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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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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

Smell is not overly complex with a strong sweet malt backing, nicely hopped though with the pine aspect shining through the most.

Taste starts out with a light sweetness on the tongue, carbonation explodes and fills the mouth, the sides of the mouth pick up a decent resiny pine in the aftertaste, body is a bit thing otherwise, strength is fairly well hidden outside the slight warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:34:12 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-29-2013 02:54:17 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +5%

07-29-2013 12:55:05 | More by neckbracesub
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-03-2013 23:55:21 | More by PatGreer
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4/5  rDev +5%

09-18-2013 00:11:48 | More by ystazi
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4/5  rDev +5%

07-04-2014 20:37:01 | More by Localdrinklax
Photo of StaveHooks


3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a snifter
This one is fairly fresh. Lets call it: Vintage 2013

A - Pours a clear, light amber with 2 fingers of tightly knit white foam. Good retention melts into a solid cap of micro bubbles.

S - Soft and clean green hops, doughy biscuity malt, strawberries, alcohol, honey, cereal grains

T - Leafy green/citrus hops and a sweet candy fruitiness upfront. There's a honey tea-like quality that sticks to the tongue. Sweet pale malts are simple and are surrounded by pine and orange peel bitterness. Papaya and apricot fruit come to mind. Some peppery bitterness comes out toward the finish. The bitterness is pronounced but in a thin, oily way. The sweet tries to emerge but the hops do a nice job of balancing out the malts. Finishes with citrus, perfume, and leafy green overtones.

M - Light side of medium body, well carbonated, lush feel, semi-dry finish.

I like seeing the breweries paying respect to old recipes. Going back to some of the founding recipes of certain styles. That being said, I have know idea that this recipe even remotely resembles recipes of 1988. But, I'd like to think it does. I doubt it was as moderately hopped as this, but maybe it was. I enjoyed drinking this but the flavors seemed raw and young. I wonder how this would taste in 5 years?

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:33:39 | More by StaveHooks
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-02-2014 01:34:09 | More by bostonryan
Photo of Kerrie


4/5  rDev +5%

07-08-2014 00:46:30 | More by Kerrie
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4/5  rDev +5%

05-20-2013 02:55:46 | More by Hopstout
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-18-2014 13:39:04 | More by Drknight
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4/5  rDev +5%

09-04-2013 17:05:33 | More by MacStinson
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-02-2013 03:59:43 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of bump8628


3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin yet dense and creamy head of foam. Honeyed malt, light caramel, doughy toasted biscuit backbone. Hops are straightforward with a black pepper spiciness and raw leafiness. Just a flash of ethanol at the finish hints of the strength. Nice all around flavor profile. Certainly more in line with the English style. Perhaps I was expecting something more given the pedigree and the occasion, but enjoyable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:26:12 | More by bump8628
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:21:25 | More by ckollias
Photo of peabody


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear light amber yellow with 1 finger of very fine white suds. Some lacing.
Smell is malt and alcohol with just a hint of spice. Slight breadyness.
Taste is malt and alcohol. Very strong phenol qualities. Not a lot going on here but the bitterness does shine through the high abv.
Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and with a slight hop resin left on the palate.
Overall this is decent but I think it needs more flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 14:22:39 | More by peabody
Photo of draheim


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a snifter. Pours a hazy honey amber (lighter in color than most barleywines) w/ a thin head that settles to a film, some sticky lace clings to the sides. Moderate carb.

Aroma is herbal and floral up front, with sweet dried apricots and dates in the background.

Taste is likewise dominated by floral NW hops and sweet fruity sugars, a soft lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and chewy but not syrupy.

Overall a decent, if not superlative, American barleywine with a good balance between the hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:37:52 | More by draheim
Photo of vkv822


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C : tulip

Clear copper color with a foamy, slightly off white head.

Herbal, resinous hops upfront. Some citrus notes in the backing. Pale, bready malt backing.

Medium body, with fairly standard, foamy carbonation.

A well done barleywine. The herbal, resinous hops are a pleasant, if slight, deviation from the typical American barleywine profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 07:07:10 | More by vkv822
Photo of jklecko2


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-28-2013 21:14:14 | More by jklecko2
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-orange in color. Good clarity. Creamy off-white head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is spotty and scraggly.

S: Prominent hop aromas of mango and clementine. Strong sense of pineapple juice too. Very tropical. Malty underpinnings of runny caramel, graham cracker, and honeyed granola.

T: Earthy pine, grassy, slightly herbal. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit character. Crushed mango, tangerine, pineapple. Warming spike of alcohol on the mid palate brings its own spiciness and stops just shy of being solventy. Pleanty of tropical esters. Malt base tastes of graham cracker, toasted bread, honeyed granola, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar just for good measure. Fading alcohol and citrusy hops on the finish.

M: Medium-heavy in body. Slight weight and heft, a bit of a syrupy texture. Plenty of aggressive, scrubbing carbonation. It lifts the syrupy texture and weight right off of the palate, making the beer seem fairly light-bodied for the style.

O: This was a dud, and that surprises the hell out of me. Given the pedigree of these three breweries, I figured it would be a shoe-in that they could make a great barleywine. I don't know what this even is though. What we have is a hoppy, boozy, and fairly well attenuated/lighter bodied big beer. It seems stuck in no-mans land between DIPA and American barleywine. It's too hot, and just not very well put together. I can't imagine it improving at all with age either. The heat will mellow a bit, but so will the hops. At that point there's just nothing left.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:36:15 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Resuin


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-19-2014 02:06:09 | More by Resuin
Photo of rderedin


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-20-2013 17:29:21 | More by rderedin
Photo of ryanpj


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-04-2013 00:29:03 | More by ryanpj
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to have gotten my hands on this bottle. Keeping my expectations clear and unbiased. Hoping for a better beer than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of khaki colored head on top of a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body. Has more of the appearance of a DIPA than it does an American barleywine. No sediment, and hardly any noticeable carbonation. Still, it looks very nice.

S - Smell is nice. Bready biscuit malts, grapefruit hops, pineapple, alcohol fumes, mild earthiness, some cinnamon, & some cream.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: bitter grapefruit hops, mango, pineapple, oranges, bready malts, some sugary candied sweetness, bit of soapiness, hint of spice, and alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel finishes off cleaner than expected with only minimal hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Alcohol heat phenols are noticeable on the finish.

Overall, nothing overly complex or extraordinary, but drinkable. Reminds me more of what a DIPA might be instead of a barleywine, but that's just me. Not a beer I would go out of my way to get again, but it was worth the try, and was better than the Deschutes / Great Lakes Class Of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter. Worth trying once, but that's about it. Happy 25 years to us.

North Coast Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:18:33 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of gratefulbeerhead


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-06-2014 13:47:22 | More by gratefulbeerhead
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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