Cumberland Pale Ale | Barrel House Brewing Company

Cumberland Pale AleCumberland Pale Ale
62 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 61
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 kmpitz2
2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber. The beer is all head. It pours basically an entire glass of head, that settles somewhat slowly to a full coat over top of the brew. After it settles, the brew is a solid copper color with moderate clarity and a modest carbonation whisping off the bottom. The aroms is moderately phenolic and medicinal, with some hints of sweet oranges, and a slightly herbal and peppery hop. I'm not enjoying this. The flavor is sour, with a light orange sweetness and solid phenolics. This reminds me of some of the the flavors I found in their first brew I tried, leading me to believe that this is a systematic issue in the brewery, and not related to batches, therefore I feel it appropriate to review this beer. The aftertaste is astringent bitterness, lacking much in the way of flavor I associate with hop bitter. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. Overall, this one is a disappointment to me. I will give it another shot when I have a chance to see if this bottle is an outlier, as I hope it is.

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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 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 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 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 TheBierBand
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Bier Band loves Barrel House beers. Poured the Cumberland Pale Ale into a pint glass and immediately was gratified by a perfect 1" head of creamy beige foam. The beer is a clear light amber color.

The nose on this is somewhat subdued.... but you can pick up hints of caramel malt.... hops is suppressed.

The taste: There's the hops.... not a hop heads dream but a nice hop bite and nicely balanced by the malt. Hops come through with kind of a grapefruity taste. Slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full bodied. Leaves a nice coating and aftertaste. Finishes clean and refreshing. The carbonation is on the low side.... which is good IMO.

Drinkability: The bottle says 4.6 ABV. This one ain't gonna put you under. Drink up! This is a nice SAFE APA. Don't go into this expecting a HOP HEADS DELIGHT.

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Photo of Atron67
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper colored with off-white head that stayed for a really long time
S- Has a pretty damn good smell, slight malt and a pretty floral hop character
T- considering the strong hop scent, the taste is a little bit of a let down, much more mellow than i was hoping for. Its not bad, its just ok.
M- medium body, light carbonation
D- its a good beer that anyone who likes a little hops could drink, however its not anything special

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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 giblet
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

good beer. not great but good. decent hops but i would like more. lower abv with the lesser hops make this pale ale easy for about anyone to drink. pale ale is my choice in brews but i prefer stronger abv with more hops.

i recomend trying this. it is inexpensive and relatively local.

suckem up and movem out!!!


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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 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 BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Though it has been a year since I first tried the Pale, my impresseions of the beer remains the same. This time from the bottle, the beer poured a fizzy carbonated copper, golden color that fails to promise any meaningful body or texture. Flavors allow a metallic / hop flavor to dominate the sweeter malts. Quite solvant-like and grainy on the palate. Though the beer weakens into the finish, it fails to leave any meaningful hop or malt aftertaste. Once again, a beer that struggles for mediocracy.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 FightingEntropy
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours nicely into the class with a fluffy, foamy head that leaves quickly but lingers for a bit over an amber body that shimmers just a bit in the light. The nose has a sharp citrus hop from the clearly Cascade. Says Cascade on the side of the bottle, a historical pale ale that was sent over the Cumberland Pass, thus the name, to Tennessee with many a hop, a midwest version of the IPA story but lighter. Not sure how a northwestern hop is in a historical beer, but there you go. First taste is a strong hop bite, a medium malt that almost balances. Life was good while it was cold. Wish I would've chugged this one. It got a grassy, astringent flavor as it warmed slowly, and the end of the bottle didn't finish nearly as well as the optimistic start. By no means a bad pale ale, but a little too much like my own fresh hop IPA (which was definately grassy) for my tastes. If in Cincinnati, I'd try it again to compare but probably not going to get another bottle.

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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 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 Bighuge
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper. Thin off white head. Lace is spotty and distant. Not a lot on the nose. Grundgy malts. Little hops to speak of. Maybe I catch just a bit of an herbal hop presence....if I try real hard. Flavor is so-so. Doesn't have any of those bright hop tones I expect in an APA. But it's fairly agreeable overall in taste. Hops add just a touch of fragrance and a drying aspect. Malts are biscuity in nature....but very light at that. This is kind of a disappointment even though there are no flaws to speak of. Just one of those beers that is blah-blah.

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