frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangeish brown with a small white head. Hoppy, citric aroma. Dry citrusy hop flavors. Long bitter finish. Nothing to write home about.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this in my patented "I'll Drink to That" light up cup. Beautiful color, especially with a lightbulb under it and in the dark. It looks heavenly. So orangy and amberific. A little flat feeling in the mouth, but good overall. Good beer overall from North Coast, they don't cease to amaze.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
North Coast does it again. This is the beer that got me excited about beer again after a long period of boredom with new brews.
It's citrusy without being too grapefuity. It's hops are piney without shouting 'cascades.' Perfectly balanced. A smooth finish that lingers in your mouth begging for company. Fabulous on tap, still great in a bottle. Red Seal Ale is the best commercially available American beer since Sierra Nevada launched it's pale ale.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright copper, light white foam. Bright sprucey/piney and flowery aroma with a touch of caramel and hops. The nose is also adorned with a slight spiciness and a light leafy note. Great malt backbone at the front which provides a solid foundation. Firm hoppy bite which is piney and resiney. Great balance, straightforward but a great example of what a pale ale can (and should) be.
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a browned-over red. Pillowy tan head. Nose is grapefruit, from the hops, and some pine. The taste is hoppy, but not too strong. There are some lighter malt tones through there along with perhaps a maple hint. The finish is slightly bittered with a hint of spice. Not too bad.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is beautiful. A long lasting thick, cream head with lots of lace. Slightly hazy dark amber color. The aroma speaks of citrus notes backed up by caramel. Very sweet indeed, like candy. Flavor is well balanced with a moderately bitter hop presence on the front side, and a slightly sweet, lingering, finish. A good example of the style
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this out of his sampler pack. It poured into my glass with a dark amber color with an off brown to tan head. Aroma is nice and the finish has a hoppy bite. Nice ale, I plan on picking up a sampler pack of this, this weekend.
Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the beer looks very nice in my pint glass..dark orange..with a smallish but dense off white head..that shrinks to a film..but good lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma..but I can also make out faintly roasted chocolate style malts.
Very nice tasting pale..malty and hoppy and well balanced between the two..the finish is quick.
Very pleasant on the tongue smooth and creamy for a pale ale.
Very drinkablle stuff indeed
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy, mild fruity peach aroma.Amber red appearance with full head.Balanced hoppy fruity grapefruit,citrus strawberry and peach flavors.Lingering dry bitter fruity finish.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light citrus and hop aroma that pours to a clear amber hue with a small off white head. Very good lasting carbonation. Very clean and balanced taste with just the right amount of bitterness with a touch of citrus flavor. Very refreshing and pleasing to the palate with a nice dry finish. I really, really like this APA! Another great job by North Coast Brewery!