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North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines. Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style. These exceptional barleywines are being released in late March of 2013 and are available around the country for a limited time, distinctively packaged in either 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or on draft. The breweries are planning Class of ’88 celebrations in Bend and Portland, Oregon and San Francisco and Fort Bragg, California.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (1953) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a deep hazy orange to amber color with a one and a half finger white head with a decent soapy lacing clinging around the glass. The smell had an earthy golden raisin, orange peel, apricot, light caramel, toasted bread with a florally grassy pine. The taste took those flavors to combine enthusiastically to make a fruity sweet and a somewhat boozy sweet. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sessionable quality about it. There is a light lingering bitter citrus hoppy finish. Overall, good blonde barleywine that I would have again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 03/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blonde barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
750 corked and caged Clear orange amber color, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Some spotty lacing. Nose is soft orange cake, golden syrup and soft citrus. Some soft booze as well. Taste is orange citrus, pine, golden syrup, sponge cake, and toffee. Booze is there but soft and reserved. Slightly sweet and sticky and quite resinous. Light carbonation but prickly enough to lift this. Reasonable but rather have old stock

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2121) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Medium amber to reddish pour with a short-lived but boisterous cream colored head. Not much in the way of lacing though Nice clarity. The aroma is a wonderful mish-mosh of rich caramel and barley malt characters. No booze for 10% ABV although maybe I have just better developed my palate. I think someone who has never had a barleywine before might disagree. Medium to full mouthfeel. Yeasty. I have to say that the taste was mellower than I ever expected from a 10% ABV barleywine. It had a nice rich, sweet barley and caramel malt quality with a lingering bitterness but did not taste boozy in he least. A barleywine that makes one stand up to notice but still not the best in its class.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Aromas of caramel and bread dough. Sweet caramel flavor with some pine and dough. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2014
At Brewery taphouse. Good aroma. Sweet malty. Fruity. Apricot peach. Clove. Tad hazed golden orange color. Sweet flavor. Medium body creamy oily mouthfeel sweet dry finish. Nice good yeasty on the finish. Flavor real good too. Nice somewhat liter barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1676) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours translucent burnt sienna. Yeah, whipping out my box of crayolla crayons on this one, minimal head. Toffee and nutty nose. Taste is sweet malt, more caramel, toffee. Big full chewy body. Mild booze burn on finish. This is an old school barley wine. Like pre TI-82 calculator old school.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Corked and caged bottle poured a light orange amber color with a coating of tan head. Aroma has malt, caramel sweetness, aged hops, and a touch of fruit. Mouth feel is average and the carbonation on the low side. Flavor again has a nicely malted core, resinous hops, wet herbs, caramel, and mild heat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OscarFalls (44) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Wow this is a great beer. Smooth flavor and easy drinking, I like this beer after a hard day of working on the lake with my family and friends. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy amber with off-white froth. Nose is caramel, faint grass, applesauce and plum. Oily medium body with a soft tingle. Taste is grassy caramel, aluminum and apple; a bit washed out.


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