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Rescue IPA - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Imstillthegman
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

Love the St. Bernard on the label. Copper in color with a bunch of particulates suspended in the liquid. Two inches of off-white head rise to the top of the glass and leaves chunky peaks of lacing as it retreats. A thin film remains until the end.

The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus with some brown sugar in the background.

The flavor isn't very exciting at all. Sweet, without the hop twang you find in IPAs. There is a dose of yeast in here that isn't normal...kind of turns me off.

Way too carbonated. Thinner medium body, but it's hard to get past the carbonation. I am glad I got to try it, but I won't be back.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Barley Creek Brewing logo is ironically similar to John Barleycorn barleywine labels, with their woodblock style print. Label certainly speaks to a rural heritage. The beer pours into an Allagash fluted chalice. Color is a deep ruby red, quite beautiful. The head is also quite nice and froths creamy-white to a finger-thick height and lasts as a good continuous film and edging throughout the beer. Head resurrects itself with a simple swirl.

Aroma: All Amercian hop nose - Centennial according to their site. Big, fresh fresh nose with very little malt profile, but good some subtle esters.

Taste: Pretty well balanced all around. Light up front with some grainy qualities, goes to a middle not distinguished by much and finishes up with a nice crisp, fresh, piney hope bite and dry aftertaste.

Mouth: Very nice carbonation that tingles the front and cleans out the back palate. Light to medium bodied. Not much sweetness here, with a crisp dry finish.

Drink: Ok, not much new here. Close to style, but not exceptional. I wouldn't get this beer again, but if I had a six pack I'd probably eventually work my way through them.

Photo of warriorsoul
1.93/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

*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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, explodes out of the bottle, mountainous foam, light off-white head and lacing all over the place. Carbonation problem here. Aroma hops hops hops. And hops. Though hard to distinguish through the carbonation, the body is pretty good, but just distracting carbonation, curious if something is a little off there, cause its a decent beer otherwise. Taste being all hops also, citrus and pine, though almost more sour than bitter, with a quick ending, it seems like there was just a boat-load of hops dumped in, with the effect being rather a one-sided beer.

Photo of kernalklink
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
2.16/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature. Lasering on the bottle reads A2 1205.

Appearance- Nice looking hazy orange beer with substantial activity... I need to slow down the pour to prevent an overflow. The head settles to a well formed 1/2 inch hat. Firm and sturdy. No significant lacing.

Smell- Wow... what an interesting combination of hops, chocolate, and metal. No question, this is intriguing. If pine needles were to be dipped in Belgian chocolate, then scented with Noxon metal cleaner and offered as a drink, you might have created this.

Taste- Hmmm.... this surprised the shit out of me as well. Best described as "cold, rusty metal", I'm not sure how to proceed... it's kind of like licking chocolate from the kickstand of a bicycle in a freezing cold garage. Burps echo a metallic character, which makes me unhappy. As the beer opens and breathes further, the metal overwhelms and takes center stage, resulting in a most disappointing experience.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Not bad in the mouth, it's actually quite nice. It's just that when I swallow and contemplate the gustatory experience, my brain twinges. I will try this again sometime, to make sure the bottle wasn't tainted.

Photo of Citadel82
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a gift from a neighbor who said it was way too hoppy for him. It is a very out of balance and hoppy beer, but after having enjoyed an Alpha King or two earlier this evening I thought it was not too extreme. Poured out nice clear copper with a decent head that lasted for a few moments and left some decent lacing. citrus and pine very strong in the aroma. Taste is likewise citrus and some pine, some medicinal notes and some pale malt in the background. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but not watery making this a decent and drinkable brew from this little brewery out in the Poconos. I would buy this brew myself.

Photo of AlexJ
2.06/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle purchased at Dunderbaks cafe' in the LV mall. Dull, murky brown with faint amber highlights (the bottle does say IPA, right?) Frothy, 2 finger wheat colored head is attractive for about 30 seconds, before bubbling down to a ring of sudsy bubbles.

Aroma is dirty malts, like caramel covered in top-soil, strong, bitter, green hops with traces of citrus (or is it Lemon Pledge?)

Flavor mildly improves on the nose. Meager malt notes of stale bread and light molasses pave the way for very bitter, but otherwise flavorless hops. A notion of orange or lemon zest borders on a chemical cleaner note.

Body is just above light, with very big bubbles of carbonation lending to a expansive, uncomfortable mouthfeel and slick, somewhat gritty texture. I barely finished half the bottle (which was like $3.50 or more (gotta love Mall beer-store prices, NOT).

Photo of pezoids
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.83/5  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.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle obtained from someone who delivers Barley Creek brews to local establishments. Consumed on 04.30.05...

A huge, pillowy head presented firmly atop this orangish-red brew. The aroma was fragrant with hops, citrusy hope, no less. The flavor was somewhat crisp, yet lacking that hoppy snap that I really like to see in an American IPA. It was almost difficult to finish for some reason, and I love IPAs... Still a good one, and one that I will try again in the event I was the victim of a bad bottle.


Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Nay
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not super. Sorry, it's just an IPA with an American lager malt flavor. On tap at the brewery it comes out CRYSTAL clear amber with nice fresh cascade aroma. Good hoppy flavors, some hop agressiveness (Chinook?), but hardly worthy of the name Super Hop, even for the east coast.

I'm not a fan of lager malts, so the malt body was a bit disappointing and simple for my tastes. Otherwise I found the beer to be a pretty good American IPA.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a amber reddish color. The creamy tan colored head seemed to be everlasting.
Aroma: Piney and floral with a butterscotch like malt profile, very nice.
Taste: Pine niddles, light biscuity notes, some orange peel shavings perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy not bad at all.
Kicked: Nice brew. Check it out.

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Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.