of pineapple. It has a slimmed down fluidity which you don’t find often these days in this beer category. Goes on and on at the end, entirely unforced.

farrago, Apr 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

woodchipper, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%

warnerry, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JakerLou, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ImFlyerThanYou, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

virinow, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -1.2%

dogfishandi, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hairrrrrrrr, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

butters_mcgee, Saturday at 06:28 PM
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

far333, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

doremite, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jtladner, May 27, 2014
Photo of mtpHokie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mtpHokie, May 20, 2014
Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

dsauter, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of kneary13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kneary13, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Ed_Bob
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Ed_Bob, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of klcallahan13
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

klcallahan13, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of BraveMountie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BraveMountie, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Iparedman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Iparedman, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mdaschaf, May 23, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.