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Beer Profile

  • Brewery: North Coast Brewing Company
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  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • Style: American Amber / Red Ale
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  • PHM Grade: A-

North Coast Red Seal Ale

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After reading the reviews of North Coast Brewing Co. on The Perfectly Happy Man and seeing how highly rated their beers were, I figured it was time to introduce myself to this brewery. I primarily drink beer from breweries in my state of Michigan as I’m just doing my part to support the ailing economy. I figured this was a good time to expand my horizons and help California’s wretched economy.

The color of this beer was a golden, amber. The color set the tone for what I got out of the beer – very balanced and complex. It has a very foamy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is primarily of hops with a little bit of citrus notes and some sweet malts.

I can understand why this beer has won so many awards including a few gold medals at the World Beer Championships. It has a great balance of flavors. It first tastes sweet and fruity because of the malts. Soon the fruity flavor fades and then there is a nice amount of hops with some spices that linger in the mouth. This beer was much hoppier than most amber ales I’ve had but made it a very enjoyable beer that I would drink again.

If you are looking for a great amber ale to try, pick up a bottle of this balance of spice and hops.

ABV: 5.5%

Grade: A-

North Coast Red Seal Ale, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
  1. One of my first craft beers ever (thanks Nate) and a beer that has helped shaped my outlook and perception on other beers. a welcome treat anytime. thankfully available at many places in IL. Haven’t found it on tap though…

    Matt — March 10th, 2010, 4:41 PM
  2. A+++!!! this is the red/amber to which i compare all others. Had in bottles, on tap, on cask. All excellent.

    Nate — March 10th, 2010, 8:39 PM
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