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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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1,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 74 | 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 hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish orange in color, attractive two finger head with good retention and plenty of lace.

Smell: Citrusy aroma, over some caramel.

Taste: Decently bitter, citrusy, and a bit of biscuit/bread. A little acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but seems a bit heavy. Good example of an American Amber.

hunteraw, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium light tan head. Smells strongly of citrus, like a fresh grapefruit. Taste is also very citrusy, with a nice toasty malt middle, and a light piney finish. Nice bitterness that clings to your tounge. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels medium. Very drinkable, this is a great beer for sitting around and relaxing. One of the best Red Ales I've had, tastes a lot like an American Pale Ale too IMO.

tronester, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber color with an small off white head.

S - Caramel, malt with some citric hops.

T - Slightly sweet with a good amount of hops to balance things out.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Certainly enjoyable and drinkable. I'm not a big fan of amber ales but this one is better than most.

bifrostguard, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great example of what a red ale should be. probably my second fav after Fat Tire, but this beer is more available around the country. It's not for everyone it has a strong hoppy flavor, which I like...

appearance- beautful copper - red

taste- very smooth, bright hoppynes flavor

drinkability- easy drinking

CampusCrew, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-copper with huge, frothy, khaki-colored head. Head dissipates slowly, dragging a blanket of lace behind it.

Smell: Caramel, bready yeast, green apple (cider), and citric hops. Smells warm and crisp and very floral.

Taste: Fresh-baked bread and a citric-hop punch. Tastes more like a pale ale than an amber; less sweetness than anticipated and a much bolder hop character than the average amber. Lots of green apple, lemon-lime, and carbonation. Really a unique brew.

Mouthfeel: Big ol' bite to this one. Lots of carbonation and a couple handfuls of hops. Pretty chewy with a medium body. Too much bite for this wiseman.

Drinkability: Definitely not true to its style; tastes more like a pale ale. If it weren't for the stinging carbonation, this one would rank much higher.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with large, dense, near-white head that lasts a considerably long time. Copper in color.
S: Smells of yeast and malts and some fruits--citrus I think, but not grapefruitish like an IPA. Smells more like oranges or maybe strawberries.
T: The initial taste is a soft, malty sweetness that ends with hardly any bitterness.
M: Smooth--nothing that is sharp and protruding.
D: I can't describe this beer particularly well. The taste and smell are great but not terribly powerful, making it a great session beer. Picked a six-pack off the shelf not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.

lhaqq, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of TEXTONE
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Name- Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale
Style-American Amber / Red Ale
Brewery-North Coast Brewing Co.

12 oz Bottle

Look- Golden caramel color with a chill haze. The head is white and froth like that sticks to the glass all the way to the bottom.

Smell- the smell of malt hits you followed by a sweet fruit aroma and hops.

Taste- Full mouth feel, with a large rich malt flavor. This bier has a more hoppy taste than I thought from the smell with a slight hint of grapefruit. This bier drinks smooth and crisp with a slight bitter back end. I real enjoyed drinking this bier and will definitely have it again.

TEXTONE, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 red seal shines a coppery amber with an incredibly lasting off-white/light tan head. generous lace.

4.5 citrus, pine, and bread in the aroma.

4 snappy citrus rind bitterness right off, just a little of the bready malt promised by the nose. the finish lingers with the rind.

3.5 medium body and crisp carbonation. much cleaner mouthfeel than, say, SN anniversary ale. maybe a touch too clean for the style.

4 would be fantastic with a bit more breadiness, which should also impart a more multifaceted finish. nevertheless, very enjoyable.


v: oz3 al3 3.625

brewmudgeon, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long time favorite, finally a review.

Smell: nice american hops - citrus, grape, resin, some strawberry?, flowery and sweet. The taste is just as good. Nice sweet and soft malt, some light caramell/toffee notes, some red berries I think, plus those lovely hops.

The great thing about this beer is its mix of fresh hops and sweet malt. Its very easy to drink, with a pleasant amount of alcohol, and still rich in taste and character. Its great in the summer, as well as on a rainy autumn day.

simonjohansson, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange color with a thick two to three finger light brown head. Head slowly fades and leaves one finger of bubbly head. Sheets of lacing down the pint gless.

S - Sweet aroma of toasted malts. Caramel and a biscuity aroma. Light spicy hopiness in the background.

T - Biscuity malt taste up front with hints of caramel. A very light spicy hopiness comes through but is in no way dominating. Finishes sweet.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, a touch thin. Crisp and smooth and very drinkable.

ckeegan04, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz shorty poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber with lively carbonation rising from the bottom. The full 2 finger thick head looks like a nitro. Very tight small bubbles that dissipate in patches.

S - Sweet caramel malt and slight citrus hop oil.

T - Lots of flavor here. Malty and chewy goodness with a citrus bite on the finish. Slight ester aftertaste.

M - Rich body for an amber. Again chewy comes to mind.

D - Abover average, nice session brew.

ectomorph, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Reddish-brown body with a think white head.

S - Lightly roasted hops with a sweet backbone.

T&M - Moderately hopped with a nice crisp bitter finish, but not too strong. Nice and smooth flavor with a pete taste in the background. Moderate carbonation that makes this a creamy brew.

Very good and not overly hopped. Could go for more complexity with this one. It kind of just is what it is.

MrIncognito, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of currysage1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a healthy dark orange with amber edges, creamy 1.5 finger cream colored head.

Smell is for some reason very comforting, dried cherries, green grass, hop infusion that is very subtle.

Taste is of the dried cherries to start, on to a solid malt base that ends with a faint dry hop twist at the end, citrus peel bitterness.

Feel is maybe a bit too thin for the style but not too bad at the same time, carbonation makes up for it.

currysage1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What you would expect a red ale to look like: Beautiful reddish amber tint with a full inch of foam for a head.

Smell: slightly hoppy with a hint of buttery biscuit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet initially with a toasted tinge...the hops comes next and then finnishes with a slight dryness (ie how your mouth feels after eating cashews...just going out on a limb). All in all, pretty mellow.

Drinkability: Very good! Have been impressed by all of North Coast's beers so far. Just wish this was more readily available in my area.

July2Nov, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of dgallina
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby brown bottle without much information about the beer or freshness dating.

Pours mostly clear brown with red highlights. A prodigious inch-and-a-half tall tan head slowly melts to a film and exceptional lacing. The aroma is predominantly hoppy. Something like a pine needle strewn forest floor with earthy grain undertones and peach-like fruit notes. The nose segues smoothly into the taste. A very similar profile, though less fruity, with more hop and grain plus a bitter bite at the finish. Perhaps a little tobacco and dry wood smoke in the aftertaste. The body is clean, fairly light, and well-balanced.

A nice amber ale from North Coast. More subtle and pleasing than the average bear.

dgallina, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. A really pretty beer: red/orange color, thick off-white head, plenty of lacing.Not much aroma, a little sweetness. Taste was an improvement over aroma. Sweet fruit, good malt presence, ending with a hoppy bite. Good session beer.

lordofthewiens, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brilliantly clear light amber with moderate off-white head.

A- Moderate citrusy piney hop aroma which surprised me as I have not noticed it in other amber ales. Very faint aroma of malty sweetness.

T- Almost tastes like an APA. Light malty sweetness, leaves a caramel aftertaste. Bittered throughout.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A very crisp drink.

D- I suspect this to be a very refreshing brew for a hot day, which surprises me as an amber is not usually my first choice for something to drink on a hot day.

gpogo, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light copper color with decent head & smooth lacing.
Smells very strongly of breaded malt, sweet cirtus & hops.
Sweet biscuit malts, orange citrus and grainy hops make up the bulk of the flavor. Goes down very smoothly, as all the elements seem to be in perfect harmony.
Creamy and crisp all in one; leaves a nice twang from the citric note and bite from the hops.
I venture to say this is one of the best amber ales in the US, if not the world. It's light & smooth enough for regular enjoyment with enough malt & hops as to not grow boring. Extremely well-balanced & well-rounded brew.

Natural510, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of FenwaySquid
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short fat brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about one finger thick and faded slowly.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts with some piney hops, pretty evenly balanced.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts at first, immediately followed by a bunch of bitter piney hops. The hops dominate through the middle, even turning a little spicy near the end. The finish is a combination of the two flavors, with the hops dominating.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: More hoppy than you'd expect from an American amber, that's for sure. But even with that in mind, I rather enjoyed this one.

FenwaySquid, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of denflyr
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/reddish in color on the pour. Was a bit cool coming out of the cooler, so the head was diminished...my bad!

Anyhow I got this bear as a single bottle from my Spec's Liquor store from a broken up six pack which allowed me to try a bear I was curious about.

I was quite surprised by the high IBU's. I think it was mentioned that the bear was APA...ish! I agree and it was a nice surprise!

Pleasent mouthfeel on the initial taste and a nice finish with some of the finish lasting for over 30 seconds!

Nice bear overall and will become a regular in my fridge...!

denflyr, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper in color, clear, white head with decent lacing.

Smell: light malt with predominant aroma coming from the floral/ piny hops

Taste: hoppy, light, flowery, and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: some tingle on the tongue, but not very substantial.

Drinkability: a nice light bodied, well made, with good hop flavor that is not too overpowering. A good beer to drink on a hot day, very refreshing.

beersheppard, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium amber color with a decent head that recedes with only a tiny bit of lacing.

The aroma is nice and hoppy for a red ale. Seems to be balanced with some malt sweetness.

Taste is strong and hoppy, which gives way to a nice malt sweetness in the middle. Large emphasis on hops here though.

Mouthfeel is dry and hoppy with only a hint of malt. Seems to be too hoppy for the style though.

Drinkability is definitely high. Despite the hoppiness, this is very smooth and for only 5.5% ABV, nearly as hoppy as an IPA. I like it.

Brad007, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange amber with virtually no head or lacing.

Nutty hops are prevalent on first whiff.

Mild hops throughout and maybe even a small tinge of fruit.

Smooth mouth feel with a tiny bite caused by the medium carbonation.

Only other experience with North Coast is Ol' Rasputin and this one doesn't disappoint. Some good flavors and a nice hoppy beer.

Zadok, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish and ruby color. A large white head forms that gently recedes to a ring. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sugary and caramel malt. Lots of fruit (orange, lemon, a bit of grapefruit). Enough hop bitterness and spice to balance everything out nicely.
T: Caramel malt and fruity hops that follow the nose. A nice roasted and woody character. The malt is almost chewy and very hardy.
M/D: A smooth creamy texture that has a full body. Very easy to drink. Something I could session with no problem.

I really like this. A very nice beer that I highly recommend, and can usually be found in my fridge.

champ103, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy light amber-red body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma consists of equal parts pungent sweet caramel-honey maltiness and crisp citrussy American hops. Wow. Tastes sweet and malty initially, with caramel, honey, and slight biscuit notes, with a fair bit of support from grassy and citrussy American hops and a semi-dry finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a fair bit of carbonation which is just subtle enough to enhance the drinkability. Super-drinkable, though not so much so that any of the other attributes, most notably flavor, take a back seat. Unbelievable. Practically perfect in every imaginable way. Tastes to me like home-brewing smells. For the style and for any beer, this is about as perfect as they come - it's the first perfect '5' I have ever given. Amazing.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 26, 2008
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,823 ratings.