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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

278 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | 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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BeerManDan

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a deep golden with an orange hue, with no foam. The smell had a light, mild piney hop aroma, along with sweet citrus and sweet fruity aroma too. First of all, the taste of mild piney flavored hops, along with a sort of sweet fruity and citrusy flavor was very different for a Barleywine Style from what I've had before. The mixure of sweet/bitter aftertaste, had a long slightly bitter for a long time along with a touch of alcohol on the palate. Overall, a fairly soft, mild and pleasant tasting ale!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 21:48:42 | More by BeerManDan
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

05-20-2013 02:55:46 | More by Hopstout
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roblund

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-19-2013 17:32:37 | More by roblund
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +5%

05-17-2013 12:11:41 | More by SocalKicks
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-17-2013 05:56:31 | More by Zachtheporter
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are subdued in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 04:21:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-13-2013 01:34:38 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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smerrell

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Midnight Sun Brewing Stem glass.
A: lighter in color that I anticipate from a Barleywine. Head dissipates quickly, but the lacing along the glass lingers.

S: Sweet-smelling, hints of honey and flowers, and perhaps a touch of butterscotch.

T: hints of dried apricot and dried peach, and perhaps a bit of raisin.

M: lots of carbonation on this one. A dry finish.
O: I expected to like this a lot, but it isn't as robust as other barleywines I've enjoyed before. I would have liked a fuller flavor profile, and less dryness from the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:13:57 | More by smerrell
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-12-2013 19:12:03 | More by Tom-Peters
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-11-2013 14:55:27 | More by atone315
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-11-2013 04:28:54 | More by TonyTalon
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Magery

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-10-2013 01:14:04 | More by Magery
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daledeee

Iowa

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

A 750 ml bottle of special collaboration brew.

Poured into my Stone glass. Very clear and bright orange gold. Good white head and lacing.

Nose has hints of fruit and hops. Not real strong. Rather phenolic.

Taste: I am used to the new thick, sweet, hoppy, malty over the top ones. This is not that kind of beer. I would have catagorized this as an English barleywine. This beer comes across as dry to me. Starting the sip I get some candied orange with hints of malt and some hops(not strong hops). As the beer airs out and warms it tastes creamier and is not as dry. Nothing wrong with this beer but I like the intense beers of late.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 22:24:00 | More by daledeee
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

This is a historical collaboration.

Pours a very nice copper color. Nice and amber color with some slight orange notes. There is a nice 1 inch white head that forms and is pretty dense. The head has great retention and has very sticky leaving some nice lacing as it recedes.

Aroma is interesting. Definitely not what a BW is now. the aroma has some nice grassyness to it with some citrus notes. They are nice but not intense like other more modern BWs. Aromas of pale malts are present with some nice slight bready notes and some sweetness. Mild caramel notes are present. There are some nice citrus notes in the aroma of orange and some slight tangerine. There are also some slight peach notes in the nose.

Flavor starts off with some nice malty notes. Pale malt sweetness mixed in with some bread is up front. Then there is some nice grassy hop notes to the flavor mixed in with mild and yummy orange rind notes and some tangerine. Its definitely flavorful and well crafted brew. Nice malt nots mixed in with the grassy and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a nice dry and crispy finish.

Overall, this is a nice brew. Nothing too impressive but still a pretty flavorful and well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:16:33 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Tone

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, slight pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, and strong hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 13:31:40 | More by Tone
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think about your review... This one has history.. Tastes change... 25 years ago is a looong time ago.

750 picked up at Bier Thirty over the weekend for about $12... poured into my slim tulip with a nice 1" white head.. the brew is fairly clear orange. good lacing drapes the glass.

Aromas show citrus hops and some lesser fruity esters... light apricot and green grape... The nose is honestly pretty light given the big ABV... maltiness is light and only delivers the hops and yeasty notes.

Flavor is pale maltiness with an EtOH bite then a hoppiness comes out swinging... light citrus with a clean malt bill.. no real esters are there.. hops and malts fight very well and nobody wins.

Body is light for the BW style ... carbonation is high for a BW...

Overall, I beg folks to "THINK" about what 'barleywines' were 25 years ago. This is NOT a modern BW... North Coast pulled out a decent pale malt centric DIPA.. but a couple decades ago, this would be a game-changer.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 04:38:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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gbrill

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-04-2013 23:24:03 | More by gbrill
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-04-2013 14:05:15 | More by drgonzo2k2
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joefc

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-30-2013 12:18:48 | More by joefc
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AApparel

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-30-2013 00:30:39 | More by AApparel
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vfgccp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-29-2013 02:59:32 | More by vfgccp
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QuakeAttack

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-28-2013 18:06:27 | More by QuakeAttack
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peabody

Kentucky

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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-27-2013 04:15:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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NWer

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at local watering hole.
Nice bronze clear appearance.
Abundant two finger head holds up well. Good lace.
Not your typical barleywine.
Obviously not the intent of brewer to produce a knock your socks off numb the senses with tastes.
Very subtle. Flowery & very smooth up front with a nice surprising hint of hop flavor and alcohol sneaking up on you in the finish.
Too easy to treat this beer as a drinker not a sipper. Had to remind myself to slow down.
Very enjoyable. They pulled off something very different. A nice change.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 12:26:03 | More by NWer
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.