BarrelHouse Brewing Co
from United States (California)
Highest RatedJuicy India Pale Ale (78 / 100) Average score76 / 100 (Excellent)
Lowest RatedStout (74 / 100) Number Tried3
Juicy India Pale Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 16.02.18 in bottle
Overall:
78 / 100
(Excellent)
22oz brown bomber purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos. Bottled on date of November 2017.

Pours a pleasantly hazed, but not chunky-thick bright yellow colour, with a firm, frothy head of white, that bubbles up and out, leaving large, pocked crater-like bubbles on the top. Decent streaky lace. Carbonation is voluminous, but quite coarse. Looks decent.

Nose is rather pleasant. There's a dominant character of tropical fruits to it, underlaid with a dusty hop note that gives a kind of gritty, earthy character. As it warms, there's more of a direct fruit character, with pineapple and mango coming through. It's not amazing, but it's nicely put together.

Taste is great, though, and here brings all the stylistic flourishes to the fore. There's a smoothness from front to back, giving some vanilla on the middle, turning to a slight coconut note in the finish. Fruit is prominent through the centre—pineapple is the dominant character here—and it does linger towards the finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. It's certainly dialled back though on a regular IPA.

Feel is smooth, chewy and slick.

Overall, it's a very nice NEIPA. It hits the main marks of the style, and ends up with something really very balanced and very enjoyable.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25
Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 12.10.15 in bottle
Overall:
74 / 100
(Very Good)
22oz brown bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a pleasantly thick black-brown, with a minor head of beige that persists as a thin ring and islands of coarser bubbles. Lacing is good. Body has some serious weight for its relatively low ABV, and the carbonation is fine and languid. Looks very good.

Nose is very nice. Toasty and complex, with a breadth of dark malt flavours giving it a pleasant range of aromas. Toast, chocolate, marshmallow, with livelier notes of rosewater and coconut. I like it.

Taste is also really good. Pleasant, robust malt flavours provide toasty darkness, but the main event dances above this, with lighter, sweeter notes of pink marshmallow, lightly toasted coconut and peanuts. The back palate is a little light, and the carbonation is just a tad aggressive on the back, but there's a persistent nuttiness that helps lengthen the palate rather pleasantly.

Feel is, as I mentioned, just slightly overcarbonated, with a slight seltzer fizz on the back palate when it could be smooth and light.

Overall though, this is a tasty beer, with a lot of good things going for it. I like the malt complexity, which is balanced and nuanced. All up, it's a really very tasty stout.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Rye IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 08.10.15 in bottle
Overall:
77 / 100
(Excellent)
22oz brown bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a pleasant, clear deep orange colour, with a very fine, and persistent head of off-white. Lacing is superb, and the body looks slick and fine, holding very fine streams of carbonation. Really, it looks the business.

Nose is interesting. Initially, it was a little dull, earthy and a little dusty, but as it warms, it really opens up, with a pronounced Sorachi Ace character that's either actually Sorachi Ace or a combination of hops and heavy oak-aging. Either way, we get characters of dark fruit and plenty of wood, giving a slightly raw, earthy tone that's very different and really quite interesting.

Taste follows the same pattern, and here I'm definitely leaning more towards Sorachi Ace, to the point where it almost feels overdone—it becomes the main event, giving a tang of bitterness, mingled with those oaky, earthy tones that the commensurate notes of citrus can't quite elevate. Rye is present—it works with the bitterness on the back to give a lilting spicy character and thin out the body (which is already fairly light). The feel, as a result is a little less rounded than it might have been, but the very fine carbonation helps to promote a feeling of palate fullness anyway.

Overall, this is a very unusual beer for its style, and as a result, it's one that stands out from the crowd. I like that. I'd much rather a brewery did something unusual and interesting than continuing to refine an overrepresented style to its statistical mean. That's what craft beer should be about.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.25