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Barons Pale Ale - Barons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barons Brewing Company

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 03-22-2007)
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer


2.17/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Eek. This one should've been called "Oxidation Ale." I get almost nothing but cardboard baby. It's only a bit over 2 months old, so it's not an age issue. This would be a QA issue at the brewery. Big disappointment, as i fell in love with the ESB before sampling the Pale Ale.

I'll give it another go in 6 months or so to see if they've fixed the problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 19:16:16 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
Photo of harpus


3/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2012 19:51:21 | More by harpus
Photo of ROGUE16


3/5  rDev -6.5%

12-06-2011 13:23:51 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of Stew41


2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was going to kick off this note with another rant questioning why so-called micros in this country churn out utter crap but Highland Lad’s summed it up perfectly (again!). Macro appearance of dark golden amber and a thin fizzy head. Aromas give me absolutely nothing. Flavours are terribly bland; almost CUB like with a cardboard staleness to the malts and a piss-weak level of bitterness to finish. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 09:41:02 | More by Stew41
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Barons Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head, and a cloudy, orange appearance, with tiny suspended particles floating throughout. The aroma and taste are of overripe, and even, rotting citrus. There is also a flat, cracker taste in there, and the hop profile is negligible. Mouth-feel is medium, and Barons Pale Ale finishes wet and unpleasant. This is bad. I would not try it again.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 17:45:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Brenden


3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light coppery-amber beer pours into my glass, forming a small head that fades very quickly, and is slightly redeemed from mediocrity by some decent patchy lacing.
I don't get much of a hops presence on the nose here. There are some, but they're underneath a stronger malt presence with a bit of a sweetness and a touch of fruits. It's not weak, but it does need a stronger hops nose on the whole.
The taste is what I expected from the nose. It's nice,and it's fairly heady and not at all lacking flavor. It's just that here, especially as opposed to other styles, any craft drinker is going to need more hops. The hops here do have a unique flavor profile, adding an interesting fleshy fruits note that verges on tangy. Ultimately, though, hops aren't as strong as malts and grains.
The feel really isn't lacking; medium body, a nice carbonation that isn't so little that it's flat or so much that it's too spritzy, and a smoothness make for good drinking.
Drinkable, certainly, and I'd have another, but not many looking for the classic Pale Ale profile will pick this if there's a variety of craft to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:33:01 | More by Brenden
Photo of Daniell


2.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: ~2 finger head. Malty brown apricot colour. 2.5

S: citric fruits- orange, orange rind. Yeast. 3

T: vegetal. Not sweet. Needs more sweetness imo. 2

M: kind of lacking in carbonation. 2.5

D: wouldn't be bad if I'd already had a few. 3

I'll be sticking to the Wattle Seed from Baron's in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 10:48:20 | More by Daniell
Photo of tone77


3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is of hops with a bit of fruit, pretty good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 22:57:16 | More by tone77
Photo of DefenCorps


2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at State Line the other day

Mostly clear but mildly hazy this is orange with a thin white head. Lacing is OK, but rather poor

The nose is rather atrocious, a mild bitter hop character, a touch of mint and a strange roasted vegetable character. Mildly vomit-like. Behind it all is some sweetness, but all told, this is rather bad.

The flavors are a lot better with mild citrus, a little mint and a some bubblegum-like character. Hop bitterness is *very* low, there's some decent flavor though. Mild sweetness in the middle, with honey and caramel, this finishes dry with hardly any bitterness

Light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation, this finishes rather disappointing, mildly watery, a little sugar and a faint hop character. While OK, this is really a disappointment

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:15:42 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of biggred1


3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with a thin white head that quickly shrinks to a mere skim of foam. The nose is untoasted grain and something mildly herbal, kind of like roasted garlic and fennel. Not much hop aroma to speak of. Barley is the main flavor with mild floral hops in the finish. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation. An average beer that could benefit from more hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:47:01 | More by biggred1
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short Pilsner glass)
Excited about the Nelson Sauvin hops
A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a thin soapy snow white head and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a faint hint of shoe leather in the green hop hint with a slight sulfury finish that grows as the beer warms.

T- The soft tangy hop note had hints of green lemons and a slight tart soft pungent hop finish with just a bit of fruit. The malt bill was very soft and pretty non-distinct.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer is smooth and soft with a bite of hops at the finish and a bit of a sulfury nose. I was hoping there would be more of the new hops in the profile along with some malt to support it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 19:00:26 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of CityBoy1986


3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. (330 ml) bottle. Freshness date is September 2009.

The pour is a clear golden with about a half inch of creamy off-white head. The head is gone within a minute, and there is some lacing.

The nose is fruity and citrusy (especially grapefruit) with a bit of floral and some breadiness. During the sip, the breadiness takes over with the other flavours going to the background. A very mild bitterness is present throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a large amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but the breadiness might be too powerful by the second one.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's overpriced even if it did come to Starkville, Mississippi, from Australia. I'll pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:25:24 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of laituegonflable


3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the bottle's telling me it's "best served ice cold", which is a worryingly ignorant statement to begin with. Or at least it spells bad things for the flavour.

Pours a golden colour with a thin off-white head that doesn't stick around for an encore, or even the first performance. Leaves virtually nothing and minimal lace is produced. Thin but steady carbonation, but looks pretty mediocre. Grim start, indeed.

Nose is quite fruity and fairly hoppy, with a pleasant floral aloma announcing itself. Hints of red apple, pineapple and lime with a strong rose aroma, sweet and pleasant. Overall a bit subdued though, definitely need to work to get that aroma off it, and this isn't even ice cold.

Taste is quite fruity and quite sweet with hints of apple juice, citrus and melon vying for supremacy. A hint of honey behind there as well, or at least a generous amber malt. Hops are underutilised; they are definitely present but there's no punctuation to their flavour, they just float to the surface on the back palate to leave a slightly woody, floral bitterness just as a lingering aftertaste.

The beer tastes quite malty but the feel is a bit down, the body of the malt isn't really there to back it up. A bit watery, really.

Look, this isn't a bad drop, but I feel like they're being all Aussie and lax with it, trying to pander to the VB-swilling masses and they shouldn't be afraid to give it some oomph! It just feels like it's not all there, like the flavour's vacationing in Bali.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 05:21:39 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden pour, nice head but little persistence.
Aroma is delicate, some passionfruit and lemon from the nelson sauvin, with a fair bit of cereal malt. Definately lacking, was expecting more from the description of hops on the label.
Flavours are similarly boring, a hint of lemon and some sweet hops mixes with slightly metallic malt.
Too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 03:07:03 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Macca


3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark golden colour with a centimetre or two of head and a light retention. Clear.

Some nice florals and tropical fruit notes in the aroma.

Fruitiness continues on the palate. A bit of bitterness at the back. A little sweetness.

Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 08:47:16 | More by Macca
Photo of philipquarles


2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a small white head. Grainy malt aromas with little else on the nose. Sweet tasting for the most part with a sweet finish and only the faintest bitterness. Not much there. Bland and characterless, but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 05:45:43 | More by philipquarles
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, light orange body with a rapidly thinning head and a consistent string of effervescence....metallic pilsner malts settle atop ale hops--elusive, understated otherwise... sprtizy, thin mouthfeel that straddles both ale and lager styles... slick and swift through the teeth.... strangely crisp, clean watery taste with a hint of hops--safe, if not a bit thin.... straight-forward pale ale with a finishing flourish of mellow malts, sensible but not spectacular

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 06:12:11 | More by dacrza1
Photo of joecast


2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

wow this is highly carbed. has no trouble keeping a nice white foamy head. light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. typical apa color.

certainly some hops in the nose, but a strong malt sweetness competes for attention. as it warms the malt presence becomes stronger and hops fade. not good for an apa.

relatively uneventful taste. similar light hop profile without the detrimental sweet malt overtones. balanced, but at the cost of having anything that stands out.

after this and the esb (both of which were i date), i would like to try barons on tap and see if that makes any difference. otherwise one and done is about enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 10:14:31 | More by joecast
Photo of zeff80


3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a very fizzy/bubbly body. It had a small, tan, bubbly head that left no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy with a very sweet caramel nose.

T - It had a nice spicy aspect with a very sweet malt flavor. Strong toffee flavors mix with caramel.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pale. It is not a typical american pale ale with its sweet maltiness, but it is still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:43:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of Durge


3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Australian brew pours a clear amber color with a thin white cover and good lacing. The aroma is a strange mix of seaweed and butterscotch, I can't find other words to describe this unusual blend. The first mouthful is a lightly carbonated, thin bodied wheat and butterscotch, but no hops evident. It's pretty drinkable but just too thin, no guts, kind of a dank and weird.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:10:26 | More by Durge
Photo of WHROO


2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent head that receded to a thin layer quite briskly, although some lacing on the glass.

Not as pale in appearance as other pale ales

Smell was a hint of citrus, not much to get the mouth watering in anticipation

Taste: a little too carbonated for me, did dance around the mouth too much for my liking (felt too much like a light beer).
Definately not too fruity, & then again not too hoppy bitter...sorta in between. That's where I struggle with this, not sure where it fits.

If you are new to Barons, try the ESB or Lager - way more complex than this.

Drinkability: an easy lighter more carbonated beer, not heavy at all & could go as a session beer. Shouldn't offend any pallette...that's the prob - just a little too boring!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 10:34:18 | More by WHROO
Photo of rjimlad


4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in colour with a little head and hardly any lacing. I got very little aroma but then I think I'm handicapped in this department. Really nice flavour with dominant malt over some grapefruit. I thought the carbonation was pretty right and makes for a very drinkable beer. I'm not sure how it compares to the best APAs but I thoroughly enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 08:12:09 | More by rjimlad
Photo of Kuemmelbrau


4.4/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light copper/golden in color with medium to little head poured down the middle, decent but nothing special

great smell, mostly lemon/citrus but with good floral/earthy undertones, lasting but not overpowering (gotta love NZ grown hops!)

mouthfeel is distinct, mostly smooth-medium viscosity- but with a big oily and sticky secondary feel

taste is great somewhat typical of an US craft pale, (cascade/2row based) but has distinction. very creamy with a subtle caramel taste -crystal?- semi-sweet, good citrus/fruity/earthy/floral mash up. great malt/hop balance

i'll buy/drink more sooner rather than later (hopefully)

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:51:43 | More by Kuemmelbrau
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a small amount of head. Some OK lacing.

S: Slightly lemony, slightly hoppy aroma. Not very complex.

T: Tasted of hops, lemon, and a little bit of malt. Kind of thin in this department.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an odd beer. While it wasn't overly complex or interesting in its taste, it might be a good beer for a summer day. Uneven, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 12:58:02 | More by avalon07
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper with a little bit of white head, very little lacing, very little froth or foam on top. Clear, no haze or floaties of any kind.

Smells hoppy and light, crisp. There's a lemony, citrusy, thing going on, and a light floral sweetness. Not heavy, not too light. Smells refreshing.

Taste is a bit earthier, a LOT toastier and bready. There's a little bit of a bitter, roasted flavor on the finish. Again, light, refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nice. A nutty buttery flavor pops up after a while.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and wet, very very slick, a little oily. Overall this is a very drinkable brew, tasty, light, crisp. A good session brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 03:52:52 | More by scooter231
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Barons Pale Ale from Barons Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.