Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | FT: 6
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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 HamdenHector
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; bronze in color - lighter than I expected; with a fairly conservative pour, got a 3 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: tropical fruit that gives way to notes of pine;

T: hops are still king, but the malt is balanced in nicely; there is a ripe tropical fruit sweetness that oddly blends well with a resiny bitterness from mid-palate to the dry, bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; slightly tingly carbonation;

O: MBC hasn't disappointed me yet; really enjoyable to drink; (520 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped 042214. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

It is an attractive looking medium amber pour with reddish hues when held to the light building up to a huge off-white lingering head. Good clarity. Looks wonderful.

The roasted caramel malts are masked on the nose by the floral, earthy, and grassy hop sensations that really let their egos get in the way. A hophead's delight.

The body is about medium but smooth.

Like the aroma the roasted barley malts kick in on the first sip but the hops quickly scuttle that and take things over bringing out this piney, floral, bitter finish. Quite a hopped up version of amber red. (642 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby / cranberry in colour with a billowly, foamy head.

Smells like faint caramel / roasty sweetness, kind of chocolatey and a some earthiness/spice, from the hops and dark malts.

Sweet and light in flavour, this is a very complex and balanced red ale with a savory and slightly oily finish. It tastes much like it smells and remains malt forward with roasty bitterness balanced by lots of sweet, citrusy hops. The finish is sort of spicey like cracked pepper.

Smooth but drier feel with a dark roast bitterness. (525 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Well, as advertised, this is one impressively red beer. A glazed cream head lays over a dark cherry red body... a very dignified look, if a beer ever had one.

S - Deep chocolate tones, a nice malty ale here. The smell doesn't overpower, but it's sweet and rich just the same.

T - Wow, really rounded taste. There's a nuttiness here that bends with the hops extremely well. Not too fruity, not too bitter. Just a well balanced sweet ale. Delicious.

M - With its light carbonation, this ale has just enough kick to hang with you. Every sip feels full bodied... you won't wanna rush it with this beer.

O - I really think this might be my favorite from Maine Beer Company. I've always been impressed with their output, and this is no exception. It does, however, come with a hefty price tag.... this beer is not cheap (at least in Massachusetts) Not a huge fan of that. But for that once in a awhile splurge, be sure to try this. (933 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a stange glass. Bottled on date 052014

Appearance is definitely a red amber with the fluffy tan head that left a ton of beautiful lacing in the glass.

Aromas of floral and spicy hops.

Taste: Phenomenal! Plenty of those hops right away and then balanced out at the end. I love the way red ales have that malt toastiness to them and this one doesn't disappoint.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, so easy to drink, it's ridiculous!

Overall: Another great beer from Maine! Been wanting to try this one for a while and was totally stoked when a work friend texted me that he could pick one up! They just don't know how to disappoint at Maine Beer. If you are able to get one of these do yourself a favor and do it. (739 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 tulip, bottled 3/25/14. Pours a dark cloudy rust color, with a 3 finger off white heads that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is caramel, papaya, apricot, biscuit, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows perfect, so sweetness from the malt with a nice burst of citrus from all the delicious hops. Really nice.

Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and easy drinking.

Overall another excellent beer from this excellent brewery. Time for them to go to four packs so the Brice can improve! (521 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/22/14; consumed on 5/30/14, making this one about 5 weeks old. . . .

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is slightly hazy coppery-amber with a BIG (3-finger) ecru-colored head that retains well, settling (finally) to leave good glass-painting random splotchy lacing.

S: Very nice - caramel malt and brown sugar foundation. Followed by juicy citrusy hops.

T: Nice variety here. Solid malt foundation of caramel malt, brown sugar and toasted bread. This is followed by citrusy grapefruit and a touch of grass and pine. Nice profile of a hoppy big red ale.

M: Loses some points here, as the feel is a little . . . thin isn't the right word; it's more about the bubbly fizziness that doesn't seem right for a beer like this. Call it medium in heft, but it drinks a little lighter due to the active fizzy carbonation.

O: Good stuff. If this were priced like NN, I'd be happy to buy it regularly when NN was off-season, as it's a nice substitute. (982 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of hops, malt, caramel, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, caramel, a hint of pine, and a bit of malt. Like Maine Beer Company's other offerings, the flavor here is remarkably balanced. It's not too hoppy or aggressive, with just the right amount of mildness.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, well done beer. Quite focused and certainly drinkable. (611 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (478 characters)

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (11/12/13 - probably a little past its prime) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep reddish amber color touched with brownish highlights. Three fingers of rocky tan foam erupt off the surface on a normal pour and lingers for many minutes slowly falling to reveal thick, sticky webs of lacing all over the glass.

S - Interesting combination of malt and hops. Hops are grassy, green and surprisingly fresh smelling despite being almost 6 months in the bottle. Malt is lightly sweet, doughy/yeasty, a bit of biscuit dryness also and some lightly caramelized, sugary malt too.

T - Caramel malt up front, toasted malt, lightly roasty...very smooth malt profile. Hops are cleanly bitter, appropriately medium intensity and grassy in flavor characteristics. Traces of pine, but at a subdued level.

M - Lightish medium body, light/medium carbonation. Mostly creamy and a bit tingly in feel. Hop bitterness is clean and not really one to linger. Malt is smooth. Pretty easy drinker overall.

O - Waited a bit long to crack open this bottle, but still holds up well. Quite enjoyable, gives a sessionable impression and is an easy drinker. (1,151 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy mostly amber copper color with a finger of caramep head, fantastic lacing and rrtention, as is the case with all maine beers.

S - decent dry piney hop bitterness, malts compliment it well. Enticing

T - fantastic dry bitter hoppy red ale. Nice dryness, almost piney

M - medoum boded and well carbonated. (324 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like getting spanked by my baby mama after the midnight hour, "Thank you, baby mamma, may I have another?!" The caramel is perfectly balanced by a hint of toffee that would even make Willy Wonka have to cancel his viagra prescription.

This one, my peeps, is a keeper. (271 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 3/25/14
Pours a hazy copper color with intense foam head. Noticeable lacing; and for me, a very powerful citrus aroma. Grapefruit appears to be the dominate one here. Tastes superb with nice biting hops on the palate. Very easy to drink and quite smooth. Not a super fan of the red ale style but this is by far one of the best I've tried. Again, Maine Beer Co., has come through with a really decent brew. Glad I could try this relatively fresh. Very nice and highly recommended! (495 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A celebration for finishing NH4ker #29 Cannon Mountain

Deep copper color with a dense, lumpy, lazy light beige head that leaves sheets of foam slathered to my glass. Maybe a bit too copper and not red enough but I'm poking at perfection.

Bright citrus candy aroma. Soft pine. Caramel drizzle malt showing through after the initial hoppy embrace.

Vibrant citrus candy dominate the flavor profile. Some bread crust and caramel in back to give this red IPA it's "red." Just enough bitterness to prevent this beer from being to sweet.

Another stellar hop forward offering from Maine Beer but I'm noticing a trend. Is Red Wheelbarrow that different from Zoe? Or Lunch form Another One? They do what they do well I guess. I seem to remember Zoe being a bit messy so maybe I just contradicted my own criticism. (807 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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. (958 characters)

Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.