Barleywine Style Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale
845 Ratings
Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 845 |  Reviews: 438
Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a thick dense head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Great hop aroma, grapefruit citrus and toffee malt aromas. At first there is a strong malt flavor quickly overtaken by an intense citrus hop flavor. There are faint caramel flavors behind the citrus hops. The mouthfeel is very heavy. The odd thing about this beer is that the hops are so intense that they actually sucked the moisture right out of my mouth. Definitely could have used a little mellowing to take off that hop edge. I sort of regret opening it too soon. It still has great flavors though. I can see the potential, I might have to pick up another and let it age a while.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick and dirty dark brown with a creamy inch of head, nice lacing and decent retention.

The smell had a lot of big brown sugar and bready malt nose with hints of cedar and biscuit.

The flavor is quite the opposite with a huge junipery hop bomb blasting through the sweet malt flavors, hints of alcohol, molasses, and brown sugar make their way through as the big full hop flavors assault my tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit more balanced with the malt flavors becoming stronger.

The Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a lot of resin and a bit of warmth.

A solid barleywine. No problem drinking this one.

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Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly hoppy barleywine but fairly well-balanced and characterful with enough maltiness, etc., to carry the hops. It's a bit more hoppy and bitter than I usually prefer, I guess keeping with the "American" style, but the hops are not overly strong and it has some balance.

Reddish brown, but not very dark or deep, it has a fairly large, long-lasting head and some good lace.

The aroma is malty, fruity, with a definite, strong citrus hoppy element.

The taste is richly malty, sufficiently strong but definitely dominated by the hop flavours and bitterness. It's hoppy and on the bitter side up front, but this is not overpowering and is complemented by a strong toffee maltliness, then a gin-like element with a bitter, strong citrusy hop finish. The palate is somewhat thin for a barleywine and lively. It has solid flavour, the alcohol is not too strong, harsh, or obvious, it has definite complexity, and it's interesting. It first took a while to grow on me but it finally did even though it's not my favourite barleywine.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at ohoove's.

A: Pours a dark amber color, sort of cola-like, with a sticky, bubbly head of foam. Lacing isn't so much froth as it is resin.

S: Smells like dark fruits, raisins, fig a dash of plum, cloves and some citrus and pine hops.

T: Taste was a bit different than what I had expected from the look and style. It's very crisp and hoppier than imagined. A good, flavorful fruity palate mith a bit of oak flavoring, but then a very clean and distinct hop addition.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied but still quite crisp and clean.

D: I had to let this one warm up in my hand for a minute or so before I could keep sipping. The flavors mellowed a bit, but the hops were still a little shock. A sipper and one to split with a friend.

Not exactly the barleywine I was invisioning, but still good and distinctly American. What good would a traditional English style be in America unless we added a barrell of hops to it? Give this one a shot.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 1/6/09
Green Flash Brewing Co.
B-wine 2008
10% Alc.
22 Oz. Bomber

Appearance= good head retention after a vigorous pour into my Allagash snifter. Very deep brown, almost black I'd say...

Smell= Hops are more present than anything. Different smell than I would expect from a B-wine.

Taste= Eh. It's alright. Much better as a I let the beer warm up a lil'.

Mouthfeel= Good. Not a problem. Even though it's not creamy I would say it's on the thicker side.

Drinkability= Being a B-wine, it isn't highly sessionable. This is a good beer but it had many weird aspects to it. Good B-wine, not bad.

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Photo of maskednegator
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage
Appearance: Coca-cola Classic. Pours a thin head, leaves minimal lacing.
Smell: Cherries, alcohol, toast.
Taste: Raisinettes, bourbon, toasted malts. Piny hop bitterness and big alcohol kick in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy.
Drinkability: Medium. Improves as it warms, but never becomes something I'd call "easy drinking." To be fair, a buddy and I did manage to drink the entire 64oz growler in an evening. No small feat for any 10% beer.
Verdict: I'm a big fan. This is easy to find, and available year-round. Perfectly compliments a steak and asparagus.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

A - Syrupy thick deep caramel, not much head or lacing.

S - Definitely dark fruits, molasses, a little anise.

T - Almost gritty, so close to the fruit, with toffee to add and some pretty impressive hops to balance it all out.

M - Good carb, incredible coating, medium to heavy body.

D - It's big and it's tiring, but good.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. I've had this laying around for 6 months or so before trying it. A 2 finger dense head of foam over a deep brownish amber color. A very clear beer.
Smell: barleywine malty. An unusual citrusy hop. Like Tangerine. Very nice.
Taste: Malty, warm alcohol, nice citrusy tangerine flavor. Good sharp hop bite. Very warming.
Mouthfeel: nice and rich.
Drinkability: Drinkable enough -- I just wish more barleywines came in 12 oz bottles. I had half and drank the rest the next day. It was still a very good beer the next day -- little less carbonation and warm but I liked it that way, too!

Love the green flash stuff!!!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep ruby with a slight head that falls quickly. Smells sweet, malty and raisinlike with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is plummy and woody, with a strong bite of alcohol and a slight flatness in the middle. It finished with hints of toffee, caramel, and molasses. It has good hopping, though the whole beer is just barely in balance. The mouthfeel is viscous with sting of carbonation. Good though not astonishing.

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Photo of mntlover
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy brownish with a thumb sized khaki head that falls slow and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is nice rich caramel malts dripping with molasses caramel apples, figs, licorice nice sweet brown sugary coated fruits mmmm. Nice pine resin notes in the nose also, small notes of alcohol. Right off this isn't an American BW seems rich malty much more English in nature and appearance, of course the brewer says its American but tastes English to me.

Taste is not quite as good as the nose right away there is warming alcohol noticed not bad but sure it will grow as it warms. Taste is rich malty sugary with nice fruity notes it is rich and thick nice pine notes that mingled with in sugary malts.

Mouthfeel is rich thick sugary nice carbonation good full bodied brew.

Drinkability is nice for a sipper little too much alcohol just a tad. Flavor is good would be about perfect if alcohol was a touch less.

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark root beer color with a nice oatmeal colored head and tons of lacing. The aroma shows me everything good in beer, malty licorice and pine hops, wonderfully merged. The taste is first overwhelmed by the perfectly creamy full bodied feel. Then the malt and pine hops flavor come out and it is a great taste treat. There's a touch of Dr. Pepper sweetness. Just a fine barleywine, no doubts!

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Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage - 2008

A - Dark cherry red in color and hue... Translucent when looked at in the light, but denser when held away from the light... Minimal head quickly fades, leaving a thin varied white lacing... Still... Minimal if any carbonation...

S - Fig... Malt... Caramel... Toffee... Candy apple... These sweet scents give way to a citrus and hoppy mix... Very pleasant and complex aroma...

T - Toffee... Apple butter... A faint nuttiness... A minor layer piney hops rises to the surface... Slight peppery notes on the finish... The warmth of the alcohol lingers...

M - Just the right amount of carbonation on the tongue... Lush... Slightly syrupy... Medium to full bodied... Warming alcohol texture... Sophisticated and pleasant...

D - An interesting brew... A slow drinking sipper to say the least... An interesting brew, though I'm not sure it's an excellent example of the style... Enjoyable and worth a try should you come across it in your travels...

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Photo of johlendorf
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into American pint.

A = Darker than usual for a barleywine. Little head or lacing (high abv).

S = Malt & alcohol. Cherry & plum.

T = Malty where it should be hoppy and hoppy where it should be malty. Strong and much hoppier than typical for this style.

M = Bites a little from the up front hops. A little too think on the back end.

D = High ABV is noticable.

I'll stick with Green Flash, but not this particular style.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed out of my Stone IPA tulip glass. Pours a murky, burnt-copper color.

Smell killed this beer for me. Smells like a bad version of a rebujito, which you won't know unless you've lived in southern Spain. It's basically a gross alcoholic smelling mixed drink.

Tastes a little better than it smells, but that's not saying much because I doubt it could taste much worse. Overly sour flavor, warming alcohol effect dominating. Where are the (in)famous Green Flash hops to mellow out the rest of this beast? It's like they brewed a beer, subtracted most of the malts, all of the hops, and left the alcohol. I'm struggling to finish my first glass, and am not looking forward to finishing the bomber.

Mouthfeel irrelevant, because it tastes and smells so foul.

Not drinkable. As I said, I'm probably not going to finish this bomber. It takes a LOT for me not to finish a beer. I don't know why Green Flash has the reputation it does. I haven't had a single beer that I would drink again from them, but at least I was able to actually finish those beers. I won't be finishing this. Been an hour since I poured it into my glass, and it isn't getting any better with temperature.

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

Opened 22 oz. bomber 2008 vintage bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Pours a light tan head atop a dark reddish brown opaque brew.

Smell is of dark malts with a slightly piney overtone.

Taste is sweet with slight candy. Hints of coffee and mild mocha notes. Bubbles are a little attacking at first, but mellow out and make for an easy drink with a really great finish.

This brew really needs to be enjoyed with a nice strong cheese or maybe meat, but is still pretty solid on its own.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008 pours a tawny red hue with a large-bubbled light tan head that fades pretty quickly and does not leave much in the way of sheen or lacing.

Deep malted milk maltiness with a heavy shot of grassy hops. Perhaps a bit of mild fruitiness in the form of some oranges and apricots.

Tastes very smooth and malty, surprisingly low hop flavor from Green Flash...was kinda hoping for a hop bomb. That's not to say it is not hoppy, cause it is, but not as bright and citrusy as the WCIPA. Hops have a more musty and cheesy feel to them and the beer has more hop bitterness than hop flavor. Alcohol is noticeable, but not nearly feeling like 10%. It is a good barleywine, just not quite great.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

A - Fairly clear mahogany, auburn with thick tan head and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee, somewhat candy like, nougat and citrus hops are very noticeable.

T - Caramel and toffee, biting alcohol, bold citrus and floral hops. There is a hot alcohol, almost paint thinner like quality that borders between an interesting taste and mouth burning fusel alcohol. Spicy. This is really boozy for 10% abv. There are similar alcohol notes to drinking higher alcohol like bourbon or brandy.

M - Medium and slightly creamy with mouth biting alcohol that begins to numb the taste buds as you get half way through the bomber.

D - I see potential in this one but the boozy notes make it miss the mark.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $4.99. Vintage 2008 edition.

Beer poured a deep copper color with a well sustained tan head. Nose is big caramel malts, floral hops, and dark fruits. Taste is carmalized malts, cooked sugars, figs, and a blast of northwest hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is good as the high alcohol content was not noticeable at all. I am not a huge fan of the style but this is one whopper of a beer that was very well crafted!

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Off white sticky head. Sticky hop aroma. Delicious, great. Anise. Very "west coast". Wet hop flavor. Good malt backbone, puts it over the top, flavorwise. Smooth and lush mouthfeel. Half a bomber is good. Split it with a friend. Strong and full of flavor.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/14/2009 (bottle 2008 Vintage):

Pours a pretty dark clear rep color. Small off-white bubbly head. Dark fruity fig aroma. Sweet molasses. Some dustiness too, but not an overwhelming aroma. Alcoholy brown sugar taste. Hoppy bitterness too. Creamy heavy body. Some nuttiness as it warms up more. Tasty. Aging will probably do this one better.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 22oz Bomber into a Duvel Tulip. (note review of bomber from September 2008)

Appearance is a deep amber with gold/orange highlights and a fairly dense 1.5 inch cream white head, slightly tan.

Aroma is deep with dense fruity esters of dried and fresh fruit, caramelized dark cane sugar, mingling with tropical hop induced characteristics. Intense aromas, picked up no alcohol in the nose.

The flavor profile is much the same, very rich and bold fruity esters, caramel, warm pie crust and soft warm baked apple. It is almost difficult to discern where the malt esters and hop flavors begin and end. A substantially bittered Barley Wine with a lean toward a medium dry finish, decent carbonation and alcohol all serve to underplay any overly sweet characteristics.

This beer is extremely drinkable for its heft. I find it goes well with a nice big juicy grilled burger with an extra sharp cheddar or hot spiced cheddar and some grilled seasoned veggies.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with 60 beer loving friends on a bus trip to salvation.

A - Orange-copper, 1 fingered off-white head, dissipates rather fast.

S - Caramel, flowers, and toffee.

T - Fairly matched to the smell.

M - Very good. No alcohol presence in mouthfeel. Full bodied.

D - Way too smooth, this would be dangerous if I had my druthers.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

2008 vintage, tried July 2008.

Small medium tan head, moderate carbonation. Clear deep copper brown color. Smells very much like carrot spice cake with a rum sauce(minus the cream cheese frosting). Lots of upfront pine resin, sweet clove, cinnamon, grapefruit. Ethanol is very warm throughout and competes with the bittersweet finish for dominance. Toffee and vanilla also present. Medium body. Lots of good flavors going on but alcohol is a bit hot, making it hard to finish. Might be better with some age?

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/07.

Bomber pours clear dull copper with light tan head and sheet lacing. It has a light IIPA rather than a barleywine aroma with hints of dark fruit and an out of place pine hoppiness as well as some alcohol. The pine hops almost smell wet. The flavor starts malty and slightly sweet with dark fruitiness. Then the pine hops hit pretty hard then a pinch of alcohol also surfaces. I also get a hard citrus candy note that borders on being medicinal. Near the finish there are mild caramel and toffee notes that feel very barleywine like. I think this is worth a year or two aging and a re-rate.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear medium-dark amber with copper orange around the edges. After a careful pour, a half-finger of light butterscotch head dissipated into a thin cap that left nice lacing.

S: My first impression was oak followed by dark dried fruits.

T: The oak aroma immediately translates on the tongue. There's beautifully rich stone fruit flavors that remain on the palate for a good while after it is swallowed. There's an obvious alcohol backbone that never gets in the way of this beer's delightful flavors.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with light carbonation.

D: This brew is too heavy for more than a glass or two, but that's what barleywines are all about.

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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 845 ratings
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