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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SanFranJake on 04-21-2013)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

beerhan, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear and vibrant golden orange with a finger and a half of eggshell colored dense head with good staying power that leaves a good amount of lacing
S: smells of caramel interwoven with some piney and citrusy hops
T: intense caramel sweetness on the front end with some piney, earthy and citrusy hop flavor. a bit of toffee on the back end and the swallow brings a good dose of oily piney hop flavor with some residual sweetness
M: silky and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. neutral finish that coats the mouth well
O: I can't believe how well this beer drinks for being less than a year old. I'm not a fan of really abrasive hop profiles so this one works very well to me.

SHODriver, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of caramel, malt, grass, coconut and citrus.

T-Much better balanced than the Deschutes version. Caramel, grass, pine with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and thankfully no alcohol heat.

O-The main difference between the two was the alcohol heat. NC didn't have any.

rlee1390, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Canada_Dan, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kevgod, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SenorEsteban, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ystazi, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hermit990, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Drknight, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Idrankitall, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

HollyHops, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass

A: Pours a copper hue with a white frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet barley wine malt aroma.

T: Very sweet malty flavor with an alcoholic burn and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Pretty boozy.

O: Solid Barleywine – should have aged this longer.

ckollias, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DustinSWB, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

trdtercel92, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

coz, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its with a tremendous amount of refinement and class that the epic brewers of North Coast, Rogue and Deschutes put their heads together for a collaborative Barleywine that swirls 25 years of quality brewing into a singular bottle.

The godfather-type ale pours with a deep amber, copper color and deliberately releases its froth from the rich ale below. Capped with a sturdy column of off-white foam, its head structure is tight, creamy and looking somewhat of whipped topping. This appearance is even more impressive as it laces the glass evenly with intermittent rings with each sip taken from the glass.

Strong yet balanced- the aromas are chocked full of caramelized barley scents and in the intensity needed to push the beer to ten percent alcohol. Not to be outdone, the hop complements meet that intensity with grapefruit, orange peels, and a mild resinous pine note. Transitioning to taste, the malty-sweet upstart is straight up caramel with hints of honey and sweet toasted grains. The middle palate shows a formidable hop retribution of citrus, pine, and herbal grasses to balance the bulk of taste. Finishing bitter with those pine resin qualities, the beer retains a starchy malt taste and texture that keeps the beer from any hop command.

Full bodied, the ale is remarkably drinkable because of its smooth and balanced sensibilities. Somewhat salty to taste, this also adds to a rounded feel to the beer that accompanies an minerally finish. A late rise of alcohol warmth signals closure even as the hops and malt seem to linger deep on the after palate.

This is an absolutely classy Barleywine that pays respect to many of those early and more balanced versions of the style. Where many of today's Barleywines intend to overwhelm the palate, this one prefers a more gentlemanly approach- leading to its refinement, drinkability and class. It kinda reminds me of prom.

BEERchitect, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

zeff80, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Zekenyce, Sep 26, 2014
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.