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Blind Tiger Pale Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company

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Blind Tiger Pale AleBlind Tiger Pale Ale

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2002

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 56
Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty dark for a pale ale. Almost brown, mahogany. A thick haze inside the liquid. The head has IPA written all over it. Thick, a dingy white, craterous, lots of lacing after the head falls.

Very malty, bready, slightly floral, just the faintest hit of citrus.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very malty, doughy crackerlike taste, a bit of pine, Earthy notes.

It's mostly bitter, and not necessarily in a good way. I thought the malt would offset and balance the bitter, but it really doesn't. It's got that resinous stickiness to it, but other than that, nothing to write home about.

Very average. Low alcohol, mostly bitter, drinkable, but only because it's beer. Not something I'd want again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard and solid, Blind Tiger is a Pale Ale that balanced hop flavor/bitterness with malt sweetness for a good comparable to Sierra Nevada's.

The beer pours a copper/orange hue with mild, hoppy haze. Part froathy and part fizzy, the head character rises well but falls to traces just as quickly. A good looking beer, could be better with more froath and less fizz.

Aromas of citrus (grapefruit and orange zest) mix with malty flavors of graham crackers and caramel. Balanced well, the beer showcases mild spices, moderate bitterness, and no real flaws.

Light in body, the beer takes on good drinkability becuse of the tepid weight, but leads to thinness and acidic roughness and carbonic bite in the end.

The beer maybe falls somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an Extra Pale Ale. Low alcohol and body makes me yearn for more.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at their Broad Ripple brewpub.

Pours dark, more orange than amber, nearly perfectly translucent and with a respectable head.

Smells like fruity malts and dry, east coast hops. Not very complicated but nicely balanced.

Tastes refreshing. The hops are heavier than I expected but low-alpha, and their mild citrusiness mingles well with the fruit loopiness of the malt.

A straight-up east coast APA, right here. Not intensely bitter, but tasty, well-balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of jking206
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking beer for a sunny day. Sweet in the front smooth on the finish. Appearance is a little weak, with a Slightly murky tarnished brass color. The aroma is nice, but a bit weak. I had to get a nose full of foam to smell it. Overall, a nice little beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Hazy amber/orange with a thin cream head that leaves a thick ring of bubbles and film with little lacing. Mild caramel and earthy aroma, some grain and citrus but little actual hop presence. Flavor is grain, citrus, and caramel malt with mild pine hop flavor in the finish.. Doesn't taste much like other APAs but not unpleasant. Thicker side of medium bodied with light carbonation with a slightly stale, slick finish. Not bad, but something is off in the finish which is a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Came out a clear, golden-amber color with a lively off-white head. Retention was decent and lacing was good.

S: Nice floral and piney hop scents up front. A tad bit of pale malt sweetness and some earthy spice as well. Simple, but pleasant.

T: Interesting spicy hop flavors initially. Some malt sweetness as well on the finish. Yes, definitely sweeter than I expected. Pine and grass-type hops come out more as the brew warms.

M: Medium-light bodied and adequately carbonated, but not too much. Finishes mostly clean with a bittersweet aftertaste that doesn't last long.

D: Nothing about this beer should stand in the way of kicking back with a few over an evening.

An underwhelming, yet refreshingly unpretentious pale ale. Would make a decent pub ale or a change-of-pace beer. I may take a pack of this to my next party and see if I can lure some folks away from their usual brews.

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Photo of hopdog
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired in trade with atpayne (thanks!).

***Slight gusher when I opened this one.***

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a huge, huge off white head. Aromas of oranges, light pine, citrus, spices with some malts. Watery tastes of citrus, spices and caramel. Thin and watery body. Tastes a bit of a let down vs. the aromas.

Notes from 9/13/05

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Indiana for me!

Pours hazed amber with a thin head that becomes a wide patch, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of caramel with leafy and mildly citric spiciness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, some graininess. The a mild leafy bitterness and a touch of lemon sourness. Starts sweetish, thins in the middle and becomes a bit doughy and more bitter towards the end. It has a bitterish, dryish finish.

The body becomes a bit thin, almost watery, but hits medium-bodied overall.

Not bad, but things don't seem to blend as well as they could, making it a bit clumsy. Still, the components are there, and it has enough to it to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, soapy looking head. The smell is of citrus and pine resin hops, not overwhelming and a slight malty background. The taste starts and ends with the same hops from the nose with some malty notes tossed in along the way. There is a residual bitterness about the beer. The mouthfeel is light in body and adequately carbonated. Overall, not a bad offering, nothing too spectacular either though.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange body supports a thick finger of white froth that nicely laces the Yankees pint glass. The smell emits nice citrusy hops, but it flies under the radar a bit. More hops would be nice for this APA. I'm not too keen on the taste. At first, it's decent, nicely hopped and with a touch of bitterness. But the hops soon dissipate under a blanket of sour--flat-out sour--taste. To make matters worse, the texture is thin, just disappointing for an APA. In all, this is not horrible. Yet it lacks defining character, which a good infusion of hops would surely lend it. I'd pass on this.

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Photo of abankovich
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as a bonus on my first trade ever about 2 months ago. Poured a nice hazy amber orange color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing doesn't stick around too long but is pretty significant as the beer slides down the glass.

Smells upfront with a good hop strength and some caramel malt mixed in as well. Maybe some toffee too.

Very bitter at first, more bitter than I was expecting out of a light APA. It hits the palate very strong in the middle. I think the carbonation is what is causing this.

Mouthfeel is light to medium but the carbonation really takes over across the middle and leaves my palate a little numb. This fades as the beer warms though.

Drinkability is decent on this, definitely better as it warms and in hindsight

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Photo of isenblatter
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the head while about 2 fingers thick quickly went away leaving no lacing. A slightly pale orange color to it. A very pungent hoppy taste at the beginning followed by an orangey aftertaste. Very little carbonation to it, it could definitely use more. I've had on tap before, but out of the bottle was not even close to draft.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barley Island Blind Tiger "Tavern Style" Pale Ale
hazy orange, fluffy chalk white head...

aroma is citrus and soap...heavy on the Cascades, it seems...a sweet slice of orange and a squirt of grapefruit...

Tastin'...hops aplenty at play in the mouth, a good dosage of bitterness, a sweet blast of fruit and citrus twang...all that up front and nice and easy in the back. Smooth, supple, tangy, sweet, lightly bitter in the finish. Medium bodied, but adequately flavored.

Maybe a little too sharp at turns, but nice...I'd drink one again with no regrets....maybe not buy over anything else, however, but it's do in a pinch.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Is it easier to run away from a blind tiger? The pour is a murky closer to amber but some orange highlights blend. A good pour left a bubbly head but quickly dissipated to nothing. No lacing really to speak of.

The nose is limited overall but some hop notes come out. Citrus mostly with unmistakable cascade. Some herbal hops as well with a touch of grapefruit and earthy notes but limited. Could not pick out any malt characteristics at all.

The taste is limited but more of a more balance between malt and hop. Some generic malt flavors with a feint caramel and lighter honey presence. The hops keep the theme with cascade citrus and a light grapefruit presence but overall very light. Some off flavors as well, a metallic blood-like flavor.

The body is lighter to mid. Not much carbonation which could have helped. Overall needs work. Time to run.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark orange with good carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is light and earthy hops with a good balance of malt nicely toasted.

The taste follows a very good balanced yet hopy brew with a good toasted malty that has a nutty flare.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a nice medium body.

The drinkability is good, a solid easy drinking brew with a none traditional flavor twist.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color. There is no head on the pour, only a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is light hops with mostly malts. Taste is mostly cascade hops. There is a certain bitter, almost soapy taste to it. An alright beer.

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Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very light amber with little head and lacing. Very light scent, a low hoppiness, but little else. A nice clean and crisp flavor, although there was little to detect beyond the bitterness. Has a decent aftertaste. Went down fairly smooth. I like this one better than their IPA.

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Photo of happygnome
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: a golden/copper colered beer with about an inch and a half of head about half of which dissapears fast leaving the other half for a while, there is a trace of lacing present around the side of the glass.
s: a sweet citrusy aroma followed by an aroma very reminiscent of a walk through a pine tree forest.
t: citrus flavor is the strongest flavor present, but the piny hop bitterness is close behind. overall thisis kind of a bland beer compared to the other pale ales ive had
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this was a bland pale ale, the body was nice, would pair well with something not too spicy, but i dont think that i will buy this again

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Photo of morimech
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy copper hue. A small head that disapates quickly and leaves slight lacing in the glass. Mild carbonation.

S- Malty with a little citrus hints.

T- Soft malt flavors and the hop bitterness is slight. A taste of pine on finish.

M- Medium body with carbonation that I enjoy. Leaves a bit of a lingering aftertaste that is not really appealing.

An average beer in almost every way. Worth a try but not something I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Burnt orange autumn leaf hued brew that is clear, brilliant, and almost oktoberfest-like in color. Although this is a beautiful shade of red-orange-bronze, there is only a small flimsy cap after pouring, and even then the cap recedes to a wispy haze within seconds. Big points for color, and this has quite a bit of pixelated lace, and although swirling brings up a ncie khaki cap, it doesn't stay for very long.

S - Burning leaf pile, citrus (mandarin orange) hops, musty cheese, and big bready malt. This one leans toward the malty side, and shows some roasty burnt character that I really like.

T - Big time mandarin orange sweetness with some nice solid biscuity malt supporting the citrus freshness.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a slightly bitter finish. This one feels just like it should...balanced.

D - Outstanding! This has some refreshing citrus freshness that makes it eminently drinkable, but it has enough complexity to make it interesting enough to drink all night. This is a great late-summer, early fall brew ...citrusy, fresh, and thirst-quenching, but also leafy, smokey, and autumnal. Well done!

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Photo of hammer09
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, copper with good carbonation and moderate head development. Smell is primarily malty with a mild, spicy hop aroma. However, lurking behind the aroma is an earthy, yeasty smell that detracts from the beer. Flavor is...let's say interseting. There is a nice, bitter malt flavor, but hop presence is very muted. This is surprising because this beer is marketed as an APA, but lacks the aggressive hop character typically associated with this style. Tastes more like an English bitter, but with an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth but somewhat flat. Drinkability is less than average. The yeast aromas became more prevalent as I consumed the beer, which limited its drinkability.

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Photo of BWH3
1.79/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind Tiger by Barley Island 12oz at 45 F from Pint

Appearance: Pale amber with a white foamy head that fades a bit quicker than most. Good clarity and carbonation.

Smell: An unpleasant bitter scent. The aroma hops detract rather than contribute to the appeal of this beer. The aroma is of wet hay. No grassy notes, no floral notes, and no citrus notes from the hops. Also the malt aromas do not contribute enough to compensate.

Taste: A rather bland palate without much hop bitterness. The initial malt flavor is neither sweet nor rich nor bready. The bitterness is present but not prominant and not very crisp. The bitterness tastes earthy and mineral-like.

Mouthfeel: Fair. Has a bit of body. But by this point, I'm not much into the beer.

Drinkability: okay. Try one and move on. Barley Island has better beers to choose if your interested in this central Indiana brewer.

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Photo of Cresant
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic glass. No date. Bottle says "tavern style", I'm not sure what that means. Active pour created a huge, meringue-like head. It took several more pours to get the beer in the more than adequeate sized glass. Particulates float in the pale, honey colored body and eventually settles to the bottom.

Smell was strangely soapy. Faint malts aroma. Green.

Taste was of mild citrus. An astringent flavor overwhelms the more subtle flavors. Lingering bitterness created by Liberty and cascade hops (per website). No malt presence. Not much APA flavor, just astringent. I enjoyed the Barley Island Barfly IPA but I would not recommend this offering.

Mouthfeel was initially zesty but finished thin.

Actually if I were being snide I would say you could probably duplicate this beer by using a recipe of tonic water and grapefruit pith...shake well, serve.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peachy amber color with a thin off-white head that recedes to a spotty film and ring on top of the beer.
Aroma is a nice mixture of floral and citrus. Smells of a grapefruit and spring garden. From the aroma this seems to be a heavily hopped pale ale.
Taste is a caramel background with some sharp citrus bitterness.
This beer has more bite in the mouthfeel than a pale ale should.
Overall a pretty decent pale ale that is a bit more bold and abrasive than others of the style.
Thanks to patyoda and BA Fantasy Football for the oppertunity to try this beer.

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Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured form a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts a patron walking into a speakeasy, denoted by the stuffed tiger displayed in the window. This isn't the first time I have heard this story, there is bar in Charleston, SC called the Blind Tiger because of the same practice. No indication of bottling date.

Appearance: Holy cow, lots of foam! This thing started spurting as soon as I popped the cap. It has been resting gently in my beer fridge for several months. Once I started pouring, it was 5 inches of head and half an inch of beer. The head has slowly settled into a massive but very cohesive tower of off white foam. The head has an almost oily sheen to it. The beer itself is orange-brown with a chill haze. Lots of bubbles still coming up from the bottom. Some sediment slowly appears.

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy. Smells strongly of lemons, oranges, and pine. Slight undertones of a more floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of spicy and fruity hop flavors, tastes dry-hopped. A medium level of bitterenss follows.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but not too great. The citrusy hops end up tasting almost artificial, like someone added Tang to my beer. The explosion of foam would be a pain if it happens in bottles other than this.

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Blind Tiger Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.