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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by xgrigorix:
Photo of xgrigorix
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 uziangis
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahhdball
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amontillado Sherry color. Effervescent but small beige head.
Great big hops aroma citrus undertones. The roasted malt and hops took turns with my nose.
The citrus hops tends to be gentle but prominent. It mixes well with malt sweetness and leaves the mouth clean.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel with a slight oil ending. A regular of mine, I rarely miss the opportunity to grap one of these when offered.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 krome
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of alseger83
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Brown120
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The glass was full of a copper colored liquid that was topped by a very nice off-white head. The lacing from the head was OK, but not stellar. The nose seemed a bit light to me, but gave off hints of hops and a bit of malt. The taste was full of grassy notes and seemed somewhat lightly hopped for the style. Overall this seems to me to be a very drinkable ale with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While I like Barley's Pale Ale, it suffers from being compared to the older, more widely available Columbus Pale Ale. Pours out a nice golden color with a light head which leaves some lace to it. A slight aroma of hops as well as taste. It has a good color and taste to it, but the Columbus Pale Ale is still the better of the two.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at Barley's #1. The color was amber, with a nice head. The smell was a nice citrus hop. The taste was a very well-balanced hop, with a good citrusy note to it. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have quite a few of these!!

This may well have been my favorite beer from Barley's. A nicely balanced and refreshing pale ale, and definitely one I'd have again on my next trip!

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Photo of bigone4
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Grundle20
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 wmickdds32
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Barley's Pale Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 31 ratings
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