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 Gear54
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley Island in Noblesville

Pint glass with 1/2 finger of off white foam and nice sticky lace on the glass

Smell is basic hops and pine with a malty backbone.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter hops without a ton else.

An average IPA that I feel with a bit of tweeting could be great

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Photo of Trharnde18
1.97/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Rather boring. A crispy malt with very light hops for an IPA. No underlying flavored, no great smell. Nothing makes this beer bad, but nothing makes it good as well.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

I had this poured into a pint glass at my hotel bar in Indy, my first offering from these guys. Pretty standard IPA. Good looking copper color, I'd say definitely above average. Not a ton of taste, mild hops, some slight pine...strong aroma given the flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of vishneda
2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was unimpressed with this brew. It had a fairly standard look to it but the beer felt kind of thin and the flavor was mostly astringent with none of the positives I usually experience in an ipa. Very little malt, lots of round bitter but no sharpness, very little hop flavor and not much on the nose. There is no bottle dating to work with so it is possible that this was an old and abused bottle. However, as it stood the beer was not worth the effort in getting it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a slight amber hue.

Caramel and toasted malt sweetness with a hint of earthy hops.

Definitely malt forward caramel sweetness and a light hand of earthy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, I was very unimpressed with this lackluster IPA.

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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 Durge
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This twelve-ouncer has admittedly been sitting in my fridge for at least a year and finally I'll give it a try. It's a dark but clear copper color with a modest bit of white head and just scant traces of lacing. The aroma is fairly pungent and full of deep caramel honey with a slighlty boozy vanilla malt. Seems like it will taste extremely sweet and the hop character is difficult to identify, perhaps a bit of herbal-pine. The flavor offers a little more of the hop bitterness you expect from an IPA, though it's still muted and hard to put a finger on. The theme remains more heavily in the malt/vanilla/caramel sweetness. At first it all seems a bit too shy of a true IPA mark but perhaps it's just a different kind of an IPA, one that works the malt sweetness elements more vigorously. There's almost a sweet whisky idea here. Any hops are mild and somewhat overshadowed, closer to pineapple than pine. The body is medium light but it has a nearly resinous, slightly syrupy feel with very subtle carbonation. Based on the aroma I was ready for a drain pour, not so much because it smelled horrible but just because it didn't offer what I expect from an IPA. But, although I wouldn't really care to revisit this brew, it's definitely worth a try if you are open to something a little different for the style.

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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 beaker30
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed it. My sister-in-law gave me a bottle in a pick-six for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised by the nose--some citrus, very clean, with a hint of sweetness. It made me want to drink it.

It seemed lighter, a little "happier" than some of the other IPAs--less aggressive. I love IPAs, but sometimes they're bitter just to be bitter. This was a nice, smooth, very drinkable beer. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous slightly hazed orange amber with a finger of bumpy cumulus eggshell head, nice lacing at the end of the session.

Smell - Tropical fruits, pineapple, floral hops.

Taste - Really nice flavors of tart citrus peels and floral hops, a nice malt backbone with some light sweetness to balance, finishes with some nice grapefruit pith and some bitter earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium with full flavors, carb is in the lighter side and very smooth, which really lets the floral hops blom on the tongue, nice dryness at the end.

Overall - Another good ipa with some great floral and earthy hop flavors going on, citrus is there but almost exclusively grapefruit. The balance is really nice on this, give this one a try.

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Photo of n2185
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with great lacing.

S: Some pineapple and grapefruit on the nose with hints of pine. It's all quite muted, though, and requires vigorous swirling.

T: Grapefruit and pine are strongest here, but there is also an odd nutty flavor that I tend to associate with brown ales. It's not bad, but a little weird. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation that accents the hops well.

O: An alright IPA overall, though nothing great. The nose is too muted and the flavor is a little odd, but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive semi-transparent amber, with an off-tan head. Medium single-finger lacing.

Aroma is a lovely bouquet of pine hoppy goodness. Delightful.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and malty up front, with a pine resin followthrough. Finishes with more maltiness. Though this isn't a bad IPA, it could stand to be a bit more heavily hopped. Still, an easily-sessionable and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of tapman
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body ours a murky yellow-brown and a whipped cream head. Bottle conditioned (unfiltered?). Darker than most, but that ain't bad. Earthy, bready, mushroomy aroma with hops that are on the woody side. Taste is interesting; moderately bitter hops with a little pine in the finish, but sweet toast and and Euro malt up front that support the chewy texture. A decent brew, though I prefer more of a West Coast IPA. This one has elements of German-tasting malts, which is nice, but the hops don't pop like they do in other brews. Citra hop bitterness is distinct.

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Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received in an in-person trade from my buddy Todd.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Aggressive head pours a 2 finger head that disappears in a few minutes.

S: Nice smell, decent hop presence, definitely solid malty presence that actually makes this one of the more malty IPAs I've ever had.

T: Follows the nose pretty much directly. Nice hop bitterness, definitely piney with a quick malt pickup.

M: Light body, sticky mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A good IPA, not great, but good. Solid effort from this brewery that was unknown to me before today.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of light pine hops, backed by heavier earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malts up front are joined quickly by earthy hops that turn the flavor profile more bitter. Midway through slight amounts of herbal and pine hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall nothing stood out about this beer; it could almost be passed off as a light amber. Not worth turning down if offered but certainly not worth seeking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gregg for a sharing a bottle of this with me at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a hazy amber with a grainy head and some scant lacing. Aromas of clean grain at the start, followed by a pleasant bitter earthiness. The taste is a bit soft to start, followed by a growing earthy bitterness that creeps up on you. If this were a little less grainy, the hops would shine a bit more. probably not the hop profile most people are looking for in an IPA, but I found it pleasant enough.

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Photo of afrokaze
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade from GCurlow, no bottling date Bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a light amber with a half finger of head that immediately settle with almost no lacing.

S - Nice and citrusy, with strong grapefruit/lemon notes and some piney hops.

T - Much sweeter than expected at first. Nice balance of malt and piney hops. Lemon and grapefruit flavors stand out, and finishes bitter with average dryness.

M - Best part of the beer. On the creamier side, but nice and full body suits the sweet malt. Alcohol stands out a little more than I'd like, though.

O - Pretty drinkable, but nothing really stands that would make me pick up this beer over many others if I had it readily available. Just a sold IPA.

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Photo of flyingspatula
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is much better than their blonde ale! I had this a month or so ago and thought it was good, so I'm trying it again. It pours smoothly with a nice two finger head. Smells very complex! I get aromas of hops and malt, fruits and grains and some unknown stuff. Smells sweet. Also tastes sweet and fruity, but with a nice citrusy hops bitterness. I like like the deepness of flavor in this beer. I think it's well done. The strength of this makes it a slow drinking beer. It's a little unusual for an American IPA, but I like it and will drink it again.

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Photo of Janderson91
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No bottled on date to be found. Enjoyed on 02/28/11.

A - Cloudy light orange/amber color. A pretty aggressive pour yields a good looking two finger white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S - Some light toasted malts, some crisp citrus hops. Pretty good aroma on this one.

T - Quite bitter up front. Big citrusy hops but it has a somewhat orangey flavor that I'm not the biggest fan of. Somewhat astringent. Finish is nice and dry with a good crisp bitterness at the end.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with nice prickly carbonation. Drinkability is pretty low because it just doesn't leave me wanting another sip.

A pretty good beer here but today there are too many great IPAs for this one to stand out.

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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 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 titosupertramp
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First offering that I've tried from Barley Island.

A: Copper with white head. Lacing that sticks to the glass and doesn't move. Interesting.

S: Citrus hops, smells kind of bready as the beer warms a bit.

T: Citrusy just as the nose lead me to believe. Pretty bitter. Malty towards the end. I get kind of a tanin type aftertaste..I like it.

M: Dry and a little sticky.

D: Tasty and smooth. Could easily bring this to a party and drink a sixer...or a 12 pack..depends on the type of party, I guess.

Good first impression of Barley Island. Not sure if I'll every find myself in Noblesville, IN, but if I do, Barley Island will be on my list of places to go.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boldly bitter with other characteristics of malt, esters, and spice playing a far secondary role. Definately a nice display for hop bitterness!

Caught somewhere between rusty orange and light copper in color, the beer has a subtle glow about it, illuminating through the dry-hopped haze. Sticky foam and lace decorates the rim in sturdy and stubborn fashion.

High citrus flavor and aroma dominate the glass. White grapefruit and orange rinds come to mind as sharp and resiny bitterness tear through the mouth, allowing little else to compete. A background of medium caramel, estery, spicy/earthy notes come to light only after the initial on slaught of hop flavor subsides.

Definatley a hop dominant beer that has a
semi-dry and fleeting finish that warms the palate, leaving very little residual sweetness behind- only the heavy pang of hop bitterness.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive head right out of the bottle. Despite multiple attempts and several bottles I can't get this beer to pour without a 50/50 ratio of liquid to foamy cap. The beer is copper in color, mostly clear with tons of bubbles streaming through. The head again is very full and the color of fresh cut pine.

The nose starts out with a stale hop scent followed by a semi sweet toasted grain flavor. The smell isn't a breath of fresh air but it isn't all bad either. What I will say for sure is that nothing about the look or the smell makes me want to drink this.

Taste is boringly average as well. The flavor is muted and stale like the nose and there isn't anything interesting calling out to me. Slight hints of citrus and pine are about it for a hop presence. All in all a poor ipa.

The mouthfeel is the only thing solid here, with a firm bitterness and a smooth sweet finish. Not a truly bad beer but one I won't be buying again.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From muskabeatz, thanks Evan

Really just a perfect looking IPA, deep orange/amber with a solid white foamy head, early traces of sticky lacing as the head dissapated. Some nice big bubbles around the edges. The carbonation is evident with bubbles streaming through the opaque liquid.

Good aroma, hoppy but not overpowering. Very true to the flavor and with the first sip, the light aroma is mostly gone.

Light flavor, the first sip was a the most taste forward, not a ton of complexity, but certainly a solid IPA - light resien, but mostly bitter, light burnt citrus on the end. A little bit of the malt once the hops fade.

There isn't much on the finish. The carbonation is present here - wipes the taste right off the palate on exit. Faint bitterness on the mid/back tounge.

All around, easy to drink. There isn't much heat, and there are a couple simple flavors married here. Nothing too complex, and sometimes that's just right. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with this one.

I want to note, when he sent it Evan said it was better as fresh as possible and this bottle had a little age. I can certainly see how that would be the case as there was obviously potential for a lot of flavor in this one.


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Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
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