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Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA - SA Brain & Co.

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Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPABrains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SA Brain & Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 09-06-2013)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml Bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Light amber with a few golden tinges and a disappointing looking head that consists of a few tiny white bubbles on top that soon disappears.

Caramel with bitter hops and some grass and touches of toffee as well. There is a light hint of butterscotch and some vanilla coming through alongside some citrus but it is the caramel and bitterness that dominate and the rest is quite faint.

Medium bitterness and light, grassy hops come through first alongside some sweetness and vanilla, although both of there are as light as they were on the nose. The beer is finished off with some caramel and further bitterness.

Medium in body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and some sweetness coming through as well throughout. Carbonation was quite light and there was a bitterness that made itself know from the start.

A beer I was much looking forward to trying based on the 'American IPA' label but it failed to live up to my expectations for it and wasn't all that much like an American IPA as I know it. A real disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 13:47:10 | More by flyingpig
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3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 08/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the back label says this beer is “[c]reated by Simon Martin, aka Mr Real Ale Guide, this India Pale Ale was inspired by the ‘IPA revolution” across the pond”.

A: pours a orangey amber colour with great clarity, coming with very restrained carbonation and a fluffy off-white beer head to last.
S: the smell upfront has sweet-ish orangey fruitiness with a light level of acidity, as well as being sweet floral and intriguingly candy-ish; given a good swirl, the floral scent is mixed well with the grainy malts with an edge of sweetness like corn syrup, and muted gooseberry-like aroma. Altogether, the aroma is quite mild in terms of the citrus aromas that the brewers would like to present (as per back label).
T: interesting on the palate, the foretaste is quite exotic (estery), not sweet, decorated by a touch of savoury acidity, then followed quickly by a flow of spicy bitterness which at the same time wipes the remaining sweet elements to render an increasingly dry aftertaste. Not enough “citrus and berry hop flavours” (as promised on the back label) are felt on my palate, while the dry and bitter touch from the hops seems to makes up for the loss of flavours.
M&O: moderately carbonated, medium-bodied, quite bitter and dry but not deliciously hoppy enough. All in all not a bad drink, just a bit weird and unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:36:52 | More by wl0307
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United Kingdom (England)

3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Acquired a little while back from Tesco. While it's good to see a mainstream ale brewery branching out into more interesting areas, I can't say I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of stewed leaves, grass/hay and fruity ale yeast. Unimpressive.

Tastes of caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed hops, grass/hay and mild fruity yeast esters. Faintly sweet, accompanied by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and lingering caramel.

Meh - not much of an IPA. There's nothing technically wrong with it as an ale, but the aromatic hoppiness that characterises American IPAs is sadly lacking. Looks pretty good, however the aroma and flavour are malty with relatively little hop presence. Body is OK. This leaves me cold - it drinks like any other mass-produced ale. Nothing special; no need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 21:59:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle: BBD Nov 2013, poured into an Augustijn badged chalice on 5 Sep 2013 at home during a random beer tasting evening with nobody except myself.

Pale golden brew, with a thin covering of small white bubbles.

The nose was fairly hoppy, spicy and semi-floral/citrus, a malty note or two as well.

the taste was as mixed as the smell, hop lead but malts all around, I liked it, not sure it's really an American style IPA as the label claims, but an enjoyable brew that will divide the beer geeks amongst us into different sides (good v bad).

The alcohol was nicely hidden and overall i thought it more than OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 10:26:10 | More by BlackHaddock
Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA from SA Brain & Co.
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