Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Barley's Point of Origin Belgian Ale (7/10)
It pours a slightly cloudy yellow-gold, with a thin white head. There isn't a lot of aroma, but you'll pick up some citrus and perhaps a bit of alcohol.
The flavor begins fairly mild and balanced, which then gives way to orange zest or orange peel and mildly bitter hops. I pick up a little Belgian spice in there, but it definitely takes a back seat to the citrus and hops. Aftertaste is decidedly bitter and hoppy, and it lingers for quite a while after you drink it.
Perhaps I'm having a bad day, or perhaps this isn't the best glass of Point of Origin. Last year, I had several pints and even an entire growler and absolutely loved it. This year, the closer I get to the bottom of the pint the less I'm enjoying it. Last year I'd have given it a strong 8/10, maybe a 9/10. Based on this glass, I can really only give it a 7... and most of that's on the past experience and not this particular pint. I'll have to try it again as I attend a convention downtown this week.
IBU: Unknown, but I'd guess in the 25-30 range
My Rating: 7/10