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

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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

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very good

1,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 75
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Ratings: 1,890 | Reviews: 971
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-copper with huge, frothy, khaki-colored head. Head dissipates slowly, dragging a blanket of lace behind it.

Smell: Caramel, bready yeast, green apple (cider), and citric hops. Smells warm and crisp and very floral.

Taste: Fresh-baked bread and a citric-hop punch. Tastes more like a pale ale than an amber; less sweetness than anticipated and a much bolder hop character than the average amber. Lots of green apple, lemon-lime, and carbonation. Really a unique brew.

Mouthfeel: Big ol' bite to this one. Lots of carbonation and a couple handfuls of hops. Pretty chewy with a medium body. Too much bite for this wiseman.

Drinkability: Definitely not true to its style; tastes more like a pale ale. If it weren't for the stinging carbonation, this one would rank much higher.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap here in North Carolina,poured a deep amber with a creamy slightly off-white head.Nice balance of roasted grain and caramel mixed with a citrusy west coast hop profile on the nose,flavor like the aroma is very nicely balanced roasted and lightly caramelly sweet up front but a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit in the finish makes a great beer..

Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RoyalT
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one looks spectacular. The body is a deep, deep orange and the head was monstrous, went down slowly, and left some gorgeous lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The sharp hoppy aroma comes out beautifully. The piney fragrance fills the room. This Pale Ale has a remarkable nose.

Taste – The scent shows up in the taste but to a lesser degree. There’s a light sweetness and a faint toasted-malt flavor that combine to make this a symphony on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth as silk and barely medium in the body. This is refreshing and a delight to experience.

Drinkability – This was the fastest beer of the night. It’s not a heavy duty IPA, but a great pale session ale.

Update – I reviewed this over a year ago so decided to take another look at this fine ale using a 2004 vintage.

It really does look spectacular and is well deserving of the perfect “5.0” rating on Appearance. I found it to be more balanced this time around both at the nose and especially at the taste. My “fasted beer of the night” comment that I wrote under “Drinkability” still holds true. It is difficult not to gulp down this ale. Another gem from North Coast.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand pumped at Wonder’s pub in Madison’s Atwood neighborhood.

Medium bitterness with a healthy dose of sweet malts. Mildly crisp fruity notes and esters make it resemble a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very chewy and creamy but gives way to a bitter hop finish. This makes the red seal extremely drinkable. It is well balanced and with a smooth front and crisp finish. I’m not sure that it will please the hardcore hophead but it’s certainly a nice sipping/session beer for me.

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a beautiful looking red color (although color doesn't mean much to me), it has a nice sized head (about a fingers length, as others have stated) that dissipates quite quickly. The taste is pretty nice. It is a little bit bitter but it is still pleasant to drink.

Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-03-22. Best before: 2009-10-31. Served in half-pint glass.

A: Amber colored, almost like candied apricots. Slight chill haze. 2 cm off-white semi-tick head.

S: Light, but prominent and distinct, hop profile. Grapefruit and citric notes coupled with some pine needles. Some caramel malts as well. Butterscotch, bark.

T: Quite similar to the smell. Decent malt sweetness with a distinct caramel character. Butterscotch, bread. It quickly turns to the hop flavors. The hops are prominent, but not that well defined - it's a bit blurry. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon peel, pine needles, some tobacco. The hops get a slightly raw character every now and then. Well balanced bitterness in the finish, but it's not very powerfull. Some spiciness as well.

M: Medium body, decent creamy sensation, pretty crisp.

D: It's a decent beer. The hop character is a bit too raw and unpolished.

Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice auburn pour with a sturdy head and lacing all the way down.

S: Hoppy than expected more floral than citrusy for me.

T: Good hop, light on the sweet medium on the sour, I'm getting the impression this is how the red ales are supposed to be done.

M: Good body nothing out of character for the style.

D: Easy to drink, good body, great flavor that doesn't overpower, and a perfectly carbonated example of a red ale.

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an awesome pale ale from beginning to end. It poured a darker color than I was expecting for a Pale Ale with a dark amber color and a great frothy head that lasted till the end. The smell was quite full of citrus backed by a slight malty presence. The flavor was totally unexpected with a very big hop presence that was perfectly balanced by its slightly sweet maltiness and very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best West Coast APA's I've had.

Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, pretty paltry lace. Smells rather faintly of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, with that nice amber ale flavor (I'm not sure why this is listed as a pale...), and enough hops (citrus sometimes) to provide a little bite. The mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but it's okay.

Overall, this is a good brew. Definite session material here.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. A really pretty beer: red/orange color, thick off-white head, plenty of lacing.Not much aroma, a little sweetness. Taste was an improvement over aroma. Sweet fruit, good malt presence, ending with a hoppy bite. Good session beer.

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful amber hue that is clear enough to see through. There is also a clean white head.

S- The nose is mostly the citrus and fruitiness of the west coast hops.

T- Mostly hops. Again you taste the fruity/citrus sweetness of the west coast hops at the front, which is very refreshing. In the back, there is a bitter crispness from the hops. In the aftertaste, the remnants of the hops coat your mouth with a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Fairly carbonated, not much body, but rather crisp.

D- Low ABV, refreshing hop flavor, and thin body combine to make it easy to drink. It seems like this beer would be appropriate for most any occasion. I could probably drink a six-pack by myself and still want more!

Photo of WuAnquo1
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz fat twisty with a red label, and most appropriately, a red seal on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Golden caramel with a sticky climbing frothy white head.

Smell: A nose full of sweetness, hops and some fruit aromas.

Taste: This is a smooth and creamy brew with a huge chewy malt body that holds off the oncoming hop flavours for about a 1/2 second. A raw hop flavour in the beginning turns rind like, a tad spicy, finally going drier at the end as it complements the lingering sweetness and mild fruity esters.

Notes: This could easily become a regular in the fridge. An outstanding interpretation of a Pale Ale (West Coast style), well balanced and full of complex flavours. Thanks to NCBC for supplying fresh samples to review.

Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation that forms a creamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is doughy malt with grassy resinous hops and some pepper. Some DMS is present.

The flavor is hop bitterness followed by some sweet caramel malts with a touch of fruitiness and then a big bitter finish. It is medium to light bodied and a little watery.

Overall, I found it unexciting and rather mediocre. I'd take a Levitation or a Cinder Cone Red over this any day.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a very short description of the beer on the neck label but no other info like freshness date or abv.

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful amber color with some visible carbonation. Its head is just off white in color, tall and long lasting. The thick creamy head holds on well and makes nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some nice bready and fresh yeast notes with a good mix of herbal, earthy and lightly citrus like hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma its flavor has a well balanced mix of bready malt and tasty hops. Its medium bodied with a nice even level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a great drinking beer with very good balance and flavor.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrus hops. Taste is pleasant blend of grapefruit and sweet malts with very little to no bitterness. Very creamy and smooth and super drinkable. Great light APA that makes you want to grab another.

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firm bitterness with enough malt to go around, great mouth feel that is pretty crisp which is key for the pale ale style. Shame we can't have this one around the Boston area ... this is one beer I really miss.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper red amber with tightknit beige lacing. Bubbles rush to the top of the pint glass. Head has excellent retention and laces all down the glass. Aroma is tart and citrus, while floral hops creep through with hints of orange blossom. Well carbonated and light to medium in the mouth. Taste is well balanced, pine and grapefruit mingle with a subdued malt background of darrker fruits and a touch of toffee. A solid, good drinking pale ale that has many characteristics of an IPA. This would be a nice one to stock the fridge.

Photo of ElSid
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Freshness Date: None

A: Copper orange with a finger of off khaki head which quickly settles leaving a moderate amount of lace.

S: Orange, peach fruitiness upon first pour. Caramel, almost candy cane like sweetness with strong breadiness come through as the beer settles.

T: A wonderfully balanced brew with great sweet, caramel maltiness that has a biscuity, bready feel. A mild pepper zing comes through in the middle. Then comes citrus zest, notes of peach fruitiness along with elements of grass, spring flowers and even hints of pine needles.

M: Chewy, prickling, and linger are all there in the appropriate proportions

O: An awesome, round, balanced ale that does everything and anything. Pair it with meat, fish, chicken or just drink alone as a session ale. Simple yet complex, and highly recommended overall.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.