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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 73 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-18-2011 21:09:33 | More by ineva
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-18-2011 19:58:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-17-2011 16:23:43 | More by chcfan
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2011 20:36:24 | More by codynevels
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2011 08:12:57 | More by RichBeer
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Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-16-2011 04:03:39 | More by eat
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2011 01:04:54 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-15-2011 19:35:16 | More by twowheelssoar
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 17:22:55 | More by tchaos
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 16:38:20 | More by richbrew
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 04:34:55 | More by KidRagnarok
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 00:17:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-14-2011 18:42:11 | More by Exiled
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 16:17:16 | More by nanobrew
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New Hampshire

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


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 21:09:04 | More by Bierman9
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 02:32:48 | More by ehammond1
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 02:36:27 | More by HopHead84
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition.

A: Pours amber/red with big fluffy head. Moderate retention & great lacing.

S: Hops and citrus are the dominant aromas here.

T: Hops, grapefruit, a little boozy. The grain / malt flavors are bittersweet. Initially reminds me of an imperial red, but has the look and feel of a good barleywine.

M: Viscous with a bitter aftertaste.

O: Pretty good. This one can be dangerous, as it's an easy drinker. Good thing I only have 1 bottle;)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:41:42 | More by djaeon
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beerthday weekend? Faggetaboutit, opening this 2008 bomber now.

Poured from the bottle to the snifter, rigerously, making way for a sud driven dense tan head. Tan? Yep tan. Lookin good sexy, you come here often?
Nope, Its my first time.

Smelling all fine with extra perfume, trying to seduce me with all that caramel brown sugar, and round boiuncin hops.
Dark brown non transparent personality.
Do you smoke? Nope, its just my chared toffee burnt sugar residue.
Do you drink?
Yep, and I'm smooth as silk with just a little prickle of carb.
What do you taste like?
Oh you are a naughty boy...
Well I'm all burnt sugars, toasted malt and I finish real bitter with pine, gotta talk nice to me cause I finish real dry.
I bring that heat too, but not over the top, just enough so you know I'm there, but mostly hidden under my blouse.

I like what I'm getting, sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:28:05 | More by Buebie
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

2008 Vintage %10

A- Pours a nice dark blood reddish brown with 1 finger worth of khaki head that sits tight. Not much retention but leaves really sexy alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Sweet musty caramel malts and toffee with lots of dark fruit notes and molasses. Faded spicy hops come through even after all these years creating a really nice overall aroma. Some alcohol in the background but blends nicely.

T- First of your immediately hit with the hops once again after all these years. They great a strong bitterness and grassy flavor on the tip of the tongue. But as it goes down the middle of the mouth brings out the sweetness of the caramel malts with flavors of musty old toffee and dark fruits. After it goes down all the way the mouth is coated and left bitter and dry from the hops again and slightly stung from the alcohol. Really nice

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter dry finish.


Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:50:09 | More by Arenbeer
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into Hill Farmstead bulb

A 1 finger off white head that hangs around a bit. Deep dark red and burgundy body thats pretty tough to see through

S West coast hops and a nice malt to round it out. Some alcohol stings but hidden among the mix.

T Sweetness and hops combine upfront thats balanced and nice. Hops arent as big toward then end and the malt takes over. bitter finish and lingers some pine.

M Bigger mothfeel that leaves y mouth kind of sticky. Lower carbonation feel.

O IT was nice trying the 08 before the 11 and seeing how they compare.

2008 vintage bottle poured into pint glass.

A- body is a deeo dark amber mahogany that i cant see through. Real nice sized slightly red head that has good renltention and lacing. Much darker than I expected for an American Barleywine but still looks good.

S- reaaal big caramel sweetness thats not too over the too. Subtle piney hop scent but sweet malt takes everything over.

T- big malt sweetness thats nicely balanced with some hops. Almost buttery sweetness and theres a real nice balance of everything.

M- heavier thicker mouthfeel with a small amount of carbo. Feels smooth and creamy,

O- i really liked this barleywine. Awesome balance of everythung and looked fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:55:56 | More by Gushue3
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage taken out of the frig 45min earlier. moderately poured into an imperial pint glass produced a HUGE head with some mild lacing. leveled out to a decent head covering the top of the brew.

this smells sweet, malty and not too hoppy but within the style of barleywine. during the drink the hops smell more pronounced and balance out the barley nicely. alcohol burn is minimal with just enough to make me crave another sip. there is a bit of bitterness after swallowed.

this is not as thick as i like from a barleywine but it's not too thin and again falls within the style. overall i like this and wish i had looked at the price when it was offered to me. i'd drink it again and buy it if it's not too expensive.

i may edit and add info after i finish the other half with a maduro cigar on our 55 degree night.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:32:17 | More by amidabha
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010. Poured into a Tulip.

A- Cherry hue. Light mocha head. Good lacing. No visible carbonation.

S- Very solvent forward. Touch of rubber, expo marker, malt, caramel, booze, and a kiss of hops.

T- Bitter at the start. Solvent forward, expo marker, hops on the finish. Not very malty.


O- This need another year or two on it to bring out some complexities and dumb down the slovent/alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 23:07:30 | More by dcook11
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage purchased at a Wexford Giant Eagle for $7.00

A - A very impressive head for a barleywine, about a half inch thick tan in color with decent lacing. Beer is a hazy dark amber almost like tree bark.

S - From the bottle nose I could tell this one is hop forward even after at least 8 months of age. In the glass it smells musky with slight bits of caramel and touches of oak but a strong pine sent throughout.

T - Well I wanted something strong and I got it. Alcohol is pretty strong including a strong warming feeling and the bitter pine is actually balanced in the beer pretty well. Slight caramel and what appears to be a bit of oak but the hops still steal the show leaving an almost "soapy" feeling on the tongue.

M - I really tried to drink this as a normal beer but it was too strong. Suggested as a sipper.

Overall not a bad barleywine, far from perfect examples like Bigfoot or ST Backburner but with a fairly strong hop base and warming 11% this barleywine is far from forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 05:23:46 | More by DrDemento456
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4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle (about 4.99 at Total Wine) into a chilled pint glass, pours a deep orange-brown with a thick head. Tastes rich and full, with citrus overtones and pine undertones with an IPA-like bitterness. Some caramel flavoring underneath. It's a lot to take, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:09:53 | More by dmlasp
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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