I was looking for a great amber with a spicy finish for the holiday season, and stumbled across Red Seal Ale by North Coast Brewing. Red Seal Ale is an American copper-red amber ale with a good balance malt (more sweet) and hops (more bitter).
Now, ultimately I had something different in mind when I read the bottle, which states hoppy and spicy, however, with only 42 IBU’s, (which is the bitter rating)
. I didn’t find it too hoppy, nor did I find it spicy, like Anchor Steam Beer Christmas Ale. I find it to be more along the lines of a classic amber ale. I actually would suggest or recommend the Red Seal during the Summer months rather than Fall. It is easy to drink, tasty with a smooth finish. If a new beer drinker were to ask me for “transitional beer,” I would suggest the Red Seal Ale.
If you’re into food pairing, which I’m getting into (’cause I mean, who doesn’t like food and beer together!?), Red Seal would be excellent with grilled meats.
Red Seal Ale has won several medals and awards over the years at the World Beer Championships and Great American Beer Festival.
North Coast Brewing Company
455 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437