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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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734 Ratings
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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 22
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
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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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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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.

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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.

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.