Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
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?
06-21-2013 02:33:39 | More by StaveHooks
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
06-17-2013 00:23:56 | More by srandycarter
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
06-13-2013 05:43:55 | More by BEERchitect
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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