Barrier Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #78
Ranked #1,639
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: 60 IBU
Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 493 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RaulMondesi from California

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big ol’ fluffy, pillows head like a Michael Gordon shooting a scene with Tock Hudson and Doris Day. Son of a gun goes a beautiful bright yellow like Cinderella’s last acid trip. Aroma is light. Too light. Mila Kunis as a ballerina “light.” Then as I sip the sucker, it definitely is not like finding a box of gold. No way. Fools golden, maybe? Well... it’s just so lackluster. It’s like being a cowboy, but not hitting the brothel when you ride I to town.


*Ima boost this one a lil more after sippin’ it some, but it’s still pretty average

Jun 28, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow color with with two finger large bubbled head, decent amount of lacing.

Smells citrus. Sweet pineapple, tangerine, citrus peel and hops.

Taste citrus peel upfront, grapefruit, hop bitterness on the finish.

Similar to many WCIPAs.
Very drinkable especially if you are a WCIPA style fan.

May 29, 2020
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argock from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/22/20 $$WELL SPENT$$ on rim of bottom of can. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hazy lemonade hue with 1-2 finger frothy white head with good retention and bands of lacing.

S: Aroma is strong with guava, passionfruit, tangerine, and pineapple with an surprising slightly sweet background lightly crackery pale malt presence.

T: Flavor is a tick down from aroma but still top-tier with more tropical fruit notes from passionfruit, pineapple, and guava with more herbal and lemongrass notes with some melon and strawberry in the finish. Low bitterness but high fruity yeast esters. Slightly minerally aftertaste.

M: Soft and medium-bodied with low carbonation — highly drinkable.

O: Impressive first shot from Barrier — right on the money for the NEIPA style and pushing many aside. Look forward to trying more of their offerings.

May 06, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Now that Untappd is aligned with this site & vice versa, I CAN let the cat outta the bag. I am a top user on both, but for different purposes. Here, all of my beers get thoughtfully reviewed with an attendant rating, hearkening back to the early days when the ONLY way to keep track of one's beers was to write a review. On Untappd, I almost NEVER give a beer a rating, but I check into them all, usually with a pic & a punny CANment. When Joe Sixpack interviewed me, he asked if Untappd had ChANged my drinking habits & my answer was a resounding "YES!" since I find myself chasing their Foursquare/Swarm-inspired badges. This will begin an ongoing deep dive into Barrier (& Friends) since they seem incapable of making a beer without CANlaborating with CANother brewery. Why? I am trying to close out Untappd's "Better Together" badge & further The CANQuest (tm) at the same time!

From the CAN: "Drink it fresh. Drink it NOW."; "India Pale Ale"; "You got Money on your mind. Now you hold Money in your hand. A few mill and it smells oh so stanky. Piece of advice? Don't save your Money. Party like a rockstar. Get to poppin' bottles. Spray it in the air like you just don't care. Because when you go through all your Money, we'll make more. Cha-Ching!"; "Illustrated by Daniel F. Birch".

Okay, I gotta say, the label art is phenomenal! It is almost worth the price of admission by itself. I am an artistic guy, although words & paper are my medium of choice, but I totally dig edgy art. This shizznit iz edgy, yo!

Yo, check it! I Crack!ed open this NY jawn at the vent & started up my own slow, gentle C-Line Glug, yo. This CANracter seemed to like the cut of my jib since he smiled at me with his golden grille. In response, he gave up nearly two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head, yo! The Yellow-Gold color (SRM = 4 - 5) of his dents was slightly hazy & I wondered if it wasn't a chill haze coming from my reefer or a haze coming offa his reefer, nam sayin', dawg? Yo, we 'bout to get crunked? Nose smelled like he was runnin' a citrus grove in Florida, rather than a CANrner in LINY. Man, I totally dug the orange/tangerine/grapefruit scent wafting from m'man! Mouthfeel was solid, doin' me a solid. The taste was at once both citrusy & tropical, loads of fruit flavors to numerous to enumerate. Go with the usual suspects & you'll be fine. Yo, whaddya mean, I'M a suspect? Yo, homes, you nark me out, man?!? What, I CAN't score some righteous CANned goods in this time of the COVID-19 scare? If I'm finished, then so are you! Finish was cool & dry, leaving me high & dry, dig? Peace out, babies! YMMV.

Mar 19, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bigger ABV-ed IPA, so I went for a tulip for this one.
The appearance was a fairly bright yet ruddy burnt color with a small cap of a little white foamy head. Semi-bubbly inside of some foamy lace speckling the top of the glass. Then slides in a messy fashion downward.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of cantaloupe/melon, citrus pith, light on some tangerine and a touch of grassy hop spice.
The flavor meshed all of those prior mentioned aromas together in a semi-sweet to lightly hop spicy/semi-zesty fashion. Slight aftertaste of citrus pith and hop spice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good in between quality of being sipping and being sessionable. Good carbonation and some grip on my tongue but quaint. Finishes with some sticky melon, hop spice and grassiness.
Overall, pretty nice AIPA clocking in close to a DIPA but having no booziness or hop burn anywhere. I'd have again.

Nov 22, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redolent of the NEIPA but not quite in the haze and fresh mouth punch of one. There was lovely and fragrant citrus, hops and pineapple going on here on the nose. The palate followed suit with more citrusy hops and tropical fruit couple with a sweet maltiness poking its' way through. Plenty of body on this ale and leaves a pleasant after feel in the mouth.

Nov 18, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased from a store in NYC, 07-25-19 on can 09-06-19 drank

A: Hazy, burnt orange, lingering 2 fingers of head
S: Pine, apricot
T: Moderately astringent, resin, some hint of apricot or gala apple
M: Moderate carbonation, clean finish
O: Its an easy drinker, balanced crisp bitterness, but not all that complex flavor wise. West coast style IPAs are not my favorite but this is one of the better ones of the style I've had recently.

Sep 07, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what an epic can! gosh this is a weird one, guy with a grill, if its a rapper or a pop culture figure, i am hopeless, but the beer is money, rightly named. its served to me a little warm, which unlike the others i had at this little lake side restaurant, actually flatters this one. the hops are already opened all the way up, and its real juicy and almost succulent, a really sexy aroma, and the flavor is there to match. no hop burn at all, rare at this intensity, but the whole thing really isnt all that intense, well mellowed but pillowy dry malts, from the earth, this seems almost agricultural to me in that way, malty without being conventionally so, and just as drinkable as they get in this style and this strength! if there isnt citra here, ill kiss a monkeys uncle, or however that one goes, its got that complex through and through, but i also get melony el dorado maybe, could be a relative, perhaps even a hint of simcoe, big grapefruit and mandarin to close sort of gives it away to me, and the whole thing stays delicious, no breakdown at temperature because it was already warm when i started. smart beer, a great mix of hops, velvet feel, dry for being so complete, and a beer i would baptize myself in, if i was going to join whatever religion this thing stands for, unless of course it was the church of capital accumulation, as the name money suggests, which, needless to say, sacrifices human capacity for autonomy, self sufficiency, and joy on the altar of profit and hierarchical power and wealth concentration, but i digress. if its not that church, i am in, give me more, i need it! is that commodity fetishism?!

Aug 22, 2019
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I_love_cold_beer from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can art is cool. Taste is uninspiring. To me, it does not stand out. Just another slightly cloudy, average 7+% IPA, I'll pass next time.

For NY, Singlecut is a bit more expensive, but on a whole other level. Virtually anything from Singlecut (same style) absolutely crushes this.

Edit: Just noticed that can is dated Jan 2019, not fresh. Not happy with package store...

Jul 15, 2019
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djsranger from New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a straw hazy gold, almost yellow color that to me was a bit offputting but with a nice head.

The citrus aroma hits you immediately in a good way with multiple scents that match the flavors. First impression to me was pineapple and grapefruit.

The hops were well balanced making and when combined with the strong citrus elements make it a great summer drinking IPA.

Jun 29, 2019
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Earth from New York

4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks NEIPA-ish, a cloudy yellow that isn't as grey and murky as some that I love.

Smells and Tastes beautiful, enjoying this at maybe 43-47 degrees. Really nice layers of citrus peel, burnt rubber, funky yeast, flowers, and a little evergreen that's rarer in the newer Barrier IPAs. Great balance and very smooth--- crazy to think how long they've been making this ale and how far ahead of the curve they were.

The feel has a nice oiliness on the tongue, to match that burnt rubber taste, and plenty of carbonation, but maybe is a little thinner and shorter than perfect. For my taste.

Overall, an IPA that never gets old. Others come and go, but Money....

Jun 22, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; pale gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice rings of lace;

S: pineapple and grapefruit;

T: follows the nose for a moment, then it's very ripe pineapple to the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

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

O: nice, not special;

May 28, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrier Brewing Co. "Money"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "03 - 15 - 19" and sampled on 04 - 17 - 19
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's got a nice cloudy golden-orange body if you don't mind the haze, and the fluffy white head holds quite well. The aroma displays pungent and softly citrusy hops. On to the flavor, I'm getting much more hops, a whallop of hop in facts, and with a lot of orange to it. There's some mango and grapefruit and a little bit of pine as well. The malt is grainy and a bit bready but not really biscuity. It's solidly bitter; and I can feel its strength although the alcohol doesn't actually show. Medium body, medium carbonation. Nicely done.
Review #4,547

Apr 17, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All-around strong, traditional IPA that doesn’t re-invent the wheel. Lemon, grapefruit, piney citrus, medium bitterness. Aroma could be punched-up a little, and perhaps a little smoother on the backend, but it is a very good standard PNW IPA with no gimmicks.

Apr 10, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour with fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Light and fruity... citrus and tropicals.

T/F: Light... grapefruit, melon, pineapple, and floral notes. Very modest bitterness... smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Thin bodied bordering on watery. More fruit/floral hops flavor at the finish.

O: A decent IPA. Can't say I get the hype as there are way better IPA's out there, but an enjoyable brew.

Mar 30, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 1/31/19, so a month old.

Murky pale watery orange juice body. Small white head leaving a little lacing.

Some floral and citrus notes.

Citrusy on taste, but not overly so. A little hoppy bitterness. Oddly smooth.

Mouth above medium. Finish a lasting bittersweet and that strange smoothness.

Overall, it's a decent enough modern ipa. Not sure I get the hype on this one, but it's okay.

Mar 02, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to tzieser for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/22/18

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy yellowish/orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach), pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple), pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Julius! Milk Shake! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Tom!

Dec 09, 2018
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Gmann from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge pillowy white head that has great retention.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops, light herbal/onion notes and a hint of pineapple.

The taste follows the nose; grapefruit and pineapple; juicy. Light, bready malt which supports the hop profile.

The feel is moderate to full bodied with semi soft carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate with a light bitterness in the finish. Drinks very easy.

A tasty IPA but doesn’t totally bring it. It is very drinkable and everything works well.

Nov 26, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange whiteish color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Nice aroma with notes of pineapple, passion fruit, lychees, pine, lemongrass and tangerine.
Flavor with notes of pine, green resin, grapefruit, stone fruit, oranges, pineapple juice and some spices. Dry aftertaste with a clean bitterness.
Medium velvety body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.3% is completely absent.
Citrusy, green resiny and peachy American IPA slash NEIPA sort of hybrid. It should please both hop and fruity heads. This is pretty, pretty good.

Nov 20, 2018
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Rke1000 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On the citrus crisp bitterside just slightly sweet but enough to downrate a bit served on tap a bit flat I'm afraid it may have been sitting in the keg too long worth a try.

Aug 27, 2018
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick and above average foamy head that dies reluctantly leaving a frothy lacing.

Fragrance features a combination of tropical and citrus fruit with a subtle hint of lemon, notes of mango and pineapple come through as well.

Citrusy hoppy flavor comprises of mango, zesty grapefruit pith with a tropical fruite gummy aftertaste and a moderate amount of bitterness that balances out the initial juciness. Has a bit of a malt backbone to it.

Sensation on the palate is one of a medium bodied, juice bomb with a zesty sting.

Has the fragrance and flavor of an east-coast juice bomb with finish of a bitter west-coast IPA. Quite unique

Aug 12, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delightful, citrus-forward juicebomb. New England style all the way. Some complexity and a long, deep fruity aftertaste. Very impressive brew, and the healthy 7.3% abv is well-disguised.

Aug 09, 2018
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O-Meg from New York

3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sometimes you can tell that a beer’s flavor is sub-par because it has sacrificed taste in favor of alcohol content, but sometimes a high alcohol content beer is just bad. I believe this falls in the later category.
The texture is grainy and not a lot about this beer is enticing; a C for effort, though

Jul 07, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw color, visible carbonation, and a dense and large foamy head. Excellent retention with sticky frothy lacing.
The nose features a combination of tropical and citrus fruit. Grapefruit, orange, a touch of lemon zest, mango, papaya and guava and pineapple.
Flavors are bursting with citrusy hops and tropical fruit; grapefruit pith, dry pineapple, mango, and orange peel. The middle palate has a developing moderate bitterness that is peppery and piny as it interplay’s with the full bready and caramel malt backbone. The finish has a zesty citrusy sting and a resiny linger.
Medium bodied, gently carbonated, frothy and juicy.
Interesting and tasty IPA. The appearance and juicy/frothy flavor and texture suggest NEIPA. However, the resiny bitterness hints at West Coast. A nice hybrid. Very well done.

Jun 23, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a super hazy golden color with a dense, two finger, foamy white head. Retention is above average and there are sticky rings and chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bright tropical fruits, most notably mango, pineapple, lemon and tangerine, along with a hint of pale malts and a dank, weedy aroma.

Taste is the same. It starts of fruity, there is a little malt presence mid sip, and a moderately bitter finish.

Feel is light side of medium, soft, smooth and slightly sticky. The carbonation is low.

Overall this is a very good beer. The smell could pop a little more and I wish the body was a bit more creamy, but this is a more than solid NEIPA that you don't need to wait in line for.

Jun 13, 2018
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 493 ratings