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Class Of 88 - Rogue Ales

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82
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
75 IBU

(Beer added by: watermelonman on 06-26-2013)
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Corked and caged brown 750ml bottle into shaker pint.

A: a pillowy cream colored head fell into a substantial cap with a thick ring around the glass. The beer is very cleclear amber with lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

S: slighty citric hops as though it has a good bit of the northwest standby, cascade, in it. A sweeter backbone of malt hides just beneath the hops. Smelling like a DIPA almost.

T: hoppy hoppy hoppy. First drink all I get is heavy floral hops. Not overwhelmingly bitter up front but the malt is VERY downplayed. It follows up with a whiskey like burn and some hop bitter. Second drink found a bit of the malt I wanted in a BARLEYWINE but it was tangeled in hop vines as it were. An almost astringent wash of hops in that second drink.

M: rich just like should be. No complaints on the mouthfeel.

O: maybe I should have let it age a year. But I am too impatient for that. So I dive face first into young northwest barleywines and expect something other than a DIPA-like beer. It is a bit harsh on the hops to counter the sweetness inherent in such a high abv beer. Age would do it well. As a young barleywine I would say it isn't bad but nothing to write home about. I had Deschutes' class of 88 and foufound it to be less of a hop tea than Rogues. I need toeget my hands on a bottle of the North Coast batch.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:35:03 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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Mom and Dad got this one in North Carolina this past winter. Cheers guys!

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APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, slightly looser, foamy, off-white head with half decent retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp with lots of carbonation decorating the top of the glass. A good wisp remains but leaves no real lacing.

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Bottle says 11.5% abv.

Certainly some similarity to the Old and New crustacean.

A: Deep copper with a slightly off-white head, thin ring of retention shows a little leg. (A bit darker than Deschutes version).

S: Lots of orange & grapefruit rind with some underlying pine.

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Happy Anniversary!
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