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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

694 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 694
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 19
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
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Reviews by guezarka:
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As luscious as a cow moose in heat....

Red ales can veer to the over sticky (gnasty and treacly after the second pull) or they can over-hop to the point of sucking on a pine cone. None of that here.

This is a Zen sort of brilliance. The visuals stir a deep desiring for the gorgeous red head, followed by the bristling aromas of tempting hops, washed over by an enticing and luxurious mouthfeel, then unsettling you with an unnerving and alluring bite, thus leaving you in the end with the smiling and knowing look of the the immensely satisfied.

Pardon me, but I need a moment.

OK, after a couple days of revelry, now for a moment of reflection and comparison. MBC's Zoe is a fine beer, too, and by memory I couldn't figure out the difference, so I put them side by side. The Zoe was from 10/8/13 and the RW was 10/22/13. The nose upfront was softer and more floral on the RW, while the Zoe was richer and deeper with gobs of pine. Mouthfeel and head were lush and fairly similar, but the carbonation on the RW felt lighter. The palate of RW was loaded with mango and citrus with malts that were light and sweet, kind of like vanilla and butterscotch. Swear it was like smelling the bark of a ponderosa pine out West. And Zoe was deeper in character with flavors more toward biscuit and toffee. Finish on both was smooth and lingering. Wouldn't kick either out of bed for eatin' crackers. Slurp.

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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.

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

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.