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Sanity IPA - Barrier Brewing Company

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Sanity IPA
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87
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Ruthless Rye.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 08-13-2010)
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Reviews by GreenCard:
Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper, bright clarity, thin layer of tight-beaded foam, good head retention

Aroma: spicy rye with hints of toffee and woodsy hops

Flavor: upfront malt sweetness with a good dose of rye, but a bracing hop bitterness kicks in pretty quickly to leave a fairly dry finish; notes of toffee and hops in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, crisp

Other comments: To me, you can never put too much rye in a beer. They didn't. Having said that, this is a damn fine RIPA.

GreenCard, Feb 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +26.6%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Double06
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Double06, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber with a nice creamy head.

The smell was light and bready.

The flavor is very bready and malty with a light bit of rye spices. There is a nice level of bitterness but is lacking in the dry hopping side, especially for something with IPA on the label.

The mouthfeel is nice crisp with a bit of dryness.

A very interesting beer, heavy on the Rye, a bit light on the hops, but a big improvement over some of the past Sierra Seasonals.

bashiba, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the General Sutter. My intro to Barrier.

A: The IPA is a golden-hued copper color, hazed over. A small head insulates the ale.

S: The nose is a blend of hops and rye and grains. Hops aren't too strong, nor does the rye lay waste to scene. Balance is the key.

T: Rye and citrus hops set the stage. The hops, strong as they start off, have a citrusy and soapy flavor. They aren't overpowering, just present with a sweet bitterness. The rye and barley are bready with a dash of spiciness. Balance is the key, the lynchpin that holds the ale together.

M: Plenty of hops with a strong maltintess, rye and grapefruit pairing together. My first Barrier beer and I'm a fan.

D: Plenty drinkable, what's there not to like when grapefruity hops and rye come together?

akorsak, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of DrewZ926
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler filled on 1/8/11

guys at the brewery were awesome! sampled about 6 different brews, gave us the low down on the brewery, and had the latest issue of BA on their desk. cheers.

a- pours a deep amber body with about 2 fingers of clean white head that fade quickly. very nice lacing throughout.

s- smells like a big fresh ipa should. very reminiscent of flower power ipa but a little less citrus and a little bit more pine/grass. nice caramel backdrop. definitely what a hophead would be looking for.

t- starts and finishes with ample hop bitterness (70ibu), pine and lemon zest, middle is smoothed out with some sweet malt flavor. pretty complex taste for <7% ABV. finishes pretty dry too which is always a plus

m- carbonation was just about where it should be, a little bit thin on the finish but wasn't really expecting much more from a 6.4% IPA, would go so far to say i was very pleasantly surprised

d- very sessionable, paired great with a jets playoff victory, will need another fill asap.

can't say enough good things about this local gem, Barrier's got to be on the radar for anyone in the NYC/LI area!

DrewZ926, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Travisnin, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of javincik
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

javincik, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky bright copper hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a juicy orange and super peppery hop.

The taste was clearly hop driven with layers of spicy white peppery hop, bitter grapefruit and secondary rye spice.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall an enjoyable spicy hop bomb. Needs a bit of tweaking - perhaps deepening the malt bill as it is a bit fomented-like in body.

plaid75, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and balanced. Pours a bright copper color with great clarity and carbonation. Two finger white head fades fast and leaves thin sea foma walls.

The aroma has some evergreen elements with floral and slight citrus notes. Some spicy ryte features on a caramel whiff and deep toffee notes.

Flavor is impressive in its balance of spicy rye, caramel malt balanced flavors, some notes of vanilla and spice, and some good doses of toffee in the backgroud. Herbal touches.

Very elegant but simple. Crisp edge on a rather light body. Malty toasted edges with some sweet notes. Overall, very well balanced and drinkable.

JayS2629, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dtd F, 29 Oct 2010.

A thin, soapy, off-white head that disappeared like a magic trick. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, not unlike fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was VERY hoppy, speaking of grapefruit. The notes/cheat sheet read “[d]ry hopped with Cluster & Chinook.” Yes! The mouthfeel was as creamy as it could possibly be and the taste was as hoppy as I had experienced in a while. This last is testament to my bizarre CANQuest ™ with its preponderance of AALs. Finish was initially hoppy but the extreme finish evidenced the powerful black pepper flavor inherent with rye. Literally breathtaking! Trick or Treat time. Bring on the little devils.

woodychandler, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MaineMike, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.3%

bumchilly25, Jul 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

spamages, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from Barrier, Evan, you rock! We stopped by Barrier on a Saturday and how often do you have the opportunity to sit down and chat with the brewer himself? Way cool.

A - Pours a hazy light amber/orange color with an ultra thin, white lacing head and light carbonation.

S - Has a grassy, earthy pungency with a subdued citrus aroma, light crackery malt, and some light rye in the nose.

T - Hops are very forward in this beer...I really like that. Starts with an interesting rye taste up front and some sweet citrus tang followed with sweet crackery malt. Very early on in the sip there's a big tidal wave of bitter grapefruit that rides all the way to the finish line. The malt does a nice job of holding the fort down throughout and emerges along the sides of the tongue while the bitter waves roll over the top and down the middle. There's a metallic orange coating left in the mouth with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

D - Runs high!

I really wish we lived closer to Long Island, Barrier would be a regular weekend run for me.

jzeilinger, Nov 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

abkayak, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mhaugo, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Takeanotherswing, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

VonZipper, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

iskeptopotamus, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the stout first but man I was glad I got a growler of this one. Poured nice and light amber orang with a little haze. Citrus nose. Spicy. Earthy. Real complex nose. Taste was outstanding. Genuine love from hops here. Nice and bitter without being annoying. Good texture. Mouthfeel bright and zesty. Great quencher. Loved all 64 ounces of this one. Super happy with this selection.

RUTHLESS AND DELICIOUS

Mypintishalffull, Jul 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ColdPoncho, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

cfinch2, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

dkenn, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Sanity IPA from Barrier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.