savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Overall very good. Great on a hot day but doesn’t lack flavor. Excellent hop aroma and some bite. Good carbonation level. A bit darker than most pale ales, almost red. Unique, but very good. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This is one of my favorite pale ales. Nice brown color, smaller white head. Full nose of citrus hop goodness. Tart grapefruit flavor with a moderate amount of sweet malt to balance. Great pale ale. HonusWagner (2191) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2015
A pretty good pale ale, its light malt crispness works well with some grassy hops. Could easily drink a couple pints. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
Brown with a small head. Almost no aroma. Mild hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable. JStax (6919) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours on draft. Translucent copper pour with a white head of foam and nice, webbu lacing. Aromais fruity and bitter with some melon and cantaloupe coming through. Taste is just lightly bitter with a fruity, bready finish.
Dogbrick (13146) - 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. jsquire (4525) - 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. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Draft - clear amber with a creamy white head that leaves a modest amount of lacing. Mild aroma, yet malt in the flavor with bracing pine and citrus hops coming on for the finish. Light to medium body and a nice carbonation. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours amber with a small white head. This beer has that same "stale" hop taste that Bass has. I don’t mean "stale" in a bad way though. It just tastes different making it stand out from others. So, I guess this is a pretty distinct pale ale then. It was higher hopped than other pale ales I have had, making it very enjoyable. I will drink again! Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark amber color, thin white head. Nice pine and citrus hop aroma. Same hops in flavor with solid malt character, slightly sweet. Medium body.