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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: 802
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 802 | Reviews: 430
Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat misty mahogany brown with a portly off white creamy head that settles slowly, leaving the lace to coat the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, malt and caramel back it up with a hint of the hop flowers, start is quite sweet, nice malt feel, and a bit of alcohol bitterness, top is moderate in feel. Finish continues the sweetness, the alcohol evident and the hops provides a nice spiciness, a tummy warmer for sure, somewhat dry aftertaste with a lingering sweetness, a decent barleywine, and worthy of a sample.

Photo of AndyCapp
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This BW comes in a 22oz bomber. Fine for sharing, but, I'd certainly like to see this in a 12oz bottle. Then again, if you do have an evening to enjoy one of these... it works.

The carbonation might surprise you with a very thick head of foam if you are not careful. The color of this BW ale was somewhere between a dark mahogany and a maroon; with a nice cream colored head of foam. The foam dissipated rather faster than I like, leaving a good lace against the glassware. However, with the ale left to breath, and warm, for a while, the head lasted a little longer later on in the hour, or so, I spent savoring this BW.

The aroma... OK one word... Hops. Given a little time to breathe, you can get those malt scents coming through. With a little more time, you can detect a certain fruity undercurrent to the overall mix in the smell of this BW.

To be fair, the drink initially is far too hoppy for my taste. This mellowed out as the drink breathed a little. And, as it went from chilled to cool the impact from the hops reduced somewhat. It is a pleasant enough taste and I am sure hop-heads will absolutely delight in this BW. The next bottle I'll try will be cool rather than chill, plus I'll let it sit a while to breathe. Possibly leaving it to age a little longer will "fix" this BW for me too.

At chill and fresh opened, this BW just a little to lively and crisp. By the end of the session it had seriously mellowed out to a nice quiet pour with a good head that lasted longer and became very creamy on the tongue. I'm not sure if it was the BW mellowing, or my senses... ermm.... well... you know .... :)

In terms of drinkability, for me, I've had more enjoyment from other types of BW. Mostly because of the hop bitterness being a little strong. I will try this BW again. Certainly a more aged bottle, less cold to start. Because of it's bomber size, perhaps smaller bottles would be nice; so as to avoid feeling a little "forced" to finish off the bottle.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love a bomber of barley wine for $3.99. remember what those tiny bottles of Old Crustacean used to cost?!? This one pours dark almond amber into an oversized DFH snifter, under a nice looking deep tan head that is initially puffy, then simmers slowly to a thick and mottled bubbly foam, leaving respectable, fine lacing behind on the glass. Nose is the expected wiff of sweet malts, doughy bread and some alcohol. Sweet, nutty, pleasant,heady and malty brew. Quite smooth, as the malts flow over the tongue, warming alcohol present, and snarling in all its glory. Bottom line....should have bought a case of this stuff instead of just one shimmering and tasty bottle...oh well...

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with a large white head. Looks great!

Aromas are sweet, hard candy like, some citrus hops, and an overall booze quality.

Taste is creamy and sweet. There is an underlying booze like taste, a bit of a whiskey like character. The finish is crisp, with pine like hops, and a warm alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is good, full, and think.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice barleywine. Not the best I've had, but it's very solid and well made. Not to mention the price is pretty good at $5 for a bomber.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, served at approximately 50 degrees, to start, 2007 vintage most likely,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a tan head, with good retention for a barleywine, very well carbonated, nice to look at in a brandy snifter.

S: Very dark, dark fruits and figs, very malty in the smell, witha nice piney hop attack.

T: A very hoppy barleywine, your hit with a bunch of piney hop resin in the initial blast of flavour, followed by a dark malt character, full of dark fruits (raisins and figs), some molasses, brown sugar, and toffee. A touch of alcohol flavour is in there as well.

M: Slick, sticky, oily, and resiny, but with some smoothness in the end from the alcohol content.

D: Not bad for a barleywine, though it did take me over 2 hours to finish the whole bottle, one of the better American barleywines that I have had. As an aside, at one point, it felt like I was drinking a weaker version of Sam Adams Triple Bock, the malt sort of has that feel, if you know what I mean. Overall, a very good barleywine from Green Flash, I enjoyed it.

Photo of PAYankeeFan
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the IPA it is very sticky and an appealing barleywine for hop heads. How is this a barleywine as it seems to lack the malty quality and seems more on the Ruination end of things with a heavy Simcoe-like touch here? I tried this one a second time and now sense the malty quality in here which is like a quilt in a tub of hops. The resin and pine needle aspects are especially strong and I suppose the caramel malt backbone here is a bit more pronounced than their IPA. There is some vanilla and molasses there but the hops blow the loudest horns. I would love to blind taste test this with their IPA as their Imperial IPA seems quite mellow compared to the two. Bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD for $4.99.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger plus creamy tan head, which then leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing then some nice small islands. The nose is malty, hoppy, slightly spicy, good dose of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly spicy, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, with a nice warming effect. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Drinkable, a very nice BW, true to style, recommended.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first try at a Green Flash beer execpt for a tasting of their nut brown. On to the review...

Pours a deep brown with a two finger head that settles to a smart looking tan colored collar. Smells of a huge hop bomb. I'm a little surprised, but since I can be a hop head depending upon my mood I don't mind. I would have expected more of a malt background (it's there hidden beneath the Northwest hops) given its color, but that goes to show you that the color of a beer rarely predicts its flavor/nose. Tastes of a quick burst of malts than the hops quickly take over and develop into a near puckering bitter finish. The hops hide the alcohol, but it still tastes a bit "hot." Let this one warm up to near room temperature to get a properly balanced taste and the malts and toffee come out. Too cold is too hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium to light with ample carbonation.

While American Barleywines often feature hops this one is a little over the top for me.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange/auburn with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Piney & citric hops up front & that's all

T: Caramel that is quickly cut off by piney & grapefruitty hops. A little breadyness and caramel fights through the hop storm as this warms, but only for a while. Bitter chocolate is also present, but mostly loads of grapefruitty hops, plus boozey warmth. Finishes with a whsiper of caramel, bready, intensely bitter & pretty boozey

MF: Chewy/heavy bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks a little slow, could it be the 10% ABV??? Yes, that & the intense hoppyness. Folks that dig big & hoppy will really like this. Me, I require a little more balance. Maybe this needs a year or 3 to mellow out??

Photo of JayQue
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice American Barleywine. if you like Bigfoot, you will like this one too. Really nice looking beer. Ruby / amber color with a big head that hangs in there. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smell a bit less impressive than Bigfoot, but still gives a hint of hops and pine. Taste is very good. Hops bitterness (not quite as rough as fresh Bigfoot) and pine / resin. Absolutely no hint of the 10% abv. Knowing the alcohol level and size of the bottle (man rule: finish what you started), I sipped this one. Tasted just as good at the end as it did up front. The strong taste holds up well (for hop heads) and is never overpowering or "too much". Not a session beer by any means, but 22 oz over an hour or so goes down real well. This one is a winner.

Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this is a clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall and strong yellowish tan to light brown colored head.

The scent is sweet and hoppy and strongly pineapple scented. There is a faint soy sauce aroma here, which mixed with the sweetness, and fruit smell is remarkably like the smell of teriyaki sauce. Add some lemon and make ponzu beer.

The flavor begins sweet and malty with a strong oak and caramel flavor. As the glass gets consumed oak and butter flavors become more prominent and this makes it very much like an English style Barleywine. Lesser taste of melon and pineapple this is a rather buttery tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is thick.

An OK Barleywine but far from an outstanding one. The flavor could be more complex and less butter flavored for a start. Worth $5 a bomber to try once but no real reason to seek this out or spend lots of money to obtain.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Barleywine poured a hazy medium brown with very little foam and some lace on the glass. The smell of roasted malts and pine smelling hops filled the nose. The taste of roasted malts and piney hop were very evident. Also, a hint of bitter/sweet coffee and a caramel was there, but, not really anything to write home about.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a medium brown/burgundy color ale with a great foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and light dry fruit is offset by some west coast hops. Taste of sweet caramel malt and subtle dry figs is balance with some citrus hops. Body is about average with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Well done and I have to confess that I did enjoy this even though I usually prefer my barleywine with more malt profile then hop profile.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a rich red to brown color with a medium and spongy off-white head that left good lacing. Big rich nose of caramel and fruity hops. Morhtfeel is smooth and hides the alcohol well. Flavors of caramel, fruits, and some bitterness. Good dry bitter finish. Overall a well balanced and delightful barley wine that should only get better with age. I need to get some more of these for the cellar

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL capped bottle purchased somewhere (Well's or Capone's or State Line).

A: The barleywine is a thick, amber-red color, so dark that it appears a chocolatey brown. The head has consistently poured near 2 fingers and leaves a nice trail in the glass.

S: The nose is full of concentrated malts and a great deal of hops. The malt body is very strong, to the point that it takes on a unique sweetness.

T: This barleywine really strikes a cord. It starts off with a big malt body, thick with grains and dry green grapes and raisins. The flavors are complex and quite deep, showing off some alefruits and a dry medicinal (tylenol-like) finish. Layered on top of the malts are a great deal of bitter, huge hops. They add a citrusy bite that cuts through the thick malts and leave a lasting finish in the back of the mouth.

M: Big hops and strong malts, a very dangerous combination. But also very delicious.

D: The abv is huge, limiting the number of times that you can go to the well with this one. It's a good, big mouthfeel though and easily one of Green Flash's better offerings.

Photo of ChazMania
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


a) poured into my pint glass, perhaps there is a better glass to drink this from.

s) rather light for such a rich brew, either that or I'm drunk and can't smell.

t) fantastic. Big rich full malty hoppy caramel toffee utter deliciousness.

m) thick and resinous. rather over the top, but in a good way.

d) i used to not like barleywines but this one brought me around. this is maybe my third or fourth bomber and it's consistently tasty.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snow falling, fire burning. good time for a barleywine.

Extreme dark amber body, with homey hued highlights. You might say brown, but I'd say no. Topped by two fingers of tight light tan foam. Thin fil wraps around the glass.

Surprisingly subdued nose, but after a few deep sniffs, a clear aroma of liquid caramel / toffee arises.

Taste begins rich, sweet caramel and toffee. Fruity center. Sweetness balanced by a late hop bite at the swallow. Finishes cleaner and drier than most barleywines. Late arriving warmth, without burning.

Full though not huge mouthfeel. Rolls smoothly across tongue.

Moderately easy drinkability for a 10% abv. barleywine.

A bit less complex than many American barleywines. Could use a bigger nose. Certainly enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep copper red with a large fluffy orange-beige head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy peppery alcohol, some caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and a little fruit, followed by a harsh paint-thinner like alcohol. The finish is a brash bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. It has some metallic notes. The mouthfeel is fairly full with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall, it's too over the top in alcohol and bitterness. It does get a bit more drinkable as you go through the bottle.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at Malone's in Lexington, Va.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown body with a light brown head. The head was only about 1 finger high, but still had much retention and ended up leaving tons of lace.
Smell: There wasn't much dancing around what this beer was about. Very strong bitter hops and sweet malts. As it warms, the hops begin to win over the sweet malts.
Taste: THe sweetness was over powering at times, but toward the end, the hops poked their head back in to remind me I was drinking a Barleywine.
Mouthfeel: Very stift and ridgid.
Drinkability: Great as a session beer, but not daily.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Boto
1.95/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: I see a commonality to the reviews of this beer from this location. I love barleywines, but this was simply the worst that I have ever had. The color was good, being a dark ruby colored brew, with a small off white head. The smell was something else. It didn’t smell bad, but it did smell like root beer. The taste was predominately of root beer. This was close to undrinkable. Yuk!

Photo of yeastpuppet
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber , almost brown in the chalis,with a full , tan , almost caramel tinted head , some lacing .

Sweet malt aroma ,with some hops , a lot of hops . Caramel and alcohol make more than a guest appearance .

A little laid back on the bitterness , it dos'nt beat you up all at once as some barleywines have a tendency to do .Seems to be plenty of hop flavor .with a lingering bitterness that fades into the next sip . Some time and I think the malt will make an excellent showing .

Mouthfeel is as it should be , big and chewey , excellent carbonation with an alco bite on the gums that fades almost immediatley . I like to have at least some warning ...

I really like this style of ale , its nicely complex and I think with some aging it will really shine . I served this a little warm about 64 , my cellar temp this time of year .

A pleasant memorable barleywine . I'll buy it again


Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brownish copper with a good sized buttery yellow to cream colored head. Strong citrusy hop aroma, pineapple, some alcohol evident in the aroma and a light fruity and berry sweetness. Taste is also quite hoppy with strong citrus notes and a big bitter and dry finish. Malts are evident in the background with some nice caramel bready sweetness and a hint of pruniness. Big dry and bitter finish also shows a quick warming alcohol pinch. Fairly rich and creamy soft with a medium to heavy body. A very nice barleywine, at first still somewhat cold it was very dipa like but as it warmed, the nice rich body and some malty flavors came forward. Very nice agressive hoppiness is great fresh but I imagine this one will age well. Thanks Christian for the opportunity.

Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown mahogany color, nice clarity, small off white head and little notable lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, zesty spice and citrusy bitter.

Taste: Pine sap and hop resin balance nicely with a candy sugar caramel malty base. Some dark fruits and almost chocolate flavors hide most of the evidence of a 10%ABV.

Mouthful: This body is medium though a bit thin for the style but the spicy flavor and the warm alcohol in the finish helps make up for the feel.

Drinkability: It is what I expected. A no surprises barley wine.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of orsulacp
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a little hints of orange when held up to the light. There was a small white head that disappeared quickly. I am picking up the smell from about a foot away from the glass, very fruity; apples, oranges, some grapefruit and a little pepper. The biting alcohol dominates the taste, there is some cherry and strong bitterness. There is long lasting bitter solvent like aftertaste. The solvent is really turning me off.

Photo of matthewfuchs
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Fatheads in Southside Pittsburgh. Poured a nice bubbly head, and had a light caramel color. Aromoa of frswh hops, very green. Same with the taste, lively hops and malt, could use some aging, if green isn't you. smooth somewhat sweet mouthfeel. Like was said prior, it does make you want to lay down and nap, but hey, that's a good thing sometimes.

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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.