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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,634 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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FLima

Brazil

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with apparent carbonation with a full three fingers head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Citrusy aroma with predominant notes of caramel and grapefruit.
Flavor of American yeast, tea leaves, oranges, grapefruit, mild spices, lemongrass, and caramel and slightly toasted malts. Becomes more lemony with time. And it feels bitterer than its 42 IBUs. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting but friendly bitterness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Interesting that it has a medium bitterness that does not goes away and both malt and hops are melted together. Though it felt a bit too thin, but this makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:08:52 | More by FLima
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather quickly and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of slightly thick larger bubbles and a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and a touch of spicy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of spicy and citrus/grapefruit rind hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and flavorful with now dominant or overpowering flavors/aromas - leading me to believe this would be a good beer to have with meals. Well balanced and drinkable - definitely could have another of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 20:59:35 | More by dbrauneis
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acdcsmith22

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark amber/caramel color. Nice white head which dissipates completely.

Smell: Grapefruit/citrus smell mixed with hops.

Taste: A little bitter from the hops. You can taste a little caramel as well as the citrus. No strong aftertaste.

Mouth: Easy body, carbonation is moderate.

Overall: Pretty good beer to pair with food. Would drink again.



Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:47:31 | More by acdcsmith22
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chogm54

Australia

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice 1-2cm head initially, fades into a pale brown 5mm head. amber/copper coloured, slightly cloudy

s - subtle odour, toasted malts, toffee, faint citrus as well

t - slight hop bitterness initially, burnt caramel taste comes through, leaving a lingering bitterness

a- slightly thinner than other apa's, nice moderate carbonation

Decent brew, bitter aftertaste lasts longer than expected

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 04:35:56 | More by chogm54
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tmm313

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely clear with some fine sediment floating around. Nice copper color. Poured a nice 2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Balance is immediately evident. Sweet malty scents like caramel and dark fruits with an even mix of both piney and sweet citrus hops.

Taste: Basically follows the nose. The word I keep thinking is "evenness". Everything is mixed together well, but nothing really stands out. Nice malt sweetness followed by both piney and sweet hop flavors. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

Overall: This wasn't bad. I felt everything was mixed together very well, but nothing really seemed to pop. I may give it another go down the road to see if maybe mine had too much age on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:39:09 | More by tmm313
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TruePerception

California

3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

North Coast Red Seal Ale: Appearance: yellowish amber; Smell: piney hop, light fir sap; Taste/Mouthfeel: light piney hop; decent

A very confused beer, by the way. "Red pale amber"? Hardly amber, and not at all red!

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:24:35 | More by TruePerception
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a foamy two finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is nice. Honey, floral and pine.
The taste is well balanced. Moderate pine bitterness, a touch of honey and maltiness, and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:55:46 | More by Fatehunter
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barczar

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep caramel with copper tones and a frothy cream head that leaves sticky lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted, nutty caramel malt citrus hops, and resin form the initial aroma. Floral hops and a savory character add complexity. A bit of diacetyl surfaces late.

Perfumey hops and citrus underlie a toasted malt backbone to form the initial flavor impression. Grapefruit and resin balance a fairly resiny and bitter finish. The balance is toward bitter hops, but caramel malt character is substantial.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, slight hoop astringency, and alcohol warmth.

There's an interaction between the malt and bittering hops that gives the impression of burnt bread, which is fairly offputting, but the malt and hop flavor profiles are nice. Lots of floral hop presence, as well. not your typical west coast American amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 21:10:54 | More by barczar
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bgkeeley

Michigan

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I don't know if I got a bad bottle, or what happened here. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, some malts are present. Taste is pure bitterness. No balance at all. No citrus, pine, floral notes, just a whole lot of bitter. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall I did not much care for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:29:01 | More by tone77
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doktorhops

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale is the last of the North Coast Brewing Co beers that is easily available in Australia, which is a shame as they've got some intriguing brews aside from the three that are over here. Oh well, choosers, beggars, all that stuff.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a hazy burnt orange body with a sticky 2cm cappuccino cream head.

S: Quite American Pale Ale in the aroma; big caramel malt base with notes of papaya and pine hops. There is a hint of spicy hops in there somewhere as well. Expecting a well balanced brew.

T: Malt is predominant, along with a touch of funky yeast and caramel sweetness. The hops aren't as big as in an APA but they're there and giving it the papaya/pine/spicy kick that was anticipated by the aroma. Finishes with a medium bitterness and a slight brewed tea after-taste.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and some oily hops.

D: As expected a very well-rounded and balanced Amber Ale. A great starting point for those who want to get in to APA's or IPA's but can't handle bitter hops yet. I would even go so far as to say that this is the best of the North Coast brews I've tried so far and would easy manage a session of these, were it but for the cost. Bit of a moot point there, good job anyway North Coast!

Food match: Great thing about a balanced beer is that it works with practically anything; dark meats, light meats, salads, cheese platters - I would personally lean towards Thai but that's just my preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 09:34:08 | More by doktorhops
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strangely auburn color with an amber interior and orange at the edges the head was thin, wispy, bubbly and fleeting.

Sweet malt and tea leaves are nicely presented in the aroma. A roasted grain scent lies within the malt and finishes with kilned nuttiness.

The taste almost follows th nose completely as the sweeter malt starts the taste and a hint of tea leaves comes next. It then finishes with the roasted grain and nut flavor.

I'm a big fan of Acme PA by North Coast an this is just another brilliant addition to there list.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 21:20:40 | More by KYGunner
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 06-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Hazy light amber color, with a nice off-white head. Both lacing and head retention are very good looking.

S: Spicy and citrus hops up front, with some malty sweetness in there for balance.

T: Very nice hop flavors; citrus and a lightly acidic taste with notes of orange peel, grapefruit and lemons. Also some sweet caramel malts in a supporting role.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a body in the medium range and high carbonation. The beer finishes with citrus hops and spice notes, followed by a bit of sweetness as well.

O: A wonderfully balanced beer that makes for a refreshing session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 19:08:32 | More by sommersb
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber, one finger head, not much carbonation.

S-Extremely malty, caramel, and grass. No hops.

T-Extremely malty (maybe it is old but no bottle date), caramel and grass, no hops or bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-I'm hoping the bottle was past due, the malt flavors were ok but the lack of balance destroyed the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:15:34 | More by rlee1390
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a small foamy and frothy head. Gentle carbonation.
Aroma finds mostly malts, caramel and bicuit predominitely some hops but very sutle.
Taste is a malt bomb with biscuit malts and vienna malts too me. hops come into play at the end and only lightly.
Nothing to stand up and yell about here, your basic amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 11:22:50 | More by micromaniac129
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themind

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Underrated for the style! this is a quality brew that several years back won many awards. It's easy to get which makes me think that is why the rating is only in the 80's. That said it pours a nice head, amber color with good crisp carbonation. I am not saying this brew is an elite classic but it is pretty good.

Bottom Line: Shelf beer worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:35:36 | More by themind
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Copper / red with pillow like head with some decent lace.

S. predominantly malty with some citrus and floral hop layers.

T. Rich malts finely balanced with crisp hop that snaps on the tongue.

O. Incredibly easy drinking red ale. This will become a staple in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:28:32 | More by andrewjraab
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Brenden

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a coppery color given the clarity, pretty much and even orange-red. It forms a nearly white head that grows to about one finger tall with some good retention. Lacing is patchy and fairly plentiful with a bit of legging as well.
The aroma is very nicely balanced and offers a great hoppy bouquet along with a strong malt backbone. There's a bit more of a fruits, citrus and otherwise, in the mix of sweet and bitter. In the flavor, the bitterness turns a bit more raw without going too pithy, giving off a flavor of orange and lemon rind, and for added complexity the hops bring out a bit of a spicy nip. This is a stronger, though very sessionable, more flavorful beer than I had expected.
Malts bring out a creamy smoothness that works with the hops oils and the carbonation to balance with a crisp bite in a medium body for a very good feel overall, making it even more of a surprise and a pleasure to drink.
In a great tasting lineup, this beer was the surprise standout.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:58:33 | More by Brenden
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice copper color with a snow white medium head.

S: A lot of fruit (citrus), with a bit of spruce or pine. Great aroma.

T: Initially I noticed the hops with a slight sweet carmel finish. Nice balance.

M: Light but not too light.

O: A great beer, would be wonderful companion on a spring picnic.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:45:59 | More by capnamerica
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red seal ale

Appearance –more of a light orangish red 2 fingers or coarse white foam that linger

Aroma – floral citrusy slight pine and yeasty sourness

Taste- lightly roasted malts at the front like an easy drinking tea, maybe like a rye toast. they give way to a grapefruit and lavender hop bitterness. Slightly copper or irony aftertaste. Pleasant, it taste the best with the big floral nose at the beginning.

Mouthfeel- lighter bodied and easy drinking the flavors jump off sharply and leave the palette dry and wanting more.

Overall I think I may have drank this in the wrong glass. With such a strong aroma I should have had this in a tulip. It is an easy drinking “red”/ amber and I like the balance of hops and malt. I would order this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 14:25:17 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger white head that fades quite fast. Upon dissipation the head leaves only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of some caramel malt sweetness. This is mixed with a nice balancing aroma of a citrus and pine hop smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and bready flavor upfront. These flavors are complimented by a pine hop flavor initially. Soon however there is an oncoming of some notes of a light fruit flavor as well as notes of a citrus hop. The citrus hop grows stronger as the taste advances to the end where it is joined by a light earthy hop flavor to leave a semi sweet and bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average or just below in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is quite average. The average carbonation is a good feel for both the hop and caramel flavors, while the average to just below average body did make it very easy drinking.

Overall – A nice d red ale with a good balance of hop and malt. A good drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:58:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber orange in color. Yeasty murkiness as well. Great tan foam and lacing.

Smell: Yeasty caramel and a hint of pine. Some orange as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very orange-y for an amber. Excellent balance with the pine and caramel. A hint of herbs as well. Sweet finish...a lot like honey. Mouthfeel is a bit thin when its cool.

Overall Drinkability: Another very good North Coast beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:59:27 | More by tjsdomer2
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caulfield

Georgia

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

Drank from 12 oz bottle on 12/15

Appearance - Pours smooth, nice minimal head, darker amber/caramel color

Smell- Floral smell, a hint of lemon, hops

Taste- Overall, a complex beer with a nice balance of malts and hops. The caramel comes through a little and the hoppiness is the dominant flavor. Overall, a great, easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- full body, but I wish it had a little higher gravity.

Overall - I wouldn't consider myself a hophead, especially in the winter when I usually want a malty beer, however, this is a great hoppy beer. I think it will please hop-and non-hopheads. This is a solid complex red ale that I would highly recommend. Its definitely worth picking up. Another winner by North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:46:56 | More by caulfield
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BeerRangerBrooks

Montana

4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious on the palette. Complex, hoppy, crispy beer with a balanced malt body, high(er) carbonation that allows for a flavorful, refreshing/savory finish. Other flavors present, spices balance the hop to make this one of my favorite beers in awhile. From a famous, well respected brewery - if this beer had 7.5% abv or more it would be one of my favorites. Amazing for what it is, whole 6 pack consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 07:01:48 | More by BeerRangerBrooks
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pkalix

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a copper, but with an awesome and impressive, if short-lived, foam top
smell is all hops.
taste . . . . is all hops. well, a little malt balance at the front, but definitely hop-py all-around.
mouthfeel- medium viscosity; no significant amount of carbonation.
overall, another brewery with some decent brew, but nothing extra-ordinary. the stout was good, the pilsener was okay. but this ale is hoppier than i would expect it to be. it's still decent, and a drinkable brew. as much as i go against the hop-py standard, i do like this and could actually do a few in succession. i thik that part alone warrants a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:37:13 | More by pkalix
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.