Red Wheelbarrow | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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).

Added by sleestak12 on 10-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
963
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
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45
Gots:
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Photo of Beastcpa
1.41/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Disappointed by this beer that really seems to be trying to do too much.

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2.69/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Had this the day after it hit markets. Incredibly bland, standard red ale. Nothing special here. To call it hoppy, as they do, is a falacy. Maybe over the pond, but not here in America and certainly not compared to something like Lunch or Zoe. Time to go back to brewing good beer and not just being out to make money. Or at least make it less obvious the latter is your goal...

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of teromous
2.94/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label has a date code of 08252015 so this was bottled just over 3 weeks ago.

Appearance: It has a medium hazy brown color that resembles a dark tea. The head is a short eggshell white color but it has a nice creamy appearance. It leaves good lacing on the glass. Hints of burnt orange and auburn as light passes through the glass. This beer is very sensitive to temperature. Subsequent pours while left at room temperature greatly improved the head formation over a short time-frame.

Aroma: I get a strong alcohol presence which is very odd given that it is only 7%. It has the aroma of a dusty room with overtones of catty hop aroma. There is a deep caramel malt aroma that is not sweet smelling but obvious. The combination of aromas is not overly flattering, notably the marriage of catty scent and the old dusty room smell.

Taste: Lots of grain husk flavor; like inhaling freshly crushed grains. A lot of bread crust. There is a pronounced hop roughness to the beer that puts an edge to the malt knife. As the beer warms up while drinking, a very faint malty sweetness lurks out of the darkness giving it a bit of caramel flavor that is still greatly overshadowed by the grain and hop character. Some coffee-like flavors come through as well.

Mouthfeel: The roughness of the grain and hop character inhibit drinkability a bit. It is slightly sticky on the mouth. Medium bodied with a greater presence given the strong grain and hop character.

Overall: So this is a very unique beer...at least I found it to be unique. I would really recommend drinking it warmer than you think you should. The appearance is like night and day when it is warm and there is this light caramel sweetness that comes through as the beer warms up a bit. The catty hop aroma does go well with the very strong grain husk flavor and the rustic bread flavors but it seems to be a bit over-the-top. It's like throwing rocket boosters on a go-kart. The lack of restraint is evident in the beer but at the same time it's hard to fault a rocket boosted go-kart because it's so cool. Perhaps this is a beer that would be better with a little bit of age on it. Unfortunately the label says "drink this beer fresh" which goes against my inclination. I wouldn't recommend it to a fan of easy drinking reds. I would recommend it to a person who likes a little over-the-top flavor or maybe a person who wants to know what two-row barley tastes like.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Proabably a bit old. Way too malty.

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3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dumsboa09
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the yeast accidentally and made it chalky. I think that ruined the hop flavor

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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