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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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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kaufmaal
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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?

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.