Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short off-white head, that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with a harsh burst of hops bitterness followed by an alcohol sting when you sip the beer right away. However, if you let the beer sit for about 10-15 minutes everything tones down and the beer becomes much more balanced. At that point it starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. The hops bitterness is still there and is still strong but after the beer warms it’s much more harmonious with the other components of the beer. The malt character is hearty and there is still a bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger beer to drink on for a long time and while it’s not a terribly high ABV, this beer is more of a sipper because it improves greatly as it warms.
12-26-2011 23:35:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
this beer poured reddish brown. smelled of hops and molasses. the taste was different from the other barley wines i have had. it had a good bit of a hops taste to it but it also still had that typical slight fruitness of most barely wines. I really enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to get it again. I haven't had anything from this brewery yet that i have disliked.
12-18-2011 16:51:52 | More by McLaughlin5350
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
bought this beer without really knowing about it. the women at the register immediately said it was an excellent barley wine.
poured a nice amber color and had a very nice hop aroma.
it was a very smooth taste with a great hop aftertaste. many barley wines have a very sweet taste to them (sometimes almost sickly sweet). but this is just right. the 10.9 ABV is very well hidden by the hops and is extremely smooth.
overall this was an excellent barley wine, would defiantly buy it again to share with friends.
12-18-2011 15:21:37 | More by 11millsown113
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
After dismembering the bottle with a satisfying "fsst!", I know by that aroma this is gonna be a west coast style treat. A gargantuan head forms effortlessly after it touches the wall of my snifter. The rich mahogany body has exceptionally good clarity and the tan head is alive with globs of sticky bubbles. Retention and lacing are fantastic for a beer of 10+%.
That familiar San Diego style hop nose fumes from the beer at first whiff. Loads and loads of sweet and bitter notes claw over each other for a spot at the top. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and mint are reminiscent of their IPAs, but, as it warms it takes on bold notes of juicy pear and cherries. The hop bill is so perplexing, I almost forget it's a barleywine. Malt backing is minimal, but this is Green Flash (and I'm a hophead), so it's all accepted. Only an ephemeral breath of alcohol is detected, awesome.
It's incredible how different the taste is opposed to the flavor. Those crisp hop flavors are reduced to a more mellow, almost phantom, bitter presence in the background as the sweet and toasty flavors reign supreme. A dash of white rum adds a bit of edge to an otherwise very smooth taste.
It feels like marshmallows melting in my mouth. It has such a soft way of being so mouth coating. The body seems light for the style, but with a ton of character. The carbonation is mild, but sharp and effective. This has one of the most interesting texture I've experienced for sure.
Hardcore traditional barleywiners may be critical of what they find here, this one is certainly unique. Everything about it I like, and it's going down alarmingly quick. Another notch in GF's bedpost. It's definitely worth another to set aside for a year or so and see how it ages.
12-13-2011 01:52:13 | More by climax
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Great economy Barley Wine. Nice amber hue. Very bubbly. Smells of hops. Smooth drinking. The 10.9 ABV is well hidden. Not up there with Cockeyed Cooper, or Mirror Mirror, but a very nice Barley Wine non the less. I may update the review later. Time for work.
12-10-2011 17:55:05 | More by SirWilliam666
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
A-Pours a dark,dark amber with two fingers worth of strong,dusty tan foam that that showed good retention and great sticky webs of lacing.
S-Smells of baked sugars,brown bread,fresh citrus,dried cherry,mild pipe tobacco and pine.
T-Sweet flavors of candied nuts,brown sugar and apricot preserves are followed by tangy citrus,pine and toasted whole grain bread.I think this would've benefited from a little more assertive malt.
M-Medium bodied with a dry and bitter hop finish.A touch too hop forward for my tastes.
O-A good but not great barleywine that I would purchase again.
12-09-2011 12:53:26 | More by StlHopHead77
2.33/5 rDev -39.9%
Deep, deep red, thick head that lasts. Smells like a brewery, but I don't detect anything specific. Very deep strong flavors of wood, and barley. Strong enough to mask the alcohol, but it dries out the mouth a bit. Very interesting, worth a try but too strong for my palate.
12-06-2011 22:39:59 | More by wowbagger
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
APPEARANCE: Pouring from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, produced a 2-1/2" off-white foamy head with good lacing that dissipated slowly. The body was a cloudy medium copper color and there was virtually no carbonation. Cloudiness dissipated as the beer warmed.
AROMA: Sweet malt and a lesser note of hops, mainly citrus, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.
TASTE: Basically a strong malt taste compliments a noticeable hop bitterness and a slight alcohol taste. Malts that come across most apparently are caramel and toffee. Hops include moderate grass and pine and low levels of floral, citrus and mint to compliment the more dominant tastes. Altogether a good, complex, bracing taste.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full bodied with a smooth, luscious texture with almost no carbonation and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is of a strong sweet malt flavor with a noticeable bitterness turning shortly to a moderately bitter finish with a slight alcohol bitterness in the aftertaste.
DRINKABILITY: This is a sipping beer, not a drinking beer. I would not have more than one of these in an evening due simply to the high ABV. I'd say that it's somewhat memorable and has a good "wow factor" due to the invigorating intensity of the hops hit. A good value for the money and easy to drink means I'll have one of these again every once in a while.
12-06-2011 22:17:41 | More by paulginva
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
12-02-2011 01:48:19 | More by d4114
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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