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Barfly India Pale Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company

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Barfly India Pale AleBarfly India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
STYLE American IPA
MALT 2-Row, Global Vienna, Carahell, Victory, Flaked Barley
HOP Summit, Citra, Amarillo, Cascade
ABV 6.5
IBU 70

(Beer added by: rdailey76 on 07-12-2006)
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Photo of salvo
1.88/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours honey brown into an imperial pint with two inches of head. Head collapses into lace in three minutes.

Smell is light: little hops or malt. Distinct soapiness in the nose. I wash the glass and re-pour just to be sure, and there's no doubt. There's a soapiness in the smell that really turns me off.

Taste is similarly unimpressive: bitterness is there without any of the hops punch I want, and the malts are a bit passive, leaving me wondering why I wanted a beer anyway.

Mouthfeel: like pepsi: sharp, bubbly, gassy.

Drinkability: low for 5.6% alcohol.

salvo, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of maximum12
1.98/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to a kindly BA for dropping this extra into a fine trade that recently came to fruition. Both a new beer & a new brewery for me.

Pours the color of a classic forest fire seen through the lens of a good photographer. Touch of haze, too, even leaving a bit of muck in the bottom of the bottle. Smell is malty for an IPA.

Not sure Barfly can rightly be called an IPA by even stretching the definition of the style. Reminds me, unpleasantly, of Flat Tire. High quotient of breadiness, a bit of metallic tang, with only a hint of hop bittering at the end, & not enough to clean up the mess in aisle four. The bread shouts down any other positive attributes this one might have.

Three ounces & done. This one logs as a serious disappointment. Few hops, way too much yeast & bread. Won't finish this one.

maximum12, May 30, 2010
Photo of vishneda
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was unimpressed with this brew. It had a fairly standard look to it but the beer felt kind of thin and the flavor was mostly astringent with none of the positives I usually experience in an ipa. Very little malt, lots of round bitter but no sharpness, very little hop flavor and not much on the nose. There is no bottle dating to work with so it is possible that this was an old and abused bottle. However, as it stood the beer was not worth the effort in getting it.

vishneda, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Decanted into pint glass. Poured a cloudy straw yellow; thick foamy long lasting head. Aroma a bit sour, maybe astringent and bitter. The taste was a nasty combination of tannins, phenols, and bitterness. The middle and finish smoothed a bit, but the bitterness had the last say. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch, but this IPA is out of balance. The body is medium, but the astringency is way too much for me to enjoy.

Will not purchase again.

jpkoch1962, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Biscuit and toast with just a hint of earthy hop resins. Light butterscotch notes in the background.

Appearance: Golden hazy color with a light off-white head. Floaties in it that are a little scary.

Flavor: More biscuit and malty notes. Continued powdery hop resin flavor. Hop flavor is kind of stale but not cheesy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall impression: Much like an English IPA. Not sure I see the American in this at all. Not to style and an average English IPA at best.

mattcrill, May 15, 2007
Photo of rocketmotor
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 120z bottle, minimal head and lacing. Beer is cloudy orange in color, maybe hazed also, not impressive.

Smell is of mild hops and bready malt, hops smell should be stronger, smells more like a regular pale ale than an IPA.

Tastes like citrusy hops, some smooth bitterness and a stinging on the front of the tonuge. Flavors don't meld together well. Mouthfeel is ok, nice fullness.

I could drink this beer, but why when there are great American IPA's available? Tastes like the recipe needs more refinement. I just noticed the Barely Island beers in Illinois, was this rushed to the market?

rocketmotor, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of ParraPalliative
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ParraPalliative, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of MattM
2.75/5  rDev -23%

MattM, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of beerhast
2.75/5  rDev -23%

beerhast, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -23%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of beachbum1975
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy and slightly chunky, amber/brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice sticky legs that hang around all night.

Smells lightly hopped with a strong malt presence. Taste mirrors the smell with a light alcohol finish. Malt is too high in this one for me - it drowned out the hops.

Nice Pale Ale with no frills, but this is an IPA? Decent session beer, I guess.

beachbum1975, May 17, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a sampling of the Barley Island brews, first one to try:

A so-so brew, didn’t notice much going on here. Pour was the best part, clear amber brown with a massive chunky ivory head. Big rings of lace.

Floral hops, citrusy with a grapefruit backbone in the aroma. Unfortunately, these didn’t come through in the taste – which was more on the resinous grainy side. Just a bit disappointed here, finish was dry and gritty.

Bummer, I won’t be buying a sixer of this.

Vancer, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

When I was pouring this I was wondering if it was unfiltered or not. Figured it out too late. We are not talking about particulate matter floating around. It is huge chunks of yeast bubbling through the brew. It looks disgusting. I'm not drinking this I thought but I continued on anyway. Otherwise it is a golden brew with a one-fingered head that goes away quickly and leaves just spotty lacing.

The smell is grassy and yeasty.

The taste is of an IPA but it is on the subdued part of hoppiness on the IPA scale. The taste is of grass and a little bit of pine aftertaste.
It is well carbonated for the style and medium bodied. It is just hard for me to get past the unfiltered aspect of this beer.

morimech, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of cnally
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out and settled with a surprising amount of head. Its appearance is a very bright amber color with many carbonation bubbles. Its smell is a little sour, comprised of citrus air. There is a lot of initial hop flavor, but that subsides into a orangey aftertaste. However, the flavors are subtle and underwhelming. I don't expect I would like another.

cnally, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Janderson91
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No bottled on date to be found. Enjoyed on 02/28/11.

A - Cloudy light orange/amber color. A pretty aggressive pour yields a good looking two finger white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S - Some light toasted malts, some crisp citrus hops. Pretty good aroma on this one.

T - Quite bitter up front. Big citrusy hops but it has a somewhat orangey flavor that I'm not the biggest fan of. Somewhat astringent. Finish is nice and dry with a good crisp bitterness at the end.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with nice prickly carbonation. Drinkability is pretty low because it just doesn't leave me wanting another sip.

A pretty good beer here but today there are too many great IPAs for this one to stand out.

Janderson91, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive head right out of the bottle. Despite multiple attempts and several bottles I can't get this beer to pour without a 50/50 ratio of liquid to foamy cap. The beer is copper in color, mostly clear with tons of bubbles streaming through. The head again is very full and the color of fresh cut pine.

The nose starts out with a stale hop scent followed by a semi sweet toasted grain flavor. The smell isn't a breath of fresh air but it isn't all bad either. What I will say for sure is that nothing about the look or the smell makes me want to drink this.

Taste is boringly average as well. The flavor is muted and stale like the nose and there isn't anything interesting calling out to me. Slight hints of citrus and pine are about it for a hop presence. All in all a poor ipa.

The mouthfeel is the only thing solid here, with a firm bitterness and a smooth sweet finish. Not a truly bad beer but one I won't be buying again.

jbphoto88, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of ironwill54
3/5  rDev -16%

ironwill54, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -16%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -16%

Another6Pack, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bheilman
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not so good. Probably the worst IPA I've had besides the ones I homebrew. So that's not necessarily a bad thing. I take great pride in my beer making, and I am a huge fan of the IPA. Definitely my go to beer. And with Warbird Pale Ale setting the standard in this area for hoppy ales, I would say skip this one if you have a couple options. My complaint is it tastes a bit too earthy and it doesn't really go away in the aftertaste. Once you get through one it is easy to have a few, it's just that initial bite that throws it off. Although I feel like a warmer than refrigerator temperature for beer usually brings out a more robust taste, I would have to say for this one:
Drink it cold!

bheilman, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -16%

Klif, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of pmatz2
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber /orange color that was very cloudy. Particles of something were floating in the beer. (Don;t recall seeing that in an IPA before)

Taste is very malty with a slight bitter finish. Overall this was drinkable but was not a very good example of an IPA. There are way better IPA's out there. This might have been closer to a pale ale

Mouth feel was moderate with slight carbonation. Once again nothing special.

This was drinkable but I found myself trying to finish it it as quickly as possible so that I can move onto something else!

pmatz2, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour looks very viscous. Not much carbonation from the looks of it and from the sound the cap made when I popped it off. Thing bubbly collar is all that forms on the pour. Lace is absent. The body of the beer murky looking dark bronze. It has globs of shit floating around in suspension. Aroma is of very pungent hop oils. It's very one dimensional. It's an aroma I like, but I could use some more depth here as well. The flavor is pretty one dimensional as well. I get that grimy, dirty, pungent, oily hop resin attribute, which I do like, but again, there's no depth to the hoppiness or bitterness. The malts are like burnt toffee and some mild caramel. Carbonation is low. The beer is quite syrupy. Full bodied in that aspect, but without the appropriate carbonation.

Bighuge, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -16%

BcOneSeven, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of NooseJustice
3/5  rDev -16%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.