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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: 3.38
pDev: 18.05%
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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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz stubby bottle. I picked this up because I like hops and the label was amusing. I poured just a bit into my glass and the whole thing exploded with foam. Nearly 2 inches of off-white enormous rocky head sit atop this; it has a striking similarity to vanilla ice cream once it is added to root beer. The body is a sunset-colored, very cloudy orange.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy but not a whole lot else going on. After taking my first sip, I decided to pour a little bit more from the bottle, but not the entire thing. First off, it still wont fit into the glass due to the enormous pillow on top, and secondly, its just not that great. Flavor has some lemon and pine notes, but overall is a tad bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is sharp and rather tart. Not too impressed with this one. I'll keep the bottle for a while, but I won't be purchasing anymore of this one. Near the bottom of the IPA barrel for sure.

IrishRedRock, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

meathookjones, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

sideshowrob, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
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!

RocketWidget, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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!!

ZAP, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

blitheringidiot, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Gusler, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Edwin
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Edwin, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

longpondbeerman, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Bighuge, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

HappyHourHero, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

CRJMellor, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Veyr very interesting, pehaps one of the few IPA's whith possibly more malt than hops? Quite tasty though. Nice deep amber color, and the head stuck around longer then the annoying guy next to you at the bar. Malt then hops, the more malt, then more hops....it appears they are waging a battle in my mouth and my tastebuds are the winners. Avery different change of pace ipa, i enjoyed it and will have it again.

Ianhockey91, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

francisweizen, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
1.83/5  rDev -45.9%
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)

RBorsato, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of Suds
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Suds, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Holy foaming beer, Hopman!

It took me three pours to get this 22 oz bottle into my 32 oz glass due to the huge, frothy head. This cream colored foam sits atop the beer forever, looking like spray foam insulation floating on this dark amber copperish beer. The aroma is earthy, with a touch of biting spiciness. The initial taste is like wild, tart grapes, and it even sweetens in the mouth a bit like the grapes do. It has a thin, cidery quality to it, a cider made from a healthy percentage of green apples. There is not much in the way of malt here, just a tart yet bitter flavor. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness here and there, with that green apple taste sticking in my mind. The mouthfeel is thin, and a bit watery. Drinkability is acceptable.

There is a freshness dating system on the back of the bottle, but it is not used. I don't know how old this may be. It's an interesting brew, and I like the centennial hops. Just give me some malty goodness to go with it.

aaronh, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

RonfromJersey, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a clear golden/copper color and when in the light is had a orange hue to it. It had a whitish head that was barely there. The aroma has tones of hops and hints of citrus, dirt like (like said earlier – earthy), and undertones of alcohol. The taste was of hops (not as prominent as I would have thought or liked), notes of malt. Well carbonated. Slightly dry at the finish.

Jarod, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of Scoats
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fine beer but didn't really do anything for me.

It's balanced, not another super IBU hop monster the name might lead you to believe.

My friend Rich Pawlak was having orgasms over it, so don't take my opinion as definitive.

Scoats, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of HopheadEd
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was expecting a little more. You put a name like "super" in your title, you better follow up. Light amber color, medium head, lace throughout. Hop aroma, not heavy. Nice malt and hop mix at the finish, but again, not what I was expecting. I'm pretty sure the keg was fresh, but to be fair, I'll try again after I talk to the owner to verify freshness.

HopheadEd, Oct 21, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 05, 2002
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Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.