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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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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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

metter98, Mar 28, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

If I were blindfolded and tasted this beer I couldn't say what this beer is.
Red Ale? American Strong Ale, IPA, Some sort of stout? Maybe it's a little of all.
But who cares. This is a gorgeous beer.
Pours as a red-amber color and translucent.
Nice enduring head-- right to the bottom of the glass.
Wonderful nose-- even my dilapidated smeller noted a wonderful bouquet radiating hints of hops and citrus.

But the real treat is the flavor!
Hops galore with a tang and zest and zeal. My tastebuds were celebrating, dancing in vociferous jubilation with every sip of this beer.

And the mouthfeel is a cordial blanket that kept my tastebuds vibrating.

the only downside of this libation is that I drained the bottle far too quickly.

But oh the joy while doing it!

gueuzeonhigh, Mar 27, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from bottle into a snifter.
Pours medium copper/red a bit hazy with generous head 1.5 fingers high.
Smell is very hoppy, very much tropical fruit.
Taste is roasty malts, hoppiness, sticky tropical fruit. This is a red ale???
Mouthfeel is nicely chewy, great carbonation.
Overall, this beer is the best Maine Beer Company beer I've had.
Much more impressive than the highly regarded, Lunch.

BoldRulerVT, Mar 23, 2014
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Served from a bottle into a half pint glass

A- pours hazy golden red with a decent tan head. Great color.

S- crisp hop with some malt and caramel on the nose

T- very strong front-end hoppiness which quickly transitions to a more rounded flavor with a little lingering bitterness.

M - smooth and light but still fizzy

Wow, my first from Maine and I'm very impressed. Took my time with this one cause the complexity kept surprising me. Will buy again.

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.