Daddy Warbucks | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brentk56 on 11-23-2013

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
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

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Photo of Haastile11
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a weird one. But I like weird. I need another one to tell me what it is.

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Photo of beefsquatch
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JGam115
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Onion bomb. Think OTWOA but more malt

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Photo of jvillefan
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmy2b
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hombo3
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jscheck
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erjaq
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of garuda
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casterbridge
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Daddy Warbucks from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 168 ratings