Barbaric Jughead is a 7.5% West Coast IPA, but styled as an American Double IPA on the can, from Barbaric Works, based in Chigasaki, Kanagawa. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup and is part of their all-year round range. Barbaric Jughead is brewed using imported Citra, Columbus, Equanot, and Simcoe hops.
- Alcohol : 7.5%
- Style : West Coast IPA
- Hops : Citra, Columbus, Equanot, and Simcoe
- IBU : 64
- Availability : All-year
- On Sale : From August 2017
- Size : 350 ml
- Price : From 748 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Light pine aroma with some citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon. Slight phenolic aromas of peach and plastic when warmed up.
- Notable Tastes : Bitter with a body of pine and citrus. Medium sweetness punctuated by a phenolic flavour.
Barbaric Jughead : Aroma & Taste
Barbaric Jughead poured out a hazy dark golden colour with a thin amount of white head on top that didn’t last long and left a thin rim of bubbles around the side of the glass. The aroma started off well with a light pine aroma present which was followed up by a citrus aroma of grapefruit and lemon. However, once Barbaric Jughead had warmed up, there was the unmistakable aroma of peach and plastic phenols – the sign of some stressed yeast or a fermentation that had been perhaps a touch on the warm side.
And it carried on into the body. That same peach and plastic quality that can make a beer, can also break a beer if it’s not supposed to be in that style – and Barbaric Jughead did that. With it being a west coast IPA, I was left wanting once the initial pine and citrus flavours had faded into what seemed to be obscurity as Barbaric Jughead warmed up. There was a sticky sweetness to the body, which meant those off-flavours just continued to remain on the palate. While Barbaric Jughead was finished off, it wasn’t done with a smile on my face.
Barbaric Jughead : The Bottom Line
How can a beer that tasted nice on tap, be this bad in the can?
Barbaric Jughead : Where to Buy
Barbaric Jughead can be bought online at the following places: