Barleywine Style Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Barleywine Style AleBarleywine Style Ale

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 11-08-2006

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Ratings: 846 |  Reviews: 438
Photo of kirok1999
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep garnet with a nice wispy head.
Smells not at all like a traditional American barleywine. Mild grass and caramel with some floral notes.
Taste is some grassy hops, slightly vegetal character of peas, almost a wet wood taste. Really strange and all over the place. This was the 08 vintage so I'd be surprised if it was oxidized already but it sure tasted that way.
Really had no interest in drinking this one but finished it anyway.

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

2008 Vintage 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber with 2 fingers of dense tan head with lots of lacing. Citrus aroma with hints of pine and malt. Incredibly smooth considering the alcohol content. Nice, complex flavors of plum, grapefruit and caramel meld into an alcohol warmth in the middle followed by a slightly sweet finish. Full bodied sipping beer with good drinkability.

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

This beer is finally available in Ohio. This barleywine poured a clear dark red amber color and formed a foamy light tan head the coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and hint of pine. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel and pepper. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent yet sweet. Not a lot of nuances/complexity to this one, but maybe aging it would help.

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

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a slight 1 finger tan, foamy capping.

S: dried citrus and pine with some sweet caramel and alcohol.

T: a very rich, sweet caramelized flavor, some woody tones and pine with the 10.0% abv nicely hidden, goes down like a 6.0%. There was some dried fruit (raisins, figs) with some dark molasses. Rounding out the flavor was some dried grapefruit and pine (Chinook?).

M: full, sweet, malty and slighty sticky with a well mannered carbonation.

D: A very nice drinkable beer by style with the bitterness and alcohol being well balanced making this an very enjoyable. Not terribly complex, but a solid example none-the-less.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint; 2008 vintage

Pours a murky reddish amber with a fluffy, two-finger tan head.

Smell is of caramel malt, dark fruit and grapefruit. Nothing overly exciting; typical barleywine nose.

The hops shine through a little more on the taste than the smell, but it essentially mimics the nose. Pretty well-balanced, the booze is hidden fairly well.

Full-bodied, bigger than you would expect.

A definite sipper at 10%, but getting through this bomber wasn't difficult at all.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double-deuce bomber, "2008 Vintage" printed on the label, poured into a Duvel glass yields a dark, glowing, honey-orange colored body capped with a mountain of off-white, milky foam that retains at a creamy-cloud finger and really sticks the chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell is of rich caramel, dry kindling, with a sweet note of alcohol, plus fresh-cut green grass, spruce, and citrusy hops. Aroma becomes much breadier(Pumpernickel)as it warms.

Tastes of sweet dark caramel, alcohol, tangy lemon rind with strong, aromatic, bitter grapefruit, a tingle of carbonation with a hoppy sting --softened in the aftertaste by a minerally character and a mellow malt backbone. Piney and more oily, sticky, and chewy as it warms... lots happening here; one booze-hot-and-hoppy sonofagun.

Very smooth considering the abv; comforting and soothing mouthfeel; warming drink, really fantastic.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a bit of chilled haze a medium to dark brown with a thinner but well retained slight off white head atop,man I love the hopped up barley wine aromas big resiny pine and a bit of pear and grapefruit mixed with heavy alcohol and caramel sweetness.First off I noticed as took a drink that the body was a little light for the style but the flavors were spot on as far as what I was expecting,deeply piney and citric with a hefty sweet malt base with some hot alcohol as it warmed.This beer packs a punch but not enough of one in the body,man this could be awesome.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep mahogany brown with reddish accents. Head is massive and pillowy; sheets of lacing coat the sides of my glass.

Aroma is rich toasted malt and big juicy earthy hops. Big but balanced, plenty of brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

Taste is initially sweet and bready maltiness, then there is a surprising dry oak quality that I didn't find in the nose. Hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Resinous earthy hops are quite green and leafy. Finish takes you back to the bready malt with a pleasant warming alcohol tingle.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Thick and chewy.

A well done barleywine. Flavor is full and rich, but balanced enough to make this one smooth and dangerously drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I will get this one again.

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Photo of ewright
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown with hints of orange shot through. A half inch of head forms in a small snifter with good retention and significant lacing sticking to the glass. EDIT: The second pour yielded even more smooth, creamy head... +.5

S: Strong, competing aromas of musty sweetness and citrusy hops. The malt shows surprising notes of summer berries (how strange is that?) and dried fruit... somewhat reminiscent of Christmas fruit cake. So many aromas are present in this one!

T: Good bitterness up front balances the massive grain bill. Hoppy pine flavors compete with the malty toffee, caramel and toasty notes.

M: This is one full bodied ale. The only drawback is that the alcohol is a bit too forward and creates an astringent feel late.

D: Sip this bomber all night long and you'll have no worries at all.

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Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque ruby brown with tan head. It smelled like a blend of roasted wheat and raisins, caramel malt, and floral hops. It had a well balanced flavor of cherries, raisins, and floral hops, along with molasses and caramel malt. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a brief but very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very rich flavor with nice complexity that results in a quite enjoyable beer. This could possibly benefit even further from aging.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich mahogany color with a silky tan head and some nice lacing. The nose has a big sweet malt profile accompanied by quiet hops. The taste was a little disappointing after the intriguing smell. Young for sure. Good malts, but the hops need to mature to really balance out the beer. The body is pretty good, but a little light and undeveloped. Like I said, this one is probably a few years away from excellence.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an enticing murky amber brown with off white head that just makes you want to stare at it for a while.

rich rich aromas of rich malt, subtle hops, candied sugar, and slight caramel.

the palate consists of smooth malt without being too sugary. grapefruit and pine hops provide the counterbalance. The notes continue to interplay throughout the finish.

the beer has great balance and weight and is never too alcoholic or overbearing, considering its young age. (2007) The finish is nice and long like a good barleywine should be.

A great barleywine for the price, and one that shows great balance despite its age. I can only imagine in 6 months to a year how smooth this offering will be. time will only tell...

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

Bomber poured into a snifter. Dark reddish brown color with a beige head of about 2 fingers. Nice lacing and retention. Aromas of boozy caramel and sharp hops. Flavor is much the same. Lots of grapefruit and caramel with an astringent finish. Mouthfeel is dry due to the high alcohol. Pretty typical west coast overhopped barleywine, but pretty tasty nonetheless. Virtually no different from a double IPA.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense tan head, pretty good-sized, with several rings of lace. Great retention. Clear body, of an amber-red color.

Big hops aroma, quite bitter-smelling with lots of syrupy caramel malt sweetness. Smells a bit like candy, but with lots of pepper in there as well as some spices. Hops are along the mint-herbal, piney direction, with strong citric (grapefruit) acidity.

Caramel malts are overborne by the herbal hops. Certain amount of unidentifiable fruitiness, generally citric and slightly floral. Sharpness of pine and dark spicing.

Very warm alcohol, mouthfeel is quite thick and mildly syrupy - well within the acceptable range. It sounds as though some edges have been smoothed out already in the '08 vintage, as I don't find the hops overbearing, although they are quite strong.

Hot at this age yet, but well-crafted and another one to be on the lookout for.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage- 22 oz. bottle - poured into snifter:

Pours deep caramel-colored with a thin tan head that becomes a thick patch, then a swirling lace. Some dotted spots of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is citric, piney, resiny with caramel/toffee.

The taste is caramel with citric, earthy, leafy notes. Caramel becomes toffeeish as it warms. Sweet with a bitterish dryness in the finish.

Thickish and syrupy with some carbonation lending some smoothness, though alcohol is very sharp.

Certainly "American", especially as there are Pacific NW hops that come into play, especially in the aroma. This is a big brew that is certainly a slow sipper. A bottle half-the-size is certainly enough to be suitable for a nightcap that will call for dream-land.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice chestnut brown color with tinges of red showing thru. Very little head and spotty lacing.

S: Nice and bold. Tons of sweet toffee aromas with hints of citrus. There is a bit of boozy burn beneath.

T: Big and sweet. Tons of caramel and toffee right up front. Citrus hops manage to poke thru in the middle. It finishes sweet with a bit of boozy burn.

M: Very thick and clingy.

D: Not bad for a big brew.

Overall: Not world class, but nothing to sneeze at either. There are better barleywines out there but this one will hold its own with most. It packs a big bold flavor and is darn drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a great trade with ccrida. Thanks!

Appearance: deeo copper, mostly clear, minimal light beige head, very light lacing.

Aroma: alcohol, grain, perfume, warm alcohol.

Taste: sweet grainy hoppy, deep C hops, slightly medicinal, alcoholic warmth, Ms. Warmstorage sez "cherry coated hops." ummm, sure, i'll buy it too.

Mouth: thick and full but not slick, long lingering alcoholic warmth.

Overall: delicious. could be more refined, but who the hell wants refined in an american barleywine? deeply drinkable.

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

Green flash, blue label. Pours a mostly clear, lighter chestnut brown color. A rocky off white head with great retention and lacing. Good viscous when you swirl.

The nose is big with plenty of alcohol. I suppose a bit young, but nice complexity in the malt. Some caramel and a touch of toast giving a slight nutty aroma. A very nice piney/citrus hop nose blends with the solvent like characteristics. Some lighter yeast undertones with figs, cherries and a hint of molasses.

The taste is big but more balanced and less solvent like. The malt comes out with some limited complexity. A nice caramel presents with a touch of woody/earthy flavors. Some phenolics come out strongly with more of blended sherry like quality. Hops are present but really come out with a piney resinous finish. No really off yeast flavors, good.

The body is big with a nice balance of carbonation to blend with the piney aftertaste. Overall this is a great barleywine that is good fresh. Would be nice to see it again in a few years.

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

Bottle shared by fly. Thanks!
Pours a rich maroon color with a lasting creamy tan head. Smell is malty and somewhat bready and slightly vegetal perhaps. Taste is piney, and hoppy bit still with dark caramel like malt hiding behind that. Lasting sweet sappy piney bitterness after each sip. Pretty nice and full of flavor. Nice barley wine!

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

This barleywine pitches a brown-ruby red body with two fingers off-white foam in the DAB mug. Lots of malt and some hops on the nose, mildly floral and citrusy. More malt than hops on the tongue, which is fine as long as both are there. Plus, the creamy texture is a nice addition.

Old Ruffian or Bigfoot this is not, but it's a pretty good barleywine. Nothing about it says "great," but there are plenty of good qualities it has. It's a fairly straightforward barleywine, strong but smooth, could use more hops but is not bereft of them, and is somewhat sticky sweet. Good job, and one I'll surely have again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this on tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, was the end of a beer-intensive week, and the night was a long one. This was one of the most memorable beers of the whole trip. Psyched to have another bottle.

Pours out an absolutely beautiful burnt, rusted candy apple red with a fluffy, rocky head on top that has a toasty tan tint to it. The head sticks around a long time, and when it goes, the lace comes on in huge swaths. One of the hottest-looking barleywines I've ever seen.

If the aroma smelled a bit more like an actual barleywine, I'd rate it a "5". But this thing smells exactly like a killer double IPA. Lots and lots of hops, more piney than anything, but a little citrus too, with big, gooey, candy-like malt as its foundation. I guess there's probably a fine line between barleywine and DIPAs, but I'm still amazed how DIPA this smells.

Humongous hops in the flavor, keenly balanced by juicy toffee-like maltiness that's as bold and beautiful as the hops. A little bit of alcohol provides warmth, but this isn't overboard, despite how huge it tastes. That's the beauty and success of it. It drinks way too easily. You can feel the citrus and pine elements of the hops caressing the taste buds with each sip and into the finish. It's all made even better with a gooey, chewy mouthfeel that doesn't wear out its welcome by being too sticky.

Superb. I'll have to go back and check previous reviews, but this might be the best barleywine I've ever had. It does everything right, and it's a great argument for not always cellaring; it's tremendous in its young state.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008; Sampled March 2008
A vigorous pour produces a dense, massive, initially four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is clear, as evident as it sits on my desk reflecting the light above me with its deep amber hue. It shows a brilliantly clear, light cranberry-juice color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite sticky and decadent with a mix of huge hop character and accenting rich malt notes; Reminiscent of candied bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, lots of lychee, concentrated tangelo, all of which are concentrated up front, but found throughout the entire olfactory experience. While the hop character is fruit leaning there are other notes of pine sap, herbal hemp and a touch of tobacco here as well. This brew is clearly hop dominated, but the concentrated, sweet aromatic hop character foretells of the thick maltiness that lurks underneath in this beer; towards the tail end one gets a rich caramelized malt aroma, some toasty grain and a touch of warming alcohol.

Served lightly chilled at about 55°F / 13°C, the beer has only a light sweetness that is well balanced by herbal hop notes, despite have a chewy, slightly sticky mouth feel to it that coats the palate quite effectively. The hop character in this young beer is quite huge; the citrus / fruit notes taste like they have been concentrated and deeply caramelized with notes of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit & bergamot. Sharply herbal notes of hemp oil, a light onion character, ample, yet somehow subdued pine sap flavors and a massive, yet well malt-matched bitterness. Warming alcohol notes are also definitely noticeable, though I would not quite characterize them as harsh.

A tasty Barleywine that is definitely quite hoppy as a young beast. Perhaps a touch hot to be a perfect young hoppy example of the style, but I am certainly enjoying this right now. I am not sure what age will do to this, but maybe a year or two might mellow this out a bit without losing too much.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of aquaderek
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the barelywine into a tasting glass. It is very nice looking, reddish brown with a carmel looking head that sticks around for a while. The nose of the beer is a mix of toffee, malt and faint hops. I like the taste, but a tad out of balance. The mouthfeel is where it shines, very thick, chewy, and creamy. Comming in at 10% abv not the most drinkable, but that is a barelywine for ya.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison... Sampled a lot of good brews from this company, so I was curious to see what their Barleywine-style offering would include...
A hefty pour resulted in a gigantic foamy and frothy head outlined by a dark-brown, mahogany, ruby-red appearance...
Nice barleywine style smell with the typical barley, caramel, and vanilla essences nicely rounded out by a hint of sweet, candied sugars and toffee...
Aroma strongly complemented the smell, with a nice suggestion of sweet, candied barley, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, malts balanced with a slight suggestion of hops, and honey, syrup and molasses flavors...
Overall, this was an excellent depiction of the style and a truly enjoyable beer without any cloying or overbearing flavors that really managed to assert itself both in the nose and mouth... Another fantastic selection from Green Flash... If you are a fan of barleywines, this one is definitely worth a try...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an equally high level of drinkability make this an all-out outstanding sample and top-notch representation of the style...

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked at a near-epic beer tasting at the behest of my buddy who hauled this one all the way across the country for our benefit.

A. Clear, red clay. Fat 3cm head, good retention and spotty lacing.

S. Pine resin, thick layered caramel malt, a little alcohol heat, grapefruit. Hints of roasted grains. Fairly simple, but good smelling.

T. Very forward sweet caramel, this is a malt-centric barleywine. Citrus grapefruit hops come in shortly after and provide some much needed oomph and balance. The 10% is pretty well hidden and the whole experience is very smooth and balanced.

M. Slick, middling carbonation, finish is bittersweet. It's really quite easy to drink and deceptively easy to finish a glass.

Green Flash has crafted a pretty malty barleywine here that is one of the more drinkable ones I've had in a while. Recommended as it's simple and tasty.

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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 846 ratings