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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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1,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 58
Gots: 48 | 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.

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Photo of Chaz


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

Pours a brilliant reddish-copper in color ("orange"), with a one-fingered pale tan head. Lacing is quite evident as well as visually appealing. Carbonation looks to be quite minimal.

The nose is a heady, rich blend of sweet crystal and biscuity caramel and pale malts, tempered with a pleasant citric hop quality that seems to hover like a raptor above the malts.

Alternately sweet, bready-yeasty, and robust on the first sip. The bready, biscuit malt character seems to dominate without truly overpowering, for the sweetness weaves in and out of the malt profile with great dexterity. As with the citric (lemony-orange) hop on the nose so there's the politest of spicy hop on the tongue, and it interjects itself into the malt profile with much more insistence than you'd expect, leaving you with a fairly bitter, dry finish.

On the palate the sweetness of the crystal malt takes on a candi-sugar like character, and this definitely adds to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and gently scrubbing, making for a very, very drinkable brew.

Although an APA in style, Red Seal has stylistically always fooled me into believing it was a British style ESB, and while I won;t split hairs I *will* get down to the bar and have another pint of this before a new beer replaces it in the rotation. It's well worth seeking out on draught, and worth paying the premium price I paid for it as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2007 18:20:55 | More by Chaz
Photo of 1fastz28


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

pours a real nice reddish copper color with a head that laces very nicely. this beer is very impressive, first off the smell has such a pleasant mixture of both hops and malt, one of the best i've ever smelt as far as a blend of scents. taste is the same as well, has a taste that is a perfect mixture of hops and malt. mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well


Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 03:45:20 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

Picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a shaker pint. Changing the tunes up ... listening to the Cowboy Junkies live at the BBC.

Nice lite tan head with huge lacing that sticks to the sides for the entire pint. Hop hazed slightly glowing orange amber.

WOW! Fresh beer is sooo much better. The aroma is perfect... spicey hops playing nice with the Americans... good caramel and toasted malt notes... fruity yeast undertones... sweet mango.. a little papaya.

Flavor is perfect... great complex toasted bread notes the blend extraordinarily well with the noble and citrus hops... lite/medium creamy body is spot on for the style and carbonation is dialed in.

North Coast is a class act... I enjoy Red Seal often... and for some strange reason, it is available in Boise often on cask... now that is all together a different story... a Fresh cask and my above compliments are racheted up at least a grade. This another brew that I introduce my macro friends to; and while it may be a little much at first, by the time it warms up a bit... everyone is always throwing out praise. Now, somebody just needs to hook me up with the barrel aged Old Stock and I will be a very happy camper... Any takers?

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 08:58:16 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of fitzy84


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

Poured with a dark, murky, amber-brown color with a thinned head. The citrus aromas with it had lemon-like flavors very heavily floating from it. The drink had a perfect, sour-bitter balance. It also had a medium body that gave it an average carbonation. Overall, this was an excellent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 19:27:19 | More by fitzy84
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 19:08:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of baos


4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Von den Anmerkungen.

12 oz into pint glass.

A: Nice reddish copper color with 3 finger ecru head.

S: Hop bang with a bit o malts.

T: Wow! I think this is the most perfectly balanced beer that I have ever tasted. Hops segue into fine malty character then to a perfect dry finish.

M: Nice

D: A-motherfucking-one!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:17:24 | More by baos
Photo of cameraman


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with a quater inch off white colored head forms. The scent of malt comes out at the start. Then it is followed by the dominate aroma of citrus abd pine, that hits the nose and lingers there for some time. The taste is a bit surprising, it starts with a citru bitterness, nothing to strong or overbearing. That is followed by a malt mildness, that hits halfway across the palate. This flavor dominates till almost very end, then the bitterness brings itself out again at the end. The feel is very medium bodied at the start, and as it crosses the palate it gains some heftness to its texture. There is also the slight tingle of carbonation at the back end. A fairly decent beer, very solid aroma, is almost let down by an inconsistant flavor. The feel is let down a bit by the carboanation. Though it does seem I being negative to this beer, it still is better than the average brew out there. This has potential to become a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:22:29 | More by cameraman
Photo of praufs01


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy amber with a frothy off-white head and light lacing.

Aroma – Light fruit and citrus hop aroma.

Palate – Smooth, very nice on the palate.

Flavor – Light hop taste with a complex malty middle that finishes with a light citrus hop bite.

Final thoughts – Very nice, complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 15:12:58 | More by praufs01
Photo of david131


3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Ever so slightly hazy and amber/ orange in color. A thick, craggy white head forms but settles to a thin sheet, but leaves some good lacing.

S- Grassy and citrus hops. Very crisp and clean smelling.

T- Grassy and ctirusy. Almost overly clean. It's a little odd, it reminds me a little bit of a Mr. Beer homebrew kit I once used- as much as I hate to say it.

M- A little too thin and metallic for my tastes.

D- I found myself enjoying this less and less the more I drank of it. Not bad... just not my favorite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 03:58:14 | More by david131
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New Hampshire

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

Pours out a cloudy, bubbly amber color, this one has big-ass carbonation and it supports a sticky, bubbly and rather creamy head.

The aroma is mostly a citric-hop scent with very little malt detected. As the brew warms to room temp the aroma improves and becomes a bit fruity.

It's interesting that I sampled this right before I sampled some of my big, dark IPA homebrew that I just bottled and I couldn't believe how similar it was, not that my brew was sooo good that it rivled this, but more to the point, The Red seal ale is suprisingly home-brew-esque in most ways, especially flavor. It's pretty simple with mostly a herbal-citric hop flavor that mutates to a semi-bitter nutty and rather acidic bite. Very subtle malts ( I though my brew was a bit maltier) try to support a delicate balance.

The feel is pretty light, with a big carbonated bite. Perhaps a bit too much.

I think "not bad" fits.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 17:01:55 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of thisisbigrob


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy tan-orange with a finger of head that settled into a thin dense layer of foam with amazing lacing.

S: The smell is the highlight of this beer. You can definitely tell this is an American Pale Ale from the strong citrus/floral hops.

T: All the hops you'd expect from the smell. Not a lot of sweetness. On the bold end of the spectrum of beers that call themselves APAs.

M: Nothing special, carbonation is a little too strong with a prickly feeling on the tongue.

D: Amazing smell and great taste but I think I'd get bored trying to drink a whole six-pack in a night.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:04:22 | More by thisisbigrob
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of citrus, and grapefruit with a hint of caramel. The taste is of very well balanced, but with enough hops to make it very interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic APA. It is endlessly sessionable with enough character to remain interesting. I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 01:03:00 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of jayfarley3


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

from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, pours a golden caramel color with a nice frothy white head. smells of sweet caramel malts and piney hops. tastes of caramel malts and has a nice bitter hop finish and just a tad of sweetness, this is a very tasty beer. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. this beer is very drinkable, i would reccomend this to anybody.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 07:50:46 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of pwoods


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. single brown bottle from Party Source poured into a pint. No dating on bottle.

A: After an aggressive pour, I get 2 full fingers of off white, slightly rocky head. Poured a semi transparent amber-orange... like a clearer and darker IPA. Decent retention most of the way and with surprisingly good lacing.

S: Hops come in the form of fresh flowers. Malts are on par with the hops and add a bread/oat balance to things.

T/M: Taste is very well balanced. Higher malts than expected but the hops are still very much there, leaving on fresh crispness and nearly no bitterness. Body is just above medium and lower carbonation helps add to the creaminess.

D: Taste is on the subtle side but it's definitely not tasteless... controlled would be a good way to describe it. This would make a great introduction brew and an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 01:20:20 | More by pwoods
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

North Coast Brewing Company makes one of my favorite pilsners (Scrimshaw), so I decided to give one of their other beers a test run.

It poured an amber with about a finger-head that didn't last for long. The smell reminded me very much of malts with just a little bit of citrus sweetness, flowers, and yeast. The taste is very robust with the malts being very present and the hops only appearing to me as a little bitterness towards the end with a fairly dry finish that leaves an aftetaste that I didn't find to be entirely pleasant. The carbonation in it was interesting and different, since the bubbles seemed to be quite a bit smaller than normal that provided a different mouthfeel than I expected. The drinkablity is pretty standard, but it seems to be sitting a little heavier in me than most ales. This was an interesting beer to try, but I can't imagine picking it up again. I have a feeling this is a good beer that just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 23:58:22 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of eberkman


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

Poured a gorgeous, clear copper with a rich, frothy light-tan head that lasted the duration leaving a thick lattice of lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily floral and citrus hops. The taste was dominated by a caramely, citrusy sweetness at the front end giving way to a heavy dose of piney hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was less crisp and refreshing than I'd hoped -- actually quite sticky more than anything else. As far as drinkability, it's certainly enjoyable thought not quite sessionable. Lots of malty sweetness and lots of hops, but for some reason the balance doesn't seem quite there.

More like a mild version of a West Coast IPA than a pale ale if you ask me, but overall certainly a quality ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 20:02:28 | More by eberkman
Photo of Jonte


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/pale red color and a fluffy off-white colored head. Good lacing.

The smell is sweet, caramel, floral and citrusfruit.

Taste is grape, pine, caramel, fruit drops, some notes of flowers and bread. Bittersweet finish.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel but still a bit thin. Nice american pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:46:16 | More by Jonte
Photo of woemad


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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date, and no hint as to who/what the hell Ruedrich is/was. The seal? Someone who works at North Coast, or some bizarre and best-not-explored combination of the two?

Poured a hazy copper color into a Bristol's Mass Transit Ale pint glass (thanks again Connie-you rock!). The beer took on a more orange hue when held up directly to light. A tight, white 1-inch head was perched atop the beer, and dropped after several minutes, leaving sheets of lace behind.

The most dominant characteristic that jumped out at me when I smelled this was a piney hoppiness. It's not a huge, IPA-ish hoppiness (well, maybe surpassing a UK IPA nose), but it's definitely the most noticeable scent. There are also some more herbal notes, and a mild, caramel sweetness.

Like the smell, the taste of this beer is piney. Less assertive, herbal hop notes then join in. At the swallow, there is a pleasing dryness that is matched by a mild caramel taste. FIrst new pale ale I've had with some character in a while!

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is prickly and mildly oily.

I'm curious how many unwary customers buy this thinking they are getting a red/amber ale, and wind up with a hoppy pale ale! Personally, I'd rather have a hoppy pale ale any day of the week. I would definitely drink this again, as it's both a satisfying pale ale and also would be a decent stand-in for an IPA if the selection is lackluster or none are available.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 23:20:03 | More by woemad
Photo of bigdeuce


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I WOULD like to say "what happened to this beer", but I can already tell you, and I am shocked. This was one of my favorite session beers, but guess what, take away my malt syrup, and you'll lose me as a customer. This beer about a year ago, was terrific. It is now dummied down and I am disappointed, especially coming from North Coast. You can taste most of the same flavor, but without the same bite to it. Very watery, still has some malt to it, oh, and isn't nearly as hoppy. Sorry, guys, you lost me on this one. Please leave Old Rasputin and Pranqster, as is!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 21:10:33 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of beergynt


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint... Clear reddish copper hue with a lasting off-white head that left little licks of lacing here and there... Smell was mainly hops; piney and a little grassy, a hint of orange/citrus. The solid malt backbone also made an appearance in the nose, but is much more noticeable when tasting... First sensation upon drinking this beer is the sweetness of caramelly malt spreading over the tongue. This nice malt base is quickly followed by a strong hop finish; grassy and citrusy at once, and very complimentary to the malt... Mouthfeel begins smooth then becomes a little rough and almost harsh at the end, though not uncomfortably so... A very drinkable a refreshing beer; nice for rapid consumption on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 11:54:32 | More by beergynt
Photo of Bonhoeffer


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

I love this beer. We really have waaaay too few beers to satisfy hop heads in Alabama. The ABV limit keeps out 100% of double/imperial IPAs, and even quite a few "normal" IPAs. The best hoppy beer we had in state was Sweetwater IPA, recently pulled because the ABC was tipped off that it's 6.5%.

Anyway, this beer is a hoppy refuge around here. It's hoppier than any English IPA, and even hoppier than Flying Dog Snake Dog and probably a couple other IPAs in state.

It's not straightforward Cascade like your typical SNPA. This one has a little more going on, and also runs a little more caramel sweet.


Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:57:38 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of DoubleJ


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

I was expecting a red ale from what the label read, but I shall not be dissapointed that I got a pale ale instead. On to the beer:

Pours perfectly into my pint glass a yellowish-orange with the recommended two-finger head. Aroma is a bit piney upfront, malt dextrin then takes over. Taste has mild esters and a touch of caramel, making way for a piney and grapefruit note from the hops. It starts to become more hoppy than malty before bready flavors pop up in the back and stick in the aftertaste. No flaws here, it passes the test.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 03:58:09 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Floydster


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

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Trader Joe's in Redlands

Pour was a nice golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that faded almost immediately

Smell was not overpowering, but still nice and malty

Taste was nice and the hops stood out once it warmed

Could drink a lot of these because it is a lighter beer and the taste is not too much

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 20:32:47 | More by Floydster
Photo of BretSikkink


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large off white head, good lacing and stick. Clear, light side of orange.

Grainy aroma with some decent hop additions. Mostly citrics that reappear in the flavor - grapefruit especially.

Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation, finish is solidly bitter without sacrificing any drinkability. Just a very nice West Coast style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 19:50:40 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

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

This ale has a nice aroma of light grain followed by a moderately hoppy scent of grapefruit citrus/pine
Pours to a large off-white head w/ex lacing and lasting longevity
Sparkling clear golden-orange brew with medium body, lively carbonation and a creamy texture
The flavor is light on the malt thus depending more on the bitterness finishing for a long duration
Try this beer
This is a great beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2007 03:29:57 | More by outdoorbrewer
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.