Wednesday, January 19, 2011

North Coast Brewing Co. - Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Mark Twain pint glass

Interestingly enough, Red Seal Ale comes from Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino County, which is also the home of Mendocino Brewing Company, the brewers of Mendocino Imperial IPA, which I reviewed last week. An unplanned, but notable coincidence. This red ale is a dark hazy amber in color with a generous yellow-tinted head. Both the head retention and lacing are modest.

The nose has initially noticeable light sweet malts with hints of white grapes. The hops on the nose are herbal and highly floral. There's a slight yeasty must component as well. The taste starts off with a pleasing honey sweetness followed up by bready, lightly toasted malts. The finish is sweet with delicious clover honey and a light dusting of spiciness. The aftertaste is long-lasting and flower-infused.

This beer is incredibly pleasing and has a complexity not found in many red ales. Worth seeking out.

Final Verdict: A

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