Barley Brown's Brewpub

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #319
Ranked #2,692
4.3 | pDev: 6.05%
Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

sturdy, old school, fresh, delicious, i could pick this out as barley browns beer from a huge crowd of these, they have their own flare, especially in the hoppy ones. this is really clean and good, hides its alcohol super well, and is a real sneak buzz in a glass. lovely clarity, bright golden shine, pretty inch of lasting white head with some lace too, well refined for sure. the nose doesnt show anything too unique on the hop side, a grapefruit sort of simcoe thing maybe, a woody a lumber-esque possible centennial element, but i dont know what hops they use, its just very classically northwestern to me, bitter enough in the flavor, but nicely balanced too by a malt profile thats very pale but also pretty hefty, with some sweetness leftover at the end that keeps this balanced. almost nothing from the yeast but just a hint of the fermentation profile late, a citrusy bitter wash to close, and a flash of honey from the grain. i like this kind of balance, not relying on heavier crystal or toasted malts to make the proportions work. slightly oily in the feel, delicious burps, and overall a really nice strong ipa that is immediately timeless to me. these guys do everything hoppy very well, and this was a treat to find on tap last night!

Feb 21, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Caldwell ID; served in a snifter. Clear, darker gold in the glass with a foamy & creamy off-white head that laces well. Resiny, sweet hops are apparent, with a big malty base and lots of piney notes. Bitter, sticky, and dry on the finish, alcohol is invisible but its definitely there...this is a big double IPA in flavor and mouthfeel. There is a green, herbaceous note with a touch of spice and a hint of hard citrus hop candy with the malty sweetness.

Sep 30, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Bar Gernika. Not much of a head, but tons of sticky lacing. Big fruity, hoppy nose, some apricot. Taste is rich and full, hops dominate but don’t overpower. Sticky, fruity finish.

Apr 19, 2018
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wasatchback from Tajikistan

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't get the love for the beers these guys make. I've been excited to try their beers every time I see them on tap and every time I'm incredibly disappointed. This Forklift is exactly the same. On tap at Growler Guys in Meridian. Smell is off, not much hop aroma at all. Taste follows suit, very vegetal and almost oxidized. Literally tastes like it'a been sitting in the back of my car for a month. Borderline undrinkable. Maybe this is a bad keg but it in no way resembles a beer with a rating close to what it is. Mouthfeel is thin and alcohol is very present. I could see having this reaction to a bottle brewed three months ago at a brewery across the country but not in a keg in a town a few hours away from the brewery.

Nov 12, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NBS BIF. Deep golden yellow. Caramel tan head that lasts for most of beer. Big tropical fruits, pineapple and pine. Dankness, pineapple, pine, grapefruits. Medium bodied, almost chewy.

Oct 15, 2016
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sharp bitterness that hits the edges of your tongue, and a sweet maltiness on the nose. That spells balance to me. Watch out alcohol is undetectable to me had on draft. Tangerine and pine and a hop sweetness on the taste, pretty juicy.

Sep 09, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Apex. Didn't take notes at the time, almost never do when I'm out somewhere or with friends. The nose on this stuff will be in my dreams forever, and the taste was pretty much as good. Wish I could buy this stuff to take home, one of the best DIPAs I`ve experienced so far.

Feb 14, 2015
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ccrida from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

On draught at Apex. Clear pale gold with white skim and scattered, sticky lace.
Smell is resinous hops, some citrus (orange) and sugary malt.
Taste is hoppy, big bitterness mid-palate but clean finish. More pine and less orange then the nose.
Mouthfeel is slippery, dry, medium-light.
Drinkablity is good, a solid DIPA - big hops, modest malt, clean and not too hot. Brash but not abrasive.

Nov 20, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SEP 30, 2014
On tap at ABV. Pours a clear amber with a dense, off white head that falls off to a ring leaving no lacing. The nose is awesome. Bright, piney, pungent hops, brutal, pungent, fruity and with plenty of grapefruit pith. Moderate malt character that makes this rather juicy. The palate opens with a big bitterness, very pungent with grapefruit juice, pine sap, bitter orange juice,English orange marmalade , especially in the way the sweetness is reserved. Medium in body with a long, bitter finish, this beer is lightly carbonated and has a wonderful mouth feel. Imagine Notorious but with a smaller body and less sweetness and you have this beer. Exceptional.

Oct 26, 2014
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vkv822 from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Clear golden with a foamy white head.

Big resinous, piney, lightly boozy, citric flavor notes.

Medium body, with a slightly oily, mouth coating feel.

A very well done, big DIPA. Dangerously drinkable for such high ABV, as I could easily throw back a few pints without thought!

Feb 17, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Forklift DIPA
750ml, filled 8/17/13, drank 8/24/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazed deep orange. Almost seems lighter than the Pallet Jack. Good layer of bright white head. Stays around. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Smells like delicious fruity goodness. Big tropical fruits. Citrus dominated. Also get a good load of pine and resin. Sweetness from the malt bill.

T: Bitterness up front. Fruity goodness. I thought I was gonna have more malt but it was really nice and hop forward. Dangerously easy to drink.

M: It's a big medium here. Very easy to drink.

Aug 26, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex the other day. I think the abv. was around 9.8%, but I'm not positive about that.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose... Jesus Christ, it's a Barley Brown DIPA (there's nothing else quite like them). The nose is just completely over the top, with a huge aroma of pine, dry citrus, skunky weed and peat. The beer smells like the inside of a barn, but one where fresh hops were stored for quite some time. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I don't pick up any of the peat or barnyard aroma. However, this is a massively hoppy DIPA, one with a bitterness level that is almost punishing. There's barely enough sweet malt to keep it all together, as my palate felt as if it was assualted by a tidal wave of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly full, with a long, dry, incredibly bitter finish. Alcohol was pretty much unnoticeable, which is hardly a surprise, given the avalanche of hoppy bitterness on the palate.

An amazing beer, but the 12 ounce glass I enjoyed was plenty. My palate was literally worn out after drinking a glass of this bad boy.

May 13, 2013
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 63 ratings