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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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very good

802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 11-08-2006

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Ratings: 802 | Reviews: 430
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip.

A - reddish-brown color, one-finger head.

S - plum, brown sugar, raisin, rum, molasses, licorice.

T - Bitter, alcohol, caramel, bread, sour aftertaste.

M - syrupy

O - I'm not impressed with this beer. It's palatable but lacks any pizazz. Won't buy again.

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short off-white head, that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a harsh burst of hops bitterness followed by an alcohol sting when you sip the beer right away. However, if you let the beer sit for about 10-15 minutes everything tones down and the beer becomes much more balanced. At that point it starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. The hops bitterness is still there and is still strong but after the beer warms it’s much more harmonious with the other components of the beer. The malt character is hearty and there is still a bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger beer to drink on for a long time and while it’s not a terribly high ABV, this beer is more of a sipper because it improves greatly as it warms.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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