Monday, May 30, 2011

North Coast Brewing Co. Red Seal Ale

Red seals, pink elephants, black rhinoceroses, and purple monkey dishwashers! What is the world coming to?!

The Red Seal Ale is brewed by North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, CA. Like me, you might have thought that Fort Bragg is near LA, but you'd be wrong. It's actually in the northern coast of California (duh) near the start of the Redwood forests. The logo for NCBC is a sperm whale, and its pretty cool. Did you know that whales evolved from wolves? Yea, some old guy threw a wolf in the ocean one day a long time ago, and blammo, we have whales. Yay evolution!

The Red Seal Ale has won quite a few awards. The year 2000 was great for Red Seal Ale and NCBC, as not only did this not happen, but gold medals were won in both Denver and Sweden at some kind of beer contests. I'm pretty sure that beer tasting was involved, but I bet people went skiing too. While drunk. Drunken skiing. Hmmmm.

The Red Seal Ale is listed as an American amber ale, and if you had to define the color amber with a picture of a glass of beer, this would be it. It has a heavy taste (not like philosophical heavy but hangs out on your tongue heavy) and sits heavy in your tummy too. There are hints of some kinds of spices and a fair amount of bitterness, which makes for an all around nice drinking experience. Due to its heavy ass flavor and 1000 calories per 12 oz serving, I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting. It would be nice in the winter though, while sitting around a hole in the ice with these guys waiting for a fish to come hither. It has a decent 5.5% ABV, and costs the standard price to get drunk around these parts, at $9 per six pack.

The Red Seal Ale a fair ale, nothing too special. I'd try it again, but wouldn't kill a baby seal for one or anything.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10
Overall: 5.5/10

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