Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
"Think about your review... This one has history.. Tastes change... 25 years ago is a looong time ago."
So said a gent on that OTHER beer rating site.
To which I reply, BIGFOOT...it was extant in '84, and had major (syrupy) body, major fruitiness, and major hoppiness, even back then...so did Rogue's Old Crustacean, and that monster barleywine was introduced in...you guessed it, 1988.
Although this is a tasty brew, I maintain that it was NEVER the ideal palate for a barleywine.
06-03-2013 21:17:09 | More by Impfan
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a clear, golden/orange with about 2 fingers of an off-white head.
The aroma has some citrus hop notes along with mango, peach and a bit of caramel and bready malt. There is also somewhat of a wheat type of note.
The taste is very hop forward and it has huge amounts of sweet orange followed by peach and mango too. There is some wheat/grain type of taste on the middle of the tongue and there are some caramel malt notes in the background.
The body is on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel is decently creamy. The ABV is evident in the taste and as it goes down, but it's not overly unpleasant.
This really doesn't look, smell or even taste like a Barleywine. It's more like a hopped up wheat ale at this point. The body is too thin, the malt backbone is too weak and the color is too bright. Not a bad beer, but definitely not along the lines of an English or American Barleywine. Above average, but not great.
05-31-2013 02:12:20 | More by JohnnyMc
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Three badass brothers-in-brewing in one big bottle of barleywine – bitchin’. Bottoms up.
A: Phenomenally bubbly. As I pour, the copper-colored body is overtaken by a bold white head of fizzy foam. It pops and falls with speed, but an incredible rush of bubbles from the nucleation site keeps it up indefinitely – seriously, it looks like someone turned on constant stream of air at the bottom of my glass. It’s quite a show.
S: A nose with a surprising amount of fruit, melding bright hop scents of lemon and cherry candy with a thicker, residual sugar aroma of grape jam and stone fruit. Herbal zest, with scents of toasted grain, fresh-cut grass, and pepper show to a lesser extent. Get close enough and you can sense the well-hidden booze note, merely peeking through the cracks of an otherwise sweet nose with a drying woodiness.
T: Beer to clear the sinuses! Opens with a fiery hop note of crackling pepper, pine, and chili powder, lead to a bitter high point in a flash. At the same time, a sticky syrup quality builds, adding cola, artificial vanilla, and a little bit of butterscotch to the thickening hop profile; the sweet syrups help contain the bitters, but never come close to matching their instant intensity. A taste of actual grain – odd for an American barleywine, though not unwelcome – and a touch of maple-aged booze bring this beer to a well-balanced finish.
M: Feels as frothy and foamy as the head implied, though not a crisp bubble in sight. Goes down like a 7% beer, maybe less, with only a moderately thick body.
O: A one-dimensional barleywine, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t well-crafted; there’s a lot of balance in that one dimension, that peppery hop character on a bed of (plain) sugar. This isn’t mixing the best from all the breweries, but it’s as palatable as the Rogue/Deschutes/North Coast flagships – which still makes a pretty good beer.
05-23-2013 02:46:40 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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!
05-20-2013 21:48:42 | More by BeerManDan
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
05-13-2013 04:21:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-12-2013 23:13:57 | More by smerrell
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-09-2013 22:24:00 | More by daledeee
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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