Rescue IPA | Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA

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Barley Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost as good in the bottle as it was on tap. (see below -->) The nose did not seem to be quite as large with the super huge cascade hop kick, in the bottle as it was on tap. The taste however carried over very well. It has a big grapefruit flavor with an orange rind aftertaste. And a nice light toasted malt sweetness through the body. This beer is different in the bottle but still very good, and I would recommend that if you are at barley creek drink the brown on tap but if you are going to take home bottles, this one bottles more successfully IMHO.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 Citadel82
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a gift from a neighbor who said it was way too hoppy for him. It is a very out of balance and hoppy beer, but after having enjoyed an Alpha King or two earlier this evening I thought it was not too extreme. Poured out nice clear copper with a decent head that lasted for a few moments and left some decent lacing. citrus and pine very strong in the aroma. Taste is likewise citrus and some pine, some medicinal notes and some pale malt in the background. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but not watery making this a decent and drinkable brew from this little brewery out in the Poconos. I would buy this brew myself.

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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 stirgy
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy. Deep amber orange with burgundy highlights. Not what I assume a ‘normal’ IPA would like. This is very dark for an IPA. Looks like a deep amber ale or a red ale. Small but creamy sandy colored head. The aroma is just a tad cloying with floral malts and a slight citrus presence – actually it is very nice. There’s a underlying earthy hop mustiness. I like it.

The taste is … whoa! It’s bitter alright. I was unprepared for the bitter almond cyanide smile I got after the first sip. There is a strong floral presence in the flavor – it gives the taster a bitterness that overpowers any kind of malt body. In other words, this has the bitterness of a DIPA, with the maltiness of a pale ale. It seems unbalanced. But hey, it works for me! What else matters? This is an interesting beer.

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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 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 beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a lacy and slow to recede white head that settles over gorgeous clear deep amber/red liquid goodness. The nose is pure and fresh flowery Cascade hoppiness. The taste offers up a potent blast of bitter hops and some light caramel/biscuity notes. Unfortunately the body could use much more malt to boost up the thinnish mouthfeel here, but the hop is the star here. Finishes up with a very long and bitter dry finish. A good bitter ale, but could be improved upon.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sampled at the brewpub as part of the sampler platter. This and the stout were the most flavorful offerings. This was an off amber color with a off white head. The nose was big and screamed hops at you. The flavor, a mix of big malt, excessive hops, was nice. The finish was big and dry, long lasting hoppiness yearning for more.

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Photo of jakester
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Barley Creek.

Arrives a clear orange/amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Head drops to a good coating, with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nosehair curling citrusy/piney hops, with a good caramel malt background. Hop aroma is very dominant.

Flavor is intensely bitter, with strong lemony/orangey/piney hop flavor. The caramel malt falls pretty short of balancing out this one. I like it, though. The aftertaste is crisp and bitter. Pleasaant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, with a soft to medium zing from carbonation. There is a strong grab at the back of your throat from hop bitterness. Finish is bitter (duh!) and long. Nice.

This is a good beer, pretty well done for style. A little overbalanced toward hops, but I personally like that.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber color with an off white 2 inch head that slowly goes away. Leaves some decent lacing throughout the glass.
Smell is plentiful of the centennial hops, as advertised, with some delicious grain and sweet malt.
Taste is of bittery, flavorful hops backed with some sweet malt. A bit of acidic, bitter, and alcohol aromas linger.
Mouthfeel starts directly behind the front of the tongue. Pleasant medium body washes over the palate with flavorful spiciness mixed with the hops and malt.
Drinkability is nice. This was the first batch I've gotten that didn't explode upon opening and I was thrilled at the product inside the bottle. With consistant freshness, this could make a decent session brew.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "cask du jour" offering from my recent BCBC brewpub visit.

Clear dull amber in color with a surprisingly thick and long-lasting layer of off-white foam. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are very fruity, with a twinge of "earthy" underneath. Flavors are somewhat softer than I would expect from a non-casked version, but there's a noted sharp citric bitterness that stays with you the entire time. There is some sweetness that creeps in towards the end, but not enough to counter-balance the Centennial hop infusion. The bitter aftertaste was of moderate duration. Good mouthfeel, especially from the conditiong. Drinkable....very much so. I wanted a case of this ($24, not too [Ken] shabby), but passed. I'd be curious to see how it tasted from the bottle.

Overall, a simple, but very pleasing IPA that I'll seek out again next time I'm in NEPA.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle obtained from someone who delivers Barley Creek brews to local establishments. Consumed on 04.30.05...

A huge, pillowy head presented firmly atop this orangish-red brew. The aroma was fragrant with hops, citrusy hope, no less. The flavor was somewhat crisp, yet lacking that hoppy snap that I really like to see in an American IPA. It was almost difficult to finish for some reason, and I love IPAs... Still a good one, and one that I will try again in the event I was the victim of a bad bottle.


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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber color, nice, solid head of off–white foam...decent.
Aroma is quite a hoppy thing, bristling and buzzing with grapefruit, primarily, and then, well, that's it, mostly, a bit of pine and sour...but it's all really grapefuit...
Taste: a hearty mouthfeel, zips along the palate happily, fades softly. Nice. A very malty affair, as well, cloaking some of the Centennials...I've been used to the flavor, as I'm well- acquainted with the hop, via Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, which uses only Centennial.
I like Superhop, though. He's a helpful superhero, bringing the joy of hops into every home, juicy, fruity, delicious. Yum....very likable. I could see myself becoming very familiar with this bottle!

Cheers to kafkaEsb!

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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 Nay
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not super. Sorry, it's just an IPA with an American lager malt flavor. On tap at the brewery it comes out CRYSTAL clear amber with nice fresh cascade aroma. Good hoppy flavors, some hop agressiveness (Chinook?), but hardly worthy of the name Super Hop, even for the east coast.

I'm not a fan of lager malts, so the malt body was a bit disappointing and simple for my tastes. Otherwise I found the beer to be a pretty good American IPA.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a amber reddish color. The creamy tan colored head seemed to be everlasting.
Aroma: Piney and floral with a butterscotch like malt profile, very nice.
Taste: Pine niddles, light biscuity notes, some orange peel shavings perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy not bad at all.
Kicked: Nice brew. Check it out.

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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 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 meathookjones
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 12oz bottle with the Super Hop hero flying about on the label. This appears a hazy amber color with about and inch of rocky beige head floating atop. Aroma is full or hops floral, piney and citric with not much malt. The taste is similar as this is dominated by the hops. Upfront is a biting citric bitterness with a bit of earthy notes to it. Aftertaste is a bitter lingering one. Mouthfeel is prickly with a medium body. Good beer for a hop fix, not all that complex but tasty nonetheless. Super Hop has done his job here.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured into a standard pint glass. Nice medium-amber color with lots of haze. Out of a six-pack, three beers poured with a rediculous amount of head - two bottles even erupted at opening! Head quickly dissipated in all cases.

Smell was pretty good - lots of nice citrusy notes, nothing overpowering. Taste was a bit better, with some nearly-banana/buttery notes adding to the backbone. Good mouthfeel, and easy to drink. A nice little IPA.

Of interest is that this beer is apparently contract-brewed by Yards brewing. Not sure if this is a new arrangement or not for Barley Creek.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.26/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the label on this beer is freaking great, just so you know.

Probably the best head I’ve ever seen in an I.P.A. Thick and heavy, it cascades out of the bottle, giving even a Belgian beer a run for it’s money. Smell is big and hoppy. Taste is great, the bottle claims each barrel has a pound of hops and it shows. This makes me excited to try more Barley Creek!

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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 blitheringidiot
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout 12 oz. browner decorated with a comic book cartoonish style Superhop character that "might" have been inspired by Superman label, that states, "Generously Hopped with Centennils!" Not quite a single hop varietal as the label also states "This American IPA style brew is hopped with over a pound of Centannials per barrel and dry hopped with Cascades. This hoppy brew is made with all natural ingredients for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Quite a remarkable coppery ruddy clear, slightly carbonated, pour into me Stone pint with a three pour required effort to overcome the enormous pillowy cloud like antique white huge head cap that shows excellent head retention. Teeny tiny black suspended particles float in the bottom of the brew.

Clean bitter earthy grassy pine hops effervescense. Citrousy orange juice notes poke out to the afterscents. Pine scents like a pine tree fell on me head.

First swigs: Ripe oranges and acidic dryness hits first. Bittering blends to a hoppy menace that continues to kick acidic hop sizzle. This deeply acidic dry finished brew lasts in appreciation for a well done offering.

Well bodied fullness due to the never-ending suds and sizzle. Golly! Hand me another even if I'm paying.

Last swigs: Orange juice scents, that perhaps are a bit one dimensional, but not to a detriment. This hoppy offering is grapefruit Cascade & Centennial sharp. A true stylistic stand out that deserves praise for the tastey orangey palate and quick dry finish. This is underated IMHO, that should be at least 4.0+ Purchased for under $30 at the Beeryard.

***Beer bargain alert ***

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after disembarking from the brown 22 ounce bottle sits in the glass a slightly beclouded burnished copper color, the head is capacious, the texture frothy and the color a medium tan with the resultant lace a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose is pine like, sweet malt and citrus like in its crispness, seems also to be some muskiness, start is somewhat sweet with an acceptable malt profile; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a biting acidity, the hops domineering in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that continues the hop bitterness, a drinkable brew tis true and I thank Prostman for this bottle.

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