RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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.

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Tmoney99 (14480) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
Draft at #2. Dark amber hue with average rocky off-white head that lasted most of the brew. Aroma was a moderate hoppy. Flavor was moderate bitter with an average bitter finish. Medium body with dry finish. Good brew.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
(No. 1) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, biscuit, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Medium body, quite drinkable.

Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Served on draft at the Smokehouse location. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. The taste is earthy, floral and citrus hops, honey, toasted malts and a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

Dogbrick (13010) - 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.

Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
Decent pales here. C-hop aroma, medium mouthfeel. High IBU for a pale, so its the lineup’s IPA replacement. Drinkable, but not enough for a true hophead,

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Barley’s Pale Ale
Date: 07/22/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, Smokehouse

hazy dark amber, fine beige head, sweet fruity aroma, lots of sweet caramel and butter flavor, nice hops but no enough to balance the sweetness from the dyactyl , nice citrus character emerges as the butterscotch fades

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

alexsdad06 (10415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Draft to taster in a flight at Barleys. Pours a clear dark orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale toasted malts, earthy, floral and mild citrus hops, dry, decent.

phaleslu (10263) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Draft in a sampler at Barley’s #1. Pours a fairly dark color for a pale ale, more of a cloudy brown-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, toasted malts, cereal, and earth. Flavor follows suit for the most part; balance of citrus and toast. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation. Not a bad pale ale, and a unique take on the style.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Taster on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Clear darker orange color. Thin off-white head leaves great, thicker lace. Good light orange citrus hop, but a very satisfying malt profile too. Good bready, toasty malt, light caramel. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Good, easy-drinking texture. Nice pale ale, very satisfying.

b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent lighter copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells of mildly bitter hops and pale malt with a touch of grain. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad, but grandpa’s APA.

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