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Barrington India Pale Ale | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Barrington India Pale AleBarrington India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 35
Reviews by porter17:
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4.74/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Barrington's IPA is, in my humble opinion, one of the most "classic" examples of what an IPA is supposed to be. The beer pours a caramel color and smells just like raw hops smell like. With that aroma, if the beer tastes like it smells, it's a home run. Well, this one is hit out of the park. The taste is fabulous, not overly hoppy but a very infused taste of hops and a great hop finish. I believe that this IPA only runs around 6% or so ABV, which makes it a great session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub on July 26, 2013.

The pour is a decent looking brown amber color with a fizzy white head.

I was torn about hot to take in the aroma. As and English IPA it should have been more subtle and it was with a low hop earthiness and caramel malt sweetness well mixed. Nothing that explodes in your face like many American IPA's.

The body falls squarely into the medium range.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a solid malt sweetness up front followed b low to medium hops. Overall, hops are played down like a traditional English IPA.

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3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler one day after filling. Amber/brown, slightly cloud, with a nice frothy head as if it were poured straight from tap. Aroma has notes of toffee, maple, and pecan, very sweet-smelling with not much hop nose. The taste is hoppier, still with that nice toffee backbone that supports an up-front hop attack, I guess some English varietals, because its that nice musty, herbal, Earl Grey tea-like bitterness, not the citrus-pine palate shocker. Mothfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is high -- I'm guessing maybe 4.8 ABV, not enough to make you notice it, that's for sure.

What a great English-style IPA. Certianly not the piney-citrus hop bomb sought after by so many these days, it seems, but instead, a great session beer if you like a well-hopped but balanced ale.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The smell featured a nutty and slightly sweet caramel with a whisper of hop spice.

The taste was extremely well balanced and consisted of a soft toasted malt, some nuttiness and a bit of burnt caramel. The earthy and slightly citrusy hop dried the flavor out a bit and contributed a nice spicey finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a ver well balanced and tasty EIPA. Extremely drinkable and very well made.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This IPA was a clear amber ale with a two figer foamy head. Looked OK.

Aroma was of mild citrusy hops and caramel malt. Although the two were balanced, there wasn't enough of a hop kick for an IPA, in my opinion.

Taste was of bitter tannins with a slight roasted malt touch thrown in, and not much else. Not really hoppy at all.

Mouthfeel was no better than average, and drinkability a little less. This did not fit my definition of an IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA. Red-foiled cap, notched to purchase before November.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head holds on well, with sticky, clow-falling lace. Aroma is minimal, but what is discernable is sweet but balanced. Taste starts sweet, balances in the middle, and swings toward the somewhat generic bitter side for the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Flavors all come together very well with this brew, a definite session possibility.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.56/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some spots of lace. Dark amber color. Light haze.

Very mild aroma, particularly for the style, no hop nose. Too bad.

This has some of the creaminess I expect from the British versions, but the hop character is very American. Not as hoppy as some until the aftertaste which lasts a very long time. The body is light but so is the carbonation, so it seems well-balanced.

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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Nejaime’s wine cellar in Lenox MA.
Pours a fairly clear deep copper color with a huge off white head that quickly dissipates into lots of lace. The nose holds lots of malty caramel and toffee with huge English earthy sulfur mineral water aroma to it. The flavor is rich and malty with a fair amount of toffee and caramel coming through. A solid earthy hop flavor poke through, but this is either an old bottle or a poor example of an IPA . Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer but feels more like an English bitter. My bottle is notched for Oct, but I don't know what year.

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Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. "Purchase before February."

Appearance - Deep amber with an exceptionally creamy tan head. Nice sticky lace. Darkest IPA that I have come across.

Smell - Soft notes of caramel and light fruity esters. Dry doughy biscuits backing up the sweetness. Really rich sweetness that is very inviting.

Taste - Fruity esters, citrusy hops, and soft caramel up front. Nice doughy malt in the middle helps maintain the balance. Finishes dry with a solid grapefruit bitterness cutting through the thick malt backbone. Fairly nice balance, although it leans slightly in favor of hops in the finish, which I expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Slightest tingle of carbonation at the back of the throat. Leaves the mouth completely dry and ready for another mouthful.

Drinkability - Nice soft malt body with a great creamy mouthfeel. This IPA features a great caramel/bready malt body with a moderately hoppy finish that leaves the mouth bone dry. Would do well as a go-to beer on any given night, but would also pair well with spicy meals. An English IPA with an American hop twist.

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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy copper amber color with a fair big bubbled off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma offers beautifully deep earthy hops and caramel. Uniquely thick and pollen-like, yeasty too. Very nice! The flavor brings a somewhat watery herbal hop with grainy honey and vague caramel sweetness. Medium light bodied, a bit glassy in feel with very subtle carbonation. Drinkable and worth a try but the flavor never matched the beautiful aroma.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Appearance: Beautiful deep mahogany with an off-white head. Lots of yeast floating in the glass are a definite plus.

Smell: Mild buttery hops balanced by a sweet maltiness. Remarkably sweet smelling for an IPA. Probably not to style, but delicious smell.

Taste: Slightly roasted malts dominate the initial taste, with remarkably little hoppiness. It's bitter, but not in the grassy mouth-coating way typical of an IPA. Well balanced. Considerably better when it warms.

Mouthfeel: Right along lines with the style

Drinkability: Went well with pasta with a sweet/spicy tomato sauce. I wouldn't session with it, but wholly enjoyable.

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