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Barfly India Pale Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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
SRM 8

(Beer added by: rdailey76 on 07-12-2006)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:35:35 | More by ArrogantB
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biggred1

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 23:49:58 | More by biggred1
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RockerD

Indiana

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??

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:47:38 | More by RockerD
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Drew966

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 01:08:31 | More by Drew966
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 16:05:39 | More by tmoneyba
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shivtim

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:30:20 | More by shivtim
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 01:10:43 | More by hopdog
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cnally

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 02:30:09 | More by cnally
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orangemoustache

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 01:12:47 | More by orangemoustache
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beachbum1975

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:23:11 | More by beachbum1975
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:28:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ncvbc

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:40:36 | More by ncvbc
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 17:17:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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Gehrig

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 00:25:23 | More by Gehrig
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lightindarkness

Florida

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.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 21:14:41 | More by lightindarkness
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shbobdb

Indiana

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.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 05:43:45 | More by shbobdb
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Goliath

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 03:49:35 | More by Goliath
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pmatz2

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 21:04:31 | More by pmatz2
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 03:59:48 | More by iconoklaztor
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JamesS

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, with very little head but decent horizontal lacing. Has a nice strong, hoppy and floral scent. Nice taste, bitter, but not very complex for an IPA. For the little bit of alcohol in the flavor, it has a very low ABV. Goes down fine, just a little rough.

Tried a few more times, the most recent being at Barley Island Broad Ripple at this moment... it's gotten so much better (or perhaps I'm better now)... but the citrus/floral scent and flavor are quite good and it's much more mellow.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 00:47:28 | More by JamesS
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown cloudy with the yeast floasting through, small white head laces, but disappears quickly. Not a pretty beer.
Aromas of carmel sweetness and a touch of citrus hops.
Taste is good, creamy carmel backbone balances the citrus hops well.
Mouthfeel is nice creamy and chewey especially for an IPA.
I could drink this beer often, I like it very much and as I think it isn't pretty I think people need to get beyond that and taste it with your eyes shut, very good beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 15:21:02 | More by mnstorm99
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's some big flavors here, they may not be the best possible, but they're bold and you know what's going on here. The malts focuses on dry biscuits while the hops come in with tangy, grassy hops. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't sit well on my tongue, I think it's too dry and astringent. This could just be a beer that isn't for me,

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 06:03:31 | More by tempest
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BioBilly

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah definately some weird stuff floating around in the beer. I wasnt sure what it was until I logged into BA and saw that it is old yeat. Besides the appearance this beer was good the taste was good, could of had a little stronger but not bad it is very drinkable. I actually thought it gets kind of bad rap and I would recommend this to someone.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 04:15:33 | More by BioBilly
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small white head adorns a very hazy into almost cloudy dark copper/brown body. Bits of fishfood yeast floating around. A good bit of hops on top of a malt scent. Light malt front, good mix of floral and bitter hop flavors. Medium creamy body. Pretty good overall, but Im not sure why there's yeast floating around.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 02:57:26 | More by Tballz420
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morimech

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:46:15 | More by morimech
Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.