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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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1,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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

Tasty and toasty.

Pours copper with a lively rush of carbonation and a fluffy head. The aroma is toasty and bready with a whiff of grassy hops. The flavor follows, with a nice mouthful of toasted malt with a grassy, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and unctuous considering the fizzy appearance of the beer - there's really no sting of carbonation, which I found a surprise.

This is a solid, on-point offering from North Coast - not particularly innovative, but exactly what a good American Red should taste like.

Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-03-22. Best before: 2009-10-31. Served in half-pint glass.

A: Amber colored, almost like candied apricots. Slight chill haze. 2 cm off-white semi-tick head.

S: Light, but prominent and distinct, hop profile. Grapefruit and citric notes coupled with some pine needles. Some caramel malts as well. Butterscotch, bark.

T: Quite similar to the smell. Decent malt sweetness with a distinct caramel character. Butterscotch, bread. It quickly turns to the hop flavors. The hops are prominent, but not that well defined - it's a bit blurry. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon peel, pine needles, some tobacco. The hops get a slightly raw character every now and then. Well balanced bitterness in the finish, but it's not very powerfull. Some spiciness as well.

M: Medium body, decent creamy sensation, pretty crisp.

D: It's a decent beer. The hop character is a bit too raw and unpolished.

Photo of beerman207
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a growler from my favorite party store. I saw some good reviews so decided to give it a shot. This beer was quite good.

A - Cooper color, no real head to speak of, very little lacing and some swirling left behind once the head (what little there was) disappeared.

Smell - Got some fruit in there but overall pretty subdued

Taste - has some fruit tones in there and I can't put my finger on what they are but it's present. Very crisp taste. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation

Drinakability - Since I got this in a growler (got it half full), I anticipate finishing it. It's definately a sessionable brew.

Overall, I'm ery pleased with this beer.

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.

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

A - has the nice amber/red color with a decent cream color head
S - Has tons of sweet caramel malts
T - It is filled with toasty, caramel malt flavors. Tastes kind like candy and even has a sort of spicy aftertaste.
M - It has a pretty full flavor. I like this mouthfeel.
D - It is very drinkable. I need to go get a sixer.

Photo of krunchie
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at 11°C

A: Orange-red coppery liquid, thin orangey head and ok lacing. The head quickly disappears. Too little CO2

S: Ale yeast and caramel malts. Raisins and red grapes, fruity

T: Some strawberries and caramel malts. Low bitterness and hop aroma. Sweet and fruity. A bit uneven finish, unpleasant bitterness after half a bottle

M: Medium, too little CO2. Quite rough mouthfeel, like drinking sand paper. Not my fav

D: OK, despite the roughness and unpleasant bitterness.

Will I buy it again? No

Photo of mirish72
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the suggestion of a friend, last time I take his advice on beer.

It poured red in color with a nice head. It had a sweet, almost breadlike aroma. First taste was sweet, almost bitter.

Overall there isn't much here. It was okay but for about $11 for a sixer, I was expecting a lot more.

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

Pours a light amber color with minimal white head and has some sediment suspension and little action.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with some florals.

A some what spicy sweet caramel malt taste with some well blended pink grapefruit flavored hops and has a hint of astringency and butter in the background with a smidgin of candy apple flavor.

Light bodied, buttery and resinous feel, with lively soft carbonation.

I've had this many times, maybe possibly in the past they had twist offs, I'm impressed with this one, a solid cap. Definitely a session beer with a twist.

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

12 oz bottle in chalice

A: copper gold color, a bit hazy, fizzy head that looks better as it subsides.

S: nice caramel maltiness and hoppy freshness in the nose.

T: a good full tasting pale ale, I would personally describe it as an IPA, but it's not mine. good hop flavor and bitterness without astringency. balance with the caramel is well done.

M: rich smooth full mouthfeel, just enough chewiness

D: drinkable beer for it's strength and full flavors

Nice example of a craft pale ale. I will drink more of this.

Photo of cnally
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden brown color, laced head retention.

malt deluxe on the smell. hops take a back seat.

easy malt and grainy flavor. balanced and even. decent and full.

full amd fizzed feel.

ah, good, not spectacular. my ability to drink these is in question.

Photo of latercol
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours Sort of orangey. not super head retention.

Smell is quite nice... Fruity, bready, noticable hops.

Tast is fairly hoppy. Some of the fruit that I smelled, but hops dominate this one. Overall good taste.

Mouth feel. Excellent. Feels really creamy.

Drinkability- good. Overall a great beer. One that I will surely get again.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a some seedy liquor store. 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice ruby hued amber color with a big ass off white head of medium sized bubbles. Appears moderately thick.

Smell is, I dare say, pleasing with a very bready aroma. Sweet maltiness. A very light fruit scent.

Taste refreshingly follows the nose. Seems wine-like. Not bad but I don't think this will be one of my favorites. Not big enough on the flavor or the ABV. I'm sure bitches will like it though. Just kidding, it's pretty good for a wine cooler.

Overall: where the hell did I put that Arrogant Bastard?

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

Big old head of two to three fingers, mainly comprised of a sheet of micro bubbles with larger bubble dimples, leaves a pretty lacing behind. Sinewy profile in the nose, direct and to the point scents of forest floor earth and underbrush, dried grapefruit and lemon peels, crème brulée and unshucked corn, the dryness gets arch at moments but always relents, a general maltiness softens the dissolve and stifles an encroaching salinity. Medium-bodied, the carbonation more of a big expansive foaminess than finer prickle. Pizza crust, wheat bread, general toasted dough quite prevalent with a noticeable grapefruit, orange citrus thrust to it. The poor brown earth, stone and matted grasses components evoke a meadow field. The dryness begins to wear out the palate after some time, here the malts a little roasted to smooth out the ride. Still, has a liveliness to it and certain purity of spirit. Could put down 2-3 of these before having to switch to something else.

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.

Photo of Ohiovania
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - medium amber with a good amount of head and carbonation. The initial head laces very nicely but the rest laces very minimally.

S - A very nice bitter sweetness and citrus fruit.

M - Light, frothy and smooth

T - Mildly bitter and just a bit sweet. Hardly any alcohol taste what so ever and just a spec of that citrus fruit. I was delightfully surprised to smell it but not shocked to not really taste it heavily.

D - A good Ale that I probably wouldn't drink everyday. I'll definitely be drinking it again though. Kinda one of those brews that when it happens it happens. Not really gonna hunt for it again.

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

Transparent amber colored. Thin white head with great bottom of the glass retention and some lace.

Smells pleasanty of roasty jalepeno bread malt complimented by mild citrus hops. Very springtime.

Tastes crisp, refreshing, perfectly balanced and very West Coast. Bready citrus malt, effervescent carbonation, and hop bitter at the end keep this beer good and simple. Tastes natural. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel is usually a bad thing but it seems to fit with Red Seal. An intensely drying aftertaste, is the only downside of this archetypical amber.

Overall I love this beer. I enjoy a simple, balanced amber in these times of imperials and hop head infused reds.

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

A - Solid clear orange color. White head settles at a rocky eighth inch. Amorphous pustules of lacing mottle the margin of the tankard. lol.

S - Brown sugar malts and grassy green bitterness coming together very sweetly, minty, earthy, like week-old lawn clippings...

T - The theme continues on the taste. Starting out sugary sweet but balanced with bitterness and wheaty malts. Our grassy flavor comes in strong, ending briefly an intense hit of honey-flavored bitterness. I've come across the grass clipping flavor in other brews, mostly ambers, and I've never been too excited about it; but this one is really growing on me, I like it. Finish leaves a lemony sweet honey flavor among the bitterness.

M - Medium to thin consistency with slightly elevated carbonation; seems to work perfectly with the flavor.

D - A fine drink of beer. I'm kicking myself for not trying this sooner.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Little Rock AFB, AR shoppette.

A: Pours a nice coppery color with a pale three to four finger head. I had to pour the rest slowly. Over carbonated?

S: Smell is sweet and hoppy.

T: Sweet with a hobby bite, yet mellow and creamy and very well balanced. Its flavor is great but might not meet the expectations of the hop-lover-enthusiasts.

M: Thick and welcoming with a sturdy flavor.

D: I could easily down a six pack of this stuff. It has a decent amount of alcohol and is very tasty. I enjoyed it very much.
North Coast makes great beers and Red Seal Ale is definitely one of them, though I am more partial to "Old Rasputin." Red Seal Ale is an all-around good beer.



Photo of stockingcpl
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This wonderful brew purs with a tan-ish thick head. Lacings are moderate but surface spiderwebbing is generous. Color is a reddish amber. Great appearance.

Smell: There is a distinct hop presence in the aroma. I detect a slight berryish tint to the aroma.

Taste: Moderate hop hitternes mixed with a creamy presence. Enjoyable. Malt on onset but tapers very quickly. The berrys are indeed detectible in the flavor. There is a pine character to the hops.

Mouthfeel: The sustain is low in strength but very long in character. The initial mix of hops and malt blend smoothly on the tongue. I'm impressed with the flavor curve of this selection. Interesting.

Drinkability: This brew is not as heavy in character as I would have expected. I only had one of these available and this disappointed me...this by itself rates a good drinkability.


Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/19/2007 (12oz bottle):

Couldn't get a clean glass. Has a smallish head in the dark bottle. A malty sharp flavor, with a somewhat smooth aftertaste. Poured a little cold, decided to try it again after warming up for a bit. Warming up, nice & malty. Has a very malty aroma.

Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a three finger creamy white head.

Nose is very malty sweet, with some hop aroma. Sweet fruit.

Hops jump out in the initial sip, then turn spicy. Dry finish.

Smooth and creamy. Very crisp. Solid beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of philbe311
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of crisp slightly off-white head... Respectable retention... Copperish orange in color... A slight haze throughout... A limited amount of fast paced carbonation which gradually slows throughout the session...

S - Unique aroma... Sweet malt... Mandarin orange... Cantaloupe... A thin layer of piney hops... Pleasant yet intriguing...

T - Biscuit... Malt... Unidentifiable hops rise to the surface and begin to dominate the palette... Quickly turns spicy as the taste fades out...

M - Creamy and rich start which quickly turns to a slightly bitter yet extremely dry...

D - A tad too bitter for my liking, but yet a respectable brew... The taste is quite memorable, but the beer slightly dissappoints in all other facets...

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at The Daily Planet this beer was an orange/amber color with a off-white head that displayed moderate retention and left broken bands of sticky lacing. The aroma was a very appealing balance of floral and slightly herbal hops with rich malt. The flavors were also well balanced and I instantly thought 'session beer.' Wet grains, slightly musty malt, toasted malt and some hints of wood balanced by a bold hoppiness on the finish. Crisp and solid and a great flagship. The mouthfeel was good but a little fizzy/foamy due to the carbonation (a tap thing?) and the body was medium.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: Nice amber color and white head, which settled to a layer that lasted the duration.

S: Spicy hop fragrance to start. Some caramel malt pushing through as well. Earthy aromas overall.

T: Creamy, toasty malt backing, balanced by a pleasant, earthy hop bouquet. Nice and crisp, like a brisk January morning walk.

M: Solid medium body. Malt profile is nice and slick and is well carbonated. Aftertaste lasts quite a while.

D: Most definitely. A no-brainer for an evening of enjoying beer with friends or coworkers.

Really nice overall. Nothing really struck me as spectacular, but this is a solid beer and would do well during any season. Might also be an admirable gateway beer for a neophyte. One really can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of John_M
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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.