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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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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Evil_Pidde, Yesterday at 02:36 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hopheadhiker, Tuesday at 10:28 PM
Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Shared 750 l bottle.
Slightly hazy deep amber with a good head.
Modestly strong aroma followed by a much richer and more complex flavor. Great balance, as barrel aging effects meld with a generous load of mostly medium roast malts and a precise level of hopping.
O: highly recommended.
3.8 3.3 4.1 3.7 4.1

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

rockyf07, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%

Have had this one for a while...750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a somewhat hazy deep amber-orange color with one and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Lot more hops to it than I was expecting. Citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, breads malts, dough, burnt malts, floral notes, and dark fruits. Taste has more malt than hops. Medium body and low carbonation. No alcohol bite, easy to drink.

Overall a decent barleywine but hoppier than I was expecting...wonder what it was like fresh. Nose is quite hoppy but the taste gives way to more malts. Worth checking out but wouldn't go too far to seek it out.

mdfb79, Sep 03, 2014
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3.57/5  rDev -6.1%

Ajmorriso1, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

BsoberIM, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: Lush opaque amber with an off-white head. Tiny, tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head recedes to a moderately thin rim, leaving behind sine-wave like lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, perhaps oranges. Most likely from the hop choice. 75 IBUs? Check.

Taste: Lots of hops, plus citrusy, floral wave. 75 IBUs? Double Check. A touch of sweetness. I don’t taste any roasted notes, or caramel, nor did I smell them at the outset. I do get a sugary finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat coating, medium bodied. Not sure where people are getting “sticky” as a descriptor. I can however, feel the bubbles.

Overall: Enjoyable for an American, though I still prefer English. A tasty collaboration.

JMS1512, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Deep caramel orange color with sticky lacing and heavy head

S: Aroma of sweet citrus, fresh oranges, roasted sugars, and caramel.

T: Wow is this sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit, fresh naval orange and caramel mixing with some bitterness but overshadowed by the tangerine and fresh floral hop characters. There is a nice cotton candy like sugary flavor as well, mashing with a very dry finish.

M: Mild bodied, thinner than Bigfoot but with very similar carbonation levels.

O: Overall this is a solid barleywine. It would be great to find this in smaller bottles so you do not have to plan your timing on opening it quite as much but well done nonetheless.

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

eulerthegrape, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hilgart1, Aug 24, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +9.5%

harripat, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

trdtercel92, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hendrick24, Aug 15, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 03/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blonde barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

craft_shannie, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ralerwen, Aug 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

KJ2013, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kmanjohnson, Jul 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jmdrpi, Jul 27, 2014
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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.