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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

504 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 504
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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)
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guezarka

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:28:35 | More by guezarka
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A: Dark red, copperish look. Light brown egg head with lacing

S: Raisiny malt; citrus hop nose--orange rind. Some floral aspects too.

T: Grapefruit and orange citrus notes; pine needles; slightest sweet malt notes--raisin? not picking up the fig that the description notes. Definitely more hops than malt. Slightest alcoholic tingle on the aftertaste, but alcohol is hardly detectable.

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s. Grapefruit - maybe pine + other citrus, but comes across as grapefruit to me. Unexpected based on the color of the beer, the name, and the fact that it is an ale.

T. Hops, passion fruit, pine, citrus nicely blended. Really good tasting beer.

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.