Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from North Coast. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottle into small plastic tasting cup, Humulus Lupus @ Jak’s Tap (Chicago). Smelled like a pale ale, very hoppy and somewhat fruity. Orange red in the cup. Flavor was bitter, nothing special, with some soft yeast notes maybe? In the finish, the bitter turned sour and acetic. Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
I love this beer. Well balanced in all aspects. The first time I had it I was escaping the "August in Texas" heat, hanging on the coast in northern California, so maybe I’m biased. Even better at the tap room by the brewery. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Red/golden in color. Aroma of sour fruit
and malted barley. The malt comes through on first sip, with a hoppy bitterness giving it a nice dry finish. One of my favorite session beers. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Attractive, if typical, grapefruity aroma of American hops. Good coppery color, somewhat lasting creamy head. Somewhat sharp hop flavors, quite bitter. Nicely done, what an APA should taste like.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
A hoppy yet well balanced california pale ale. Aroma and flavour are well hopped with a spicy, bitter finish. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
(12-ounce bottle) Any ability to differentiate the subtle flavors of this medium bodied beer is lost due to the very strongly carbonated mouthfeel that bombards the tongue with miniature pneumatic jackhammers and interferes with the initial flavor for the first five seconds of each sip; Stir it, swirl it, do whatever it takes, just get rid of some of the carbonation to fully enjoy this beer; This very flavorful pale ale features a moderate maltiness that is easily balanced by a fairly bitter and aggressive hops from start to finish; An ever-so-slight sourness creaps out from behind the bitterness, but this is minimal enough to be kind of a non-factor in the overall impression of the beer; The balanced nose is fruity, malty and a bit sweet, but also floral and lightly hoppy; Color is deep amber, and the beer is fairly cloudy; Light tan head fades to a thin layer after a few minutes; Minimal lacing; Overall, it’s a decent beer, but probably better suited for hopheads Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2004
This is a good beer. Very spicay and hoppy, which I like. Complex and fulbodied. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Red Seal is very mediocre, so I’m not rating it. The barrel aged Red Seal, however, is fantastic. Unfortunately, I’ve only found it on tap at the brewery...mm...take red seal and beef up the body, add a much richer flavor with oak and make it incredibly smoothe and well balanced and you have Red Seal made into a wonderful ale. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Really like this beer, the spicyness of a red ale combined with the drinkable hoppy bitterness of a pale ale. Pours a nice amber red with thick offwhite heads and long lasting lacing. Full bodied and sweet with a bitter finish, scrummdidilyyummm!