Hop Damn! IPA
Barrier Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,697
Ranked #18,373
3.93 | pDev: 7.63%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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CHickman from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold color with a 2 finger fluffy/foamy white colored head that faded slowly and left very good spotty foamy lacing with rings as it went down.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, floral notes, biscuit, mild caramel, citrus fruit and light peppery spices. Not as hoppy as I hoped but it’s a double rye IPA so the spicy notes made a lot of sense.

The taste has more rye and spices than the nose, with roasted grains, coriander, tea leaf, lemon, orange peel, biscuit, wheat crackers, light peppermint and grapefruit. Surprisingly smooth for such a spicy brew, this covers the ABV well and was a different kind of IPA in a good way.

Aug 05, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an imperial Rye IPA, this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark amber malty color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some messy sticky lace wound around the sides of the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had some sweet caramel malts flowing into the sweet side of floral rye tones. Subtle toffee to biscuity smooth character.
The flavor was semi-sweet wrapping the rye floral quality into the caramel to toffee and biscuity character. Light orange peel. Clean rye sweet floral to toffee aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a kind sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish is smooth through the caramel/toffee malts.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good rye IPA, I thought was imperialized. I'd come back to this.

Feb 25, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice foamy beige head, bubbly lacing over clear but hazy golden beer. Nose bursts sweet citrus just prior to a sweet malt snd spicy hop finish. Taste isn’t exactly wickedly diverse, nor does it really do much different than your typical non-NE East Coast IPA, which is to say bold upfront bitterness followed by something citrus (in this case primarily orange peel), bitter assistsnce ptovided by an earthy element, and a moderate malt sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden on this, as it could pass for a non-double easily. Somewhat dry on a lingering bitter aftertaste finish.

Jan 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—mangos really seem to stand out in particular. As the beer warms up, oranges also become noticeable.
T: The taste has flavors of peaches along with notes of mangos and papayas. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This is a "juicy" New England IPA as it's packed with lots of aromas and flavors from the hops but isn't heavy in body or have much in the way of bitterness from the hops.

Serving type: can

Jan 14, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy, almost opaque golden with a big creamy white head. Dies down after a few minutes, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Tons of peach and apricot, mint, catnip, yellow grapefruit, tangerine, and passion fruit. Slightly sour when combined with the mint/catnip thing, lending the impression of tart white peach and unripe pineapple.

T: Big apricot and peach upfront, juicy but leaning slightly tart with notes of pineapple and passion fruit. A bit of sneaky tangerine in there as well. That weird mint-catnip just accentuates the tartness of the tropical and stone fruits. Smooth, creamy, doughy malts. A bit of peppery rye comes in the back end. Hints of vanilla and sugar cookie. Finishes clean, lightly dry; not bitter, but lingering hop oils stick in the mouth.

F: Medium-full, moderately carbonated, smooth, rich, creamy, and silky.

O: A great NEIPA with some rye flavor in there as well.

Jan 08, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/27/17
Moderately hazy orangey-gold, with ample off-white persistent creamy head & lacing.

Smells like pineapple juice, grapefruit, & unidentifiable tropical fruit mix.

First taste is tangerine, then mango, then pineapple, followed by fruit mix, finishing with slightly-lingering grapefruit pith flavor & bitterness.

Feel is medium creamy, with finely-textured carbonation tingle on the finish.

Overall good, and easy-drinking, with typical hazy/juicy IPA characteristics. I bought this, over other options, mostly because it is labeled as rye DIPA. I didn't sense anything from the rye. Maybe it could use more? In that, it is disappointing, but if I didn't know, I would be quite pleased with this beer.

Dec 27, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tall can...3/6/17 stamped on the bottom

Pours heavily hazed, dull orangey. Spotty lacing left on the glass

Moderate tropical nose

Tasty NE style IPA, with ripe pineapple and dull grapefruit juice coming to mind.

More highly enjoyable and worthy brew from BBC

Apr 04, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden color with a tight creamy beige head. Not much lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of tropical and savory hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple provide a fruity note where some onion provides some dank.

The taste is a mix of grapefruit and pineapple. Quite bright to start. Then a piney/savory hop comes through as well as the spicy rye. Bit of a mineral note from the malt.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts slightly sweet but finishes with a piney/dank bitterness. Fairly good balance.

Good rye IPA. It's well made.

Aug 07, 2016
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle snagged at the recent release by my buddy (thanks rob!!!) enjoyed from a tap and barrel wine glass. murky be color w oily frothy cap that didn't hang out too long. nose is that of a softly hopped amber, not so much an ipa. taste to match...amber ale, not an ipa. the rye comes through as kind of grainy. needs a lot more hops....good not great.

Mar 07, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed amber body and ivory head. Somewhat muddled ale with citrus and rye - sweet, moderate bitterness, moderate carbonation, medium-weight and smooth-bodied. Good, but not something I'd particularly return to.

Returned to anyway - 7/11/17 canning - either it got better or i just like it more - when I saw it around again, figured, why not? And grabbed a can - didn't note it before and it's not in the commercial description, but this beer is brewed in collaboration with Every Time I Die, a metalcore band from Buffalo, NY...

Still got lots of citrus impressions, spiked with some rye "spiciness" - can't say I'd change anything about my previous description/review except that I did return to it and it was worth - really digging it this time 'round. I would definitely go back for another. Bumped up my overall to a 4.25 from the previous 4 to reflect my change of heart. Cheers...

Mar 06, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark hazy amber color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like spicy pungent rye, bitter bready malt, pine, and grapefruit rind.

This didn't really do it for me. The rye and malt character kind of overpowers the hops here, making for a very bitter and spicy beer, without much balance. It was certainly drinkable, and I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't really get it again, probably.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel.

Wouldn't really recommend it.

Mar 02, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a beautiful golden dark amber color. Head is frothy and full of tiny bubbles.

Lots of rich peppery rye on the aroma mixed with tropical hops. Very juicy grapefruit/ tangerine smell.

Taste is a nice blend of juicy hops and smooth rye malt.

Very excellent beer.

Feb 21, 2016
Hop Damn! IPA from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 53 ratings