Barfly India Pale Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company
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4.36/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Just tried this at US Cellular Field found at a small craft station of mid west brewers. Thanks to some advice from some fellow BA'ers ... after reading reviews and enjoying this I think it's a seriously underrated brew. Mouthfeel is great, tastes of citrus and pine, bitterness I wasn't expecting kinda sneaks up on you and then lingers in the back of your mouth. I know this is a very small brewer but cant wait to sample future offerings. Definitely a solid brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 12:51:57 | More by MarshMan71
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This twelve-ouncer has admittedly been sitting in my fridge for at least a year and finally I'll give it a try. It's a dark but clear copper color with a modest bit of white head and just scant traces of lacing. The aroma is fairly pungent and full of deep caramel honey with a slighlty boozy vanilla malt. Seems like it will taste extremely sweet and the hop character is difficult to identify, perhaps a bit of herbal-pine. The flavor offers a little more of the hop bitterness you expect from an IPA, though it's still muted and hard to put a finger on. The theme remains more heavily in the malt/vanilla/caramel sweetness. At first it all seems a bit too shy of a true IPA mark but perhaps it's just a different kind of an IPA, one that works the malt sweetness elements more vigorously. There's almost a sweet whisky idea here. Any hops are mild and somewhat overshadowed, closer to pineapple than pine. The body is medium light but it has a nearly resinous, slightly syrupy feel with very subtle carbonation. Based on the aroma I was ready for a drain pour, not so much because it smelled horrible but just because it didn't offer what I expect from an IPA. But, although I wouldn't really care to revisit this brew, it's definitely worth a try if you are open to something a little different for the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 03:40:28 | More by Durge
Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.