Barfly India Pale Ale | Barley Island Brewing Company

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Barfly India Pale AleBarfly India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
STYLE American IPA
MALT 2-Row, Global Vienna, Carahell, Victory, Flaked Barley
HOP Summit, Citra, Amarillo, Cascade
ABV 6.5
IBU 70

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Photo of mcnut
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the Barley Island Brewpub.

Appearance: Poured beautifully by the local bartender with an inch of head which took a minute or so to die down.

Smell: Obviously a lot of dry hopping in this one, as it smells like opening a bag of hops and smelling them, grapefruit and grass.

Taste: Citrusy up front, with a touch of malt in the middle followed by a long grassy finish. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: As goldilocks said "This one's just right" Not too thin, and not chewy, but a silky mouthfeel.

drinkability: As I was finishing my beer I was asking about a growler of it to take home with me. This could be a staple in my fridge very soon.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.46/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is amazing what the serving style can do for a beer. I've had barfly before on tap and in the bottle and it certainly isn't a bad beer, but it really isn't anything special. That changes dramatically when it is served on cask. The hops take on a brilliant marijuana presence that is beautifully complimented by some light grapefruit and a nice solid, if unremarkable malt base. The finished product is far more than the sum of its parts, a beautiful drinking experience. Really guys, try it on cask, it is a whole 'nother animal.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friend visited Indy and brought this along with many other Indy beers.
Could not find a freshness date on the bottle or 6pk holder.

A - Orange/Amber in color. Hazy and not very clear. Unfiltered as the label indicates. Head is rocky then settles. Nice lacing from the head settling.

S - Strong citrus nose. Oranges and a little grapefruit. Sweet esters. This smells very very good!

T - Resinous up front. Sweetness from the grain and fermentation then bitterness. Almost a puckering bitterness at the finish. Very nice.

M - Creamy, full and carbonated. A full mouthfeel that almost lets you feel the texture of the hops!

D - This is very drinkable. I could enjoy several of these beers. The ABV should be around 6.5 according to style, but no perceived alcohol on the nose or warmth in the finish.

This is a fantastic beer. I am very impressed. I'll see if I can buy this locally in Ohio.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.36/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - slightly hazed burnt orange, a good fluffy cap above. The foam leaves a blanket layer of sparkly lace all around the glass.

Aroma - biscuity, some caramel and crackery grain. A very faint citrus and pine hop element. On the lighter side but with good persistence.

Taste - good biscuity and sweet malt component. Very good and full hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine with plenty of intensity. Doesn't have a lot of complexity or depth, and despite a touch of medicinal flavor on the swallow and aftertaste, this is one great IPA. The finish is a little sweet, a little bitter, and a little dry.

Mouthfeel - properly smooth with that slight oily feel. Medium carbonation, medium+ body.

Drinkability - this IPA can stand up to just about anyone's IMO. Superbly sessionable.

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Photo of MarshMan71
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just tried this at US Cellular Field found at a small craft station of mid west brewers. Thanks to some advice from some fellow BA'ers ... after reading reviews and enjoying this I think it's a seriously underrated brew. Mouthfeel is great, tastes of citrus and pine, bitterness I wasn't expecting kinda sneaks up on you and then lingers in the back of your mouth. I know this is a very small brewer but cant wait to sample future offerings. Definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a stunner, yes? Pours deep amber to copper in color, slightly hazy. This great off-white head caps it off and stays forever, leaving a wall of lacing down the glass. Smell is of citrus hops and big, big malt. Toasted, buttered bread. Lots of caramel and toffee. Even a touch of chocolate, perhaps. I didn't really mind the smell for having so much malt in it. The flavor takes some of that out but what was there in the smell provides excellent balance for this brew. The hops have taken over. A little piney flavor now comes through along with citrus flavors. Lots of orange flavors and grapefruit. Again, such a great balance with the malts that come in. It almost reminds me of a hoppy amber in a way but whatever you want to call it, it's great. Mouthfeel has a good bitterness and is somewhat dry in the finish despite all the malty goodness. Great drinkability. This is one I would love to have around at all times. Perfect session candidate as an IPA.

Thanks to lightindarkness for this great unhyped UGLY brew.

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Photo of jt31914
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smell. Sweet honey and light hops. Delicious taste and smooth And refreshing mouthfeel. A solid ipa, but not sensational. I would definitely recommend it and think it is worth a buy. The beer has Very light Hop flavor and a nicE malt profile. I wouldn't mind more hours, but it is still delicious

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Photo of SethB2
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep burnt orange color with a small head. Non-transparent and a little bit cloudy.

S - Nice. Lemons and tart berry hoppiness dominate. Under the hops is a burnt quality that is pleasant and inviting.

T - I love this stuff. Very unique. Big roasted malt flavors start this off, followed by a nice hoppiness that serves to balance out the malt. Not complex at all, but overall very good at what it is aiming to do.

M - Decent. Not bad at all, bu nothing to write home about either.

D - Very nice. Easy drinker that I wish I had daily access to.

Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours solid, hazy amber with a nice white head.

Smells of citrus, pine, and biscuit malt. Strong, firm, and fairly complex. It doesn't punch you in the face or anything, but it's completely solid.

Tastes the same as it smells. Medium hop profile and a medium malt profile--citrus, pine, and bread. Not very intense or complicated by interesting enough and very nicely balanced.

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Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, with very little head but decent horizontal lacing. Has a nice strong, hoppy and floral scent. Nice taste, bitter, but not very complex for an IPA. For the little bit of alcohol in the flavor, it has a very low ABV. Goes down fine, just a little rough.

Tried a few more times, the most recent being at Barley Island Broad Ripple at this moment... it's gotten so much better (or perhaps I'm better now)... but the citrus/floral scent and flavor are quite good and it's much more mellow.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark gold, hints of copper. Light tan head, ok retention, not much lacing...The aroma was really nice, lots of orange, super sweet, nots of pine and caramel on the finish...The taste was really nice. It was sweet enough to make it drinkable but balanced by some nice hops light pine.

Overall, a super solid ipa, worth trying but not actively seeking out.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dry hopped with hops added to the cask, tapped at Hot Shotz in Indy.

Pours like fresh cider, a little orange and murky, unbelievably cloudy, and obviously no head. I can't tell if the unique appearance is attractive or intimidating.

Nose is juicy, with big sweet citrus - orange and grapefruit, pineapple, with a syrupy smooth balance of hop and malt. Hidden scents of sugar and some peach, with a definite resiny hoppy funk.

Taste is slightly watery up front and at the finish, without the carbonation, but flavor more than compensates. Middle is like chewing on a pine cone soaked in orange juice. Bitterness rises and flavor washes out at the finish with strong resin replacing. I can't tell how much malt is in there, but the hops themselves seem to be in an agreement that results in a surprising and unique balance.

Feel is medium bodied with a dry resiny finish. Slight tingle, but no carbonation.

Surprising drinkability. Little balance between the hop and malt, but a stunning display of hop character rarely achieved in any other format. Despite their strength, the hops aren't overpowering. A really nice surprise.

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Photo of KBHops
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Lovely orange/amber color. Not poured excessively but still a nice half to three quarters of an inch of off-white head. It eventually receded to a very thin layer that left some lacing.

S - A bit of grapefruit, a bit of orange, and maybe a touch of lemon. Generally pretty citrusy. I absolutely had to smell it before every sip.

T - Generally the same as the nose. Decent tangy bitterness, nicely backed by the malt.

M - Not water, not syrup. A nice thickness that lets you know its there, but doesn't take away from the taste.

D - I know that I could have six of these, easily, and be feeling really good, but it is be nice to break it up with something else every once in a while.

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with nearly no head.

Aroma holds great citrusy notes, noteably grapefruit. Maybe some grass/pine as well. There are also sweet malty undertones.

There is a nice hoppiness to the taste showing good citrus notes, mostly bitter grapefruit. There is a strong malt following which balances this IPA more than many.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively.

Drinkability is fair, I could have two in a sitting.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a huge pillowy white head. Great Lacing.

Has a very nice fresh bread, and toasty malt odor with a bit of floral hops.

A very balanced IPA with a great toasted malt body and a clean lightly piney and floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly slick with a crisp dry finish.

An easy to drink lighter more balanced IPA with much less hops than most American version, compares more favorable to good English versions.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brownish color with some yellow on the edges. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that dissipated and left some nice sheet lacing during the drink. Some yeast floating around in the glass.

S - Mostly piney hops with a bit of sweet malts. A bit of resiny bite at the end.

T - A solid sweet piney taste on a rich malt backbone with a bit of resin on the end. A little bit of citrus in there that kills the pine. This is actually a pretty good beer that I'm surprised is not rating higher. Very solid and good.

M - A little syrupy, medium body and carbonation.

D - Did one easy, could go for two. This is a solid and enjoyable IPA that I would have again.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barfly India Pale Ale pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by hops. The flavor is also very hoppy, there is a nice malt backbone to balance things out. This is a very enjoyable IPA, recommended.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange with a sticky white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt base with pungent earthy hops and citrus fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Initial caramel sweetness is overwhelmed by the intense earthy bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Very dry.

An impressively intense IPA. Unusual in it's earthy hops, very little citrus flavor. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A thick finger of white head tops a dark amber body, darker than the usual IPA. Nice rings of lacing decorate the pint glass. The smell is a little subtle, though hops are plentiful and some citrus emerges. The taste readily indicates that this is not a straightforward IPA. Though hops run this beer's roost, fruit but also drizzles of caramel accost the palate. The sweet-and-sour riff is an interesting motif, particularly from the caramel-sugar taste. Good stuff.

Though I wouldn't mind a little more carbonation, this is robust enough to adequately offset the smooth texture, making this a nice IPA. Not a top of the line pale ale, Barfly is nonetheless satisfying and worth grabbing.

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Photo of zebulon
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamed up fast 1 inch plus head when poured but died down fast. Good lacing which stayed. Very pleasant translucent honey color.

Malty, fruit aroma - grapefruit and to me peach pleasant. The aroma lasted.

Taste is like the aroma grapefruit and peach, some sweetness, mild bitter (more on first tasting but dies down as it sits). Not sure it has enough of a hop bite to be called an IPA. It did leave a lingering bitter taste after I was done drinking it.

I found it had body, but was also easy drinking.

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Photo of jking206
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with a thin white head. The head resembles an oracle. You can divine your future by staring at the pint.

Fantastic aroma with an intnse floral hop presence. It smells like a hop plant is growing in the glass.

Drinkabity...more like sip-ability. The hops do not overwhelm you, but are sure to assert their presence as you drink it.

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Photo of BioBilly
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah definately some weird stuff floating around in the beer. I wasnt sure what it was until I logged into BA and saw that it is old yeat. Besides the appearance this beer was good the taste was good, could of had a little stronger but not bad it is very drinkable. I actually thought it gets kind of bad rap and I would recommend this to someone.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beery oranged into a pint glass with a thick foamy head that didn't dissipate quickly. Smells of citrus and pine needles, nothing else. The mouth is very citrus with a piny aftertaste that is followed with a sweet maltiness that lingers in your mouth right underneath the citrus rind taste. Another solid beer from what is becoming a favorite brewery of mine.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown cloudy with the yeast floasting through, small white head laces, but disappears quickly. Not a pretty beer.
Aromas of carmel sweetness and a touch of citrus hops.
Taste is good, creamy carmel backbone balances the citrus hops well.
Mouthfeel is nice creamy and chewey especially for an IPA.
I could drink this beer often, I like it very much and as I think it isn't pretty I think people need to get beyond that and taste it with your eyes shut, very good beer IMO.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head.

Scent of hops, tobacco, grass, citrus, some earth and spices. Well balanced with a good hop presence.

Taste of spicy hops, citrus, grass, earth and fruit. Pretty good, I'd like it to be more hoppy, but this beer has a nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

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