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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

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Reviews: 989 | Ratings: 2,022
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a sixpack of this baby for the furthur show last nigh at red rocks. it poured a nice red copper color with a two inch white head. the smell is nice west coast hops and red malt, hoppy for a red ale. it has a crisp bitter flavor at first, but the malt mellows the finish with some caramel and bready notes. its very well balanced, and slightly unconventional. the mouthfeel is nice too, medium body and very drinkable, intensely carbonated. lots of flavor packed into this beer, one of the better north coast products ive had. an excellent concert beer as well, hearty and drinkable at the same time, nice!

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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

12oz bottle, Ruedrich (I presume?) showing a nice red coat on the label, for the holiday season, I presume.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium orange amber hue, with two fingers puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy pale beige head, which settles sort of quickly, leaving a consistent pock-marked wall of saggy webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel/toffee malt, a bit of hard water flintiness, and peppy citrusy, floral, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is gritty biscuity pale and caramel malt, orange, lime (of two different manifestations here), and grapefruit citrus, and spicy herbal, grassy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is a bit high and testily frothy at first, but evens out soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight airy creaminess arising straight off. It finishes clean and off-dry, sure, but agreeably hoppy, in both the bitterly floral and fruity sense.

A pretty good amber ale, sporting a nice hoppy edge - but nothing over the top. It would make for a good repeat offender at the pub, I imagine, should this ever arrive in Alberta as such - I only suggest this particular conceit as a concerned, beer-appreciating citizen, y'know.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.


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Photo of oberon
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..

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - A light, sweet caramel aroma with some toasted malt. Some musty hops with a hint of pine and maybe some brown sugar hiding in the background.

T - Brown, malty caramel up front with a light flavor of herbal hops. Some brown sugar notes in the middle with a little bit of yeasty apple and more spicy hop flavor. Finishes with a lightly roasted note and some dark, sweet caramel that its balanced by moderate bitterness and a hint of pine.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a drinkable red ale with a thick malt character. The hops fall a but too far on the musty side if the spectrum for my taste, but they serve their purpose by balancing the malt. A reasonably nice amber ale, but not nearly as exciting as the some other north coast beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours clear red orange color with a 2 finger off white head with decent retention. Aromas of citrus, floral, pine, caramel, and some spices. Taste matches the nose very well, with a nice crisp clean bitterness that lingers for a bit on the finish. This goes down very well, and is very drinkable. Very nicely balanced flavors. Medium body and fairly high carbonation. Overall this is highly enjoyable, and full of flavor. Before I knew it my glass was empty. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1700th review, I picked this up at quick 6 Mt Rose. poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is deep amber, like fire bordering on copper with mild haze and thick cream of about 1/2 inch with a small bead. The smell is very inviting with a light fruitiness and subtle piney odor from the hops with mellow spice odor and almost floral hop accent. The feel is good with nice balance and subtle texture of toasted malt with gentle spice and slight citrus tanginess in the backend with mild sweetness and moderately high carbonation. The carbonation helps to amplify the hop spice and there is a crips slightly bitter, semi-dry finish which is pleasant.

The taste has a nice fruity yeast tang in the initial entry with slightly piney flavor from the hops with mild floral accents that is indicative of noble hops. The taste has a spicy finish after mild malt which helps to augment the yeast flavor with gentle sweet flavors. The beer has a good amount of flavor but the bitterness is smooth which adds to the overall refreshing quality of the amber. I liked this and the finish is nice and crisp with lager like finish. This comes off like an amped up anchor steam to me with some lager qualities but nice spice and yeast flavor-it is a pleasure to drink.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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