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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 16
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Craftonly23121, Nov 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

RudyMcCrafferty45, Sep 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Stum-pub, May 23, 2014
Photo of guezarka
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.

guezarka, Nov 09, 2013
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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%

MeLikeyDaBeers, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of antott0523
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4/24/2014 bottle date. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with a red hue. Foamy two finger head that leaves a lot of lace. Very attractive beer.

Smell: This beer is extremely fresh and crisp. Citrus hop notes of sweet grapefruit, and a touch of pine. There is a prominent malt presence that manifests itself with fruity notes of peach and fig. A faint hint of alcohol.

Taste: Flavorful malt profile, but the hops are still the star of the show. Not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, yet round. A light tingle from the hops.

Overall: This beer is extremely drinkable. MBC makes a point to say that this beer is not a "red IPA." Although I prefer a greater hop presence in a red ale, this beer is perfect for what it is intended to be. For that reason, taste gets a five. Bravo MBC for achieving such a scrumptious beer that showcases the hop and malt profile in such a fresh and crisp manner. This is my first time trying anything from Maine Beer Company, and I look very forward to trying others if this beer is any reflection of the quality coming from this brewery.

antott0523, May 09, 2014
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4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a tulip at 50 or so degrees dated 052014

Appearance: Beautiful red color with a classic MBO Pillowy head that resists dissipation. 3 fingers to be exact.

Smell: IPA with big citrus and pineapple notes. I got some malty character although I couldn't tell whether it really was a dark fruit character as defined by the description. Extreme freshness.

Taste: ale taste with a strong hoppy finish. Some caramel coming through and some biscuit.

Mouthfeel: just right amount of carbonation, very bread like, with medium creaminess.

Overall: Another fantastic beer from MBO. My only gripe would be that the smell seemed the same from each of their other beers but who knows. A fantastic beer nonetheless.

Mises85, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

sleestak12, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a deep amber pour with 2 fingers (+) cream colored head, great retention, slow dissipation and a ton of sticky lacing left behind. you smell what comes off as simcoe hops as soon as you pry the cap off.. grassy notes, lots of bready sweet caramel aroma. the flavor is just fantastic.. a very bready, nutty, biscuity body with a hop profile worthy of being confused with pliny. makes sense, this was bottled 12 days ago - as fresh as i'll probably ever get it. medium in body with an overall creamy feel to it, medium amount of carbonation keeps this beer nice and fizzy on the palate.

honestly, this is probably my favorite of all the maine beers, i feel like every one i have is better than the last (except for lunch, i wasn't greatly impressed with it) but i sincerely do mean it every time. definitely pick this one up, and drink it fresh!

facundoCNB, Nov 25, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a ruby red, really pretty. Nice lacing with a fast fading head.

The aroma is potent. Full, floral flavor. Smells of a salad bar- lots of green olive, sharp cheese, and dressing. Incredibly unique aroma.

Potent flavor here. Sharp cheddar, bready malt. Floral and pine dominate the flavor. Malt and hops combine to an incredibly earthy flavor that has a touch of metallic.

Very sticky mouthfeel, both sweet and dry from the hops.

Unique brew, unlike any other red I've ever had. The flavors are unique individually; together, they create an earthy, smooth flavor. This brew is a bit sweeter and more dense than my favorite Maine Beer Co brew, Zoe. While I'll be perfectly happy grabbing Zoe whenever I want, I'll grab Red Wheelbarrow whenever it's available. Great stuff again from these guys.

stonermouse, Nov 23, 2013
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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.