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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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1,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 53
Gots: 42 | 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 Duster72


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrus hops. Taste is pleasant blend of grapefruit and sweet malts with very little to no bitterness. Very creamy and smooth and super drinkable. Great light APA that makes you want to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 11:55:10 | More by Duster72
Photo of beeragent


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 3 fingers worth of head, and leaving light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is strongly of sweet hops. Not really complex. If there's anything else there, its completely covered by the hops. The taste is smooth hoppy citrus flavor. None of the harsh aftertaste associated with other pale ales. Medium mouthfeel. Yet another great beer from North Coast. A very smooth, easy to drink pale ale, full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 07:39:47 | More by beeragent
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt & citrus sweetness along with some hops.

T: The taste starts out slightly sweet with flavors of citrus & caramel establishing the malt character early. A light and pale hops bitterness quickly follows and although it gets a little bit stronger as the beer starts to warms, it’s still kind of subdued. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these, but personally I would prefer a little stronger of a hops presence. Nonetheless, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 02:01:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of oelergud


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

Reddish brown translucent but cloudy body with a rough creamy tan head with an orange tint. Decent retention and abit of lace.
Unusual scent, slightly sweet and honey. Very malty with abit of spice.
Malty taste, sweet and almost toffee like. Aftertaste lasts long and is well balanced with a hint of seltzer.
Medium body and abit of a dry finish.
Good drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 21:26:52 | More by oelergud
Photo of lawrence76


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

Had this on draft at Bukowswki's last night (it was expensive @ $7 !)

Appeared a nice amber/red colour in glass. Very nice, tight white head, about an inch's worth, and long lasting lacing down the glass.

Serving temp was nice - a little on the warm side, perhaps 48-50 degrees. This worked well for the beer.

Some hop aromatics, and some maltiness evident, but not in a heavy way - if that makes any sense.

Flavour was more of the same, a definite malt presence, yet light on the palette....almost watery! But with a sublte malt chewiness remniscent of west coast pale ales I am accustomed to. Balancing hop bitterness and noticable aromatics, as well.

A Very drinkable session brew, but somewhat lacking in depth or complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2007 15:32:23 | More by lawrence76
Photo of atigerlife


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

Poured an orange/reddish color with a small white head.

Aroma of hops, sweet honey, and malts.

Taste is sweet, malts and a hops backbone. Quite crisp and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and is dry and cleansing.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I was suprised and very impressed. Quite complex but nicely balanced. A good session brew. Looking forward to having another.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:17:50 | More by atigerlife
Photo of andrewmartin


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

I've avoided this beer partly because I thought it was a red ale, not one of my favorite styles. Anyway, I finally realized it was an APA and gave it a try.

A: Deep amber with pretty impressive head

S: Classic APA, clean piney hop aroma dominates

T: Has a wonderfully creamy hoppiness (if it can be called that) that's full of those delicious American hop flavors, again notably pine and citrus.

M: Creamy yet finishes very dry

D: Oh yeah, an underrated APA, one of the best I've tried. Stacks up nicely to SNPA, the benchmark of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 00:25:35 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of Redwood21


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

This beer is a nice golden brown color, the head is thick and offwhite. I couldnt detect a strong aroma, but nothing unpleasant either. The taste really suprised me. This is a very clean hoppy mildly sweet ale. Not dry or too bitter, just an all around good tasting beer. This is a very drinkable beer and one that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 09:00:35 | More by Redwood21
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal Ale pours a hazy copper with a sticky head. Aroma is sweet, fruity malts, as well as a slight citrus hop aroma. The taste is delicious, a great balance. There is a slight caramel malt flavor followed up by a light citrusy and maybe slightly metalic bitterness. The finish is dry with an almost berry like flavor. This is a really solid beer from North Coast, a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 02:57:52 | More by ericj551
Photo of Gatch


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. The red color of this beer really comes out in a growler, which is pretty cool, but lightens up as it goes into a pint glass and becomes more of a golden-orange.
A - Golden-orange w/ a bubbly, foamy off-white head.
S - Vibrant fruits come out in the nose first, followed by subtle hops & sweet malt.
T - The ripe summer fruits and hops come together so well, with a smooth, sweet malty finish and a nice bitterness. The carbonation is perfect, creating the right crispness without having too much pop in the mouth. A nice change from overly hoppy Pale Ales.
M - The sweet malt and subtle hops stick to the mouth and coat it with a fresh feeling and the carbonation isn't overbearing at all.
D - Are you kidding? I would drink the whole growler tonight if I didn't want to save some for another time. I know North Coasts' flagship brew is Old Rasputin, but this beer is the most drinkable and well-rounded beer in their lineup. I'm glad I have a growler of Red Seal, b/c this is now one of my favorite Pale Ales.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2007 07:10:46 | More by Gatch
Photo of cichief


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy amber color, with a half inch of tan foam. It smelled flowery of hops. The hops burst out in the mouth, but was well balanced. It finished dry. It was a bit fizzier than I care for, but acceptable. Overall, this is a good example of the style, and is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 22:39:58 | More by cichief
Photo of wagenvolks


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a 12 oz. bottle of red seal at Trader Joe's for $1.50...

Out comes a copper reddish ale with an off-white head and sticky lacing that screams: "Drink me!" And drink I shall. Aroma is hoppy as hell, loving it. Wooden notes of cedar and some aromatic floral fragrance.

The flavor surpirsed me...too watery for having such a hoppy aroma. However, it does hit the buds well with notes of caramel, oranges, and some roasted sweet malts. Could use a bit more carbonation, perhaps a bigger bite on the finish, but overall it's a helluva drinkable Pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 04:50:56 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of alexskovan

New York

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

Poured hazy amber/gold with a big sturdy coarse head. Aroma is understated, hops and grain. Taste is less aggressively hopped than a typical APA -- for which I personally am grateful -- in fact I would call this a more British kind of PA. It's got only a glimmer of that obnoxious grapefruit quality that so many other APAs are so redolent of, and the quality is more balanced in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 21:01:27 | More by alexskovan
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a robust medium gold with the slightest possible haze... the two finger, nicely structured head has an orange tint that glows of hops. Bubbles pop into submission, revealing thin lacing all down the glass. Two thumbs up.

Smell- Crisp and toasty... this sums up the snappy, grainy nose that leads into a spicy hop finishing aroma. Simple but very distinctive and noteworthy. As the beer slowly comes to temperature, the husky malts are showcased beautifully.

Taste- The malt and hop integration works perfectly, great balance overall. A long, spicy hop finish is welcomed and dries the mouth well. Solid and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Just a bit too aggressive at the outset... it tames quickly enough to release the flavors and be more slick than prickly in the mouth. This is now my new favorite pizza beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 04:00:31 | More by yelterdow
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy light brown, thin ring of light tan head, very faint miniscule bubbles of carbonation

S - buttery acetyls and slightly spicy with some mild background fruitiness

T - a thin rather empty taste, the hop bitterness is nice, just very faint, like a background with no foreground, an even fainter citrus flavor

M&D - wold make a great session beer due to its nice but low profile flavor and easy drinkability, easy to kill a 4-6 of these on a porch in the hot summer, you can be sure of that

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 03:19:37 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of peabody


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy amber color with two fingers of active suds. this leaves lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is citrusy hops like a good IPA. Good Hop flavor and nice maltyness.
Mouthfeel is very clean but not a lot of carbonation.
I like this beer and would drink this all night. This is a very nice clean smoothe hoppy beer that could compete with some of the bigger hoppy brews. Wasn't expecting anything but coming away pleasently supprised.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 01:23:40 | More by peabody
Photo of mpyle


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ambert color with good clarity. Medium sized, tight-bubbled head. Retention fairly limited.

Big citrusy hop aroma, but not a fresh hop aroma. Almost like a stale hop aroma.

Hop bitterness and flavor overpower the malt. A bit of a skunky note, not at the peak of freshess. Finishes bitter with a slight hop bitterness linger.

Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

A hop balanced American ale, attractive reddish color, but seemingly lacking a freshness. Maybe it didn't have a good trip to the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 04:11:10 | More by mpyle
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty Solid Bevergae. Poors a solid reddish copper with an 1 1/2" head after a fairly vigoris poor. Smells mostly of sweet malts, with a hit of the hop. Taste is a little lighter then i remeber, and more or less replicates the smell. With its Medium this becomes a pretty deacent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:03:47 | More by dickieb
Photo of bearrunner44


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

Appearance: Slightly hazy, with a golden amber color. Similar in color to maple syrup, only lighter.

Smell: Sweet malt, complimented by a nice dose of hop aroma. The hoppy acids assertively stand out from the soft sweetness of the malt. Notes of caramel and possibly a very slight cinnamon-like spiciness.

Taste: Expansive malt, tasting of toffee. Delicately roasted flavor. The roasty malt gives way to a subtle bite of acidic hop flavor. Piney. The malt flavor is almost completely masked by the hops in the finish, leaving a dry & hoppy aftertaste.

Verdict: The malt wasn't quite as full and chewy as I would have liked. I like my APAs to stay balanced all the way through the finish, but maybe that's just personal preference. Regardless, this certainly isn't a bad stab at the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 20:32:19 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of flexabull


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

Pours a bright clear red color with a slight head.

Smells sweet, malty, and cereal like. A grape nut like aroma coming from this one.

Flavors are a bit light, but good. Crisp and quite dry. A touch sweet, and a nice amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty easy going, but a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, it's full and well rounded.

A extremely drinkable beer. VERY session worthy. It's not great, but it's certainly good, and very refreshing. This could easily be one of those beers to always keep around in your fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 00:56:37 | More by flexabull
Photo of jamie2dope


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

I'm a big fan of the North Coast beers, but for some reason, I haven't had the chance to grab this one. Poured into a Newbury Comics pint glass an amber color, with a lasting white head...great looking overall. Aroma was a little bit bland, but the hops made it a bit better. Taste had some biscuit notes, and some toasty grain as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability...this would make for a great session beer. Glad I tried this one, but I think once will be enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 22:20:57 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of witster18


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very dry ale...very hoppy....some floral in there. decent flavors...but all are perhaps a little overdone. while i can appreciate some of the flavors ...i do not find this to be very drinkable. decent head decent lacing...active carbonation and cascading bubbles...very bitter!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 22:54:48 | More by witster18
Photo of gmfessen


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an orange-copper color with a one finger sudsy head. Smell is sweet with malt; crystal and caramel, slight yeast smell. Taste is initially sweet like the nose, quickly followed by a bitter finish. I'm usually a fan of bitter beers, but this was not a very enjoyable type of bitter. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a very creamy carbonation, nice. The overall drinkability of this beer is reduced (at least for me) by the overpowering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 05:03:00 | More by gmfessen
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An orangish sienna brown with a small one finger head and scattered specks of lacing.

S - A pleasant, but mild, medley of ctrus, pine and grassy hop aromas. A bit of light malt underneath.

T - A bit of citrus, lemon pith mostly, and grassy hops over fainter pine and grapefruit pith flavors in the foretaste. There is some light malt as well. It has a slightly tart taste to it, nothing unpleasant though. Aftertaste is doiminated by the grassy hops and grapefruit pith bitterness.

M - Thin, carbonation is a little high for my tastes,but most would probably say it is fine. Fairly refreshing.

D - Great. I will have this again probably. I've been impressed by every North Coast offering I have had an oppurtunity to try so far. A real top notch brewery, keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 19:31:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of eb003


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this ale was pretty good, but it wasn't special in comparison to other ales.

The appearance is good, about that of most english ales. I had very little head or lacing on the glass. The smell is also good, it had hints of similar aromas to Newcastle. The taste was pretty average for me, though. I found it to be a bit more bitter than most other ales I've had.

The mouthfeel was also pretty average. I've had ales that were much smoother and lighter on the palate.

I rate the drinkability about average because I could handle a glass of it. I'd drink it again if it was given to me, but I'd not go "out of my way" for this one. If other ales were available I'd prefer those.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:45:13 | More by eb003
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.