I was very impressed by my first Barrier beer, their IPA Money, and I was happy to get my hands on Daddy Warbucks aka Imperial Money. Daddy Warbucks comes in at 9% ABV.
Appearance: Super hazy orange color, really nice looking beer. Small 1/3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Some decent lacing as you drink it. I love Barrier’s bottles.
Nose: Pretty dank beer. Resin, pine, grapefruit and mandarin oranges up front. Some underlying sweetness followed by some nectarine and peach notes. Good depth.
Taste/Mouth: Good amount of citrus in the front, very juicy as well with some malt sweetness to balance the beer throughout. Some pineapple notes, not super bitter but the bitterness is there. Very balanced DIPA all around. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but also malty.I wish a little more of the fruit notes from the nose carried over to the taste.
Price/Availability: 16.9 ounce bottle runs around $12, I got this in a trade. I believe Barrier distributes in the Northeast.
Overall: Daddy Warbucks aka Imperial Money, like its little brother Money is a great beer. Barrier makes beers that feel incredibly well crafted. I am glad I finally got to have both this and Money. Daddy Warbucks is a super solid, well balanced and well executed DIPA. That being said it isn’t anything mind-blowing or earth shattering and I enjoyed Money a little more, would revisit this one though.