Barley’s Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours amber with a small white head. This beer has that same "stale" hop taste that Bass has. I don’t mean "stale" in a bad way though. It just tastes different making it stand out from others. So, I guess this is a pretty distinct pale ale then. It was higher hopped than other pale ales I have had, making it very enjoyable. I will drink again!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Bland, not much taste good or bad. To me there was nothing overly fantastic about this APA. It did linger a little too long on the tongue though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (592) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Draft sampler at Barleys Smokehouse (Ale House #2). Dark amber color, sweet malty aroma, nice hop/malt balance in the flavor. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark amber color, thin white head. Nice pine and citrus hop aroma. Same hops in flavor with solid malt character, slightly sweet. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
On draft@ Smokehouse. This poured a dark ruby orange. Lightly and refreshingly hopped with a sweet caramel malt aroma. This beer has some cirtus character to it, but nothing too strong. Slightly above average for a pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Draft at the brewpub. Fresh, wellmade pale ale. Very enjoyable and reliable, just not very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Good malt and hop aroma with hops to the forefront. Balance of malt and hops but not enough bitterness (even by english standards). Fermented dry finish leaves a winey character. More of a warm finish than a hoppy or dry finish.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Had on tap at the Columbus Microbrewery Festival. Is a balanced pale ale from a solid establishment.

   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.

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