Tasted following the Oasis. This one is in acknowledgement of Mr. Thomas Christian again for his contribution towards the craft beer effort. Since he was buying I had to choose the next in line of North Coast brewing Co
Appearance: Pint poured. A beautifully clear amber with a bubbly/soap foamed head that is held for minutes after the pour. Cloudiness is derived from the yeast at the bottom of the class which = (+). Non-uniformed lacing throughout.
Aroma: More of a crisp bitterness upon first smell. Semi-flowery, but more so a slight pine like aroma, yet different than most.
Taste: Highly bitter, which is to be expected from most red Ales. The unique bitter taste is crisp and clean. There is a slight spiciness at the finish, but it starts sweet resinous flavor between pine sap and maple. Quite an interesting malt character between caramel biscuit and some chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Foamy to the tongue and even as it evacuates the mouth down the throat it still maintained its creamy texture. Body is on the lighter side.
Overall Impression: Bitterness dominates. But nevertheless finishes crisp making it an easily drinkable ale. Spicy and bitter upon the finish may be a positive for some.