Highway To Ale Barleywine - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
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

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-19-2007

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Reviews by BeerManDan:
Photo of BeerManDan
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color when poured was a hazy amber with an orange hue. Also, a little brown foam that disapated in awhile with some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hops and spice filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. But, the taste is just to bitter to enjoy. The bitterness just covers up any other flavors that this barley wine ale just might give. The main flavor is the pine flavor of the bitter hops. This is one of the worst Barleywine Ale's that I've ever drank!

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My God, this is an earthy bomb. Pours murky orange-brown with a short-lived tan head. Caramel, leather, dirt, wood, pine tar, and wet leaves in the aroma. Chewy mouthfeel. Dense caramel and alcohol up front. Wood, earthy hops, raisins, and pine follow. The taste is huge, bittersweet, and at times overwhelming. If there was a such thing as an Imperial Scotch Ale, this may qualify. Still, something about it made me like it.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Faint biscuitty malt & citrus hops, both grow stronger as this warms.

T: Caramel & biscuitty maly, plus citrussy hops (lemons, oranges), up front. Dryness, toffee, grapefruit & toasty malt are all on display as this warms. Finishes with caramel & grapefruitty hops, jammy fruits & bit of figs & boozeyness

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, great balance for the style

Drinks too easy for the style & ABV. A solid understated American BW that works for me, not everything has to be OTT

Photo of doktordebris
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beer Valley is a little overhyped to me, even though they have the right idea with the crazy specialty brews. But, as one of the reviewers put below, I often find them to be one dimensional, or just lacking something, especially for how much they cost! I paid 7.69+tax for this 22 ouncer, and this was the worst one yet.
The bottle looks great, and it poured real nicely into my Fuller's glass, with a healthy dark orange color and a nice beige head.
But, the aroma was disgusting! Made me think of a new tennis ball, like burnt rubber with a fresh coat of paint on it. The taste seemed like the brewer just went way off the deep end with the hops, or something. Initially, there's some nice dried fruitlike malty action, but then the bitterness came charging in, over the top in a kind of chemical, metallic way. To finish, a rush of alcohol (10.5), that just didn't really taste natural to me.
The mouthfeel was fine, compared to everything else. That's the thing, it had the right feel and look, but tasted and smelled like some kind of mutation gone wrong.
I poured most of this out and switched to Lagunitas Gnarlywine. Sorry guys!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz picked up a the Coop for about $8.. shared with Brenda, mine from a New Belgium tulip.

Big head that left delicate lacing the entire glass... hazy (it is bottle conditioned and I got the lions share of yeast).. lite amber.

Piney hop aroma.. some toasted malts and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Big bitterness and slightly less than balanced malts... but this brew makes no apologies... some toastiness and a little more caramel but both are stripped away by the piney hops. Body is a little lighter than expected given the ABV.

First time I bought this beer, and I will definately get some more. Pretty good.. could use a little more body and a touch more malt flavor... drinks remarkably well for this strong of a Barleywine.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice twenty two ounce bomber acquired from Unclejedi. Served at cellar temp and consumed via a goblet. Consumed on 09/01/2008.

The pour ws very nice, a rich amber color with a decent amount of haze and a somewhat carbonated appearance. Rich tones of orange were rippling throughout and a decent sized head of about an inch came across the top, fell down quickly and left behind only some token lace in its wake.

The aroma was charged with hops when it was cold, but as it warmed it started to take on more of a malty presence. Notes of biscuit and bready malts now coming through along with a nicely pine toted body. The flavor was more of the same. Initially one side with the pine taking center stage, but as it warmed it was much more balanced coming through with bready malts and a light fruit note as well. Decent feel here, medium bodied with good carbonation, though it could have used a bit more of a kick in the end, but that's fine. Decent sipper, actually for over 10% it presented very well and this was barely noticeable.

Overall not bad. Definitely not my favorite barleywine, but this was still as solid effort and definitively worth a look. I wouldn't run down and buy a case, but it would be a solid selection if I were looking for something.

Photo of rallison
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Liquid Solutions if I remember right.

A: Amber color with a 1 finger white head that mostly dies.

S: Caramel sweetness with no significant hop presence.

T: Caramel again, with a very light hoppiness. Flavors are quite mellow.

M: Surprisingly light body for the ABV with medium to low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Definitely tastes like less than the ABV.

Overall, recommended. Relatively simple, but pretty tasty and very drinkable. Really tastes like 7% vs 10.5%.

Photo of scottoale
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with no freshness/bottling date or code to be found. This one pours a coppery-red with haze and a small 1/4" off-white head that dies muy rapido. Carbonation lacks for sure, sticky lace clings in bits.

The smell is next to nil, till it warms. Sweet, rich malt is strong, alcohol creeps in eventually.

The taste is initially sweet and very malty. Thick caramel and tobacco lead in to a quick hop bitter ending. That's about it. Although it's a nice flavor, there is no complexity or outstanding characteristics too this brew. The balance is fine and that's a plus. The high 10.5% ABV doesn't even contribute to this just lacking, Barleywine. Healthy body, plus low carbonation, equals a sub-par Barleywine in this case. It's drinkable for sure...exciting...not so.

Photo of grub
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 6/09.

pours hazy deep orange with a thick cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a solid sheet of lace surrounding the glass.

aroma is nice. light caramel and toffee. white bread and biscuit. grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. bit earthy.

taste is ok. toasted white bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. light alcohol. medium-high bitterness level. earthy and a bit nutty. citrus peel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. decent balance, just not that exciting in the taste department.

Photo of jdklks
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared at a brew club meeting

A - Light brown to golden colored pour with 1 fingered head, which dissipates quick.

S - Very scotch-like maltiness, with some molasses and brown sugar. Lt alcohol presence too.

T - Lots of alcohol up front, bittering hops, and a taste of caramel.

M - Very rough. Alcohol present and bitter.

D - Needs a bit of work.

Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very murky dark raw cider/ melted caramel. No head to speak of. Small ring. Not much lacing.

S - Ripe fruits, figs, spice, caramel, a slightly medicinal taste.

T - Small core of sweetness followed by massive bitter. Overbalanced.

M - Medium to light bodied, though it seems to promise more. Kind of hollow in the center. Too bitter in end, and kind of watery for the style.

D - For the style, pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange/red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, which leaves some oil slicks/islands. The nose is malty, sweet, some hops/spices. The taste is malty, with some nice hop notes, getting some spices thrown in. Medium body, alcohol is hidden very well, not as thick as other BWSA I've had before, but still pretty tasty, would drink again. Drinkable, glad to have tried this brew out, thanks Toby.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brown with orange streaks. I poured with extreme vigor and was rewarded with but a thin, soapy collar. Lacing is okay.

Herbal, citric hops lead the way in the nose, but the brown sugar-caramel malt is not far behind.

The flavor is very sweet, full-bodied, and sticky as hell. The hops make a valiant attempt to add complexity and balance, but unfortunately they just seem to stoke the fires of the raging alcohol burn.

Rather than herbal or earthy, the hops come off as overly resinous pine. Without the really sharp, distasteful alcoholic notes, Highway to Ale would probably be a good road to travel. But given the harshness, I will find another route.

Photo of Bfarr
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Highway To Ale Barleywine from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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