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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 844
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 131 | FT: 6
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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Photo of Tmyhre802
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (270 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (707 characters)

Photo of far333
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (867 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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! (766 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of drewtys
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (455 characters)

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. (621 characters)

Photo of CLE4goodBeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A dark murky brown color. I guess I was expecting the hues to be a little more red based on the name.

Smell - The aroma is a little less than exciting. Dried grass or hay are present; I do not really detect the hops in the aroma.

Taste - In the initial taste, one detects sweet grass, something musty, and lemony hops. The citrus hits the drier side of the tongue. I am a little surprise by the absence of a malt backbone in this one. The modest hops linger in the aftertaste for a surprising time period based on the un-thickness of the beer.

Mouthfeel - I expect a little more malt in a red ale. Perhaps this is the reason Red Wheelbarrow seems relatively thin.

Overall - I generally like red ales, but I think this one is pretty average. The lack of a malt in the taste bothers me. (802 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy amber with a decent retaining head in my case, with mild lacing
S: floral and earthy, I feel I can tell there's some hop bitterness from the nose
T/M: starts off with carbonation but when that fades, there is an earthy taste reminiscent of the smell that hits. The taste then hits with the bitterness of hops which is subdued in the long term. The lasting taste is dry, but also has a lingering sweetness to balance that quite well.
O: a solid Maine beer with the dry-hop bitterness, combined with with a certain amount of lingering maltiness that is typical of the brewer. Not overpowering in any aspect, but probably a little more hoppy than your normal amber, happily so. (684 characters)

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into an unbranded willi glass

Pours a deep, hazy reddish amber capped by luxurious two and half finger cream colored head. Excellent retention, significant splotchy lacing. Light caramel and citrus, especially mandarin orange and tangerine, bread & grain on the nose. The taste follows the nose with some added complexity: caramel, mandarin orange and tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, ahints of cranberry and grainy accents. Finishes fairly dry with orange rind bitterness. Medium bodied with a pleasant smooth and silky mouthfeel; medium to high level of carbonation. This brew was thoroughly enjoyable, despite being one of my least favored styles. Delivers in every category. (707 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Miamilice for this extra!

500ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: dark red to a medium brown bodied beer with massive creamy and dense head. The head has alot of staying power and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Grainy, toasty, and bready malts with hints of caramel and nutty notes. Pine hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste: Nice balance between malt profile and hops. Mild hop bitterness that just barely overpowers the malt. Mostly resinous pine, lemon zest, and melon rind. The hops also have a touch of dank and chalky qualities about them. Interesting combination of hop flavors. The malts taste just like they smell. A touch of bready and caramel sweetness with a hint of nuttiness and grain. Lingering mild bitterness from the hops in the form of resinous pine and a touch of toasted pine nuts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and it is really drinkable.

Overall: Maine Beer Company always makes great hoppy beers! This is a good beer, but Zoe is far superior when comparing American amber ales brewed by Maine Beer Company. Maine Beer Company beers always have that premium mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning which always distinguishes their beers from other hoppy beers. I will always be a fan of this east coast brewery! (1,343 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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A: Beautiful deep orange red with a yellowish off white head that fades into some great lace and retention.

S: Piney sappy hops hit first followed by some nice roasted malt. Less hop forward than I remember Zoe being but I'm glad because this is its own unique beer.

T: Sticky resiny hoppy goodness. On the bitter and pungent side. Malt and hops share an equal role in this beer. Truly balanced and very delicious.

M: Super smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Body, carbonation, and drinkability are all on point.

O: While its by no means old and faded, I've had it for a few weeks and I wish I had drank it sooner. Still a fabulous beer despite my rookie mistake. (676 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 10-22-13

(A)- Pours a hazed deep burnt chestnut brown amber color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head with ridiculous retention. Tons of lacing.

(S)- An almost woody subtle nuttiness meets a dry grainy yeast component. Very subtle sweet citrus on the back end.

(T)- Very dry with a subtle grainy nuttiness and pine. Hoppy, but more on the pine side than citrus. Distinct, but subtle underlying caramel sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Strong on the dry bitter pine side of hops, but it does have some sweetness and citrus on the finish.

(O)- Definitely a solid amber. Definitely on the hoppy side for the style but well-made. The quality of the beer is obvious, but its a bit steep for $7 a bottle. (770 characters)

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

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with bottled on date 10/22/2013 printed on the label. My second beer from Maine Beer Company, acquired at the local Binny's. Cool looking minimalistic label art; excited to finally have this beer!

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Gentle pour conjures four giant billowy fingers of fluffy khaki head. Body is a dark ruby with orange and chestnut brown highlights when held to the light. Thin scattered ribbons of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of bright zesty citrus hops. Blood orange, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, and some cloves.

T - Taste is of clean hop bitterness, grapefruit, blood orange, lemongrass zest, bready caramel / amber malts, and just a hint of the indistinct spice. Taste doesn't really pair with the nose too well, but it works.

M - Feel is light and creamy, with some coarse carbonation. Medium bodied with grapefruit bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a bit of a strange beer from Maine Beer Company, but I enjoyed it. Fairly simple, and a bit inconsistent with itself, but a nice sipper to be sure. Glad to have tried it.

Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow ---4/5. (1,160 characters)

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