Barleywine Style Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #267
Ranked #15,790
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this mostly becuase it comes from
and didn't regret it a bit!

Poured from the 22 ounce bomber into my New Belgium goblet.

A: Nice show on the pour: brings up a sticky 1.5 finger head that settles to a nice film leaving a generous lace. Deep red brew with very little clarity.

S: Sweets dominate the nose: malty toffee with a hop background

T: love me my barelywine that's for sure. this comes thru sweet and leaves a nice firm aftertaste. You know you are drinking without a doubt.

M: Big big body - solid apperance by the - alcohol - and the buzz is not far behind

D: this is no session beer that's for sure. Loving every minute of it but cant give superhigh marks in the drinkability dept. THANKS to Green Flash for this.

Oct 25, 2010
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained as part of Secret Santa 07 package from RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Thick head holds on strong, with plenty of thick lace. Aroma is sweet yet citrsy. Taste is candy sweet, also countered by ample citrus hops character. Alcohol taste is hidden, but there's no hiding the warming. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is way too easy. Hella nice BW.

Jan 05, 2008
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umtox from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great barleywine aroma and beautiful appearance with lots of retained bubbles for a beer this potent.

It tastes great with the taste of cask curing and a heavy dose of hops.

This is meant to be enjoyed in small quantities and it does numb the palate a bit near the end of the glass. It also seems to get a lot dryer as you proceed in the drinking session.

Sep 12, 2008
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JupiterJesus from California

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Jan 20, 2013
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Domvan from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apr 05, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly no head which leaves no lace. Deep copper color. Clear.

Sickly sweet. Good alcohol aroma.

Rich and brownish in taste, meaning there's a slight burnt flavor with string caramel tastes. Not to sweet in the flavor. Good hoppy bitterness in the swallow which makes for a bittersweet aftertaste. I get a Grappa taste in the finish.

Oct 23, 2016
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billab914 from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Feb 05, 2012
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 08, 2013
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bleedsblu from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jun 19, 2014
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mnapier from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Serving Glassware 12 ounce gobblet.

Pours medium light-tan foamy head that dies at a medium pace leaving a strong lace that acts like a crown on top of the burgundy & clear pool.
The nose is interesting in that there is some citrus and earth hoppy tones along with a bit of vanilla and herbal nose.
The mouth is interesting in that the citrus and dry finish is only complicated with a cocoa like quality between the vanilla and chocolate. Additional evidence of the alcohol drifts along down my throat.

Definitely one to enjoy during the fall / winter holidays.


Nov 19, 2008
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mdcrouser from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer for breakfast? You might think so, with what looks like a base of amber maple syrup and a head of pancake batter. Bring on the eggs and bacon and we’ll set to start the day. Half of the head seems left behind in the rings.

Characteristically barleywine, sweetly malted, with green and citrus hops deep in the background.

Thick and syrupy on the tongue. Gripping right up front – much more highly hopped than I would’ve guessed. In fact, so much so that the malts are swallowed up by their greener, vegetative friends. Lots of white pepper here too, followed by a mild burn of alcohol. That all mellows a bit as it comes to temperature, drawing down on the vegetation, pepper and alcohol, while bringing some malts up. Still, out of balance for me.

Drying on the tongue, enveloping it with big barleywine flavors, combining malts and hops.

There are some redeeming characteristics in this beer. Is it great? No. With the right palette, could this beer be enjoyable? Sure. Is it mine? Not tonight.

Feb 26, 2012
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SnaxStL from Missouri

5/5  rDev +28.2%

Dec 16, 2011
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Medicate from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Mar 30, 2014
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice muddy mahogany color with some reddish hues and a nice .5 inch head that is nice and dense and off-white.

S - Starts off with an extreme sweet malt character. Fruits, slight caramel, boozy. There are some grassy hints as well that indicate a hop presence.

T - Wow. Very surprising. Not as sweet in the taste as teh smell would indicate. Starts of with some toasted malty bread flavor that is quickly overwhelmed by some nice bitter and dry hop flavor. There is some grapefruit sweetness s well as some malty caramel in there.

Edit: As the beer warms there is some nice vinous flavors that develop and add to the complexity.

M & D - This beer is actually quite delicious and very well balanced for a Barleywine even though the flavors are intense. Very drinkable. It is a bit dry int he body but still good and refreshing.

Aug 16, 2010
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nitter from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Dec 16, 2012
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LaneMeyer from California

3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip.

A - reddish-brown color, one-finger head.

S - plum, brown sugar, raisin, rum, molasses, licorice.

T - Bitter, alcohol, caramel, bread, sour aftertaste.

M - syrupy

O - I'm not impressed with this beer. It's palatable but lacks any pizazz. Won't buy again.

Jan 02, 2012
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Btip1969 from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 20, 2014
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SkinnyElvis from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Crosling for this bottle. Bottle is not dated so its age is unknown. It pours a little foamy but settles quckly. Darker in color than most barleys. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste is dominated by piney hops with some malt. Easy to drink for a 10% ABV. Solid barleywine but not spectacular.


Feb 08, 2007
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emmasdad from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Picked this bomber up for less than $5, a pretty reasonable price indeed for a barley wine of this caliber. Pours a dark mahogany color, with a big, fluffy tan head. Nice big hoppy nose, with pine needles, earthy hops and some light maltiness. This one is very drinkable, almost like a DIPA. Pine, citrus, a little caramel, but no noticeable alcohol, whatsoever (although the label tells me it is there). A very nice barleywine, especially at that price point, but not up there with the greats.

Oct 10, 2010
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diegoblue from California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Feb 08, 2013
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Oct 26, 2014
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

May 03, 2016
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this beer was a deep garnet color approaching brown. The head was huge, three fingers of tan bubbles that descended back to a rocky cap after a while that laced well. The aroma weres quite nice, ripe fruit, figs and raisins, rich hops, toffee and alcohol esters. The flavors followed suit, I was first rushed by the flavors of fermented cherries and raisins, quite sweet. This was soon followed by pine and grapefruit notes from the hops and at last the alcohol heat and caramel malt at the end. As big as it was the balance was well struck. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth helping to make it rather drinkable. Though sweet it never became cloying even as it warmed up and I think the sugars helped control the 10% alcohol punch. It was a good example of the style and I recommend it.

Oct 15, 2008
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Swervine44 from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Dec 23, 2011
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

Oct 13, 2014
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 849 ratings