Barley's Bicentennial IIPA | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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3.8 w/ 3 Ratings

Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by prototypic on 06-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of JeffONeal
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a flutely tulip at the Smokehouse on 5/17/12

Deep copper orange color. Very cloudy. Dense and dark for an IPA. One finger cap of foam drops slowly leaving a solid sheet of lace with interwoven bubbles.

Green, bristly piney hop aromas sit atop malt notes of sweet cracker, biscuit and grains. Hints of earth.

The hop don't pass muster against the malts. Cracker and bread notes are sweeter than the nose. That said, the hop profile is decent. Dry, prickly pine and some brash, citrus zest. The finish is a tad raw and bitter, but not too bad.

The feel is medium-full and very granular. Carbonation is rolls along, tilted a shade toward the low side. Slick with alcohol. Moderate heat.

Overall impression: Drinkable, but I'm glad it's not served in a pint.

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Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bicentennial IIPA pours a lighter, caramel brown color. It’s rather hazy. Much more than I would’ve expected. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. An off-white head caps it. It only stands a little more than a finger tall. Retention was pretty good. Lacing was a little lighter and spotty as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is quite good. It features a pretty prominent malty scent up front. Not my favorite thing. Smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Hops jump into the mix pretty quickly. They’re mostly citric. Grapefruit, mango, and orange scents are noted. There might even be a hint of pine in there. The hops definitely right the ship to a large degree. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell overly strong.

The flavor is definitely pretty good, but isn’t quite as good as the nose suggested. The malt base is rather sturdy. It’s a mix of caramel and toasted malts. The caramel and toasty flavors are quite strong. I’m not a huge fan of that. Fortunately, hops kick in quickly. They feature really nice citric grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors. There’s a hint of pine, but it’s very subtle. It has a bit of a bitter kick, but the malts fight it. It leans in the hoppy direction, but not by a great deal. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overbearing or warm. Finishes with a nice mix of malty and hoppy flavors.

Bicentennial IIPA has a medium body. Carbonation feels reserved and soft. It’s nice and smooth. For an 8.5% abv DIPA, it goes down pretty smooth and easy. With just a little help, this growler will disappear pretty quickly.

I understand that Barley’s brewed Bicentennial IIPA to commemorate Barley’s 20th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of the City of Columbus. It should be noted that Centennial IPA is Barley’s flagship IPA. Bicentennial is good beer. I think I’d prefer a little less in the sweet caramel and toasted malt department, but it is pretty good stuff. Definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity.

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Barley's Bicentennial IIPA from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: - out of 100 with 3 ratings
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