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Barrington India Pale Ale - Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
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Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by porter17:
Photo of porter17
4.74/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Barrington's IPA is, in my humble opinion, one of the most "classic" examples of what an IPA is supposed to be. The beer pours a caramel color and smells just like raw hops smell like. With that aroma, if the beer tastes like it smells, it's a home run. Well, this one is hit out of the park. The taste is fabulous, not overly hoppy but a very infused taste of hops and a great hop finish. I believe that this IPA only runs around 6% or so ABV, which makes it a great session beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub on July 26, 2013.

The pour is a decent looking brown amber color with a fizzy white head.

I was torn about hot to take in the aroma. As and English IPA it should have been more subtle and it was with a low hop earthiness and caramel malt sweetness well mixed. Nothing that explodes in your face like many American IPA's.

The body falls squarely into the medium range.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a solid malt sweetness up front followed b low to medium hops. Overall, hops are played down like a traditional English IPA.

Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler one day after filling. Amber/brown, slightly cloud, with a nice frothy head as if it were poured straight from tap. Aroma has notes of toffee, maple, and pecan, very sweet-smelling with not much hop nose. The taste is hoppier, still with that nice toffee backbone that supports an up-front hop attack, I guess some English varietals, because its that nice musty, herbal, Earl Grey tea-like bitterness, not the citrus-pine palate shocker. Mothfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is high -- I'm guessing maybe 4.8 ABV, not enough to make you notice it, that's for sure.

What a great English-style IPA. Certianly not the piney-citrus hop bomb sought after by so many these days, it seems, but instead, a great session beer if you like a well-hopped but balanced ale.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The smell featured a nutty and slightly sweet caramel with a whisper of hop spice.

The taste was extremely well balanced and consisted of a soft toasted malt, some nuttiness and a bit of burnt caramel. The earthy and slightly citrusy hop dried the flavor out a bit and contributed a nice spicey finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a ver well balanced and tasty EIPA. Extremely drinkable and very well made.

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This IPA was a clear amber ale with a two figer foamy head. Looked OK.

Aroma was of mild citrusy hops and caramel malt. Although the two were balanced, there wasn't enough of a hop kick for an IPA, in my opinion.

Taste was of bitter tannins with a slight roasted malt touch thrown in, and not much else. Not really hoppy at all.

Mouthfeel was no better than average, and drinkability a little less. This did not fit my definition of an IPA.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA. Red-foiled cap, notched to purchase before November.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head holds on well, with sticky, clow-falling lace. Aroma is minimal, but what is discernable is sweet but balanced. Taste starts sweet, balances in the middle, and swings toward the somewhat generic bitter side for the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Flavors all come together very well with this brew, a definite session possibility.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some spots of lace. Dark amber color. Light haze.

Very mild aroma, particularly for the style, no hop nose. Too bad.

This has some of the creaminess I expect from the British versions, but the hop character is very American. Not as hoppy as some until the aftertaste which lasts a very long time. The body is light but so is the carbonation, so it seems well-balanced.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Nejaime’s wine cellar in Lenox MA.
Pours a fairly clear deep copper color with a huge off white head that quickly dissipates into lots of lace. The nose holds lots of malty caramel and toffee with huge English earthy sulfur mineral water aroma to it. The flavor is rich and malty with a fair amount of toffee and caramel coming through. A solid earthy hop flavor poke through, but this is either an old bottle or a poor example of an IPA . Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer but feels more like an English bitter. My bottle is notched for Oct, but I don't know what year.

Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. "Purchase before February."

Appearance - Deep amber with an exceptionally creamy tan head. Nice sticky lace. Darkest IPA that I have come across.

Smell - Soft notes of caramel and light fruity esters. Dry doughy biscuits backing up the sweetness. Really rich sweetness that is very inviting.

Taste - Fruity esters, citrusy hops, and soft caramel up front. Nice doughy malt in the middle helps maintain the balance. Finishes dry with a solid grapefruit bitterness cutting through the thick malt backbone. Fairly nice balance, although it leans slightly in favor of hops in the finish, which I expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Slightest tingle of carbonation at the back of the throat. Leaves the mouth completely dry and ready for another mouthful.

Drinkability - Nice soft malt body with a great creamy mouthfeel. This IPA features a great caramel/bready malt body with a moderately hoppy finish that leaves the mouth bone dry. Would do well as a go-to beer on any given night, but would also pair well with spicy meals. An English IPA with an American hop twist.

Photo of Durge
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy copper amber color with a fair big bubbled off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma offers beautifully deep earthy hops and caramel. Uniquely thick and pollen-like, yeasty too. Very nice! The flavor brings a somewhat watery herbal hop with grainy honey and vague caramel sweetness. Medium light bodied, a bit glassy in feel with very subtle carbonation. Drinkable and worth a try but the flavor never matched the beautiful aroma.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Appearance: Beautiful deep mahogany with an off-white head. Lots of yeast floating in the glass are a definite plus.

Smell: Mild buttery hops balanced by a sweet maltiness. Remarkably sweet smelling for an IPA. Probably not to style, but delicious smell.

Taste: Slightly roasted malts dominate the initial taste, with remarkably little hoppiness. It's bitter, but not in the grassy mouth-coating way typical of an IPA. Well balanced. Considerably better when it warms.

Mouthfeel: Right along lines with the style

Drinkability: Went well with pasta with a sweet/spicy tomato sauce. I wouldn't session with it, but wholly enjoyable.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, Mass., in a 3 oz. beer flight glass.

A: Medium copper amber color with a creamy, thick head of off-white foam. Clarity is good and head retention is great.

S: Lush, herbal and citrusy pine from the hops and a sweet, bready aroma from the roasted malt.

T: Some good, semisweet and dry flavors of roasted caramel malt up front, giving way to the citrusy, fruity ale components of the brew. Finish is a nice balance of dry, roasted malt flavors and some earthy, citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, creamy and balanced.

D: A fine English IPA which showcases the English tradition of malt selection and a lil bit of American hop ingenuity. Had to take a bomber to go and would certainly get again.

Photo of Hautacam
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed amber with a small head.
Smell is pretty buttery...mild herbal hop aroma.
Very sweet caramel malt, heavy on the butter, tea and strawberry flavors show up. Hops slightly citrusy , and very mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is OK...medium carbonation, medium density.
This got better as it warmed , but the heavy buttery flavor made this only OK.

Photo of Boto
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a slightly hazy, almost amber color. There was almost no head and very little lacing. The aroma was definitely weak for an IPA. Some citrus and malts, but too weak to really stand out. The taste matches the aroma: a bit weak. Some bitterness and maltiness. What is there was pretty well balanced and a little tasty. It is an IPA light, for lack of a better description.

Photo of thespaceman
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Awesome color, very nice copper in color, head size is healthy and big, good retention and lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Hmm.. I get a slight bit of hops here but the maltiness really acts like the star of the show. Crystal malts take way as some citrus like properties try to creep through, very buttery in the nose with a slight hint of some hop oil and fresh grapefruit.

Taste: Butterscotch and citrus are paired really nicely here, this isn't a classic example of a full blown hoppy IPA, but it's done correctly though. Maltiness really takes a big role in the beer, overbearing any hops that come around, but that nice mango like citrus element is still in the backround. Very similar to a Vienna Lager with more hops playing a bigger role. Caramel malt, hop spice and some sweetness from the malt make this brew very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, pretty thick on the tongue from the maltiness, but medium bodied and easily sits on the tongue nicely. Bitterness is minimal but here to say the least.

Drinkability: I liked this IPA alot, it's good to see some brewers shying away from overhopping the crap out of a beer and letting some malt take control of the hops and let them do it's work. Very refreshing and perfectly balanced. This is a great EIPA that can be enjoyed year round, very sessionable! I will visit this one again soon!

Photo of Reagan1984
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap while golfing in Great Barrington, MA. Stopped at the brewery after the round and bought a couple bottles of this and the APA.

I have to say this beer confuses me. I see it's listed as an English IPA, but I still can't reconcile this beer vs. the Hopland Pale Ale. That beer is much more hoppy and fresh. This beer has less hop character and seems to be more balanced.. Not bad at all, but less like an IPA vs. the Hopland.

Beer is a murky brown color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma was rather muted and of butter and malt tones.

Toasted malts take center stage, there is a muted hop bitterness. More light caramel vs. some classic IPA flavors. Not much in the way of a hop bitterness finish..

Medium body, Light carbonation. On for the style.

This is a rather non descript IPA and while not bad, it's not that exciting. If you get to visit here, have the Hopland Pale Ale. It's a far superior beer.

** I am totally confused by the branding here. The label clearly says "Berkshire Mountain Brewers" the label says Berkshire Mountain Brewers. I think they are trying to change their name, but I am not sure.

Photo of smibroncos
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear amber, with a short off white one finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, grass, hay.

T. Sweet malt up front, Light hops for an IPA. Nice sweetness.

M. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Refreshing

D. Nice brew for summer. Goes down good on warm days.

Photo of Wally_Dad
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More malty than I like my IPAs, but very good overall. The ABV is listed as 5.7% on the board in the bar (I noticed it is missing above). That is a bit lower than I prefer for an IPA, but for most it is just fine. I'd definitely recommend this beer for anyone in the area or passing through and am glad I had the opportunity to try it!

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Barrington India Pale Ale from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.