Pallet Jack IPA | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Pallet Jack IPAPallet Jack IPA
Pallet Jack IPAPallet Jack IPA

Brewed by:
Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Multiple dry hop additions deliver an awesome hop aroma filled with citrus, tropical fruit, and a touch of pine. The light body has just enough malt complexity to balance the hops. Multi time GABF medalist.

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 242
Photo of BuzzHarley
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite bitter as one would expect to go along with the nice aroma from dry hopping. Poured a nice head with medium bubbles. Not creamy which is OK. I’d be happy to find a glass of this anytime.

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Photo of entropysquared
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA, if you enjoy a strong hop flavor and citrus. It finishes somewhat bitter, but that reenforces what it is.

As other enthusiasts also identified, my pour was golden beneath a creamy head.

Pretty darn good.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect NW IPA, crisp and biting. Orange amber body with substantial creamy head. aroma of hops, and more hops. Taste , too. Barley Brown’s knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper gold, with a bit of haze and a frothy soapy white head. Smell is light, not much there, just pine. Flavor is big green chlorophyll. Lots of pine, and bitter green lettuce. Good but one note for me. Finish is extra dry from the huge amount of hops and lasts a long time. Not my favorite. Hops are tasty, bright and zesty, but this just seems like an attempt to cram in a bunch of hops without really crafting a balanced beer. Not my style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill haze light amber without much head, but what's there leaves some good drippy lace.

Smell is less potent than flavor turns out to be, mainly giving off notes of orange, grapefruit, pine resin and wild herbs.

Taste leans bitter and harsh with woody pine and grapefruit, orange, herbal perfume, a little musky spice and faint toast.

Feel is medium-thin with a light crisp froth and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This hits all the right notes for an IPA. Piney and citrus in abundance. Intensly hoppy finish, as it should be. All around solid IPA. Don’t pass this one up.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Engine House 9 in Tacoma, WA.

This one pours pours a light golden orange/amber, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like super zesty pine needles, orange zest, crackery malt and grassy/spicy hops.

This is super hoppy and spicy, with a wonderful dry earthy hop character, with very little malt character. It's super drinkable- cleanly fermented and delicious.

This is light bodied, with a nice lingering bitterness.

This is my first beer from them and it confirms their status as a great West Coast IPA purveyor.

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Photo of MFMB
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler at a day old. Pours a deep golden amber with a thick tan foam head. The nose is of malt and light tree bark. Taste is malt forward. Caramel sweetness to it along with herbs, grasses and a very faint citrus lemon peel. The lemon peel is almost herbal tea like or medicinal. Medium to full body with a semi crisp clean finish. Good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -7%
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 +8.6%
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 +1.9%
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 -11.1%
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 -1.6%
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 -4.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +15.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +9.3%
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 -11.6%
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 -9.5%
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 -5.6%
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 TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +2.3%
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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Pallet Jack IPA from Barley Brown's Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 242 ratings