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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-07-2013 23:51:14 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-08-2013 19:51:57 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface, a thick collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of citrusy hops, which transition to caramel malts and then fade away to hints of pine resin hops. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite assertive and hoppy for a red ale—it's almost like a hybrid between a red ale and an IPA. I found there to be a good balance between the malts and hops.

Note: Bottled on 11/12/13

03-28-2014 03:44:09 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Really impressive presentation, with a massive head squatted on the clear copper liquid; terrific retention

Smell: A blend of malt and hops, with caramel and fig tones meshing with pine and tobacco

Taste: The malt/hop blend is apparent from the get-go, with the caramel and fig tones blending together with the pine and tobacco; juicy tropical fruit, after the swallow, joins the parade, but the finish is decidedly bitter and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like what's going on but I didn't love drinking it, if that makes any sense, as I found the analysis more interesting than the enjoyment

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity

05-10-2014 01:22:51 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-08-2013 01:43:59 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-21-2013 14:27:56 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-21-2013 01:28:39 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-26-2013 04:26:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-21-2014 05:30:03 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-07-2013 22:38:29 | More by Knapp85
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Dark copper auburn color, billowing head of parchment colored foam. Sheets of lace in the glass, sticky and long lasting.

Initial hoppy aroma once the bottle was opened, slightly dank, but it dissipated quickly once the beer was poured. Toasted grains, vague marmalade.

Bitter resiny hops and a toasted grainy malt character, slightly medicinal hop character. Aftertaste is clean and toasty. Medium bodied and clean, moderate bitterness, vaguely sweet and bitter marmalade flavors. Dry and bitter aftertaste, lots of residual malt sweetness. In the vein of super fresh Alpha King on a good day.

11-02-2013 03:14:08 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-02-2014 05:55:05 | More by SocalKicks
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Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a hearty malt character followed by some mild caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. There’s a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for a long time.

06-11-2014 02:23:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-08-2014 23:13:06 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -1%

Bottle from Whole Foods. Served in a DryHop taster pint. Dated 10/22/13.

A - Generous off-white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Transparent amber body with tiny bubbles visible throughout.

S - Earthy and grassy hops, caramel malts, a bit of toasted bread. Nice balance, albeit somewhat understated, even when it warms up. About what you'd expect from a hoppy red.

T - The taste has a bit more oomph to it, with plenty of grapefruit peel and grassy hop flavors supported by mild red fruit, bread, and caramel malt flavors. Moderate bitterness that builds, but no perceptible alcohol.

M - Medium body, with a dry, toasty finish. Pleasant active carbonation, with a crisp, clean finish. Perhaps some lingering hop resins, but not overly sticky or oily. Again, no alcohol presence.

D - I appreciate the hop-forward focus to this one, as I generally don't enjoy red ales with too much Crystal malt to them. Surprised Maine chose to do another Red Ale with Zoe already being plenty excellent, but this is pretty solid as well. As with other Maine offerings, the bitterness is potent although it never gets excessive (for my tastes anyway). Still, probably wouldn't down more than 500ml bottle in a session.

11-13-2013 04:54:27 | More by MasterSki
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottled 3/25/14

Little upside down waterfall head hits 1.5 fingers and fades semi slowly, creamy thick head leaves nice lacing, mostly clear amber reddish copper color.

Nose interesting hops, bit of the earthy floral kiwi hops, riwaka, little tropical fruit note, musty mild resinous but little citrus fruit, little sweet caramel malt base.

Taste starts with sweet candy malts, caramel, little syrup, then hops, earthy and spicy, little grassy and floral, more earthy kiwi terrior and some candied tropical fruits, little resin, hint pine, and fairly bitter. Finish dries a bit but little sticky, quite bitter on the finish, more spicy earthy and little resin and pine.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good hop character, nice malty base for an amber, cross between an amber and nice IPA almost. Enjoyable.

05-01-2014 15:40:54 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-16-2014 01:37:11 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-18-2013 21:07:49 | More by mendvicdog
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-04-2014 16:36:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.93/5  rDev -3%

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.

12-21-2013 02:01:34 | More by smcolw
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-13-2014 02:55:04 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a 2" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: loads of malt and fruit sweetness and a floral presence provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruit sweetness, some grapefruit, and a hearty bitterness makes up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: a very drinkable and flavorful red ale. More than one can be enjoyed in a session.

05-23-2014 17:33:18 | More by Gavage
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottled 10-22-13

Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with copper colored edges and a frothy, two finger yellowish-beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Good retention, possibly too much so, with signs of over carbonation. The pillowy foam head takes forever to settle and coated the glass with soapy lacing on the way down.

Dank, floral aroma with a prominent earthy hop presence that's countered by a sweet malt backbone. Earthy and spicy with resinous oils, grassy pine, spruce tip and fresh buds followed by subtle tropical fruit and malt sweetness. There's a touch of grapefruit and citrus zest along with caramel malt, toffee, biscuit and vinous fruit. There's a stronger malt presence than I usually prefer in hoppy beers but it works really well in the nose of this beer.

Full bodied with a blast of dry, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Sticky with resinous hop oils, subtle spiciness, grassy pine and earthy, soil-like flavor. Good hop flavor but not as complex as the nose suggests. A bit one dimensional and lacking the citrus/tropical fruit sweetness found in the aroma. Fortunately, there is plenty of flavorful malt sweetness filling this need and balancing things out nicely. Strong caramel malt presence with hints of toffee, biscuit, toast and subtle dark fruit sweetness. Really well balanced and easy to drink with no heat whatsoever. The malt backbone perfectly counters the dry bitterness of the earthy, floral hops. Similar to Zoe but more flavorful and better balanced in my opinion. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

11-18-2013 05:13:20 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-13-2014 04:32:46 | More by drewone
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-30-2013 14:19:29 | More by BARFLYB
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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.