Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Found this caged and corked 750 at a local shop after some searching.
This is the North Coast version of the collab with Deschutes and Rogue.
Sales guy tells me it's "not really a barleywine for aging because its more of a double IPA."
Got it home and sure enough, it's nothing like a BW IMHO.
Pours a darkish golden brown, akin to a DIPA, pretty good amount of head that sticks around, again, like a good fresh DIPA should.
Flavor however isn't like a DIPA, nor is the nose. Not really sure what's going on here...but it's good.
The more I sip it the more it tastes like a BW, but only after its been swallowed, not in the mouth.
Looking forward to trying the Deschutes and Rogue versions, both of which I have, so see how they each out their spin on this interesting, yet unique, barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 20:48:41 | More by SanFranJake
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.