Barfly India Pale Ale | Barley Island Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
barleyisland.com

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
SRM 8

Added by rdailey76 on 07-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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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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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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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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Barfly India Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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