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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

1,638 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1638
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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beerman207

Kentucky

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

Got this in a growler from my favorite party store. I saw some good reviews so decided to give it a shot. This beer was quite good.

A - Cooper color, no real head to speak of, very little lacing and some swirling left behind once the head (what little there was) disappeared.

Smell - Got some fruit in there but overall pretty subdued

Taste - has some fruit tones in there and I can't put my finger on what they are but it's present. Very crisp taste. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation

Drinakability - Since I got this in a growler (got it half full), I anticipate finishing it. It's definately a sessionable brew.

Overall, I'm ery pleased with this beer.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2009 01:59:34 | More by beerman207
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. The red color of this beer really comes out in a growler, which is pretty cool, but lightens up as it goes into a pint glass and becomes more of a golden-orange.
A - Golden-orange w/ a bubbly, foamy off-white head.
S - Vibrant fruits come out in the nose first, followed by subtle hops & sweet malt.
T - The ripe summer fruits and hops come together so well, with a smooth, sweet malty finish and a nice bitterness. The carbonation is perfect, creating the right crispness without having too much pop in the mouth. A nice change from overly hoppy Pale Ales.
M - The sweet malt and subtle hops stick to the mouth and coat it with a fresh feeling and the carbonation isn't overbearing at all.
D - Are you kidding? I would drink the whole growler tonight if I didn't want to save some for another time. I know North Coasts' flagship brew is Old Rasputin, but this beer is the most drinkable and well-rounded beer in their lineup. I'm glad I have a growler of Red Seal, b/c this is now one of my favorite Pale Ales.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2007 07:10:46 | More by Gatch
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Ego

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10 for a growler over @ andy's corner bar in bogota nj.... yum

eyes...
surprisingly a little hazy, amber hue, rises up to 2 full fingers and settles down to one full finger.. and then it holds.. and holds... and holds... lots of lacing.. what a great looking APA... scores well in all optical realms.

nose...
northwest hop goodness, propbably cascade but I'm not sure, some sweetness from the malt base. all in all a solid but not outstanding nose, it smells clean and fresh... but I have smelled much better APAs...

taste etc...
slightly prickly carbonation, the sweetness of the malt tries to hold back the lovely bitter rush of hops.. but the malt is not enough and a gentle tidal wave (yeah.. that makes sense right ego? ya putz...) of hoppy goodness ensues. In it's wake is a pleasant bitterness but not overly bitter or overly lingering. The feel is not quite light and not quite medium.. in a way spot on for easy drinking.

verdict?
always one of my faves for the warmer months. I actually think I prefer it out of the bottle however. still.. another winner from north coast.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2006 02:15:19 | More by Ego
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Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this last evening. More or less just got it on a whim, as I wanted to try something that I have not had before on tap. Luckily I was not disappointed in the least. The color of the beer in the growler was a amber/orange color. When poured from the growler a nice head was formed that was the color of off white hedging on a tan color. Had a good retention leaving lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice, citrus and floral hop smell. Definitely can pick up the grapefruit like esters. Also has a nice malt scent of caramel malt that is noticeable, as the hop scent does not seem to be overpowering. Brew has a very smooth taste; nice amount of hop flavoring is noticeable and does leave some of its essence on your tongue. While the hops is most noticeable they don’t seem to dominate as I am able to clearly pick up the balancing of the malts that lead to a somewhat caramel flavor. Over all this was a fantastic brew, one that I can/could drink a fair amount off. The growler was gone quite quickly! Will look for this one again in the future.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2006 13:15:48 | More by Stimack
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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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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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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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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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
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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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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
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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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.