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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: 155
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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 Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/22/09

A - Amber in color with some cloudiness. Pours a decent bubbly head with some patchy lacing.

S - Citrus & floral hops; primarily grapefruit.

T - Basically what the nose implies - citrusy grapefruit is the predominating flavor, though a definite malt sweetness to round it out.

M - Reasonably carbonated with a medium body that is consistent on the palate. A hint of resiny grit.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. Had it on draft at the brewpub (quite good there too, though these notes are based on the bottles I took home). Worth checking out - it's not mind-blowing, but it's pretty solid.

Ryan011235, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a golden orange colored body with a very minimal bright white head that leaves little to no lacing behind on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel malts upfront and a mild hop finish. citrus and floral. not nearly the amount of hops i was expecting in the nose on this one.

T- lots of sweet caramel malts and then a little bit of citrus and floral hops. very well balanced, which is rare these days. however, im usually not looking for balanced in american india pale ales.

M- medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. nicely carbonated.

D- this one is probably something i wont be coming back to. i dont really get into balanced IPAs. i love them way too hoppy.

jwinship83, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head.

Scent of hops, tobacco, grass, citrus, some earth and spices. Well balanced with a good hop presence.

Taste of spicy hops, citrus, grass, earth and fruit. Pretty good, I'd like it to be more hoppy, but this beer has a nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Lexx
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey color - big rocky just offwhite head that dissipates VERY slowly.

The scent is caramely, sweet, with some citrus. Something slightly earthy and metallic in there, too.

There's unfortunately not too much depth to the taste. Grapefruity bitterness, maybe a hint of pine, and a tinge of brown sugar.

The aftertaste is strangely much more bitter than the actual beer is. It is still a very smooth beer and is actually pretty drinkable, but don't expect TOO much from it.

Lexx, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It smells and looks good. Not as strong as I'd expect, but a good smell. The flavor was delicious, however, it clearly is not the bitter standard flavor of an IPA. I really don't enjoy how it stays on my tongue, the after taste is much more bitter than the actually drink. I was impressed with this beer from the standpoint that it tastes, smells, and looks good. It was nice to get something not available here.

ThaBobfather, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of bheilman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stfun37. Smells oddly un-hoppy but then again it is fruity so I'm full of shit aren't I? Dark-orange color with a good head. Very easy to drink, I killed it. The flavor was some fruits, seemed more like an English style IPA than American. This is a slew-footed beer if ever I saw one.

ArrogantB, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, honey amber with a big fluffy tan head that settles slow and leaves decent resinous lace rings on the glass. Smells mildly of butterscotch and piney hops. Taste is nice and solid caramel malt with a decent fruity hop bitterness in the finish. Hop oils provide a slickness in the mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. Sessionable, on the milder end of the IPA spectrum, easygoing and approachable if unremarkable.

biggred1, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of RockerD
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I figured I'd try every beer made in Indiana... I'm getting there.

This beer pours nice into the bottom of my glass. It has a fiery burnt orange to tarnished copper color. Nice dissipating, not too much of - cream colored, head. You really can't see through the beer. So it's consistently hazy.

Has a nice sweet and citrusy smell. Mixed in nicely with aromatic hops. Fairly balanced one doesn't overwhelm the other to me. This could be sign that I'm too insensitive to hop smells. Last night I had a pound of Cascade in my hands and I think it destroyed my senses. That's a whole nother story.

Tastes of some roasty malt, maybe a little caramel??Smooth coming in, however the bubbles at the end seem to penetrate my tongue a little harsh with the hops. I would suggest this beer my be slightly over-carbonated.

With that said, I can see this being a great session beer for hop lovers. It's well done. I'll have another. Thanks.

One other thing... it says "tavern style" on the bottle. I'm not sure what that means. Anyone??

RockerD, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barfly India Pale Ale pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by hops. The flavor is also very hoppy, there is a nice malt backbone to balance things out. This is a very enjoyable IPA, recommended.

Drew966, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at brewpub.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that fully diminished with fair lacing.

Moderate grassy earthy hop aroma.

Moderate balanced bitter flavor with a medium bitter earthy finish of moderate duration.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Good drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a bad run-in with their Bourbon barrel aged stout, I thought I'd give Barley Island another chance. Picked up a bottle of Barfly IPA while in South Bend.
Poured into a pint glass. Hazy blood orange in color, with good carbonation and a meringue textured tan head. Good lacing. Nose is floral hops and caramel malts, nicely blended. Taste is hops with a slight metallic twang, and a general oily sweetness. Odd mustyness to the hops, but it's not bad. Average mouthfeel.

shivtim, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Sephiroth (thanks!).

Poured a deeper amber/orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, pine, light caramel, and had a floral/green hoppiness to it. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, light caramel, and had a sugary sweetness to it as well. Not overly bitter. Not bad, a beer I could sit down and drink a sixer of.

Notes from 1/25/07

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of cnally
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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 orangemoustache
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with tons of large sediment,it looks like floating flakes of brown shit(yuk),the head is off-white(almost yellow) and small,it does leave some sheets of lace.The nose is lightly toasted and malty ,sweet with hints of marshmellow and citrusy hops.The taste is straight forward,sweet hops fruity and citrusy(grapefruit mostly) with some pale malts in a subtle balance,a nice bitter edge keeps things interesting but I would have enjoyed more tangyness and depth.The mouthfeel is a little to sticky on the lips for me,the body is medium and the carbonation is low.I have always avoided taking bar flys home,this one is no exception.

orangemoustache, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - slightly hazed burnt orange, a good fluffy cap above. The foam leaves a blanket layer of sparkly lace all around the glass.

Aroma - biscuity, some caramel and crackery grain. A very faint citrus and pine hop element. On the lighter side but with good persistence.

Taste - good biscuity and sweet malt component. Very good and full hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine with plenty of intensity. Doesn't have a lot of complexity or depth, and despite a touch of medicinal flavor on the swallow and aftertaste, this is one great IPA. The finish is a little sweet, a little bitter, and a little dry.

Mouthfeel - properly smooth with that slight oily feel. Medium carbonation, medium+ body.

Drinkability - this IPA can stand up to just about anyone's IMO. Superbly sessionable.

brewdlyhooked13, May 16, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a stunner, yes? Pours deep amber to copper in color, slightly hazy. This great off-white head caps it off and stays forever, leaving a wall of lacing down the glass. Smell is of citrus hops and big, big malt. Toasted, buttered bread. Lots of caramel and toffee. Even a touch of chocolate, perhaps. I didn't really mind the smell for having so much malt in it. The flavor takes some of that out but what was there in the smell provides excellent balance for this brew. The hops have taken over. A little piney flavor now comes through along with citrus flavors. Lots of orange flavors and grapefruit. Again, such a great balance with the malts that come in. It almost reminds me of a hoppy amber in a way but whatever you want to call it, it's great. Mouthfeel has a good bitterness and is somewhat dry in the finish despite all the malty goodness. Great drinkability. This is one I would love to have around at all times. Perfect session candidate as an IPA.

Thanks to lightindarkness for this great unhyped UGLY brew.

ncvbc, May 04, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Indybigtom: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter dry hops is dominating with some light caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with no floral or citrus notes and some very light caramel malt. Body is quite full with some good carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A thick finger of white head tops a dark amber body, darker than the usual IPA. Nice rings of lacing decorate the pint glass. The smell is a little subtle, though hops are plentiful and some citrus emerges. The taste readily indicates that this is not a straightforward IPA. Though hops run this beer's roost, fruit but also drizzles of caramel accost the palate. The sweet-and-sour riff is an interesting motif, particularly from the caramel-sugar taste. Good stuff.

Though I wouldn't mind a little more carbonation, this is robust enough to adequately offset the smooth texture, making this a nice IPA. Not a top of the line pale ale, Barfly is nonetheless satisfying and worth grabbing.

Gehrig, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dry hopped with hops added to the cask, tapped at Hot Shotz in Indy.

Pours like fresh cider, a little orange and murky, unbelievably cloudy, and obviously no head. I can't tell if the unique appearance is attractive or intimidating.

Nose is juicy, with big sweet citrus - orange and grapefruit, pineapple, with a syrupy smooth balance of hop and malt. Hidden scents of sugar and some peach, with a definite resiny hoppy funk.

Taste is slightly watery up front and at the finish, without the carbonation, but flavor more than compensates. Middle is like chewing on a pine cone soaked in orange juice. Bitterness rises and flavor washes out at the finish with strong resin replacing. I can't tell how much malt is in there, but the hops themselves seem to be in an agreement that results in a surprising and unique balance.

Feel is medium bodied with a dry resiny finish. Slight tingle, but no carbonation.

Surprising drinkability. Little balance between the hop and malt, but a stunning display of hop character rarely achieved in any other format. Despite their strength, the hops aren't overpowering. A really nice surprise.

lightindarkness, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is amazing what the serving style can do for a beer. I've had barfly before on tap and in the bottle and it certainly isn't a bad beer, but it really isn't anything special. That changes dramatically when it is served on cask. The hops take on a brilliant marijuana presence that is beautifully complimented by some light grapefruit and a nice solid, if unremarkable malt base. The finished product is far more than the sum of its parts, a beautiful drinking experience. Really guys, try it on cask, it is a whole 'nother animal.

shbobdb, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with nearly no head.

Aroma holds great citrusy notes, noteably grapefruit. Maybe some grass/pine as well. There are also sweet malty undertones.

There is a nice hoppiness to the taste showing good citrus notes, mostly bitter grapefruit. There is a strong malt following which balances this IPA more than many.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively.

Drinkability is fair, I could have two in a sitting.

Goliath, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of pmatz2
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 iconoklaztor
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great brew. I've been a fan of BI beer since I tried it at a local Beerfest. This beers pours a nice head with yeast in the glass. My ommegang chalice is nicely full with a nice beer.

Overall this beer is full of yeast, flavor, and color. I really like this brew and would try it again.

iconoklaztor, Jan 17, 2008
Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.