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Cyclops Barleywine - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-20-2003)
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Reviews by JasonA:
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darktranslucent carmel copper. Some head with lacing. Have to take off .5 for twist top.

Malt and hops ... good start. I prefer more malt than hops for the style. Dark rum raisin, very appealing. Im more than happy that hops is not overpowering this example.

Wow, smooth mellow sweet delicious hops. Faint yet prevelent hops with just enough aroma hops. Maybe some deeper malt, but nothing really to bad to say here.

Sits yummy in the mouth, exactly the reason I love BWs. So smooth for an American. I find they are usually bitter than their English counter parts (as expected), but the hops arent bittering, more aroma, very nicely balanced.

Yes, yes yes. More please. Also, im sure these age well also. Mine is at least 6mo old.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 18:22:02 | More by JasonA
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flagmantho

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2011 Cyclops.

Appearance: rich tawny-amber hue with a relatively heavy haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of tan foam and slowly receded to a light film. A nice looking beer; quite appropriate for the style.

Smell: sweet and quite bready with relatively light hopping. There's also a little fruity alcoholic complexity, which is nice. Not too bad.

Taste: rich and sweet up front with lots of doughy breadiness. Bitterness is moderate for the style, although hop flavor is minimal (earthy, if anything). Not too bad, but it lacks in complexity.

Mouthfeel: rich in body with a nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a tasty, if somewhat simple, barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:51:38 | More by flagmantho
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piccnd3

Montana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-22-2014 01:43:03 | More by piccnd3
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-19-2014 23:28:04 | More by Kegatron
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AndersonGT

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-09-2014 17:03:33 | More by AndersonGT
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2014 05:26:33 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2014 04:32:19 | More by Braz
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bernat1971

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

01-17-2014 04:05:24 | More by bernat1971
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a about finger's worth of head which has poor retention. The head is an off-white/very light beige/tan while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a hazy, medium amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Very interesting with a definite indication that this beer still has hop notes even after 2 years. Lots of caramel at first, followed by apple which gives it a notion of candy apple. A candy-like scent is very dominant on the nose. Some cherry, some citrus from the hops. Mostly orange. Some brown sugar, molasses. I'm guessing this is going to be a very sweet and malty barleywine. Swirling doesn't really add much.

Taste- Starts off with light caramel with strong citrus in the background. Lots of orange with moves into even deeper candy flavors. This is very sweet just as I had expected from the nose. Some bitterness starts to show itself in the form of grapefruit and some woody qualities. Definitely some pine and resin but not as boisterous as I find with younger American barleywines. A bit of spice and a little bit of heat on the finish. Some earwax on the finish as well. Some notes of toffee and vanilla. Tiny bit of oak. It's very fortunate that the bitter aspects of the hops persist as it really balances a sweetness that could easily become cloying. Good to really good beer, but closer to good. A nice change after the young American barleywines I've had. Good presence, good complexity, balance, and integration. A very solid beer that lacks that extra little something to make it a really good beer. Still quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture and light carbonation really makes this seem like a lollipop or a piece of hard candy.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing due to its juiciness but also has a little bit of heat so it's not too lethal. Around 5 bucks a bottle (if I remember correctly), so fair as far as price goes.

Overall- Pretty much a good, solid beer with aspirations of being a really good beer. I appreciate the fact that the brewer has chosen to age this American barleywine and therefore distinguish it from just another DIPA. Worth a try, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:37:16 | More by artoolemomo
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Norm406

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-21-2013 04:19:58 | More by Norm406
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Gobigvt7

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2011 Vintage, released Winter 2013. From the Hop & Vine PDX, OR

A- Pours a ruddy caramel color with tight little creamy bubbles that form a quick, but thin head. Head dissipates, but still some froth at the edges and lacing. Hazy, but not quite murky.

S - Not a ton in the nose, some oxidative qualities, very faint apple skin, wet malt.

T - A nice, full and developed but melded flavor. Rich caramels quickly give way to a pineapple pine resin note that blends into a smooth toffee finish. Very pineapple juice, but as if bruleed.

M - chewy and full bodied, but the balance brings a serious drinkability to the party. Light carbonation prickles and is just enough to carry this beast over.

O - after the look and nose, I was a tad worried, but this one-eyed wonder came through for me. I don't know if Elysian has made this house-cellaring for two years part of the process or if we just lucked into it (though there appears to be new labels on this aged beer), but it's a great idea and I hope more people start doing it. It's nice and round, pretty much exactly what it should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 09:56:52 | More by Gobigvt7
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Sokool

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-30-2013 05:26:51 | More by Sokool
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Smurf2055

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2013 19:24:03 | More by Smurf2055
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured into tulip glass.

Ok, zero head except from some tightly packed bubbles where the beer meets the glass despite a heavy pour. Copper color, cloudy. Not the prettiest BW, but decent in presentation.

Smell is nice, burnt sugars, caramel and vanilla. Not overly so, but sweet smelling with a hint of citrus.

Taste is sweet without being cloying, once again the burnt sugar and caramel, a hint of spice and some astringency. Hop presence is null with the slight impression of some citrus.

Mouthfeel gets the low marks for almost no carbonation. Storage problem perhaps? Really wanted to like this beer but simply couldn't score it higher. Flat with the tiniest remnants of carbonation. Otherwise medium body with a drier finish.

Would love to try a fresh version and also one with maybe a year on it. Love stuff from Elysian, but this misses the mark a bit IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 08:29:57 | More by Kevlee722
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

01-11-2013 22:47:37 | More by beertunes
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stript

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-01-2012 18:43:05 | More by stript
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-07-2012 02:27:52 | More by Glibber
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-26-2012 02:05:25 | More by t0rin0
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BraatenBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-11-2012 02:39:33 | More by BraatenBrew
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-05-2012 03:56:55 | More by doughanson78
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-02-2011 03:32:10 | More by ChrisPro
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 20:21:53 | More by Exiled
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 17:11:36 | More by seanwhite
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this beer. Cracked open to celebrate my Rangers going to the World Series.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brown sugar with some caramel and alcohol notes also mixed in. I also get a little bit of orange from the hops.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some extremely juicy orange citrus notes as well as a lot of brown sugar, toffee and caramel malt. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:50:53 | More by Mora2000
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber body with a small head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Caramel, brown sugar, apples and pears and some citrus hops.

Taste. Toasty light grains and caramel ...lots of both. Some pine needles, citrus rind and green apples.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Good barleywine without being "over the top". Pretty easy drinking as far as the style goes.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:45:56 | More by Rutager
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Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.