Daddy Warbucks
Barrier Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #272
Ranked #1,933
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Notes: Also known as Imperial Money.

Inspired by our friends at One Mile House in NYC. They asked us if we would brew an Imperial version of their favorite Barrier beer for their anniversary. We obliged, all rejoiced. Behold the hop glory in it's entirety. Share it with a friend or hoard it for yourself. And above all else ... drink it fresh, drink it now.
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How have I never reviewed this on here? Sure, I traded for it a while ago as the date on the bottom of the can read 7/24/17 with WHO'S YOUR DADDY? written above it. This beer is nearly a classic, given how many ratings it has on here and after finally giving it a go, I can see why this is ranked where it is on here!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was hazy, golden, and muted with plenty of head to top it off. A good amount of soapy lacing soapy, webbed lacing remained on the back half of my pint glass as I sipped this, which was an indicator of how balanced and beautiful this was. Lots of tropical fruit, grass, earthy hops, and sweet nectar in the nose as they all exploded in the taste. Full, sticky, and addicting, this was wonderful on the palate as there was plenty of sweet malt, dank hops, and overripe rind to grab my attention from the get-go and hold on until the end.

No, I didn't have it fresh and didn't have it now but even though I disregarded that, this held up well over time and was so enjoyable until the last sip. The booze was present, but not not strong or overpowering, as the carbonation was just enough to keep this from feeling too heavy or potent. Really impressed with this one as the resin the lingered on my palate and teeth was a reminder of how enjoyable this was. Easily among Barrier's best, I'd love to have a fresher can to see if that would be an improvement over this!

Aug 05, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate copper + medium golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank resinous, citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and tropical/papaya hops over the top of bready + caramel + biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bready + caramel + biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dank resinous, citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and tropical/papaya hops which impart a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a big old school DIPA with a moderate amount of sweetness and aggressive bitterness - alcohol is definitely present. Enjoyable but not the easiest drinker, more of sipper.

Jun 08, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2/27/18 and poured into a snifter. A very hazy/somewhat turbid yellow-gold color with a creamy white head. A shot of citrus on the aroma with herbal, resiny notes. Nice dank underpinnings. The taste followed suit - loads of dank resin with citrus popping through. Soft bitterness, especially for the size of the beer. The malt was there but balanced and not too sweet. A bit hot and boozy on the finish but overall excellent.

Mar 08, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of dank hops, malt, citrus, and some pine as well.

T: Tasted of a hint of sweet malt, a fair shot of pine resin (mostly in the finish), lots of dank hops, an earthy, lots of citrus notes (orange, a little lemon), and tropical fruit (mangoes). This is one of the more focused DIPA flavors I've tasted recently. There's a good balance between the dank, earthy hops and the fruity elements. Quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An exceedingly well-made DIPA with a lot of character. Definitely worth a look.

Dec 27, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/20/17 (COME TO DADDY). Enjoyed 2/22/17. Purchased from Pequa Beverage.

Look: Darkest orange i've seen in a while. Almost brown. Not mixed too well, lots of particles that linger. Head does not stick around. (6/10)
Smell: Coffee, Dirt, Orange, Tropical, Hops. (7/10)
Taste: Vaseline, Hops, Coffee, Earth, tastes like a stout. (7/10)
Feel: Vaseline is tough, Resin, oily, Taste lingers, and doesn't go away. (7/10)
Overall: This was a nice change of pace, but definitely nothing like the NE IPA's we like. Very interesting beer, not bad by any means, just different. You should try this. (7/10)

Feb 23, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a fluted snifter.

Burnt orange with soft haze. Thick foamy head settles fast into floating islands and thick collar.

First thing I get in the aroma is earthy grass and herbal followed by some tropical fruits and hint of residual sweet malts.

Flavor is herbal, full hop onslaught with tropical fruits (e.g. mango) and grassy, resinous flavors. Light alcohol and a hint of caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a tad higher than medium bodied.

Full flavored but approachable. Nice mix of hoppy flavors that work well in combination.

Feb 22, 2017
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timmy2b from New York

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from 1/20/2017 poured into an oversized goblet. Pours a dark and cloudy orange color with a white lacing on the top of the beer. Malty flavor with some fruit in the background. Nectarine maybe. A little more boozy than I was expecting, but very drinkable at 9.8%abv. Would like to try on draft.

Feb 21, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tall siver can...1/20/17...loving how Barrier seemingly continues to up there game...the last few beer I've tried have them have been quite tasty.

This is a super freshy and highly enjoable take on the NE IPA style, that seems to be all the rage in my circles.

Pours cloudy, dull tangerine, lasting off white cap, leaves a thicker collar and scattered blobs of lace.

Dank, tropical sniff...

Super tasty, super tropical, dank, complex and delicious, pineapple, grapefruit, quality...go get some..

Feb 07, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Inspired by Barrier's friends at One Mile House (a bar in NYC I happen to frequent). "Brewed originally for One Mile House."

BOTTLE: 500ml format. Branded gold colour pry-off crown cap. Brown glass. Green label design with fun label art designed and illustrated by Daniel F. Birch.

9.80% ABV. "Double India Pale Ale." "AKA Imperial Money."

HEAD: ~5-8cm in height. White colour. Soft, fluffy, and even in its consistency. Coating and robust. Nice complexion. Retention is excellent for its 9.80% ABV, coming in at 10+ minutes. Pretty impressive across the board.

BODY: Less impressive than the head, offering an obviously unfiltered murky orange-copper colour. Hazy, dull, murky. No yeast or sediment can be seen within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an imperial IPA, but generally appealing (the head more than the body).

AROMA: Fresh cut grass, fresh floral notes, "dank" resinous notes heavily redolent of dried cannabis, faint vague fruit with a nebulous tropical bend (okay, I'll actually try to isolate them: papaya, tangerine creamsicle, maybe mango). Pale malts even it out.

No sharp citrusy notes here, juicy orchard fruit, yogurty simcoe (or oniony simcoe), or others. Still, it's an intriguing hop profile with plenty to entice the discerning drinker. Suggests a balanced imperial IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a new world tropical hop bend. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft and creamy, accentuating the aforementioned tangerine creamsicle flavour, yet assertively carbonated giving it some aggression in spite of its otherwise smooth and wet presence on the palate. Some may find the almost sharp carbonation off-putting (and opposing of the softness the beer features up front), but somehow for me it kind of works...(kind of).

A tangy yogurty taste signals the usage of new world hops, showing Barrier wants to play in the same sandbox as breweries like Hill Farmstead, whose yogurty IPAs this pays homage to. Throw in bright sharp flavours of papaya and mango and Barrier's "imperial money" is off to the races. Tempered neatly by pale malt sweetness, its hop profile is assertive but balanced, though fans of more classic hop profiles (think Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Chinook) will be a bit lost in the tropical maze this beer draws out for the drinker. Hints towards more traditional floral notes, but eschews straightforward citrus (e.g. orange) in favour of new world "fancy" citrus (tangerine). It leaves the aroma's promises of "dank" cannibis-redolent flavours and resinous notes out to dry, but I don't know that it's better for it.

The subtle tangy yogurty hop notes play well for me, but the tropical flavours fail to land as well, and don't integrate on the arm of the pale malt as well into the fold as Barrier's brewers may have hoped. A refocus on a more classic fruity hop element to pair with the new world yogurt tang is in order if Barrier wants to bring this beer to the next level; as-is, it doesn't parse as a gestalt harmonious whole of a build, tasty though it may be.

Nice depth of flavour and flavour duration. Above average flavour intensity (though not, per se, for the style).

OVERALL: ABV is disguised well enough, but one would figure this for the 9-10% range it's in in a blind tasting even though it isn't boozy. I found Barrier's "Money" underwhelming, but this so-called "Imperial Money" ain't half-bad. I'm glad I got to try it once, but it's far from world-class - even if it is the best work from Barrier I've tried to date.

Low B- (3.27) / WORTHY

Nov 24, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pint bottle into IPA glass. It pours a cloudy tangerine color with two full fingers of foamy, ecru-colored head and lacing with excellent retention. It's a really attractive pour. It smells of peach, tangerine, grapefruit, pine needles, bready malt, and floral hops. The smell is bold and pleasant. It is super fruity at the start with peach, tangerine, mango, and grapefruit over a solid malt base. Then, the hops kick in and it finishes moderately bitter. It has a great balance of fruit, malt, and hops. It is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and it packs a punch with its 9.8% ABV. Overall, this is a really fine DIPA. It has all the tastes you'd expect or want and they blend really well. It's a little boozy but I didn't mind that. I'd definitely drink this one again.

Oct 29, 2016
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cfalls from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - dark orange, hazy, two-finger head sticks around, cool label art too

S - malty like an English IPA, some nectarine and pine hops

T - sure enough, lots of malts, fruity at first (nectarine, maybe pineapple if you really look for it), bitter musty finish, satisfying but lacking hop complexity

F - round, creamy, well carbonated, slight heat from the ABV

O - It's like they increased everything on the Money recipe equally instead of mostly just increasing late-addition hops, resulting in an all around big beer. Reminds me of War Elephant.

Aug 06, 2016
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pinyin from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 16.9 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce snifter at 38F. No visible bottle date.

Light copper, orange, slightly translucent.

Nectarine, mango and peach on the nose. Some slight bready malt smells as well.

Up front nectarine and pineapple, ends with some peach and bready malts. Very clean fermentation and bottling taste. No off flavors. Hides the alcohol really well for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is solid. Balanced, decent head retention. Somewhat of dry finish. Not a sugary syrup bomb like a lot of mass produced imperial products in it's market segment.

I think it could use more of a dry hop to make the flavors punch a little harder, but overall a well put together product. Well balanced, and better than a lot of DIPA's in it's segment.

Jul 22, 2016
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JRed from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Early sunrise with light haze in body with a white bubbly head. Aroma of papaya, pine, bubblegum, grass, citrus. Tastes of papaya, grass, pine, citrus with rind, bubblegum, and booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A big hoppy beer that'll get you where you're going.

Apr 28, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber to bronze in color, solid carb out of the bottle. Head dissipates quickly leaving about an 1/8 of an inch of head behind. Very small amount of lacing lines remain thought drinking.

N: a bit of muskyness, grapefruit, grape must, and solid hop presence.

T: somewhat dry, hoppy, moderately sweet, tons of citrus fruit, medium body with medium low mouthfeel. Hops linger long afterwards but are imparted nicely with the sweetness from the fruit and malt.

Apr 23, 2016
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: unexceptional bronzed yellow. Crystal clear. Large head that dissipates quickly.

S: yeast and tropical fruits and citrus.

T: generic citrus fruits. Maybe something approximating a refreshing herb. Not mint itself, but the spirit of mint.

F: syrupy.

O: large step down from the base beer. Undifferentiated IPA that skews towards the generic. And with its ABV present, and high malt sweetness, makes it a bit of a labor to drink.

Apr 17, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy Amber with yellowish gold highlights and a 1inch head with small bubbles.

Lots of tropical notes tangerine orange grapefruit. A dry citrus hop so you can tell there was dry hopping. Really smells like money IPA.

Taste is a hopped up money IPA with lemon and pine. So delicious.

Nov 02, 2015
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Jwburns75 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From tap, bought same day. Shared 32oz growler with a buddy last night. Poured into HF glass. Pale color, clear, little head, moderate lacing. Not much in the nose compared to most DIPAs. Huge alcohol presence in the first half of glass, the 9.0 abv is in your face. Oddly, the alcohol warmth subsided as the beer warmed. The second half of the glass was much better than the first and I enjoyed the last few sips quite a bit. I was looking forward to trying this one for a while since it's local, not on tap very often at Barrier, and so highly rated, but I have to say I was underwhelmed overall. Not bad by any stretch, but I've had better by Barrier.

Mar 07, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden amber.

The beer is extremely hoppy of floral, tropical mangoes, pineapple, and juicy citrus orange. The finish is of a gentle bitterness and balances with the bready malt in there.

This beer is extremely clean and hoppy with a light malty backbone. This is a fantastic addition to the beers of Long Island.

Jan 24, 2014
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garuda from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazed golden body, white head has decent retention and lacing.

S - Huge burst of tropical citrus, pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

T - Follows smell, but then turns and finishes slightly astringent and boozy. Big caramel sweetness comes in as it warms.

M - Medium to full body, good medium carbonation level. Not overly bitter considering style.

O - Wonderful nose on this one, but didn't completely translate to the taste.

Jan 17, 2014
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PsilohsaiBiN from New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours beautiful golden-amber with 1/2 finger of white head.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, citrus and dank hops.

Taste: A delicious, sweet and juicy mango citrus bomb! The malt and hop bite at the end balances the residual sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: I loved Money, and I'm glad that a good store owner recommended this, essentially 2x Money. Definitely one of the best Double IPAs I've had. This makes me proud to be from the East Coast!

Jan 12, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/29/13 notes. On tap at One Mile House in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a golden amber color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pineapples, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops. Very nice, with ltos of citrus hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, grapefruit juice, floral hops, fruity malts, dank pine hops, bread, and earthy notes. Taste is super fresh and hoppy, with a ton of nice citrus and tropical fruits. Awesome taste, even better than the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, with no real bitterness to it. Pretty nice.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; up there with Money as one of their best, and reminds me of it quite a bit. Tons of fresh citrus hops and tropical fruits and no bitterness. HIghly recommend, would like to have it again.

Dec 04, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a small foamy head perched atop the hazy amber liquid; several streaks of lace are left behind

Smell: Sugary shortbread malt underpins pineapple and citrus tones

Taste: Shortbread malt, up front, but the bitterness builds through the middle, with pineapple and citrus; the malt lingers into the finish despite the aggressive bitterness; the 9% is very apparent in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth lingers in the gullet

Overall: A nice double IPA but a bit too boozy and sweet on the finish for my palate

Nov 23, 2013
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