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RATINGS: 953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition from Munich and Klages malts, Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Little yellow, different. An above average pilsner. Fiizy and a little watery but still not too bad. It went well with what I was eating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Aroma is reminiscent of one of the Bells ales (oberon, pale ale, etc.) Has some citrus going on as well as a chalky sweetness. Cloudy yellow in appearance with a smallish, white head that almost fully disappates. According to the label, this is an award winner. In the Pilsner style, I am not overly surprised as Scrimshaw actually has some body and some sweetness to add to its relative complexity. It is not, however, nearly up to the standard set by Prima Pils or by Pilsner Urquell. Flavor has some hints of honey, and actually tastes not unlike a honeyweiss. There is a subtle bitterness that you have to search for, but it doesn't work as well as that in Urquell. It is also a touch too sweet. I was not overly impressed by this brew when I served it two years ago at a beer tasting and am not overly impressed now. By the lackluster average rating on Ratebeer, I am gathering that my fellow colleagues are not overly impressed either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Poured a golden color with small white foamy head. Sweet fruity flavor. Has a dry crisp finish with a little bit of hops thrown in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Pours a darkish gold, with a pretty decent fluffy head. Aroma is lagery and mildly hoppy, with a slightly american feel to it. Flavor is a little strange. Not clean and sharp enough to be a real winner, but it's a decent pils nonetheless. I think my expectations of North Coast were perhaps a little too high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Decent. No bad odors in aroma. Clean, a tad sweet, hoppy and drying finish. Ho-hum, another pilsener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5556) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Faint floral aroma, reminiscent of a very, very light west coast IPA. Light golden appearance, light, long lasting white head with decent lacing. Flavor - some citrus notes - but just a tad metallic, not as smooth as I expected from North Coast - they appear to put more effort into their darker beers. Had better Pilseners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Grassy nose, lightly malty and sweet with a touch of hay. Prototypical Pilsner appearance, yellow and bubbly with a small crown of white foam. Flavor is simple and mostly sweet, not a lot of hop flavor. Some faint spiciness helps to keep it from being too unbalanced, though, and the finish sees some bitterness. I can't imagine not drinking this in the summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Something sweet in the nose. Sweet Tart candy sweet! Light maltiness, though sweet like candy. Lots of citrusy hops at the end. Low carbonation made for very easy drinking. Still something overly candy sweet here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Light gold, small head. Hoppy aroma with pear like hints. Taste is somewhat bitter, too sour, light malts dont balance with moderate hops. Finishes bitter and sour, not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2003
i chased a bitburger with this, by way of a modest comparison. the 'bit' was more true to the pils profile with a nose of european hops, while scrimshaw has fruit in the aroma: unripe peach, plus styrofoam and buttered toast maltiness. scrim is a bit more yellow, a stone-washed goldenrod color with a light haze. brief laundry suds of carbonation. creamy palate, lightly sweet, like a plain danish or dinner roll, thin, almost waifish, with light bitterness. actually it behooves even a great brewery like northcoast to feature a true weenie beer like this one on tap at the brewery: to serve to the inevitable dopes that would just as soon have a natural light. trouble is, i'm not a dope. i mean, i'm not, right? c'mon guys, tell 'em i'm not a dope! guys!?!

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