Anniversary XXV - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Cloudy green-straw color. Good rings of lace with plenty of streaks. The initial head is decent.
Pale malt and Belgian yeast aroma. Lightly sour.
Light fluffy malt start. Lots of cream and a touch of berry. There's enough hop to be considered a spice, but it falls short of creating balance. Very easy to drink. Leans to the thin side body wise. The carbonation seems elevated.
06-01-2014 19:11:04 | More by smcolw
3.49/5 rDev -3.3%
With all the one-upsmanship out there, each brewery vying for the strangest, strongest, most artistic, boldest, and most wacked out flavor for each and every anniversary party coming and going... maybe the most erratic beer a brewer can make is a simple one. Wait? What?!
Stopping the frenzy is North Coast's twenty-fifth anniversary ale. It opens up with a bright straw color and the slimmest of haze. Its highly turbulent pour releases a creamy and sprite head of bone-white structure that retains the session well and laces with broken lace all along.
Its zesty aromas are alive with fruit and spice- the notes of apple, pear and lemon brace against white pepper and earth as the grainy character releases bread and cracker scents. Its a classic Belgian scent even if muted and lacking floral character.
Crisp, clean and wafer-thin, the beer's grainy-sweet taste provides just enough of a foundation to support the fruity oranges, lemons and apples that side with the beer's chardonnay-type sweetness. But a counter of spice is peppery and mildly earthen to absorb its fruit and malt towards and even-keel balance. Its dive into finish reveals a minerally taste that seems like seltzer and sulfur.
Its mid-light body is attributed to the beer's expressive carbonation as those bubbles pop off of the tongue and provedes the lift that makes this beer so racy, vibrant and drinkable. Its finish is of mineral, carbolic bite, and spicy warmth.
North Coast's XXV treats the Belgian Pale Ale type of beer with kid gloves. It gives just enough Belgian character to qualify for its style. But it's muted profile overall leaves the palate underwhelmed and somewhat bored.
02-23-2014 07:51:32 | More by BEERchitect
3.51/5 rDev -2.8%
On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, and perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, floral, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but very light in the aroma and flavor.
03-13-2014 23:05:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
Purchased a bottle on a whim at NCB in Fort Bragg. Kept in the pantry for a month or so before refrigerating and consuming within 3 hours.
Appearance was golden yellow, very clear and bright. The head of the ale was crisp whispy, very light and not foamy at all, but also a big head- lots of carbonation. Reminded me of quick-foaming alcohols such as Champagne (Prosecco).
The smell was very light, clean, not dominating of any notes or hints as to the flavor. I wasn't sure what to expect of this beer, as I hadn't read any reviews and the "ale" term on the bottle can be ambiguous, but as a big fan of the Scrimshaw I was expecting something with more syrup than that. I was wrong, this was a very crisp and clean offering from NCB. The lack of strong nose led to the lowest score in this rating, mostly from a lack of anything given away in the nose.
The taste was excellent, very similar to a well-brewed Pilsner or Kolsch. Somewhat akin to the Scrimshaw but better. Combined with the mouthfeel, superior to Scrimshaw in every way. Very light on the forward palette, crisp and refreshing. Drawn out caramel notes, but very subtly drawn out, the mouthfeel was damned near perfect balance between crisp and voluminous. It wasn't too crisp or too syrupy. This is a beer I could drink again and again.
Overall this beer surpassed my expectations of it- I am a very big fan of the Scrimshaw for it's sheer refreshing crisp smoothness and drinkability, it is a clean beer. This is very similar in characteristic with just a little more heft and body to the volume. Delicious and refreshing, should be served cold just as any light lager or pilsner. I was very happy to share this on a sunny day. Score is decreased by the lack of nose and the head was too aggressive, very easy to over pour this beer.
03-17-2014 04:13:57 | More by througheacheye
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
NCBC 25th anniversary ale poured draft in a goblet. quick and clean pour with upper edge lacing. first impressions warrant a review today.
A - clear golden alixir.
S - agreably tender farm funk. imagine fresh hay turned over on a cold, dry morning.
T - barley and subtle botanicals yielding a positive bounty.
M - crisp and clean enjoyable pour.
O - ready to experience this again.
02-13-2014 00:18:02 | More by hayesjw
Anniversary XXV from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.