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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

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | 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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rorymcg

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-06-2013 06:07:37 | More by rorymcg
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, honey orange with a 1/4" head that disappeared into a thin, white layer. It looked beautiful. There's not much of a smell at all: a tiny bit of maple syrup sweetness, but that's all, which is odd. The taste is full of intense flavors: an initial heavy sweetness of cane sugar, dark rum, ginger, orange marmalade. Then, a second wave of bitters, orange and grapefruit zest, hoppy. The mouth-feel doesn't remind me of a barleywine - too full-bodied, creamy, lactose feel. Some decent lacing, and the alcohol is not in-your-face.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:55:05 | More by kaufmaal
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-03-2013 23:55:21 | More by PatGreer
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-02-2013 03:59:43 | More by pmarlowe
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Bonis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-01-2013 08:12:51 | More by Bonis
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aflies

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-01-2013 05:25:23 | More by aflies
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DSkilling

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-30-2013 22:44:57 | More by DSkilling
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beercanman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-30-2013 01:32:20 | More by beercanman
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Grinky

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-29-2013 02:46:45 | More by Grinky
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-27-2013 16:48:40 | More by JAHMUR
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant/effervescent orange/copper with a thumb of tan head. Better than average lacing & head retention

S: Pine, tangerines, both fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, pineapple, leafy hops, figs & pears up front. Some dryness, a touch of cakeyness & slight boozeyness, leafy & woody hops as this warms, plus a touch of winesap apple. Finishes dry, fruity, with leafy & woody hops, backed by some grapefruit & tangerine

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

A solid barleywine, doesn't totally thrill me, but nails the style & will knock the chill off of you, provided you wait for some cold...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:58:17 | More by russpowell
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-26-2013 03:04:08 | More by kingmaker
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Topher78

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2013 20:01:24 | More by Topher78
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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2013 01:29:06 | More by MrBuckHigh
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00chris

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-22-2013 16:28:41 | More by 00chris
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joshwalt

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-22-2013 05:08:00 | More by joshwalt
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-21-2013 06:53:59 | More by rab53
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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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DangerDawg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-20-2013 20:40:00 | More by DangerDawg
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-20-2013 13:08:37 | More by chuckv
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lernerlift

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-19-2013 17:33:56 | More by lernerlift
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Lynn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

06-19-2013 10:30:59 | More by Lynn
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Dirt

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.5%

06-19-2013 01:23:35 | More by Dirt
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-17-2013 21:57:46 | More by kevgod
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srandycarter

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear honey, good white head slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Not that cold, but not much aroma coming off. Like a pale ale.

T - This is NOT a standard barleywine. It barely makes the IPA mark.

M - Good carb, balance and medium bodied.

D - Expensive and disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:23:56 | More by srandycarter
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.