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
Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange body, nice stark white head, slow fade.

Smell: Hops and sweet, bready malt, a little citric.

Taste: Rich in hop flavor, not the most bitter beer in the world, but balanced nicely with a good carmel and bread malt flavor. Sweet, but not cloying.

Drinkability: An enjoyable and sessionable Pale Ale, glad to see it is in the Twin Cities.

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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 hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz brown bottle, the guy at bier depot recommended it. it's also semi-local, being from cincinnati .

A- pale orange burnt golden amber shiny clear beer with 1 1/2in dense soapy white head made lots of little bubbles all squished together with decent retention. nice uniform lace looked almost like eroded rocks in the southwestern US. head settles to 1/4 in with nice bubble constellations.

S- sourdough bread, various grains, creamy malt, buttery floral hops, savory exotic spice, and baked earthen mud bricks

T- first was intense hops right away, burnt orange and grapefruit with a slightly metallic edge, fruit flowery blossoms, nectar, with a malty toasted pizza dough biscuit finish that left the hops on the back of the palate.

MF- light and smooth like fruit juice great amount of carb for this brew, little fizzies on the tip and back of my tongue.

D- extremely well balanced, another great example of an american IPA, i LOVE ohio brews, we got it locked down over hurrr. not too overwhelmingly bitter or intensely complex yet still having plenty of flavor i could easily put back a few of these, i only wish the abv was a lil higher.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everyone at Bierkraft was raving about this one. So here goes.

Pours a clear orange gold. Nose is hops. Perfumed pine ones with some citrus aspects in there too. Flavor is full and even. Consistent delivery of hoppy profile. Appropriate level of bitterness. Just a full body of flavor. Very good liquid body and the carbonation is very good as well. Overall, everyone at Bierkraft was right about this one. A very good APA that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with average head, no lacing. Very light amber in color, malty smell, with noticeable hops.

Tastes incredibly balanced, yet the malt stands out, as do the hops. The hops are citrusy, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This is one of the few pale ales that I have enjoyed.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a local Cincinnati establishment called Salem Gardens. Not much head on the first one, but the 2nd one was better, still less than one finger though. Didn't last all that long either. Slight citrus smell and a copperish color, very appealing. I think the first thing I noticed was the smoothness of the beer in my mouth. Glides right on down. Pleasant lemony orangey tones quickly overtaken by the hop bitterness. As the citrus fades, the bitterness mellows to a dry finish and provides hop aftertaste for a minute or so afterwards. This was served colder than optimal, take your time drinking it and by the time you reach the end of the glass you'll see the difference, especially when you taste the first sip of that 2nd cold one.

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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 bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i poured this copper nectar from a bomber. a little dark, if anything

the head sustained itself nicely. sweet-smelling, with plenty of hop aroma, though very nicely balanced.

more balance in the flavor profile. gentle cascade flavors tango with simple, but quietly sophisticated malt flavors. very drinkable, though the case could certainly be made to categorize it as an amber. nice brew

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Photo of mcallister
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shades of copper with a fluffy large white head with great retention. Nothing overly exciting yet very nice to look at.

4.5 on the nose due too the simple fact that this is one of the better smelling pale ales I've had the pleasure of sniffing in recent months. Full of citrusy floral hop aromas and a mellow malt backing. Grapefruit, orange peel, full and complex. Very nice.

This must have just been made and bought directly to Bostons. Fresh is the name of the game. Wet chewy hops full of citrusy suprise. Tangerine, lemon rind, hints of bubble gum, and a mellow toffee malt that integrates quite well.

Mouth is medium too full with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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

Eye: This is one great looking beer. Cumberland pours a very nice and clear orange gold in color and presents an extremely creamy head with some great lacing and good retention.

Nose: Good hop aroma backed by a strong malt backbone in this APA. Citrusy aromas from cascade hops are apparent. Malt aroma is a bit grainy, with hints of some caramel sweetness. Smell reminds me a lot of just plain two row malt before it has been crushed. Very clean and all in all pretty good, wish it were(as a whole)a bit more potent though.

Tongue: Very clean taste. Malt flavor is there in just enough amounts to give support to the hops. Hop flavor and bitterness is right on-citrus. The malt character is a bit different than I've ever tasted in an APA, and I do like its unique quality that it brings to the table. The flavor is a subdued sweetness, that's not quite all that sweet. Grain flavor would be a much more accurate description. It almost tastes like I've put pale ale malt into my mouth and chewed it up(I often do this when brewing to help me to learn the various malts a bit better). There is also a woody aspect to the flavor of this brew. Finally a malt sweetness, very short lived but it is there and then gone again before the grain-like flavors take over. This is a unique beer, that I find very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is medium in body and is accordingly carbonated. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced with the flavor, each complimenting the other. Nothing really special though, just what one would expect. This is a beer I think I'll definitely be coming back to. This is a very good APA, and I'm always up for supporting local brewers.

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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 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 Shiredave
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice big bottle with lots of info about the beer and brewery - and a story about how Ohio brewers ceated the Tennessee Pale Ale with lots of hops as preservative for the long trip along the Cumberland Gap...not sure if its a joke or they are really serious. Im pretty sure cascade hops werent available back then but maybe imported Fuggles or the local wild hops were good... but i digress.
This one gushed straight from the fridge - should have let it warm a bit before poppin that cap I guess as evidently this is at least somewhat bottle conditioned - or overconditioned / primed in this bottles case. A tall, 3/4 pint head resulted over a pale amber, slightly hazed beer. The dense foam was ooey gooey that it created a volcano as I topped the glass off - with more foam and a little beer.
Big blast of hop - Cascade according to the bottle and very typical - but good in an ordinary, "Iv'e smelled this before" kind of way. The hop nose disappears rather quickly replaced by faint sweet honey and grass notes.
Flavors are nearly absent at first - very English Bitter-like in its watery mouth feel. As it sits on the tongue, a soft toasted malt character comes through with softer fruit notes of melon and apple. Bittering kicks in at the back end with a nice grassy hop bite and lingering bitterness at the back of the troat.
A very British type experience despite the overcarbonation ( which blew off quickly) and very quaffable being under 5%.

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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 Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Nitro Version: The flavor was warmer and more subdued out of the nitro tap and I actually enjoyed it more, although in that form it lost some of the typical IPA attributes. The hops were definitely present but masked. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S:Very light hop smell blended with a bisquitey malt.
L:An off white head with a very light amber look.
T:Good hop mouth up front. Very good balance. On the back a very faint malt flavor. Slighty sweet with a touch of citrus.
M:Light fizziness to the mouthfeel.
D:Very smooth. A Great beer to serve to someone who was just sarting out with Pale Ales.

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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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Photo of skeetermoses
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this was probably the best beer I had for the night. I did not drink this beer with any food, overall I would say it had a bit of a bite to it. I would very much like to drink this beer again, but the distributer was giving this out as a sample to determine if they should carry it. Kinda wish they would. good beer

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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 Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jpm30 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slighlty malty, slightly spicy, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, hoppy, slight malts, a spicy hint, and some caramel. The finish has a nice bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty APA, a good choice, recommended.

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Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber orange pour greeted me, and the orangy citrus aroma only entices me more. Really enjoying watching the sheet laces slide around the snifter glass, and the taste is top notch in my book.

More of the west coast style, more fruit than floral – my favorite type of pale ale. The bread notes really ratchet this up a bit, and the lite alcohol of 4.6% really make this a summer session brew.

I’m glad Barrel house is now in the Midwest, but this beauty was sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

The hop meter on the bottle was almost maxed out to the right, as fully hop city – com’on, it has a LONG way to go!

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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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