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Daddy Warbucks | Barrier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
barrierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brentk56 on 11-23-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
134
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
26.08%
 
 
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26
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 134
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
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 mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dar482
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 garuda
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of JRed
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cfalls
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of pinyin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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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Daddy Warbucks from Barrier Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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