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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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1,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 62 | 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 cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Red Seal pours a light amber color with a little foam head. It leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is floral hoppy with a slight malt smell and a honey in the finish of smell. The flavor of the beer is smooth and cool. It is very well balanced. With the mouth feel it leaves a nice bitterness all around the inside of the mouth. A malty aftertaste lingers on the tip of the tongue. I would buy a sixer of this and enjoy it any time of the year.

cswhitehorse, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet, grapefruity hops. In the taste, sweet to dry grapefruity hops and a touch watery. A smooth/ small light bitter mouthfeel and a dry grapefruity hop aftertaste. Good nose, but a bit lighter and not as bitter as expected, but good.

OWSLEY069, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of rmcnealy
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruedrich's RED SEAL Ale, North Coast Brewing Co., California

12oz glass bottle, sampler pack

Pours beautfiul. Golden brown with an orange tint. White head that develops quickly and just as fast fades into a tiny lace. Smell is average. Perhaps its because I've recently dranken Sam Adams Imperial Ale which is hop crazy. Hops and floral notes are present in smell but are more evident in drink. A good taste, of typical APA's, quickly fades leaving a dry, tasteless feel. Got another APA in the sampler pack which I thought was better if you have the choice... it's called Hazed & Infused, Boulder Beer, CO.

Bought at Binny's in River Grove, IL


rmcnealy, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-amber color with lively carbonation and a nice lingering head. The aroma is decent w/ a solid hoppy smell. Floral with a spicy note. A hint of maltiness is present. The flavor is very solid. Nice citrusy bitterness. Some fruitness and a little butteriness. Not overly bitter and goes down easy. Light and crisp body. Finishes nicely. A nice pale ale. Very drinkable. Not quite as awesome as some others I've had though.

brewdoc75, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a bright golden, very transparent with bright resilient head.

Smell is fairly unimpressive. It's that mild sweetness that's not really backed by anything of substance.

The taste is a pleasant surprise given the underwhelming smell. It has just enough hops to make it work. I'm usually not a fan of overly sweet beers, and this one starts down that road but is saved by the hops on the finish. Ends up be a fairly enjoyable, highly drinkable beer.

bassmantin, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Asgeirr
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a diminutive vanilla-coloured crown which leaves a residue.

Smell: Strongly sweet and fresh smell, similar to Belgian Dark Ales.

Taste: Moderate, but distinctively, bitter in collaboration with a gentle, fruity feeling and a somewhat artificial/metallic (in lack of better words) sense to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit "thin", or watery body with sensible carbonation.

Drinkability: Comes of as an ale that can be enjoyed in a numerous amount of occasions, however fails to become a prime choice due to its artificial aftertaste.

Asgeirr, Dec 08, 2007
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.

Chaz, Dec 07, 2007
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


1fastz28, Dec 06, 2007
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?

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
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.

fitzy84, Dec 04, 2007
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 02, 2007
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!

baos, Nov 26, 2007
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.

cameraman, Nov 22, 2007
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.

praufs01, Nov 20, 2007
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.

david131, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 12, 2007
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.

thisisbigrob, Nov 04, 2007
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 03, 2007
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.

jayfarley3, Oct 23, 2007
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.

pwoods, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Oct 15, 2007
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.

eberkman, Oct 06, 2007
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.

Jonte, Sep 28, 2007
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.

woemad, Sep 26, 2007
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!

bigdeuce, Sep 22, 2007
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.