Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Part of my love of West Coast IPAs, particularly those from NorCal, admittedly comes from the three years, on and off, that I spent living in San Francisco. But, despite my personal attachment and pride, the West Coast is currently cranking out some of the finest beers on the planet these days, particularly IPAs, and North Coast's Red Seal Ale, is a great example of that. (NOTE: BA classifies this as an American Amber/Red Ale - most other classifications I'm aware of have it as an IPA - and it tastes a lot like an IPA to me).
APPEARANCE: Darker than most IPAs, it was a reddish copper color. It actually looks like it could be an Irish Red, so I see where the BA classification might come from. It had a nice, half-finger head of tiny bubbles tops it off. Strangely, the reasonably thick head led to almost no lacing whatsoever.
SMELL: I generally prefer a stronger nose than Red Seal provides, but what can be smelled is a nice, typical IPA, malty, hoppy nose full.
TASTE: One of the things I love about this beer is that it is not too sweet. As much as I love IPAs, the one thing that I wish there was less of is sweetness. This provides a bitter punch right off the bat that stays with you for the duration of your sip. Slightly malty and floral notes accompany the bitter hoppy taste, but the hops are the star here, and I like that a lot.
FEEL: Not much punch in the way of carbonation. The tiny bubbles faded away and became less lively after the first couple sips. Not bad, but I like some bubbles, and would to see North Coast find a way to add a little more carbonation to this one.
OVERALL: Excellent beer. This is one of the few North Coast beers that is relatively easy to find here in Chicago (You would be surprised at how difficult it is to find Scrimshaw here). It is a standard for me, for good reason. Delicious, not too high in ABV, fantastic session IPA.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2010 10:10:05 | More by StoneTSR
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3.76/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber color with apparent carbonation with a full three fingers head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Citrusy aroma with predominant notes of caramel and grapefruit.
Flavor of American yeast, tea leaves, oranges, grapefruit, mild spices, lemongrass, and caramel and slightly toasted malts. Becomes more lemony with time. And it feels bitterer than its 42 IBUs. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting but friendly bitterness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Interesting that it has a medium bitterness that does not goes away and both malt and hops are melted together. Though it felt a bit too thin, but this makes it very sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 03:08:52 | More by FLima
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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