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

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

This IPA ("generously hopped") poured a slighly cloudy dark orange-amber color with a frothy and hilly khaki head the left a uniform sticky lace as it receded. The aroma is pleasant: dominant citrusy hops (the Cascades), a hint of floral esters, no evidence of malts per se. The taste has a sharp initial "super-hoppy" lemon tang, with just a touch of metallic to the palate, which is immediately followed by a yeasty bready taste, and finally settles into a lingering, almost cloying, bitterness (just a bit heavy with the Centennials). The mouthfeel is sparkling--heavy carbonation --and neither thin nor thick. Reminds me of the Hops Infusion. I'm a devoted hophead, and I'll take this stuff any day. However, WVbeergeek is right: the label has got to go.

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

Big froathy light tan head that settles slow and leaves a solid sheet of lacing above the dark amber beer. Fairly strong hop aroma smells of pine needles and The taste bounces back and forth between pine juice and bitter hops overtop a creamy malt base. Smooth mouthfeel and moderately full body make for a pleasant beer. A quality IPA with a smooth well balanced taste.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color, slightly hazy. Produces a very large, fine, white head. Minimal lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is highly aromatic hops. Very flowery, slightly citrus aroma. Slightly sour smell also.
Flavor is very malty to start then moves to a mild bitter taste and backed up by a very spicy hit. Aftertaste has almost a champagne-like flavor to it, very interesting. The hops are very mild but so dominate that it leads a very floral wine-like quality. Mouthfeel is very "alive" and effervescent. Almost like drinking carbonated hops. My belief is that if this just a little bit more malt to stand-up to the hops it would a very interesting beer.

Thanks to beerluvr for this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice amber red with a big creamy long lasting tan head very nice overall appearance, leaves thick collar of lace that is rung evenly with each sip. Aroma: Piney and floral with a butterscotch like malt profile, very nice. Taste: Piney chocolate like tone kinda weird and maybe off but it blends well, the label is ghetto as all hell with a flying Hop bud on it with SH representing super hop but oh well teh beer it self is hopped with centennials bringing out much flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy not bad at all. Drinkability: Not a got to by any means but very well one of the most interesting beers I've tried in awhile.

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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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, contract brewed by Yard's in Philly. This beer was quite tasty, and I am starting to think that they have just recently started to brewing this stuff at Yard's, and that Yard's has made this brew much better than it used to be. This beer poured a nice amber/red colour with a fluffy, off-white head. The aromas were all centennial hops and background heavy malts. The taste was similar as well. This stuff is very hoppy and quite malty as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and the drinkability is excellent as well.

A nice IPA!

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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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Copper body topped by a foamy slighty-off-white head. Nose is a lot of citrus with some earthy undertones. Malty start quickly gives way to a citrusy and piney hop sensation. Centennials, not the more grapefruity Cascades. Mouthfeel could be a tad fuller. Malt backbone could be a little stronger. Perhaps there is some kryptonite at work. This is not a full frontal hop assault, like HopDevil, but a solid IPA. I will sample again at the the pub and in bottles. Maybe not super, but certainly good.

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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 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 HopheadEd
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was expecting a little more. You put a name like "super" in your title, you better follow up. Light amber color, medium head, lace throughout. Hop aroma, not heavy. Nice malt and hop mix at the finish, but again, not what I was expecting. I'm pretty sure the keg was fresh, but to be fair, I'll try again after I talk to the owner to verify freshness.

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

22 oz. bottle. Fairly clear, bright golden with orangish highlight and a foamy off-white head that thins but holds up fairly well. The aroma is pretty intense with earthy and citrusy notes from Centennial hops. There's a bit of clean malt, and maybe some alcohol, in there as well. The body is light/medium but has a zesty carbonation which gives it a bigger mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely distributed with a clean malt flavor up front, a distinct but not overpowering hop flavor, and a liberal dose of bitterness. It has a dry finish that doesn't linger too long - refreshing. An excellent beer.

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