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Red Wheelbarrow - Maine Beer Company

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Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

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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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Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

sweemzander, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jnardone235, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

mfnmbvp, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Dhamma73
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dhamma73, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of JGLittle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JGLittle, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

massively nuts head on a very careful pour, around 4 fingers o' foam, soapy on top and then more packed in towards the brew, beautiful deep red/amber hue with an upside down waterfall of bubbles rumbling through at quite a pace, this thing is clingier than lycra on ...
well never mind, it is damn clingy with tons of lace left all over, really super looking beer

really nice citric hops, herbal hop aroma with a lemon bent, a nice effervescence is also apparent, the spiciness is just delicious, great bouquet here

taste etc...
a subtle honey tinged hop bite, solid bitterness that lasts for sometime but yet is mild enough, right after a pour the carbonation is smackingly good... but man it fades fast and is detrimental if this sits around for a few minutes, a nice medium full feel in the mouth
which feels right for this brew, a very bright brew in terms of the impact, is it stunning and lasting.. eh? not so much,

really tasty but not perfect.. damn good though, worth checking out if you see a bottle

date stamped 111213 02

Ego, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

whatname, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Morockm
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Morockm, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev -1.2%

darcange, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of firedwarftj
4/5  rDev -1.2%

firedwarftj, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a tulip. Bottled on 11/12/13, drank 11/30/13.

A - First thing I noticed was the huge three finger head, with big fluffy, malleable puffs. Flecks of red and brown throughout. The beer itself is a tawny/amber. Beautiful.

S - Lemon and orange zest, fresh cut grass, a hint of marzipan sweetness.

T - A great balance of bright lemon and melon, great bitter bite. Lots of earthy grain to balance as well.

M - Very solid mouthfeel for the style. Has the body of a bigger beer and that works for these flavors.

O - MBC has yet to disappoint. They are simply producing some of the best beers out there right now, with a "house flavor" all their own, yet still within a earshot of the stated style. I'd love to have this one in the summer, but still works great in the dead of November.

BKBassist, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Fwai
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Fwai, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BARFLYB, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Remdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Remdog, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of calmstock
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

calmstock, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jas45678, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of brianv26
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brianv26, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Dbrag, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Mikeypnh, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

AdamP, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 10/22/13.

Appearance - This thing overflowed by imperial pint glass. I didn't realize what was happening until I had beer all over the counter. Oh well. A four finger cream head covered a murky reddish brown body. Lace clings inside the glass and the layer of foam on the beer never fades.

Smell - Grassy hops. Lots of nutty malts. Caramel.

Taste - Really grassy. Harsh grassy hops. Almost no sweetness to this thing. Nutty malts. Toasted malts. Grassy and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Probably the most disappointing beer I've had from Maine. The hops are really harsh in this. Difficult to drink the whole bottle.

Alieniloquium, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -1.2%

st9647v3, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Thomas_Picton, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Brendog9
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Brendog9, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a caramel amber with a massive head of light, toffee-colored, creamy, mid-sized bubbles that last, leaving a ring of sticky, fat lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear and clean, but with a pronounced haze, perhaps from the heavy use of hops in the beer. On the nose, the beer smells richly of citrus grapefruit and prickly pine. The caramel malt is also nicely present, giving the nose caramel bread notes. Sweet citrus pith is dominant on the nose, however, and provides a nice aroma. The yeast character is clean and faint on the nose, and as the beer warms you do get a touch of hot alcohol on the nose, unfortunately. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter and softly roasty, with a nice bready sweetness balancing out the sip. Mild citric acidity plays into the finish, where the beer dries out and gives the tongue a nice bitter click. In flavor, the beer begins as caramel roast, almost like a light ice coffee with toffee syrup. Citrus quickly swims onto the tongue, providing strong grapefruit flavors. The finish is like grapefruit juice with a touch of medicinal bitters and caramel bread, and the aftertaste is citric bitters and sweet toffee and bread. As the beer warms, the rich malt does appear more pronounced in the aftertaste, giving off warm oat bread flavors with a touch of caramel and toffee. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, almost light, but with a creamy carbonation and crisp mouthfeel that provide for a very interesting sip. There is a slight, resiny stickiness left in the mouth after the swallow. Overall, this is a more hop-forward amber ale, but it gives beautiful malt character as well. As the beer warms, more and more of the caramel bread can be sensed in the beer. The balance ends slightly on the bitter side, which will appease any hop heads, but the malt balance is also delicious. This beer is another success from the MBC, and honestly might give Zoe a run for her money. A side by side test will need to be administered.

Maxwell, Nov 26, 2013
Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.