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

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 79 | 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 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.

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

consumed at a tasting. review from notes.

A: dark amber. straw head. great head and great retention.

S: Pollen, pine, honey, citrus.

T: Sweet, crisp and clean finish. balanced.

M: appropriate carbonation. smooth. no off tastes.

D: lingering dryness is borderline "sessionable" for me. very well balanced tho.

Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a medium to thin light tan head. Aroma is citrus hops, piney, touch of caramel. The flavor is lightly grainy, with some roasty and light caramel notes, and a decent NorthWest hop presence to keep it pretty dry. Finishes hoppy, but not too crisp or bitter.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a nice initial head. Smell is nice and malty. Taste is very refreshing - nice carbonation and malty undertones. Feel is great and I could drink several of these. Not a ton of original character, but sometimes its good to have a beer that isn't intensely flavorful and is just a good pleasant drink. $8 bucks a six-pack - I'll be getting more.

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

A fine fire red/orange appearance poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Smell is very potent and inviting, malts with a fruity character paired with a floral hop bouqet.
The flavor is pretty solid as well, boasting a strong caramel malt body with lager like qualities, and a good orangey hop prescence.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth.
This beer has a fine drinkability and would be a great accompanyment to a hearty meal.

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

From Total Wine (Chantilly, VA). No freshness date.

Appearance - light brown, almost reddish. Solid head with intricate lacing.

Smell - Earthy. Nothing stands out more than anything else. Like most amber ales.

Taste - toasted malt. A little fruit sweetness balanced well by subtle hops. Almost medicinal, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel - Average.

Drinkability - high because nothing is too overwhelming. Most will be able to enjoy this beer because it's in no way off-putting or obnoxious. Kind of like the name...

Photo of rlparker3
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1-Jan-2009 Home

Poured Amber with a half finger of fine bubbled head. Smelled pungent and earthy. Medium impression of hops and light malt roasting. Drank clean... but I didn't crave another. I recall liking this more in the past... perhaps the hops have changed.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: cloudy caramel with creamy looking eggshell white head, great lazing

S: Almost acidically fruity and sweet, like a caramel apple

T: sweetness that reminds me of the apple flavor in the nose, caramel malts. and a citrus from the hops, slight alcohol

S: dry and far more bitter than one would expect from the fruit and caramel in the smell and taste

D: good, esp. for the abv, a bit sweet for me for too many

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

Poured a clear red/amber with a two-and-a-half finger off white head. Head retained nicely with traces easily seen all the way down the glass which left a very sticky lacing.

Smell was biscuits and citrus hops, not quite grapefruit but a little bit of citrus rind.

Taste was similar to smell with the biscuity malt at the start and the slightly bitter hops at the end. Nothing real complex here, just your everyday amber ale.

Mouthfeel was good, a little sticky but had a good dry finish to it that made you want another drink.

Overall a very good beer, tastes like an amber ale should and would stack up with the best of them but if you are looking for complexity look elsewhere.

Photo of HalfFull
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange amber into a pint glass with a full inch of rocky head. Had to really monitor the pour to keep this one from overflowing. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is of malty citrus hops gone bad, reminiscent of many Firestone Walker brews. Is this a pure cascade hop brew? Malt variety? Time for a little research on my behalf. I am too often running into a rather undesirable odor. I'm liking the hops but the citric oil smell is killing me. As the beer settles the hops do become more dominant, quenching the negatives a bit.

Taste is equally cloying, a bit chewy and chalky at the same time. Not chewy as in something to savor but chewy as in do I want to spit out this gamey piece of meat. All this stems from the love or hate orange flavor as the beer is otherwise quite pleasant.

Decent feel and drink per se. Carbonation is high initially yet settles in the end, leaving a somewhat viscous finish.

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

The beer poured a light copper with an off white head. The aroma is simply of malt. The taste is light malt, with no real hops flavor, but it is evident in the dry finish. The feel is medium and dry. I was really impressed with this beer. It is one of the most pleasant session ales I've had in a while. I know I'll be drinking more in the future.

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

On draft at my local last week, man what a nice beer. The aroma of malt and a good hit of citrusy hops was very nice, the mouthfeel like a good English Bitter, and it tasted as close to Meantime IPA as I have found in the states. A great session beer with that elusive "moreishness" that a good beer should have.

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

A - light honey amber with a soft white head.

S - biscuits and cascade hops.

T - Similar to the smell with an unexpected sweet taste. Very well balanced.

M - The carbonation is nice and soft - it doesnt say bottle condition but has the same mouthfeel

D - This is one of my favorite session beers.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, strangely enough the label appears to have a sea lion, and not a seal. No date information.

Appearance: Nice orangish amber color, good sized head with a bit of retention and lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, a bit of biscuity malt aroma.

Taste: Good combination of bready malt and plenty of hops, without being too bitter. This is a very classic APA in my book.

Overall impression: This is a good example of the classic american pale - there is a bit more hops than I would expect in an amber, but that is just a quibble on the classification. Very nice, very drinkable.

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

Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Pours a light clear orange with a thick white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral, sweet hops. Aroma is not very strong, but it's nice and inviting. Flavor doesn't quite match with the aroma. Mostly sweet malt, with a sour, crisp apple finish (like biting into a freshly picked apple). Tart and spicy as well. Not much of a hop presence. This beer grew on me as I drank it and I liked it more and more by the end.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

North Coast Red Seal Ale is a copper ale with a nice light beige head. It has a clear, strong aroma of Cascade hops with a little malt to back it up. It is medium bodied and quite smooth. The taste is simple, well balanced and refreshing-- mostly pine and citrus. This tastes very Californian. Classic.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

Photo of AleWerks
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great seesion beer.

Aroma: Big sweet malt on the nose that is balanced nincely by just the right amount of hop presence.

Appearance: Orange-red hues that have a nice white head that laces nicely as you drink the beer.

Flavor: Big malt flavor that (just like the aroma) is balanced by a nice amount hop American hops. Nice caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich mouthfeel that finishes with a hoppy snap.

Overall: A very good example of a West Coast Red Ale.

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

Pours a orange amber with just a hint of red. The creamy bone colored cap is a little small,but retains well for the style. It leaves a quarter inch cap that is still hanging strong and leaving some patchy lace. The nose is sweet and malty with some underlying flora/citrusy hoppy aromas. Lots of bread crust flavors here with a good amount of hop bitterness. A nice balance that leans slightly toward the citrusy bitter flavors. The mouthfeel has kind of a dirty dry feel,and borders on very dry. If readily available in your area Red Seal could be a good friend.

Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Is a light pale yellow color with one finger head.
Nose: A nice hoppy citrus aroma followed by a toasted malt character with hints of and citrus, resin, and sweetness.
Taste: A Nice hoppy grapefruit, citrus, piney with a good malt backbone. There are hints of resin and wood.
Overall: This beer as an astringent mouth feel and the finish is a bit bitter but acceptable with this style of beer. I Enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of albern
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer, and I'm glad I picked it off the shelf. It pours a beautiful clear amber color with a huge creamy, thick foamy off white head that laces and retains very well. The nose on this beer is just perfect. There are very nice bready malts, enticing caramel hints, all rounded out with a great hop presence. The taste is fantastic. This is a great beer, it comes off a little more like an IPA than an amber, as there aren't any of the tart reddish notes in the flavor characteristic of the red style. This is a creamy, bready, earthy malt beer with a very well balanced hop presence. The mouthfeel leaves just a slight bittering hop presence and there is little aftertaste noticeable. L'Chaim.

Photo of esurreal
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has great balance. Very smooth from front to back. It has a very beautiful honey amber appearance with a nice cream colored head. Pretty strong lacing as well. Smells very apple like with strong scents of pine, sugary orange, bright citrus. There's also a hint of minty like cleaness. Similar to how spearmint gum makes your mouth feel fresh. Like I said it's one of the most balanced ipa type beers I've tried. It doesn't have a ton of hop bite nor a ton of malty sweetness, but it seems to blend the two perfectly with the hops dominating in the end. With that said, the sweetness never totally goes away. It's midbodied in mouthfeel and goes down very smooth. Coats the tongue and tingles nicely. Good Beer, great brewery. Definitely try the Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale that North Coast puts out. Both are excellent too.

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle..

Pours a dark cherry red color with a thin foamy off-white head. Aroma and flavor both consist of a nice balance of malt and hops. Very drinkable session beer that starts off smooth and finishes off with a dry hoppy bitterness.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a clear, copperish, amber color with an egg white half inch sustained head.

Strong aromas of spicy hops and sweet malts and a hint of warm alcoholic aroma.

Despite a solid hop presence, the malt is the dominant feature which is common among the amber ale category. However, the hop bitterness gives this one a little extra zesty flavor, unlike most of the amber ales I have tried.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a full, complex mouthfeel.

This ale rises above the current glut of "amber" ales available due to the pleasant bitterness that complements the rich malty profile. I place it along side my favorite amber, Bell's Amber Ale.

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

On tap at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo, May 2007.

A synthesis of bronze and amber that falls very near to a pumpkin orange. To the light, you can make out a clear junction where the colours begin to meld; it occurs from a clear, darker top and finishes on a lighter, bleary bottom. The beer is quite hazed. Fluffy clouds of white are perched over top and will - momentarily - pose along the sides.

The aroma showcases a nice dose of malt hunkered beneath a medium-level fronting of hops. It's apparent that few little green cones were spared for Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale, but those that were must have been the more pungent and fruity varieties. This lineup seems to promote the spicy side of lupulin.

The dose of malt mentioned above is presented with just the right amount of toast. It's a backbone of flavour ever so slightly caramelized, with resounding taste of biscuits and cookies. I'd think this is the perfect amount of caramelization - it adds that one extra gooey, sweet, toffee-laced spoonful needed to provide substance in a good pale ale. The hops, contributing some flavour of their own, don't hurt with the taste either!

The beer has plenty of contribution from both hops and malts, and, as result, the mouthfeel has components of each and contains a little of both sweetness (malt) and bitterness (hops). There is enough of both to please everyone and not enough of either to displease anyone - this is a quenching beer any which way you want to cut it.

North Coast offers a solid lineup of beers including some, Red Seal Ale among them, that should appeal to the palate of any beer drinker, no matter their tastes or experience. This is beer done well, period. Like I'd recommend their Old Rasputin and Old Stock to those learning to become connoisseurs out there, I'd recommend this as a first step along the way.

Photo of 1thinmint
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good, drinkable amber but not the hardest beer to get down for someone looking at a good staple beer. gives a sweet peachy smell that combines what it says on the label of, water, barley, hops, yeast and that's all. as said above, very easy to drink with a mixture of hops, the sweeter taste of heavier malt, and semi-dry bitterness that ends with a floral nose as you set it down thinking of the next one. expensive though for its price in MO for 9.50 a six pack

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,837 ratings.