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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 25
Gots: 97 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 773 | Reviews: 107
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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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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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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.

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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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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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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.