Bulkhead Red - Barrier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Barrier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymcgee on 10-31-2010

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent amber. Somewhat woody and earthy sweetness. Kind of leafy tone going on. It carries a good profile in the sense that it is solid and consistent, but not trying to be overly boisterous about things. Smooth feel. Fairly easy to drink. Could use the edges smoothed out a good bit really.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant resinous piney hop with a grainy caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a powerful pine and grapefruit with a moderate malt and residual hop.

The mouthfeel was typical if the style.

Overall a very tasty hopped up amber.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been seeing these beers pop up around brooklyn and manhattan lately i never see them in new jersey though i wonder if they will ever get out to the garden state

anyways this is the first one that i tried from barrier and they are definitely off to a great start in my book this beer poured beautiful deep amber color a true red actually with great head on the thop and lots of lacing and foam

taste was delicious definitely had a lot of sweetness and caremal in it but wait there is also a lot of hops in there too really big punchy hops that are strong and up in the front and also on the way down

lots of full-bodied creaminess for sure really a complex nice beer a perfect pint i ended up having three of them in a row

would try this again for sure

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY.

A: Dark amber/brown with a spiny/swirly type head. At first I thought I saw a ton of hop sediment up and down the sides of the glass but it was just bubbles.

S: Fruity - grapefruit and apricot. You can also tell this beer has a nice hoppy backbone to it.

T: Spot on. Really hoppy, really bitter - a man's IPA. This one is loaded with flavors - fresh hops up front, straight bitterness in the middle, and a fruity finish.

M: Finely carbonated and a little thicker than your standard amber.

D: Really surprised this is only 6.5%.

Overall, I'm starting to like these new guys - Bravo Barrier!

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of a couple of Barrier beers that I sampled on a recent trip to Rattle and Hum in New York City. I like red ales when they're strong and hoppy. Not so much when they are really just amber ales. This was somewhat in between the two.

Color was a red/amber with a good amount of carbonation and two-plus fingers of head.

Aroma had a good amount of hops which was well balanced with the malt presence.

Flavor was also surprisingly hoppy but well balanced.

Overall a very good beer that I will definitely have again if i come across it.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into DFH pint glass. Glad to see bulkhead back into the mix. I believe they changed the recipe since last time I've had it.

Nice dark amber color. Red when held to the light.

Biscuity toasty malt quickly followed by hoppy resin, pine and citrus aromas.

Taste is very similar to the smell but is a bit more hoppy.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, decent bitterness.

Another solid offering from my favorite brewery in Long Island.

Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - You're typical reddish amber body with a two finger off white head...the head retained nicely and left some lacing behind

S - This smells like an IPA...fresh, citrus hops fill your nose...there's a sweetness, but it's not a malt sweetness...the nose is all hops

T - Again with the hops...the hops are sweet up front and provide that citrus flavor...there is an underlying caramel malt backbone that you can detect more than you could in the nose...the finish is bittersweet

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a bittersweet finish

D - I found myself really liking this beer...I had to order a second...a nice, hopped up amber ale from an up and coming brewery

Photo of PVMT
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Barrier Brewing Company 3/14/15.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/05/12 notes. Had on tap at The Pony Bar in NY on the UES. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has long retention and lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toasted malts, fruity malts, and bready malts. Nice nose; very malty though. The menu mentioned it being a very hoppy red ale but I'm not getting much hops in the nose at all.

t - Tastes of lots of pine hops, fruity malts, resin, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. Taste has a ton of the hops that were promised in the description, and is much better than the nose. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness and easy to drink.

o - Overall this is a pretty good red ale. The nose is good but malty, and the taste is great and more like an IPA. Easy to drink, would certainly try it again.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY on November 19, 2010. Served in an Irish pint glass.

Look: poured a reddish amber, typical of the style. The head is two fingers thick of foamy white head. The head retains well and eventually just becomes a thin layer of foam sitting atop the glass and leaves behind decent lacing as it goes down.

Smell: hoppy smells with some citrus hops, mostly grapefruit. There's also the aroma of caramel malt lingering in the background.

Taste: fairly hoppy up front with some citrusy hopes and with a good amount of caramel malt background. A little fruitiness is in there also. Follows the nose nicely. The malt makes it taste a bit like a hoppier Irish red.

Feel: medium bodied but thicker than most American Red Ales I've had. Nicely carbonated, smooth and a little bitter.

Drink: fairly high. I could've had a few of these and probably would've had time allowed.

Overall, a decent beer from an up and coming brewery on Long Island. I'll definitely make a concerted effort to get their other stuff now. Worth a try if you're on Long Island. Cheers.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appealing red color with healthy looking head. Apparently these guys brew very small batches and advocate freshness (available on draft only). That is quite apparent in my sample. The smell is very intense. Bright American citrusy hop aroma. Beer has a decent sweetness to it, balanced with a citrus punch at the end. Bitterness fits right in, really well constructed beer. Apparently Warrior, Centennial, Amarillo, and Glacier hops. The hop regiment is really working for my palate. Strong but balanced. I am a always a sucker for the hoppy red ales, especially in the %6-8 ABV range. This one was worth my while. On a side note, I met a couple of the brewers and they are nice and knowledgeable folks. That really helps my in my book. All the beers I tried from this brewery were great.

Photo of washburnkid
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at Press 195 in RVC.

A healthy froth of head over a hazy light brown and red ale. The nose is almost exclusively malty/bready. Hops come out strong in the flavors, though. Big bitter pine and herbals to boot. Juicy and resiny, and a medium mouthfeel with crisp and refreshing feel. This red retains its bold bitter hop characteristics to the very end ... delicious!

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Bulkhead Red from Barrier Brewing Company
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