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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 40
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BradMacMullin, Mar 14, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Barley Wine Style Ale – 10.2% ABV – 2012 Vintage, consumed March 28, 2013
A: pours a deep and clear ruby red with three fingers of cream coloured froth and big globs of lacing on the tulip glass. Several bubbles in the body. Fantastic look.
S: red grapefruit, caramel-drizzled dates, pine resin, grassy and herbaceous hops, burnt sugar, toasty malt, navel orange, toffee, faint melon, and ethanol. Absolutely gargantuan nose.
T: rich caramel, toffee, and date-like sweetness, mango, toasty-roasted malts, alcohol, pungently citric and lingering resinous hop bitterness, some warmth going down. Tasty overall, but the flavour doesn’t quite live up to the aroma.
M: thick, silky-smooth, and full-bodied, bordering on syrupy, massive tongue-scraping bitterness lingers on the palate with some alcoholic burn in the throat (though not harsh).
O: an excellent, hop-forward U.S. barley wine; one of the better examples that I’ve tried.

cratez, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

random846, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SidewinderX, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

smartassboiler, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

aleslover, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of ItalianPisces84
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, let me just say this: not only is this not a barleywine, I'm not even sure I'd go so far as to call it "barleywine-style," whatever that may be. Any "-style" usually raises red flags for me, whether it is for a beer or "beef-style stock" or whatever. That said, I'm glad it didn't, because this is a solid beer. But it isn't a barleywine. If you are a barleywine fan, as I am, and are expecting one, you may be disappointed.

So before tasting this, pretend instead that you're about to taste a malty IPA... because that's what this is. Except of course there's nothing pale about it, owing to the strong malt character.

Anyway, the basic rundown... it poured a medium caramel, almost a deep amber color. Left a decent head which subsided fairly quickly to leave persistent lacing. Hops are the most apparent scent, and similarly are the strongest component in this beer's flavor, although the malt is a close second. There is enough malt to make this beer a little sticky, though it is surprisingly not at all viscous... at least not for a barleywine. As with the flavor, and especially the scent, this beer's viscosity (and overall texture) more closely resembles that of an IPA than a barleywine.

If I were to rate this beer as a barleywine it would get a very low mark, and that shouldn't happen because this is a very good beer. So I will rate it simply as a beer, regardless of label or sub-label.

ItalianPisces84, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bigaddy, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

sia478, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poucher86, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

WolfsbaneBloom, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MSandahl23, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

jdwilliamson79, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jah_Json, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

VeganUndead, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

heygeebee, Jan 26, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass

A: A rich, auburn color that beautifully demonstrates the character of the malt color, great head and very lacy

S: Hops aplenty and many malts in the nose. It smells like a brew day.

T: It didn't really taste a whole lot like a barleywine, but rather, more like a deep, hoppy IPA. Some notes of fig, the alcohol taste is noticeable, which portrays a slight ammonia taste

M: Very full-bodied, a great mouthfeel

O: A very craftsman beer. It is complex, yet not overbearing. It is drinkable, yet gives you something to consider. I liked it.

MaillardRx, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

baklo, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Griffith, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Peder, Jan 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

ubenumber2, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

westcott, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

straightlambic, Dec 30, 2013
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.