Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thrasher:
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I feel like I've had this beer a million times but I've never reviewed it. It's on cask regularly at a couple bars around town (Moon & Sixpence, County Cork) but the bottle has a lot to offer too, with a smooth crisp refreshing mouthfeel and a slightly more outward hop quality. This is another fine California pale in stubbies (Sierra Nevada, Steelhead) which are all quite distinct, but interchangeably good. Red Seal is maybe the darkest of the bunch, even approaching robust red ale territory, with lots of malt and lots of hops. The hops do leave a lingering mark on the tongue which I personally am not crazy about, almost a burnt rubber quality, but many a hophead will love this very same aftertaste. Another very good beer from North Coast, and a bit stronger-tasting than Sierra Nevada so it might not win as many converts.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2005 02:05:06 | More by Thrasher
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours copper or brass and very clear. Medium to full head. Fantastic retention with a fair amount of lacing throughout.
S: Herbal hops are dominated by caramel malts and vanilla spiced undertones. Faintest hint of apple can be found.
T: Interesting! Incredibly it is sweet at the beginning. Caramel is the most dominant flavor. There is some toast in the middle followed by a supurbly clean finish. Hops present but very mellow.
M: Medium to light bodied. Carbonation is less than expected and takes away from my enjoyment some. I think it would improve the lighter notes in the taste more if the carbonation was higher... but that is a personal thing.
O: I always find myself trying to pair light yet flavorful beers with foods. This beer should be your "type O" : IT GOES WITH ANYTHING. Fact: You could drink this at the tailgate or with a fantastic filet... and no one would be upset. A true jack of all trades. Completely drinkable. A must try for anyone who enjoys North Coast.... but not their best outing.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 02:57:41 | More by ahommell
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.