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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring and a full sheet of surface foam. Frosty lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Standard pale ale aroma with a slight tinge of hops. Bready and a bit sweet.

T- The flavor goes more toward the red ale territory with bright yet muted hops (oxymoron?) and a solid malt profile that's sweet yet bready (repeating myself?).

M- Kind of thin but there's a decent amount of zing from the hops and carbonation to make up for it. Medium body.

O- Though there are many better examples of the style out there, it's not a bad red ale and it's one of the first beers I had when beginning my craft beer adventure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 02:25:04 | More by Immortale25
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruedrichs Red Seal Ale pours a reddish color with a very large lacing head. There is a malty undertone, with lots of floral hop notes in the aroma. The taste has a bold malty backbone, with strong notes of floral hop flavors. Full flavors, nice body. Overall a very nice and hoppy red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 03:15:52 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean caramel malts, a touch of copper penny and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a dry, grainy caramel with a healthy dose of herbal and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and well balanced red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 22:16:15 | More by plaid75
Photo of FridayDave

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a shaker pint glass in the darkness of the Wayside.
It really does pour copper in color, very like a penny. Very light head gone quickly.
Very little smell which was good as it was for a meal.
First taste was clean refreshing a bit of hop on the finish.
Second sip is light as the first just the right carbonation, it hours down well with my falls and fish and chips.
Overall a great beer with a meal would have shalom and again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 23:52:19 | More by FridayDave
Photo of PorterLambic


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives a slightly hazy orange color with what had been a finger width of off-white head, reduced to a film by server delay. Nice lace, though.
Smell is faint, with some malt, hops and citrus. Balance is good, presence is weak.
Taste is hops first, malt, citrus and woody notes playing supporting roles.
Medium bodied, warming from the swallow on, crisply effervescent though not overpowering, just noticeable. A solid, tasty, refreshing beer that could easily fill many roles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 21:59:21 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live. Reviewed from notes. It was overpriced at that location.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. Appealing.

Sm: A pleasant floral hop aroma. A mild strength aroma. Some cream. Maybe citrus esters.

T: Hoppy, with some orange peel citrus esters. Light cream. Nicely balanced, if simple. Pleasant and enjoyable. No real layering is plesant. I like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Rounded hop character is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Perfectly carbonated. Delicate and lovely.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have it again. The simplicity holds it back but it's pretty good. Probably best enjoyed out of the bottle at a better price. Not North Coast's best offering, but an enjoyable little Amber.


Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 23:53:26 | More by kojevergas
Photo of mactrail


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a malty mouthful with a pleasant nutty taste. Light body and certainly in the family of these red ales without any surprises, pleasant or otherwise. Some of the biscuit taste. Sharper than some in this category. Some fruity flavors. Soft and warm. Not much aroma.

The earthy, murky flavor that fills the mouth after a few sips is nothing special. Still, better than many other red/amber ales and quite drinkable.

On tap at Mitch's Seafood in San Diego. Coppery amber color in the, um, plastic pint cup. Decent head and well carbonated on the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 06:19:49 | More by mactrail
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Single finger head on a slightly hazy golden amber body. Nice lacing circumferentually. Aroma is mostly malt and breads. Flavor is very interesting and unique with an initially malty and bitter taste which transitions to a floral and herbal finish. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation with a dry finish. Overall a very good and complex brew. I will be having this one agaIn

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 00:15:57 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Bouleboubier


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thoroughly enjoyable, not-too-fancy, hoppy red ale.

west coast zippy citrus-spicy hops highlight the aroma and flavor, supported by a refreshingly clean medium-light bodied malt foundation. i would say a good bit of (the) light-moderate toasted or bready malt character rounds it out perfectly, certainly bringing it balance and putting meat on the bones of what could be an afterthought ale without.

definitely quite drinkable in multiple. maybe 3, 4 at the most in one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 03:45:09 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of wspscott


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at pazzos.

A: crystal clear dark copper with a little reddish color. No head at all.

S: very muted nose, even as it warms.

T: very malt driven, there is a weird metalic taste that I can't place. The hops come across as mostly bitter with a little bit of citrus.

M: crisp with what seems to be a high level of carbonation, not unpleasant but not winning me over.

O: this is a solid beer, but it doesn't do too much for me. I'm glad I tried it again, but I won't give it another chance, there are better beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 19:54:23 | More by wspscott
Photo of FanofHefe


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Global Brew Taphouse, Edwardsville, IL, in a pint glass. Clear Amber body with a little over one-finger of a tan head. The head has pretty good retention, falls to a foamy cap and leaves ringlets of lacing.

A little thin on the aroma. A bit of lightly toasted malt and a note of citrus hops. Not much else.

The flavor is a good bit better. Nice hop bite of lemon and grapefruit, that blends nicely with the malt. Very tasty overall.

Medium mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Would gladly have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 21:04:54 | More by FanofHefe
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Poured a clear copper with one finger of head and nice retention. Smells malty but soapy. Taste is caramel malt up front and a decent hop character for balance, but I taste soap in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

I've had this beer elsewhere, and I've tasted the same soap taste. I was hoping it was different this time since everyone else seems to enjoy this beer so much. In the end, I think I have to disagree. This beer is simply alright in my book. In a market with so many delicious ambers, this one fails in comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 01:43:08 | More by tdm168
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: nice hop bite, with some caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a very nice well rounded red ale. Glad I got to try this one again so refreshing.

The cpj

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 00:36:38 | More by THECPJ
Photo of PicoPapa


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a semi translucent dirty copper color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is malty and floral. Grape aromas as well as maybe some apple. Taste is almost like a light apple cider. Very malty. More apple flavor at the end. Somewhat floral but not as much as i thought it would. Crisp, refreshing, easy to drink and flavorful. Slight bitterness to this one. Overall, its a solid red ale that's perfect for the summer. Worth getting again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 21:25:45 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

North Coast Reudrich’s Red Seal Ale….on tap at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY

Appearance-shimmering red color out into the pint glass, decent sized head that settles nicely into a little clump at the top of the glass. Not bad.

Smell-a little maltier than most of the style, pungent with grainy notes as well as some pine hop in the background, but sweet malt dominates.

Taste/Mouthfeel-well balanced mixture of tart hops and smooth grain, also some fruit notes in the background, smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Stays balanced all the way down finishes with a last note of grain. It works. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability-smooth, nice balanced flavors, very quaffable, nothing rash.

Overall-balance balance balance, it’s something more and more ignored in the Craft movement, which is shameful since it’s so important. This is a very good Amber, worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 22:26:49 | More by TheDeuce
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4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I really enjoy the malt and hop notes that this beers brings. Nice head with a equally good bitterness to it. Very balanced. I really like how hopped, malted, and creamy/frothy this beer is. One of my top 3 if stranded on an island.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 03:27:56 | More by bigdaddyd069
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Murky amber color, a finger of head and slight carbonation

s - Wheaty Malts, citrusy hops, and slight pine hints

t - No bitterness, very tasteful, slight hints of bready malts and citrus

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

d - Something I definitely enjoyed, nothing crazy but a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 20:48:25 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, reddish-brown color, with about an inch worth of head (or a bit less?), and the carbonation is to die for.

S: Very faint, but I got a slight floral presence, and a bit of fruit. This one could benefit from a bit of wet-hopping.

T: Medium-light in body and I found this one somewhat watery in general. After a few sips, a bit of the hop bitterness started to stay on my tongue, but the brew never made up its mind if it was going to lean toward the hoppy or the floral side. There result beer.... meh..

M: Like I stated before, somewhat watery. However, the carbonation was pretty good.

D: I've heard rumors that this beer is now about half the beer it once was after some drastic recipe changes. I wasn't into craft beer back in those days, so I can't judge. However, I DO know that the version I drank was sub-standard.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 20:26:59 | More by Chaney
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely orange beer smelling of grassy hops and caramel malt. The taste itself is very sweet, with some fruity esters and spicy hop sneaking in over the caramel. The mouthfeel is kind of a mess, as I was expecting more of a clean finish--it gets bitter and sort of unbalanced towards the end--but overall it's a nice solid red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 05:14:56 | More by lstokes
Photo of Lesbrad


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is for on tap, non-cask conditioned Real Seal Ale. It is very different from the cask ale, please see that review for details.

This is a very good American Amber ale. Not the very best, but very good and would appeal to most any quality beer drinker. The cask version is far superior on all levels except availability.

a copper/amber clear is a light and lacing head

s malty and citrusy

t very well balanced caramel malt and hop bitterness

m a little too prickly for my liking. the carbonation can take away from the flavor and sadly it does here.

d again the carbonation makes this less than a superstar beer. It is highly sessionable unless you find burping to be a big problem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 15:39:16 | More by Lesbrad
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the North Coast Brewery on 09/22/10 in a pint glass. This was a cask conditioned offering.

This beer had a thick, off-white head. It stayed pretty long and left a nice lace along the sides. The color looked like your average amber: dark red.

The smell was very nice with malt, a floral bouquet, and a strange butter hint.

This cask conditioned offering cut way down on the carbonation. It was almost like a nitro without the velvety smoothness, producing a rather unpleasant watery/thin mouthfeel, but allowing more flavors to emerge that the heavy carbonation of the regular version usually shrouds.

The flavors are spicy with sweet herbs, nice malt, with something approaching an earth/soil flavor. Faily unique in my opinion. The flavors lasts through the somewhat dry finish.

This is a very good session beer and another great beer by North Coast. Keep em' coming.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 04:54:12 | More by littlesgtpepper
Photo of bump8628


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

Hazed light copper with a substantial and bubbly off-white head.

Balanced towards the big dose of herbal and citric hops that lend that lingering, raw hop oil character that I love. Malt is mild caramel with a hint of sweetness that barely softens the coarse hoppiness before the drying finish.

A hop-forward Amber that isn't too big to be enjoyed in quantity. Now only if North Coast would date their products so that I could confidently enjoy this at home.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 17:56:33 | More by bump8628
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a murky amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of soap, citrus hops, piney hops, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, floral, and citrus hops. No bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation; easy to drink.

d - A decent red ale. A nice combo of hops and malts, would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 00:53:15 | More by mdfb79
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass at Map Room...Pours a light amber, mostly gold light white head, nothing special...Aroma is light rye with hops. Taste is mostly hops, but not tasty. The feel is ok, not very drinkable. Pretty boring in geneal, not a good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 19:56:02 | More by jrallen34
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

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

A: Golden caramel/amber with a decent frothy white head.

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

T&M: This is a smooth and creamy brew with a huge chewy malt body that holds off the oncoming hop flavors for about a second. Nice raw hop flavor. Some spice and fruitiness with a nice dry finish.

Really great Pale Ale (West Coast style), well balanced and full of complex flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 14:31:55 | More by cdizinno
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.