Red Wheelbarrow | Maine Beer Company

Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow
BA SCORE
91.1%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 964 ratings
Red WheelbarrowRed Wheelbarrow
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
Ranking:
#2,626
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
964
Liked:
878
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
8.13%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
185
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of PatrickCT
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/2/16
Poured to 40 cl in a stella glass, reddish with a copper hue. two fingers of off white head leaves some lacing behind

Nose is a nice blend of floral scents and earthy pine with some malt. Excited to give this a try!

Taste is a bit muddled, but getting a clear piney note on the finish… but otherwise the malts and hop flavors seem like they are clashing, getting a somewhat unpleasant hint of nail polish/alcohol.

Overall it’s a decent beer but for me it doesn’t live up the high standard set by other mbc beers.

** for me, this beer improved significantly with temperature

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Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JKasten988
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phurley2
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of terpdog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was at the brewery to get beers to take to Florida to share with friends and saw some of this in the cooler. Got a few and didn't open until we got to Fl. I am so glad I got this. Really a nice beer and it got me some serious bragging rights with my friends along with Lunch and Another One. Maine Brewing ROCKS! I will get more when we come back home to Maine in the spring.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gooseman80
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mmart802
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect mix of bitter Amber flavors and rich hops. Great red ale with strong flavors.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.79/5  rDev +18%
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 zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raisin is a good reference
Good smell
Awesome taste

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best Red Ale I have had. Got it in a growler at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach. Pours a reddish amber color with a big off-white frothy head. Head retention is excellent and thick bands of frothy lacing remain on the glass after the beer is finished. Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malt, more hoppy a smell than is usual in a Red/Amber Ale. Taste is excellent. The problem with many Red Ales is that they are too sweet. The strong citrus hops take care of any excess sweetness. The balance between hops and malt is still there, though. This is not a malty IPA, the malt character is strong, the way it should be in a Red/Amber Ale.
There is just more hops than would be expected and there is also a nice yeast-like presence too that adds a bit of complexity. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The hops and caramel malt balance each other well. A great choice by Grape and Gourmet for their growler fill.

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Photo of Smconnor
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mpontiakos
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesBAR145
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of savjes
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brian29
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Wheelbarrow from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 964 ratings
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