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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,642 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1642
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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StoneTSR

Colorado

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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.