Barleywine Style Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 11-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
845
Reviews:
438
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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47
Gots:
89
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0
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Photo of Odysseyalien
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 2011 batch. Sampled November 23, 2015.

The pour is cloudy amber-brown with a foamy, light tan head that lingers for some time.

A notable toasted barley sweetness in the aroma along with a slight tropical fruit note.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste might have had an alcohol bite four years ago when this was first bottle but since then it has mellowed into a barley malt and grape forward sweet brew. With a bitter and slightly smoky finish.

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Photo of beerrat
4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Redgoatman
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz., 2012 vintage acquired on sale. Good carbonation when opened (from fridge); pours beautifully into my snifter, with a hazy, dark, orange-brown color, and a nice light-orange colored head. Fruits and a bit of malt in the aroma, and quite a bit of alcohol. Taste is very sweet, and it amazingly--considering it is three years old--still has a good amount of hop flavor; it's not too heavy on the tongue. I think I like it better cooler rather than warmer (there's plenty of flavor even when it's cold). It tastes a lot like the other barley wines I have had (mostly young ones), but this one is perhaps a bit smoother (as I would expect for being three years old).

This is a very enjoyable sipper. Barley wines are one of my favorite beer styles, and I would be more than happy to share this delicious barley wine with others.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Chimes, Covington, LA

A: A hazy, rich amber with an off-white one finger head that clung on tightly.

S: Caramel, piney hops, a bit of citrus.

T: Caramel malts slide in with a nice citrus hop "ping" following. Smooth, balanced, robust and semi-sweet. The hops keep on into the finish with another round of caramel starting the dance again. The 10.9 quickly mellows you out.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation. A bit dry.

O: A real hybrid between American and English barleywines. Not too hoppy with a "just right" malt balance. I'd love to try more, especially with age.

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Photo of parintele
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a 2012 bottle that I recently stumbled across. I never had this year fresh but with 3 years on it, it is what I consider to be the best Barleywine I've had yet

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Photo of myuncle
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy dark amber with a moderate tan head, which slowly fades to a dusting of foam, with a scattering of large bubbles. Thin, fine lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark caramel malt, pine, and citric hops dominate the aroma, which presents as dense and complex.

Taste: The taste begins with lots of sweet, dark caramel, soon followed by spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, the hops really shine, offering a wave of citric and pine tar hops to balance the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is quite warming, with no solvent harshness at all Finishes with a long, lingering wave of grapefruit and pine hops, and an undercurrent of the sweet caramel.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, even creamy, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite admirable, I expected a "west coast" style of barley wine, but Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale presents more like an English Barleywine. Would be fantastic on a cool, dark autumn day, sipped on one's deck while a cold front rolls in.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice, the vintage was 2012.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dradair
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ksolekjr
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 845 ratings.
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