Barleywine Style Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by scottoale on 11-08-2006

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe five or six fingers. Color was caramel coffee and cloudy lacing on the top. More cappuccino than anything else. Wet, tan and even film on the sides.

Smelled a potent whiff of wet citrus hops up front. Caramel and toffee malts as well. Some spices as well, which I couldn’t put my finger on.

Tasted caramel toffee malts and citrus rye hops. Very bitter on the tongue after. Pretty malty.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not bad for my first taste of barley wine. May come back and rate this again once I’ve had a few.

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Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Lots of hops, as you'd expect, with hints of caramel and malt in the aroma.

T: Tasted of hops, a bit of malt, a little citrus (grapefruit), and caramel. Not quite as hoppy as I would have guessed, but still a balanced, straightforward flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Another solidly made, drinkable beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Great Divide snifter

A-- Poured a dark toffee with orange splashes. Quite clear. Small carbonation bubbles are visible in this. One and a half light brown finger head that worked its way to a thick layer of film.

S-- Orange, grapefruit, pine and booze. Malts a a bit buried in this early but with air the backbone slowly overtakes the hops. More candied orange with toffee.

T-- Pungent orange and grapefruit mixed with a nice carmel backing. Slightly sweet and jammy once I got through the hops. More of a bigger malt bodied DIPA to me.

M-- Let this sit on the mouth for a bit and get a lot of the malt. Lots of strawberry orange jam. Booze is apparent but this is a 2011 so that figures. Showing signs of smoothing out. Medium bodied and low carbonation.

O-- Think this barleywine is on the turn to the good stuff. Hops are not as apparent and the malt is slowing taking over. ABV is very obvious in spots and in others quite smooth. Probably will be a staple in my cellar for a while

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. 2011 vintage. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby with a three finger beige head. Thick head on top of a bright body left thick lace rings and half a finger of retention.

S - Hops, caramel, vibrant punch hops. Booze, sweet dark fruit. A bit floral, honey, and lemon candy with candied orange too.

T - Strong IPA-like flavour with maltier backbone. Dark fruit, booze. Floral with citrus and sweet malt too.

M - Mild carbonation, full body and a sweet tingly finish.

O/D - Subtle version of an American Barleywine. Less aggressive hop profile than usual in the style which I liked. Rich malt yet hoppy and aggressive. Good.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SiflandOlly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

2012 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Mahogany brown in color. Pours with 3 fingers of cappuccino head, which slowly dissipates, leaving lots of sticky lacing, to a good layer on top of the beer.

Smell. Obviously a very hop forward barleywine, with citrus and pine. In the background, though there is a lot of alcohol and some more traditional barleywine: toffee, some vanilla, and dark fruits.

Taste. Very sweet as it first touches the lips. Some raisin like flavors come next. Some moderate bitterness comes in, along with some grapefruit hop flavor. Some toffee sweetness come in, before another round of bitterness which lingers into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. The body, as one would expect is pretty full, and carbonation is low. Nothing complex here, but appropriate for a barleywine.

Not usually a fan of american barleywines, as compared to the english version. This one, however, was quite pleasant and the hop presence was more balanced with the malts, as opposed to a bigfoot IMO. Its hard to describe some of the hop flavors in this one, as they blend so well with the other flavors.

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Photo of SuqMadique
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 3Hops
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of davidtarantino
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Snellgg5
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Barleywine style? Umm, sure!

Sweet with raisin, plum and some hops in the nose. Not overwhelming.

Some citrus hops but not much else. Raisin, etc. Lots of alcohol. Your standard barleywine.

Ditto on mouthfeel, except that the alcohol kicks back some more.

Not the best I've had. That honor goes to the one, the only Vermonster!

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Archimedes
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass. 2012 vintage.

A: Dark amber/red color. Pours with a very thick half inch of head. Carbonation is small but visible. Very nice.

S: Very malty with hints of piney hops.

T: Immediate piney bitterness, followed by a huge caramel malt backbone. Bitterness lingers for a long time. Very nice. This would probably age really well.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Good.

O: Glad I tried this. Wish I had bought another one to age for a while.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Shared with a mate and poured into a tulip.
A- dark ambery brown. Inch of fluffy head, some lacing. Looks good.
S- sweet malt, caramel, biscuity, the some resiny, piny hops.
T- sweet and caramely malts straight up, fair bit of resinous hop, pine. Tastes much like it smells, well rounded.
M- thick and creamy, length lacks a touch.
O- very nice version of a barleywine. I enjoyed it.

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