Barley’s Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
From the tap at Ale House No. 1. Dark amber in color with a big beige head and great lace. Lots of hops, tending toward fruity apple and citrus flavors. Well balanced and great with food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
Brown with a small head. Almost no aroma. Mild hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Dark brown body with a thin but persisitent white head. Slight maltiness in the nose. No hops in the nose. Good balance in the hop/malt department. It’s odd to have an APA that isn’t in the 70-100 IBU range and I like it. A little too carbonated, want to try on the beer engine sometime to compare. A bit prickly on the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
12/28/02: on tap at the smokehouse. not much aroma. a bit darker than your average pale ale- nice color, in fact. minimal head with lacing. small amount of dish soap taste (this is not a negative comment, it is how hops taste to me at times.) pretty tame beer which includes a bit of a hoppy taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Barley’s is an above average brewhouse even their beers of styles I don’t like are great. This is one of many examples of their prowess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
ReRate from 2/10/02: I didn’t give this enough props before! I just had it again this weekend and I was reminded of how good it is! VERY Hoppy, gives that slight stinging tounge sensation. A bit too carbonated - but still really excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2002
An English pale ale but still well hopped. I think this beer ranks up there with CPA but they are different styles of pale ale. Slight maltiness complements the bittering hops. Excellent color and mildly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
While I like Barley’s Pale Ale, it suffers from being compared to the older, more widely available Columbus Pale Ale. It has a good color and taste to it, but the Columbus Pale Ale is still the better of the two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11482) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 11/21/2003 Cask: This version of Barley's Pale is dark copper with a very thin light beige head. Very thin lacing as well. The aroma is heady hops with a faint floral aspect lingering as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and seemingly low carbonation with a nice hops flavor throughout, along with a nice malt backbone. The finish is a little slick with a lasting hops bite. I like the regular version of this just a little better. 2/10/2002 - Draught: This Columbus classic is a nice rich copper color with a medium light beige head. Thin and slow lacing. Nice hoppy aroma along with a little malt and caramel. The flavor is rich hops throughout, with a bitter hops and fruit aftertaste. A good match with Barley's food. The only drawback is that I could not recommend this over the Columbus Pale Ale as far as locals go.

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