Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 26
Gots: 121 | FT: 6
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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Photo of Beastcpa
1.41/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Disappointed by this beer that really seems to be trying to do too much.

Photo of Brez07
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Had this the day after it hit markets. Incredibly bland, standard red ale. Nothing special here. To call it hoppy, as they do, is a falacy. Maybe over the pond, but not here in America and certainly not compared to something like Lunch or Zoe. Time to go back to brewing good beer and not just being out to make money. Or at least make it less obvious the latter is your goal...

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Proabably a bit old. Way too malty.

Photo of Dumsboa09
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the yeast accidentally and made it chalky. I think that ruined the hop flavor

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

Appearance - This thing overflowed by imperial pint glass. I didn't realize what was happening until I had beer all over the counter. Oh well. A four finger cream head covered a murky reddish brown body. Lace clings inside the glass and the layer of foam on the beer never fades.

Smell - Grassy hops. Lots of nutty malts. Caramel.

Taste - Really grassy. Harsh grassy hops. Almost no sweetness to this thing. Nutty malts. Toasted malts. Grassy and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Probably the most disappointing beer I've had from Maine. The hops are really harsh in this. Difficult to drink the whole bottle.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a deep amber/reddish-brown/copper. Some deep burnt orange when held to direct light. Head is dark tan, bubbly, and creamy. Decent retention as is the case with all MBC beer. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Vaguely nutty with some slightly toasted malts. A bit of biscuit dough coupled with a nice caramel malt. Slightly bready with some caramelized malt sweetness. Hops run a but herbal with a leafy component. Some citrus and a mild lingering bitterness. Some hints of toffee as it warms.

Taste: Big herbal and earthy hop up front. Malts are lightly sweet with some toasted notes. Slightly caramelized with some things of toffee as well. Biscuit and bread crust with a nutty finish. Hops are a bit more aggressive than the nose would indicate. Nicely balanced with a hint of apple skin. Lingering pithy bitterness on the finish. Some pine and citrus zest.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bubbly moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with a slick feel up front and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Simple.

A hoppy amber that doesn't push too far. Loses a little of the malt and balance in the long run, but it's good. Carries that Maine Beer Co. profile and you can't really lose with it.

Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey brown with a bit of something ruby in it. A fat tan head of persistent foam that left lace and dwindled slowly to a layer on top. Nose is toasty bread, crusty, grainy and earthy with a touch of grass. Some citrus peel in the nose and a light caramel. Taste is a bit hoppier than I would like for an amber. It has plenty of toasty bread and sweet caramel that are out shined on the palate by hop forward flavors like grapefruit. It has the earthy pith and the peel of the grapefruit, and a bit of hop bitter too. It lost some of the caramel and bread to the hops in the dry finish. medium body with plenty of carbonation.

I liked it well enough but I think it's a touch too hoppy to be an amber.

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this beer, arriving as an extra last week. 500 ML bottle split with my wife while watching a little Justified. I think if I talk like Raylan my wife might…never mind.

The pour is more orange than red, which makes me wonder about Maine wheelbarrows. Or colors. Plenty of carbonation. The nose consists of rusty caramel, really, I can’t get any hops up my nose at all. Pretty underwhelming.

Red Wheelbarrow brings nothing glib to mind. Tons of hops coat the tongue & create third degree hop burns front to back: wow. Bitter, bitter, bitter, with secondary symptoms of orange & tangerines. Rusted caramel malts cut the anger somewhat, but the bitterness returns with a vengeance to hop up the finish, too. Half a shorty bottle is enough.

Half a hop vine clearly went into this hop bottle, making it the harshest, hoppiest red I’ve ever laid tongue on. Interesting & good.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively clear tarnished orange hue with an orange tinged head. Incredibly hoppy nose. Lots of pine and bitter citric rinds with a touch of soapyness. Malt comes through on the nose as well, hearty breads and dried dark fruits.

Like other maine brews light body with brisk carbonation but full feeling in the mouth. Subtle malt character on the front end with faint dark fruit sweetness, very dry hearty toasted baked breads roll into big hop character on the back end. Citrus and pine, slightly earthy and bold with the bitterness. A floral flavor lingers and bitterness builds with each sip. Hop and malt combine and create an almost savory sensation along the mid-palate. A touch of warm on the swallow. Mildly tannic and mouth scrubbing. Flavors linger for a while. Rustic tasting yet bright and fresh at the same time. A very good beer and extremely clean but very hard to get and very expensive in my area. I prefer Zoe.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A dark murky brown color. I guess I was expecting the hues to be a little more red based on the name.

Smell - The aroma is a little less than exciting. Dried grass or hay are present; I do not really detect the hops in the aroma.

Taste - In the initial taste, one detects sweet grass, something musty, and lemony hops. The citrus hits the drier side of the tongue. I am a little surprise by the absence of a malt backbone in this one. The modest hops linger in the aftertaste for a surprising time period based on the un-thickness of the beer.

Mouthfeel - I expect a little more malt in a red ale. Perhaps this is the reason Red Wheelbarrow seems relatively thin.

Overall - I generally like red ales, but I think this one is pretty average. The lack of a malt in the taste bothers me.

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz light amber bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 022514 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal clear red/amber with prodigious 2-finger frothy/foamy beige head with good retention and clingy lace at the top of the glass.

S: Sweet toffee-caramel and strong citrus with grapefruit, lemon, and orange with some pine resin and honeysuckle floral notes too.

T: The flavor is good but a bit estery and overhopped for the style in my opinion. The floral component of the hoppiness takes over with big orange blossom aroma that fades to more sweet malt and a moderate bitterness. I think this is good but the hops overtake the maltiness and leaves an aroma/flavor mismatch.

M: A little sticky but with good medium body and carbonation.

O: Not worth the exorbitant price ($7.29) and badly outdone by Zoe in my opinion. THis might spell the end of buying Maine's tres cher beers.

Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
massively nuts head on a very careful pour, around 4 fingers o' foam, soapy on top and then more packed in towards the brew, beautiful deep red/amber hue with an upside down waterfall of bubbles rumbling through at quite a pace, this thing is clingier than lycra on ...
well never mind, it is damn clingy with tons of lace left all over, really super looking beer

nose...
really nice citric hops, herbal hop aroma with a lemon bent, a nice effervescence is also apparent, the spiciness is just delicious, great bouquet here

taste etc...
a subtle honey tinged hop bite, solid bitterness that lasts for sometime but yet is mild enough, right after a pour the carbonation is smackingly good... but man it fades fast and is detrimental if this sits around for a few minutes, a nice medium full feel in the mouth
which feels right for this brew, a very bright brew in terms of the impact, is it stunning and lasting.. eh? not so much,

verdict?
really tasty but not perfect.. damn good though, worth checking out if you see a bottle

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always liked trying new beers from Maine Beer Co. I'd really love to see better priced six packs as they do price everything they make at a premium.

The beer is a cloudy red amber with a thck long lasting tan head. Head is a bit creamy almost approaching Guinness. Nice lacing as well.

The scent is a slightly spicy, grainy and bready quality. Hops provide a nice floral and citrus aspect. Slightly spicy as well.

The taste is hop forward, but not overwhelmingly so. The malt provide a bready and slightly caramel sweetness backbone to the citrusy and spicy hops. No real ester or large impact from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a somewhat sharp bitter finish. Moderately dry, but a very low caramel flavor lingers. Medium bodied.

Overall an enjoyable beer that would be welcomed at a lower pricepoint as it would be great to always have on hand. Somewhat reminiscent as Arrogant Bastard, but more balanced than an all on hop assault.

Photo of surfcaster
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of 5 MBCs that I received. Dark red ale. Full bodied. Little heavy for my liking.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle with a bottled on date of 022514. Pours a murky rust color with an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is piney hops, toasted malts, and caramel. The taste is pine hops, orange peel, toasted and caramel malts. Floral hop notes as well. Light pine with lots of toasted and caramel malts at the end. Pretty malty. Light mouthfeel that is a bit oily. I prefer Zoe over this one. Overall, nothing special, but not bad.

Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy amber with a decent retaining head in my case, with mild lacing
S: floral and earthy, I feel I can tell there's some hop bitterness from the nose
T/M: starts off with carbonation but when that fades, there is an earthy taste reminiscent of the smell that hits. The taste then hits with the bitterness of hops which is subdued in the long term. The lasting taste is dry, but also has a lingering sweetness to balance that quite well.
O: a solid Maine beer with the dry-hop bitterness, combined with with a certain amount of lingering maltiness that is typical of the brewer. Not overpowering in any aspect, but probably a little more hoppy than your normal amber, happily so.

Photo of KFBR392
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/22/14

Appearance: pours with three fingers of light reddish head. Color is ruby red with plenty of active carbonation, on par for the style. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Bitter resinous pine jumps out on the front. Lots of caramelized malts with some bitter amber malt as well. Plentiful amounts of semi-sweet toffee on the body with linger hops.

Taste: Dark bitter pine with toffee and heavier malts greet the drinker. Hops, figs, dried fruits, and some sweeter malt notes open up on the body. Finish is some fading toffee and caramel with lingering hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Potent hoppy front with a creamy malt texture riding into the body. Carbonation could be a touch brighter.

Overall: Really enjoyed this red ale, would certainly try it again if I could get a fresher bottle. I often overlook this style, but this brew makes me want to explore a bit more.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/20/14.

A - Ruby colored with a large, rocky, off-white head. Decent lacing.

S - Interesting aroma of chocolate, rye, and loads of citrus hops.

T - The hops take over and dominate. Tons of citrus bite with a heavy malt background.

M - Full bodied and harsh bitter finish.

O - My least favorite Maine Beer so far but not bad by any means. Just a bit too heavy on the hops. Would have liked to seen them dialed down a bit and the malt come through a bit more. I would buy a lot more of their beer if it was offered in 12 oz 4-packs.

Photo of Tmyhre802
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, but overall not recognizable or standoutish. I understand that's what some people want but there is just nothing terribly unique about the wheelbarrow. Don't take this as I don't like it, rather it's hard not to compare to another one, lunch, dinner and even though they are different styles I feel this one feel a little short.

Photo of HookemHoos
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass in Arlington VA. Bottled three weeks before drinking.

A: A dark brown pour with a hint of red.

S: A very earthy, fresh hop smell to the beer.

T: The taste has a nice balance of hop flavor that hits the palate. The bitterness is there, but not overwhelming. The earthy smell from the hops follows to the taste.

M: A hoppy mouthfeel with good carbonation, but on the lighter side.

Overall a great beer and another one well done from Maine Beer Co.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/4/2014. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice red ale. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, really impressive head retention and lacing. Cloudy reddish brown appearance.

S - ruby grapefruit, caramel malt, apple, and cherry, a crisp fruitiness to it, with fig/plum notes ontop of a nice semisweet maltiness. Very enticing with a hint of spice.

T - immediate hoppy kick, citrusy grapefruit, red fruits, with fig notes, cherry dryness, dry caramel, with a drying bitter lingering flavour and some of the dry caramel comes out, woody and with some earthy hop/herbal hop notes with some malt. Woody finish.

M - moderate body, and carbonation, easily drinkable and quite satisfying, with a lingering dry bitter finish.

Very tasty, I think it is really vibrant toward the beginning with a nice hoppy blast, but then gets quite drying and heavy with some malty and drying earthy bitterness notes. All around a very tasty beer, but not up to Maine's other amazing beers,

Photo of HopBomb515
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big tan head atop a ruby hued beer with tons of lacing left behind. Floral, spicy, and earthy hop presence with a crusty toasted bread like backdrop. Taste follows with the floral hops and perfectly balanced by that toasted malty backdrop. Taste is good but somewhat linear and one dimensional. Medium mouthfeel and bigger carbonation than I was expecting. This is a good red ale but I don't prefer it to the likes of Nugget Nectar.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with the mildest of hazes. Good starting head which leaves some spotty to webby lace.

Strong evergreen and grapefruit rind aroma from the fresh hop. The malt smells are completely dominated.

This is quite a hoppy Amber ale. The base of crystal malt is present enough to provide a bit of balance. The hop provides a black pepper kick. The taste is too complex but it's tasty. Good body with a bit of spritziness.

Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A deep hazy dark amber body with three fingers of foamy off-white head. The head recedes some what quickly, ok retention and some lacing.

S - Huge tart fruitiness, apricots and lemons, bready malt sweetness as well.

T - Lots of nice fresh citrus hops, followed by sugary cherry malts, somewhat of a medicine taste. Alcohol not too present.

M - Light body and high carbonation. Very thin and slick but slight stickiness in the aftertaste.

O - The body is just too weak for me. The flavors are all really nice, but I can't sink my teeth into the beer. With the high carbonation and thin body, it drinks more like a soda in my opinion. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but it's not a beer I'd be picking up again. That said, I am a big fan of Maine Beer Company who make a lot of fantastic beers.

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.