North Coast Red Seal Ale

North Coast Red Seal Ale

Rated 3.612 by BeerPals

Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

42 International Bittering Units

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Malt and hops are beautifully married in this full-bodied, copper-red Pale Ale. Red Seal is generously hopped for a long, spicy finish. An excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and rich sauces.

ID: 442 Last updated 4 months ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank1765
Overall Percentile96.3
Style Rank16 of 1240
Style Percentile98.7
Lowest Score1.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.638
Weighted Score3.612
Standard Deviation0.402

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  • CYBERCAT 9920 reviews
    rated 3.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Nice strong aroma, malty with hoppy overtone. Color is a nice dark orangy amber with a thick white head. Flavor has a nice balance of malt and hops, leaning towards hoppy, with a smoky hint and some good bitterness. Lively and zingy in the mouth, this is a pleasant ale to drink - fine by itself, or at a party, or with supper.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12oz bottle -

    Aroma - fruity, hoppy aroma, light vinous notes, well dry hopped it seems

    Appearance - amber body, thick and creamy 2-finger head, long retention

    Mouthfeel - thin bodied, light-medium carbonation

    Flavor - caramel flavor with copious amounts piney hops to keep it NC. Not complex in any way, but it's not trying to be.

    Overall - one of the better amber ales available, balance is defined here.

  • RICHSBEER 1721 reviews
    rated 3.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours an amber hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace. The aroma consists of a hoppy malty mix. The taste is similar to the aroma with a great hop flavor up followed by a solid malt background. The mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Better than average across the board for an amber. Lighter brown appearance...balanced nice. Feel is borderline 8, but not quite that crisp. I'd say this is more like a seasonal, as it's just ehh for North Coast.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    On tap @ Bearden Beer Market: mostly clear light amber pour with a frothy white head, some lacing. Balanced malt and hopped aroma, lightly fruity, caramel, earthy and a touch spicy. Flavor mimics the aroma with a nice little bitter linger in the end.

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is well-crafted. The head is thick enough, so you can take your time drinking it. Hops are prominent, it has a profile similar to Redhook ESB or Maui Brewing Company's Big Swell IPA. If you like the taste of hops, this is definitely one to put on your list. I favor malty dark beers with little carbonation (such as Old Rasputin from North Coast, same makers of this brew) so take this from someone who doesn't much care for hops - this is a good beer! I make no hesitation to buy this when I see it. Recommended.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Cloudy, amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights around the bottom. Small off white head with not much retention. Left a small ring and left a touch of lacing. The aroma provided a sweet caramel malt with some buttery notes and some bready/biscuit hints. With the flavor, I picked up some of the caramel, bread and biscuit tones, but it also provided more of an "earthy" tone. Even a touch sour. Not much bitterness is there, but the sweetness seems to be a dominant characteristic. Medium mouthfeel. Fairly smooth. Somewhat crisp. Leaves a small batch on the palate for a decent aftertaste. This is an ok brew. Solid all around and pretty straight forward. Not the best, but far from the worst. Worth a try if it's available. I could have a few of these without fan fair no problem.

  • CHOPZ 5490 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 9

    Purchased on my trip to Nashville. Pours a clear amber colour with a big off-white creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. Nice hop scent that is Cascade-like. Very refreshing mouthfeel with a mild dry finish. The hop is present in the taste, but not as strong. Spices and well-blended caramel malt. Just right (I find) for a refreshing summer American Pale Ale.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A cloudy, dark amber colored ale. A thick frothy textured, off white head rises above. Stays around for awhile. Settles into an impressive lacing of light film, ringlet and thin cap. Piney hops jump into the nose. Some malt. The body is light, nicely carbonated and a little short on the smoothness I’ve come to expect from every beer I drink. As in the nose the piney hops balanced by a light malt sweetness dance on the palate. Not bad.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Vibrant reddish copper in color, 1" white head and sticky lacing. Spicy, flowery bouquet with notes of lemon zest and honey. Light to medium bodied, mild bitter bite backed by a malty sweetness. Oranges, lemons, apricots and caramel flavors along with buttered biscuits. Great drinking ale, nice and easy.

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