Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red gold with lots of floral hop and citrus aromas. Starts off with sweet toasty malt flavors then turns pleasingly dry with a spicy-hop finish. The hops are not overpoweringly bitter and work well with the solid malt body. Lots of flavor and a good balance make this one a winner.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/12/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Light head diminishing to a thin whisp. Slightly opaque body, pale amber in color. Nose says honey, hops, and malt-- nice balance of aromas, but nothing too surprising. Taste is of sharp hops, mild malts, and not much else. Simple and not as interesting as it could be. Finish is astringent and yet oily, very mild and again nothing exceptional. A decent, very drinkable beer that isn't bad for what it is, but it's nothing really all that special.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this beer on tap. The smell is of grassy hops. The taste is full, but not really in the same class as the best APAs. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall very good beer.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a cooper color with a medium-sized white head. Nice hoppy and citrus flavor with a spicy finish.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You sure this isn't an IPA?
Pours a rich copper with a decent head that stays behind for a respectable while. Nice bottle art, I should point out: I like their ingredient list of "Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, and that's all."
Smells hoppy with a serious peach scent.
Tastes really hoppy (hence my IPA comment), but it's very well balanced. The hops are there for bitterness but not really for aroma; meaning I can't put my finger on the type of hops (as I might if there were added later in the brew). This is quite complex. There's more going on there and I've had three of 'em tonight trying to nail down the specifics, but they're escaping me (perhaps *because* of the two others of this and the two additional beers I've had... < ahem >)
Mouthfeel is nice and full with more than ample carbonation.
Drinkability suffers just a tad because of a bitter aftertaste that, IMO, doesn't really fit this style.
A very solid beer which I will be revisiting often.
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 (5595) - 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.