Cumberland Pale Ale | Barrel House Brewing Company

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Cumberland Pale AleCumberland Pale Ale
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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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Photo of tavernjef
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber body with a few slowly developed bubbles floating up within. Thinning, pinky high capping of quickly set and fading creamy foam that's a dirted white. A few splotches of lace get thrown about and stick to the glass.

Soft clean nose with caramel and warmed nuttyness with a fuzzy hint of lime and orange skin.

Tasts is simple and delicate in nature with an easy front of balanced in caramel and a smallish of small tangerine, orange, lemony hint of hops. Toasted nuttyness is found sneaking in very, very lightly. Finish is light with a brief fluff of skin and pith citric bitterness thats soft and teeters out very lightly. Not a whole ton of flavors, nor does it carry much length or interest. Fairly average, yet impactful enough for finishing off the bomber with ease.

Feel is light to medium in body, clean, slipperishly malty with caramel with a tenderly firm carbonation at the realm of each sip. Not watery, but definately thin in complexion mostly. A slight malt builds up after a bit that holds a tiny citric fluff off to the edges, but stays mostly malted sweet.

An OK to very average APA. Clean and respectable, but just doesn't pull enough flavor through and what it does have doesn't pull enough weight with it.

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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 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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Early Cincinnati brewers shipping their beer into Tennessee would generously hop their beer to prevent spoilage during the long, arduous trip over the Cumberland trail."

--BarrelHouse Brewing Company website

Brightly buffed tangerine with lemon drop edges. The light, bright color leads me to hope that pale and carapils malt are favored over caramel and Munich. A good looking three finger lid was created on the pour and looks happy to be here. Palest pastel orange in color, it's firmly creamy enough to last and tacky enough to deposit a fat ring of pocked lace just above the nonick bulge.

It's too bad that the nose isn't as vibrant as the appearance. Cumberland Pale Ale is a Cascade-only APA and their sweet white grapefruitiness is easily identifiable. Now for the bad news. The aroma isn't very sunny or citric-bright, partly because it's held back by the non-pale members of the malt bill. Yeah, I'm looking at you Munich. Who the hell puts Munich malt in their pale ales anyway? Bad move.

It's marginally better on the palate, but there's still a touch too much earthy maltiness getting in the way of my lupulin love. A bargeload of hops could have overcome it, but a bargeload has not been provided. This is still tasty beer though and I'll probably be tempted to nudge the taste score throughout the bottle. We'll see.

I wouldn't mind so much if the malt flavor was more sugar cookie-like instead of earthy, toasted and mildly caramel-like. The sweetness of the malt and the fullness of body that it provides is welcome. This is one of those APAs that I wish came with a hop knob so that I could bump it upwards with each mouthful until the balance (speaking as an unrepentant hophead) was juuust right.

As noted above, the body is on the full side of medium and just might be the best part about this beer. It fills the mouth with flavor without feeling the least bit heavy or sticky. Okay, so it's slightly sticky, but that's a good thing. I'm pretty sure that these guys have only recently started bottling so the fact that they nailed the carbonation (restrained) the first time out is encouraging.

How did I not know that BarrelHouse existed? I try to keep up on Ohio brewing news, but I haven't been in Cincinnati for almost a decade now. It's probably not fair to judge them after only drinking two of their offerings, so I won't. They have potential though and it's nice to see another second tier brewery in the Buckeye State.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came looking very clear and of amber color with a decent ivory head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing. The nose was balanced between malt and hops with a fairly nice edge of citurs, perhaps lemon. The taste seemed very full of a grapefruit flavor. The beer was warming, but also seemed somewhat acidic. I don't think I could down very many of these in any one sitting.

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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 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 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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Cumberland Pale Ale from Barrel House Brewing Company
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