Barleys ZIPA
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Over the years, we have brewed well over a dozen different IPAs. You’d think we were done.

We’re not.

We wanted to brew a sessionable summer IPA. Easy, breezy, yet still with a bite. While searching for "just right," we decided to brew with honey, to give it some dryness and up the alcohol just a bit, and hopefully keep some residuals from the clover and honeysuckle that is this honey.

The honey was procured from Honeyrun Farm, which was fetched from hives just two days before we got our hands on it. Raw, without "benefit" of any processing, we probably should list bee legs and wings as an adjunct.

Because we had an abundance of Cascade hops in the cooler, we decided to brew with (almost) all Cascade.

As you are well aware if you’re a hophead, hops can impart a citrus note along the lines of lemon and grapefruit. We thought that brewing with orange zest would round out these notes. The zest is the "Zee" in ZIPA--Zest IPA.

Now we were ready to brew.


Everything you read above is true. We never let the facts get in the way of a good story though, so let’s go backwards as if it’s forward.

This brew was conceived in the days leading up to Independence Day. Having already brewed a beer to celebrate Columbus’ 200th birthday, we thought we could do more.

Let’s celebrate the 4th in an irreverent way, we said. So we started with an orange peel. We thought it would give some zip. It’s an IPA, so ZIPA it is.

What institution deserves a beer named after it? Hmm... "ZIPA de Doo Dah, ZIPA de day, my oh my it’s a wonderful day."

OK, that being set, we decided on all American hops--Cascade it is. Lots of it. Then, all USA malt, with just enough British malt to remind us whose butt we kicked.

And so, with a little reverse engineering (uh, copy writing,) and our tongues firmly planted in our cheeks, we offer a beer we hope is as brash as those creative souls who participate in the annual Columbus Doo Dah Parade, another reason we are proud to call Columbus home.

Though you’re likely to just see ZIPA when it’s on tap, maybe even pronounced Zeye-Pee-Aye everywhere else, you now know it’s full name: ZIPA de Doo Dah.

Writer’s Embellishment: stop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2917) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2014
On tap at smokehouse. Brief not: clear gold pour, white head. citrus, bread, earthy, honey. 7.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
5oz on tap at the Smokehouse. ABV labeled 6%, 60.51 IBU. Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lightly soft lighter carbonation. Light slick texture. Good grapefruit citrus hop, and some bigger caramel bready malt too. Kind of piney. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11088) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tap sample. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus honey and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate citrus sweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of medium duration. This brew met my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2144) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse #2 in Columbus, OH -- from a firkin with Citra dry hopping Orange-amber-orange color; quite hazy with a durable but small off-white head. Some lacing. A: very hoppy aroma with plenty of citrus plus some herbal and earthy/funky hops. T: somewhat like aroma, but less earthy and more cooked vegetable only mild-moderate bitterness. M: low, soft carbonation (firkiin); near medium body seems a tad light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pint at the Smokehouse on 8/10/12. Clear orange pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of dank malt and hop with a touch of honey; very earthy. Malty flavor with a bit of bell pepper and mild honey before a dank, earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michcam8 (316) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Had at smokehouse. Average IPA that lacks some taste. Somewhat watered down with the alcohol coming thru. Did not pick up much honey on the palate. Decent looking beer in the glass. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Hazy orange color with a beige head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of citrus and sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Sample at Barley’s Smokehouse. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short stringy lacing. The aroma consists of hops and citrus. Light-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a citrusy hops character underscored by bready malt. The finish is mildly hoppy with a grapefruit aftertaste. Decent session IPA overall.

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