Barrier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,054
Ranked #23,393
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pineapple, floral, and vanilla;

T: herbal, pine, and a hint of strawberry; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not interesting;

Apr 20, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy golden with white soapy head. Aroma of papaya, grass, lemon skin, peach, light cream, some mint. Flavors are refined- not overpowering: papaya, lemon, citrus, pine, mint, finishes grassy with a nice clean bitter bite. Medium bodied.

Jun 22, 2019
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HopSudz from Connecticut

2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, just overpriced. Other Barrier beers I've tried (Shadows and Dust, Money) were juicy & great, but @$15/4pk this one is a dud. Just lacked the hop flavor you should expect at that price. Many $9.99 six packs I would prefer.. but bravo on some of their other offerings..

Feb 15, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 7/30/18

Pours a hazy copperish orange with a big, frothy white crown; great head retention, and tons of thick, soapy lacing walling the glass once it does finally retreat.

Aromas of beautiful, lush mango, peach skins, fresh hay, strawberry, an airy, earthy malt backbone, and the lightest hint of refined, ultra-dank herbaceous hops on the finish (almost vegetal); a spectacularly-constructed aroma that allows time to fully savor its individual parts.

Taste brings a steady malt-hop balance to start, evolving to soft lemon, a more balanced maltiness, and citrus on the mid-palate. The finish goes all-in with excellent tones of strawberries, pine needles, hay intermingling with light malt, floral vegetation, and some freshly composting fruit; diverse, nuanced, and balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, mildly juicy with a light dankness adding a new element to the beer’s medium body; finish is very clean, and leaves just enough flavor on the palate to remember it by.

Incredibly crafted and amazingly varied throughout, the hop characters are evocative and bursting in their diversity, while the malt is delicate and a star in its background role; a stunningly unique and enjoyable pale ale that is just as sessionable as it is complex.

Aug 23, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compares well with dales - my fave apa.

a) Pours a lighter copper body with mid carbonation and a massive 3 finger head that mounds, rocks, and gradually subsides to lasting lacing.
s) Too faint, better as it warms: floral, citrus, pine, fall wet earth.
t) But taste excels, explodes and fills in the gaps with crackery malt lit up by overlay of floral, citrus hops with increasing strength and complexity landing in a pine clean refreshing finale.
f) Medium bodied, dry, clean, crisp.
o) Up there with Dales - that's high praise! Could be an every day APA.

Apr 25, 2018
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AgentMunky from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L growler into a cup.
Smells fresh, floral, and resinous. Wonderful citrus and pine.
Super fresh and bitter. Lovely hops. Crisp, well-carbonated, the flavor is straightforward and a little boring (garlicky, piney hops with an orange finish) but powerful enough to make up for it.
Really nice pale ale. Recommended. Would drink again.

Oct 04, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very well retained fluffy white head that left a couple rings of lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, grass and a hint of malts. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, grass, orange, a hint of pineapple. Quite bitter and dry, light bodied, well carbonated.

Sep 08, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 6/12/17 poured into a tulip. Look is golden haze wih an inch white head leaving little lacing behind. The smell is grapefruit, pine, dank, citrus, and subtle malt! The taste is orange, grapefruit, pine, and earthiness with some very light malt. Feel is light and crisp, a nice hop bite in the back. Overall this is my first barrier beer and it is pretty delicious!

Jul 12, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry hopped pale ale featuring Centennial, Cascade, and Comet hops... Pale gold body, lightly hazy, under a tall white head trailing lace arms behind... On the nose, grassy, floral, and grainy with hints of pine and citrus... On the palate, tight bitterness, dry, with very little by way of sweetness - a clean, crisp and light beer... Light-bodied, taut, earthy and bitter... Very much what I expect in a good pale ale (as opposed to an IPA) - lighter and tighter, bitter and dry as opposed to sweet and fruity... 6/12/17 canning...

Jun 25, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date. Dry-hopped w/ Centennial, Cascade and Comet.

Appearance - Pours hazy and dull golden yellow with an off-white, fluffy two-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Citrusy and quite dank. Hints of passionfruit.

Taste - Quite earthy on the tongue; dank, grass and dirt. Moderate citrus rides beneath and surfaces near the finish, along with hints of pineapple and stonefruit pit nuttiness. Spice. Aftertaste is equal parts dank, earth and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Boy, this is easily the most dank, earth-driven pale I've ever had. It's not in my wheelhouse, but if that's your thing you'll love the hell out of this one.

Jun 05, 2017
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moodenba from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler of Greenroom Pale Ale from Barrier purchased at the brewery in December, 2016. Carbonation mostly dissipated over a few days sitting partially empty in the fridge. Poured cold from the growler into a thin-walled glass. Cloudy amber beer with white head. Short burst of attractive hop aroma. Modest lacing, even with the low carbonation. Flavor has the citrusy hoppiness common in modern pale ales and IPAs. Fairly tasty and drinkable.

Dec 29, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light Amber with little to no head.

Smell is pale ale yeast work toasted malt backbone. Not much hops.

Taste is a lot of pale malt with a nice herbal hop undertone.

Easy drinking pale.

Oct 31, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 07/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at Gingerman in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with high carbonation evident and one inch of bright white head. Some light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pale malts, fruity malts, grapefruit, light lemon, and wheat. Nice nose, some good citrus hops up front in it.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, pale malts, wheat, bready malts, grains, light citrus hops. Taste has much less less hops than the nose and a little more fruity malt. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. No alcohol heat and could be easy to drink with less carbonation.

o - Overall a decent IPA. Nose is very nice with a lot of citrus hops, though the taste is maltier and lacking the hops the nose promised. High carbonation hurts the mouthfeel, but a decent beer. Would give it another shot.

Jul 09, 2013
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renegadeburger from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this beer on tap in manhattan at the rattle n hum bar on the way home from work it was a real treat

my beer when it poured look real ordinary in appearance it had a murky color to it real copper and orange with a white head kind of thin on top

but here is the standout the aroma was absolutley amazing had a nice citrus aroma and also some dank pine and real musty and also herbal and bitter really it just had to be begging you to sip it really enticing

flavor was great as well you could taste teh sweetness of the malt underneath but the hops were there really perfectly to balance it all out wow i really liked this beer

good mouthfeel perhaps a little more bubbles in there for some reason my sample was a little flat but it still was good

overall definitely a great beer i think it liked it the best of the three i had from them so far i hope i see this one again and also in new jersey one day

Jul 03, 2011
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Billolick from New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at Eastern District in Brooklyn.

Pours hazed medium golden hued amber, near white head, nice tiny bubble film, thin collar and then fine sheeting and ample spotted lacing. Has a quality look to it.

Faint citric kissed nose.

Solid pale ale. Hop crunch quite respectable, my friends comment was, this tastes like a west coast ale, better then respectable praise indeed. More citrus, mixed in with some bitter and grainy hop notes. Moderate malty under carraige in place

Frashly flavorful, minty, citric and joltingly dry finish with a long lasting hop burn on the tongue and cheeks.

Well done, nice to see quality ales being brewed on Long Island, my long time,some time, summer time home

rereview 6/17

Tall can, canned about 10 days ago

Pours heavily hazed, snow white fluffy and lasting head

citric and delicious pale

NE style and seriously delicious...Barrier brews just keep getting better and better

Apr 24, 2011
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david18 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in New York City. There are a lot of pale ales out there and this one doesn't stand out to me too much but it was definitely pleasant enough.

Poured a cloudy copper color with a good and active head. Aroma was a good combination of piney hops, slight esther and malt. Flavor was not as hoppy as I would have expected from the aroma but it was definitely a pale ale. Overall a very drinkable beer but not a stand out in my opinion.

Mar 30, 2011
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light copper color with mild carbonation and a generous two fingered head that gradually subsides to a thin lacing across the top.

S - The aroma has some light spiced crackery malt, floral character, lemons, grapefruit, and a little touch of pungency and mild earthy notes.

T - Light, sweet crackery malt hits the tongue front forward and settles in quickly before the first wave of floral and citrus hops come rolling in. After the initial wave, the bitterness and malts swirl around the tongue in circles and blends for a nice hit of bitter sweet goodness. In the end, the grapefruit bitterness finally overtakes the malt and finishes dry with a lingering citric bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, dry, and crisp.

D - Drinkability is exceptional.

Overall, it's a bright, crisp beer with some really nice hoppy zing. In a world full of Pale Ales that aren't very exciting, finally, there's one out there for us hop heads. If you crave a serious dose of hops, don't want to drink a higher ABV beer just to get any body and flavor (and trashed after only one), this is the perfect beer for you. It's a straightforward crisp and hoppy pale ale with nice body and flavor. In a world full of tasty high ABV hop bombs, it's nice to finally get a lower ABV ale that retains several characteristics of a higher octane Ale/IPA to satisfy the palette without falling into a "happy place" after one. I dig high ABV beers and this one, for me, is borderline sessionable. My only criticism is that I have to drive several miles just to get this stuff. But, that's O.K., with this kind of quality, it's only a matter of time before Barrier's beers start catching on and demand increases. Awesome brew, Evan - two thumbs up!

Oct 10, 2010
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color; just a few bubbles are floating on the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a very good balance between flavors of toasted malts and grapefruit from the hops. The hops really stand out in the finish, which has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer wasn't that difficult to drink although the bitterness slows you down a bit.

Sep 26, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler purchased at Big Z Beverages (Huntington, NY) into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This keeps some richness around the edges of the glass and leaves back a strong smattering of spotty lace. The aroma has a fresh pop of bright and floral character to it in the nose, with notes of citrus peel, more identifiable lemon & grapefruit, and some light peppery spice. Fortunately the malts have their place in here as well, with a pleasant smelling toasted bready presence that remains a big part of this.

The taste has a fresh and zesty bite to it of bitter fruit and rind, which is well balanced by a splash of grainy sweetness across the back of the palate, before the hops return and linger hard with notes of earth and a deep dry spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up front but then gets more creamy and slicker feeling in the mouth, really giving this a smooth crispness and refreshing drinkibility.

My first beer from Barrier Brewing and I'm pleased to report that we've got a winner here! Just loads of bright yet well balanced hop flavors here that are packed in a fresh and easy feeling body. This was about as tasty and easy drinking of an APA as I've had recently. I'm really looking forward to future efforts from this place.

Sep 07, 2010
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plaid75 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue, chill hazed with a two finger beautiful dense frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a clean pale malts and a light citrusy hop.

The taste was upfront light grapefruit and pepper followed by a round yet slightly grainy malt. Nice residual herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and highly quaffable APA.

Aug 25, 2010
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