Gnarly Barley Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #4,111
Ranked #22,525
3.83 | pDev: 8.36%
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: Radical is a juicy/hazy Rye India Pale Ale with a bodacious dose of Citra® hops. A touch of rye in the grain bill adds a hearty dimension which we think makes it pretty rad. Fermented with our house hazy yeast this IPA hits 6.6% alcohol by volume and is dry-hopped for a big citrusy note
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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden / amber with white head.
Aroma has tropical fruits, oranges, rye bread, hops.
Taste is fruity, oranges, tangerine, bitter hops, little pine, malt sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Of course its going to have a firm malt and grain backbone, they've got barley in their name! The beer makers of Gnarly Barley don't let the malts get entirely in the way. Their rye IPA may have balance but it also celebrates what's great about Citra, Columbus and Cascade hops but with a spicy, peppery kick.

Radical Rye IPA pours a burnt orange and bronze appearance, firmly hazed and well capped with a slight ecru froth. Spice, citrus and toasted grain greets the nose with hints of pine and pepper to follow. Its taste is husky and sweet, rounding the palate with a nutty flavor as bread crust, caramel and light honey temper the early palate.

The rye really takes hold of the beer as the ale meets the middle palate. The bitter and spicy zing of rye carries a husken grit and an earthy woodsiness with a kiss of sorghum that lingers into the heavy hop influence. Tangerine, pink grapefruit and gooseberry bring a slight tanginess to the radiant hop flavors as a hint of white wine and sassafras tea comes in before the bitterness. Fresh pine resins, a grassy simplicity and a peppery hop flavor offer a complex bitterness as the taste comes to a close.

Medium bodied but drying wonderfully to allow the duo of hops and rye to mingle on the finish, the ale lingers with a firm hop bite that allows the rye to amplify its bitter bite without the risk of undue astringency or harshness. Hops and rye have an unmistakable affinity for one another as each chase the other in a long, gripping aftertaste of earth and citrus zest.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy/hazy darker yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, grass, other light fruits, some stone fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with citrus and pine.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is like honey...aren't they all?!? Nose is light on the hops characteristics I expect. The taste is hop forward but finishes quickly. The is very little after taste to speak of. Good beer though.

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Photo of BigGold
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 1/2 growler into tulip. My second beer from this promising young brewery, Radical Rye is surprisingly fruity in the aroma, but the spicy rye and bitterness build to a tongue-numbing finish as your glass gets emptier.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft in shaker glass. A dark copper color, white head. Earthy hop aroma, a touch herbal. Good underlying malt flavor. Medium body and carbonation

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Above average hoppy beer with a slight bite that tastes of rye, orange, and caramel malt. A nice weekend sipper, but not one I would rush out to get again.

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Photo of douglasbarbin
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered but not too hazy. Color is somewhere in the range of very dark copper to light brown. A bit darker and redder than your typical IPA, probably due to the rye. Thick white lacing about 2 fingers high at the top of my pint glass.

S: A little bit of everything from the hops. Mostly citrus/grapefruit, but I also detected some piney/earthy and floral notes.

T: Definitely a hops-forward beer, but the malt is present enough to balance it out well. Supposedly 75 IBUs, but it seemed lower to me. There is just enough rye to give a spicy kick without being overpowering. Again, the hops present themselves primarily as grapefruit, but there are other, more subtle layers present as well.

M: Medium body for an IPA. Almost no oiliness from the hops (this is a good thing IMO). I disagree with the reviewer that said it had "semi-dry finish". There was definitely a bit of residual sweetness, but nothing overpowering. It drinks pretty well for being an IPA at 7% ABV and 75 IBUs.

O: Out of the Gnarly Barley brews I tried, this one was my favorite. Would definitely drink again. Hoppy but not overly so.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Red White and Brew, Hammond, LA

A: Opaque amber with a thick white one finger head that rode out the first few sips. Decent lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit and a punch of rye.

T: Hops slide in with a nice malt and rye backup. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye. Lightly sweet and robust. Makes you sit up and take notice. A plus for hopheads.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Another fine entry from GB. Catahoula Common for the malt lovers and now Radical Rye PA for those who dig the hops. Having the brewery just down the road keeps it fresh.

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Radical from Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 88 ratings