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Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA

Brewed by Brains
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask, Keg & Filtered Bottle; Occasional. Originally released on 18 June 2012.

Created by Simon Martin, aka Mr Real Ale Guide, this is a golden IPA with a hefty aroma of citrus flavours, especially grapefruit. Brewed with a trio of American hops – Zeus, Summit and Cascade, an initial smooth flavour leads to the huge citrus flavour of the hops kicking in towards the end, with oranges and a dry finish becoming apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10792) - DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, caramel and a little earthy. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, little sweet, medium bitter and a little earthy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sad24 (67) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
No real Aroma,not overly hoppy but a nice after taste. Taste better than it smells...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (286) - FINLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Pours a fairly light orange body with a small head that leaves lacing on the glass. Nose has rapeseed and mango along with some pine and citrus notes. Taste is is pretty sweet with a bitter finish that lingers on the palate. Carbonation is on the soft side and the mouthfeel is slick and oily. Decent IPA but could use more hop and less malt character.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
badcat73 (13) - - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons. All the american IPA’s I’ve sampled have big citrus, raisin & pine aromas. Theses hop flavours follow through on the taste. Barry IPA has none of these quilitys. The malt base is far to dominant, unfortunately this is not a sweet biscuity malt but a sharp metallic lingering flavour. A very disappointing brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
baythirteen (1) - St Albans, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014 does not count
caramel, resin, dough, overly malted, didn’t let any of the hop punch through. Really disappointing. Nice label though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle in South Shields. Pours Golden with a White head. Lots of malty sweetness with only a hint of any hop character. Light citrus perhaps. Pretty shoddy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13516) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle at KØ14. Mild hop aroma. Clear dark golden colour. Small white head. The flavour is malty, slightly rustic. Has a good hoppiness, not so powerful. Chalky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle at Ølfestival 2014. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops, grass and butter. Fruity flavour of hops, grass and grapefruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7270) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle at The Grapes, Oxford, Thursday 29th May 2014 in company of Helen & Geraint however I have this before but clearly not rated from Tesco Extra. A mix of citrus on the nose, orange, lemon and maybe some grapefruit all underpinned with a little biscuity maltiness, a little dry in the finish. Appearance is gold, a little murky and a white head atop. Just about the best tonight. I recall going to Butlins Barry Island when I was a young whippersnapper, great memories. A7 A3 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10406) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

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