Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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102 Ratings
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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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged on Cedar.

Added by brewdude1982 on 12-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rye wine aged on cedar enjoyed on tap at CC Tasting Room. Coffee aroma. Black with a good head and lacey. Cola taste A little sour and sugary finish. Unexpected flavours. Still decent drinkability but was expecting more with publicized barreling and ingredients, and brewers.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, brown sugar, alcohol, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at Stone World Bistro and Garden in Escondido. Cost was $4. "Candela Red Barleywine" per the menu. Green Flash/Cigar City collaboration. 10.9% ABV. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and decent retention. Body colour is a rich ruby. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good appearance for a barleywine.

Sm: Milky notes, caramel, toasted malt, and floral hops. Pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, caramel, and toasted malt. A little alcohol heat, but it's tolerable. Quite malty, and rightly so considering the style, yet also nicely hopped with complementary floral hop character. Biscuit malt. Amber malts. Not at all too bitter. Rich and enjoyable. Complex and featuring impressive depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Luscious with a bit of cream. Complements the flavours well. Well executed. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it. Hides its ABV well. Very well priced. I'd get it again, especially at this price. One of the better collaboration beers I've had.

B

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown. Beige head.

Cedar goodness! Tastes like I am drinking a sauna. The rye shows a little, but not a lot. There is a bright citrus fruit flavor with some hops. Grapefruit and peppercorn. Maybe more rye flavors as it warms up. Nice and warming.

Full bodied. Ends a little dry and sticky.

Overall, a really tasty beer. Very unique bwine.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a very deep, very dark, amber body with decent clarity and an off-white head.

Smell: A pointedly peppery, big cedar wood-based aroma with floral, citrusy blips, lightly sweetish notes of toffee and caramel, and malted rye, with a wink from an uncle addition of booze.

Taste: Those piquant, delighting peppery cedar notes are forward in the flavor, as the punchy begins to mollify and numb the tongue. Rich dark caramel, crusty rye bread, though not overly sweet. Some fruitiness noted, grapefruit and bitter orange, but holds behind the maltiness and cedar qualities. Dry, spicy, caramelized rye finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit sticky.

Overall: A nice, woodsy brew, I always appreciate the including of cedar to the guest list.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of AlexFields
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - dark amber with a thick brownish head that has great retention

S - candy sugar, big wiffs of caramel, faint alcohol

T - bread, candy sugar, birthday cake, sweet malt, mildly bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. It's hugely malty and deep. The sugar and sweetness is intense but not cloying. The alcohol is well hidden for the ABV. The all-around character of this beer is truly delicious. It's worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Cigar City Brewing - Tampa FL for 6$

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, dark fruits, cedar

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some dark fruits, woody cedar notes, and some peppery flavours. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste and some lingering smokey/woody/cedar flavours.

Overall – Seems more like a wee heavy than a barley wine is some respects. The cedar is very evident and while the smell isn't fantastic, the taste is very nice. This isn't something that people will line up for, but it's very interesting and well worth trying.

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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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