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Rescue IPA - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-21-2005)
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JHop


4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

06-30-2014 23:26:19 | More by JHop
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. There’s 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 19:56:48 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with monstrous off-white head. Attractive lacing noted.
Smell is hoppy, with large doses of grassy and piney hops present.
Taste is superb, with a strong hop character, but not overly bitter. The malt is very light, but still there, but since the hop does not cause an overly bitter taste, the balance is perfect.
Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.
Realy an excellent beer at a great price.
I purchased a variety pack for under $23.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 21:55:48 | More by tgbljb
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the label on this beer is freaking great, just so you know.

Probably the best head I’ve ever seen in an I.P.A. Thick and heavy, it cascades out of the bottle, giving even a Belgian beer a run for it’s money. Smell is big and hoppy. Taste is great, the bottle claims each barrel has a pound of hops and it shows. This makes me excited to try more Barley Creek!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2004 21:55:38 | More by RocketWidget
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout 12 oz. browner decorated with a comic book cartoonish style Superhop character that "might" have been inspired by Superman label, that states, "Generously Hopped with Centennils!" Not quite a single hop varietal as the label also states "This American IPA style brew is hopped with over a pound of Centannials per barrel and dry hopped with Cascades. This hoppy brew is made with all natural ingredients for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Quite a remarkable coppery ruddy clear, slightly carbonated, pour into me Stone pint with a three pour required effort to overcome the enormous pillowy cloud like antique white huge head cap that shows excellent head retention. Teeny tiny black suspended particles float in the bottom of the brew.

Clean bitter earthy grassy pine hops effervescense. Citrousy orange juice notes poke out to the afterscents. Pine scents like a pine tree fell on me head.

First swigs: Ripe oranges and acidic dryness hits first. Bittering blends to a hoppy menace that continues to kick acidic hop sizzle. This deeply acidic dry finished brew lasts in appreciation for a well done offering.

Well bodied fullness due to the never-ending suds and sizzle. Golly! Hand me another even if I'm paying.

Last swigs: Orange juice scents, that perhaps are a bit one dimensional, but not to a detriment. This hoppy offering is grapefruit Cascade & Centennial sharp. A true stylistic stand out that deserves praise for the tastey orangey palate and quick dry finish. This is underated IMHO, that should be at least 4.0+ Purchased for under $30 at the Beeryard.

***Beer bargain alert ***

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 04:50:50 | More by blitheringidiot
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 00:08:10 | More by Phatz
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 16:55:16 | More by beerluvr
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big froathy light tan head that settles slow and leaves a solid sheet of lacing above the dark amber beer. Fairly strong hop aroma smells of pine needles and The taste bounces back and forth between pine juice and bitter hops overtop a creamy malt base. Smooth mouthfeel and moderately full body make for a pleasant beer. A quality IPA with a smooth well balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 05:07:40 | More by HappyHourHero
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Shennan20


4/5  rDev +18%

07-11-2014 01:00:37 | More by Shennan20
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, contract brewed by Yard's in Philly. This beer was quite tasty, and I am starting to think that they have just recently started to brewing this stuff at Yard's, and that Yard's has made this brew much better than it used to be. This beer poured a nice amber/red colour with a fluffy, off-white head. The aromas were all centennial hops and background heavy malts. The taste was similar as well. This stuff is very hoppy and quite malty as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and the drinkability is excellent as well.

A nice IPA!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 18:15:11 | More by francisweizen
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 12:37:06 | More by weeare138
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Copper body topped by a foamy slighty-off-white head. Nose is a lot of citrus with some earthy undertones. Malty start quickly gives way to a citrusy and piney hop sensation. Centennials, not the more grapefruity Cascades. Mouthfeel could be a tad fuller. Malt backbone could be a little stronger. Perhaps there is some kryptonite at work. This is not a full frontal hop assault, like HopDevil, but a solid IPA. I will sample again at the the pub and in bottles. Maybe not super, but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 21:01:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 21:50:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 05:15:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 20:15:34 | More by Gusler
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plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 01:50:31 | More by plaid75
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jimbotrost

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sampled at the brewpub as part of the sampler platter. This and the stout were the most flavorful offerings. This was an off amber color with a off white head. The nose was big and screamed hops at you. The flavor, a mix of big malt, excessive hops, was nice. The finish was big and dry, long lasting hoppiness yearning for more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 11:39:15 | More by jimbotrost
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 14:18:23 | More by jakester
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 15:04:36 | More by meathookjones
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber color, nice, solid head of off–white foam...decent.
Aroma is quite a hoppy thing, bristling and buzzing with grapefruit, primarily, and then, well, that's it, mostly, a bit of pine and sour...but it's all really grapefuit...
Taste: a hearty mouthfeel, zips along the palate happily, fades softly. Nice. A very malty affair, as well, cloaking some of the Centennials...I've been used to the flavor, as I'm well- acquainted with the hop, via Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, which uses only Centennial.
I like Superhop, though. He's a helpful superhero, bringing the joy of hops into every home, juicy, fruity, delicious. Yum....very likable. I could see myself becoming very familiar with this bottle!

Cheers to kafkaEsb!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 09:39:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA ("generously hopped") poured a slighly cloudy dark orange-amber color with a frothy and hilly khaki head the left a uniform sticky lace as it receded. The aroma is pleasant: dominant citrusy hops (the Cascades), a hint of floral esters, no evidence of malts per se. The taste has a sharp initial "super-hoppy" lemon tang, with just a touch of metallic to the palate, which is immediately followed by a yeasty bready taste, and finally settles into a lingering, almost cloying, bitterness (just a bit heavy with the Centennials). The mouthfeel is sparkling--heavy carbonation --and neither thin nor thick. Reminds me of the Hops Infusion. I'm a devoted hophead, and I'll take this stuff any day. However, WVbeergeek is right: the label has got to go.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 22:07:32 | More by longpondbeerman
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 17:12:58 | More by kernalklink
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy. Deep amber orange with burgundy highlights. Not what I assume a ‘normal’ IPA would like. This is very dark for an IPA. Looks like a deep amber ale or a red ale. Small but creamy sandy colored head. The aroma is just a tad cloying with floral malts and a slight citrus presence – actually it is very nice. There’s a underlying earthy hop mustiness. I like it.

The taste is … whoa! It’s bitter alright. I was unprepared for the bitter almond cyanide smile I got after the first sip. There is a strong floral presence in the flavor – it gives the taster a bitterness that overpowers any kind of malt body. In other words, this has the bitterness of a DIPA, with the maltiness of a pale ale. It seems unbalanced. But hey, it works for me! What else matters? This is an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 03:58:55 | More by pezoids
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw the name of this beer and the cool little hop super hero and had to buy it (my bottle looks different than the posted picture).

Poured a dark reddish/brown with a huge head. Malty and hoppy aromas with traces of citris. Light malty taste with a big hoppy and bitter finish.

I had this on tap a while later and noted that it was not as strong or good as I originally rated a while ago.

Notes from 5/27/04

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:56:02 | More by hopdog
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sideshowrob

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured into a standard pint glass. Nice medium-amber color with lots of haze. Out of a six-pack, three beers poured with a rediculous amount of head - two bottles even erupted at opening! Head quickly dissipated in all cases.

Smell was pretty good - lots of nice citrusy notes, nothing overpowering. Taste was a bit better, with some nearly-banana/buttery notes adding to the backbone. Good mouthfeel, and easy to drink. A nice little IPA.

Of interest is that this beer is apparently contract-brewed by Yards brewing. Not sure if this is a new arrangement or not for Barley Creek.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 17:40:08 | More by sideshowrob
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Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.