Barley's Centennial India Pale Ale | Barley's Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 49
Photo of SHDoyle
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is what you might expect from a small, local brewpub. A little bit of pine on the nose and palate but not much else. It's not bad but it's also not memorable or notable. All in all, a pretty inside-the-box, uninspired beer. It's fine if you're at the restaurant - which is pretty good - having dinner, but I wouldn't make a it a point to seek this out otherwise.

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Photo of Seejae
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

NOTE: Barley's and Smokehouse are no longer one in the same. The Centennial is the flagship IPA for Smokehouse and is solid, yet not as exciting as it's seasonal and occasional IPA offerings. Very underrated C-bus brewery as a whole

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Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Poured slightly murky, golden orange color, short white head that left decent spider web of lace.
Lots of carbonation bubbles keep the head going.
Lots of hop aroma, grapefruit, grassy, herbal.
The flavor is citrus and fruity hops, balanced with some caramel malt.
The mouth feel is full, yet still smooth, finishes dry and bitter.
According to website description, aged with French white oak contributes a hint of vanilla,
but I have to admit I didn't find that, but there was a good level of complexity.
Another drinkable and enjoyable IPA

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disapates

S- nice fresh fruity hops. Kind of have to force smell though

T-very citrusy and smooth. Nit over powering ans just right

M-medium body and smooth. Layer of hops just sits on your tounge

O-good ipa. Would have again

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Photo of zimm421
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on-tap at Bodega 6/8/11. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appears a clear amber to color copper with an average white head with some good lacing.

The nose is far too malty for me, and really isn't bitter at all... There are some citrus and floral scents, but most aren't coming through very strong. The bitterness doesn't stand out at all in the tasting, just seem to be overwhelmed by sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but much better has been taken. Drinking this was interesting, and made one think, but it wasn't good enough to make you stay with more.

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Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderfully murky, dark orange color. Not much head poured with it, but there was a decent enough lacing to indicate carbonation not a problem here.

Scent of caramel malt and hints of citrus with an herbal hoppiness as well.

Sweet orange & grapefruit with a bitter hop kick from the Centennials. Juicy, with a bone-dry finish.

This one is heavy, very heavy, in body. The body and flavor indicate most imperial/double IPAs I've had. I wonder where they draw the line at definition of the two styles.
Certainly more hop & malt than your average IPA, and it is done well.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Columbus. The beer is hazy, really hazy, with a dark orange color that hints at caramel malts in the bill, a thin head that manages to lace onto the walls without looking substantial in solid form on the liquid.

The aroma of centenial hops and a little sweet malt, pretty evenly matched in strength for a well balanced sensory hit. Luckily I don't really taste the caramel malts, at least until the aftertaste, the hops lead as they should. Mildly bitter, almost a little chalky.

The body is thick enough to coat your mouth with eash sip, full bodied I guess. Overall good, not great but definitely good with a meal.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden red color. Pretty much no head just a handful of bubbles here that lined the glass. Lacing was spotty and looked nice.

S- Very stong hops everywhere. Piney, grapefruit, and pineapple with just a faint hint of bready malts.

T- Tropical fruit flavours jump out here. Piney notes here as well. Not super bitter but has a great bite to it.

M- Low carbonation and body was a touch on the fuller side of medium.

D- Man, this one is easy to drink. Totally awesome brew and a must try.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap into a pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy murky orange with a very light tan head with only about a half a finger of retention and poor lacing.

The aroma is light citrus with grapefurit and orange dominating with light hops on the back end.

The taste is really bad. Its all bitter pine mixed with metal and hops. The metal also has an orange taste.

The feel is actually decent but this beer is utterly undrinkable.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, lightly eathy and sugary. Tastes of juicy oranges, bitter grapefruit, and lightly floral. Has a nice lightly sweet to medium bitter balance. I might have to kill this growler by myself tonight!

Notes from 6/1/07

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Photo of blakesell
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the firkin into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pulls a hazy golden with a spiderweb pattern across the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Huge Centennial and Amarillo hops, cask signature smells linger, but nearly no malt. It could just be the hops pure power overpowering all malts.

Taste- Soft, creamy and insanely hoppy. Centennial hop really bangs the mouth like eating a pure Centennial hop. Aroma and flavour really give a very piney syrup coating on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light on the palate, medium bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability- Strong on hops. Centennial is not my favourite hop, but god-damn, this is one fine beer.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into tankard. Hazy gold color, one finger head, with moderate lacing.

A very sweet maltiness in the nose with a sour, hopiness. It's almost a sherry, cranberry kind of fragerance.

A pretty wet IPA, not as dry as others. Can make out some lemon, apple, and roasted malt. Overall a very balanced and smooth flavor that leaves little aftertaste; just a mild warmth of alcohol at the end.

Pretty easy to drink and a very balanced offering. I think it leans more to the English IPA then American and would recommend it to anyone. I could have used more hops but in the end I give it a tumb's up.

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Photo of klewis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a one-finger foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Quite hoppy with lots of grapefruit and some floral notes.

T: Somewhat unbalanced with nothing but hops coming through. However, the citrusy hop flavor and its accompanying bitterness are quite nice.

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The flavor quickly departs leaving a trail of crisp bitterness.

D: Not outstanding but definitely enjoyable. The intensity of the hops prevents this from being a session beer, but two or three are definitely possible.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the "Firkin Friday" Centennial IPA. They've been running it for the last couple of weeks.

The beer arrived at my table with little head in a pint glass. Despite the lack of head there was good lacing from the remaining froth. The beer was an ambered/bronzed golden in color with a slight haze to it.

This beer REAKED of awesome. Strong and very apparent scents of pine, grapefruit, and apricot were complimented by underlying notes of caramel malts. I would buy this beer just to smell it.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Hop oiliness made this beer pretty smooth and thick for an IPA which was a surprising and welcomed addition to the beer. Rich flavors of citrus grapefruit dominated this beer but were pleasantly balanced out with an apricot sneak attack and a bitter hops sting. The beer finishes clean for the most part with a lingering piney note being deposited on your tongue.

I don't know what it was, but I was getting lit on this beer after just a few. The beer tasted and smelled fantastic but I have a feeling it's creeping up in to the higher tiers of ABV.

Bottom Line:
I don't know how much longer they're having this going but you must try it if you are a fan of Barley's or IPA. It's incredibly fresh and every aspect of the beer reminds you of that.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Barley's growler, it's a murky gold golden darkened by a bronze tint. The two finger white head is very creamy, showing solid retention and delivering ample lacing. A barrage of bubbles illustrates the good carbonation, which is never a given out of a growler.

The fragrant aroma is dominated by sweet hops, with some grapefruit, grass and basil--very herbal. The flavor is of subtle citrus and spice, a little fruit, caramel malt, yeast and then the Centennial hops kick in with a bitter vengence.

The mouth is full and complex, starting out light and bright, smoothing into a patch of malt and yeast cut by the first flutter of hops, and then finishes out dry and bitter, all hopped up on the back palate. It's well balanced, and the hoppy finish isn't overkill.

This beer would be highly drinkable for any fan of IPAs, though maybe not so much for detractors of the style. At a temp of about 50 degress F, this a great beer. It makes me glad that Barley's Ale House #2 is practically in my backyard.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber color with a generous head this is another great one from Barley's! Floral hops, citrus, and mild malt came bluntly to the nose before it was put in front of me. The taste is fantastic. Clove, oranges and tangy grapefruit start off the drink and slow to a sweet caramel, and gentle malt finish. A great use of hops mixing well with a smooth malt finish. Smooth and oily left a nice finish in the mouth with nay an after bite. The bartender led me in the correct direction with this selection. They had the Weyerbacher (sp?) Hops Infusion as a guest tap and I almost chose it over Barley's selection until the batender offered up a sample. Another good decision.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 100th review, what could be more appropriate? This beer was a cloudy golden-orange color. There was a nice white foamy head, which disappeared too quickly. There was a great amount of lace on the glass when I was finished. The smell lets you know that this is all about hops, no tricks here. Smells citrusy, with perhaps just a little spice. Taste begins with a fair amount of sweet malt, followed by a rush of herbal hops, some citrusy hops, and almost a pepper-like finish. No doubt this is an IPA, good bitterness, but certainly not overkill, at least not to a hop head. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Overall, very good, solid IPA. I think this was a good concept for an IPA, I will surely have more. The alcohol presence was not very noticable, I think a couple of these would go down nicely.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale House # 2.
Hazey caramel color. Off-white head.
Aroma of hops and caramel malt with a fruity twang.

Taste shows pale caramel malt flavors. Solid hop presence. Nicely balanced. Finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel has good body to it.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid IPA.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very enjoyable India Pale Ale, the Centennial celebrates an important milestone in Barley's history. This is a good looking gold brew topped by a very good white head that hangs around and creates great lacing effects. It has a very prominent hop nose which one would expect, but surprises on the flavor side with some unusual clove sense in the hops. Much less of a hop flavor stunner than many other IPAs, this beer impresses with its subdued nature and the fact that it tends more toward sweetness than hop bitterness. Very interesting indeed.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very solid IPA. I am not a big fan of them as a rule but this one I would have again, nice tart hoppy flavor. Hops and caramel aroma. Slightly bitter citrus finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a medium copper amber color with small white head and little lace . It had an aroma of floral hops. It had a flavor of hops, malt and lightly of caramel and citrus. The finish was also slighty caramel/citrus with a slight bitterness. A good beer.

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Barley's Centennial India Pale Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
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