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

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Added by brentk56 on 11-23-2013

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rab53
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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..

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Photo of malfunxion
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 dar482
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Daddy Warbucks from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 166 ratings