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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 885
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 29
Gots: 141 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 885
Photo of antott0523
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, but overall not recognizable or standoutish. I understand that's what some people want but there is just nothing terribly unique about the wheelbarrow. Don't take this as I don't like it, rather it's hard not to compare to another one, lunch, dinner and even though they are different styles I feel this one feel a little short.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-pine, citrus, caramel, malty, slight earthy

T-citrus, light orange, caramel malt, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-enjoyable amber ale, flavorful

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a amber brown body with two finger head and lace patches. The aroma is real hoppy with notes of grass and maybe pine along with a decent chunk of caramel and a little bread. This is a more hoppy red and one of the hoppier ones that gets it right. Hops are the star as the beer is balanced and has both a bread/cracker like crispness in the finish and caramel sweetness, but these are underneath a real citric and fresh hop bite that is very pleasing.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/14/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours amber to brown in color. With a rich and light brown head about a thumb width in size.
Aromatics: Rich in both citrusy hops and thick wheats.
Flavor: The wheats and yeast give the beer a very bready flavor. There is a citrusy yet peppery flavor
Mouthfeel: The beer has a very bready mouthfeel
Notes: Bottled 10/22/13 and drank after the 90 day recommendation.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red body with copper hues beneath the rocky off white head which billows atop the beer begfore dissipating to leave scattered sticky lacing about the glass.

The piney and citrus ho notes can be smelled from afar but close inspection reveals caramel or toffee malt are a bit more prominent. There are some darker citrus fruit hints like nectarine or maybe even traces of plum.

The flavor offers generous malt up front, again caramel or toffee, and maybe just a touch toasted with more pine and citrus hops.

Medium to fuller in body with a palate coating finish and generous carbonation.

Just a darn good beer. Well done. Great character and plenty to offer the senses.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle with a bottled on date of 022514. Pours a murky rust color with an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is piney hops, toasted malts, and caramel. The taste is pine hops, orange peel, toasted and caramel malts. Floral hop notes as well. Light pine with lots of toasted and caramel malts at the end. Pretty malty. Light mouthfeel that is a bit oily. I prefer Zoe over this one. Overall, nothing special, but not bad.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ayotte's
Pours a stunningly clear red brown color with a huge fluffy milky white head that persists forever. Huge citrus hop aromas are nicely countered with a bit of caramel and toffee as well as hints of dark pitted fruits. The flavor is solidly malty with caramel and toffee up front with hints of dried fruits. Citrus earth and pine sweep in quickly to cut right through the fruity sweetness. Lingering hop bitterness last long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Another great beer from Maine beer. I would drink so much of this shit if I weren't forced to buy it in 7 dollar pint bottles. Love your beer, hate your price point!

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Photo of far333
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey colroed with a half inch head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long, and leaves big webs and pinwheels of lace on the insides of the glass as it's drained.

Inviting aroma of toffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, and grapefruit.

Bright and pungent hoppy flavors upfront, full of pine and grapefruit, assertive bitterness. A subtle malt backbone rides beneath, but hops fully overpowers.

Full mouthfeel, puckers the cheeks, finishes with a carbonation tingle. Great beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dense head of minimally three fingers, very even surface, light brown in hue, very impressive looking, slides immediately down the side of the tilted glass, only a rare streak of lacing to be found, the overall retention is excellent. Filmy amber red in color with a healthy glow, you have to get really close to see the active bubbles within, overall the color may be closer to brown than orange, on the dark side. The nose mixes cocoa. floral water, orange peels, baking spice and a stiffening amount of bright hops and hard crust baguette, while there’s little that is bitter it never feels too sweet, the peach, apricot, red cherry, pear fruit scents are much more complementary than the star of the show. Medium-bodied, creamy mouth feel with close to zero softness, has an understated muscularity. Not a lot of roast, dryness comes from the grassiness, dark chocolate powder, bread grains and bare touch of black pepper. Caramel, spiced oranges, chamomile, basil and oregano, the breadiness is not sweet but is a steadying cornerstone. Peach, apricot, nectarine fruit with a touch of pineapple. It has a slimmed down fluidity which you don’t find often these days in this beer category. Goes on and on at the end, entirely unforced.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of drewtys
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly creamy light tan head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a dark, cloudy red with hints of orange and brown. Leaves some lacing behind but not a lot and in clumps. The smell has a strong hop presence with an even stronger roasted and caramel malt nose. The caramel malts seem to dominate the smell and the hops compliment it rather than dominate. The taste is different from the smell. While the caramel and roast malt notes are still there, the hops tend to dominate the pallate. The mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a fantastic beer and worth getting.

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Photo of CLE4goodBeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy brown, one finger of foam
Smell - outstanding hop aroma
Taste - flavor,forward with little to no bitter. Very different where it hits the taste buds but good.
Mouthfeel - good consistency

A nice hoppy amber. Strong on aroma but I prefer more bittering hops personally.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, brownish red, with a thick, dense, two-finger light tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, resinous pine, some dankness and tropical fruit, and just a touch of sweet roasted malts.

T: Grapefruit, citrus rind, dank, and some biscuit malt - though the accompanying sweetness dies under the onslaught of hops- and some bready yeast flavor as well. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang but it fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium to heavy body for the style. Moderate alcohol presence and good carbonation sensation.

O: This was a pretty tasty, hoppy red ale. Not balanced…but very good. Recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark red amber with a fine light two-finger, walnut colored head that kept growing for quite a while after pouring. Looks like a sundae. Aroma of piney and citrus hops, light malt. Flavor is dense, biscuit malt, resiny pine and citrus hops, grapefruit rind, hints of lots of odd flavors, like holiday spicing and chocolate. Finishes with a pleasant citrus hop and fruit bitterness. Medium bodied with good creaminess, nice mouth feel. This is a beer that seems to have a lot going on, but the flavors are so well integrated that it is difficult to identify them. Very pleasing and balanced. Great dry malt and nice hops. Excellent. Thanks to Vikki for bringing this gem back from Maine.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 113 ratings.