Gnarly Barley Brewing Company

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Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,423
Ranked #18,562
3.85 | pDev: 8.31%
Dec 10, 2021
May 15, 2014
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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Reviewed by Lhammer

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Hazy IPAs have become a go to of mine, and Gnarly Barley does them right. This one pours a hazy golden honey color (nothing out of the ordinary). Head is strong; white in color. The smell of this one is not gonna knock you down, but it has notes of mainly citrus (mandarin and grapefruit) and somewhere between a rye bread and sourdough bread on the nose. The taste of this puppy at first is not too unlike other good hazy’s out there, however, because this one has been brewed and fermented with rye, it does have another layer consisting of those piney, slightly malty and smoky notes. I think the rye really adds a nice twist to the finish. Overall, very good beer. Would recommend this one to all the hazy fans out there.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by KensWorld from Florida

Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Salinesnake from Louisiana

Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by viking77 from Louisiana

Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 3.54 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas

Aug 31, 2019
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grapefruit citrus bite. Conventional but enjoyable - albeit uninspired.

Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by sohearn from Alabama

Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by BalancingBrooms from California

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Mar 26, 2018
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Rated by Malacant from Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very nice IPA. Bit different, but good.
Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Leo_Blanke from Louisiana

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Nicolaiw from Denmark

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by godawgs from Louisiana

Sep 28, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Jul 31, 2017
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.
Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by ccryder from New York

Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Kuges from Texas

May 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by VABA from Virginia

Apr 11, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Bmroussel from Louisiana

Mar 16, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana

Nov 01, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Oct 20, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by J-Dog86 from Louisiana

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Jamie_Newman from Louisiana

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by KushBreakfast from Maryland

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by Hoss76 from New York

Mar 01, 2016
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