Annularity | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
FiftyFifty’s Blonde Barleywine hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels.

Added by Beerandraiderfan on 05-23-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, honey, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, honey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a barrel aged presence that is only giving off wood qualities at this point in time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quality american style barleywine. i didnt find it to be particularly blonde, as they describe here, but i liked the beer a lot. its a lightly murky reddish color, normal for the style, with patchy white foam. smells heavily woody, like straight lumber, more wood than rye by a lot to my nose, but more even in the flavor where the spicy rye comes out mid palate. there is a lot of sweetness and alcohol here, making it a slow sipper for me, and its not as complex as some. tons of wood, a dried raisin and cherry note, a long boiled caramel property, and maybe a hint of toasted coconut. the hops provide fine bitterness and maybe a faint orange peel note or something, but for me its more bitter balance than flavor from them, despite it being dry hopped. i like the rye here instead of bourbon too, i feel like it has a little more earthiness to it, and sweet bourbon would make the already strong vanilla and residual sugar feel like too much. wood and brown sugar and rye spice to finish, along with the hops. i havent had hardly anything from these guys that isnt an eclipse stout variant, so it was cool to try another one of their beers, but i wouldnt quite put this one on the same level...

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Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.

This one is lighter in color than most of the other barleywines. There is more of a citrus like bitterness in this beer than the other beers from the tasting. There is a sweet note, but the bitter is dominant. I would say this is a strong ale/double IPA before it's a barleywine. I would have liked the sweetness to be a bit more prevalent.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oak aging is subtle at most in the aroma, but it's obvious in tasting, where it mainly provides woody and (fainter) rye whisky flavors. Fruit and booze in the nose.
Nicely complex and soft for style but alcohol should be more hidden .

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Shane!

Pours sort of an orange color with a small white head. Nose is heavily woody, but not all that much in the way of the whiskey. Quite a lot of piney hop character with a definite citrus bite to it as well. Sweet malt and bread are also present. The flavor is a bit too bitter initially but seems to mellow out as it warms. The citrus and fruity hop flavors really come through, as does the sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line

22 oz. Bomber
ABV: 12.5%

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some oak/whiskey, honey, vanilla, slight citrus. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice touch of oak, whiskey, honey, vanilla, some citrus. Full Body, ABV is hidden fairly well, still kinda hot. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With the look of an ipa comes the blonde barleywine, barrel aged. Orange and dark yellow in the color. 1/4" white head. Aroma was solid bourbon aroma that the brewery does so well. Sweeter than expected, lots of vanilla stands out against a non stout base I guess.

Smacks of Helldorado, lots of bourbon, light blonde barleywine body, sweet, vanilla, oak. Even some coconut. Caramel notes. Easy drinking mouthfeel for 10%. A little bit of hop bitterness. Went through a year or two of rough spots age wise, but its drinking great again. I've had it on tap a few times, a few bottles, so this score is an average of all of them, but wow, the first time on tap and the last time out of the bottle were top notch, if not almost 5 years apart.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Popping the cap releases spice, vanilla, bourbon and honey aromas. It pours hazy copper tinted amber under an off-white foam cap. This is a big, chewy beer with a big honey, bourbon, oak caramel palate. It is fruity and boozy but the alcohol is not particularly hot. It has a spicy bitter finish that suggests a mixed drink with a hint of tartness underneath and overall has a good balance between the malt, honey, alcohol and bitterness.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours an orange amber with some off-white froth.
(S)- A lightly spicy but fruity honey character. Subtle dry oak and vanilla
(T)- Smooth honey meets a fruity orange citrus character meeting dry oak sweetness
(M)- Good carbonation level. A nice balance of fruity honey and oaky goodness amidst some sweet malts.
(O)- A nice blonde barleywine. Quite fruity but with a good body to it. Thankfully, not overly hopped or sickly sweet

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Yellow gold with a big white head.

S: Restrained whiskey presence initially with light oxidation. There's a touch of date and a nice vanilla profile. Lightly bready with notes of caramel as well as citrus and a dash of pine. The beer really opens up after a few minutes and the vanilla and whiskey become more apparent.

T: Boozy with big whiskey and vanilla notes. Lower moderate bitterness meets citrus and well hidden alcohol. Lightly tannic with evident oak. Nice rich caramel presence.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: A very nice beer. It improved when allowed to open up for a few minutes. I think a little time in the cellar (3-6 months) might be good for this. And by cellar I mean an actual temperature controlled area, not a hot closet.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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