Brew Review – The Huntsman from Barley Mow Brewing

I really do like Largo’s Barley Mow, and I love the fact that they’re becoming a statewide brand. It’s just their visual brand I’m a little confused about. 

When you take a look at the packaging of the products coming out of other Florida breweries, they all are either generic tropical, sportfishing, or Florida History. 

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And then you have Barley Mow, whose designs are dark, foreboding, and creepy at least. Putting their cans up on a store shelf with other Florida beers is like slipping a Bauhaus CD with your friend’s Jimmy Buffett collection. 

And while Bela Lugosi’s Dead is a great song, it’s sort of an odd follow up to Coconut Telegraph. 

Take The Huntsman (Red Ale, 7.5% ABV, 61 IBU), for example. That is literally and undead skeleton on an undead horse. Controlling a pack of undead hellhounds. Tell me that’s not creepy at all. 

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The Huntsman by Barley Mow Brewing

Naturally, that fits the beer inside, which it a strong red ale. Barley Mow even comments on how this brutal hunter of death is such a natural mascot for such a bold beer. 

The weird thing is, for such a big, scary red ale, Barley Mow did a fantastic job of balancing it out. 

To be sure, they upped the hops in the beer quite a bit with a big, herbal, pine resin addition of hops that add boldness without becoming an all-out assault of citric bitterness. 

But the malty base of a quality red ale is there as well. It’s loaded with rich caramel goodness, with hints of a milky candy goodness. On its own, it’s incredibly sweet. Add those hops in there, and you get a melange of incredible flavors that are very well bended together. Easily, my favorite hoppy red ale. 

It’s just not exactly a can whose artwork I can show my daughter for many, many years. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave
@floridabeerblog
floridabeerblog@gmail.com
floridacraftbeerday.com 

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