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Head Shake - Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Barley Brown's Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jdense on 08-28-2010

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Graciously shared by Jeff (jdense) today at the BA event at beermongers.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose... good grief... this beer displays an incredible aroma of pine, dry citrus, dirt, tobacco and dank skunky hops. It just doesn't get much better than this if you're a hophead (guilty on that one sir). The flavor profile replicates the nose, though of course it's not nearly as intense (not sure how any beer could match this beer's nose on the palate). Still, this intensely flavored "west coast all the way" IPA otherwise shows just enough light sweet malt to counter and balance the considerable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is no more than medium bodied, but with a long, full, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv. In fact, it's surprisingly drinkable given the noticeable alcohol and huge flavor profile, as I felt as if I could possibly drink several pints of this great beer.

Just an absolute tour de force... in case anyone hasn't noticed by now, this is clearly a brewery that needs to be taken very, very seriously.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shain for sending me this growler. Will re-review tomorrow when it's a little colder. Pulled this one out a little warm.

A - Very see through and looks soo crisp and clean. Yellowy orange appearance with a 2 finger white foam head with some legs on it

S - Getting a lot of piney west coast style ipa smells along with a good balance of tropical fruits that really make this blend of an IPA shine, definitely some hints of malty smell but nothing to detract from the overwhelming aromas of hops and tropical fruits

T - Taste follows the nose with a hoppy in your face start with tropical fruits closing in towards the middle and a bitter somewhat dry finish

M - Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have liked, but hey this is a DIPA. I am comparing this only to my favorite DIPA and that is King Sue and that mouthfeel is out of this world for an IPA. So this is still just fine with a crisp medium bodied feel that leaves a ever so slight burn at 9%

O - Really impressed with my first taste from Barley Brown's, Shain and I will keep trading and I will definitely be going after more growlers of this and Boneyard.

Kudos to Barley Browns for implementing the tropical flavors with the hoppy bitterness that encompasses so many west coast IPA's

Photo of J_Sager
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Clear dark yellow/orange with a nice long lasting white head.. great lacing.. Nose is a massive tropical fruit bowl that has just enough pale malt to move this up into the DIPA realm, but never is sweet.. just a hop delivery device. Nice bitterness, but not teeth-scraping, tons of clean American hoppiness... Has to be a bunch of Citra in this monster... One of the best smelling/tasting PNW DIPA's I have had in a long while.


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SEP 7, 2014
On tap at ABV. A clear light orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a thin ring leaving little lacing. The nose is awesome. Bright, pungent, citrus and piney hops. Bitter pine, mildly earthy, mildly minty. Moderate tropical fruit as well. The palate opens with a big, pleasing pungent bitterness, palate bruising in its awesomeness. Bright hop flavor with a ridiculous amount of pine with a little spruce, grapefruit and candied orange peel. While the beer is resiny on the finish, it does feel just a hair watery on the mid palate in a way that?s distracting. Malt character is practically absent. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated , this beer has a long, bitter finish with grapefruit peel and zest most noticeable. Barley Brown?s DIPAs have always had a mild astringency on the bitterness and this isn?t an exception. The Chinook also adds a little catty flavor. Nice stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Baker City. Pours a brilliant dark golden with a slight head. Smells pf piney hops and some firm malt. Great flavors! Wonderful blast of pine right off the bat, like a Christmas tree. Quite intense, and the flavor just keeps going and going. Just enough sweet malt to support the resinous hops. A huge beer and lovely to sip on this after a long day.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of squaremile
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station for their imperial IPA fest. What a treat to get a pint pour of this monster!

Pours a remarkable semi-cloudy golden orange with a foamy white head covering the entire surface. Great vision of the bubbles emerging from the depths. Like my review of the growler, the nose is insane. Hop cones, vines, leaves. Taste is super dank, with the citra and chinook hops in on full display. Not getting the sweetness of the growler pour, this one is all bitterness and hops. Very sticky, like drinking sap. Drinkability this time is a touch lower since the freshness brings things even further forward than the growler did. The definition of extreme hoppy beer. A must try if you ever see it.

Photo of Twal
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Pretty mundane by Barley Brown standards, although the fact that this growler is a bit on the flat side likely isn't helping.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jdense
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of growler generously provided by Shawn Kelso for 9.5.2010 BA bottle share at The Beer Mongers.

Color mirrors the tap version (see review below). If possible, the growler version was even more heavenly aroma-wise, tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a bit of breadish malt for balance, one of the first 5's I've given for smell (though I probably had Turmoil too low at 4.5 (: ) . Taste is quintessential BB IPA, big frickin' hop blast, though well in balance, certainly not as hoppy as Tankslapper, but IMO more drinkable. Good effervescence on the mouthfeel. Glad I was able to do the PDX premiere of this monster a day before tap version at BS IIPA fest. The usual suspects agree--absolutely superb. Hope Shawn brews this again in the near future. Truly, a world class DIPA. Worth seeking out at all costs.

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Head Shake from Barley Brown's Brewpub
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