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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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very good

745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-08-2006)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:32:00 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of jmdrpi


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 02:38:18 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of daledeee


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 23:38:03 | More by daledeee
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

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:50:17 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 23:40:30 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of PicoPapa


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:17:19 | More by PicoPapa
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:18:31 | More by DocJitsu


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 09:18:17 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:16:41 | More by AgentMunky
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 21:00:47 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 06:52:32 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 13:12:39 | More by avalon07
Photo of mulder1010


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 15:58:10 | More by mulder1010
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:37:37 | More by tbeckett
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:14:36 | More by jtingue
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 07:57:26 | More by Brad007
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:45:39 | More by evilkalla
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 07:54:41 | More by shambeano
Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:00:08 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.
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.
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:

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:43:47 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 14:13:57 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of StoneTSR


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany with a half-inch thick head. Some decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. This looks like a typical Barleywine.

SMELL: Very complex. Spicy, fruity and very bready. The aroma of wheat bread is almost overwhelming, but banana, caramel and toffee also come through.

TASTE: Again, this is a pretty complex beer. The breadiness of the nose makes itself known in the finish, but prior to that a bitter hoppiness dominates each sip. Despite all the hops there is still plenty of malt in order to keep this in big, rich Barleywine territory. Banana, grapefruit, orange, pine and more wheat bread all play a role in this tasty offering from Green Flash.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and full-bodied. The carbonation is strong for a Barleywine, but it works very well with the bitterness.

OVERALL: This is one of the better fresh bottles of Barleywine I've had. I'm sure it will age very well also, but I wish I had a second bottle now.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 11:01:25 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

good conventional barleywine. pours a deep ruby brown color, like an overripe apple. small white head, minimal lacing. smells strong, notes of spice and wheat bread are present, as is some darker malt sweetness. flavor is nice, well rounded, this one might age well. toffee and dried fruit mingle in the flavor as well. feel is good too, bubbly and just short of full bodied. i could drink several of these, and the price was fair. overall one of the more enjoyable barleywine's ive had this season.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 06:18:44 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of gford217


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

22oz bomber.

Pours a bright clear orange-amber with an enormous off-white head that refuses to recede and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides.

Aroma is very hoppy with pineapples and oranges on one side and pine resin on the other. The malts come in the form of light toffee and biscuit notes - a "West Coast" barleywine aroma.

Taste is bitter and astringent up front with floral pine and faint citrus. There is more caramel malt sweetness than in the nose but it's really just a background taste when compared to the hops which linger with some light sugary sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky - not sticky with your typical BW sweetness but rather from the resinous hop presence. Lots of burn in the finish as the alcohol is not hidden very much.

This is certainly an American barleywine, and a hopped up version of one at the that. Or it could be that the malt profile is just extremely light. Either way, it's tasty, but more geared toward the hop heads out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:21:19 | More by gford217
Photo of danieelol


3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

With thanks to MrKennedy for bringing this back from Warners for me.

Pours a classic malty slightly brown gold. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is green apple skins, cider, the mint and pine of the promised Pacific Northwest hop charge. Really boozy too, like apple liqueur.

Taste is apple liqueur with some wholesome honey/caramel malt to balance. If anything, this drinks like it's a higher ABV than it actually is (15%+).

Medium body (the booze probably makes it feel a bit thicker than it is), low-medium carb. Quite good here.

Reasonable, but _really_ boozy. Neither hops nor malt are sufficient to tame the alcohol properly.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 09:23:04 | More by danieelol
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