Rescue IPA - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Barley Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 76
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA was on tap at a local bar and I figured I'd give it a try. It poured as a copperish yellow color with a pretty good looking head on it. The smell had a hoppy aroma coming from it. The taste was bitter and a little medicinal I thought, kind of strange. The mouthfeel was on the lighterside and was pretty drinkable. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this brew really. (377 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud 'pffft' upon opening led to the predictable result of a pint glass full of foam that is ever so slowly being replaced with beer. Lucent reddish orange with a multitude of fine bubble streams rushing up to a still gargantuan head that is orange-influenced ecru in color and is significantly styrofoam stiff. The initial pour resulted in very little lace, but subsequent pours are leaving some good chunky bits of foam.

Although this beer is brewed with Centennial hops, I'd be hard pressed to guess that based on the aroma. It smells somewhat citrusy, but more so floral-perfumy, as if someone attempted to make a grapefruit oil perfume and added essence of gardenia so that it would appeal to little old ladies. It's not quite as bad as all that, but it is different and a little strange.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but the flavor doesn't do much for me. It's overly harsh and bitter, as if it's the first draft of the finished product and is waiting for the refinement stage. My guess is that a combination of undermalting and overcarbonation is responsible. Hop flavor is present, but again, it just doesn't seem very Centennial-like to me and that infernal perfuminess is still present. The body manages to be both light-medium and slick at the same time and the finish is curiously short. Odd all the way around.

Super Hop (now called Rescue) is an interesting, if not a particularly good, IPA. It just goes to show that dumping a boatload of hops into the kettle doesn't always result in tasty beer. I still appreciate the good intentions and generosity of blitheringidiot for including it in our mega trade. (1,639 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (732 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a thin off-white head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of some citrus and quite a bit of floral, somewhat piney notes and plenty of caramel.

The taste is of citrus and floral notes over caramel. Sweet for an IPA, though hoppy bitterness comes through as it progresses. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Hoppy enough to fit into style, but could also fit into a hoppy APA. Bitterish, dryish finish.

Medium-bodied, with some lingering flavor. It's a tad thin, but not enough to complain about. It is smooth.

This is a decent, easy-drinking IPA. Would have probably been better years ago, but outdone with all of the competition in the style. Just on IPA side of hoppy, though, as I said, could fit in with a hoppier APA today. Not bad- easy drinking with enough taste to make it worthwhile - and certainly worth trying if you want a more mild IPA. (887 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a bitter, piney hop aroma. It also has a bit of a musty aroma which I think is a result of their yeast or some sort of bacteria contamination. All in all, it doesn't make much difference. The taste is average. It has a decent malt palate with a "super" hop flavor and aftertaste. It goes down slow with a citrus hop and musty aftertaste that lingers. The mustiness, which wasn't much of a problem in the aroma, detracts considerably in the flavor. Also, the centennial hops are too unstable. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average American IPA. It needs more malts to add body and to balance the hop content a bit more. It has too much of a citrus bite. Also, they need to consider looking in another direction as far as the yeast is concerned. It throws off the whole flavor in a negative way. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color with a nice 1.5" head. The head slowly fell to some large surface bubbles, and some light spotty lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of caramel and bitterness. The caramel, bitterness, grapefruit, and light pepper spice just didn't do it for me. The hops seemed sharp and overpowered the malt level.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start, while the finish was crisp and quite dry. Drinkability is OK, but there are much better IPAs out there. (475 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (578 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep and hazed copper tone. Virtually no head. The aroma is a little minty and pefumey. Not at all what I was expecting from Centennials. The body is medium at best. A somewhat prickly carbonation seems fitting. The flavor profile is lacking something and I think it's spelled M-A-L-T. This beer is not very balanced. And the hop flavor is not that enjoyable either. This surprises me since I usually love the flavor characteristics of Centennials. The hops impart a grassy and, again, minty/perfumey characteristic. Malt backing is weak. And there's a little bit of a tannin astringency as well. This one's average at best. (624 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours about 1/2 glass head and 1/2 glass orange IPA...I'm not impressed with the head....very charged up...nose is citrus like orange peel...tight mouthfeel from the huge carbonation...some citrus but not as tasty of a citrus flavor as some other IPA's....also some herbal English IPA notes..finishes with a litle piney acidity...once I fight my way past the huge head the flavor is decent enough

Nothing to seek out....way too charged up....I like many better...I expected more out of Super Hop!! (500 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
1.81/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

FIlm on the liquid surface in the bottle; very bad sign of infection -- ;-( Copper-amberish color with a full pillowy beige head: overcarbonated. Infected aroma with a piney, sprucey hop aroma detected in the background. Sour infected taste but picking up a decently balanced beer underneath. Medium bodied despite overcarbonation and picking up high levels of bitterness underneath.

Hope to re-review uninfected one day ... shame, since this beer was only about 2 months old.

Per bottle: "Generously hopped with Centennials"

Per B.C.B.Co. flyer: Bisquit, Crystal, Wheat and Pale malts. Centennial hops and dry hopped with Cascades. O.G. 1.060

(22 oz / 650 ml bottle) (679 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +17%
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! (546 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep gold colored beer with a medium, sticky head. Carbonation is on the high side, which keeps feeding the head. Aroma is floral and very grassy, with a distinct lemon-citrus character. There’s a subtle malt taste, but the beer is certainly tilted to the hoppy side of things. Light mouthfeel with a bitter hop finish. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one again. Still, it’s quite drinkable and, although not a great IPA, it’s one of the better beers from this brewery. (488 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange/ruby red with a thick white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and sweet malt. Overall it was decent, but I found it to be a little watery though. (251 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (414 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Rescue IPA glass (hey, the glass for the beer) hazy and lightly chunky with partculates and a deep amber golden with an off-white frothy head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and grassy through the dense head. After the head retreated a bit the aroma became more pronouced grassy and lightly citrusy, both aromas attributed to hops. A light caramel was detectable behind the hops as well.

The flavor was grassy, earthy and lightly citrusy with a strong bittering component and a fairly strong hop flavor. Some caramel malt was noticeable, but the balance was 100% toward bittering and the malt did not makeup the gap.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrusy and grassy bittering and flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly creamy mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. A pretty good beer, more balance with additional malt would really make this one shine.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing! (989 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (702 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (528 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (514 characters)

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Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.