Thursday, July 17, 2008

North Coast Red Seal Ale review

North Coast Red Seal AleI was fresh out of beer yesterday and made another run to the brew store to look for some summer refreshers. I spotted three beers that caught my eye and took them home. The first of these beers is a flagship brew from the Mendocino Country brewers of North Coast Brewing Company called North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale. My previous encounter with this California brew came a few months ago when sampling their delicious Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. I really loved that brew and cellared a couple of them to open at a later date. I was curious to see how some of their other brews tasted, and this was the perfect opportunity.

I could tell that I was going to enjoy this beer from the start. It pours a bit on the orange side, not as red as it's name would indicate. I think there is some question on the beer ranking sites as to whether this is an amber ale or an American Pale Ale. The aroma would lead you to believe this is no amber ale, but rather a nicely hopped pale ale. It has a wonderful citrusy (almost pineapple) aroma with a hint of pine and spice. Very fresh smell. I wish North Coast would list their hop ingredients on their web site - I'd like to know which hops they used.

The head on this beer grew tall, both on my first beer and on the second beer (see pic). Very thick white head that kept itself present for a good long time. Ruedrich is the last name of their master brewer and I can see why he put his name on this beer.

The taste is also very fresh. Definitely an APA in my book. Not too hoppy and not too sweet. At 5.5% ABV and a 42 IBU rating, I could drink these all night and probably will have another before the night is through. This beer has been compared to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which, coincidentally, I also bought this week at the beer store. I'll be sampling that one later this week and compare the two side by side. Should be a fun taste testing.

The Red Seal Ale has a nice dry, crisp finish with no lingering after tastes. I had one last night but got too involved with other activities to give it a full review, but tonight I can say this brew is just as good as it was last night. Put this beer on my buy-again list.

Here in Colorado, a 6-pack of this beer cost even $7.64 after a 10% discount. A bit pricier than what you can get it for on the west coast. Give this one a try and you won't be disappointed. I'm giving this one a 3.5 out of 5 rating.

Related articles:
- North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout review.
- North Coast Old Stock 2008 review.
- Beer cellar aging - a short experiment.

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