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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (182) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2014 Aroma is subdued, with notes of citrus, cherries, fig and a little booze. The flavor is surprisingly big bright and bitter. Lost of citrus/lemon, cherries, caramel and plenty of toffee. I’m not sure why they say specifically this is not a ’red IPA’. By my estimation that’s exactly what this is. The balance and flavors work well together, refreshingly different... great beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LuckyDog (605) - - APR 23, 2015
I’m not a big fan of reds. This one is fairly hoppy. Moderate malt. Great color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1028) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 21, 2015
A very tasty red with great hop notes. Slightly bitter but good palate of honey and butterscotch. Pours a deep reddish brown. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
Draught at Meadhall, 4/9/15
Clear auburn-magenta colored body looks very appealing, topped by a beige head that is well-retained.
Pine, iced tea, candied oranges, white grapefruit and wintergreen in the nose all speak to the specialty malts (must be crystal...and yes, I see that is the case looking at the commercial description) mixing with the aggressive citrus and pine of the columbus hops. A bit of odd buttercream-like note with warming, which I dont think is diacetyl but rather some odd aromatic from one of the malts. No alcohol in the nose.
Bitter up front; very much so. Resin and dry grapefruit/orange rind immediately assert themselves while the classic this-is-why-you-shouldnt-put-crystal-malts-in-an-I Pale ale effect is immediately felt; that being an iced tea-like flavor with a very hard, (think hard candy texture, like a jolly rancher) texture to the beer and some toasted malt dryness with a complete lack of balancing sweetness. I’ve been pretty outspoken on not putting crystal malts in an ipa and for that matter, may as well leave out most of the other specialty malts too. Throw in a bit of debittered black malt if you want the color and maybe just a touch of special B if you really want your hop-focused beer to have some weird malt notes that don’t work with the hop flavors....Anyways, back to the beer. It’s massively bitter with no balancing malt sweetness or even a soft texture for the hops to sink in to. As is, it just assaults the palate and the acidity builds up on the finish. Furthermore, despite having amarillo in the hop bill, there seems to be only a passing fruitiness from it that is easily outclassed by the bully that is columbus. While falconers flight has a lot of enjoyable hops in it (simcoe and sorachi ace are awesome), it’s still very high in alpha acids and seems to be abused here, leading to more detrimental acidity and unbalance. In summary, I did not like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4904) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2015
Nice stuff. Full of flavor, with snappy lemon hops. Pours amber red with good head and lacing. Fits in as the light cousin of all their bigger hoppier beers. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2015
8 oz. draft at Tørst in Brooklyn, New York. The pour is a slight haze orange ruby with a bigger off white head. Great lace left on the glass. The aroma is big and chewy citrus fruit, toast malt and dank. The taste is a clean blend of caramel malt and the juicy big fresh hops. Really delicious. The palate is medium bodied, active carbonation and a clean dry finish. Very impressed with every Maine Beer I have had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (340) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
Arômes de caramel salé, muscade, orange et poivre. En bouche, goût de caramel, pamplemousse, orange et poivre. La finale est amère, poivrée et courte. On sent des effluves de sucre candi. La texture est liquoreuse et une belle mousse épaisse couronne le liquide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6614) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2015
4 oz taster at Churchkey. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium plus sized creamy off white head. The aroma and flavor have nice juicy, citrus, grapefruit, toasted malts, grass, decent bitterness and flavor. Soft finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1213) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Deep ruddy pour, off-white head. Great aroma of earthy malt, mango, guava, grapefruit, herbs and pot. Flavor is grapefruit, dank earth, spice, and pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruby with 2-finger, frothy khaki head. Nose is heavy resiny hops, caramel malt, vinous fruit. Tastes hoppy, malty, fruity, well balanced, and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1173) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2015
1100th review!!!. Pours murkey copper-amber with a two finger off white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, toasted bready malts, rains, figs, light dankness, and some light caramel sweet malts. Taste is of fresh citrus, pine, rains, figs, tropical fruits, toasted bread, sweet malts, caramel, herbal hops,and some light toffee. Has a medium body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel and a moderately bitter, semi dry, pretty long finish. Overall, a excellent red IPA that is pretty hoppy, but still has some nice malts in the background.

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