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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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1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 58
Gots: 46 | 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 jsprain1


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

A- The appearance is a nice color, darker than many pale ales, amber, almost orange. A nice inch and a quarter head, with copious amounts of lacing. A good number of carbonation bubbles.
S- A strong hop scent. There is some fruit scent, light grapefruit seemingly, with an almost christmas tree scent in there too. Very appealing.
T-There is a malt taste here, light caramel, but hops are really king with this beer. A bit bitter, it has a fruit zest taste to it. Phenomenal.
M- It is really crisp. The carbonation is high. A bit heavy in comparison to your average apa.
O- One of the best beers I've had in a long long time. A very worthy pale ale. For those who like sierra nevada pale ale, this seems to be a step above.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 21:38:51 | More by jsprain1
Photo of stewart124


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a nice sticky off-white head. Very pretty lacing along the sides of the glass is left.

Plenty of hops and caramel sweetness in the nose. Fruity esters leaning towards pear. There is a pleasant citrus and pine character from the hops.

My first taste is very good: sweet but perfectly blended with the bitterness of the hops (I am thinking centennial. Pine and citrus are present in the taste with a medium body that bolds well for this American Pale Ale. Carbonation is fairly low and it gives this beer a slight chewiness.

Finishes dry but with a slight residual sweetness. Citrus is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Very nice APA and one that could be enjoyed frequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:44:00 | More by stewart124
Photo of blackie


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: low off-white head with light retention, nice amber colored beer

s: nice floral west coast hop aroma with notes of light pine and grapefruit, a base of clean pale and crystal malts

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, with a light-medium body...clean

t: lightly sweet pale and crystal malts, just a touch of caramel flavor, great grassy pine/citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness

d: great drinkability...a tasty beer with a clean finish, balanced all around, and simple fits this style very well

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary, an old favorite

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:36:39 | More by blackie
Photo of Drewcifer


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-red color with only a slight white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is flowery hops over top of malt, fairly balanced though.

Taste is not as well balanced, leaning to the hops side with floral, citrusy notes. You can catch some of the malt in there if you're paying attention. A very, very slight bitterness on the end, just to let you know it's there.

Possibly a little over-carbonated, but not offensively so. Body on the light end of medium, nice dry finish to it.

Over all, a slightly above-average APA. Very drinkable, worth trying, but not the most intriguing APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 16:59:02 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of drperm


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

For me, this is the APA against which I will judge all other APAs. It is in no way over-the-top: unlike some APAs, which give me the distinct impression that the brewer fell asleep at the hop-pitching switch, allowing gallons and gallons of hops to enter into the brew, Red Seal is perfectly balanced and nuanced. Nothing unpleasant or brash or harsh at all. Nice complex hop notes, this is one to satisfy the Hop Head and the traditionalist alike. Bravo.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 18:29:44 | More by drperm
Photo of Slynger


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

Red Seal pours a nice, golden, orangey-amber color, with a slim, fuzzy white lid.

The smell is sweet caramel malts and floral hops, with light citrus and grassy hops. Light but well balanced nose.

A light, pleasant sharpness accompanies the creamy carbonation in this medium bodied brew. Toasted and caramel malts introduce the flavor, as lightly sweet and floral lemony citrus balances, and toasted grains and earthy hops leave the finish mildly bitter.

This beer seems to have good balance. I wish that I had one more sip left to take in the whole thing one more time, but alas. There is no more.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 03:23:07 | More by Slynger
Photo of BWMKappaSig


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

Appearance: As amber as it gets, somewhere close to color of Anchor Liberty (compared next to one another). Thin white head leaves a lace around the glass.

Smell: Immedately noticable and moderately strong hops presence with a fruity malt afternote.

Taste: Fruity hops that have a very floral finish. A little malt, but not as balanced as most pale ales. Delicious bitterness, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A slight astringency, but a beautiful thickness that leaves a nice mouth coating. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thoroughly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 21:39:11 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of JEdmund


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-orange with a pillowy, creamy head; lots of carbonation bubbles rising (easy to pour head); not much lacing on glass

Very appetizing hops; some hint of malt in there; smells very similar to Sierra's Celebration Ale--a big plus!

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nice hop sting on the initial mouthful; very crisp and clean; a little thin overall in body; very tasty doughy/bready maltiness in there to keep the hops at bay; another good bite of hops at the end

This is very tasty pale ale. I will gladly and easily work my way through a six pack. I especially like the presence of malts here, as it gives it an overall more balanced flavor--something you don't regularly get with a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 17:12:43 | More by JEdmund
Photo of becktone


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal tasting with Hazed and Infused(Boulder Beer), BBC Pale Ale, and Brooklyn Pennant Ale.

Eye: Next best looking of the four. Color is dark gold sprinkled with light brown. Head is very small, but at least it can still be called a head, it covers the beer without its color being altered by the darker color underneath and without any holes in the head. There is some lacing, but not too much, pretty poor in comparison with the Hazed and Infused.

Nose: Nice floral character on this beer with some citrus hints in the background, not to pungent though. Hops are in good balance with the malt. Almost a perfect balance, neither is in control, malt aroma balances hop aroma out after one has been inhaling for a few seconds. Some cereal grain malt characteristics along with some sweetness.

Tongue: Bitterness hits the back corners of the tongue right off the bat, nicely done. Citrus hop flavor comes through the most early on and then it finishes leaning more towards floral. Caramel notes and some slightly toasted/warm notes come through behind the hops. Also some hints of fruit character from fermentation as well as some cereal grain. This is a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied with higher levels of carbonation than the previous two, though given the lighter body it seems appropriate. This beer goes down easily enough, and I do recommend it. However, it is as I have said previously in this session(the horizontal tasting) it is just another one of the guys. Worth checking out, but it isn't good enough to get me to buy it again; I'm glad that I did give it a try, by no means do I not like it, but as far as this style goes I've had beers that I found to be much hoppier, and much better-all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 03:36:54 | More by becktone
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Smells of orange spice, slightly metallic. Some hops lingering in background. Palate is simple and satisfying. Lively carbonation, creamy texture. Nice dry/bitter finish. Slightly toasted grainy malts kick it off, a good dose of hops in middle, and short metalic finish. Some sweeter candy notes, slight lager/belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:53:27 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Pencible


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a typical pale ale. The flavor was pretty one-dimensional with decent hops, but not a whole lot of bitterness. Pretty easily drinkable, but there just wasn't much to it. I'd call it average. (Drunk from a bottle, so I don't have any notes on the appearance.)

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 04:17:03 | More by Pencible
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich amber color and a somewhat thick consistency. Sported a decent half inch head and some lacing.

The smell was rich in hops more than anything else, but not in an overpowering way.

The taste was sharp and bitter, with emphasis on the hops. There was a citrus flavor to go along with this. Nicely complex.

This had a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer if you like APAs. It has a pretty bitter taste, but it's likable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:21:19 | More by avalon07
Photo of jayb


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

pours a clear copper color. dense, rocky off-white head. head settles down to a thin chunky film. mildly effervescent.

citrusy hop aroma is prevalent. followed by a hint of sweet barley. like aromatic malt before it is mashed. mmm!

floral and citrusy hope bitterness. i cant quite grab the malts on this one. slightly sweet, lovely lingering hop bitterness.

medium bodied, dry bitterness, medium carbonation.

mmm. very drinkable. I think the bitterness would be a little drying later on in a session, but pleasant and enjoyable in moderation. recommended. One of the better pales i have had lately.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:29:31 | More by jayb
Photo of Kemmerlin


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

A: Golden red color, filtered, thick creamy off white head with light lacing.

S: Floral hop smell with spices intertwined maybe allspice is the scent I am picking up.

T: Floral hop taste with light grain and yeast flavors all mixing well but you can tell the brewer went heavy on the hops and for good reason the taste was very good. There was some spice notes complimenting the flavor but this should be developed more in order to receive a five from me.

M/D: A we bit strong on the bitter do to the huge amount of hops but I would not take that away since the flavor was so good. Other than that it had a great feel in the mouth and I really want to drink this one again and again. I'll also be trying many more beers from this brewer they definitely know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 15:30:01 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of Gehrig


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

I ordered this at the sterling Sun Singer. Red-brown body with orange highlights topped by a finger of off-white head. Caramel malt dominates the nose, with whiffs of hops lurking. Creamy caramel taste, with hints of berry, nicely textured.

Moderate bitterness finishes this off, but nothing too obstreperous. Easy to drink, Red Seal is very enjoyable, smooth, but bitter as well.

Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:02:26 | More by Gehrig
Photo of biggmike


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

This poured a beautiful copper/red color with nice head that lasted a while. Smell is a pleasing blend of hoppy and fruity aromas. Taste is a well-balanced blend of initial maltiness that subsides to a nice hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel of this beer is good, as it has a thick, chewy character to it. Drinkabilty is high.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 07:35:46 | More by biggmike
Photo of TheClassical


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's get to it: from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a clean clear pint glass ...

The nose is a very floral, scented bitterness that somehow feels thin. It's sweet and hoppy, like a good pale ale should be, but it's nothing spectacular. Mid-beer the sweet malt smell is much more noticeable.

The pour from the bottle presents a well-condensed head that thins slowly atop a deep orange copper body. A steady stream of carbonation is noticeable but pleasantly slow. The head seems to slide down the glass like mercury and leaves no real lacing to speak of. Further down the beer there is well-carbonated foam hugging the sides during each sip, but that too disappears into the ether of the drink.

The first taste is a blunt but mild bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is slight and makes for a smooth, easy sip. A second sip and there is some stronger, more interesting hop notes, and a taste of sweeter malts. The malt flavor adheres to the tongue a bit, which is distracting. Continued drinking sees the hop flavor come to the front, subduing the malt, but the malt still lingers in a sweet finish on each sip that I don't particularly care for. A dulled taste emerges mid-beer, with the whole drink settling into a drinkable but not too distinguished blend of malty and hoppy (the hop taste by far the stronger), one over-reaching the other (but not really playing well together), with nothing standing out but nothing offensively distracting.

Well, what can I say? I've liked and enjoyed this beer before, but sitting down with a "review" copy, and thinking about the beer as a whole, has made me see it as one of the weaker offering's in North Coast's lineup. Drinkable? Sure, yeah, I could do another. But I can think of a handful of other pale ales, APAs or otherwise, that I'd prefer a second round of.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 16:13:27 | More by TheClassical
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Golden-amber body with a moderate off white head.. left some lacing in the glass. moderate carbonation.

S: A softer floral/grassy hop aroma is most noticeable.. not too much else going on..

T: As expected the floral/grassy hops punch through to start before being balanced out by sweet malts... a nice balance but like the aroma.. just kinda of lacking that little bit of depth to kick it to the next tier

M: Medium bodied.. a bit chewy for an APA... refreshing none the less

D: Not bad. just not complex enough to hold my interest.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 14:48:20 | More by callmemickey
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- Copper in color, poured a half finger head with decent staying power.

S- Nice pleasant hop aroma which hints toward more complexity to follow.

T- The hops come through up front but are carried off backstage by a sweet robust malt backbone.

M- Although a little heavy for the style I still find that it fits with the malt presence.

D- When I see this on tap, its on.

If you're bored of the cookie cutter APAs, give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 03:12:10 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of johnnyirishman


2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- Copperish in color with a sandy head that stuck around for a while. Left little to no lacing behind.

S- Not much in the smell dept. Some faint sweet malt but nothing explosive.

T,M- Quite bland tasting, malt, slight hopps at the finish.

D- Its an ok beer, if thirst was an issue i could drink this beer again, but otherwise i wouldent buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:41:05 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of Overlord


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this along with Abyss, Guardian '07,and Dreadnaught tonight. Needless to say, it was overshadowed.

Poured red with an inch or two white head. Smelled of grapefruit: taste was grapefruit hops with a hint of pine and a sweet caramel undercurrent. Not much going on here. Three Floyds and Mad River have really impressed recently with pale ales. This: not so much.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 08:23:54 | More by Overlord
Photo of charlzm


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed on 12/13/07.

Slightly hazy medium gold with nice off-white head.

Expected grapefruit hop aroma.

Tart and hoppy with some bready malt lurking in there. Bold bitterness like orange rinds mix with black pepper for lingering finish. Not well-balanced: bitter is by far the most prevalent flavor.

Not something I'm looking forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 18:20:22 | More by charlzm
Photo of BoitSansSoif


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

A-Pours a reddish golden amber with decent head and some lacing. Slightly hazy.

S-Sweet malted barley, hops, tea and some mint.

T-Hoppy attack with some estery character, nice slightly sweet malty midpalate, and crisp, dry finish w/notes of grapefruit.

M-Good, not too light, and decent carbonation.

D-A smooth drink that is very agreeable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:11:49 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of brewgetter


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

The beer pours a lovely copper orange with a slight haze and lacey off-white head. The smell is fruity, I get some peach aroma, and maybe apple. Hops come out a little in the smell, but not overpowering.

On fist taste the maltiness comes throuogh followed by the hops and a bitter dry finish. As it warms though all the flavors come out to play: pear, apple, nice slightly roasted maltiness, and good hops undertones. I could drink a lot of these. I don't know if I would crave this beer a lot, but after I've had one, another one sounds darn good!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 18:30:51 | More by brewgetter
Photo of cdkrenz


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this short 12-ounce bottle from Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Appearance - The red glow of maple syrup with a head standing and inch tall. The beige head is frothy and light looking.

Smell - When I take whiff I see apple and cherry trees even though there is no apple or cherry in the aroma. It has a light malty scent that makes me feel warm. There are some hops in the scent as well but its masked very well by the malt. Very good smell in my opinion.

Taste - The flavor carries some complexity. It starts off smooth and malty. Then in an instant it transforms into its hoppy character. The hops are dry and sweet but the finish leaves a bit to be desired. I'm not left craving another sip.

Mouthfeel - The feel, like the taste, starts out smooth and then quickly transforms into a subtly coarse version of its former self.

~ I must admit I do like this brew. I'd certainly have another and would love to try it straight from the tap. Maybe the next time I'm in California I'll be able to indulge in a pint.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:39:20 | More by cdkrenz
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