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Pallet Jack | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 05-29-2012

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 189
Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crowler. White head. Lace. Golden orange.

Floral and earthy. Herbal. Touch of onion. Grassy and resiny.

Medium bodied. Medium bitterness.

Decent, but nothing crazy.

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Photo of simcoeluv
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oregon has an unknown number of single IPAs and I have had most of them. This is my favorite.
Have had on tap in many different bars.
Just slightly off clear, orange, slight off white head with a clean fruity/citrus aroma. Wonderful taste, clean, crisp with nice bitter but not too bitter finish. Mouth feel is moderate/full bodied - just right for the style.
Not bottled or canned. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American IPA from a state that makes an incredible amount of amazing examples. Clean hop presence, good citrus, nice fruit. Nice bitterness and clean finish. Beautiful beer. Ya'll don't know.

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Photo of Jw383
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pallet Jack is a unique West Coast IPA, but is also a great example of the style. It's quickly become the most popular IPA in the Portland metro area, and when fresh you can understand its popularity. It pours a nice orange color, has a smooth feel and ends with a brilliant bite in its finish. I would recommend this as a must have for anyone visiting Oregon.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple. A great combination.
The taste is moderate pine and lemon bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of highTempo
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at a local taproom.

Light orange/amber color with a very low (2-3mm) clear white head. Low lacing.

The smell has just a little pine and some lemon citrus. It's not nearly as fragrant as many of the IPAs I've been enjoying lately.

This is a fairly 'big' IPA, more directly bitter than I'd expected from what I'd read about it. The lemon comes through in the flavor -- the hop is good and bright. It's not as balanced as I'd hoped, though there is a pretty good malt presence for the style.

The body is on the light side and despite the balance issues it's easy to drink. Overall, it's pretty good, but there are so many outstanding competitors, I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for it.

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Photo of muldersha
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Kay's Bar in SE Portland.

A slightly hazy orange brew with a pleasant beige head that sports very solid retention. Appetizing white lacing sticks around till the bitter end.

Aromas are super dank, hoppy, with loads of tropical fruit, pine resin, and fresh orange zest.

A very malty backbone helps lend this beer its impeccable structure. Incredibly well balanced despite its high ABV. It's medium to medium-full bodied with a slightly oily texture and refreshingly bitter finish. Very deserving of the praise it receives.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Around the Portland area every place that serves draft beer carries this, and there's a reason why. A great goto (sorry stone) ipa. Hits every mark for a great ipa.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sent from smart phone so short.
16 oz pint at "b2 Taphouse" in Salem OR $4.50 Really stunning aroma hippy to the max. Grapefruit, flowers,slight pine..so fresh. Taste the same very good. Perfect mouth feel for style..lovely after taste. Great IPA

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Photo of Zaximus
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop forward and very fruity. I like my IPAs with a little more malt balance but I could see how hop heads would love this brew. I'd definitely recommend trying it.

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Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

So well crafted with huge hoppy flavor and just a touch of malt sweetness. Seems to be a little more widely available now. A fine addition to the Northwest IPA lineup.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Good tropical fruit hop flavor. I'm liking this a little better than the RPM. Both of them could have used a touch more sweetness to ramp up the flavor. Really good ipa.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Barley Brown has a knack for making high quality IPA's and DIPA's, so it's no surprise thiat this is yet another strong effort. The beer has the usual dry hoppy flavor profile, with something of any underlying grittiness that is interesting and intriguing. There's just enough sweet malt to bouy all the dry citrus and light pine you get in this beer, and drinkabilty is oustanding. It's pretty much reached the point that when I see the words Barley Brown and IPA/DIPA together, you pretty much know you're in for a hophead treat.

I would also add that BB made a wet hop version of this beer during fresh hop/wet hop season, that was even better than the regular PJ. I didn't think that was possible, but as good as the regular PJ is, the wet version was better.

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Photo of Spikester
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear amber with an off white three finger head that lasts a long time. Rings of lace on the glass as the level drops.
Smell is pungent aromatic hops with lots of fruit and resins. Sweet toasted bready malts also.
Taste is similar to the nose with the tropical fruit and pine notes leading the way. The malt sweetness almost balances this beer close to a DIPA level.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Long medium dry and mostly bitter finish.
Really easy drinking for such a bold flavored beer. One of the best IPAs around.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Pungent grapefruit,sweet and juicy tropical fruit, and caramel malt backbone.

T- Pungent grapefruit, sweet and juicy tropical fruit notes, peach, sweet caramel malt, nutty notes, and moderate bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, dry, and medium body.

O- A very nice West Coast IPA with in addition to a lot of hop character has a very nice malt backbone and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Slightly hop hazed light orange with a long lasting white head and great lacing... Juicy tropical fruits and pithy grapefruit... Very dry... One of the best standard IPAS I have had... Very drinkable and the hops add an oily quality to a lighter than expected body... This is poundable on a hot day.


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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the Brewery in a 32oz growler.

A: clear golden amber with some lacing. Some retention.
S: I loved the smell. Great balance of pine and citrus.
T: a little more mild than I anticipated. Fairly malty, but still a good amount if citrus and hops.
M: a little oily like others have said. Still, a good amount of carbonation.
O: A very good NW IPA. Definitely worth a try if you find it on tap or picking up some if you happen to pass Baker City.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one! Took GABF Gold in American IPA, and it shows.

Hazed light orange with a frothy head that left behind spotty lacing around the edges. God lasting surface coverage and carb trails visible.

Pungent dank resiny hops, bright and citrusy with a tropical undercurrent. Smells great, and it's easy to get lost in.

Taste is similar, big explosive hop flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, very resiny. Light bodied and not sweet or sticky at all, easygoing 2-row malt base. Moderate bitterness that lingers nicely into the aftertaste. Great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this previously bit never reviewed it. Growler from Tap & Growler in Eugene.

A clear pale orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is beautifully hoppy. Dank pine, dank weed, dank candied orange peel, dank danknes, this is awesome. A little honey is present on the nose. Awesome.

The palate opens with a wonderful oiliness with dank hop oils coating the palate. Pine, candied orange, grapefruit peel and mandarins are present. The water profile seems a shade mineral heavy, amplifying the drier and more bitter components of the hop profile. Malt character is minimal, there's only a faint hint of cotton candy and sugar. Drying, resiny and bitter on the finish, this beer is awesome. Cleanly fermented as well. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear copper with sustaining head and good lacing
S: wonderful pine smell, powerful, with some fruit, tropical citrus in nature-pineapple and mango
T: begins with a toffee taste, followed by the flavors from the nose. Interestingly, the flavor strength of these tastes is inverted from the nose, with the fruit being a bit more pervasive.
M: not much mouth-drawing power, kind of weak. The pine does play in at the end slightly, as someone used in another review, oily seems a good description.
O: wonderful beginning to this beer, but relatively dull ending. If they could get some if the aroma hop strength into the taste, this could be a top notch brew.

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Photo of Ipolito
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Barley Brown's new tap house is where my glass was poured with a finger thick head. The golden brown color was accompanied with a pungent smell of pine and a hint of citrus. The smell was intoxicating with just the right balance. I smelled the IPA multiple times until it felt awkward doing so. As the beer met my taste buds, I was met with a multitude of hop flavors. As each second passed, each hop took turns flaunting their own unique characteristics. The brilliant showcase and blend of hops left my mouth lingering with pine and a slight bitterness. Each subsequent breath continued to experience the aroma of the IPA.

IPA's are my beer of choice and Pallet Jack IPA is my frontrunner of all of the countless IPA's that I have tried. Well done.

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Photo of vkv822
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Belmont Station.

Clear, golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Huge citrusy, resiny hops.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

I can't do this beer justice in this simple review. "Citrusy" and "resiny" certainly describe the focal point of this IPA, as it does hundreds of others, but the way they come together in this beer is something special. Delicious.

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Photo of ccrida
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler (pint bottle filled from CO2 priming draft filler at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom) fresh off their GABF Gold medal win for this one (2013). Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Pallet Jack is orange with a spritzy white head leaving light head.

Smell is resinous and citrusy hops, tangerine and pine. Some cat pee as well.

Taste is pretty solid, nice malty backbone on top of the hop blast. Moderate bitterness, oily. Overall sharpness to the flavors, angular.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, solid IPA in the local style, but not particularly distinctive. I like a little less malty IPAs as well.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Updated initial rating of 4.5 based on draft pint @ Beer Monger on 6.14.15. Damn this is one fine beer, always worthy of a pint and/or growler fill! I just wish I didn't have to go all the way to OR to get some Barley Browns deliciousness.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Filled 8/17/13, Drank 8/24/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a deep orange/amber color. Full finger of fluffy marshmallow like slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Smells fabulous. Lots of citrus and pine co-mingling here. Some tropical fruits hidden in there.

T: Blast up front of bitterness. Again, there is grapefruit and other citrus fruits but the pine is what I am really pulling here. It's very hop forward but the balance of the malts really make this epically drinkable. Finish is dry, with a good lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Pallet Jack from Barley Brown's Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.