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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 17
Gots: 56 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

EJJ1848, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Bright red with an off white head that laces.

S- Tropical, fruity, and berry hop aroma. The malt is muted in the background.

T- A burst of tropical and funky hop flavor up front. There is a slighty grainy malt backbone in the flavor. I also get some popcorn flavor in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Overall, very good and funky. The hops outshine the malt in this beer. I wish the malt made more of an appearance.

y2jrock60, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy amber with a large lasting beige head, good lacing. Aroma starts with a floral citrus nose, slowly the tangy notes of grapefruit find there way thru followed by a sweet caramel flavor, some orange comes in as well on the back end. A medium to full body smooth on the palate, good carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. The finish is a combination of sweet caramel malt tones, citrus, orange and a tangy grapefruit hops bitterness flavor are left lingering on the palate and taste buds. Overall a wonderfully full flavored and tasty brew for those who dare. enjoy with caution.

Samp01, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of woemad
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. According to the label, this was bottled on August 12, 2014, part of Batch # 8 (at least I think that’s what the 8 means).

Poured into a large “new model” Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, this was a dark, slightly chill-hazed amber color that took on a dark shade of ruby when held up to light. There was a big, creamy “topographic” beige head with considerable staying power and lots and lots of lace.

Big, piney hop aroma at first. As it warms, there’s a bit of sweet fruit as well. Malt aromas are surprisingly muted for a "Red IPA." Smells like a great standard IPA.

Piney and fruity in the taste. The sticky, pinesap beginning is almost immediately matched up with a fruit flavor that is somewhere between pineapple and strawberry. Some grainy malt flavor stands out a little, but it’s definitely the hops’ show. There’s a dry hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Big, sticky, resiny mouthfeel to this.

This one has a BIG hoppiness to it. Probably not a good idea to pare it up with a meal unless you happen to be eating something quite robust, but it’s absolutely delicious. It didn't really seem like either a Red IPA or hoppy Amber Ale. It tasted like a great IPA with a slightly dark color.

woemad, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dexterk1, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

abrodsky, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Duffman79, Sep 26, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%

Chrisc212, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hired_Goon, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

brocktune, Sep 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

JRosolen, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rspauldi, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MASSHLE, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Another MBC winner. Not as good as Zoe, their other Red IPA, but still good, especially as it
warmed. Citrus hops with a moderate drying bitterness. Everything MBC brews is top shelf, and Red
Wheelbarrow sits just off center of their best brews...

beerdedking, Sep 22, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Yellolab2010, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bellb, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PirateCraft, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottled 9/9/14. Poured into a Waterford highball

A: Dark reddish brown

S: fruity, citrusy hops with a bit of caramel

T: Still getting the citrus hops up front, but a biscuity flavor takes over in a big way with a touch of raisin sweetness

M: medium body with a lot of carbonation

O: Maine does simple beer wonderfully and this fits that trend. Glad I was able to taste it fresh, because that seems to be key with their beers

Cjett, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

lakersfan16, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

cd34, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

inspektor, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

MenardMa, Sep 16, 2014
Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.