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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

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 16
Gots: 66 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: SanFranJake on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 65
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into full goblet. Poured a lightly hazy copper honey color (very different from the vast majority of the style, but very pretty) with just a thin cap of khaki colored head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of malts, and had a very low hop presence. There was certainly a sharp alcohol scent, that did detract slightly. The taste was virtually identical, sweet malts, low hops, and a big alcohol taste.

The body was very light and clean, for the style. Drinkability was very good for such a big beer, even factoring in the harsh alcohol taste. Overall, a pretty good beer. Different in a couple of ways from the norm, but worth grabbing if you see.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head. There was a smidgeon of lace.

Aroma of caramel and honey. Some dark fruit as well as a bit of citrus.

Caramel and toffee taste. Figs. Some grassy hops. Couldn't really appreciate the citrus noticed in the aroma.

Very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol was not at all noticeable.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, ruby-tinged copper coloring with a clingy, filmy, light, white head that coats the surface and the glass. Aromas of ginger, bubble gum, subtle roast and smoke, and fruit sweetness, including peach, pear, and apple. The nose is much more light and effervescent than most barleywines. Flavors of roast and sweet caramel, tangy pear and apple sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of booze, and a touch of woody profiles. Smooth bodied, and the beer remains light throughout. Aftertaste of roast and rich sweetness, with an effervescent feel on the tongue. Roasted, darkly sweet finish that is slightly cloying, but also slightly drying. Decent brew...with the light body, I am curious how it would age.

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.

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

A-Clear ruby orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of caramel, malt, grass, coconut and citrus.

T-Much better balanced than the Deschutes version. Caramel, grass, pine with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and thankfully no alcohol heat.

O-The main difference between the two was the alcohol heat. NC didn't have any.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with straightforward stylish label art and hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, but I wasn't a huge fan of Deschutes' version. 10% ABV confirmed. 75 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork is difficult to get out. I resorted to pliers.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of greyish khaki colour head (that's 'ecru', for the pretentious). Nice smooth soft complexion. Okay frothiness. Light creaminess. Even consistent lacing as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good, about 4-5 minutes. Supple.

Body colour is a glowing vibrant copper. Translucent, transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not looking great for the style, but there are no overt flaws. Not unique or special.

Sm: Some tropical hop ester notes: peach, mango, grapefruit. Getting some resins and pine as well. Clean malt build, with biscuit and light caramalt. Somewhat grainy. Honey. Lightly herbal. An even pairing of hops and malts, but it really isn't to style. Not finding any of the rich notes I look for in great barleywines. No toffee, oak, dark malts, etc. I also don't detect any yeast. Maybe some warm alcohol. A strange build for a barleywine, but I'm optimistic. Mild in strength.

T: Weird, with misplaced tropical hop notes meeting some warm booze - all over a middling clean malt body comprised of biscuit malt, caramalt, and generic malted barley. Grainy. Maybe some pils malts? Definitely not English in character. I get mango, pineapple, peach...what are these notes doing in a barleywine? No rich dark malts, refined toffee, or oak here. Pretty tepid. Sappy. Vague apricot. Green grape with a pleasant grapeskin note. Flavour depth is below average for style. Flavour intensity and duration are about average, I guess. Low complexity and subtlety. Imbalanced as well, with evident booziness. Honey. Salt. Nowhere near as toasty as I'd like. Way too much hop bitterness for the style; direly overhopped. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, salty. Overcarbonated, almost biting. Boozy and tepid. Not a great texture for a beer of this style. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing and unnecessarily heavy. Burdening. Body is too full for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Not big on this one.

Dr: Pretty mundane; a disappointment especially for the brewery (and price for that matter). Wouldn't touch this stuff again. Not sure what they were thinking bringing this one to market. Doesn't hide its ABV well at all, and there's not much to enjoy flavour-wise. Quite difficult to quaff as a result. Really misses the mark. Definitely below average for the style. But hey, it'll get you drunk. I appreciate their reverence for history, but reviewers please note that just because you're taking their word that this is what a barleywine tasted like way back when doesn't mean you have to instantly defend it for being mediocre. Last I checked no one needed to defend Rochefort for putting out beer that's bad now but that was considered good in 1600 AD; the beer speaks for itself regardless of the times. I love Deschutes and North Coast as much as the next guy, but let's get a little reality check, people. Let's not hop on the apologist bandwagon, eh?

Low C-

It'll definitely get better with age, but I can't see it getting good with age.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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