Rescue IPA - Barley Creek Brewing Company
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Reviews by Edwin:
3.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Appearance - The label on this bottle is hilarious. Looks like it was drawn by the brewer's 5-year-old son. Pours a lot darker than I thought it would be. A dark brown/amber color. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass. A caramel colored head that was nice and thick on the first pour, but slowly dissipates over time. Some lacing left on the glass.
Smell - Not really sure. Smells like hops, but also sort of like a greenhouse. Some sort of fruitiness inthe nose, but not very sure what type of fruit to identify it as.
Taste - Weird taste. I can hardly distinguish what is in this. I get the hops coming through, but there is also a dull tea-like essence to it. No sweetness to speak of. A lot less flavor than I thought would be coming out of the glass.
Mouthfeel - Bitter and dull, but can be smooth at times, yet ambivalent. One minute, it loves you, then it hates you. Leaves a lot to be desired on the tongue.
Drinkability - One and done for this one. An interesting array of flavors, but a lackluster effort in the world of super-hopped beers.
Overall - In the face of other hop explosions, this "Super Hop" is more like Jimmy Olsen.
03-28-2004 21:47:20 | More by Edwin
More User Reviews:
1.88/5 rDev -44.4%
*Discovered this is the old "Super Hop" I have had in the past (see below)...not so fortunate this time around.
Many thanks to the generous BeerBeing for this one of a handful from Barley Creek.
Clear copper in color with a huge 3 fingers of khaki-colored head...most goes nowhere forever, just some slight divots forming.
Over carbonation in the nose with a dose of caramel malt and faint citrus hops.
Taste is less than impressive...mildly hoppy, but not fruity...less floral with decent malt to balance it out...the carbonation distracts anything positive I could say about this brew. Off flavors remain on the pallet, making it difficult to endure even one pint of this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and we already covered the carbonation.
One and done for me on this...hope the others are in better shape.
Still glad to have tried a new beer...just not thrilled to finish it.
01-06-2007 19:53:24 | More by warriorsoul
3.65/5 rDev +8%
The "cask du jour" offering from my recent BCBC brewpub visit.
Clear dull amber in color with a surprisingly thick and long-lasting layer of off-white foam. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are very fruity, with a twinge of "earthy" underneath. Flavors are somewhat softer than I would expect from a non-casked version, but there's a noted sharp citric bitterness that stays with you the entire time. There is some sweetness that creeps in towards the end, but not enough to counter-balance the Centennial hop infusion. The bitter aftertaste was of moderate duration. Good mouthfeel, especially from the conditiong. Drinkable....very much so. I wanted a case of this ($24, not too [Ken] shabby), but passed. I'd be curious to see how it tasted from the bottle.
Overall, a simple, but very pleasing IPA that I'll seek out again next time I'm in NEPA.
05-28-2005 17:51:09 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.85/5 rDev +13.9%
I had this on tap at Barley Creek.
Arrives a clear orange/amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Head drops to a good coating, with decent lacing on the glass.
Aroma is nosehair curling citrusy/piney hops, with a good caramel malt background. Hop aroma is very dominant.
Flavor is intensely bitter, with strong lemony/orangey/piney hop flavor. The caramel malt falls pretty short of balancing out this one. I like it, though. The aftertaste is crisp and bitter. Pleasaant.
Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, with a soft to medium zing from carbonation. There is a strong grab at the back of your throat from hop bitterness. Finish is bitter (duh!) and long. Nice.
This is a good beer, pretty well done for style. A little overbalanced toward hops, but I personally like that.
08-28-2005 14:18:23 | More by jakester
3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
Appearance: A nice amber red with a big creamy long lasting tan head very nice overall appearance, leaves thick collar of lace that is rung evenly with each sip. Aroma: Piney and floral with a butterscotch like malt profile, very nice. Taste: Piney chocolate like tone kinda weird and maybe off but it blends well, the label is ghetto as all hell with a flying Hop bud on it with SH representing super hop but oh well teh beer it self is hopped with centennials bringing out much flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy not bad at all. Drinkability: Not a got to by any means but very well one of the most interesting beers I've tried in awhile.
12-15-2003 21:50:39 | More by WVbeergeek
3.64/5 rDev +7.7%
THIS IS NOT A RETIRED BEER! DATE REVIEWED: June 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: return from Knoebel's to enjoy a growler from Father's Day...APPEARANCE: dark amber body, reasonably opaque; almost no effervescence; head simmers to an off-white rocky half-finger before flatlining... AROMA: nicely aromatic,, slightly citric--lilacs and grapefruit, in order of effect; tangerine too? soft overall... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, drinkable but also impactful--lingering aftertaste and fizzing on the tongue/teeth; is it sessionable? yes... TASTE: strong spruce and pinecone--this aggressively fills the IPA bill--alts are subtly sweet and offer little overall balance... OVERALLL: solid, not spectacular, and enjoyable--a good approximation of the style, with few notes that offend or frustrate; definitely a good price ($9) for a fresh growler....
06-27-2014 23:04:40 | More by dacrza1
2.83/5 rDev -16.3%
Barley Creek- Rescue IPA
"Explore the range!"
purchased a 12oz bottle from Circle Liquors Pennington, NJ.($1.75)
Appearance- reddish cola brown with too much carbonation going on. Decent fizzy head.
Smell- roasted hops and cherries.
Taste- this is an IPA?! More like a stout to me. Roasted/ burnt tasting hops with a slight tinge cherry. Mostly earthy flavors. Smoky, woodsy, & charcoal.
Overall- a mediocre beer that doesn't resemble a IPA. Bad ratings for not tasting the way it should although its not that bad.
11-12-2005 21:49:08 | More by NJpadreFan
3.65/5 rDev +8%
Would've given the Appearance a 4, but it seems every Barley Creek beer comes complete with floating sediment, and the Rescue IPA is no exception. Otherwise it's a beautiful orange sunburst color with an off-white and super-fluffy head that retains well.
Robust citrus in the nose, fresh-smelling and well-rounded.
Here's where I get worried. I've had three others in Barley Creek's line (the golden and brown ales, and the black lager) and all of them had a sour, tainted leaning. But you think a brewery who leans on the sour side would score with the IPA. Well, they're no Smuttynose, Victory, Stone or Dogfish Head by the taste of things. This IPA has the requisite grapefruit smack, thanks to the generous usage of hops, but the malt character is drowned out by the citrus. And the finish is a little too tart. This is good, no doubt, but it needs bigger and better balance.
Mouthfeel is all about tingle and activity, and makes the beer hang in the mouth just fine.
This is the best of the four Barley Creek beers I've had so far (easily). But it still needs work. No Hop Devil or 90 Minute, it's just simply a good IPA. The IPA competition is fierce, so hopefully future batches will astound rather than be simply adequate.
07-07-2006 02:42:22 | More by Metalmonk
3.48/5 rDev +3%
had this on tap at the brewpub on 11/18/09
at the time of consumption this was the best IPA ive had, i think i finally warmed up to IPAs, a copper-orange color from the tap, nice and hoppy with hints of citrus, i enjoyed the carbonation level in it(a little over-carbonated)
i cant really drink more than one IPA in a sitting but definitely worth another buy, went great with the chili
12-01-2009 05:30:01 | More by psujesus
3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
22 oz. bottle. Fairly clear, bright golden with orangish highlight and a foamy off-white head that thins but holds up fairly well. The aroma is pretty intense with earthy and citrusy notes from Centennial hops. There's a bit of clean malt, and maybe some alcohol, in there as well. The body is light/medium but has a zesty carbonation which gives it a bigger mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely distributed with a clean malt flavor up front, a distinct but not overpowering hop flavor, and a liberal dose of bitterness. It has a dry finish that doesn't linger too long - refreshing. An excellent beer.
08-05-2002 05:15:45 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +20.7%
Pours with a lacy and slow to recede white head that settles over gorgeous clear deep amber/red liquid goodness. The nose is pure and fresh flowery Cascade hoppiness. The taste offers up a potent blast of bitter hops and some light caramel/biscuity notes. Unfortunately the body could use much more malt to boost up the thinnish mouthfeel here, but the hop is the star here. Finishes up with a very long and bitter dry finish. A good bitter ale, but could be improved upon.
10-21-2005 16:55:16 | More by beerluvr
3.6/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Poured a copper-orane with moderate visible carbonation and a 1 finger foamy white head.
S: a big fresh rich grapefruit aroma with a light grassiness.
T: For flavor there was grapefruit, fresh pine, a floral hoppiness along with a light muskiness. There was dry bread, dry oranges and sour citrus peel as well detected. The body had a nice warm toasted character to it.
M: rich and creamy, with a moderate carbonation that provided a nice big floral hop bite.
D: Drinkability was good, an slightly above average entry that delivers and does its job as an amercian ipa.
11-22-2008 01:52:19 | More by beerthulhu
3.65/5 rDev +8%
Pours a deep amber color, slightly hazy. Produces a very large, fine, white head. Minimal lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is highly aromatic hops. Very flowery, slightly citrus aroma. Slightly sour smell also.
Flavor is very malty to start then moves to a mild bitter taste and backed up by a very spicy hit. Aftertaste has almost a champagne-like flavor to it, very interesting. The hops are very mild but so dominate that it leads a very floral wine-like quality. Mouthfeel is very "alive" and effervescent. Almost like drinking carbonated hops. My belief is that if this just a little bit more malt to stand-up to the hops it would a very interesting beer.
Thanks to beerluvr for this one.
01-17-2004 03:23:51 | More by CRJMellor
3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
The beer after disembarking from the brown 22 ounce bottle sits in the glass a slightly beclouded burnished copper color, the head is capacious, the texture frothy and the color a medium tan with the resultant lace a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose is pine like, sweet malt and citrus like in its crispness, seems also to be some muskiness, start is somewhat sweet with an acceptable malt profile; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a biting acidity, the hops domineering in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that continues the hop bitterness, a drinkable brew tis true and I thank Prostman for this bottle.
04-11-2004 20:15:34 | More by Gusler
3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a light piney aroma with some grapefruit elements as well. There was a light husky grain as well.
The taste consisted of some upfront earthy citric and piney hop. There was a clean grainy malt as well. Lingering peppery hop.
The mouthfeel was on the thinner side but still satisfying. Clean and crisp.
Overall a pretty good AIPA. Simple and sessionable.
05-01-2007 01:50:31 | More by plaid75
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Had this at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, PA.
Poured a rich brown hazelnut color. Smell was not overly hoppy for an IPA.
Taste was smooth, but a lacking excitement. Somewhat boring for an IPA. Almost as if there's too much water involved.
Overall, a tad disappointing.
05-17-2011 20:29:46 | More by devinoconnor
3.98/5 rDev +17.8%
Appears an amber color with an off white 2 inch head that slowly goes away. Leaves some decent lacing throughout the glass.
Smell is plentiful of the centennial hops, as advertised, with some delicious grain and sweet malt.
Taste is of bittery, flavorful hops backed with some sweet malt. A bit of acidic, bitter, and alcohol aromas linger.
Mouthfeel starts directly behind the front of the tongue. Pleasant medium body washes over the palate with flavorful spiciness mixed with the hops and malt.
Drinkability is nice. This was the first batch I've gotten that didn't explode upon opening and I was thrilled at the product inside the bottle. With consistant freshness, this could make a decent session brew.
Finger licking good.
06-27-2005 12:37:06 | More by weeare138
3.73/5 rDev +10.4%
This was a very decent IPA- it looked great with a reddish brown tint and a very aromatic aroma from the generous hops. If you like the stronger hop variation IPA's this one is for you, very cirtusy and bitter with a slight malt character, which quickly fades. Very refreshing, but if drinking in a session, your tastebuds will take a while to recover. One of this brewery's best offerings.
11-06-2006 17:12:58 | More by kernalklink
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
This beer is almost as good in the bottle as it was on tap. (see below -->) The nose did not seem to be quite as large with the super huge cascade hop kick, in the bottle as it was on tap. The taste however carried over very well. It has a big grapefruit flavor with an orange rind aftertaste. And a nice light toasted malt sweetness through the body. This beer is different in the bottle but still very good, and I would recommend that if you are at barley creek drink the brown on tap but if you are going to take home bottles, this one bottles more successfully IMHO.
Hope this is helpful.
06-23-2006 00:08:10 | More by Phatz
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
A - hazy copper color, huge gushing white head.
S - sweet light caramel malt mixed with light citrus hops.
T - similar to the aroma but a touch on the sweet side, grainy and peppery spice show up mid glass.
M - light to medium bodied, very very carbonated.
D - nice to try. worked with a balsamic salad and indian curry chicken.
08-03-2007 20:07:27 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.33/5 rDev +28.1%
This beer came a dark amber with a slightly smoky cherry. Of course, this color is determined from staring into a white plastic Summerfest cup, so I could be wrong. Getting in the way of my observation was a (cursedly) sustained film of manila head.
Smells very green and leafy, like the forest after the rain. Organic, one might say. Theres also a bit of candy sugar and green grapes in the background along with a smooth and light grapefruit.
Tastes of a solid base of red grapes and brown sugar with a load of sweet red grapefruit piled on that wrestles out a cedar like hop bitterness that makes a lot of sense when paired with the organic greens from the smell.
The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a tingly carbonation.
This one was my first beer from Barley Creek and I was impressed to say the very least. This beer is well constructed and more importantly, extremely drinkable.
06-26-2006 19:56:48 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
Comes in a 12oz bottle with the Super Hop hero flying about on the label. This appears a hazy amber color with about and inch of rocky beige head floating atop. Aroma is full or hops floral, piney and citric with not much malt. The taste is similar as this is dominated by the hops. Upfront is a biting citric bitterness with a bit of earthy notes to it. Aftertaste is a bitter lingering one. Mouthfeel is prickly with a medium body. Good beer for a hop fix, not all that complex but tasty nonetheless. Super Hop has done his job here.
10-28-2004 15:04:36 | More by meathookjones
Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.