Icculus
Barrier Brewing Company

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #168
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
83
Ranked #35,393
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
57
From:
Barrier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  9
SCORE
83
Good
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Gajo74 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Le Petit Rooster, NYC.
Pours a clear golden color, lots of visible carbonation, and a frothy white head that displays good retention.
Not getting much from the aroma at first, mostly clean. Into the drink, notes of bready malt. Further in, some floral hops and lightly fruity aromas.
Taste is malt forward with clean grainy and bready flavors. A developing hops presence imparts a gentle spice, floral and light fruit, more for flavor rather than bitterness. The finish is dry and clean.
Medium to light bodied, crisp and with a lively and refreshing carbonation.
A drinkable Kolsch, nothing earth shattering and a little plain, but decent overall.

Jun 26, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours a clear golden color with a very well retained thin.white head that left excellent rings of lacing. Smells of cracker malts and grass, rather mild aroma. Tastes of cracker malts, green grapes, grass and a hint of lemon. Light bodied, medium carbonation, dry mouth feel. Very drinkable but nothing special.

Sep 16, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a moderate collar around the edge, and some thick lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of green grapes.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts out with lots of flavors of cracker malts—there are also some hints of green grapes, but these are only really noticeable in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Kölsch seems to be a lot maltier and drier on the mouthfeel compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 10, 2018
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cosmicevan from New York

3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

i'm assuming what i am drinking is a new batch of (the great and knowledgeable) icculus. it appeared at a local spot on growler listed just as "kolsch" and i was told that they just got the keg. enjoyed from a hoptron uneven snifter.

16oz growler fill earlier today

a - through the growler, transparent straw yellow. poured a bit more golden with a thin fizzy head that fizzed away quick leaving sparse bubbles on the surface...no real lacing to speak of.

s - soft green grape pilsner. very to style.

t - extremely big slap in the face of grains. flax and straw. a bit dry. grassy and crisp.

m - fizzy. lagery. grainy.

o - overall, not my favorite kolsch. a bit too over the top on the grain for me. i prefer a softer kolsch that is a bit sweeter and more green grape. this one felt very lager like to me.

Oct 10, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light fruity ester a grainy pilsner type malt.

The taste was well balanced with grassy noble hop atop a crisp dry malt. Classic kolsch character.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty light ale with superior drinkability.

Jul 15, 2012
Icculus from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 57 ratings