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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 41
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 11-08-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer poured reddish brown. smelled of hops and molasses. the taste was different from the other barley wines i have had. it had a good bit of a hops taste to it but it also still had that typical slight fruitness of most barely wines. I really enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to get it again. I haven't had anything from this brewery yet that i have disliked.

Photo of 11millsown113
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer without really knowing about it. the women at the register immediately said it was an excellent barley wine.

poured a nice amber color and had a very nice hop aroma.

it was a very smooth taste with a great hop aftertaste. many barley wines have a very sweet taste to them (sometimes almost sickly sweet). but this is just right. the 10.9 ABV is very well hidden by the hops and is extremely smooth.

overall this was an excellent barley wine, would defiantly buy it again to share with friends.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After dismembering the bottle with a satisfying "fsst!", I know by that aroma this is gonna be a west coast style treat. A gargantuan head forms effortlessly after it touches the wall of my snifter. The rich mahogany body has exceptionally good clarity and the tan head is alive with globs of sticky bubbles. Retention and lacing are fantastic for a beer of 10+%.

That familiar San Diego style hop nose fumes from the beer at first whiff. Loads and loads of sweet and bitter notes claw over each other for a spot at the top. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and mint are reminiscent of their IPAs, but, as it warms it takes on bold notes of juicy pear and cherries. The hop bill is so perplexing, I almost forget it's a barleywine. Malt backing is minimal, but this is Green Flash (and I'm a hophead), so it's all accepted. Only an ephemeral breath of alcohol is detected, awesome.

It's incredible how different the taste is opposed to the flavor. Those crisp hop flavors are reduced to a more mellow, almost phantom, bitter presence in the background as the sweet and toasty flavors reign supreme. A dash of white rum adds a bit of edge to an otherwise very smooth taste.

It feels like marshmallows melting in my mouth. It has such a soft way of being so mouth coating. The body seems light for the style, but with a ton of character. The carbonation is mild, but sharp and effective. This has one of the most interesting texture I've experienced for sure.

Hardcore traditional barleywiners may be critical of what they find here, this one is certainly unique. Everything about it I like, and it's going down alarmingly quick. Another notch in GF's bedpost. It's definitely worth another to set aside for a year or so and see how it ages.

Photo of SirWilliam666
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great economy Barley Wine. Nice amber hue. Very bubbly. Smells of hops. Smooth drinking. The 10.9 ABV is well hidden. Not up there with Cockeyed Cooper, or Mirror Mirror, but a very nice Barley Wine non the less. I may update the review later. Time for work.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A-Pours a dark,dark amber with two fingers worth of strong,dusty tan foam that that showed good retention and great sticky webs of lacing.

S-Smells of baked sugars,brown bread,fresh citrus,dried cherry,mild pipe tobacco and pine.

T-Sweet flavors of candied nuts,brown sugar and apricot preserves are followed by tangy citrus,pine and toasted whole grain bread.I think this would've benefited from a little more assertive malt.

M-Medium bodied with a dry and bitter hop finish.A touch too hop forward for my tastes.

O-A good but not great barleywine that I would purchase again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.39/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, deep red, thick head that lasts. Smells like a brewery, but I don't detect anything specific. Very deep strong flavors of wood, and barley. Strong enough to mask the alcohol, but it dries out the mouth a bit. Very interesting, worth a try but too strong for my palate.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, produced a 2-1/2" off-white foamy head with good lacing that dissipated slowly. The body was a cloudy medium copper color and there was virtually no carbonation. Cloudiness dissipated as the beer warmed.

AROMA: Sweet malt and a lesser note of hops, mainly citrus, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

TASTE: Basically a strong malt taste compliments a noticeable hop bitterness and a slight alcohol taste. Malts that come across most apparently are caramel and toffee. Hops include moderate grass and pine and low levels of floral, citrus and mint to compliment the more dominant tastes. Altogether a good, complex, bracing taste.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full bodied with a smooth, luscious texture with almost no carbonation and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is of a strong sweet malt flavor with a noticeable bitterness turning shortly to a moderately bitter finish with a slight alcohol bitterness in the aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This is a sipping beer, not a drinking beer. I would not have more than one of these in an evening due simply to the high ABV. I'd say that it's somewhat memorable and has a good "wow factor" due to the invigorating intensity of the hops hit. A good value for the money and easy to drink means I'll have one of these again every once in a while.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of d4114
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep red body with a fluffy tan head.

S- Thick caramel notes backed up by a good amount of hops, also getting some roastiness too.

T- Follows nose pretty close, but smoother and more complex. Starts off with huge caramel notes that make up most of the flavor, then the hops come in with citrus notes and you are left with a toasty flavor.

M- Full-bodied; Thick and heavy, but has a creamy smoothness that makes it really enjoyable.

O- Really good American style barleywine, especially for the high abv.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.