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
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
Ratings:
387
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
73
For Trade:
4
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750 ml caged and corked at BevMo back in late June for $11.99.

Beer poured an amber orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is bready with a light floral and citrus hop.

Taste is pretty clean, bready malts are big up front, floral and piney malts linger in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but nothing special especially at the price point. I have sampled offerings from the three breweries, They are decent beers but nothing great.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with a white head, light retention, shows a little leg.

S: Sponge toffee, mango, candied pineapple and marmalade, quite lovely & enticing.

T: A bunch of sweetness up front (candied pineapple, mango, sponge toffee), which is nicely balanced by a slightly resiny bitterness through the middle. As it warms, you really notice the alcohol in the finish.

M: Moderate body is well carbonated with a slightly prickly acidity and the light residual sweetness fades to a lightly drying alcohol finish.

O: This does not seem like a 10% ale, and I've probably put more hops in a 5% ale, but this an exquisitely balanced, seriously drinkable, warming brew! It's surprising how every mouthful stimulates from start to finish. Well crafted.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bottle over and was kind enough to pour me a tumbler glass as a sampler.

A: Cloudy with a medium head. Almost reminds me of a hefe with a bit more amber color.

S: Very fruity with some earthy wood smell I couldn't quite make out. The fruit is the main attraction here anyway.

T: The fruity aroma supported by an almost tropical mix of fruit flavor. Lots of citrus flavors chased perfectly by a wave of hops.

M: Smooth with low carbonation and a near-perfect amount of lingering hop flavor. There is a touch of alcohol burn, but not nearly what I expected from a 10%. This one could be dangerous.

O: "Barleywine Style Ale" represents this one perfectly. It's not what I expected from the "Barleywine" label, but it's a very worthwhile detour if you're looking for a bit of a curveball. If I encountered a bottle on the shelf, I'd grab it without a second thought.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml, a gift from my wife when I found out we were having our second child, split into tulips with my brother.

A: Crystal clear gold with white head that leaves good lace.

S: Wasn't ready for this one to be so hop-forward; impressive citrus notes and some pine as well, big orange/orange peel character with plenty of sugary tones and a sweeter bready malt base...caramel maybe too?

T: Big sweet sugary malt and clean grain, mixed with citrusy hops and some earthy notes. Big bready body with decent bitterness. Finishes nicely.

MF: Remarkably creamy, moderately bitter medium/full body.

O: Impressed, wasn't expecting such a pleasant barleywine with the way the reviews seemed to downplay this collaboration. This was enjoyable; big, sweet malt presence and a good dose of juicy American hops - just what an American Barleywine should be.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Located on a local shelf & snapped up; seems like there wasn't much of this around & barleywines aren't common in MN despite the maniacal winters. C&C 750ML bottle split with my wife as a nightcap...morningcap. Whatever.

Pour is a lovely clear orange that has a fake ID for an IPA. Crystal-clear orange, if there are orange crystals. Nose is like a slightly hoppy beer with a metric ton of hard sugar tossed in; not very complex, but inviting.

Class of '88 Barleywine (Rogue version) hits that spot that fuels my joy. Citric hops blow fuses in my palate before anything blarneywinesqueish is anywhere near my taste buds. Floral, too. Then there's a walleye chop of malts that's instantly crushed by more hops... barleywine, or 4XIPA? Alcohol slinks through my optic nerves. Heavily appropriate, but the hops are lovely & beckoning my lips towards another rendevous...rendex...fucking meeting the damn glass again.

Shocked at the low scores for this beer, because it's a really good barleywine. Great way to end a night.

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Class Of '88 Barleywine Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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