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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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). Vitals: Color – Red ABV – 7.0% O.G. – 1.070 Malt – Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80 Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MWMBeerguy (67) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Aroma is malty and earthy. Almost like a rye beer though there doesn't appear to be any rye in it. Not much hops in the nose but a hint of flowery hops behind the malt. Hazy copper/red color with a wonderful fluffy cream colored head. A well balanced beer with earthy and slight citrus notes. Must admit my palate might be a bit wonky from the cigar I had just before but it works well with the stogie. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle stamped 042214. It pours a medium amber with reddish hues, a tremendous cream colored foamy head, and good clarity. The first thing I pick up in the aroma is floral and pine hops with a good malt backbone kind of bringing up the rear. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a durable roasted barley malt quality with a strong bitterness due to all the hops. Got some zing this does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (677) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a darker amber with a full, smooth, lingering, off white head. The aroma is fruity, with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, some floral hops, a bit of lemon, and light caramel. The taste is more dry with some bitterness to it. Here I find a healthy amount of pine and grapefruit up front, which than extends into softer fruity notes. These include peach, lemon, and hints of pineapple. Aftertaste is shorter and is grapefruit and pineapple. Medium bodied, slick textured, with above average carbonation. This is another solid offering from the Maine Beer Company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Hazy red and brown tainted orange hue topped by a creamy off-white head that slowly fades. Fruity, sappy, coniferous hop-focused nose. Strong red fruits, both from esters and hops I believe and amplified by the very toasty, caramelized malts giving a jammy, fruit rich and almost juicy presence, but to me, kinda clashing with the caramel flavours to form a candy-like fruit bar, that could always work on its own, but in the second half and finish in mouth, gets completely demolished by the agressive bitter wave, laden with citric acid. Those hops are pitiless, more intense on the bitter than aromatic end. Meanwhile, the carbonation is pristine, well tuned as is always the case with Maine Beer Co, and this certainly helps, but the candy feel detracts from the mouthfeel enjoyment. I could not get into that one, no fatal flaws per se, but the balance just did not tune at all with my palate. And it ended up not being enjoyable and tough to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (943) - DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
(Bottled on March 25th 2014) Pours a hazy amber with medium, thick tan head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is hop-forward with notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and spruce. Oily texture, medium carbonation, medium body and a very balanced finish that is neither too bitter nor too sweet. Very easy to drink and nicely complex aromatics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pint bottle, which I got from Perfect Pour. Shared with caterwaul and Andrew K. Bottled 4/22/14. Totally hazy dark red color. Good thin khaki head. Leaves good thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lightly soft lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. A little prickly. Some tropical fruity hop notes. Spicy, light peppery notes. Interesting clean malt bill. Seeing some of the raisin. Some grapefruit citrus. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Kind of spicy. 7% alcohol is noticeable but not bothersome. Solid, interesting beer overall. Kind of spicy, not as smooth and velvety as other Maine beers I’ve tried, though. I prefer the others from this brewery. Andrew K. says it tastes stronger than it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2159) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottled of course, red brown pour, lots of off white/beige head. Malts, some hop character and a bit of fruits - sort of the like the Ommegang Fire &Blood red ale that’s out currently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (331) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
A refreshing and drinkable brew, pours a pleasant clear amber with lots of natural foam and lacing. Has an appetizing caramel malt aroma. Taste is malty and finishes with a mildly-earthy bitterness. Strikes me as very "fresh" tasting. Solid bitterness but not really hoppiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
picked up from my last trip east. deep red, billowing cream hued head. lots of citrus, pineapple, moderate bitterness. some malt. medium to full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slubgob (181) - West Hartford, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle into tulip. Reddish-brown color, lingering dirty white head. Carmel malt and resinous hops in the nose. In the mouth the malt is more restrained than I expected for a red, and the hops in the back too assertive. A blend of a red and IPA -- interesting if I was in the mood for an IPA, but as I was expecting more of malt-prominent red I’m turned off by the excessive hops.

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