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Barrington India Pale Ale - Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Barrington India Pale AleBarrington India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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Reviews by porter17:
Photo of porter17
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

porter17, Feb 18, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Tiernan, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Kmlund, Aug 05, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

nebula1999, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

civicm87, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

bultrey, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

plaid75, Jan 21, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

rockrob, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

connecticutpoet, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 06, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, May 29, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

smcolw, Aug 14, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Sam21, Dec 01, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Durge, Jun 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

rorjets, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

vfgccp, Oct 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

bootdown21, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Resuin, Yesterday at 09:02 PM
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

BWMKappaSig, May 02, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 16, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

Hautacam, Mar 05, 2009
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Barrington India Pale Ale from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
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