Cumberland Pale Ale | Barrel House Brewing Company

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Cumberland Pale AleCumberland Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by mickstepp:
Photo of mickstepp
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently one of my favorite Pales (It doesn't hurt that I live a block away from Barrel House). It's neither over-hopped (although in my opinion that is hard to do) nor over malted. Good crisp, clean flavor, It usually has a nice head and leaves a good lace. Unfortunately, Barrel House does not have a bottling facility so you can only enjoy their beers at the brewpub or in one of the many Cincinnati restaurants that have one version or another on tap.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a chill hazed honey amber with a three finger almond hued head. Good retention with drapes of patchy lace.

Aroma is caramel and toffee maltiness with some subdued pine and grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste opens with toffee malt sweetness. Somewhat bready. Hop bitterness is more assertive than in the aroma as pine and grapefruit bitterness balances the sweetness.

Well balanced overall and the low abv makes for good sessionablity. Still, a bit timid for style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, pry off cap. Clear, typical almond amber, under a long lasting light tan head, and leaving plenty of thick, sheeting and wildly scattered lacing. Nice looking brew. Nose is mildly of bread crusts. Bready, balanced ale. Notes of more bready malts, apricot, and honey, and late in the experience, just some mild leafy hop notes to dry things out a bit. Nothing amazing, just a session able and respectably well crafted pale.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber-orange with a frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Noticeably cloudy. Aroma has some faint citrus and grassy hops plus malt notes of toffee, caramel and graham cracker. Malt takes center stage in the taste here and it's quite heavy on the toffee flavor with notes of chocolate, and graham cracker. Medium-low hop flavors of grass and citrus as well as medium low hop bitterness, too. Finish is a bit on the sweet side but very drinkable. Overall, a decent beer but this tasted much more like an English Pale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear amber body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a rocky off-white head that last and last.

S- This beer has a nose of caramel malt with a soft sweetness and a pine hop finish.

T- This beer has a slight caramel malt sweetness with a biscuit malt dryness. The hops have a nice earthy note with some earthy qualities. The finish is a nice bitter punch that lingers for just a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the finish that is not really creamy but pretty clean instead.

D- This beer has nice balance from hops to malt and a good fresh complexity to both. The hops have an interesting depth with out being overpowering.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel House- Cumberland Pale Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Hazy orange/ brown with a frothy thick head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Crisp citrus, lemon and orange come through along with a sweet caramel malt.
T- Swet vanilla caramel malt with a juicy sweet orange citrus tea leaf snap. A big bold ice tea like taste?!
M- Crisp and sweet. big fruit laden finish.

Overall- Very tasty and being under 5% alc. this could be drunk in volumes!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A tenatious, frothy head of yellowed off-white foam caps Barrelhouse's pale ale. Below it a clear, orange-copper body rests gently, showing only the occassional bubble steadily streaming upwards. The head retention is excellent, and even when it eventually falls it maintains a solid surface covering. Walls of thick lace about the glass complete the scene. Very nice appearance!

Worty, caramelish malt and yeasty fruitiness greet you in the nose before a delicate waft of citrusy hops comes through.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied, bordering on medium-full; and its restrained, very-fine bubbled carbonation leaves it creamy and smooth across the palate.

Rich malt dominates the flavor: sweetish, caramel drenched, and somewhat worty. Some acidic, lightly citrusy and sublimely-piney hops work their way through, and in conjunction with the rock-solid bitterness beneath, help to reign in the malt and bring it to a drying finish. It lingers in the mouth: malty, caramelish and piney with a mild grapefruit and papaya/apricot edge.

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Photo of wspscott
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st review: 22oz bomber in a 16oz pint glass

Pours a very "pretty" color, I actually said wow, I was expecting a lighter color based on the color scale on the bottle. I wish the smell matched the color, there is not a lot going on there. I wish there were a little more hops but, I tend to like really hoppy IPAs. The hops here remind me of a Fuggles Pale Ale I just brewed. I don't get the Cascades at all but, maybe it's me.

All in all, this is an excellent example of an American Pale Ale. I will definitely pick up some more of this. If you are trying to convert a friend away from generic beer, this would be a great first start.

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Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little bit darker than most APAs. Amber color with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is dominated by the malt. Smells more Marzen than APA with its strong caramel malt aroma. Some grapefruit from the hops as well. The taste has too much caramel malt. This malt dominates the Cascade hops. Bitterness is there so you know the hops got added to this beer but they are just not making their presence known in the flavor. The body is a little bigger than most and is nicely carbonated. A decent brew and I would try again if I knew it was really fresh.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a brownish copper with great carbonation. The head is huge 3 fingers, off white and leaves exceptional lace.

The smell is quite hoppy its big earthy tones could pass for a DIPA.

The taste is very nice, big hoppy taste earthy notes as well as a slight nuttiness. Quite a flavorful brew and a surprise at under 5%.

The mouthfeel is big and thick, drinkable note sticky with excellent carbonation.

The drinkability of this brew is outstanding one might think it is a much bigger brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after drinking the dortmunder for barrel house i thought i try more since they dont distribute in IL. anymore and whats on the self is it

pours copper with a huge head (so pour slowly)- also poured out some yeast that was in the bottle that left floaties

smell/taste - was much like their dortmunder spiced apples with a decents malts and light grasy hops

mouthfeel/drinkability is very light and refreshing good carbonation that leaves a dry crisp finish

overall - this beer is not really a pale ale but still it is very tasty and will buy more of these while supplies last

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw in color, like apple juice. Not a whole lot of head here, but what was there was white. This beer is crystal clear.. Beautiful.

S: A good bit of malt, some caramel, and then the hops.. Not overpowering at all... This one is a close sniffer.. gotta get close to really pick out the nuances of it.

T: A nice caramel note as well as some malty goodness sets a very nice backbone for the hops. Hops come in the middle to the finish and I taste a lot of grapefruit and citrus. Overall it is clean and refreshing, but there is something about the hops that I am not in love with, which is odd, since I have recently become a big fan of Cascade in general.

M: Very clean finish, maybe a tad high on the carbonation. but overall pretty good.

D: One of the local brews I can be proud of. Unfortunately still not widely distributed, but sure tastes good.

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

Poured a deep orange, with a nicw white head. This faded very fast, leaving really nothing in its wake, small lace on the top but nothing down the sides of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation, bubble chains rippling from the bottom of the glass till the top. Smells starts out very hoppy, with hints of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Warming reveals more of the balance from the malts. Breads and grains now are coming through, along with a subtle candy like sweetness. Only drawback here is the smell is light, I would have liked this to be a bit more of a player here. Taste is crisp, clean, refreshing. Bitter citrus hops at first gradually balance out and leave a nice earthy, grassy taste. The grainy flavors come into play again, but are ushered out by a nice dry hoppy finish. Consistency here is very nice, again well balanced, good carbonation, and low ABV of 4.6% make this one easily sessionable. This bomber was finished with ease during dinner. The lightness of this would even make it a good start to someone not familar with craft brew. Good Call IMO.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color clear liquid. Thin white head that disappeared quickly. Slight citrusy/floral nose. Slightly caramel flavor malt combined with a good amount of citrusy hops. Grapefruit flavor. Bitterness is fairly strong, but still balanced by the malt. Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very drinkable pale ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of mattgert
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Deep amber color that is surprisingly clear with nice white head. Decent lace down the glass. Had a malt/hop aroma with just a touch of citrus. Hops hit the tongue with smooth citrus notes across the palate with a finish that is a tad on the dry side. A great APA with excellent mouthfeel. Drinkablility is exceptional. Very smooth, very well balanced ale though lacking in complexity. I wish they made 6 packs because $3.49 bombers are a tad expensive. The crisp taste and lower ABV makes this a great session brew. I would be interested to try on tap.

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Photo of Brent
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper/gold. Mouthfeel was good, with a nice balance of malt and carbonation. Hopping was substantial but in range for the style. The hops were a bit one-dimensional, with blunt bittering, but not much else in the way of herbal, pine or citrus notes - probably more in line with an English pale ale than what I think of as the American. Drinkability was good in that the bottle went down easily, but otherwise average in that I was ready for something else, notwithstanding the low abv and session potential.

I was surprised to read the label note about beers shipped to Tennessee from Ohio being highly hopped to survive the journey. Shipping from England to India, I can buy that. But Cinci. to Knoxville? Sounds like marketing hype to me. And if they are going to call this Cumberland Pale Ale, they should use a depiction of Cumberland Falls - the one on the bottle looks nothing like it.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep orange or reddish color. Fluffy bright white head settles at an eighth inch. Lacing is average. Prevalent carbonation bubbles.

S - Sharp hop presence with a spicy maltiness.

T - Sweet, light maltiness with some bitter hop notes.

M - Smooth with a slight hop bite.

D - Not too much to say about this one, pretty average overall.

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Photo of plaid75
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a three finger chunky white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some sweet orangy hops and a light doughy grain.

The taste was upfront light hop resins with hints of orange and pine. A pretty good grain bill lent a subtle breadiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a pretty tasty APA, with a very, very sessionable side.

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Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. Clear, golden/copper colored body with three fingers of off-white head. Clingy lace.

Smell was fresh floral hops. Bottle says 100% Cascade. Sweet aromatics. Honey covered biscuits.

Taste was zesty. Malty but well balanced with bright hops. The distinct components work will together. The lingering citrus oil bitterness is enjoyable without being cloying.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some oily slickness in the mouth. This beer is not extreme but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a nice fluffy inch of head. Smell is bittering hops. Taste is bittering hops and a bit of a butterscotch flavor. The hops have more of a bittering mouthfeel than a bitter flavor. You can feel it more than you can taste it. Plenty of nice webbing on the glass. This a full bodied and incredibly creamy, smooth pale ale. That is its best quality. The hopping could be more flavorful, but it's nice to see Barrel House back to putting out decent beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer to mysteriously show up en masse around the area. Not surprising in that this is Ohio, but its happening in Fort Wayne and the northern Indiana area as well. Quite the marketing push by simple space-shelf manipulation.

From an appearance standpoint, this beer seems cut from the conventional cloth. Shiny pumpkin, slow streaming lines of carbonation. Below a clingy head-cap sits a nice ring.

Nose is grainy, fantly cascaded. Soft, rainwater. Pedestrian, if approachable. Non-descript.

Taste is – again – non-descript. Grains and an unappealing bitterness. My wife disliked this in particular. Nice session potential perhaps, better fresher or on-draft.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head fades at a moderate to fast pace down to a layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma makes me think of slightly soured fruit puree coupled with sweet malt. Probably doesn't make much sense, but that's what I get. Taste is grainy sweetness upfront, fruity in the middle, coupled with sort of musty hops character. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability just suffers from the nose and flavors I noted before. Not something I'd search out again.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cumberland Pale Ale pours a clear, light bronze-amber with a nice, pillowy off-white head that sticks around and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. Spicy and citrussy hops show up on the nose. The taste starts with some nice sweetness and fruitiness, followed by spicy hoppiness and a mild bitterness that sticks around long enough to be interesting but not so long that it gets annoying. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than what I expected with a medium/high amount of carbonation.

I really liked this beer, and the low ABV makes it very sessionable. I could have drank a few more.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lovely golden dark amber color describes the body, with a bit of haze. Not much in the way of head though. I poured this relatively fast from the 22oz bomber, but it only produced about an inch thick light tan head. There is a significant amount of carbonation in this brew, however. There is ample lacing that lasts all the way through.

This gives off aromas of spiced apples. On the other side, there is a typical citrus appeal to this pale ale as well. The taste is balanced good. It starts off relatively sweet, but finishes with a zap of hops.

It feels a little watery and a little weak. Less water and more hops please.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $3.49 for a 22 oz. bomber at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear amber color with a medium white head, excellent head retention and very nice lace post-delivery on the glass everywhere. The aroma is very subtle in some very unique floral hops but not much of anything else.

The taste is extremely smooth and a well-balanced mix of the floral hops once met with the nose and a mellow malt flavor. It's fairly nice on the palette and at 4.6% makes for a very nice session beer, granted one can afford it given the steep price being a local brew.

Final Thought: A very impressive alternative to Christian Moerlein here in Cincinnati, but they have to lower the price on this, or make some $8-9 six-packs...

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Cumberland Pale Ale from Barrel House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 62 ratings