Beer Review: Barrier Hop Damn! Double Rye IPA

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I have been dying to get my hands on this beer for so long! Barrier Brewing’s collaboration with one of my favorite bands of all time in Every Time I Die. They teamed up to create a Double Rye IPA and named it in honor of the bands seminal albumĀ Hot Damn! A lot of breweries have been doing collabs with bands, some are pretty forgettable. Hop Damn! comes in at 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy glowing amber color, really a nice looking beer. 1 finger head with a soapy head and decent lacing. Great art.

Nose: Spicy, peppery, rye, caramel malt and grapefruit up front with the spicy and peppery notes being the most pungent. Citrus, pineapple and onion come through as well.

Taste/Mouth: Spicy rye bite right off the bat with a juicy citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness coming through as well. Somewhat sweet with moderate bitterness and carbonation. Not really an IPA more of a hoppy rye amber I would say. I am very partial to rye beers and the rye in this is nice and lends some nice flavor to the overall product.

Price/Availability: It is a rotating beer and a bottle is around $9.

Overall: I obviously just needed this beer and I needed to do a review on it as Barrier collaborated with one of my favorite bands of all time in Every Time I Die. I am also a huge fan of rye beers in general, so all that being said the beer was good, not great but it was a well put together beer. The rye and spicy hop notes are pleasant on the nose and are responsible for some nice flavors coming through as well. I would grab it again at some point if the opportunity arises, hopefully it will be at an Every Time I Die show, that would be ideal. Shinfo.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Barrier Daddy Warbucks Double IPA

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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.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Carton/Barrier SS-C.R.E.A.M. Imperial Cream Ale

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Barrier and Carton got together and decided to make a hoppy imperial cream ale. I imagine after drinking lots of Money and Boat Beer they came up with SS-CREAM. Needless to say I was pretty pumped to give this beer a try as Barrier is becoming a favorite east coast brewery of mine and Carton is one of the most solid breweries from NJ. SS-CREAM comes in at 8.4% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/light amber color. Almost no head but some real great lacing.

Nose: Citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit, lots of orange and some tropical fruit aromas. Malty sweetness and spicy as well. Smells like a big beer and has a lot of depth. Some of the notes became a little more pronounced as the beer warmed up.

Taste/Mouth: Spicy, herbal hop flavors and some sweet malt up front. Some vanilla flavors with orange and grapefruit carrying over from the nose. Pear and pine resin in the middle. Full body beer with a nice bready malt sweetness as well. It finishes slightly bitter and dry. I would compare this to a super balanced double IPA, since I can’t compare it to any other imperial hoppy cream ales.

Price/Availability: Brewed once as a collab between these two at Smutt Labs in New Hampshire.

Overall: Love the experimental style of this beer. Two solid east coast breweries teaming up and trying something new, while taking elements from some of their successful beers. It feels like there should have been more hype surrounding this beer. I was excited to get this in a trade and it certainly delivered as an excellent super balanced big hoppy beer. It is currently a one off but if it was brought back as a rotating or seasonal offering I would grab it again.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Barrier Money IPA

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My first crack at a Barrier Brewing beer here with their IPA Money. Certainly Barrier’s most talked about beer and one I have been looking forward to grabbing since I started hearing rumblings about it. Money comes in at 7.3% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, nice 1 finger head with some real great lacing. Awesome label art as well and I like the bottles Barrier uses.

Nose: Lots of citrus notes; pine, lemon and pineapple dominate. Biscuity malt comes through with some sweet malty notes as well. Tropical fruit and some melon is there as well. This is one of those beers that kind of smells like a fruit roll up, love that.

Taste/Mouth: Taste is citrus and tropical fruit forward with a nice crisp bite of bitterness. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit are pretty dominate flavors. Pine comes through from the nose as well. Pretty dank and juicy. Good balance though with some biscuit and grainy flavors. Mouthfeel is really nice and smooth.

Price/Availability: I got this in a trade with one of my friends back east, from what I understand it is pretty available in the NYC area though.

Overall: A fantastic IPA from Barrier. Money is super easy to drink with no sign of the ABV and while being super dank and juicy maintains great balance as well. I am looking forward to having this beer again very soon. If you get the opportunity; drink it fresh, drink it now.

Grade: A