Red Wheelbarrow | Maine Beer Company

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Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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).

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Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As luscious as a cow moose in heat....

Red ales can veer to the over sticky (gnasty and treacly after the second pull) or they can over-hop to the point of sucking on a pine cone. None of that here.

This is a Zen sort of brilliance. The visuals stir a deep desiring for the gorgeous red head, followed by the bristling aromas of tempting hops, washed over by an enticing and luxurious mouthfeel, then unsettling you with an unnerving and alluring bite, thus leaving you in the end with the smiling and knowing look of the the immensely satisfied.

Pardon me, but I need a moment.

OK, after a couple days of revelry, now for a moment of reflection and comparison. MBC's Zoe is a fine beer, too, and by memory I couldn't figure out the difference, so I put them side by side. The Zoe was from 10/8/13 and the RW was 10/22/13. The nose upfront was softer and more floral on the RW, while the Zoe was richer and deeper with gobs of pine. Mouthfeel and head were lush and fairly similar, but the carbonation on the RW felt lighter. The palate of RW was loaded with mango and citrus with malts that were light and sweet, kind of like vanilla and butterscotch. Swear it was like smelling the bark of a ponderosa pine out West. And Zoe was deeper in character with flavors more toward biscuit and toffee. Finish on both was smooth and lingering. Wouldn't kick either out of bed for eatin' crackers. Slurp.

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Photo of antott0523
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Mises85
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a tulip at 50 or so degrees dated 052014

Appearance: Beautiful red color with a classic MBO Pillowy head that resists dissipation. 3 fingers to be exact.

Smell: IPA with big citrus and pineapple notes. I got some malty character although I couldn't tell whether it really was a dark fruit character as defined by the description. Extreme freshness.

Taste: ale taste with a strong hoppy finish. Some caramel coming through and some biscuit.

Mouthfeel: just right amount of carbonation, very bread like, with medium creaminess.

Overall: Another fantastic beer from MBO. My only gripe would be that the smell seemed the same from each of their other beers but who knows. A fantastic beer nonetheless.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company never disappoints. Tried this for the first time and was amazed by all aspects. Poured perfectly with just the right amount of carbonation. The taste is delightfully complex. Smell of cinnamon and citrus blends nicely with the strong hop combination. I'm also picking up complex yeasts, much like an American wild ale. Simply superb!

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luv this brew - I feel ins under rated by many. Could be my favorite from MBC and yes I've had both lunch n dinner. Super smooth and tasty. Easy to drink with nice mouth feel. Just wish I could get more.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 11/08/16

Pours amber dark red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like fig, raisins, plum, red grapefruit, orange, dark berries, caramel, roasty toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like figs, raisins, plum, red grapefruit, orange citrus, dark berries, caramel, roasty toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice amber red ale.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a ruby red, really pretty. Nice lacing with a fast fading head.

The aroma is potent. Full, floral flavor. Smells of a salad bar- lots of green olive, sharp cheese, and dressing. Incredibly unique aroma.

Potent flavor here. Sharp cheddar, bready malt. Floral and pine dominate the flavor. Malt and hops combine to an incredibly earthy flavor that has a touch of metallic.

Very sticky mouthfeel, both sweet and dry from the hops.

Unique brew, unlike any other red I've ever had. The flavors are unique individually; together, they create an earthy, smooth flavor. This brew is a bit sweeter and more dense than my favorite Maine Beer Co brew, Zoe. While I'll be perfectly happy grabbing Zoe whenever I want, I'll grab Red Wheelbarrow whenever it's available. Great stuff again from these guys.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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 facundoCNB
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a deep amber pour with 2 fingers (+) cream colored head, great retention, slow dissipation and a ton of sticky lacing left behind. you smell what comes off as simcoe hops as soon as you pry the cap off.. grassy notes, lots of bready sweet caramel aroma. the flavor is just fantastic.. a very bready, nutty, biscuity body with a hop profile worthy of being confused with pliny. makes sense, this was bottled 12 days ago - as fresh as i'll probably ever get it. medium in body with an overall creamy feel to it, medium amount of carbonation keeps this beer nice and fizzy on the palate.

honestly, this is probably my favorite of all the maine beers, i feel like every one i have is better than the last (except for lunch, i wasn't greatly impressed with it) but i sincerely do mean it every time. definitely pick this one up, and drink it fresh!

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 JMScowcroft
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Red Wheelbarrow, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Settles a hazy maroon with a large fizzy head that sticks around. Abundance of lacing. Super cool looking. Easily the coolest looking red I have ever seen, closest comparison was a buddy's home brew that came out absolutely amazing.

Smell - Classic red ale aroma with a gentle hop overlay that complements it nicely. Some spice as well.

Taste - Full bodied rich malt with bitter pine hops. Tasty! I think I prefer a hoppy red to a malty IPA these days.

Mouthfeel - Moderate snappy carbonation. Medium body. Rests dry and bitter. Great drinkability. Not overly boozy, just right for the abv.

Overall - A terrific hoppy red. Keep this hybrid style coming! With reds like these I might actually reach for the reds more often.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a hearty malt character followed by some mild caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. There’s a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Hendry
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut,when held up to the light a burnished strawberry hue shines through,1 finger of soapy ecru head,solid lacing in the tulip glass.

Aroma is piney and with a slight hint of malt,slightly herbal,becomes more prominent upon warming.

Taste is an improvement,rich and piney mixed with a smidgeon of malt.This is a very nice red ale,well hopped and inviting. I like this better than MBC Zoe,their other amber/red.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated,clean tasting.

This is a treat for fans of hoppy red ales, on par with Lawson's Steve's Back Yard Red Ale 2013 batch, and almost as good as Fiddlehead Ruby Claire. This bottle was super fresh (4 days old) and a great new addition to the Maine Beer Co. lineup.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby / cranberry in colour with a billowly, foamy head.

Smells like faint caramel / roasty sweetness, kind of chocolatey and a some earthiness/spice, from the hops and dark malts.

Sweet and light in flavour, this is a very complex and balanced red ale with a savory and slightly oily finish. It tastes much like it smells and remains malt forward with roasty bitterness balanced by lots of sweet, citrusy hops. The finish is sort of spicey like cracked pepper.

Smooth but drier feel with a dark roast bitterness.

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Photo of jhartley
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a stange glass. Bottled on date 052014

Appearance is definitely a red amber with the fluffy tan head that left a ton of beautiful lacing in the glass.

Aromas of floral and spicy hops.

Taste: Phenomenal! Plenty of those hops right away and then balanced out at the end. I love the way red ales have that malt toastiness to them and this one doesn't disappoint.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, so easy to drink, it's ridiculous!

Overall: Another great beer from Maine! Been wanting to try this one for a while and was totally stoked when a work friend texted me that he could pick one up! They just don't know how to disappoint at Maine Beer. If you are able to get one of these do yourself a favor and do it.

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Photo of farrago
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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 alexbutler
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Well, as advertised, this is one impressively red beer. A glazed cream head lays over a dark cherry red body... a very dignified look, if a beer ever had one.

S - Deep chocolate tones, a nice malty ale here. The smell doesn't overpower, but it's sweet and rich just the same.

T - Wow, really rounded taste. There's a nuttiness here that bends with the hops extremely well. Not too fruity, not too bitter. Just a well balanced sweet ale. Delicious.

M - With its light carbonation, this ale has just enough kick to hang with you. Every sip feels full bodied... you won't wanna rush it with this beer.

O - I really think this might be my favorite from Maine Beer Company. I've always been impressed with their output, and this is no exception. It does, however, come with a hefty price tag.... this beer is not cheap (at least in Massachusetts) Not a huge fan of that. But for that once in a awhile splurge, be sure to try this.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Maine Brewing Co. Seriously, it's a really good red ale. I didn't have a lot of expectations because of the style, but this is good beer plain and simple.

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Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

* 16.9 bottle. Ok for all the M.B.C ales, I enjoy their labels. They are to the point and informative. So this beer is seductive in appearance. Dark red almost like velvet. The head was impressive also. It stood tall and firm about 2 1/2 finger off white head. Ok, this beauty is inviting me in for a smell. I thought for a minute, this smells like Orange juice. I mean there is very dominate orange fragrance that has a subtle hint of lemon zest. Behind the silly citrus there is a nice toasted bread notes and subtle hints of flowers. Man I could smell this beer all day long! Well, I am now intrigued to determine the taste. I went into it with an open mind. I was greeted with warm caramel. That turned into a nice resinous flavor. Then the overflow of citrus hits hard! Orange pulp and grapefruit and little lemon zest. Toasted bread makes the body of the hops well rounded. This has the right amount of malt sweetness. Then bam, there was a hit of tropical fruit. Almost a red papaya note and more orange pulp in the after taste. This left me with a semi-dry finish with a lingering bitterness that isn't harsh at all. The feel for this beauty is light with tight carbonation.

Overall: This is very enjoyable (IMO). Like all Maine Beer Company's beers this one doesn't disappoint. For me I like this one better than MO and I enjoyed MO better than Lunch. Falconer's Flight might be the hop strain for me. Even though it's not a Red IPA, but I pictured Flipside tasting more like this. Yet we we all know that didn't happen. Back to basics, this brew is Recommended.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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 k8kruk
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Carnelian, lustrous and translucent. Dense, fluffy, orange head lasted a long time with substantial lacing
S - Hoppy, bright citrus aroma
T - Heavily hopped but not overly bitter. Notes of orange peel, grapefruit and grass. Malts are well integrated and balance out the hops.
F - Medium-strong carbonation, creamy, silky body.

Excellent, well-rounded beer. All the sophistication of a good IPA with less of the bitter bite.

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Photo of FFreak
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, not sure what the price was. The bottle was a little over two months old. Poured into a teku glass and enjoyed on a warm afternoon out on the deck after a long day of homebrewing.

The beer pours a beautiful deep, dark cherry wood color, very clear, which displays a lot of red when the sun shines through it. Two to three fingers of creamy off-white, almost beige head of tight bubbles that lasts and lasts and leaves huge puffs on the glass.

Smells hoppy, maybe citrus, but honestly after homebrewing a hoppy IPA all day, anything with hops in it smells like fresh hops.

Taste is outstanding. Malty, hoppy, with perfect balance of bitterness on the finish. Caramel, brown bread crust, brown sugar, walnuts, citrus.

Mouth is just right...medium body, creamy, silky, nicely carbed, refreshing.

Overall, an excellent hoppy of my favorite styles. A perfect blend of malty, hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a hazy dark amber with a creamy head and lots of lacy spots.

Strong piney hop aroma with a touch of citrus and sweet malt mixed in.

medium bodied and soft carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between pine, orange citrus and caramel malt. Finishes moderately bitter with lingering pine notes

Hoppy and tasty. A great hoppy amber.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite Red ale. strong hops and pine notes along with tropical notes too. the malt is strong (unlike most MBC offerings) and just well suited for this style.

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