Stockyard IPA
Barley John's Brew Pub

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Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States
IPA - English
Ranked #48
Ranked #23,666
3.71 | pDev: 10.24%
Nov 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2003
Notes: Strong malt backbone with a present hop character, not as citrus and hoppy as the American IPA counterpart, our IPA celebrates the more subtle British presentation of the style.

50 IBUs
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3.94 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 10, 2021
3.75 by Marvicsin from California on May 24, 2018
3.54 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jan 21, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Taybeh from Minnesota

At the brewpub, pours a hazy sienna with a decent head and average retention. Nose is faint....what's there is very malty (biscuity and a little nutty) and a little earthy hoppiness peeks through. For an IPA (even in the English style) this is a fairly disappointing nose. The taste, however, is on point for the English style (though maybe a little more pine than expected) -- great harmony between caramel/toffee and biscuity malts and rustic earthy hops, kind of juicy without being citrusy (in either a bright or dark way), smooth and wet mouthful, carbonation is middling, not much bite from the hops but it has a fairly substantial body.

Jul 21, 2016
4.1 by wytman71 from Illinois on May 15, 2016
3.5 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Feb 24, 2016
3.72 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota on Feb 05, 2016
3.89 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 01, 2015
3.69 by ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota on Aug 06, 2015
3.75 by MNBeerGeek from Minnesota on Jul 08, 2015
4.22 by hopazoid from Minnesota on Jan 05, 2015
3.75 by zestar from California on Oct 31, 2014
3.75 by josephwa from Minnesota on Jul 07, 2014
3.75 by DaveMiller from Minnesota on May 11, 2014
3.75 by billhelm from Minnesota on Mar 25, 2014
3.5 by seangibbs60 from Minnesota on Feb 02, 2014
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2013
2.75 by mmulebarn from Minnesota on Nov 17, 2013
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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Santanax from Minnesota

Overall not a bad IPA.. some other reviews say otherwise but the batch that i got to sample a pint from had amazing rich maltiness with an underlying earthy fruity sweetness... almost nutty taste from the malts...Very sweet fruity aroma... couldent put my finger on the fruit.... almost like a sweet ummm pear smell... asked about the hops used but the bartender was chatting with some chick so he didnt hear.... great for my first from them.... got an old 8 porter growler from them cant wait to sample that... gonna bring it to a bottle share event...

Oct 23, 2013
3.75 by heytomcat from Minnesota on Oct 22, 2013
3.75 by Kunstman from Wisconsin on Aug 11, 2013
3.25 by Cooper from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2013
3.25 by t0rin0 from California on Aug 20, 2012
3.25 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2012
3.75 by SweJon from Minnesota on Mar 09, 2012
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2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by jsprain1 from Minnesota

A- Amber copper, one finger head, that has pretty good retention and a fair amount of lacing as well.
S- The aroma is mild and not all that impressive. There is some earthy hoppiness and some noticable bitter aromas. But it seems to be lacking in depth.
T- There is some earthyness along with a touch of biscuit up front. The bitterness comes in but the bitterness doesn't seem to come with much flavor beyond just bitter.
M- Medium body, a touch oily. On the short side as far as finish.
O- Eh, this one was just so so for me. It has a good bit of bitterness but I'd like more flavor to go along with it. As far as this brewery's attempts, this one is a pass. Go for the porter instead.

Dec 16, 2011
4 by fuzzcherry from Minnesota on Dec 01, 2011
3 by Jenray from Texas on Nov 23, 2011
4 by doucmehu from Oregon on Nov 16, 2011
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3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Chriscrundwell12 from Minnesota

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- The appearance is nice, two finger off white head, dissipates to a frothy ring around the glass, nice lacing, dark bronze color.
S- The scent is very mild, slight pine, earthy notes, malt is present, nothing stands out in the aroma.
T- Slight bitterness to this beer, some pine and citrus but very hidden, malt in the background, a little watered down IMO, easy drinking otherwise.
M- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
O- This beer was not terrible but nothing stood out that would make me want to drink this again, easy drinkability but very plain.

Jul 21, 2011
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3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by AgentZero from Illinois

A - A burnt, amber color with some great sheets of lace cascading down the sides as I drank it.

S - There's some light catty hops and a malt backbone, but really not a whole lot going on here. Smell is a bit too light.

T - Taste is also very weak on this one, some earth and slightly bitter hops, but not a whole lot else.

M - Slightly oily, light, and had light carbonation.

D - This was okay, wasn't a bad beer, but don't care to ever have this again.

Nov 06, 2010
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3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by jrallen34 from Illinois

On tap at the brew pub into a tasting glass...A light clear copper unappealing but a great white head with lacing that coats the whole glass supremely...The aroma is pretty boring, almost dead with only a hint of hops...The taste is boring, little flavor worth mentioning.

This is a beer worth skipping.

Oct 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dirtylou from New York

on-tap at the brewpub

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - murky copper body with a dull beige ring

smell: rustic and earthy, herbal hops

taste: This was a pretty dissapointing IPA - earthy herbal hops without any real distinct citrus flavors, grassy and light toasted malts. In a town of Furious and Massala, this just aint gonna cut it

mouthfeel: tea-like, medium


Aug 30, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

On tap @ Barley John's Brew Pub (New Brighton, MN) on 8/12/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a finger of frothy off-white head. Retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a solid cascade of lacing which slowly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and pithy smelling, with extra hoppy notes of herbs and earthy rind. Some light grapefruit mixes with the breadiness of the malts to give this a bit of a citrus twang in the nose.

The taste is quietly assertive with a bite of bitter grapefruit, gritty rind, earth, and gritty herbal textures that run throughout. I say quiet because this is so well balanced by the toasted grainy character of the malts here. I'm maybe getting a little bit of caramel as well, which helps sweeten the pot some. Leftover bitter fruit and dry lingering rind finish this out nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and VERY smooth with a silky and easy feel to the body yet still manages to maintain some light crispness to it as well, helping add some pop in the mouth.

REALLY solid house IPA here from Barley John's with a good mix of well balanced hop flavors and the drinkibility of this was great for 7%. This one really grew on me as I worked through the glass. This would definitely be a go-to if I was a local.

Aug 27, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mjryan from Minnesota

Copper coloured and hazy. Short head, sticky lace. Pungent fruity hop aroma mingled with burnt caramel. Caramel and earthy, pear like hops in the flavour, lingering orange peel bitter at the finish. Very refreshing. Lower coronation leaves a quaffable pint. It's bayou hot/muggy out right now and this beer is really hitting the spot. Cheers!

Jul 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jera1350 from Minnesota

Deep copper color with a thin layer of suds on top.

Piney and earthy scents fill the nose. A touch of caramel sweetness as well.

Mmm, big piney hop profile with a bit of a floral and earthy presence as well. Solid malt backbone that adds sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee.

Mostly smooth with a hint of abrasive carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinks very nicely. Without doing a side by side, reminded me a bit of Furious. It was that enjoyable for me and I would have it again in a heartbeat.

Jun 20, 2010
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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Viggo from Canada (ON)

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a mostly clear reddish copper, thin off white head forms, drops down to a real solid ring around the glass, leaves a few lace spots, looks good. Smell is neat, light and fruity, caramel, very malty and earthy, some floral hopping, toast, touch of citrus. Taste is similar, fruit up front, bready and caramelized through the middle, very malty, some floral and orange peel, quite fruity, real solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable. A nice IPA, but I would call this more British than American.

Aug 11, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mistofminn from Minnesota

The first beer I ordered at Barley John's for lunch.

Served in a pint glass, it appears light copper with a light tan head that shrinks to a small cushion rather quickly, but has great retention from there on out. A healthy carbonation aids in the retention. Displays good lacing, pretty impressive.

The nose is very earthy and piney hops. Also a significant caramel malt backbone shines through to show this is a well balanced brew.

I can see why this is considered an "English" style IPA by Barley John's, as it's more malty than it's American counterparts. There is a significant woody and earthy hop character, but the caramel malts more than hold there own in the battle, which ends in a nicely balanced IPA.

Medium body and leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. There is a little bit of a bite, but nothing too intrusive. For 6.8% ABV, it's not noticeable at all. Great drinkability.

Overall, a solid English style IPA offering from Barley John's. I think I made a good choice for my first brew. Very pleased.

Aug 04, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

I'm very impressed with this brew. Pours a very dark copper, almost brown with subtle head. The aroma is malty, with caramel and then hoppy at the same time, with pine and citrus. The flavors of this brew are intense. Malty at first, but balanced with an intense hop finish. This brew is full bodied, yet almost too easily drinkable. I may have to go get myself a growler or two before this one runs out.

Apr 02, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Some hoppy aroma. Grapefruit colour and very lacey. British IPA with fairly high 6.8%. Northern Brewer and East Gouldings hops.Caramel and a bit of sweet fruit.Average mouthfeel and decent carbonation. The beers here are off-centred.

Nov 21, 2008
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