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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

1,633 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 02:52:30 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:59:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 20:47:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 13:24:00 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:12:06 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 15:33:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2005 17:33:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:52:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:12:53 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 19:08:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

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..

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2002 08:06:58 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:08:35 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a reddish-orange tint and a full, fluffy off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves some good lace. The aroma is mainly of floral, grassy hops above a light caramel malt background. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor offers a good combination of malt & hops. A gently caramel malt is backed by a solid, well balanced bitterness, and full of hop flavor with just a slight citrus note. A long lasting bitter and hoppy finish rounds it out. This beer is restrained enough to act as a cross-over beer for the uninitiated, while offering enough character and bitterness to hold the beer aficianado's interest. Extremely well made. A very drinkable, and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 18:28:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, Ruedrich (I assume?) showing a nice red for the holiday season...

This beer pours a clear orange amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a consistent pock-marked wall of lace around the glass. It smells of bready toffee malt, and mild citrusy floral hops. The taste is biscuit malt, citrus, and spicy floral hops. The carbonation is a bit high at first, but evens out soon enough, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes clean, and mostly hoppy, though not so much in the bitter sense.

A pretty good amber ale, sporting a nice hoppy edge - it would make for a good repeat offender at the pub, I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 06:00:26 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

This crimson aquatic mammal goes down in the books as the first great microbrew I ever tried from outside my home region, over a decade ago. It's great taste has always been reliable, and I return to it now, as it's availability is threatened. Have to drink it again, before we lose touch...
Color is dark orange, head is fine, off-white, but a bit short. The nose, however, is in a league of it's own. Bristling with hops, bursting with fruity and spicy notes. Citrus, grapefruit, peach and more. An aggressive, and tasty, hop attack on the palate, suitable malt back-up, but hops are really everywhere and what this delicious ale is all about. Warm, rich, and rewarding, Red Seal is among America's top ale's, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 16:52:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt & citrus sweetness along with some hops.

T: The taste starts out slightly sweet with flavors of citrus & caramel establishing the malt character early. A light and pale hops bitterness quickly follows and although it gets a little bit stronger as the beer starts to warms, it’s still kind of subdued. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these, but personally I would prefer a little stronger of a hops presence. Nonetheless, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 02:01:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bronze to amber with a rocky 3 fingers+ white head. fantastic lacing & very good head retention

Smell: Big piney hops& slight fruityness

T: Big earthy hops upfront followed by fruitty sweetness. Malt dryness follows along with yet more hops. Finishes crisp & piney

MF: Perfect blance, medium bodied & good carbonation

D: A quaffer to be sure. Always thought this was a red ale, what ever the hell you call it,it's damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:31:44 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent with a citrousy hop aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is good. It has a nice balance of pale and crystal malts as well as a dry bitter hop finish. It has a watery mouthfeel, but it is still a damn fine beer. It is low bodied and well carbonated. This is a fine red/amber ale. It has nice hop content and malt balance; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 21:17:10 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing low carbonation, served in a DFH snifter.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with a nice malt backbone.

Beer is lead off sweet with an immediate hop character opening up on the midpalate of the beer. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, minimal carbonation, nice connectivity. I used to have this beer on draft all the time in FL, one of the few craft beers available and the time, and I loved it. I'm glad to return to it now getting the same enjoyment from the bottle. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:25:32 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours light brown with a lingering white head. The aroma is citrus and pine hops with some malt as well. The flavor is similar with strong citrus hops and a nice malt backbone. Medium body and high carbonation. Very good beer, kind of a mix between an American Red Ale and an American Pale Ale. Great take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:04:32 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a tan, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, hops and some pine.

T - It tasted very malty. The hops were subtle and understated. There was a woody/oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good APA. A nice balance of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 16:25:37 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

An ever so lightly hazy, amber red color that is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nicely spicy / herbal hop character to it that is noticeable as I pour this beer. An Aromatic soft caramel sweetness accentuates a hop character that leans towards berries and light herbal notes. In addition to the caramel the malt character also takes on a nice bread-like biscuit like character. This beer has a really nice balance between malt and hop notes, quite enjoyable.

Definitely quite hoppy, I wasn't expecting the hops to take such a prominent role. From the first sip this beer has a nice herbal hop flavor to it and it finishes with a nice hoppy bite of bitterness. A soft sweetness peeks through the hop character making me think of notes of berries, raisins, and a light caramel character. The hop character has notes of menthol, pine, a general herbaceous not that almost makes me think of basil (almost), as well as notes of sweet citrus.

This is a really nice beer. While it does lean towards the hop side of the spectrum, I really like the balance interplay between the malt and hops here. I was definitely not giving this beer enough credit, at least I haven't had it in almost 10 years. I definitely should not have waited so long.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:13:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:34:04 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that recedes, but re-appears with gentle swirling.

The smell is citric and piney. Carmelized bread is in the back.

The taste is of citrus and pine and resin balanced by sweet caramelish malt. Bitter with a rounding sweetness in the finish.

The feel is buttery smooth in a medium body. Taste lingers.

A tasty West Coast APA - flavorful, smooth and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 20:18:40 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember this beer very clearly. It was a mystery beer that I had once and I knew it was from California and I remember this same dirty kind of earthen tone to it. Seems a bit nicer on the bottle than it was on tap. As far as the earthen tone goes, I mean. A decent amber, but too earthy. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 08:39:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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