North Coast Brewing Company II – Beer Tasting

North Coast Brewing Company

It’s Friday night and we are ready for another beer tasting! This week, we are once again going local with five beers from Fort Bragg, California’s North Coast Brewing Company! As you might remember, we did four beers from their brewery back in late 2020!

So, please, go get your favorite beverage, sit down, kick back and enjoy as we do our tasting!

Our first beer is…


North Coast Brewing

BEER: Scrimshaw (Pilsner Style Beer)
ABV: 4.5%
MATT: 4/5

LOOK: Gold and clear

SCENT: Sweet corn, orange, wheat, slight bit of malt

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Thin mouthfeel. Very sweet wheat with a slight hoppy flavor on the end which makes for a dry finish.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A very nice, crushable beer that ranks up there with the likes Kona’s “Longboard” — only not as complex. A nice citrus is also present with a hint of malt that sends everything down nice and easy. Danielle liked it — but didn’t think it was as good as other beers in its field.





North Coast Brewing

BEER: Ruedrick’s Red Seal Ale
ABV: 5.4%
MATT: 3.5/5
DANIELLE: 3.25/5

LOOK: Copper and clear

SCENT: VERY faint pine and rye

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Dry and full of wheat with another dry finish. Some berries if you try hard enough.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: Not a terrible beer by any stretch. Red ales, for myself at least, are just incredibly disappointing. This one, ironically enough, was nice — but it’s that dry finish which the beer lives and dies by. I get why there are fans of these types of beers but I am not one of them. Still, this particular ale has a lot to offer. There is some flavor and sweetness to be had and it does have character. It’s just that pairing it with that dry hoppiness doesn’t really work.





North Coast Brewing

BEER: Old No. 38 Stout
ABV: 5.4%
MATT: 3.25/5

LOOK: Dark, dark amber — but you can see light on the other side

SCENT: Cola, chocolate, cocoa

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Some malt which interacts nicely with the chocolate flavoring.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A decent stout even though there are better ones out there. I will never understand the ridiculously high ratings for this particular beer (some are rating this 4.5?!) but I can see why there are those who enjoy it. Myself, I have had better, more complex stouts. This one seems so ordinary. Still very drinkable.





BEER: Foggy Day IPA
ABV: 6.6%
MATT: 3.75/5
DANIELLE: 3.75/5

LOOK: Gold and slightly hazy

SCENT: Pine, citrus, pineapple

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Not as juicy as other IPAs in its class but still very nice with a lot of tropical fruit

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A good “juicy” style hazy IPA — but missing that complexity that other juicy hazy beers have. It doesn’t have the body and it doesn’t have the sharpness. Still, this is one of the beers in the tasting that is still outrageously good.





BEER: Old Stock Ale
ABV: 11.3%
MATT: 4.5/5

LOOK: Dark amber and clear

SCENT: Malt and apple cider with tree fruit

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Wonderful old school ale with malt, cinnamon, spices and alcohol.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: As my wife so bluntly put it: “This one’s FUN!” Yep. It’s like a spiked cider, only without the tart flavoring. Cinnamon on the back end, along with some other spices. Malt and alcohol are very prevalent. This is an outstanding ale — though more suited to fall and winter than summer.


FINAL THOUGHTS: We thought this was a good tasting with some solid flavors. Old Stock Ale won the day with its strong ale while Scrimshaw still holds up years after we first tasted it. Even the beers we rated lower were interesting. We enjoyed this one.




NEXT WEEK: We taste five flavors from Paperback Brewing Company in Glendale, California! See you then!

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