Full Sail Extra Special Barney

Full Sail Extra Special Barney

Rated 3.440 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Full Sail Brewing Company

Hood River, OR, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

35 International Bittering Units

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The first beer in the series "Extra Special Barney" (ESB) developed by Brewing Supervisor, Barney Brennan will be released in 22oz. bottles and on draft in January. According to Brennan, this beer is a departure from the big, hoppy, Northwest ales. This Extra Special Bitter, a traditional English style ale, is brewed with attention to balance, highlighting both malt and hops. Five different malt varieties give the beer its orange hue, and caramel complexities. An English hop variety grown here in the Yakima Valley, Challenger, was chosen to complement the fruity esters in the aroma. It is the only variety used, meant to showcase its beauty. The pint first offers the interaction of the aromas of malt and hop, then the medium body and caramel flavors finish with a slight bitterness. Drinkable and quenching with an invitation to return for another taste. 6.5% ABV, 35 IBU Brennan’s ESB was inspired by two things; a perfect beer moment and an aromatic highlight of the hop selection in Yakima. As Barney puts it, “First inspiration for this beer came during hop selection in Yakima. We had no intentions of purchasing these Challengers, but after rubbing and smelling them we could not resist a small purchase for something “extra special.” We really respect the opportunity to have such a strong connection to our ingredients and the harvest, and deeply value the freedom to follow our inspirations. The rest of the brew revolved around a personal, great beer moment. I was sitting on the deck at the brewery overlooking the river in the sunshine – drinking this beautiful beer we had created, balanced, aromatic – already looking forward to the second pint. I wanted to share a little glimpse of Hood River brewing life and happiness. Hopefully this ESB will be involved in some special moments for others.” The inspiration for the name “Brewer’s Share” came from that mysterious portion that vanishes from a barrel during aging that brewers refer to as the “angel’s share,” and that led to “Brewer’s Share,” an equally mysterious offering that appears during inspiration. Brewer’s Share can also mean a unit of ownership, as in stock. Consider this program to be an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Whenever you purchase a Brewer’s Share you get a unit of ownership – one share of the batch. As a shareholder you have the right to consume the beverage. In doing so you will also be investing in the public good – as each brewer not only chooses the recipe, they choose a local charity or organization that will benefit from each bottle sold – Which can bring an excellent return on ingestion (ROI). With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local charity or organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Barney has chosen to support Columbia Gorge Arts in Education so every barrel of Extra Special Barney benefits this organization. “I have had so many great experiences in my life centered around the arts, I am excited for the future for my daughter and her friends," says Barney. CGAIE helps kids make those discoveries.” The Columbia Gorge Arts in Education provides visual, literary, and performing arts to local K-12 students. Through artist residencies in schools, workshops, after school programs, community art projects and installations, programs for at-risk youth, and cultural performances, Columbia Gorge Arts in Education served 6,000 kids last year in the Mid-Columbia region. For more information please visit www.cgaie.org.

ID: 46952 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank4454
Overall Percentile91.7
Style Rank49 of 735
Style Percentile93.3
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.629
Weighted Score3.440
Standard Deviation0.345

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Age? I dunno. Dusty, but otherwise not bad. Balanced crackers and piney earthy hops. Decent for the style but nothing to get excited about.............

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A cloudy orange colored beer. Big frothy white head rises about. The head holds well with a nice cao sticking around. GTood nose and fine, bitter tasting. Balanced caramel-biscuit malt with citric-grassy hops. Simple but good. Light-medium bodied. Crisp.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle#47-A 610, A nice deep copper color, with a decent foamy cap that left some spotty laceing. Aromas and flavors of rich, sweet caramel malts, herb and citrus hops, theres a slight spice bite tucked back in there as well. Overall A fairly decent ESB, robust and tasty, but not that bitter.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a light ruby amber .. medium foam . .. lacing is quite good .. . light caramel, light sap, biscuit, and very light fresh wood .. . hi duncan!! .. shows a touch, just a touch, of booze but still quite easy to put down .. . a big esb for sure, but its kinda nice .. . . geez you're a yutz!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 2/27/2012. This Premium bitter pours an orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity, orange and sweet. A medium bodied bitter. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, lots of orange and orange peel. The hops are complex, floral, piney and earthy. Good carbonation. Starts out kind of sweet and finishes dry and crisp. This is a bitter with a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry with some earthiness and toffee. The Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Strong aroma is malty with fruity, earthy and woody notes. It pours a clear coppery with a pale yellow-tan head of about average thickness and persistence. Flavor has a woody core with a fairly, but not fiercely, bitter overtone and hints of caramel, grass and horehound. Smooth, firm texture is quite fizzy and lively. This "initial pub offering" is worth an investment!

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clear copper with a foamy off white head. The aroma is bready and grassy. Flavor is hoppy, though well pronounced then the aroma overall. Finish is a bit watery but overall nice.

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