tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
A nice deep amber pour with a good white head. Aroma and flavor of noble hops is very good with subtle fruit and malt flavors as well. A very good beer that seems to vary in quality at the smokehouse. jsquire (4424) - 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. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
Brown with a small head. Almost no aroma. Mild hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable. 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.
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.
Panzuriel (2199) - 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. 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. 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. 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.
Dogbrick (12932) - 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.