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Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Imperial Red Ale
4 | pDev: 8.5%
Mar 26, 2020
Sep 22, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Pours crimson red with a khaki-beige head. Deep dark fruitiness with notes of intense pine sap, wood, citrus and slight toffee notes.
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Reviewed by beerloserLI from New York

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A dirty brown/burgundy pour with little clarity and a soft, white, and nicely retaining head. The nose is very malty with a sort of toasted quality to it but not very floral to me. Big time malty taste on the initial sip with a sort of robust feel to it. The robust/malty taste continues to a slightly bitter hop finish. Very earthy and herbal note qualities come on the more it warms. I really get a sort of herbal tea quality. The mouth feel is moderate, dirty, and yet somewhat smooth.

Overall- decent, drinkable, and different but nothing great. The malts and dirty feel really dominate and I don't really get much hops at all. I'm in the 3.5 range at best.
Mar 26, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can dated 3/27/18 into an imperial pint glass
A - A hazy copper colored backdrop allows active carbonation some cover. The pillowed white cap is proof. Lacing is seductive.
S - Earthy rye, some evergreen, hints of mossy herbal elements.
T - Some spicy grains, match well with resiny piney hops,
M - Smooth water profile, semi sweet start, bittering hops are perfectly pitched. finish goes back to semi sweet
O - A beautiful red ale, with just enough prickly feel and bitterness to keep you wanting more.
Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a reddish brown with creamy head and some floaties.

Smell is malty with notes of rye, piney resin, some citrus and a bit of honey.

Taste starts a bit sweet and malty, then adds some pepppery rye, and ends with pine, a pretty solid bitterness and some warming booze.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, sort of a red ale/IPA hybrid. Very tasty, reminds me of Hop Head Red by Green Flash.
Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by GFD400 from New York

Sep 21, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by musicsherlock from New York

Sep 14, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by acurtis from New Jersey

Aug 09, 2016
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark amber coming off a bit slightly hazy with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Orange tinted white head rising just about two finger lengths, doesn't drop till two or three sips.

Smell: Floral scent consisting of pine trees and citrus skin.

Taste: Malty brew, bitter like straight hops. Consists of deep sour citrus and hard pineyness.

Mouth: Has a chewy feels reminds me of rye bread and lemon skin. I know I can't be alone but has a herbal finish which reminds me a bit of rosemary.

Overall: Pretty descent brew, red ale meet and imperial IPA and you get this. Worth grabbing if you see it.
Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by smi69 from New York

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by AlvinLin from New York

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by socon67 from New York

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by johnpalisi from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by R11415 from New York

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.01 by Oakletixfan from New York

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Deep Amber in body with off white head. Aroma of dirt, tangerine, and sugar. Tastes of malty sweetness, citrus, bread, sweet vermouth, Manhattan-like. Chewy and medium carbonation.
Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by melitameister from New York

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Not familiar with the Brewery from a region of Long Island not known for great beer. So, not expecting much. Surprise!
L - Color is bourbon with a nice sticky eggwhite head slowly replaced by a continuing fine carbonation.
S - Like a mix of a lovely red and a fine American IPA. Malt and fruit and pine and more - nothing jumps out, but lots going on.
T - First notice is thick and juicy mouth feel. Then, pretty much perfect balance of bready malt counterpoint of mild hop bitter and lots of tropical fruit and lots more.
O - Yes, surprise. I will be sampling other Barrier brews soon. And heading back to my bev center for more of this bottle which is in limited supply. Barrier is now on my search list.
Apr 09, 2016
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Rated by SurrenderToTheFlow95 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hard to make a beer with 8.8% alcohol as drinkable as this beer.
Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Mar 16, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by Hendry from Vermont

Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jan 23, 2016
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Murky amber, thin off white head fades to a thin layer, soapy lace. Bready malt aroma, hemp. Taste is a combination of toasted malt and earthy bitter hops. Slightly vegetal, but not bad. Medium slick mouthfeel. Overall decent hoppy amber brew.
Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by abkayak from New York

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by plaid75 from New York

Jan 07, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by mazzefr from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by Brewsed from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by mattyrubes from New York

Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by dextermcgurk from New York

Dec 31, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2015
Rated: 4.45 by PsilohsaiBiN from New York

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
snagged a bottle locally this afternoon. no nugget nectar, but no slouch. really earthy red with a nice accompanied hop that improves the beer. I am really digging it. has that barrier flavor. great amber. really lush and full bodied. big caramel flavor, but distinctly an amber. so good.
Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by ConorGolden from New York

Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 11, 2015
Rated: 3 by fosters9 from New York

Dec 04, 2015
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Reviewed by dar482 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer comes in a medium amber color.

The aroma smacks of pine, sticky resin, lots of green dank action, sweet caramel malts.

The flavor follows stiff piney bitterness along with lots of sticky resin, complimented by sweet malts and a lingering herbaceous bitterness.
Nov 29, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 31, 2015
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