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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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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kevindp9

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-31-2013 00:02:00 | More by kevindp9
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2013 22:59:04 | More by HollyHops
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head that settles very slowly. Dirty gold color.

Sweet with a raisin aroma. A bit yeastiness in the background. Good hop balance for the style.

Very smooth but less sweet than the aroma. In fact, it's a bit dry. There's a spicy element to this--licorice? The aftertaste is very dry. Thin for the style but still holds up to the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 20:01:26 | More by smcolw
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-24-2013 23:59:08 | More by DerekQXQX
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-24-2013 00:53:31 | More by beernads
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-23-2013 21:16:17 | More by WritersBlock
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a formerly corked and caged bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a light amber accented by significant golden highlights. Off-white, one and a half finger head. Average retention, reduces to a thin foam ring. Lacing is present here and there, however it doesn't stick around long. Citrus, pine sap, caramel, clean alcohol, and hints of maple syrup on the nose. Opens with spruce and pine sap with underlying pineapple and mixed citrus notes joining in. Slight hints of brown sugar combined with toffee-tinged malt midpalate. Finishes with caramel covered grapefruit rind both bitter and sweet and pleasant alcohol warmth. Smooth and syrupy while soapy on the finish. Moderate carbonation, on the heaviest end of medium bodied. This is very definitely an American barleywine. A bit lighter bodied than some others, however still a fairly solid representation of the style. Except for the very generous amount of hops used in the brewing, there are little to no aspects of this brew that are more consistent with a DIPA than an American barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:39:52 | More by chanokokoro
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2013 22:50:32 | More by Peter1977
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-22-2013 22:48:09 | More by Denzo
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jw1978

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-22-2013 22:46:46 | More by jw1978
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-22-2013 07:28:54 | More by coz
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DrumKid003

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +25%

12-20-2013 21:54:45 | More by DrumKid003
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Sweet, fruity, spicy. No distinct notes coming through
T: Again a bit sweet with some tropical fruit notes, a bit boozy, some herbs & malt
M: Full but boozy/sweet
O: Not a barleywine style in my opinion but also not a DIPA as others have suggested. Just a sweet, alcoholic brew... not bad but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 06:16:32 | More by ONUMello
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Jonny41

Maine

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-12-2013 04:05:42 | More by Jonny41
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-11-2013 01:18:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-09-2013 01:08:52 | More by BillRoth
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 25.4 oz C&C bomber into 33 cl snifters.

Look- Not-quite-clear deep amber with a finger of dense off-white head, minimal lace but 5 mm or so of suds sticks around for quite a while.

Smell- Fruity, spicy, loads of bubblegum and just a hint of pine. Boozier as it warms, but never really takes on the warmer, rounded malty notes you'd expect.

Taste- Straight off the bat this is definitely an American Double/Triple IPA fermented with English or blended yeast. Light cracker and honey, pine and mild citrus. Vague notion of fruitiness, but the bracing but nondescript bitterness washes it away pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp carbonation. Just a little sticky on the finish, some booze and warming afterwards. Far too clean for a barleywine.

Overall- Barleywine "style" indeed. An American Barleywine is one thing, but this is barely recognizable as such. Kind of a mixed-up American strong golden ale that succeeds at being inoffensive and uninspiring. Not worth revisiting, particularly at $11/bottle. There are far cheaper and tastier ways to fill a glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:46:57 | More by Lawl3ss
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myuncle

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-04-2013 11:35:21 | More by myuncle
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elNopalero

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours an amber tan color with light foaming. There’s a pleasing aroma with a piney, almost herbaceous character comingled with a touch of toasted coconut. I found flavors of orange peel, caramel and orange pith, toasted coconut and a hint of vanilla. Full flavored but light bodied for a barleywine. Fun to share.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 09:11:40 | More by elNopalero
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colforbin73

California

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i agree with the previous reviewer (seand)... this drinks a little more like a DIPA or maybe an IESB?

the pour is excellent with a nice off-white head, a copper colored ale, very clear looking.

the smell is a little boozy with bourbon and maple overtones.... the drink is outstanding.. for 10% abv this is an amazingly refined ale. not aggressive at all... the malts are sweet and welcoming... with a good bite of piney hops. the alcohol is warm on the palate but not hot.

a great beer to pair with food. DRINK at just below Room Temp. this ale is no good if too cold... at room temp (65-68) it really opens up and is delicious.

off style but it's great - hence barleywine style. a good value at $10 for the quality of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:38:40 | More by colforbin73
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mic718

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-30-2013 03:21:43 | More by mic718
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2013 21:52:41 | More by Chugs13
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-24-2013 02:28:54 | More by elec
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Nightrain

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-23-2013 03:37:11 | More by Nightrain
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-23-2013 00:37:22 | More by oldedog
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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