WFO IPA | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 10-13-2009

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 64
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Quite fragrant berry,citrus, fruity hops, with a light malt sweetness.

A: Golden color, totally clear, with a big uneven head that settles and has solid retention.

T: Berry, citrusy hops with light malt sweetness. The beer has a low, but perceivable hop bitterness and finishes dry.

M: Light bodied with moderately-light carbonation.

O: Very fragrant and quite tasty IPA. I was pretty impressed with the fruity hop aroma and flavor. Lives up to its motorcycle heritage - Wide F'in Open!

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at East Growler Guys in Bend in a Spiegelau IPA glass. A solid IPA, but not in the same league as Pallet Jack. I'd drink it again, but won't seek like PJ.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


On tap at Bittercreek... Polished orange brew... Sudsy white head.. Tropical fruit hoppiness... Some pithy citrus... Very balanced and super drinkable... Gets a little too malty for my palate with warmth... Enjoy this one colder.


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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from The Growler Guys.

A clear amber with a dense, frothy, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is a lot more aggressively pine-heavy than most other BB IPAs I've had. Pine, spruce, a little grapefruit peel, potpourri, some bitter citrus... very nice. Spicy as well, with some mint, dank hops, The palate I'd a hop bomb, moderately bitter, plenty flavorful and with a lot of aggressive hop flavors. Pine, grapefruit peel, spicy spruce and mint, a hint of petrichor, and a clean malt character that's a little oat like in it's creaminess. Long, bitter finish with a soft, creamy palate, the mouthfeel is delectable. Despite my lower score, there are times when nothing will suffice but this beer.

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Photo of vkv822
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Belmont Station.

Hazy, golden with a thick, billowy white head.

Big citric and resiny hops dominate in both the aroma and the taste. Really well done, delicious.

Medium+ body with foamy carbonation.

This certainly hits the spot when looking for a big, hoppy IPA. The citric and resiny hops are quite well balanced.

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Photo of ccrida
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Bailey's, WFO is clear gold with a small white head leaving foamy lace.

Smells is pretty hoppy, on the pungent, resiny side.

Taste is also rather pungent, a nice dank hop punch but well balanced, almost demure in its assault. A little biscuit malt flavor. Resiny, particularly on the long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and dry, dripping with hop oils.

Drinkability is high, a punchy IPA yet still rather balanced and drinkable. Like the light maltiness, I'm here for the hop juice and alcohol, and they've delivered that well, without wrecking my palate, by mashing clean, quality malt.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with only a slight head and some scant lacing. Smells very floral backed up by copious amounts of sweet malt. The taste is nicely balanced between floral and citrusy hops on the one hand and clean, sweet malt on the other hand. Very smooth and easy drinking, and quite juicy without being sweet. I really appreciate the wide differences in flavor between their various IPAs- it makes it quite enjoyable for a hophead like me to visit the brewpub. I had this one on tap at the pub in Baker City. Og the various IPAs, I'd say this is a little less in your face and more balanced, and sometimes that what you want. Not as assertive as the headshake, though, and overall I liked that better. I realize this is billed as an "IPA", and that one as a "double IPA", but really they are pretty close in abv. Really probably just a matter of taste. Either way, these are solid brews.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing the troika of WFO reviews, growler fill from Barley Brown's enjoyed with beer buddy 9.28.2010.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Big frickin tropical hop attack in the nose, some sweetish malts re crystal, the hops are the star. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, tropical and citrus re some mango and oranges, malty in the middle, with a bracing yet pleasant bitter finish which gets more aggressive as it warms. Medium mouthfeel, a bit light on carbonation. We didn't have any problem quickly finishing this growler, this beer taste really good. Don't forget your growler when passing through Baker City, you will not be disapointed!

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Belmont Station Fringe festival.

The beer pours an attrative orange amber with pretty good head retention and decent lacing (especially considering this was cask conditioned). The nose is all IPA goodness and was probably this beer's best feature. On this particular day, I got a considerable amount of dank earth, light pine and considerable sweet orange citrus. Flavors generally replicate the nose, with more of the pine flavor coming out. However, there is still plenty of delicious oranage citrus in this hoppy/bitter, west coast style IPA (the beer has some nice underlying sweet malt, but is ultimately dominated by the hoppy bitterness, leading to a dry, bitter finish). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though it actually came across as a bit more boozy than I would have expected for a 7.6% abv. beer. In any event, I found this to be yet another impressive, enjoyable beer from the folks at Barely Brown.

Note: Some IPA's benefit from cask conditioning, and some don't. My guess is that this is an IPA that is better on gas then it is from cask.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're familiar with off-road motorsports, you'll probably recognize W.F.O. as an abbreviation for Wide Fucking Open meaning, "full throttle." It's a fitting name for this turbo-charged IPA with its explosive floral-spice aroma, scintillating hop flavor, and roundhouse kick of bittering.

W.F.O. is yellow-gold with a thin film of white head. It's a little taut in the mouth but not by much. And it's definitely not balanced but you won't care. This is a fine ale to sacrifice on the alter to the hop gods and another contender for the crown. Highly recommended.

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WFO IPA from Barley Brown's Brewpub
4.17 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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