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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,783 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,783 | Reviews: 956 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange/gold color with a very slight opaqueness and a nice pillowy head. Nice lacing as I drink.

Smell: plenty of floral hops and berry fruit; I'm getting blueberry and strawberry aromas. Not at all what I was expecting, but I kind of like it.

Taste: thick, sweet malt. Again, hints of berries alongside the malt. Hop flavor is subdued because of the maltiness, and this beer isn't super bitter. The ambers/reds don't tend to be my style, but this is quite tasty despite that fact.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; perhaps a little more carbonation would be more to my taste.

Drinkability: while I call this far more drinkable than most other beers of the style, I don't see myself drinking them all night. I'd have no problem ordering a second pint, however, when presented in the correct context; I bet this beer is great with a meal.

flagmantho, Aug 23, 2009
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..

oberon, Jun 25, 2002
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mojohawk21, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
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.

Fear4Beer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ricke, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev -23.1%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 10, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Dmann, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

skybluewater, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.6%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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!

3HovsepiansBrews, May 04, 2010
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.25/5  rDev +9%

WuAnquo1, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Todd, Jun 16, 1998
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.

Beaver13, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

generallee, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
Photo of Duster72
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Duster72, Apr 26, 2007
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.

Jason, Jan 25, 2002
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.

merlin48, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of ElSid
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

ElSid, Sep 19, 2012
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.