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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

694 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.