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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,770 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Bitter and hoppy. A palate cleaner, and good after fish and tasty salad. Was good at below room temperature and at it. Fresh and refreshing. A smooth drink and our group could have handled this all night. Medium mouthfeel, a session ale. Some malts, piney floral. big hop bubbles in bottle.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

A - Pours a deep copper color with no head for me. There was no lacing either.

S - Smells of citrus hops, ripe dark fruits, and a hint of vinegar.

T - Tastes of subdued hops up front with a slight malty aftertaste. The bitterness on this beer was somewhat short lived.

M - Good carbonation. Nice crisp and slightly creamy feel.

D - Good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

djrn2, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a red amber with a nice white head and little lacing. Aroma is of slightly-sweet amber malt and a bit of citrus hops. Taste has a bit of citrus hops along with caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty typical for the style; drinkability about the same--nice and crispy without all that much coming through.

Thorpe429, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

acurtis, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that has excellent retention properties and ever faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of spicy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an excellent balance between the malt and hop flavors. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time because it goes down easily and the taste has quite a bit of flavor. It would probably make for a good beer to pair with food because none of the flavors are overpowering.

metter98, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a decent head that does provide some lace

Smell: Nice balance between the caramel malt and the citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a big swath of caramel before the citrus kicks in; after the swallow, there is a decent balance between both the hops and the malt, but the hop flavor is a bit on the lemony side; in the aftertaste, the caramel malt clearly dominates, almost like a Bock

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would prefer a bit more balance but not bad, overall

brentk56, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Lucent reddish orangish amber with a large head of firm beige foam that maintains a humped, craggy center as it drops. Thin rings and chunklets of lace appear in its wake. The nose contains all manner of citrus fruit, including lemon, orange and grapefruit. I think this is gonna be a good one.

Well-balanced overall with slight nod to the hoppier side of its personality. The lightly toasted maltiness rides shotgun, never completely fading from view and providing a nice counterpoint to the bitter citrus fruit. The hop flavor is a tad underwhelming. Just when things begin to get interesting, it crests and falls back to a weaker version of what might have been. The finish is increasingly bitter as the beer warms. Good body; on the full side for the style.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale falls a notch short for me. The promise of the aroma and the initial several seconds on the palate isn't realized in the end. However, it's still a well-made, drinkable beer that gets a Red Seal of approval from me.

BuckeyeNation, May 13, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Bottle: Poured a dark red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from North Coast.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

A much nicer beer than the Redhook IPA that I just drank. The colors are very nice--maroon or burgudy, very clear, well headed with some lace. Aromas are a nice balance of solid malts and American hops. Spicy and grassy in the nose with a plumb and dates like sweetness. The flavors are malty and hoppy as well. Good complex malt flavors bring out ripe plumbs, light syrup, and a light grain flavor. Hop bittering is big. This beer should be an APA rather than an Amber (if it were not for the color). The body is medium with much roundness in the clean malt texture and the hop bittering. Never astringent. Finishes clean and modestly dry. A very good beer for any occation.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Tried this one on tap at Barleys last night. It was a bit slim pickens if I went this far down the tap list :)

The pour was pretty good with a nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish it off.

Overall very solid and a nice sessionable, and malty ale. I was actually quite happy with this one and glad to have grabbed one for sure.

mikesgroove, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Texasfan549, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%

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

kylehay2004, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber-orange body with a small, fizzy off-white head. Sporadic lacing.

Smell: Caramelized sugar aroma with a perfumy hop scent mixture of cirus fruit and pine. Slight floral notes.

Taste: Earthy caramel sweetness breaks into a flavors of citrus and pine with a moderate bitterness. Medium acidity. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine pale ale when just a little more hops are required.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

This beer poured out as a nice red color, the head was a light orange and was pretty large at first. The lacing was good too. The smell of the beer has a good mix of malts and hops from what I could tell. The taste of te beer followed the same basic structure as the aroma did. Malts and some piney hops. The mouthfeel was pretty good too, just a bit heavier might have been good here. Overall a decent brew worth trying again.

Knapp85, May 11, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Had this on tap here in North Carolina,poured a deep amber with a creamy slightly off-white head.Nice balance of roasted grain and caramel mixed with a citrusy west coast hop profile on the nose,flavor like the aroma is very nicely balanced roasted and lightly caramelly sweet up front but a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit in the finish makes a great beer..

oberon, Jun 25, 2002
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Finally taking the plunge after passing on this so many times at the store. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, grapefruit, flowers, and pine. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light caramel, and grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid red, but nothing that makes me wanna come back and grab another one. Not bad, though.

TMoney2591, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -23.1%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.