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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

1,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 1633
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 stakem


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at the Trapp Door. The brew appears an amber red color with a hint of orange around the edges. It displays a polished clarity through the body and a finger and a half worth of yellowish stained froth. The cap retains very well and maintains nearly throughout the entire duration.

The smell includes a pleasant combination of citrus hops and floral elements over a slight caramel sweet grain base. The aroma is not bold by any means but it is well rounded and enjoyable for the style. No bells or whistle, just straight up clean and enjoyable.

The taste is a perfect reflection of what you expect in the style. Floral and slightly citrus hops are present moreso in flavor than bitterness. However a light touch of herbal bitterness is present keeping the grainy sweetness in line. It finishes quite smooth and clean with an aftertaste of floral, fruity and citrus hop flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a creamy smooth feel and light level of carbonation. Overall a very solid take on the style. Very clean and easy drinking, there would be no issue throwing a couple of these back.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2011 20:47:34 | More by stakem
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on hand-pump cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

A small taster convinced me to venture for a full serving. Pumped into a pint glass, a slightly murky, ruddy copper color with a huge puff of active white head that displayed excellent retention and left some crusty lacing on the glass. Fresh, zesty citrus on the nose, with a good balance of malty sweetness. Caramel sweetness on the tongue, with a good mixture of fresh citrus and piney hops, with a pleasant fruitiness throughout, and a simple, mellow bitterness. Medium body, crisp, dry, and very drinkable. Very good cask-conditioned.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2011 22:45:52 | More by Rifugium
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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Copper with a white head, thin ring of retention leaves a little lace. Looks good for a cask pour.

Aroma has a bit of citrus rind and floral notes with some underlying toffee sweetness.

The flavour has the balance of a British Pale ale, but with some American hopping and malt sweetness. This is considerably better on cask.

M: SMooth moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Well crafted and reallly good when it's fresh on cask.

Serving type: cask

09-01-2011 04:44:49 | More by Derek
Photo of scottfrie


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery in Fort Bragg. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear light honey-amber with an epic dense creamy head that formed a tan dollop of whipped cream as I drank. Great head retention with decent lacing.
S: Not much scent to it. Hints of sweet malt and citrus hops here and there.
T: I pick up light flavors of sweet malt, a touch of cracker, and some grapefruit hops. Flavors are light, but what is there tastes very good.
M: Smooth mouthfeel over a flat, medium body. No carbonation is present but the beer isn't watery. There is a touch of chewiness, but it's not sticky.
D: This went well with my meal and was very refreshing. I've only ever had a few beers on cask so it's hard to say exactly how this matches up, but I was impressed with it at the time so there you go. I would order it again.

Serving type: cask

11-26-2010 03:58:03 | More by scottfrie
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cask offering at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: 2 fingers of foamy, beige head over copper-orange body, transparent. Leaves thick lacing.

Smells of orange candy drops, some hay & grass. Rich, fresh smell.

Taste is orange, lemon, tea, cracker-like malt backbone. Cascade hops, I'm guessing? Bitter finish, but not with a bite. Bitter bread crust in aftertaste. Pleasant, but kind of reminds me of an old IPA.

So smooth, a little flinty, not so much bitter & abrasive. Hard not to rate anything on cask high on the mouthfeel.

Very smooth drinker -- citrus flavor might wear after a while, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2010 03:14:42 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

On hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours beautifully bright with a nice amber color and a creamy head and excellent lacing. The smell exhibits alight slightly sour graininess, some gentle sweetness, and some earthy hops. Quite a nice taste on cask. Slightly sweet and earthy, with nice earthy hops, and a firm but mild bitterness, which lingers nicely. Firm, but with a soft finish in the mouth. Quite pleasant.

Serving type: cask

09-09-2010 03:34:48 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ccrida


4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Bailey's, Red Seal is a hazy dull gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves tons of creamy lace rings.

Smell is sweet biscuit and herbal hops.

Taste is all about the bready malt, with a light fruitiness and snap to the hops to provide depth. Very clean, great beer, an American classic that shows very well on cask.

Mouthfeel is very soft, velvety, with a light body. The slickness is countered by a dry stickiness form the hops. Gorgeous.

Drinkability is super high, this is an outstanding beer made to drink all night, and if I wasn't at Bailey's, I would certainly be doing so from this cask.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2010 01:11:52 | More by ccrida
Photo of Stigs


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

on cask at Fat Head's Pittsburgh

A - big bold reddish amber color with a thin off white colored head, laced like any casked APA/Red ale would

S - little light on the nose, some grainy & biscuity malts and piney hop bitterness

T - mostly grain and doughy malts before a short lived but sharp piney hops attack. the cask conditioning really mellow the flavors and present them slowly but gracefully.

M - lightly carbonated but creamy

D - good, nothing outstanding or fancy off the cask

Serving type: cask

01-03-2010 03:13:44 | More by Stigs
Photo of Jayli


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

Had at Northcoast Brewery on 11/30

A: This beer pours a somewhat murky deep copper color with a one finger is pristine white head. Head retains nicely leaving nice sticky chunks of lacing.

S: Nose is of rich caramel malts, and a strong floral hops, and a hint of spice.

T: Taste is caramel malts up front with a touch of toffee. Floral hops kick in and REALLY take over this brew. Some spiciness and citrusy notes finish this beer out nicely.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy body.

D: This beer is interestingly spiced, for a sessionable beer a touch overspiced but it does go down easily with a bit of a kick. Nice to have one or two.

Serving type: cask

12-11-2009 13:24:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of Dijeriduster


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me first start with this preface - Red Seal got me into craft beer. For my money it is one of the best beers in the country and I drink it regularly. The Cask Conditioned is diff though...

A - Cloudy dark amber with good foamy head.

S - Not as strong as regular Red Seal, this is more subtle with some oaky notes taking the place of the high hops in the regular version.

T - Not as bitter as regular. Nice oaky notes compliment the hops but this isn't as bitter and biting as the original.

M - Good, but again thinner then expected. The cask lends a nice airy nature to the beer - as they usually do.

D - Still pretty good, but I'd proly order the regular Red Seal 9 of 10 times. Something is lost here with the cask - shocking as most beers are stunners on the beer engine.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2009 22:12:47 | More by Dijeriduster
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Nose is moderately herbal and tea like with English-like hops, citric and floral notes. Fairly clean. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear amber with a little head. Looks good.

Tastes significantly hoppy, herbal tea overtones with strong citric secondary hop and plenty of bitterness. Soft clean malt with soft roast and softer nut undertones. Soft fruit ester. Smooth mellow overall. Hop bitterness balances. Finishes with moderate bitterness. Spicy leafy bite. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Serving type: cask

11-07-2009 20:48:15 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of snaotheus


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint poured from a cask at Malt and Vine

looks pretty...nice cone-shaped pile of head, translucent reddish-gold color, lacing that looks more like curtains. Smell is weak, but hoppy, a little piny, overall fairly mild.

Taste is a little overbalanced to the bitter hoppy style, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is light and very thin, almost watery. Easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2009 00:44:12 | More by snaotheus
Photo of radshoesbro


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on cask at hamilton's. a nice redish hue with a nice two finger head. left some lace but not a lot. the smell wasn't very strong, and it was really hard to get a good whiff. it had an almost "milky smooth" quality to it. it was very very smooth, but not very flavorful. this isn't something that i'm going to go back to any time soon. somewhat of a disappointment to be perfectly honest.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2009 07:01:21 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of glid02


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cask at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving nice lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with hints of raw, floral hops. All aromas are pretty subdued.

Tastes more robust than the smell led me to believe. Robust caramel hops up front followed shortly by raw hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter, but the malt sweetness lingers longer than the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a really nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I downed one glass pretty quickly and could definitely have a few of these in one sitting.

Overall, this is a flavorful amber that doesn't go overboard on the hops and lets the caramel malts do their work. Very nice and worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

03-14-2009 17:14:02 | More by glid02
Photo of ThirdLap


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at North Coast Brewing, February 13, 2009. Review from notes taken that day.

A - Pours a deep amber with a long-lastying, chunky, off-white head.

S - I get spices, with lighter fruits. Think apples, pears, and peaches. Hops and malt are present, yet not obtrusive.

T - Slightly smoky, with an almost charcoal-like finish. This could be due to it being on cask, so keep that in mind. Lots of sweetness and spices, with a solid caramel backbone.

M - Minimal carbonation (again, cask). Smooth and medium bodied, with a slightly tart and clean finish.

D - Quite solid, definitely sessionable.

Proof that a complex, entertaining beer need not possess an off-the-charts abv. I'm impressed.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2009 06:42:31 | More by ThirdLap
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub today.

The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with outstanding head retention and fair lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. That being said, what one does get is impressive.

On the palate this beer is really quite impressive. There is some nice apple and melon from the interplay of hops and malt, but the beer has a striking dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is long, soft and creamy, and drinkability is nothing short of excellent. Alcohol is very well diguised; this is the sort of beer you could easily drink a lot of at a sitting.

This is the perfect domestic session beer. There is plenty of flavor, yet the alcohol is low enough that you could kick back a couple of pitchers of this stuff with your mates. If I was going to be around for the superbowl, you better believe this is what I would be drinking. Impressive.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2009 03:26:46 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08. Hand-pulled from the Beer Engine and presented in appropriate glassware.

A: Pours a clear, pale copper color with a thin, off-white head with excellent retention. Gorgeous chain-link-fence lacing materializes throughout session.

S: Malty nose with promises of sweet caramel, bread and biscuit.

T: Hoppy bitterness upfront with notes of sweet caramel and honey. Fades into a biscuit-like middle, before concluding with a sharp and spicy finish.

M: Creamy, glass-like mouthfeel. Cask-conditioned smoothness.

D: Crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: cask

07-19-2008 17:19:28 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of nutinajar


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this one on cask at the brewery. I was supraised by the level of carbonation, there was more than I expected. There were tons of really small bubbles and a decent head that lingered through the whole pint. It poured a light amber color, somewhat cloudy though. The aroma was much more intense than this same beer in a bottle or on tap. The hops really shine and have an intense floral citrus smell and taste. Mouthfeel was very smooth. All in all a very drinkable beer that is made even better by the cask presentation.

Serving type: cask

02-10-2008 18:32:10 | More by nutinajar
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand pumped at Wonder’s pub in Madison’s Atwood neighborhood.

Medium bitterness with a healthy dose of sweet malts. Mildly crisp fruity notes and esters make it resemble a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very chewy and creamy but gives way to a bitter hop finish. This makes the red seal extremely drinkable. It is well balanced and with a smooth front and crisp finish. I’m not sure that it will please the hardcore hophead but it’s certainly a nice sipping/session beer for me.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2005 17:05:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of barrelman

New York

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

Slight amber hues with medium head. Aroma was generous portions of malt with little else. The mouthfeel, being cask-conditioned, was the highlight.Taste was malt-loaded with minimal-to-nothing hop character. Not too much balance. For me I like a little more balance in my pales. A good beer for those who fall on the malt side of the fence.

Serving type: cask

08-10-2005 17:50:34 | More by barrelman
Photo of watermelonman


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived in a nice deep amber and red shade with a modest head. It looks very nice.

A solid malt feel dominates the smell of this beer. Up front the taste consists mostly of malts with a hint of caramel. Hops take over in the finish and leave no sign of malt. The hop blend is nice, if a little strong.

It's very full-bodied for the style, without being at all offensive or hard to deal with.

Serving type: cask

10-10-2004 05:34:19 | More by watermelonman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at the brewery Tap House in Ft. Bragg, California. To me this had more interest than the regular tap version, basically due to the cask character, the hops and malt seemd to have more character, but in saying that, it wasn't a giant leap above it. Citrus and caramel were still there, just had a touch more character.

Serving type: cask

09-13-2004 09:07:08 | More by rastaman
Photo of Mark


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Advocates i'm sure you will all agree cask is where it's at. My apologies to my pal Jaybeerman who is probably wanting to kill me right now. this is a fine beer that of course is even better cask conditioned. It takes on a much smoother mellower quality in this form. For all you California advocates get up to Fort Bragg. For everyone else, if you're ever out this way this fine brewery is worth checking out.

Serving type: cask

06-23-2002 13:56:32 | More by Mark
Photo of FLima


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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.