Amber/red ales and brown ales are two of my least favorite styles as they tend to be fairly boring and very similar from brewery to brewery. Occasionally a brewery decides to break the mold a bit and do something a little different and Maine Beer Company certainly tried to do that with Red Wheelbarrow.
This beer is red in color with a thick off white head. Aroma has some hops but still has plenty of dark fruit and malt character. The taste starts with a nice dose of hops followed by the sweet malts and only slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a decent beer but nothing to get too excited about and not up to par with Mo, Lunch and the others from Maine Beer Company.
Pros: Hoppy for a red
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers 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).
Malt – Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80
Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight