Money | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by plaid75 on 07-09-2012

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
277
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
19.53%
 
 
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26
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 277
Reviews by LarryK:
Photo of LarryK
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’d been loosely familiar with Barrier’s offerings prior to Superstorm Sandy, which caused $100,000 in damages to the brewery last fall. Fortunately, due in part to the help of its local brewery brethren, Barrier managed to get back on its feet incredibly quickly and was back to delivering kegs around the city about two months later.

During the past few months I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve had from Barrier, from its Unimperial IPA, to Evil Giant IPA and Ruckus IPA, all of which shared substantially more of a west coast flavor profile than I’ve come to expect from my local east coast breweries.

In a similar vein, Money is a game-changer in my book, and finally announces to the world that yes, a New York brewer can make a world-class, hopped-to-heaven India Pale Ale. In fairness, Peekskill – who many now recognize as doing the best beer work in the State of New York at the moment – has a couple of terrific IPAs under its belt as well, but I think Money tops Eastern Standard.

Appearance: Beautiful, classic IPA-orange.

Smell: Huge citrus aroma; calls to mind the best-of-best when it comes to Citra beasts, including Zombie Dust.

Taste: This is a big boy IPA with a massive citrusy/tropical/spicy flavor due to what I initially thought might have been Riwaka, Motueka, or Citra/Simcoe, but I thought it might have been the former due to the heavy dose of tropical notes. However, Barrier later confirmed to me that the hops are a combination of Amarillo, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied, spicy, piney.

Overall: As mentioned at the beginning, it’s incredibly refreshing to see an east coast brewer brew an IPA that not only hangs with its west coast compatriots, but in many cases exceeds them. While there are several challengers to the throne, at this point in time I feel comfortable saying this is the best single IPA being brewed in New York State right now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a light hazy orange.

The aroma has a blast of Citra, pineapple, and citrus peel.

The flavor follows with huge citrus, a light mango, a really light white bready malt in the middle with a touch of herbal on the end. The beer is extremely clean drinking without much bitterness on the back

This IPA is a Citra bomb and easily one of the best IPAs brewed in New York.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at Top Hops in LES. It's a rich, hazy IPA with a pungent character. The hops are big and juicy with stacked grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, and peach. Appropriately drinkable for a 7.3% West Coast style IPA. Go find yourself a pint, you won't regret it.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to an excellent beer tasting event at Decicco's in Brewster, NY and found this beer to be an excellent surprise. After the ridiculously good Sip of Sunshine from Lawson's and Hill Farmstead's Double Citra, this was pretty soundly my third favorite of the dozen or so IPA's they were sampling.

Appearance: Standard IPA look here; golden yellow with tons of carbonation. My pour yielded a pretty sizable head all the way up to the brim of my 5-ounce tasting glass. Not as hazy many other East-Coast IPAs complexion, but certainly a few notches more opaque than completely see-through.

Nose: Brilliant dank and musty hop aromas up front followed by citrus and some spicy herb.

Taste: Manages to pack a wallop of hop flavors without being overly-aggressive or bitter. Everything in the nose makes an appearance. Just a fantastically complex and flavorful brew that drinks surprisingly easy.

Mouthfeel: Nice prickly carbonation that supports a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some great lingering bitterness.

Overall: I was very impressed with this beer. I would purchase this all the time if I could find it more easily. A few days after the event, I went and purchased a growler of KBS and had to pick up some of this as well as soon as I saw it was still on tap. Well worth your time!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer packs in a ton of pungent dank hop goodness! Fairly light in color, next to the aroma I would have expected a big hazy glass of OJ. Lots of grapefruit and floral notes in the aroma and taste. Body is bit thinner than I would have expected as well but it's honestly an interesting sensory trick drinking this beer. Tons of hop flavor packed into a lighter bodied beer.

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Photo of Pahn
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Literary experiment: instead of reviewing from notes, here are my notes:
________________

barrier money

fucking hop juice
dank as shit

3.75 appearance: clear orange. decent retention. spotty lacing

5.0 smell: glorious citra aroma dank pungent little smokey some orange and melon. aroma only found in extremely fresh hopppy beer. keeping my nose to it throughout

4.5 taste: huge succulent hop flavor and heavy IBU keeping the 7% sweetness in check. malt backbone is bold and boozy, no subtle grain or airy bread: slick hot and sweet. that smokiness that really well done citra beers have cuts the sweet along with ample bitterness and layers and layers of fresh, pungent and citrusy hop goodness.

like less boozy (but still aggressive) seeking alpha with better, cleaner (and danker) hop flavor.

4.0 mouthfeel: full side of medium bodied. moderate carbonation. slick but with welcomely high bitterness and some juiciness. mild dryness in finish competing with the booze

4.75 overall: why do we sleep on barrier so much? this isnt the first utterly fantastic beer ive had from them.

not a trendy session ipa (a trend i love, by the by)... but i was in a pretty shitty mood when i got on the train and this was exactly the hop punch in the face i wanted when i overpaid the guy in grand central.

memorably excellent beer

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy straw golden orange, nice head retention
S: orange rind, citrus more than any other tropical fruits. Nose was more subdued than expected however.
T: Mostly follows the nose. Juicy up front followed by gradual but lingering bitterness that's actually a bit much for my taste.
M: medium body, creamy, smooth, nice
O: Decent citra ipa, not quite what I expected but not bad at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a thick soft white head that laces the glass nicely with each sip. Aroma is dank and citrusy. Bready malt upfront which immediately progresses into a wave of citrus, then a sharp bite of booze and a strong resinous finish.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Money from Barrier Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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