jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Golden orange color out of the tap with a sticky off white head. Huge, chewy citrus rind nose. This has a nice balance for such a big beer. Candied grapefruit rind, orange marmalade and apricots, all over a big malty sweetness. The alcohol is very present. Big, chewy iipa. michcam8 (582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap from the source. Hazy golden orange color with a little white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma of faint citrus, grass, and sweet malt. Taste is of citrus fruit, grass, and slightly sweet malts. Creamy, medium body, with a bitter bite. Not overwhelming. Slightly dry finish. Good beer overall. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 29, 2012
served on tap in the brewery, poured into a tulip glass
a: slightly hazy yellow hue, with a silky looking 1/2" head with decent retention. reduces to light lacing
s: strong citurs hop followed by slightly earthly hop dullness (Chinook). very nice
t: hop punch on the top of the palate well placed with a good malt backbone. Nice DIPA CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Growler from Barley’s. Nice beige head with brilliant lacing and retention in this orange colored beer. Nose is a fantastic mash of sweet malt and ’bright,’ citric hops. Nice hop flavor from start to end, but never too overpowering. Very well balanced with a generous amount of sweet, light malts. Leaves a nice bite your tongue won’t soon forget. This is by no means the best IPA in the world, but the best within a short drive from Dayton! JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Sample at the Alehouse. Cloudy amber pour with a thin beige head. Grapefruit and pine aroma with a nice bit of sweet malt and a touch of orange. Orange flavor with sweet malt and a piney grapefruit finish. I thought Hop Envy was good, but this one was even better.
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Growler thanks to bgburdman. Pours a nice amber orange with small white head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing. Aroma of citrus and slight floral hops, mild malt, and ever so slight tart fruit. Flavor is very pleasant and drinkable, but lacks that kick expected of an IIPA. Many flavors in this brew, but not that zing I hoped for. Solid nonetheless. Mouthfeel ends slightly slick and aftertaste is a pleasant bitter. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2009
This beer was the answer to the question I ask every time I enter a brew pub for the first time ("What’s on the beer engine?"). I’m glad I had it, but many of the reviews I’d read of Barleys beers indicated they were "approachable," which unfortunately applied to this beer also, even though certain styles (uh, pretty much anything with the words Imperial/Double in the name) have no business being approachable! This wasn’t a bad beer, but it was a little weak and one-dimensional for this style.
It was orange and hazy with a small (5mm) head. It smelled flat (before I started drinking beer, I wouldn’t have guessed that flat had a smell. The smell was also highly citrusy. A flat mouthfeel was my first impression. I know that cask beers are not usually highly carbonated, but this one didn’t come across as silky-smooth (as cask beer should); it came across as flat. Flavor was very pineapple-y and good, at first. But a lack of dry bitterness, malt structure, and for lack of a better word, challenge made the beer a little one-dimensional. It is just sweet hops - there is nothing else really to this beer...no maltiness, no astringent dryness from a ton of hops, no intricate mouthfeel. It is a one-note tune, and as pleasing as that one note may be, it makes for a boring song.
I would be reluctant to recommend this. Maybe it is better when not on cask.
I had this from the beer engine at Barleys Brewing Co in downtown Columbus. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/03/2006DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2007
hazy amber, big white head, lots of lace, huge complex hop aroma, creamy body, huge hop flavor on a nice sweet malt base, wonderful interplay between the big hop flavor and the malt sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Cask at the alehouse. Pours a foggy ruby with a nice creamy white head and lots of lace. Aroma is strong, citrus, piney hops. Beautiful. Nice malt presence too. Taste is smooth, creamy, bitter and citrusy. Very nice hoppy taste. Perfectly balanced. Alcohol nowhere in site. Very impressive. A very fine IIPA. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Light-hazed copper, rather thin otherwise, with a short head leading quickly to an off-white halo. Lemony/acetone aroma with vacu-form plastic... not really enjoyable in that regard. Sticky bodied with a dry finish. Hoppy flavor atop lightly honeyed malts. Alot of spiciness with pepper & grapefruit. It came back strong, but I was too annoyed by the nose to truly enjoy this.
<font size=-4>On draught at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/ohio/columbus/b Barleys’s Ale House #1, Columbus, Ohio 43215</font>