Pallet Jack | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Collins Pub in Seattle.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a dash of haze, strong effervescence, and thick finger of tan foam. A nice lace is left on the glass; a beautiful IPA.

Smell: herbal, earthy hops over a toasty-ish base. Not too bad.

Taste: herbal and quite bitter; the base is a little sweet but not cloying. Malt is toasty rather than caramelly; a very solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a huge carbonation and big, if ephemeral, creaminess.

Overall: I like this IPA a lot. Bitter but not overwhelming, sweet but with a dry herbiness. I dig it.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Pour House Grill in Bend OR. Never heard of this brewery before but they have certainly made a great impression. Bartender told me they won GABF for this brew a few years back. Def worth trying if you can get your hand on it.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- clear amber color. Poured with a half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly

S- pear, citrus, floral.. not the strongest flavors on the nose.

T- fresh bread, pine, slight grapefruit,
Unique smooth ipa that to me tastes more like a pale ale. Very good.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The flavor hits with strawberry, sweet melon, biscuity, drives with malt onto a earthy and piney bitterness. A well balanced IPA with the hops driving some quite interesting flavors not generally found in IPA, albeit with a dominant malt character.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz crowler. Pours hazy light amber gold, thin white head fades leaving some rings of lace. Sweet melony aroma. Sweet malt taste, tons of piney hop bitterness. Tropical melony notes. Medium slick feel.

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

Had on tap at the Loyal Legion in SE Portland. Nice golden amber color with a slight haze. Smell is of citrus, grass, and earthy notes. The flavor is citrus, pine, and herbs. The maltiness is more subdued, and the hops speak with this beer. Resinous mouthfeel. Overall an excellent IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sassy’s, Portland.
Crusty white over light amber. 4
Bright Simcoe-esque passionfruit and grass. 4
Light caramel then mango, lemon rind, and cat. 4.25
Soft, light, smooth. 4.25

Light as a feather. 25 IBUs tells the story: all aroma hops. No hint of 7.3% and a low malt load. No crystal is the way forward. 4.5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

absolutely top notch ipa right here, classically northwestern, i am very surprised this doesnt have a little more hype around it from the ipa geeks, its good enough to warrant some serious conversation. medium orange in color with good clarity, a one inch pure white head, and spiderweb lacing, its a nice beer to look at. even nicer to sniff, with big citrus hop aromas, likely some simcoe in here, and a real woody bitterness, maybe centennial in the long boil. nicer still to drink on, man this is good. citrus up front for sure, its the classic grapefruit zest profile, fresh and juicy, followed up by a little burst of semisweet caramelized crystal malt, finally backed up by more of a pine dimension on the hops with all kinds of bitter bite. as big as this feels in body and resin and even alcohol, it also still sort of demands quick consumption, its so fresh and good that its hard to even set my pint down on the bar for a moment. lemon and burnt orange in the taste, brings out the best of the malt, and there is very much a spruce note to the finish. well put together beer, i know these guys win a lot of awards and stuff, so its nice to finally have one of their beers. outstanding ipa.

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Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crowler. White head. Lace. Golden orange.

Floral and earthy. Herbal. Touch of onion. Grassy and resiny.

Medium bodied. Medium bitterness.

Decent, but nothing crazy.

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Photo of simcoeluv
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oregon has an unknown number of single IPAs and I have had most of them. This is my favorite.
Have had on tap in many different bars.
Just slightly off clear, orange, slight off white head with a clean fruity/citrus aroma. Wonderful taste, clean, crisp with nice bitter but not too bitter finish. Mouth feel is moderate/full bodied - just right for the style.
Not bottled or canned. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American IPA from a state that makes an incredible amount of amazing examples. Clean hop presence, good citrus, nice fruit. Nice bitterness and clean finish. Beautiful beer. Ya'll don't know.

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Photo of Jw383
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pallet Jack is a unique West Coast IPA, but is also a great example of the style. It's quickly become the most popular IPA in the Portland metro area, and when fresh you can understand its popularity. It pours a nice orange color, has a smooth feel and ends with a brilliant bite in its finish. I would recommend this as a must have for anyone visiting Oregon.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple. A great combination.
The taste is moderate pine and lemon bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of highTempo
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at a local taproom.

Light orange/amber color with a very low (2-3mm) clear white head. Low lacing.

The smell has just a little pine and some lemon citrus. It's not nearly as fragrant as many of the IPAs I've been enjoying lately.

This is a fairly 'big' IPA, more directly bitter than I'd expected from what I'd read about it. The lemon comes through in the flavor -- the hop is good and bright. It's not as balanced as I'd hoped, though there is a pretty good malt presence for the style.

The body is on the light side and despite the balance issues it's easy to drink. Overall, it's pretty good, but there are so many outstanding competitors, I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for it.

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Photo of muldersha
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Kay's Bar in SE Portland.

A slightly hazy orange brew with a pleasant beige head that sports very solid retention. Appetizing white lacing sticks around till the bitter end.

Aromas are super dank, hoppy, with loads of tropical fruit, pine resin, and fresh orange zest.

A very malty backbone helps lend this beer its impeccable structure. Incredibly well balanced despite its high ABV. It's medium to medium-full bodied with a slightly oily texture and refreshingly bitter finish. Very deserving of the praise it receives.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Around the Portland area every place that serves draft beer carries this, and there's a reason why. A great goto (sorry stone) ipa. Hits every mark for a great ipa.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sent from smart phone so short.
16 oz pint at "b2 Taphouse" in Salem OR $4.50 Really stunning aroma hippy to the max. Grapefruit, flowers,slight fresh. Taste the same very good. Perfect mouth feel for style..lovely after taste. Great IPA

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Photo of Zaximus
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop forward and very fruity. I like my IPAs with a little more malt balance but I could see how hop heads would love this brew. I'd definitely recommend trying it.

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Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

So well crafted with huge hoppy flavor and just a touch of malt sweetness. Seems to be a little more widely available now. A fine addition to the Northwest IPA lineup.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Good tropical fruit hop flavor. I'm liking this a little better than the RPM. Both of them could have used a touch more sweetness to ramp up the flavor. Really good ipa.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Barley Brown has a knack for making high quality IPA's and DIPA's, so it's no surprise thiat this is yet another strong effort. The beer has the usual dry hoppy flavor profile, with something of any underlying grittiness that is interesting and intriguing. There's just enough sweet malt to bouy all the dry citrus and light pine you get in this beer, and drinkabilty is oustanding. It's pretty much reached the point that when I see the words Barley Brown and IPA/DIPA together, you pretty much know you're in for a hophead treat.

I would also add that BB made a wet hop version of this beer during fresh hop/wet hop season, that was even better than the regular PJ. I didn't think that was possible, but as good as the regular PJ is, the wet version was better.

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Photo of Spikester
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear amber with an off white three finger head that lasts a long time. Rings of lace on the glass as the level drops.
Smell is pungent aromatic hops with lots of fruit and resins. Sweet toasted bready malts also.
Taste is similar to the nose with the tropical fruit and pine notes leading the way. The malt sweetness almost balances this beer close to a DIPA level.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Long medium dry and mostly bitter finish.
Really easy drinking for such a bold flavored beer. One of the best IPAs around.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Pungent grapefruit,sweet and juicy tropical fruit, and caramel malt backbone.

T- Pungent grapefruit, sweet and juicy tropical fruit notes, peach, sweet caramel malt, nutty notes, and moderate bitterness.

M- Very smooth, soft carbonation, dry, and medium body.

O- A very nice West Coast IPA with in addition to a lot of hop character has a very nice malt backbone and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Slightly hop hazed light orange with a long lasting white head and great lacing... Juicy tropical fruits and pithy grapefruit... Very dry... One of the best standard IPAS I have had... Very drinkable and the hops add an oily quality to a lighter than expected body... This is poundable on a hot day.


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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the Brewery in a 32oz growler.

A: clear golden amber with some lacing. Some retention.
S: I loved the smell. Great balance of pine and citrus.
T: a little more mild than I anticipated. Fairly malty, but still a good amount if citrus and hops.
M: a little oily like others have said. Still, a good amount of carbonation.
O: A very good NW IPA. Definitely worth a try if you find it on tap or picking up some if you happen to pass Baker City.

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