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Barley's Pale Ale - Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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bschinelli

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-19-2014 17:39:36 | More by bschinelli
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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-04-2014 16:38:04 | More by jgunther71
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-04-2014 12:56:16 | More by krome
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2013 18:09:01 | More by Cynic-ale
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

On tap at the brewery. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, bready and caramel malt, hints of citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops are balanced on the palate by bready and caramel malt and hints of fruit. Finish is long and bitter. This brew is more like amber ale.

09-12-2012 01:03:17 | More by mikeg67
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wmickdds32

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

08-03-2012 13:15:39 | More by wmickdds32
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Jflo


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-06-2012 18:01:05 | More by Jflo
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

12-27-2011 05:01:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-04-2011 09:35:45 | More by uziangis
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Geno78

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 07:36:09 | More by Geno78
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alseger83

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1%

ok, bear with me this is my first review.

a- Surprisingly dark for a pale ale, copper (when I asked they told me that it was pale compared to what they were brewing at the time). Very nice lacing

s- malty and mildly hoppy, not overpowering on either

t- caramel sweetness with nice hoppy finish. Nicely balanced

m- nice medium body, smooth

d- very drinkable, got a growler to kill later that night

07-23-2010 20:52:16 | More by alseger83
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

The beer pours a surprising dark color, copper with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is lots of hops, seems like some cascade but that is it, not very balanced.

The taste is light hops throughout with an unwelcome metallic finish.

The feel is ok and drinkability is cut back by the metal aftertaste.

To me its not an pale ale but an IPA and so-so one at that.

12-27-2009 01:47:08 | More by jrallen34
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adamette

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured on tap at the Brewery last night into a clean, clear glass.

A Fine look but a little basic. Some lacing well after drinking the pint.

S Moderately hoppy, not overwhelming.

T Good for its style but I am not a big fan of hoppy beers. This is more well balanced than the IPA that I would have later.

M Appropriately thin to moderate.

D Really good if you like APA's. Really, this could easily be a session beer.

Notes: A solid, if a bit average, APA.

05-03-2009 03:08:25 | More by adamette
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Decent pales here. C-hop aroma, medium mouthfeel. High IBU for a pale, so its the lineup's IPA replacement. Drinkable, but not enough for a true hophead, Kent Goldings hops and two-row English malted barley, including both Pale and Crystal malt.That citrus taste in there, though mildly.

06-19-2008 00:08:54 | More by Sammy
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blakesell

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from the cask into a standard pint glass. This cask has been dry hopped with east Kent Goldings.

Appearance- Beer pulls a hazy amber red with a nice thin film of foam looking like a small galaxy. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass and the head is a murky tan.

Smell- Wonderful east Kent Goldings flow outward beyond the boundaries of the pint glass. Rich flavorful pale malts hiding just well enough to be behind the hops. Great nose on this one.

Taste- Spicy and malty with creamy cask flavors flowing through the beer. This could well be one of the best cask beers I've ever had right behind Bell's Double Cream Stout. Beer is fresh by all means.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, fresh, and effervescent, this cask has a lot going for it. Medium bodied, low carbonation and oh, so smooth.

Drinkability- Refreshing and hoppy with much malt support. This beer has unbelieveable drinkability.

05-06-2008 18:11:13 | More by blakesell
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Crystal clear copper coloured liquid. One finger of off white foam holds nicely and leaves some spotty lace behind.

Fresh citrusy American hop aromas, with a hint of some herbal notes in the background.

A touch sweet up front. Biscuit & a fleeting hint of chocolate. Hops take over & bring it home. Nice big hoppy finish - citrus & pine. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Nothing too challenging here, but certainly a solid pale ale that I could easily spend an evening downing a few pints (oh wait, that's exactly what I did).

06-21-2007 03:13:35 | More by xgrigorix
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured a dark amber brown color with a tanish off-white head. It left a mild lace in the pint. Smell was rather fruity lots of citrus mixed with some sour tones. There was a mix of malt and a slight roasted barley scent. The taste was of malt with some hints of fruit or slight plum sourness mixed in. Light carbonation that made for quite a thicker bodied Pale Ale. Smooth malt taste up front with a nice enjoyable flavor. Dry hop finish with a well placed bitterness in the mouth. Good balance from start to finish making this an extremely drinkable and very enjoyable brew. I would love to have this one on cask a few more times.

06-01-2007 14:21:50 | More by bigone4
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance:
Pours amber in color with a big thick head. The head hangs on for quite a while but doesn't lace the glass much at all.

Smell:
Pretty blase on the scent. It smells like a pale ale should, but it's not really bringing much else to the table. Slight roasted malt notes are prodominantly masked over by a mild hop aroma and some yeast character.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer is crisp and smooth. There's minor apple notes and a nice hoppy bitterness. Roasted malts and mild hopping pretty much steal the show here. Again, this beer is pretty standard pale ale, but it's fresh and finishes clean.

Drinkability:
This is pretty much my standard bar beer. Easy going down without giving too much of an alcohol boot. Good beer for when you want to down a few good ones.

Bottom Line:
This beer is to me what bud light is to the rest of humanity. Another good showing from Barley's.

11-11-2006 23:54:40 | More by Grundle20
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Impressive. A purely malty, hoppy and cleanly brewed American Pale ale. Looks crystal-like copper with a 1/2" off-white head that's as creamy as whip cream. Flavors of barley through and throughout. Hopped with quality American varieties. A great yeasty spiciness and toastiness lines throughout. No harshness, or imperfections. One of the best APA's I've ever had. Equal to Sierra Nevada's. Feels creamy and moderately heavy to the palate and lingers into a bitter and sweet aftertaste. Good beer.

09-19-2005 19:33:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Amontillado Sherry color. Effervescent but small beige head.
Great big hops aroma citrus undertones. The roasted malt and hops took turns with my nose.
The citrus hops tends to be gentle but prominent. It mixes well with malt sweetness and leaves the mouth clean.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel with a slight oil ending. A regular of mine, I rarely miss the opportunity to grap one of these when offered.

01-02-2005 08:18:47 | More by Ahhdball
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Cask-conditioned at Barley's Smokehouse: This version of Barley's Pale is dark copper with a very thin light beige head. Very thin lacing as well. The aroma is heady hops with a faint floral aspect lingering as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and seemingly low carbonation with a nice hops flavor throughout, along with a nice malt backbone. The finish is a little slick with a lasting hops bite. I like the regular version of this just a little better.

11-24-2003 14:18:31 | More by Dogbrick
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Served as a sample at Barley's #1. The color was amber, with a nice head. The smell was a nice citrus hop. The taste was a very well-balanced hop, with a good citrusy note to it. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have quite a few of these!!

This may well have been my favorite beer from Barley's. A nicely balanced and refreshing pale ale, and definitely one I'd have again on my next trip!

11-04-2003 02:11:17 | More by beergeek279
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

The glass was full of a copper colored liquid that was topped by a very nice off-white head. The lacing from the head was OK, but not stellar. The nose seemed a bit light to me, but gave off hints of hops and a bit of malt. The taste was full of grassy notes and seemed somewhat lightly hopped for the style. Overall this seems to me to be a very drinkable ale with a nice crisp finish.

04-28-2003 09:25:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
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blkknight02

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

I agree with the other two reviewers: Columbus pale ale is the better of the two. Color is right on - light copper with a dense head that lasts to mid-pint. Aroma is of Fuggles/EKG's but not american hops. Bitterness also seems a bit harsh and lingering as in the barleywine. Taste is slightly malty with a clean, hop led finish.
Overall impression is a nice pale ale but needs a bit more hops in the nose and less in the bittering. Very drinkable but second to CPA as mentioned above.

02-17-2003 07:33:42 | More by blkknight02
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Wildman

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

While I like Barley's Pale Ale, it suffers from being compared to the older, more widely available Columbus Pale Ale. Pours out a nice golden color with a light head which leaves some lace to it. A slight aroma of hops as well as taste. It has a good color and taste to it, but the Columbus Pale Ale is still the better of the two.

06-16-2002 09:28:50 | More by Wildman
Barley's Pale Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
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