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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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very good

1,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 1634
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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Photo of John

New York

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was at one time a mainstay in my fridge until distribution in NY was discontinued. A fabulous, hoppy but balanced pale. C'mon NCB, bring it back to NY!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 10:37:35 | More by John
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy light amber-red body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma consists of equal parts pungent sweet caramel-honey maltiness and crisp citrussy American hops. Wow. Tastes sweet and malty initially, with caramel, honey, and slight biscuit notes, with a fair bit of support from grassy and citrussy American hops and a semi-dry finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a fair bit of carbonation which is just subtle enough to enhance the drinkability. Super-drinkable, though not so much so that any of the other attributes, most notably flavor, take a back seat. Unbelievable. Practically perfect in every imaginable way. Tastes to me like home-brewing smells. For the style and for any beer, this is about as perfect as they come - it's the first perfect '5' I have ever given. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:17:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jmerloni


5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy vibrant blood orange color. Head is moderate but very appealing and laces quite well and adds stickiness to each sip.

S - Orange peel, malt, coriander, pepper, and a whole lot of hops! Delicious smelling beer.

T - Delicious and GREAT beer. Fresh hops, citrus, caramel malt, all in perfect balance. Tastes a lot like a west coast IPA.

M - Couldn't be much better. EXTREMELY dry. Each sip is extremely balanced between hop and malt excellence. The finest ingredients in each part.

D - Extremely drinkable. It is extremely hoppy but it doesn't leave the tongue numb. It's medium bodied and very dry and crisp and I imagine you could drink a few of these in a sitting if you wanted to. A very, very, very good brew and the best I've tried from North Coast (the others I've tried include Rasputin, Pranqster, and Old Stock). Will DEFINITELY be getting this again. I think this might be my very favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 01:43:54 | More by jmerloni
Photo of capt_rob934

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(11/08/2011) Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass (the first time), great accumulation and retention of head. Lots of lacing

A: floral hop aroma with a sweet caramel backing accompanied by slight roasted malt

C: Beautiful dark copper/red

Sip: Perfectly balanced hop and malt characteristics. Hoppy with sweet malt undertones that compliment but don't overpower the hops. The blend lingers on the tongue in a very appealing way

OV: Great beer from a great brewery, definitely one of the best Red Ales out there, especially for the price ($8.99/6pack where I work)

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:05:32 | More by capt_rob934
Photo of baos


4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Von den Anmerkungen.

12 oz into pint glass.

A: Nice reddish copper color with 3 finger ecru head.

S: Hop bang with a bit o malts.

T: Wow! I think this is the most perfectly balanced beer that I have ever tasted. Hops segue into fine malty character then to a perfect dry finish.

M: Nice

D: A-motherfucking-one!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:17:24 | More by baos
Photo of Jordan


4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My god, this is an impressive brew. Rich, complex, satisfying. Red Seal is a potent interpretation of the American Pale Ale. Spicey and herbal notes on the nose. Love that sediment. Beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2001 21:36:19 | More by Jordan
Photo of Brent


4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may top my list for favorite American pale ales. Not quite as malty as solid stand-by Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and not quite as hopped as trusty Anchor Liberty Ale, and thereby a pretty darn perfect balance in my book. Very smooth and well crafted. Hopsters - seek this out. Will be a regular in the garage fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 17:40:24 | More by Brent
Photo of RBorsato


4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper with a full pillowy tan head, good carbonation, and good lace. Excellent citrusy hop aroma. Nice hoppy flavor with a good malt balance but much more hoppy like an American Pale Ale/IPA. Light-medium bodied with a bitter finish.

A classic staple brew !!

Per NCBC website:
Style: Pale Ale
Color: Amber
Bitterness: 45 IBU's
ABV: 5.5%

($23.99 / case)

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 10:49:43 | More by RBorsato
Photo of SAMUEL999

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become my favorite "go to" beer. It has beautiful reddish color with a perfect amount of head. A good hoppy upfront taste with a soothing after taste. Very well balanced. Not complex, just a straight-forward enjoyable beer. I continue to search, but have yet to find a better everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 13:57:28 | More by SAMUEL999
Photo of reilly88

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on cask in Philly at Khyber pass pub.

Appearance - red amber color with a 2 inch head that deduced to a thin lacey layer.

smell - nice sweet flowery scent, noticeable but not over powering

Taste - floral hoppiness, crisp and a nice fruity sweetness.

mouthfeel - very smooth and crisp. surprisingly light with a moderate amount of carbonation. very refreshing.

overall - a real quality ale with lots of flavor, but also very drinkable. highly recommend.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2011 23:38:18 | More by reilly88
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 08:55:29 | More by Dmann
Photo of hooligan


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

Copper colored beer with a thick bubbly slightly off-white head that kept very well. Spicy hops in the nose with hints of clove and caramel. Awesome balancing act with slight grapefruit and clove-like spice in the hops and a slightly burnt toffee and caramel taste to the malt. Very slight esters from the yeast, mildly strawlike and bready. Easy drinking, beautiful, exceptionally well balanced beer... easily a true classic and favorite...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2002 13:43:56 | More by hooligan
Photo of Alkiser


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

s: High grassy hops with an amazing malt, extremely balanced in the nose, the only reason to take a point off is the hops may be a little too present for the style.

a: Very light amber, head pours think and stays around for days. Lacing more than present.

t: Hop and malt balance straight onto the tongue from out of the glass. A good hop bitterness on the finish really rounds out the beer.

m: Slick bitter that rolls across the tongue. Just a slight amount of to much carbonation.

Overall an amazing beer, this beer truely defines the style and is easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:30:58 | More by Alkiser
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Hello Red Seal my old friend, it's good to drink of you again." With apologies to Paul Simon. I was elated to walk into my regular store this Friday and find this, along with all the North Coast brews, on the shelf after too long a Jersey absence.

The slighty chill hazed copper body is topped by a rocky head more than three fingers tall. Outstanding lacing. A strong, grapefruit nose, with a hint of background pine. A nice malty backdrop starts the taste, but the story here is the grapefruit grove of hops which arrive shortly thereafter, and hang around long after the actual beer has departed. Rich and silky and oily, the mouthfeel is wonderful. Drinkability? One of the few quality beers I've had four of in an hour. Simply a great American Ale, whether pale or red. Welcome back to Jersey.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:56:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of MobBarley


4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More hometown goodness. This one shows a nice pumpkin orange body with ample carbonation and an average tan head with good retention and sticky lacing. The aroma, as expected, is dominated by piney/citusy hops over a quite warm malt background and a subtle alcohol smell. The taste is superb, and better balanced than many APAs. A flavor of toasted wheat greets the tongue, and then the flavor becomes progressively more bitter before closing with a tingle on the tip of my tongue that has a distinctly medicinal feel. Notes of sweet citrus are here as well, and a distinctive malty aftertaste that lingers long. A very fruity tasting APA. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: just slightly chewy and coating in action. Drinkability is top-notch. Distinctive!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 06:21:26 | More by MobBarley
Photo of pezoids


4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a truly great beer! I knew, after the first sip, i knew that this was a finely crafted brew. Poured out a bright amber color and had a thin and creamy white head. Big citrus hop aroma with hints of flowers there too. Nice malt body beneath all those hops with some oak and caramel coming through. Finishes very clean, crisp and dry. Very tasty! An excellent beer that's almost perfect in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 11:40:55 | More by pezoids
Photo of bags6lax


4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6 over the weekend, only have one left...

Poured, a nice amber/red color, very clear, with a nice frothy head, that stuck around the entire time it was in the glass, leaving subtle lacing.

Nice hop aroma upon pouring. Medium body on the mouthfeel, with the bitterness coming in at the end sip. Had a nice maltiness that came through, and worked well with the hops.

Defintely going to be purchasing again, so long as I can find it...appeared to be the last 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 20:48:06 | More by bags6lax
Photo of ralree


4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, no head. Looks like an IPA, but I know better.

S: Lots of hops and barley, with some brown sugar in the background. Alcohol comes through a just a little. Smells absolutely fantastic!

T: Nice hop flavor right out in front, backed by the strong grainy barley flavor and surprisingly some apricot fruit flavor. A great taste! Fruity flavor stays after swallowing, along with the leading flavors. One of the best red ales I've had in a while!

M: A little oily, but bearable since the taste is good. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Non-astringent entirely.

D: Drinks well. Would go well with a cheese platter. Not too rich or too weak.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:16:28 | More by ralree
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick, hazy, cinnamony brownish-red, glowing pinkish-orange where the light hits it. Parchment-colored, fluffy head with good retention.

Smell: Wheat toast with strawberry jam and honey. Tart, sweet, and roasty. Excellent, nutty malts. Hops impart a hint of citrus and an earthy character.

Taste: Sooo good. Tastes mostly of caramel malts, English breakfast tea, and grassy, perfectly dry hops. A hint of rummy alcohol. There's also something distinctly fruity about this beer, a very subtle blend of berries, bananas, grapefruit, and apples. Clean, dry finish. Goes great with Brazil nuts.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, somewhere between light- and medium-bodied, and clean. Good for the style.

Drinkability: This is an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 23:47:30 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal pours out a beautiful light amber color with a thin, yellowish head that sticks around until the glass is empty--which is probably going to be sooner rather than later.

The bouquet tips the drinker off to the hops, which give the Seal a wonderful multilayered flavor that begs to be tasted again. It's a touch creamy, but finishes quick and dry, leaving the mouth anxious to taste again.

Add to these characteristics a nice, round mouthfeel and perfectly light carbonation and Red Seal is truly an experience to be had.

Wow, I love this beer--even more than I thought I did before I sat down to review it. I don't know who Ruedrich is, but this brew makes me want to kiss him (or her--which would be better for me, anyway).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 01:31:33 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Whadawookie


4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this here feller into a pint glass. Produced a nice foamy head that settled down, but always lingered as the volume of the liquid dissipated (...very quickly, I might add).

First taste won me over immediately. A sizable malt flavor along with a quick hop bite settles into a signature piney taste that I seem to get from a lot of North Coast's beers ...prolly the hops speak'n back at'cha...all faint like... or perhaps it's them waters they be use'n. I dunno.

A velvety, honey-like sweetness lingers gently on the tongue afterwards. Delicious.

Smells like a sea fog, and not too high of abv... it might just be able to save me from my double i.p.a. addiction which will probably lead to my demise.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:10:36 | More by Whadawookie
Photo of Hammarby


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Copper, somewhat cloudy. Tan head.
S: Caramel, malt, apricot, red berries.
T: Malt, apricot, bitterness that lingers. A tone of chilled very strong tea. Tiny bubbles of carboration.

One of my favorite beers. Lots of taste, lots of bitterness. People often compare this beer to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but Red Seal is much more excentric. This is the bad guy of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 20:22:41 | More by Hammarby
Photo of dotsonjamesg


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Little Rock AFB, AR shoppette.

A: Pours a nice coppery color with a pale three to four finger head. I had to pour the rest slowly. Over carbonated?

S: Smell is sweet and hoppy.

T: Sweet with a hobby bite, yet mellow and creamy and very well balanced. Its flavor is great but might not meet the expectations of the hop-lover-enthusiasts.

M: Thick and welcoming with a sturdy flavor.

D: I could easily down a six pack of this stuff. It has a decent amount of alcohol and is very tasty. I enjoyed it very much.
North Coast makes great beers and Red Seal Ale is definitely one of them, though I am more partial to "Old Rasputin." Red Seal Ale is an all-around good beer.



Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:26:44 | More by dotsonjamesg
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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer where the body stands up to the carbonation and hops. This beer is an example of balance wonderful taste.

The hops are great on this beer, they are fruity almost floral and flutter on the tongue. This beer has used its hops not just thrown them in to cover other deficiencies, but instead created an almost symphonic union of malt and hops.

This beer can be appreciated by all beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 08:07:15 | More by bgkeeley
Photo of sitbooboosit

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thee architype of american pale ale, am i allowed to say that? this beer is one of the most satisfy beers i am able to purchase up here in canuckeland and am consistantly upset after draining the glass that i only bought one or two bottles.

Pours a caramel reddish colour( if there is such a thing). the head develops nicely, that is to say the head is dense yet not overly creamy allowing the bubbles to fizz against the roof of my mouth.
the aroma is rich and balanced, both the strong caramel malt and northwestern hops come through.
the flavour is strong and true to the aroma, an intitial hit of beautifully aromatic hops followed by rich malts that play well with the bubbles. in the finish the beer returns to hoppy bitter overtones supported by rich caramel, almost sticky backbone.
drinkability exceptional.


Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 04:41:29 | More by sitbooboosit
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.