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Rescue IPA | Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA

Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 83
Photo of RBorsato
1.81/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

FIlm on the liquid surface in the bottle; very bad sign of infection -- ;-( Copper-amberish color with a full pillowy beige head: overcarbonated. Infected aroma with a piney, sprucey hop aroma detected in the background. Sour infected taste but picking up a decently balanced beer underneath. Medium bodied despite overcarbonation and picking up high levels of bitterness underneath.

Hope to re-review uninfected one day ... shame, since this beer was only about 2 months old.

Per bottle: "Generously hopped with Centennials"

Per B.C.B.Co. flyer: Bisquit, Crystal, Wheat and Pale malts. Centennial hops and dry hopped with Cascades. O.G. 1.060

(22 oz / 650 ml bottle)

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Photo of warriorsoul
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

*Discovered this is the old "Super Hop" I have had in the past (see below)...not so fortunate this time around.

Many thanks to the generous BeerBeing for this one of a handful from Barley Creek.
Clear copper in color with a huge 3 fingers of khaki-colored head...most goes nowhere forever, just some slight divots forming.
Over carbonation in the nose with a dose of caramel malt and faint citrus hops.
Taste is less than impressive...mildly hoppy, but not fruity...less floral with decent malt to balance it out...the carbonation distracts anything positive I could say about this brew. Off flavors remain on the pallet, making it difficult to endure even one pint of this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and we already covered the carbonation.
One and done for me on this...hope the others are in better shape.
Still glad to have tried a new beer...just not thrilled to finish it.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle purchased at Dunderbaks cafe' in the LV mall. Dull, murky brown with faint amber highlights (the bottle does say IPA, right?) Frothy, 2 finger wheat colored head is attractive for about 30 seconds, before bubbling down to a ring of sudsy bubbles.

Aroma is dirty malts, like caramel covered in top-soil, strong, bitter, green hops with traces of citrus (or is it Lemon Pledge?)

Flavor mildly improves on the nose. Meager malt notes of stale bread and light molasses pave the way for very bitter, but otherwise flavorless hops. A notion of orange or lemon zest borders on a chemical cleaner note.

Body is just above light, with very big bubbles of carbonation lending to a expansive, uncomfortable mouthfeel and slick, somewhat gritty texture. I barely finished half the bottle (which was like $3.50 or more (gotta love Mall beer-store prices, NOT).

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Photo of yelterdow
2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature. Lasering on the bottle reads A2 1205.

Appearance- Nice looking hazy orange beer with substantial activity... I need to slow down the pour to prevent an overflow. The head settles to a well formed 1/2 inch hat. Firm and sturdy. No significant lacing.

Smell- Wow... what an interesting combination of hops, chocolate, and metal. No question, this is intriguing. If pine needles were to be dipped in Belgian chocolate, then scented with Noxon metal cleaner and offered as a drink, you might have created this.

Taste- Hmmm.... this surprised the shit out of me as well. Best described as "cold, rusty metal", I'm not sure how to proceed... it's kind of like licking chocolate from the kickstand of a bicycle in a freezing cold garage. Burps echo a metallic character, which makes me unhappy. As the beer opens and breathes further, the metal overwhelms and takes center stage, resulting in a most disappointing experience.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Not bad in the mouth, it's actually quite nice. It's just that when I swallow and contemplate the gustatory experience, my brain twinges. I will try this again sometime, to make sure the bottle wasn't tainted.

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Photo of Maprezens
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very excited to taste upon first look, but was a little disappointed. Highly carbonated and lacked a distinctive hoppy finish. The taste did not stand up to the rich caramel color of this brew.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The color of the beer is a nice amber color, it is a very clear beer which showed the carbonation of the beer. It left a nice white ring around the glass.

S: It had the standard hop smell to the beer with a little bit of a barley scent

M: It is smooth to the mouth, a finished feel if you will

T: The malts stand out. Citrus and pine notes also stand

O: This was a nice IPA, yes it was not the best IPA out there, but as far as most brewpubs go it was rather good

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Photo of AltBock
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz. stubby bottle that has a drawing of St. Bernard rescue dog standing in front of the Swiss Alps or the Poconos. All the other stuff on the label is just the usual US information. It's capped with a twist off cap that you still need to use a bottle opener to pop open.

When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this IPA is a clear reddish amber. It was close to being a just an amber color, but I noticed there was a small tint of red in there. The head of foam was thin, small, and from what I could see, white in color. This head of foam didn't stick around for very long and it only left behind a handful of white foamy rings.

The aroma was far too faint! The only aromas I got out of this beer was malted tea leaves, wet fur, and bitter floral hops. I guess that since there's a dog on the label, they wanted a small aroma to match that label.

The taste wasn't all that bad when compared to the aroma. The taste was slightly burned and hoppy with toasted malts, tea leaves, burnt caramel, a hint of burnt coffee beans, and then this aroma ended with some burnt herbal hops. Toward the end of the beer's life, a slight touch of grapefruit finally emerges. It's about time! What can I say about the taste? The taste just loved the burnt flavors!

The mouthfeel was on the light side with a slightly burnt aftertaste of of toasted malts, burnt coffee beans, and more burnt herbal hops.

In the mighy beer world of IPAs, this one would be on the far lower end. In wasn't all that bad, but I care to look on the bright side. It could have been worse by being watery, but it wasn't. If you can grab a single, it's worth a shot because it's affordable and it's an IPA.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

Love the St. Bernard on the label. Copper in color with a bunch of particulates suspended in the liquid. Two inches of off-white head rise to the top of the glass and leaves chunky peaks of lacing as it retreats. A thin film remains until the end.

The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus with some brown sugar in the background.

The flavor isn't very exciting at all. Sweet, without the hop twang you find in IPAs. There is a dose of yeast in here that isn't normal...kind of turns me off.

Way too carbonated. Thinner medium body, but it's hard to get past the carbonation. I am glad I got to try it, but I won't be back.

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Photo of aaronh
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Holy foaming beer, Hopman!

It took me three pours to get this 22 oz bottle into my 32 oz glass due to the huge, frothy head. This cream colored foam sits atop the beer forever, looking like spray foam insulation floating on this dark amber copperish beer. The aroma is earthy, with a touch of biting spiciness. The initial taste is like wild, tart grapes, and it even sweetens in the mouth a bit like the grapes do. It has a thin, cidery quality to it, a cider made from a healthy percentage of green apples. There is not much in the way of malt here, just a tart yet bitter flavor. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness here and there, with that green apple taste sticking in my mind. The mouthfeel is thin, and a bit watery. Drinkability is acceptable.

There is a freshness dating system on the back of the bottle, but it is not used. I don't know how old this may be. It's an interesting brew, and I like the centennial hops. Just give me some malty goodness to go with it.

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Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep gold colored beer with a medium, sticky head. Carbonation is on the high side, which keeps feeding the head. Aroma is floral and very grassy, with a distinct lemon-citrus character. There’s a subtle malt taste, but the beer is certainly tilted to the hoppy side of things. Light mouthfeel with a bitter hop finish. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one again. Still, it’s quite drinkable and, although not a great IPA, it’s one of the better beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA was on tap at a local bar and I figured I'd give it a try. It poured as a copperish yellow color with a pretty good looking head on it. The smell had a hoppy aroma coming from it. The taste was bitter and a little medicinal I thought, kind of strange. The mouthfeel was on the lighterside and was pretty drinkable. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this brew really.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Barley Creek- Rescue IPA

"Explore the range!"

purchased a 12oz bottle from Circle Liquors Pennington, NJ.($1.75)

Appearance- reddish cola brown with too much carbonation going on. Decent fizzy head.
Smell- roasted hops and cherries.
Taste- this is an IPA?! More like a stout to me. Roasted/ burnt tasting hops with a slight tinge cherry. Mostly earthy flavors. Smoky, woodsy, & charcoal.

Overall- a mediocre beer that doesn't resemble a IPA. Bad ratings for not tasting the way it should although its not that bad.

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Photo of thedoubler55
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown color with a little transparency, some slight caramel color, a nice off white head at the top that goes away rather quickly and leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Bready up front, with hints of some hints of piney hops but nothing over the top, slight roast as well.

T: Nothing to brag about besides the burn of the alcohol I noticed right up front, some bread notes or biscuits and a little roast on the tail end.

M: Bitter, medium bodied and a lot of carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, but also not extravagant, subtle and a little confusing for an IPA, had 1 and that was enough.

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Photo of DrewV
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Similar to their other brews, the Rescue IPA seems a bit watered-down compared to top-shelf beers. This one was just okay, but nowhere near what I would consider stocking in my beer fridge. Nice floral hop notes in the aroma and flavor, but that's about it. Unoffensive, but also unimpressive. Better than their Chocolate Porter, but not by much.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz stubby bottle. I picked this up because I like hops and the label was amusing. I poured just a bit into my glass and the whole thing exploded with foam. Nearly 2 inches of off-white enormous rocky head sit atop this; it has a striking similarity to vanilla ice cream once it is added to root beer. The body is a sunset-colored, very cloudy orange.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy but not a whole lot else going on. After taking my first sip, I decided to pour a little bit more from the bottle, but not the entire thing. First off, it still wont fit into the glass due to the enormous pillow on top, and secondly, its just not that great. Flavor has some lemon and pine notes, but overall is a tad bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is sharp and rather tart. Not too impressed with this one. I'll keep the bottle for a while, but I won't be purchasing anymore of this one. Near the bottom of the IPA barrel for sure.

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Photo of ZAP
2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours about 1/2 glass head and 1/2 glass orange IPA...I'm not impressed with the head....very charged up...nose is citrus like orange peel...tight mouthfeel from the huge carbonation...some citrus but not as tasty of a citrus flavor as some other IPA's....also some herbal English IPA notes..finishes with a litle piney acidity...once I fight my way past the huge head the flavor is decent enough

Nothing to seek out....way too charged up....I like many better...I expected more out of Super Hop!!

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Photo of Scoats
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fine beer but didn't really do anything for me.

It's balanced, not another super IBU hop monster the name might lead you to believe.

My friend Rich Pawlak was having orgasms over it, so don't take my opinion as definitive.

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Photo of Edwin
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The label on this bottle is hilarious. Looks like it was drawn by the brewer's 5-year-old son. Pours a lot darker than I thought it would be. A dark brown/amber color. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass. A caramel colored head that was nice and thick on the first pour, but slowly dissipates over time. Some lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Not really sure. Smells like hops, but also sort of like a greenhouse. Some sort of fruitiness inthe nose, but not very sure what type of fruit to identify it as.

Taste - Weird taste. I can hardly distinguish what is in this. I get the hops coming through, but there is also a dull tea-like essence to it. No sweetness to speak of. A lot less flavor than I thought would be coming out of the glass.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and dull, but can be smooth at times, yet ambivalent. One minute, it loves you, then it hates you. Leaves a lot to be desired on the tongue.

Drinkability - One and done for this one. An interesting array of flavors, but a lackluster effort in the world of super-hopped beers.

Overall - In the face of other hop explosions, this "Super Hop" is more like Jimmy Olsen.

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Photo of Jarod
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a clear golden/copper color and when in the light is had a orange hue to it. It had a whitish head that was barely there. The aroma has tones of hops and hints of citrus, dirt like (like said earlier – earthy), and undertones of alcohol. The taste was of hops (not as prominent as I would have thought or liked), notes of malt. Well carbonated. Slightly dry at the finish.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep and hazed copper tone. Virtually no head. The aroma is a little minty and pefumey. Not at all what I was expecting from Centennials. The body is medium at best. A somewhat prickly carbonation seems fitting. The flavor profile is lacking something and I think it's spelled M-A-L-T. This beer is not very balanced. And the hop flavor is not that enjoyable either. This surprises me since I usually love the flavor characteristics of Centennials. The hops impart a grassy and, again, minty/perfumey characteristic. Malt backing is weak. And there's a little bit of a tannin astringency as well. This one's average at best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud 'pffft' upon opening led to the predictable result of a pint glass full of foam that is ever so slowly being replaced with beer. Lucent reddish orange with a multitude of fine bubble streams rushing up to a still gargantuan head that is orange-influenced ecru in color and is significantly styrofoam stiff. The initial pour resulted in very little lace, but subsequent pours are leaving some good chunky bits of foam.

Although this beer is brewed with Centennial hops, I'd be hard pressed to guess that based on the aroma. It smells somewhat citrusy, but more so floral-perfumy, as if someone attempted to make a grapefruit oil perfume and added essence of gardenia so that it would appeal to little old ladies. It's not quite as bad as all that, but it is different and a little strange.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but the flavor doesn't do much for me. It's overly harsh and bitter, as if it's the first draft of the finished product and is waiting for the refinement stage. My guess is that a combination of undermalting and overcarbonation is responsible. Hop flavor is present, but again, it just doesn't seem very Centennial-like to me and that infernal perfuminess is still present. The body manages to be both light-medium and slick at the same time and the finish is curiously short. Odd all the way around.

Super Hop (now called Rescue) is an interesting, if not a particularly good, IPA. It just goes to show that dumping a boatload of hops into the kettle doesn't always result in tasty beer. I still appreciate the good intentions and generosity of blitheringidiot for including it in our mega trade.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a bitter, piney hop aroma. It also has a bit of a musty aroma which I think is a result of their yeast or some sort of bacteria contamination. All in all, it doesn't make much difference. The taste is average. It has a decent malt palate with a "super" hop flavor and aftertaste. It goes down slow with a citrus hop and musty aftertaste that lingers. The mustiness, which wasn't much of a problem in the aroma, detracts considerably in the flavor. Also, the centennial hops are too unstable. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average American IPA. It needs more malts to add body and to balance the hop content a bit more. It has too much of a citrus bite. Also, they need to consider looking in another direction as far as the yeast is concerned. It throws off the whole flavor in a negative way.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color with a nice 1.5" head. The head slowly fell to some large surface bubbles, and some light spotty lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of caramel and bitterness. The caramel, bitterness, grapefruit, and light pepper spice just didn't do it for me. The hops seemed sharp and overpowered the malt level.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start, while the finish was crisp and quite dry. Drinkability is OK, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Veyr very interesting, pehaps one of the few IPA's whith possibly more malt than hops? Quite tasty though. Nice deep amber color, and the head stuck around longer then the annoying guy next to you at the bar. Malt then hops, the more malt, then more hops....it appears they are waging a battle in my mouth and my tastebuds are the winners. Avery different change of pace ipa, i enjoyed it and will have it again.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Barley Creek Brewing logo is ironically similar to John Barleycorn barleywine labels, with their woodblock style print. Label certainly speaks to a rural heritage. The beer pours into an Allagash fluted chalice. Color is a deep ruby red, quite beautiful. The head is also quite nice and froths creamy-white to a finger-thick height and lasts as a good continuous film and edging throughout the beer. Head resurrects itself with a simple swirl.

Aroma: All Amercian hop nose - Centennial according to their site. Big, fresh fresh nose with very little malt profile, but good some subtle esters.

Taste: Pretty well balanced all around. Light up front with some grainy qualities, goes to a middle not distinguished by much and finishes up with a nice crisp, fresh, piney hope bite and dry aftertaste.

Mouth: Very nice carbonation that tingles the front and cleans out the back palate. Light to medium bodied. Not much sweetness here, with a crisp dry finish.

Drink: Ok, not much new here. Close to style, but not exceptional. I wouldn't get this beer again, but if I had a six pack I'd probably eventually work my way through them.

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