Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale
BA SCORE
70.5%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 387 ratings
Class Of '88 Barleywine Style AleClass Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SanFranJake on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
387
Liked:
273
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
11.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
73
Trade:
4
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Photo of Beersnake1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of PopnLoads
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jenna
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of joshwalt
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of blmar311
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Sweet, fruity, spicy. No distinct notes coming through
T: Again a bit sweet with some tropical fruit notes, a bit boozy, some herbs & malt
M: Full but boozy/sweet
O: Not a barleywine style in my opinion but also not a DIPA as others have suggested. Just a sweet, alcoholic brew... not bad but nothing special

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very light in color for a barelywine with a golden orange amber color. Pours barely a finger worth of head.

Aroma- Sweet malts and a surprising amount of fruity hop notes.

Taste- Once again those hops are very prevalent in taste as they are in the aroma. Hop flavors lean on the fruitier side with citrus,pineapple, and oranges. A lighter malt balance than I would expect for the style with more a paler dry malt than caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium, carbonation, full bodied, and a clean dry finish.

Overall- Add a little more hops to this and I could have confused for a malt DIPA. Its a good beer with solid flavors, but I want more richness and sweetness from by barleywines. Solid pickup, but not worth repurchasing.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thelargeone
3.56/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A- This beer pours a beautiful amber color and leaves a considerable head and beautiful lacing on the glass's sides. In the glass, it looks like a dark amber beer.

S- A very fruity profile, something like earthy fruits like prunes and pears. A mild hop and malt profile is present as well.

T- Very similar to the smell, prominent citrus notes give way to piney, earthy hop resins and hints of spice. The booze emerges on the finish, but is not overbearing.

M- A bit more carbonated than would be expected. A bit of burn from the booze at the backend.

O- A good barleywine, but one with some noticeable flaws. Certainly could mellow out a bit and I'm sure aging would do this, so I'd revisit a few years down the line.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seand
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber with a fair amount of off-white head. A solid film retains, along with a ring around the surface of the glass, leaving good lacing.

S: Highly malty and hoppy sweetness. This is not subtle; lots of hops, lots of malt, and the booze isn't exactly absent either.

T: Medium high sweetness leading into medium hoppiness. It's hoppy, but balanced by the strong malt flavors. This is almost closer to a double IPA.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, but not exactly representative of the barleywine style; it's more a double IPA with mild barleywine influences.

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Photo of trippnwo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Durge
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.5% out of 100 with 387 ratings
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