Barley's Pale Ale | Barley's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a pale orange color with no head and no lacing. The smell had a mostly sweet maltiness running about. No soapiness came in as I was slightly expecting it. The taste was mainly malty sweet with an ample amount of a sweet aftertaste that bled into a semi - wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to somewhat restrained but still acceptable. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English pale ale I would have again.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the pale ale at the brewery. It poured a clear amber with no head and no lace. The scent had faint malt. The taste was malty and easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with so so carbonation. Overall it's ok....really not sure what to make of the amber "pale" ale.

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Photo of Brown120
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillWrkForBeer
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bschinelli
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mikeg67
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, bready and caramel malt, hints of citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops are balanced on the palate by bready and caramel malt and hints of fruit. Finish is long and bitter. This brew is more like amber ale.

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Photo of wmickdds32
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of alseger83
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ok, bear with me this is my first review.

a- Surprisingly dark for a pale ale, copper (when I asked they told me that it was pale compared to what they were brewing at the time). Very nice lacing

s- malty and mildly hoppy, not overpowering on either

t- caramel sweetness with nice hoppy finish. Nicely balanced

m- nice medium body, smooth

d- very drinkable, got a growler to kill later that night

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

The beer pours a surprising dark color, copper with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is lots of hops, seems like some cascade but that is it, not very balanced.

The taste is light hops throughout with an unwelcome metallic finish.

The feel is ok and drinkability is cut back by the metal aftertaste.

To me its not an pale ale but an IPA and so-so one at that.

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Photo of adamette
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Brewery last night into a clean, clear glass.

A Fine look but a little basic. Some lacing well after drinking the pint.

S Moderately hoppy, not overwhelming.

T Good for its style but I am not a big fan of hoppy beers. This is more well balanced than the IPA that I would have later.

M Appropriately thin to moderate.

D Really good if you like APA's. Really, this could easily be a session beer.

Notes: A solid, if a bit average, APA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent pales here. C-hop aroma, medium mouthfeel. High IBU for a pale, so its the lineup's IPA replacement. Drinkable, but not enough for a true hophead, Kent Goldings hops and two-row English malted barley, including both Pale and Crystal malt.That citrus taste in there, though mildly.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the cask into a standard pint glass. This cask has been dry hopped with east Kent Goldings.

Appearance- Beer pulls a hazy amber red with a nice thin film of foam looking like a small galaxy. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass and the head is a murky tan.

Smell- Wonderful east Kent Goldings flow outward beyond the boundaries of the pint glass. Rich flavorful pale malts hiding just well enough to be behind the hops. Great nose on this one.

Taste- Spicy and malty with creamy cask flavors flowing through the beer. This could well be one of the best cask beers I've ever had right behind Bell's Double Cream Stout. Beer is fresh by all means.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, fresh, and effervescent, this cask has a lot going for it. Medium bodied, low carbonation and oh, so smooth.

Drinkability- Refreshing and hoppy with much malt support. This beer has unbelieveable drinkability.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Crystal clear copper coloured liquid. One finger of off white foam holds nicely and leaves some spotty lace behind.

Fresh citrusy American hop aromas, with a hint of some herbal notes in the background.

A touch sweet up front. Biscuit & a fleeting hint of chocolate. Hops take over & bring it home. Nice big hoppy finish - citrus & pine. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Nothing too challenging here, but certainly a solid pale ale that I could easily spend an evening downing a few pints (oh wait, that's exactly what I did).

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Photo of bigone4
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber brown color with a tanish off-white head. It left a mild lace in the pint. Smell was rather fruity lots of citrus mixed with some sour tones. There was a mix of malt and a slight roasted barley scent. The taste was of malt with some hints of fruit or slight plum sourness mixed in. Light carbonation that made for quite a thicker bodied Pale Ale. Smooth malt taste up front with a nice enjoyable flavor. Dry hop finish with a well placed bitterness in the mouth. Good balance from start to finish making this an extremely drinkable and very enjoyable brew. I would love to have this one on cask a few more times.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a big thick head. The head hangs on for quite a while but doesn't lace the glass much at all.

Pretty blase on the scent. It smells like a pale ale should, but it's not really bringing much else to the table. Slight roasted malt notes are prodominantly masked over by a mild hop aroma and some yeast character.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer is crisp and smooth. There's minor apple notes and a nice hoppy bitterness. Roasted malts and mild hopping pretty much steal the show here. Again, this beer is pretty standard pale ale, but it's fresh and finishes clean.

This is pretty much my standard bar beer. Easy going down without giving too much of an alcohol boot. Good beer for when you want to down a few good ones.

Bottom Line:
This beer is to me what bud light is to the rest of humanity. Another good showing from Barley's.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive. A purely malty, hoppy and cleanly brewed American Pale ale. Looks crystal-like copper with a 1/2" off-white head that's as creamy as whip cream. Flavors of barley through and throughout. Hopped with quality American varieties. A great yeasty spiciness and toastiness lines throughout. No harshness, or imperfections. One of the best APA's I've ever had. Equal to Sierra Nevada's. Feels creamy and moderately heavy to the palate and lingers into a bitter and sweet aftertaste. Good beer.

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Barley's Pale Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
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