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: 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