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Annularity - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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88
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
FiftyFifty’s Blonde Barleywine hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 05-23-2012)
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-21-2014 01:10:11 | More by atone315
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1%

Bottle opened on 2.3.14

A - Pours a cloudy, light brown with a huge foamy light tan head that doesn't move.

S - Sweet citrus, oaky, spices.

T - Very light and subtle lemon-citrus, oak and some subtle winter spice.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter then expected body.

O - Light and citrusy. Oak is ther, but it is pretty mild.

04-22-2014 04:45:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-18-2014 04:43:04 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, honey, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, honey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a barrel aged presence that is only giving off wood qualities at this point in time.

02-23-2014 21:19:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-08-2013 22:00:42 | More by Rado
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-06-2013 22:13:20 | More by largadeer
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-21-2013 20:46:02 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-21-2013 16:32:14 | More by BMart
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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-16-2013 04:23:40 | More by jegross2
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2013 00:31:48 | More by illidurit
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

06-11-2013 03:06:08 | More by zestar
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Hazy red-orange with a thin finger of slightly off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized sugars, citrus, pine, and grapefruit hops, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, rye, brown sugar, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized malts, citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops, some nice lightly resiny bitterness, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, spicy rye, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and bitter finish.

D - Fantastic barrel aged barleywine. Great malt and hop flavor.

04-24-2013 04:20:11 | More by ngeunit1
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-21-2013 01:09:40 | More by Ungertaker
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oline73

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.

This one is lighter in color than most of the other barleywines. There is more of a citrus like bitterness in this beer than the other beers from the tasting. There is a sweet note, but the bitter is dominant. I would say this is a strong ale/double IPA before it's a barleywine. I would have liked the sweetness to be a bit more prevalent.

02-07-2013 05:27:52 | More by oline73
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Azrael


2/5  rDev -49.9%

01-25-2013 06:14:44 | More by Azrael
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-21-2013 16:48:42 | More by duceswild
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-14-2013 18:38:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-10-2012 20:39:06 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-08-2012 00:08:11 | More by DarthKostrizer
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jethrodium

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of small spots of lacing of lacing on the glass. The aroma is oak, caramel, and is quite fruity with pineapple, plum, and fig. There is also some bourbon and a bit of alcohol. The taste is sweet with caramel and oak. There is also some pineapple and tropical fruit as well as a bit off bourbon. The finish has a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a light astringency. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Not bad. Not great. The tropical fruit notes remind me a bit of Gratitude.

11-01-2012 06:24:05 | More by jethrodium
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cosmicevan

New York

4.23/5  rDev +6%

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Alex for sharing.

a - soft orange with no head. opaque.
s - smells like oranges.
t - soft barleywine. oranges and tangerines with some booziness glazed over the top.
m - a bit boozy but soft enough. bit of a sting.
o - overall fairly nice blonde barleywine. boozy, but enjoyable with great tangerine and orange notes.

10-25-2012 20:19:31 | More by cosmicevan
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Arbitrator

California

2.78/5  rDev -30.3%

Thanks!

A: Pours a honey-golden body with a pinky finger of off-white head.

S: Very tannic, with a modest, slightly buttery rye whiskey nose. Mild dark fruit with some vanilla.

T: I was warned this would be boozy, but it wasn't; apparently it was hotter and hoppier when fresh, but that has faded considerably. The front end is malty and relatively mellow, imparting a vanilla-whiskey breadiness, leading into honey in the mid-taste, and closing with a fairly bitter, tannic back end.

M: Medium-bodied. No heat, but it is more astringent than it needs to be; that probably worked a lot better when the beer was fresh (and hoppier). I didn't get a chance to try it then. Wish I had.

O: I'm glad I tried it, but this isn't in the range of Eclipse. In our tasting discussion, opinions ranged from 3.2 to 3.8, with the median around 3.4 and me on the lower end (natch). I just wasn't all that impressed when comparing against other barrel-aged barleywines in recent memory: Sucaba, King Henry, Sebago BA Barleywine, BA Old Ruffian, etc...

10-13-2012 22:36:58 | More by Arbitrator
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brystmar

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

09-21-2012 00:45:36 | More by brystmar
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks, Shane!

Pours sort of an orange color with a small white head. Nose is heavily woody, but not all that much in the way of the whiskey. Quite a lot of piney hop character with a definite citrus bite to it as well. Sweet malt and bread are also present. The flavor is a bit too bitter initially but seems to mellow out as it warms. The citrus and fruity hop flavors really come through, as does the sweetness of the beer.

08-04-2012 04:01:43 | More by womencantsail
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ehammond1


4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Dark golden yellow with a thin near-white crown that leaves spots of lacing down the glass. Appropriate.

The aroma is an intoxicating combination of vanilla and earthy bourbon. The barrel has transformed the base beer, I'm sure. The vanilla is a lovely, complex note of earthy and sweet, while the barrel layers play together nicely. There's even a hint of bright citrus.

The flavor is also incredibly complex yet immediately delicious and drinkable. Big notes of vanilla, bourbon, earth, wood, and mild hops intermingle nicely. There's the slightest bit of alcohol, but complementary.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one.

07-16-2012 15:57:07 | More by ehammond1
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Annularity from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.