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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of billab914
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark caramel color with a sticky white head leaving it's mark all over the glass. Great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of citrus hoppiness to it. I get some sweeter, malty, caramel, barleywine flavors to it as well. Pretty good mix of flavors to it, but it's not as bold or flavorful as the best of the style. Pretty good overall though.

The taste also has a mix of citrusy, floral hoppiness and malty caramel sweetness. I get some toffee and brown sugar to it as well. The resiny hoppiness balances it pretty well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, but about average for the style. The carbonation is moderate to above average. Overall it was a good beer, but not an outstanding one. It was flavorful and very easy drinking for the style but I just didn't find that it stood out really in any specific category. It was a pretty enjoyable and drinkable beer overall though.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half-inch frothy head lingers over a lightly hazy copper beer with red to pink highlights. Streaming carbonation with patchy lace and a viscous film on the glass.

Figs jump out of the Dogfish Head snifter, followed by prunes and light grapefruit with a mild sweetness.

After aging two years this one puts off earthy flavors with bitterness on the back of the tongue. Nuts, figs and raisins are present and there is a long, dry finish with moderate bitterness. Warmth brings out some hop flavors.

A full body with rich velvety texture, prickly carbonation and a fair presence of alcohol.

While one could sip this beer, it is better with food. Try beef. Green Flash’s Barley Wine has enough character to explore on its own but is much more suited as an accompaniment.

Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Medium dark ruby red color with great clarity. Two finger light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Apples and caramel. Brown sugar and toffee. A touch of dark fruits. Pretty malty. Minimal hops. Touch of alcohol.

T: Big caramel upfront with a touch of toffee, brown sugar, and a faint apple flavor. Dark fruits in the middle with a light piney hop bitterness. Finishes with more caramel, a touch of apple, and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy and a touch dry.

O: It's good. A bit on the sweet side and not real hoppy for an American Barleywine. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of daant76
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a dark copper with 2f inger light tan head. Lacing coats the glass and slowly resides down it.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, big citrus hop punch.

T- Sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and again lots of citrus hops (mainly grapefruit), also slight grassy bitterness at finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Leaves a bitter grass/weed taste in mouth.

O- Good American Barleywine. Nothing crazy or complex going on here, but has nice sweet malts and citrus hops.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased 7/2011, from a bottle shop, label states 2011 Vintage, no date code on bottle. Well stored since purchased.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a nice one finger head, thick and foamy, slowly reduces to eight inch cap. Some nice sticky lace. Very deep dark amber color, with a very lively carbonation. Great looking Ale.

The aroma hits you with distinct malt and bitter hops, but you really can’t distinguish pine or citrus in the hops as the malt dominates and the hops need to be more assertive. Faint medicinal smell comes and goes.

Very, very crisp, snappy entry on the palate of aggressive bitter hops, followed by a distinct dryness which is very refreshing for this style, then the medium rich, distinct and very balanced malt comes forward to make this a very rewarding drink.
The crisp acidity, 11% ABV, and great small bubble carbonation make for a full bodied and balanced mouth feel.
As this Ale warms the malt becomes more noticeable but never comes close to outdoing the hops.

Very long finish of bitter hops, the hop oils coat the mouth, followed by a distinct sensation of dryness, and then comes the malt.

A surprisingly dry and delicious rendition of the style. Great aggressive hop bitterness in the flavor and finish. Delicious.
The hops from the flavor are missing in the smell, which is this Ales greatest weakness.
Maybe it’s past its prime or was not stored properly?
That being said this was an enjoyable Ale. IMO definitely at its best at 50-55 degrees.
Recommended for a test drive.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Picked this one out while looking for a beer with high ABV. This one just happened to be the highest at a solid 10.9 (beat that bud light platinum!) Anyways, on to the beer!

I gotta say, I've only had one other barleywine (Sierra Nevada Bigfoot vintage 2010, 2011), and I'm beginning to release what type of beer I prefer when it comes to these American strong ales. I personally prefer a sweeter taste, because many times these dark brews can be just so dry and woody that I just can't really enjoy a whole 24 ounces of it. This beer offers a very smooth mouthfeel blend of medium chocolate, dark toffee, brown sugar, and a soft hop bitterness. I think the lack of hop bitterness and at the same time the lack of malt grain taste enables the "other" flavors to really stand out to me and add to this beer in a positive way. If you asked me what the ABV of this beer was I couldn't tell you honestly, I can't really taste the alcohol. Overall I'm very impressed with the taste of this brew and I will be chalking this up on my top barleywine list! Great job Green Flash Brewing Company!!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into my .3l Guinness glass, and has a well filtered copper colored body and a towering off white head.

Piny aromas, but a well pronounced caramel colored body.

The taste is surprisingly vanilla, with orange, bourbon, and cracker and maybe a bit mesquite.

Feels mildly carbonated, kind of dry, and slightly warm in the end.

Long time since I'd had a barley wine. Well worth the wait.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, my first barley wine in 20 years...my last one was a drain pour, but now...

2011 Vintage

Pours a clear amber with hints of gold, a huge ecru head leaves some lacing and sticks around till the end.

Smell is a touch roasted malt, caramel, some hops and booze, and a touch medicinal.

Taste is of big roasted malt, and to a lesser degree, some hops, and dark sugars like molasses or brown sugar.

Feels creamy and smooth, coats the tongue, amazing for such high abv.

Well, I admit, my expectations were low, so my experience was great. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly, and I will add the barleywine style to my rotation, and the reviews say this isn't even one of the good ones....


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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Marty30
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a Duvel tulip.55 degrees. 2011 batch

A. Dark muddy brown body, 1 finger off-white head,some spotty lacing.

S. I get caramel first with some butterscotch and brown sugar. Some fruits such as banana and fig.

T. Definately some alchohol presence in this. Follows the smell, good caramel and brown sugar with the ripe fruits. Ends with a slightly bitter finish.

M. Nice thick,heavy feel coats the palete. Bitter slightly dry finish.

Overall pretty good,above average BW. I would not hesitate to drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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