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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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always liked trying new beers from Maine Beer Co. I'd really love to see better priced six packs as they do price everything they make at a premium.

The beer is a cloudy red amber with a thck long lasting tan head. Head is a bit creamy almost approaching Guinness. Nice lacing as well.

The scent is a slightly spicy, grainy and bready quality. Hops provide a nice floral and citrus aspect. Slightly spicy as well.

The taste is hop forward, but not overwhelmingly so. The malt provide a bready and slightly caramel sweetness backbone to the citrusy and spicy hops. No real ester or large impact from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a somewhat sharp bitter finish. Moderately dry, but a very low caramel flavor lingers. Medium bodied.

Overall an enjoyable beer that would be welcomed at a lower pricepoint as it would be great to always have on hand. Somewhat reminiscent as Arrogant Bastard, but more balanced than an all on hop assault.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped 042214. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

It is an attractive looking medium amber pour with reddish hues when held to the light building up to a huge off-white lingering head. Good clarity. Looks wonderful.

The roasted caramel malts are masked on the nose by the floral, earthy, and grassy hop sensations that really let their egos get in the way. A hophead's delight.

The body is about medium but smooth.

Like the aroma the roasted barley malts kick in on the first sip but the hops quickly scuttle that and take things over bringing out this piney, floral, bitter finish. Quite a hopped up version of amber red.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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