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Barley’s Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Pale Ale is not, in fact, pale. Most of you know this because you’ve been drinking it for years.

Ever wonder why it’s called that, then?

It’s because in the day, most beers were dark, unfiltered, even unsettling in appearance. That didn’t matter, because ale was consumed in leather or stoneware vessels.

With the the invention of glass, brewers were comelled to make beer that looked more appetizing. They found the answer in the use of isinglass, the swimbladder of sturgeon, which when dried, worked well to remove suspended solids in beer.

Brewers then experimented with lighter hued ales to further enhance appearance.

That’s a long way to say pale ale is pale -- compared to the porters and stouts that proceeded it.

At Barley’s, we use only British malt in our Pale Ale, as well as British hops. We think it makes a difference you can taste.This is the beer that started it all for us, and we’ve been brewing it continually without interruption since the day we opened.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Served on draft at the Smokehouse location. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. The taste is earthy, floral and citrus hops, honey, toasted malts and a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3347) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2011
Rating #2,100 (by far the oddest milestone video I have seen). 5 oz sampler at the brew pub (#2) in Columbus, Ohio. Pour is hazed orange copper with a smallish light tan head. Aroma has some faint fruit sweetness up front, followed quickly by toasted malt, and a hint of Crystal malt in there as well. Taste is the bright sweetness up front, then a nice toasted maltiness finishing with a very slight roastiness. Palate is medium bodied, lower carbonation level and a dry mineral finish. This beer worked well with the barbeque. Clean and fresh, nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours a surprising dark color, copper with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing. The aroma is lots of hops, seems like some cascade but that is it, not very balanced. The taste is light hops throughout with an unwelcome metallic finish. The feel is ok and drinkability is cut back by the metal aftertaste. To me its not an pale ale but an IPA and so-so one at that.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at Barleys Ale House #1, Columbus OH, on 12 March 2010. Attractive clear amber/copper colour. Decent earthy, nutty character. Far more like a bitter than the ESB. Definitely more like an English Pale Ale than an APA. Just a bit too much residual sweetness for my taste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2010
A dark reddish pour. Fluffy white head. Very rich malty flavor, on the sweetish side with a pretty sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2010
reddish and dark for the style. some citrus hops to the nose. flavor of moderate bitterness before some medium to high lovibond crystal malt flavor before the citrus and floral hop flavor. not a great beer on draft, but the cask version is a solid apa

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
tap at smokehouse- pretty nice offering- very drinkable fruit and hop flavors- certainly balanced towards the hop, but fits the bill nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
Draft@ Barleys Pours a good clear amber with small off white head. The head leaves quickly but laced well. Has okay aromas of malt, spices, and a little bit of hops. Has a decent carbination. A pretty good mouthfeel. The flavors were light and well represented but lacked some boldness. Has a medium body. A pretty good finish. A watery texture and an okay aftertaste. Not my favorite one they brew but good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2009
On tap at Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of earthy hops. Malty and earthy flavor, but not much going on. Sorta weak and thin. I think they may have been going for drinkability on this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Objectively speaking: A drinkable pale ale that, while not outstanding, felt more interesting than most of their lineup the night I visited.
I like: Gentle spicy, citrusy hoppiness with considerable earthy background. No excess of acidity. Light-bodied and aimed at drinkability. Crisp body. Short-lasting, but effective bitterness.
I dislike: Minimally toasted malts where it feels like it would be a fine match. Dull clear light amber body.


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