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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 38
Gots: 74 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-08-2006)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mrandypandy, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

d4114, Dec 02, 2011
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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, vintage 2011, obtained today at Jaspers for $6.99.

Poured into a small tulip, it is a clear copper color with slow, sporadic carbo. Head is creamy and light tan, the foam being quite fine and even. Lacing is pretty good in the glass. The aroma actually gives off some heat, so the 10.9% ABV may be a bit rough here. There's also some caramel maltiness and a bit of rindy hops thrown in. The mouthfeel is verrry nice, with a silky smooth feel on the tongue to go along with a medium-plus, chewy body.

The flavor has a healthy heaping of toffee with some mild sweetness right off the bat. Some fruitiness lurks nearby, and then turns things over to the hops. Here we get some rindy, piney, puckery action, with a smack of dry citrus filling out the finish. It is indeed a "warm" beer, but not really harsh, thankfully. It reminds me somewhat of Smuttynose Barleywine, though that one can be quite "hot" when young. This one here is solid and pleasing. And with that, on this Veteran's Day, 11-11-11, I raise my glass to our Veterans, present and past, young and old, male and female: THANK YOU!!!


3.98 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bierman9, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap (2009)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos

(Aged for 2 years)

Slightly hazy murky brown and auburn with golden edges--very thin off-white head which leaves sheets of lace down the glass.

Sweet aroma of toffee and caramel along with white, sweet fruits. There's a citrus component as well, like many of Green Flash's more hoppy offerings.

The flavor is remarkably well balanced, though still somewhat sweet. The malty toffee and caramel are the stars, and after 2 years, the alcohol burn I'm familiar with from this beer has all but diminished. Very nice.

Medium to full mouthfeel and a bit oily. Appropriate.

A very nice, drinkable, somewhat sweet barleywine. I recommend sitting on this for a couple years after purchasing a bottle. I've had this beer fresh a number of times and this aged version was substantially better than those.

ehammond1, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Candied caramel and pronounced apple. Grapefruit accompanies date and pine resin. Alcohol is evident. Smells really nice.

T: Sweet caramel with aggressive pine and grapefruit hop notes and an upper moderate bitterness. I get Granny Smith apple and an alcoholic punch. Finishes with caramel, grapefruit, and booze.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: An aggressive but enjoyable American Barleywine. I could see this benefiting from a year of age.

HopHead84, Oct 31, 2011
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.