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 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 salvo
1.92/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours honey brown into an imperial pint with two inches of head. Head collapses into lace in three minutes.

Smell is light: little hops or malt. Distinct soapiness in the nose. I wash the glass and re-pour just to be sure, and there's no doubt. There's a soapiness in the smell that really turns me off.

Taste is similarly unimpressive: bitterness is there without any of the hops punch I want, and the malts are a bit passive, leaving me wondering why I wanted a beer anyway.

Mouthfeel: like pepsi: sharp, bubbly, gassy.

Drinkability: low for 5.6% alcohol.

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Photo of maximum12
2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to a kindly BA for dropping this extra into a fine trade that recently came to fruition. Both a new beer & a new brewery for me.

Pours the color of a classic forest fire seen through the lens of a good photographer. Touch of haze, too, even leaving a bit of muck in the bottom of the bottle. Smell is malty for an IPA.

Not sure Barfly can rightly be called an IPA by even stretching the definition of the style. Reminds me, unpleasantly, of Flat Tire. High quotient of breadiness, a bit of metallic tang, with only a hint of hop bittering at the end, & not enough to clean up the mess in aisle four. The bread shouts down any other positive attributes this one might have.

Three ounces & done. This one logs as a serious disappointment. Few hops, way too much yeast & bread. Won't finish this one.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice foamy head. Pretty good retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of bitter citrus and grassy hops with a hint of underlying sweet malt.

T: Highly hopped. Lots of citrus and grassy green hops. Mild sweet pine, and enough bready and caramel malt to provide a bit of balance. That being said more hops than malt here.

M: Medium in body, smooth, sticky, almost a DIPA if you ask me.

D: Good, I would rate this as a real solid IPA/DIPA. Would keep it around if it was local to me due to the price point.

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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 route66pubs
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber with a (relatively) thin white head. Tiny bubbles leave decent head retention along the glass.

Slight, indiscernible hop aroma, not enough to determine what hops could be at play here. This certainly does not smell like a west coast hop bomb.

Good clean hop taste, without overwhelming the hop bitterness. Some slight maltiness up front for a bit of balance as well.

Crisp and clean, this one is easy to savor. Good carbonation allows the hoppiness to float all over your tongue on its way to the back of your mouth. Enjoyable all the way.

The slight malty balance and not-over-the-top hops provide a fairly drinkable brew. The low ABV furthers this assertion and allows for something that can be savored over and over.

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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 drpimento
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acted a little weird when I opened the bottle and poured it into a glass. Beer immediately foamed out of the bottle but when I poured it straight into the galss, got only minimal tan fine head with some texture which quickly settled down to a light cover and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy copper amber. Aroma was good: malty, citrus, leather, fresh hop and a little baked bread. Flavor's about the same. Good body and carbonation. Bitter pistachio fininish.

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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 yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Bottle was a gusher, resulting a large foamy off white head. Color is a hazy deep amber with clumps of lacing. Aroma is sweet and citric fruity, with caramel and grain, but very little hop bitterness. Flavor is similar to aroma, grain and malt body, citric grapefruit and lingering sweetness, but little hop bite to balance out the sweet. Smooth, thicker side of medium body, with mild carbonation, and finish is resiny. Not a bad beer, but a fairly unremarkable IPA.

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Photo of bcastine
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imp pint glass

A: Burnt orange, slightly cloudy, big thick foamy white head that slowly dissipates. Some nice lacing does remain stuck to the glass.

S: floral and hints of grapefruit, normal citrus stuff

T: Tastes like the smell, nice malt backbone, not the hoppiest ipa by any means but still respectable. Nothing out of the ordinary, good or bad.

M: Good carbonation, not to thin, just about right for a sessionable IPA

D: I could see myself drinking quite a few of these. If I could get more would be a pretty good break from the palate destroying IPA's I typically drink. There is not much to not like about this brew, but there is not all that much to get all excited about either. Still a nice example of an A IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a great foamy head and lacing some coppery amber hues. The aroma is full on cirtic orange rind hops and a little caramel toasted malts. The taste starts with a lot of up frony citric hop bitternes. The finish has a little malt mixing to bring some of the bitterness down to an almost sessionable level. The palate is resiny, almost oily. Pretty bitter, not enough to add some other flavors to this profile.

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

Pours a nice copper color, fairly clear, but a little haze. The head is almost minimal, kind of 1cm at its peak, but fades fast, leaving only a tiny ring of carbonation. Almost no lacing. The smell is pretty nice. Starts out with some nice floral, kind of herbal hops, some nice powdery malt, with a little bit of crackery dryness, a little toasted. There's also a kind of leafy presence, maybe a little citrus rind. The taste kind of follows suit. It starts with a little bit of hop bitterness, moves to a nice malt balance, a bit of sweetness, then comes back with some floral hops, a bit of resin, a tiny bit of orange citrus presence. There seems to be a few little things that aren't quite as good as they could be, but a bit better than average. The mouthfeel is nice. A good crisp carbonation, a nice tickle, moving to a bite, pretty good body, I'd say it's around medium. And the drinkability is nice. Decent flavor, nice, easy drinker, but nothing to really wow you. I could see myself revisiting, but definitely not a standard. Just a good, kind of normal, but better than average IPA.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/22/09

A - Amber in color with some cloudiness. Pours a decent bubbly head with some patchy lacing.

S - Citrus & floral hops; primarily grapefruit.

T - Basically what the nose implies - citrusy grapefruit is the predominating flavor, though a definite malt sweetness to round it out.

M - Reasonably carbonated with a medium body that is consistent on the palate. A hint of resiny grit.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. Had it on draft at the brewpub (quite good there too, though these notes are based on the bottles I took home). Worth checking out - it's not mind-blowing, but it's pretty solid.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a golden orange colored body with a very minimal bright white head that leaves little to no lacing behind on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel malts upfront and a mild hop finish. citrus and floral. not nearly the amount of hops i was expecting in the nose on this one.

T- lots of sweet caramel malts and then a little bit of citrus and floral hops. very well balanced, which is rare these days. however, im usually not looking for balanced in american india pale ales.

M- medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. nicely carbonated.

D- this one is probably something i wont be coming back to. i dont really get into balanced IPAs. i love them way too hoppy.

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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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Photo of Lexx
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey color - big rocky just offwhite head that dissipates VERY slowly.

The scent is caramely, sweet, with some citrus. Something slightly earthy and metallic in there, too.

There's unfortunately not too much depth to the taste. Grapefruity bitterness, maybe a hint of pine, and a tinge of brown sugar.

The aftertaste is strangely much more bitter than the actual beer is. It is still a very smooth beer and is actually pretty drinkable, but don't expect TOO much from it.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It smells and looks good. Not as strong as I'd expect, but a good smell. The flavor was delicious, however, it clearly is not the bitter standard flavor of an IPA. I really don't enjoy how it stays on my tongue, the after taste is much more bitter than the actually drink. I was impressed with this beer from the standpoint that it tastes, smells, and looks good. It was nice to get something not available here.

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Photo of bheilman
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not so good. Probably the worst IPA I've had besides the ones I homebrew. So that's not necessarily a bad thing. I take great pride in my beer making, and I am a huge fan of the IPA. Definitely my go to beer. And with Warbird Pale Ale setting the standard in this area for hoppy ales, I would say skip this one if you have a couple options. My complaint is it tastes a bit too earthy and it doesn't really go away in the aftertaste. Once you get through one it is easy to have a few, it's just that initial bite that throws it off. Although I feel like a warmer than refrigerator temperature for beer usually brings out a more robust taste, I would have to say for this one:
Drink it cold!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stfun37. Smells oddly un-hoppy but then again it is fruity so I'm full of shit aren't I? Dark-orange color with a good head. Very easy to drink, I killed it. The flavor was some fruits, seemed more like an English style IPA than American. This is a slew-footed beer if ever I saw one.

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Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, honey amber with a big fluffy tan head that settles slow and leaves decent resinous lace rings on the glass. Smells mildly of butterscotch and piney hops. Taste is nice and solid caramel malt with a decent fruity hop bitterness in the finish. Hop oils provide a slickness in the mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. Sessionable, on the milder end of the IPA spectrum, easygoing and approachable if unremarkable.

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Photo of RockerD
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I figured I'd try every beer made in Indiana... I'm getting there.

This beer pours nice into the bottom of my glass. It has a fiery burnt orange to tarnished copper color. Nice dissipating, not too much of - cream colored, head. You really can't see through the beer. So it's consistently hazy.

Has a nice sweet and citrusy smell. Mixed in nicely with aromatic hops. Fairly balanced one doesn't overwhelm the other to me. This could be sign that I'm too insensitive to hop smells. Last night I had a pound of Cascade in my hands and I think it destroyed my senses. That's a whole nother story.

Tastes of some roasty malt, maybe a little caramel??Smooth coming in, however the bubbles at the end seem to penetrate my tongue a little harsh with the hops. I would suggest this beer my be slightly over-carbonated.

With that said, I can see this being a great session beer for hop lovers. It's well done. I'll have another. Thanks.

One other thing... it says "tavern style" on the bottle. I'm not sure what that means. Anyone??

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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 tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at brewpub.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that fully diminished with fair lacing.

Moderate grassy earthy hop aroma.

Moderate balanced bitter flavor with a medium bitter earthy finish of moderate duration.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Good drinkable brew.

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Photo of shivtim
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a bad run-in with their Bourbon barrel aged stout, I thought I'd give Barley Island another chance. Picked up a bottle of Barfly IPA while in South Bend.
Poured into a pint glass. Hazy blood orange in color, with good carbonation and a meringue textured tan head. Good lacing. Nose is floral hops and caramel malts, nicely blended. Taste is hops with a slight metallic twang, and a general oily sweetness. Odd mustyness to the hops, but it's not bad. Average mouthfeel.

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Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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