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North Coast Scrimshaw

Rating: 3.1

My fourth North Coast beer now and taking its name from “delicate engravings popularised by 19th century seafarers”, this is another I ordered online from Brewdog’s online shop after being surprised to see it at a fairly reasonable price. It follows on from the brewery’s Old Rasputin and Brother Thelonious offerings from last year, and more recently from their Le Merle saison that I managed to try earlier this year; all three of which proved to be very good beers. This European style pilsner will be the first lager from the brewery that I’ll have reviewed and part of the reason for picking it up was because of how much I’ve enjoyed the their previous offerings, so I’m basically hoping for more of the same with this one despite it being the first from the brewery I’ll have tried that doesn’t also feature on the 1001 beers list as well.


Appearance (3/5): Slightly darker than average for a pilsner, this one sat as a copper tinged amber that was also very clear in the glass with a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface as well. Initially it was topped with a thin, foamy white lacing but this soon faded to leave quite a patchy surface lacing that sat mainly to one side of the glass and definitely could have been a little better looking.
Aroma (6/10): Quite light on the nose in the early going but there was an early sweetness coming through thanks to the pale malts that also hinted at some caramel; I also managed to detect a little bread in there as well. These were followed by some earthy hops and a touch of biscuit but nothing really jumped out after the initial sweetness in truth.
Taste (7/10): Like the nose, there was again an early sweetness to open the taste up but it definitely didn’t seem quite as strong as with the nose. This was followed but the usual pale malts and biscuit/bread malts for the style as well as a light sprinkling of both hay and citrus, although neither was particularly strong. Down the stretch some grains and grassy touches started to come through before a subtle hop bitterness and some earthy flavours seen things out.
Palate (3/5): Surprisingly light and, dare I say even a touch weak in places but fairly well-balanced at the same time and easy to drink. This one quite basic in its approach with an early sweetness grabbing your attention but after that there wasn’t really much to go on other than a light bitterness in the finish.

Overall (12/20): Coming through with what turned out to be quite a standard pilsner taste, this one was a decidedly average beer that started slightly sweet and was followed up by some pleasant caramel and bread malts but never really done enough to fully grab my attention. There was a nice balance to what was quite an easy beer to drink and the moderate bitter finish rounded things off well, it’s just not one that I thought was particularly interesting or memorable; a nice beer but definitely not one to hunt for.

Brewed In: Fort Bragg, California, United States of America
Brewery: North Coast Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 1992
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £2.50

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