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%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
89
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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
2011:
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.
2009:
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:
3.5/4.5/4/3.5/4

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Photo of CBPAS
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Reed
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of danieelol
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage. Tasted very fresh.

Pours a burnt reddish-orange with a creamy off white head, reducing to a small ring with spotty soapy lace.

Very hoppy right from the start, with just as much woody pine, earthy spice and leafy aromas as there are malt tones of caramel, toffee and dark bread.

Palate is very full bodied with, again, about equal proportions of robust malt and hop slick- flavors of pine, toffee and dark bread. Kind of closed actually, like a young Cabernet. Some spice brings in the big bitterness that lasts through the long finish. Alcohol is noticeable but isn't as over the top as any other part of the beer, leading to the long IPA-like finish- bitter and juicy with faint hints of lingering caramel.

Needs some age to get interesting, but certainly drinkable now. And undoubtedly West Coast with that huge hoppiness.

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Photo of plfahey
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Crimson red with a slight cast of haze. Big sticky beige head has good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Pine, citrus, resin, and some alcohol notes. Toffee, rich caramel, and raisins show through in the background. Strange, sweetish aroma as well that I can't quite pick out.

Flavor-Citrus flavor with sticky caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Mid palate shows pine, resin, and moderately aggressive bitterness. Finishes dry and quite bitter, but pleasant. Leafy, resiny flavors linger on into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Intense bitterness is dry, but never astringent.

Pretty solid barleywine, and would probably improve with a bit of age. Not bad, but not incredible given some of the other American barleywines out there.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, long lasting, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and boozy with a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted of caramel and toffee with a nice sweetness. There is a good dose of bitter hops to balance out the sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with an alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really tasty barleywine. It leans toward sweet but has just enough balance.

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Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mdcrouser
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark copper hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney citrus hops,boiled candy,toffee and fresh herbs,the mouthfeel is sticky and over medium bodied with tastes of sticky piney hops lots of them mixed with carrot cake,orange marmalade,xmas pudding,boozy alcohol but only a little touch,treacle,sticky date pudding with the finish being more sweet than bitter and overall a very sweet dessert brew that i could drink more than one of cheers.

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Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of billab914
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of McBraniel
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half-inch frothy head lingers over a lightly hazy copper beer with red to pink highlights. Streaming carbonation with patchy lace and a viscous film on the glass.

Figs jump out of the Dogfish Head snifter, followed by prunes and light grapefruit with a mild sweetness.

After aging two years this one puts off earthy flavors with bitterness on the back of the tongue. Nuts, figs and raisins are present and there is a long, dry finish with moderate bitterness. Warmth brings out some hop flavors.

A full body with rich velvety texture, prickly carbonation and a fair presence of alcohol.

While one could sip this beer, it is better with food. Try beef. Green Flash’s Barley Wine has enough character to explore on its own but is much more suited as an accompaniment.

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