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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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1,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 68
Gots: 67 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

lschrock, Jul 11, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

BaconManic, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Saksis
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Saksis, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No bottle date.
A: amber ale with a finger of white foam and excellent clarity. This falls to a sheet of the same leaving near cobweb lace.
S: malt, some grass, some pine. pretty simple.
T: Malt, oxidized, bitterness from some earthy, spicy hops. some metal.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. off-dry finish. needs some velvet touch on this style.
O: Not impressed.

harrymel, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of tpacek
2/5  rDev -48.7%

tpacek, Apr 30, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Gaberose, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of gfreed
2.15/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a solidly less-than-average beer with a pretty label and too much hype. It had an attractive copper color and a puffy head that looked comfy enough to float a beach raft, but it had an odd lack of aroma. I detected some soap and some yeast, and a little something that could be construed as malt. But the taste... what taste? Aside from a flabby, soapy, bitter flavor, this was nearly taste-free. It had the nippy fizz of an amber, but that's where the fun ended. Phooey.

gfreed, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of chefduff2
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

chefduff2, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip. Couldn't find a bottle date anywhere.

Dark copper in color. A 2-finger sudsy head formed with an aggressive pour, quickly minimizing to half-finger in size.

Smelled a little sweet licorice-like malt at first but could never quite get it again. Unexciting malt profile with some spiciness sitting on top of it.

The malt isn't noticeable enough on the tongue - Its short, brisk flavor has a fairly unpleasant bittnerness. A dry spice finish doesn't sit too favorably on the tongue either.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and weight appropriate.

Drinkability is probably good for many people, however I found the taste uninviting and even a little off-putting. So it took me a while to finish it. I had to have some nuts with this to make it passable.

jbertsch, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of mwar
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of samie85
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes; originally reviewed 6/4/10.

A-Pours a copper color with a little bit of white head.

S-Faint piny and citrus aromas with some bready malt.

T-Bready and caramel malt with some pine bitterness near the finish.

M-Really thin bodied with low carbonation.

D-Really let down by this one. I expected a lot more from it/ North Coast. Just a really bland, almost macro seeming version of a pale ale even though it's supposed to be an amber.

samie85, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of pjwilson
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this is a give it a second chance review. I've had this beer several times over the years, and I just don't like it. I see it for 11 bucks a 12 and wished I liked it, but I don't. However, I haven't had it for a long time and saw a single, to see if I have developed my paleete more or something. Some things you just plain don't like and can't aquire a taste for, because you just don't like them and never will.
appearance: looks thin, pale redish ale. Could pass for a pale ale, or a light amber. The head brings it up a point or so, because it is a nice head.

smell: there are hops here, but some other stuff. like wet cardboard. The hops are nice, the wet cardboard not so much so. still, decent.

taste: just an horrible blend. somewhere in there are the taste of hops and some pleasing bitterness. But the mud the mud. normally, my problem with red beers is they are too sweet, but this one isn't really sweet. cardboard again comes to mind. cardboard with a side of absoulte nothing. blah

mouthfeel: so damn watery it's sad. it's not aiding drinkablilty one bit either.

drinkability: a chore to finish this. still it's not putrid, if this was all there was at a party i'd suck up and drink it. however it's not good and not easy to drink. thankfully i didn't do something dumb like buy a sixer.

north coast is such a hit or miss brewery. However, I know alot of people who like this beer so what can I say: different strokes ...

pjwilson, Feb 18, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

menacho1, Dec 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Cbrazbox, Dec 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

BlakeL, Sep 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Hopstout, Oct 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Hanselpb, Nov 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

ahbaggins, Jan 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Twpsyn, May 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

tripledbrew, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Offa
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok, but I find it boring, rather bland, and overly grapefruity.

Red-copper, it has a large but airy off-white head that dissipates steadily.

The aroma is mostly hops and mostly citrus (espe. grapefruit), with pine, grass, and a faint hint of caramelly malt.

The taste has very light malty sweetness, mostly caramelly fruit, with mild but far more dominant, hop flavour and bitterness, mostly grapefruit with some other citrus and a light, stale piney quality. The bitterness is not strong in absolute terms, but it certainly dominates the whole beer, since the body is thin, the malt exceedingly weak, it lacks compelxity and it's watery and bland, with a thin character completely lacking anything underneath the thin surface flavours. It seems thin and has an old, stale quality, which makes no sense given my proximity to the brewery and its presnece in the region.

Offa, Oct 22, 2008
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.