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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 (177) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1173) - 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 (8253) - 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 (1124) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (241) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
When you read the description they state it was not just a standard red. It’s more a red ipa. Very good aroma. Nice coloring. Deep hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrMeadMan (34) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Pours a dark somewhat cloudy orange. Nice hoppy aroma. Good balance between hop flavor and malt flavor. Very tasty brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1317) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Not too many breweries make a truly red ale. They tend to be classified as an amber ales or “Red IPA” or American Strong Ale. But with Red Wheelbarrow, Maine Beer Company has succeeded in making a beer that’s neither of those styles and is more of its own thing. Plenty hoppy to be sure, but not extremely so. The palette is pretty well balanced for the most part and it’s drinker-friendly. If only it weren’t so expensive.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 11/25/14 and cost $7.99 ($0.47 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep shade of burgundy/blood red. Very cloudy body. Pours to a large, tan, foamy head that laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Fruity scent of berries and citrus; some flowers.

Taste: Berry isn’t a flavor you tend to get in beers that aren’t made with some kind of fruit extract or puree. I do detect a slight strawberry or raspberry quality to this beer, though. I’ll chalk that up to the fairly odd combination of Columbus, Amarillo, and Falconer’s Flight hops. Orange seems to be quite prominent as well. There’s a fairly strong malty presence here; creating for distinct sweetness and minor bready flavor (maybe even some fruitcake). It finishes with an overtly bitter sensation, it’s dry but washes away clean. It’s more than just a solid brew, but not quite to the point of being amazing. Definitely one of the best red ales I can recall having, though.

Drinkability: At 7% ABV, Red Wheelbarrow is a strong beer in the classic sense, but surprisingly light in delivery. The mouthfeel is full, soft, well-carbonated and comfortable. Not refreshing, but in no way a challenge to get down. The alcohol is barely noticeable, though I appreciate the robustness of the palette. Versatile enough to stand up to a meal, but tasty enough to enjoy a single bottle by itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Philly Craft. Nice notes of caramel, pine and Earth. Mild citrus finish. Color was amber / copper. Medium body. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Definitely raisin and fig aroma. Medium body with roasted malty backbone. Pale dry finish. Decent take for a red ale and worth a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3963) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Fresh 500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy Amber color with lasting retention. Aroma is fruity and a solid amount of resin. Body has a big bread and caramel to balance the hop profile. Citrus that transitions into pine that end very clean. I don’t drink many Amber ales because they are normally very boring. This is one of the best in style I have ever sampled, great update of the style. Nicely crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Amber pour with thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Taste follows nose with noticeable pineapple. Enjoyable.

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