Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 811
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | 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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Reviews: 432 | Hads: 811
Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from 08/09/12
2012 Vintage - 22oz bomber into a taster flute

A: GF Barleywine pours a deep rich caramel color with red and brown hues when held to the light. The brew looks dense with some haze to it that gives off a sort of brassy glow. A finger worth of dark sandy head formed looking stale and cakey. Practically motionless. Ever so slowly it resides, leaving rooftop lined lace down the glass.

S: Smells of caramelized grains, sugar soaked raisins, some spice, toffee, and leathery earth. There is a decent amount of fruity plum and fig-like esters present with a touch of alcohol. Nice and appropriate for the style.

T: Intense flavors are forward with gooey kettled caramel malts, candied figs, crusty bread, and spiced raisins/currants. There is high amount of bitterness with a nice flourishing hop presence. A bit of caramelized apple and pear met with lesser notes of grass, dry pine needle, and sour orange peel. Beer is on the sweeter side as to be expected with a sharp alcohol bite and warming sensation. A really bold and intense Barleywine.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately heavier in chew but with a nice creamy texture up front and dry prickly carbonic finish. Lends to a more quaffable experience. Noticeable lingering hop residues.

D: Overall a solid American Barleywine with some real complex layers resulting from an extended boil of Pale Malts (English?), high Crystal malts, and perhaps some Special B accentuating that raisin/figgy ester profile. Huge charge of hops here. Not quite as smooth as a SN Bigfoot when fresh but just as good in its own way. Alcohol definitely asserts itself this one could benefit from another 6-12 months on it. (1,679 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown in colour and fairly cloudy with a biege thin head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film.

S - Get of alot toffee, caramel and sweet candy with floral citrus hops throughout.

T - Get caramel malts and loads of toffee, raisins and a little toffee apple and pine at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Very impressed with this one. A little on the boozy side but very well balanced and definaitely worth a go. (456 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same along with a weird celery-like flavor. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the celery flavor I am picking up is pretty odd. (585 characters)

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

Vintage 2012, 22 oz. bottled poured into a Stone tulip glass

A - Deep brown in color, slightly hazy, and has a thick light tan head that lasts.

S - Very sweet, as evident of the 4-hour boiling process, but not overly sweet. Hints of toffee, caramel and molasses. Zero hop presence in this one.

T - Very similar to the aroma but with a little less sweetness. Great toffee/caramel flavor and just a hint of toasted biscuit in the background. Again, hardly any hop flavor in this one. Finishes semi-sweet with a great roasted acidity.

M/O - Medium to big body on this one and no alcohol taste/burn. Leaves the palate clean and slightly chewy. Overall it's a great barleywine in my opinion that tends to the low-hop characteristics of the style. Will be a regular in my fridge/cellar. (784 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle

Green Flash Barleywine Ale poured into a snifter at 550. Body was a dark brown color with a red cast producing a nice looking bubbly tan head and spotty lacing. The nose is of caramel malt, toffee, and citrus hops. The taste is toffee, some brown sugar and a sweet caramel upfront followed by a generous grapefruit citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky but also smooth with a fuller body and a nice alcohol warming builds as consumed.

Green Flash Barleywine is not my favorite American Barleywine however, it is good nonetheless. .. Nice ‘warming’ winter ale. (595 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage stated on label.

appears a dark hazy amber copper color, with 1/2" creamy khaki colored head. decent head retention. smells quite boozey, slightly fruity alcohol esters. taste definitely starts very caramely, then a bit of earthy, piney, hops. sweet lingering aftertaste. medium thickness, smooth, soft carbonation. nice mouthfeel.

overall - if aroma was improved, it would complete the beer. solid though. (437 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber

Pours perfectly. Nice light tan head and pretty dark brown body.

Nose is spicy, hoppy and malty.

Taste is more balanced than some other brew I have had from this place. It comes across as slightly creamy, pretty hoppy but a good dose of malt as well. The hops don't take over until the finish.

Carbonation is really nice and overall I like this beer. (370 characters)

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

Split a 22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage, poured into duvel glass

A: pours a hazy tawny/ruby brown with about a finger of brownish head that leavs some nice lacing... Good looking brew.

S: sticky malts, toffee, caramel. A hint of rasin and a load of citrus hoppyness, brown sugar

T: much like the nose loads of sticky malts, toffe and caramel, balanced out with loads of pine and citrus hops, notes of grapefruit and brown sugar, touch of alcohol , yummy.

M: medium body with crisp stinging medium/high carbonation, dry finish, Not overly sticky or syrupy. The alcohol is present and this is deffinatly a delicious sipper.

O: this is an excellent barleywine, nice balance between bitter and sweet, nice finish, very tasty (725 characters)

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

2012 bottling

A: deep amber brown with red-orange highlights; fat head left lotsa lace

S: caramel malt, dark fruit

T: pine, resin, robust malt, subdued sweetness, a little solventy

M: medium body, bittered caramel feel; slightly sticky

O: a good barleywine - but not much else; nothing really exceptional to set it apart; a worthy buy and try (347 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Vintage 2012 on the bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of booze, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts and bread. Taste has a surprising amount of citrus hop flavor upfront followed by the caramel malts, earth, booze, and burnt brown sugar. Nice amount of alcohol burn. Afertaste of caramel and booze along with some dark fruits. This is a barleywine with a fair amount of hop flavor to it. Interested in aging one now. Overall, this is a solid barleywine worth seeking out. (550 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, rich, dark amber color with a fat, fluffy taupe head that seems to linger forever. Toasted malt, caramel, and mown grass make up the aroma. Smooth, thicker consistency contributes to a pleasant mouthfeel. In true Green Flash fashion, there's a lot of high alpha acid hop resin that cuts the grain about midway and coats the palate. Despite the 11% ABV, there's very little alcohol warmth or taste. This is a fun Barleywine.

ADDENDUM: When eating with this beer, the alcohol gets expressed more prominently. (526 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22fl oz bottle. Snifter glass. Renjoyed on may´12. Pours mahogany in color. Beige, small bubbled, froth creates a thick & lasting crown. Spotty lacing on sides. Yeast & chocolate with hints of floral hops to the nose. Dry bitterness, toffee notes & toasted coffee. Viscous & creamy mouthfeel. Full body, moderate carbonation.Wood & pine on the aftertaste.ABV is felt just at the end to confirm it is not necessary to be a hot Barley Wine to be a Top one. Very nice drinking experience. (486 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Creamy-dense head. The beer is darkly clear, an umber brown.

S: Sticky molasses malts and a touch of roast. Some vaguely metallic hops.

T/M: A pleasantly thick beer. Heavy malt base and some piny hops to bitter out the burnt toffee maintaste. The hoppiness grows as I continue drinking, along with a citric tang that is an interesting counterpoint to the strong alcohol and aforementioned heavy malt. Full-bodied and hefty. A sipper.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I'd drink again, and recommend to others. A great example of an American barleywine. Extreme, but in equal measures; bittersweet, as it were. (681 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter....
A- Pours a fairly clear amber, reddish orange, topped with a 3 finger sticky, soapy beige colored head that hangs around for awhile.

S- Typical barleywine scent. Malt, toffee, caramel, some dark fruit. Some hops.

T- Follows the nose quite similarly. Some raisins. Yum.

M- Medium light carbonation. A touch slick and oily.

O- Finally a Green Flash that I like! Wish that I had another to sit in for a year to compare notes. (459 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe five or six fingers. Color was caramel coffee and cloudy lacing on the top. More cappuccino than anything else. Wet, tan and even film on the sides.

Smelled a potent whiff of wet citrus hops up front. Caramel and toffee malts as well. Some spices as well, which I couldn’t put my finger on.

Tasted caramel toffee malts and citrus rye hops. Very bitter on the tongue after. Pretty malty.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not bad for my first taste of barley wine. May come back and rate this again once I’ve had a few. (631 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Lots of hops, as you'd expect, with hints of caramel and malt in the aroma.

T: Tasted of hops, a bit of malt, a little citrus (grapefruit), and caramel. Not quite as hoppy as I would have guessed, but still a balanced, straightforward flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Another solidly made, drinkable beer from Green Flash. (539 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Great Divide snifter

A-- Poured a dark toffee with orange splashes. Quite clear. Small carbonation bubbles are visible in this. One and a half light brown finger head that worked its way to a thick layer of film.

S-- Orange, grapefruit, pine and booze. Malts a a bit buried in this early but with air the backbone slowly overtakes the hops. More candied orange with toffee.

T-- Pungent orange and grapefruit mixed with a nice carmel backing. Slightly sweet and jammy once I got through the hops. More of a bigger malt bodied DIPA to me.

M-- Let this sit on the mouth for a bit and get a lot of the malt. Lots of strawberry orange jam. Booze is apparent but this is a 2011 so that figures. Showing signs of smoothing out. Medium bodied and low carbonation.

O-- Think this barleywine is on the turn to the good stuff. Hops are not as apparent and the malt is slowing taking over. ABV is very obvious in spots and in others quite smooth. Probably will be a staple in my cellar for a while (1,014 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. 2011 vintage. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby with a three finger beige head. Thick head on top of a bright body left thick lace rings and half a finger of retention.

S - Hops, caramel, vibrant punch hops. Booze, sweet dark fruit. A bit floral, honey, and lemon candy with candied orange too.

T - Strong IPA-like flavour with maltier backbone. Dark fruit, booze. Floral with citrus and sweet malt too.

M - Mild carbonation, full body and a sweet tingly finish.

O/D - Subtle version of an American Barleywine. Less aggressive hop profile than usual in the style which I liked. Rich malt yet hoppy and aggressive. Good. (648 characters)

Photo of jtingue
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Mahogany brown in color. Pours with 3 fingers of cappuccino head, which slowly dissipates, leaving lots of sticky lacing, to a good layer on top of the beer.

Smell. Obviously a very hop forward barleywine, with citrus and pine. In the background, though there is a lot of alcohol and some more traditional barleywine: toffee, some vanilla, and dark fruits.

Taste. Very sweet as it first touches the lips. Some raisin like flavors come next. Some moderate bitterness comes in, along with some grapefruit hop flavor. Some toffee sweetness come in, before another round of bitterness which lingers into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. The body, as one would expect is pretty full, and carbonation is low. Nothing complex here, but appropriate for a barleywine.

Not usually a fan of american barleywines, as compared to the english version. This one, however, was quite pleasant and the hop presence was more balanced with the malts, as opposed to a bigfoot IMO. Its hard to describe some of the hop flavors in this one, as they blend so well with the other flavors. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Barleywine style? Umm, sure!

Sweet with raisin, plum and some hops in the nose. Not overwhelming.

Some citrus hops but not much else. Raisin, etc. Lots of alcohol. Your standard barleywine.

Ditto on mouthfeel, except that the alcohol kicks back some more.

Not the best I've had. That honor goes to the one, the only Vermonster! (402 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass. 2012 vintage.

A: Dark amber/red color. Pours with a very thick half inch of head. Carbonation is small but visible. Very nice.

S: Very malty with hints of piney hops.

T: Immediate piney bitterness, followed by a huge caramel malt backbone. Bitterness lingers for a long time. Very nice. This would probably age really well.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Good.

O: Glad I tried this. Wish I had bought another one to age for a while. (483 characters)

Photo of shambeano
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with a mate and poured into a tulip.
A- dark ambery brown. Inch of fluffy head, some lacing. Looks good.
S- sweet malt, caramel, biscuity, the some resiny, piny hops.
T- sweet and caramely malts straight up, fair bit of resinous hop, pine. Tastes much like it smells, well rounded.
M- thick and creamy, length lacks a touch.
O- very nice version of a barleywine. I enjoyed it. (386 characters)

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich ruddy-amber hue with a relatively haze-free body. Head is two fingers of frothy orange-tinged tan foam. I like it.

Smell: strong, rich malt aroma with quite a bit of sweetness. Nice, but not very complex at all. I feel like there could be a lot more going on.

Taste: rich, strong, sweet malt with a big alcohol bite. The flavor is really quite good; like the aroma, though, it's not terribly complex. Still, the rich maltiness works perfectly for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a decent level of carbonation and a good, rich texture. I like it.

Overall: a decent barleywine. I wish there were more complexity here, but overall this is a well-crafted and tasty brew. (739 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A side by side comparison of a fresh 2011 bottle with a properly cellared 2009, both served at 55 degrees.
2011:
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear, deep coppery amber. Healthy fine two finger light tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Muted aroma of hops and light caramel malt. Subdued flavors of caramel malt and dark fruit with somewhat herbal hops dominating and a bitter, slighly astringent finish. A nice mellow initial flavor that is not supported by the harsher finish. Medium bodied with some creaminess and complex enough to hope for positive change with cellaring. A well made barley wine with potential; a bit too hot for me to enjoy fresh.
2009:
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark coppery red amber. Thin light tan head with good retention and lacing. Great barley wine aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, lightly oxidized. Flavor follows aroma with the same dark fruit and carmel malt dominating, sharp hop bite in the finish. No oxidation noted in the flavor. Flavor is still hot from alchohol, but more melded into the other flavors. This has definitely improved with age. The finish is still a bit astringent, but now better supported by the rich flavors in the main body. Mouth feel is similar to fresh, medium bodied with light creaminess. A pleasant, well made barley wine that has improved with three years of aging. I think this beer would be improved by knocking a few degrees of alcohol from the formula, it is very hot fresh and still rather hot aged. Still enjoyable with due caution.

Main review points for the fresh bottle, the 2009 scored:
3.5/4.5/4/3.5/4 (1,623 characters)

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

2008 Vintage. 22oz. bottle.

A: deep copper red color, clear, good head that dissipated
S: medium nose, good balance between roasted malt and fruity hops, slight medicinal nose
T: strong deep roasted/burnt malt with generous hop bitterness, some oxidation
M: some oxidation, some astringency, average for style and mouthfeel (324 characters)

Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.