Saturday, March 5, 2011

North Coast Brewing Co. - Scrimshaw

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

This lager inspired by German Pilsners, pours a brilliant and sparkling golden straw with moderate active carbonation. The head is white and modest in size, but somehow manages commendable retention. The lacing is light and elegant, but adds to the appearance of the beer nicely. The nose is understated, with a slight yeast to match the beer's fine and fresh malts. The hops seem very feint and take the backseat on the nose.

Despite their seemingly minimalist impact in the aroma, the hops shine through much more in the body of the beer. They create a quite-floral bouquet more or less uncommon in Pilsner-style lagers. While the Noble hops are evident, they seem to take on a transcendent character in this setting. The beer is incredibly crisp and refreshing with bright and clean malts. It's delicious and highly drinkable. A must try for any lager lover.

Final Verdict: A

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