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Highway To Ale Barleywine - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-19-2007

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Two fingers of head on a hazy, orange/straw colored body.
The smell is lemon and barley.
The taste has a strong alcohol flavor, moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness with a malt backbone but not really showing up strong.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A nice barleywine.

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Photo of NWer
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up over a year ago on one of my many road trips to Oregon. Forgot about it in back of beer fridge until now.
Poured bronze colored almost flat into my HotD tulip Small ring of foam around edge.
Smells boozy. Aroma fills the glass.
Slightly sweet up front. Malt forward. Boozy. Sips like brandy.
Very enjoyable. I liked it a lot. Will keep this one in mind.

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Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottled unk

Pours copper with off white etched foam. Smells of toffee, nougat, alcohol, sweet grains, some resinous hops and pine in here too. Some vitamin smells in the nose as well. Sweet and alcoholic flavor. The alcohols are harsh and there is a profound sweetness, but as I roll over the entire mouth, there comes out an aspirin bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin with low carb and a dry finish. I remember being at a tasting for Beer Valley a year or so ago and they mentioned aging this beer a full year before release (as a standard) - this did not help so far as I can tell.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this beat to hell bottle and immediately thought: damn, this thing can't be fresh. Which...works! Since it's a barleywine and all. My intuition paid off.

Smooth profile on this one. At first it's a bit of that chalky malty thing. But overall it's pretty smooth and nice. But I think that most of this beer's strong points are ones that were brought about with a fair amount of age. Which only came as it was a neglected beer in a cooler. What works though.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copperish, with a red hue when held up to the light.. No bubbles at all. No head.

S: Malty and raisins. Caramel. Raw dough.

T: Caramel at first, then bittery, then morphs into the malts, then the raisins, finishes with vanilla. Butterscotch. Marshmallow.

M: Great; period. Thick and chewy. Full. Great coat left on the tongue.

O: Not sure this has been rated so low. This is a damn fine barleywine!!!

Thanks Beership.com

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Photo of beertunes
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light (for the style) amber/gold with just a thin cap of off-white head that low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, the expected rich malts with some hops (this from BV after all) tingling in the background. On the tongue, this was a fairly typical example of the style. Full malts, noticeable alcohol and the hops that these guys are for noted for.

The body was full, rich and smooth. Drinkability was good for the style. Overall, another fine brew from from the guys out in boonies of Ontario, OR. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfumey yet harsh strong ale.

A nice amber and a nice head with long-lasting lacing in the Duvel tulip glass. Scent is rather sensational with the big hop resin. Initial taste is very full, rather sweet and tangy. Malt is big and robust, but hops take over too soon for my taste. Woody and somewhat astringent from some high hops. Bitter aftertaste more fitting to a Double IPA. The golden ale style seems less forgiving than the barley wines with more roasted flavors.

I don't find this very sippable. Seems quite winey but forces a lot of bitterness on what should be a mellower hop finish, I think. Or compare to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, where the hops are bold yet somehow more well balanced.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy red amber and a tan foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing. Boozy, barley aroma with some floral. Bold, bittersweet flavor. A little acidic with lingering effects and a bit of an alcohol burn. Smooth, slightly tacky/sticky.

A little bit of a challenging barleywine. A lot of alpha hop acids take over for the most part. It does mellow a bit with a warmer temperature. Overall, not a bad barleywine especially if you like a lot of hops in this style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very murky amber brown in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The arom was big on the caramel but was able to detect sweetness from the malts mild toffee and faint hop notes. The taste was also dominated by the caramel but was really malty with hop character that was more apparent on the palate. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, and slight bitter finish. It drank good but was just an average Bwine.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange amber color with a one-finger, pillowy white head of foam. Not much the the way of lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet malt. There wasn't much else.

T - A fairly sweet malty flavor with notes of caramel and toffee. There is a very mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a good but not great barleywine. It is very mild and lacks much bitterness.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wiseman Justin:

Appearance: Very cloudy/amber colored. Tight head/mild lacing. I'm not sure if I'm digging the appearance of the beer. 3.5

Smell: Sweet smell, strong honey, slightly sour. Hint of citrusy hops/grapefruit. The smell is nothing that will wow you for the style. It's above average but that's about it.

Taste: Hoppy as shit for a barleywine. This tries to go in two directions at once. It starts off as a normal barleywine then it tries to go all IPA on you. Strange the ending is almost like a sour. When I say almost I mean nothing like a "sour" but it reminds you of a sour.

Mouthfeel: Slick pretty normal for a barley wine. Not much to report.

Drinkability: Just because I gave everything else a 3.5 I gave this a 3.5 This is a pretty underwhelming albeit above average barleywine. No flash.. Try it but know it's nothing superb.

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Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange-brownish with no head, and no lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, and some spice.

taste is weak, malt, slightly metallic, caramel, some spice, and hops, ends dry and hoppy.

overall an okay brew but not as good as other barleywines.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with a lot of carbonation, but a disappointing head - all those bubbles just seem to fizz off into space. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a distinct metallic tang. The flavor is carmelly with some floral hops, but big and boozy and overly sweet. There is a little tingle of bitterness at the end, but it is surprisingly muted. The mouthfeel is viscous.

This is a profoundly conventional barleywine.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade...

A: Murky ruby color with hints on brown mixed in.

S: Smells of hops, matls, and oakiness upfront. Nothing special to the style.

T: Eh, not much special going on in this brew. Water upfront with citrus bitterness in the middle and hops on the backend.

M: Carbonation is a little heavy on this brew. Leaves a nice stickiness on the palate.

D: Not bad. Goes down fairly easy.

All in all, this is a great brew to try if you like your barleywines hoppy. If you are more of a malt person, then I would not hunt down this brew.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle, served chilled. No "best by" date.

Smell: Raisin's are prominent with brown sugar and grapefruity hops.

Taste: Over the top raisins and prunes along with some brown sugar, though not too sweet, followed by a wave of grapefruit/citrus peel bitterness and an interesting roasty note. Hops are well balanced. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Alcohol is prominent.

Notes: Definitely a super-hopped barleywine...much more raisiny.... Though so overpoweringly so that it loses some drinkability. Moreover, its decent, but nothing about it is very compelling.

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Photo of jdklks
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking barleywine. a deep, dark orangeish-brown body with a thin white/tan head leaving a ring around the surface. very good smell. citrus fruit (orange and grapefruit) hoppiness mixed with sweet brown sugary malts and the perfect touch of alcohol.

im blown away by the difference from smell to taste. the taste is much more roasty and bitter than the sweetness of the smell suggested. it starts off very sweet, but gives way to a big-time hop presence and tons of roasted malts. very dry and lots of caramel and alcohol in the finish/aftertaste. the hops linger for longer than expected too, and leave you with a sense of grapefruit bitterness. a very average barleywine. subtle and mild, which for the style equates to slightly dull.

the mouthfeel is a little too light and slightly over-carbonated. also, as previously mentioned, the beer is very dry on the palate.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was easily managed and the retention was solid. Orange body is cloudy although its clean and free of yeast particles.

Its a mild barleywine. Alcohol is suprisingly listed at 10.5% because its not detectably strong. The signature of this brew is a citrus hop snap at the beginning of each pull. A very slight metallic smell and middle taste puts me off but its very minor.

I liked it much better than their double stout. Decent beer overall. Price per value isn't all that good.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with gold edges and off white head. The aroma is very nice with sweet malts that move to caramel and then some restrained resiny pine hops. The taste is smooth with malt sweetness bleeding into caramel notes and increasing pine hops. This is good stuff. I get lots of sweetness that plows more and more into modest pine hop bitterness. It ends with mild pine hanging on into the after taste. This is certainly not one of those BW that seems more like an IIPA. The hops are there but not there, there(?).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 2 of these at W. Hollywood BevMo. My first Beer Valley brew.
Poured a rich amber/deep orange in the light with a dirty white head. Nose was a whiff of alcohol, some sugar, hops and fruits. Taste was warming, slightly bitter from beginning to end with some sugar and decent malts. Nothing really stuck about this bwine.Mouthfeel was average, good, warm the ABV welll hidden and kept it drinkable. Average bwine at best.
1 Aug 2009: Tried it after a year and it was very good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing persimmon that is almost amber enough to be called butterscotch. A fine yeasty haze adds considerable character. The firmly creamy lid is about two fingers of almond colored foam that is doing a bang-up job in the lace department. The glass eventually becomes sand-blasted with it. Beautiful!

There isn't much going on with the aroma. A malty earthiness, a bit of orange peel and a whiff of metal is about it. Let's hope that warming opens things up because I'm supremely unimpressed at the moment. Note: it doesn't

Thankfully, Highway To Ale tastes better than it smells. It still isn't anywhere near as good as the other Beer Valley B.C. brews that I've had (all of the regular releases). It must be a poorly chosen recipe because these guys have talent. Pigskin Pale Ale is fantastic. Leafer Madness, Owyhee Amber Ale and Black Flag Imperial Stout are pretty damn good as well.

This offering is a bit weak in the knees, which is surprising given the 10.5% ABV. It tastes and feels more like an 8.0%'er. More barley would probably fix it right up. Malt flavor is of the earthy-woody-steely caramel-nutty variety. Munich malt is almost certainly present. A sweeter, melted caramel vibe would have been better.

After an estimated one year in the bottle, there's still a pretty decent hop kick, especially on the increasingly tight finish. Bitter orange and white grapefruit pith suggest the use of at least one of the C-hops. This really isn't bad beer in the end, it just needs more guts.

The mouthfeel is in line with the rest of the attributes. In other words, it's on the lighter end of the style scale without being in danger of falling off the edge. The carbonation is fine because it stays the hell out of the way.

Highway To Ale Barley Wine Style Ale is not like taking a trip on the Highway To Hell. That said, this isn't a road that I want to travel again. I'll stick with the rest of the Beer Valley lineup unless they give this one a few serious tweaks. Bottom line: no need to buckle up.

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Photo of Vancer
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lite and clear amber / copper in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. A frothy tan head pops up to greet me, tries to lay a sheet lace - but as I find out below the lack of a good malt base kills any lace attempt.

The classic Barleywine aroma of caramel, malts, and orange liquor is there, albeit on the light side. Quaff is the same, very light bodied and weak Barleywine aspects. One of the lamest BWs I've ever tried. I've even let this one sit for awhile, that's moderated any alcohol burn the big % may have presented.

Overall a weak and forgettable Barleywine, no matter the price. Mark it down as one and done for me.

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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's Market for right under ten dollars a few months ago, 1 of the 2 Beer Valley brews my dad and I drank last night, poured into my New Belgium snifter, color is a bright clear amber orange, one inch off white head that is pretty foamy, there is some retention and descent lacing, smell consists of of toffee, caramel, berries, roasted almonds, piney hops, herbal notes, grassy accents, and toasted bread, taste starts off with a veriety of roasted nuts, toffee and caramel in the finish, piney and citrusy hops make up the finish that rounds out with a medium bitter aftertaste, seems more like a double IPA at first, more malt comes out once it warms though, dry, bitter, piney, citrusy, and toasty mouhfeel, quite complex and changes over time, medium to full bodied, on the lighter side for carbonation, has a long lasting taste, could not drink more than the ten or so ounces I poured for myself, can get really heavy as time goes on, alcohol is fairly hidden but it is just a filling beer that packs a punch, not a bad barleywine overall, interesting that it is aged in the bottle a while before it is even released, probably would not spend the money on this again but glad I tried it, worth trying once

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Photo of DIM
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a hazy coppery color with golden, peachy highlights. It poured with a big, sticky, off-white head that lasted quite a while.

s: Lots of brown sugar, a little toffee, some piny hops, and a touch of solventy heat.

t: Sweet and mildly abrasive brown sugar malts with a little raisin, toffee, and vanilla. Bitter, leafy hops what tasted a little piny and too much heat join the sweetness to form a "rough" and astringent finish. This was pretty good until the end.

m: Gentle, long lasting foamy carbonation and big, fairly viscous body. The lingering astringency lowered the score.

d: This was one of several extras from an LIF courtesy of gueuzedude. Thanks! Not bad, but the finish made this one hard to get through.

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Photo of woemad
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big-ass 22oz bomber purchased just after Christmas at Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington for $7.89. First time I'd seen any beers from this brewery. I passed through Ontario once, about 15 years ago on my way to Boise, and was a little surprised to see someone's brewing there, but if someone can brew in Enterprise, anything's possible, I suppose.

Poured a copper/amber color, with a big, off-white head that took some time to drop. Thick rings of lace were left on the sides of a UK-style pintglass. A great looking beer.

Spicy hops and biscuity malts were detected by my nose, but not in the amount one would expect from a barleywine. Disappointingly bland in the nose, I must say.

Like in the nose, the elements of a barleywine are featured in the taste. Unfortunately, also like in the nose, the amplitude is too low for the style. There's a peppery, spicy hop bite that is supported by a more mild, modestly sweet maltiness, but it's dialed back way too far. Moderate though unassertive dry bitterness at the swallow. You'd think this had been aging for years and years, beyond the point of prudence (theoretically this could be the case, since there's no bottled-on or best-by date on the label, but I doubt it). There's very little sign of the high alcohol content.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat low carbonation, though not to the degree that it seems flat.

Thoroughly mediocre beer. Not bad tasting, but with none of the brashness or pizazz(sp?) of the style. This seems like an English barleywine that is past it's prime. I don't think I'll need to try this again, especially at it's price.

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Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received from HopHead84.

Pours a cloudy and murky light orange/tangerine colour, pretty interesting colour, off white head forms, drops to a thick ring and layer, looks really nice, drops a huge sheet of lacing on the glass, real nice. Smell is alright, caramel, nutty, floral, grapefruit bitterness, light fruits, pineapple, toast/biscuit, alcohol, a bit of plastic, overall not exciting but decent. Taste is similar, caramel and brown sugar, toast, some plastic, floral, light fruit, grapefruit, and medicinal bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, ABV is pretty well hidden, but isn't very exciting. Not a bad beer though, thanks Shane!

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Highway To Ale Barleywine from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.