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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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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Photo of Wasatch


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

Pours a golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice creamy head which lasted a long time, and leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. Scents of sweet malts, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty with a nice hoppy bite in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, remind's me of an amber ale though.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 01:47:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of cjgator3


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

Pours an orangish amber color with a creamy off white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. This beer has a delightful aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. The taste begins with sweet toasted malt that is soone joined with a citrusy hop finish. Overall, this is a pretty good APA that was enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 05:03:35 | More by cjgator3
Photo of kimcgolf


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy golden copper color with minimal off-white head and okay lacing. Nose was citrus-grassy hops, and the flavor was much the same. Mouthfeel was somewhat tangy, and the finish was dry and bitter, as expected, but just a tad stale. Not a bad beer at all though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 02:26:00 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of MVassar


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive burnt butterscotch appearance, with a long lasting creamy light tan head.

Reluctantly gives up scents of sweet fruit. Maybe a hint of pine.

Pleasant balance of malt and hops, with a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

Bit of a bite in the carbonation, but fairly creamy going down.

A fine, if somewhat unexciting, beer. However, at $6.49 a six-pack at Trader Joe's, this is worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 22:40:27 | More by MVassar
Photo of medic25


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

Very tasty APA. The color is a reddish amber. Aroma is a a tasty scent of hops. Flavor is predominantly hoppy, without going overboard like a West Coast IPA. Even with the hops, there is a nice balance of malt in the background. Red Seal leaves a clean aftertaste, and goes down very smoothly. My idea of a prototypical session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 02:47:39 | More by medic25
Photo of Hammarby


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Copper, somewhat cloudy. Tan head.
S: Caramel, malt, apricot, red berries.
T: Malt, apricot, bitterness that lingers. A tone of chilled very strong tea. Tiny bubbles of carboration.

One of my favorite beers. Lots of taste, lots of bitterness. People often compare this beer to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but Red Seal is much more excentric. This is the bad guy of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 20:22:41 | More by Hammarby
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ever so lightly hazy, amber red color that is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nicely spicy / herbal hop character to it that is noticeable as I pour this beer. An Aromatic soft caramel sweetness accentuates a hop character that leans towards berries and light herbal notes. In addition to the caramel the malt character also takes on a nice bread-like biscuit like character. This beer has a really nice balance between malt and hop notes, quite enjoyable.

Definitely quite hoppy, I wasn't expecting the hops to take such a prominent role. From the first sip this beer has a nice herbal hop flavor to it and it finishes with a nice hoppy bite of bitterness. A soft sweetness peeks through the hop character making me think of notes of berries, raisins, and a light caramel character. The hop character has notes of menthol, pine, a general herbaceous not that almost makes me think of basil (almost), as well as notes of sweet citrus.

This is a really nice beer. While it does lean towards the hop side of the spectrum, I really like the balance interplay between the malt and hops here. I was definitely not giving this beer enough credit, at least I haven't had it in almost 10 years. I definitely should not have waited so long.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:13:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of drinknewbelgium


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

poured dark golden into cup forms a great head smells of hopps and mild spices tastes hoppy with some citrus hints with mild spices finishes smooth but like some said before me kind of dry mothfeel is good but i feel this beer loses its complexity fast but i am not denying that there is one a very nice one infact i think i could have a few more of these it goes down very smooth

i like it but i have had better i tend to stick to the ipas but i like some pale ales every now and again

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 16:47:32 | More by drinknewbelgium
Photo of jeffjfindley


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

Appearance: Clear, gold to red color. Head remains forever, leaving lovely traces on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells like a typical above average west coast pale ale. Caramel malt, citrus & hops.

Taste: Crisp and dry, bitter hoppy finish with an afttertaste of good bread & spices. You've gotta pay attention to notice the complexity. I think that some saaz went into this, as the aftertaste is similar to a good pilsner

Mouthfeel: Smooth malt at the start, really dry finish.

Drinkability: Nary a bad drop of beer flows from North Coast. This is one of the best breweries out there, and this is probably their best session fare.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 03:32:34 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of CharlieMopps


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Frothy 1 inch head that maintained an average retention. A nice ruby composition that looked quite inviting.

S: Nice hoppy aroms with a clean profile as well. Smelled somewhat balanced, but nothing amazing or intriguing.

T: Hoppy bitterness in the finish. Light tasting, but an odd note to end on. Had a low malt prescence, but overall this beer didn't strike me as too complex or enjoyable.

M: Low carbonation, not an appealing hop aftertaste. A bit watery and not very strong or lasting on the palate, not much to deal with here.

D: Would be able to have another round, but it feels like a beer with not very much to offer in the way of flavor or mouthfeel. Given the option, I'd probably opt out of another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 06:23:18 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Osiris9588


4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a red seal on it. Pours a ruddy copper color, pretty clear. The white head is one finger and very creamy, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominated by dry hops and toasty malt, also some yeast, nuts of somekind, and a hint of pine. The flavor is also very warm and smooth, a very balanced juxtaposition of hops and caramel, nutty malt.

The mouth is complex, again that great interplay of textures and flavors, slightly bitter but creamy and malty as well. It really sticks to the palate, finishing up slightly sweet. Drinkability to the moon--a great all occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 20:07:45 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of tonytuffnuts


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

I was in the middle of a term paper when I felt the craving for something malty... it hit the spot and moved me to review:

A nice amber, transparent hue with lots of small bubbles. Head's a few shades tanner than white and pours to a frothy one finger; looks like the foam on a cappucchino. Head dissapates to a frothy ceiling no taller than a pinky's width (if that).

If you're curious what a caramel malt smells like, take a whiff. There's maybe a faint undertone of citrusy (lemon) hop influence. But overall, I'm expecting a malty experience.

Chewy malt that's semi-sweet, but not sugary. I also catch a taste of toasted grain. There's a nice hop finish, which is succeeded by a slight burnt-malt flavor.

It has a buttery mouthfeel, and the bubbles gently massage my tounge right before the hop finish kicks in.

NCBC is becoming one of my go-to's. This is another relaxing, very drinkable beer. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a six of Red Seal and make a night of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 05:38:52 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of athensbeermaster


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer goes great with pizza,pasta,burgers just a well balanced beer nice hops with good carbonation and pleasant roasted malts.
With a good spicy,white pepper dry finish.I like the fact the maltiness is not to sweet. And the hops give just enough bite to keep things exciting. But what really helps is the huge carbonation that lift up your palate.This is not your typical (APA) !!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 22:13:22 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of RedChrome


3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body had a lightly murky light amber colored beer. A white head of an inch halved quickly before retaining. A very minimal amount of carbonation can be seen rising. Lacing in wispy clumps.

A very citruc floral blend of hops hit the nose. This was a nice blend of lemons without being overpowering. Unfortunately, this was a very one dimensional beer. Additonal whiffs didn't provide any differnece in aroma.

Interesting blend of citrus hints and light roasted malt. In a battle for taste dominance, this is a draw. Unfortunately, with no clear winner, the confusion leaves me wanting more from a beer. A second taste had the same flavors with a watered down nature.

A decent body had an average thickness against the surfaces. A burst of light carbonation on back of tongue was nice.

Just comes in as an average beer. This one is good to wash down American food such as a burger or a hot dog. Definitly not something to try and find. Would stand out against the macro crowd, but not a winner against best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 04:44:51 | More by RedChrome
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Pours a cloudy marroon with a thick waft of off white head retreating to sticky lacing status as the minutes pass. Nose is hoppy and seemingly salty with citrus and spice notes as well. Apppetising.

Pleasant but very reserved bittterness with mellow hoppy flavors and balanced body. Texture is excellent and slides down the throat smooth as butter. Not too aggressive but very tasty. Dry aftertaste and clean finish.

Not too many bones to pick here. Relaxed, easy drinking, well made, California pale ale. I'll have a few more methinks.. Another winner from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 04:08:36 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Cresant


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into an IPA glass. Received 1-2 fingers of head. Orange/amber body with a chill haze.

Smelled of citrus-like hops. Mildly sweet malts noted.

Tasted rather juicy. Citrus/bitter hops outweighed the malts somewhat, but a nice representation of a APA. Salty hints (?). Nothing extraordinary here.

Mouthfeel was zesty toward the middle of my tongue. Slightly watery. Thin finish. I will probably pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:18:15 | More by Cresant
Photo of geexploitation


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very reddish amber with a sticky yellow tinged head. Aromas are very hop driven. Some piney resin smells in there, but the nose is pretty underdeveloped, mostly a nonspecific hoppy nose. Still, the palate perks up from there. Warming bitterness up front, present alcohol and citric hops in the mid-palate. A pleasing American Pale Ale palate; nothing special, nothing bad. Mouthfeel is much the same: middle of the road carbonation, imbalance toward hops (par for the stylistic course), dry on the finish. Overall, a decent pale ale that is easy enough to drink, but won't cause any revelations.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 03:03:12 | More by geexploitation
Photo of tonistruth


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- auburn w/ copper hues, 1/2" white head that hangs around just for a bit, but settles to a tiny foam ring. good lacing

S- sweet, citrus, toasted malts

T- a citrus flavors lingers throughout the brew, toasted malts, mellow caramel and orange flavors take up most the time spent on the palate, esters throughout, good balance

M- smooth, light body, great carbonation

D- always nice to have a pale ale, that isn't a toned down IPA. Sessionable, great flavors and flows smooth over the palate. I would have another if not a couple others.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:57:07 | More by tonistruth
Photo of goochpunch


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

Pours a lightly hazed copper with an almond colored head. Leaves some broad lacing. Smells of pithy citrus and resinous pine with a background of pale and slightly toasted malts. Up front is a bright sweetness from the malt which segues nicely into the big citrus hop finish. Finishes with the lingering aftertaste of citrus rind and pine. Really crisp and bright. Not really all that bitter, considering the all that hop flavor, but it cuts the sweet just fine. Mouthfeel is of moderate body with rather soft carbonation. Really a refreshing, tasty, and sessionable APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 05:20:07 | More by goochpunch
Photo of DrMaturin

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer presents almost clear, amber leaning towards brown, and a one finger tannish head of mid to large bubbles retreating briskly without a trace of lace.

There is a mild pine and citrus hop aroma rounded out by an equally mild brown-bread maltiness.

The flavor is of grapefruit hoppiness with a toasty cracker malt to balance; finishing with with a bit of bitterness well within range for this style.

This beer is quite prickly with above average carbonation resolving to a creamy slickness that makes a quick exit.

This is a nice drinkable APA with enough carbonation to cut through a greasy basket of fish-n-chips.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 02:03:11 | More by DrMaturin
Photo of lagomswedish


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

Fresh back from the Stockholm beer Festival, where this beer had a whole stand to itself (!) I thought the tasty 15cl sample I tried would be the last for a long time. So you can imagine my surprise when I checked stocks at my local SystemBolaget store to find there were 178 bottles of Red Seal Ale in store!

At 18.40 SEK for a 355ml bottle ($2.60) I thought I bought enough for the weekend. I was wrong - this is one easy beer to drink!

Appearance -beautiful deep amber with honeycomb coloured head that faded after a few sips.
Smell - Piney, red citrus fruit esters against a backdrop of mild caramel.
Taste - chewy malt, quickly followed by snappy, refreshing hit of fruit hops.
Mouthfeel - initally fizzes, then smooths out leaving an acidic, dry hop finish.
Drinkability - this beer is as refreshing as a walk in summer rain. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Unfortunately there's now only 108 bottles left, so I'm off to buy some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 16:09:46 | More by lagomswedish
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

Glad we got another North Coast brew around here along with Old Raspy. Been looking forward to trying this one
12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic

A - Nice looking red tinted amber color with a two finger off white head of chunky foam.

S - Assertive hop profile along with some fruitiness. Good smell of pine leads the way.

D - Definitely quaffable with some nice flavor to boot. A damn good APA.

T - The hop bitterness is definitely present in the taste but it in no way overwhelms. A nice fruity flavor is present in this smooth brew that complements the hop profile.

M - A nice creamy full feel for a pale ale

D -

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:07:42 | More by EStreet20
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear amber brown body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin creamy off-white head that fades after a few sips.

S- The smell of green pine hops has a light pale malt note in the background. Pretty clean smell over all.

T- This beer has a light green hop note with a fresh pale malt and raw grain taste. The light hop bitterness hangs on the tongue after each sip. There is a slight tart note in the malt that is almost fruit but note quite. The finish is dry with the hop flavor and a hint of a sulfury note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light fizz finish.

D- This beer has a nice little spicy hop burst and a soft malt backbone. Not much depth of flavor but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 20:16:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle. Slightly hazy, amber colored beer, which sported a large, light-tan head. First impression of aroma was a Belgian style spice - coriander? This faded some, and then the hops came into play with a floral character. Phenols and malty sweetness were present, but secondary to hops. Flavor was a biscuity malt, with the hops moving to second place. Hops offer some balance throughout, but were most noticeable in the finish. I believe I picked up a hint of green apple in the flavor, and some pepper at the finish. A fairly light bodied beer with medium carbonation. This was a very sessionable beer which I enjoyed quite a lot. Not the most complex in the world, but simple pleasures are often underrated.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 20:03:30 | More by
Photo of Graebner


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly darker than I was expecting. Orange-brown, like dark honey. Not much head. Low apparent carbonation.

Nose is some bready malts and some citrus and light pine hops. Simple, but not bad.

Taste is very good. Starts of light and slightly sweet, but the body develps quickly into a real mouthfull, lots of sweet malts balanced by big bitter and barely piney hops. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is extremely light for the amount of flavor this thing packs. Finishes slightly dry. Very pleasing.

Overall a very nice ale. Will it replace SNPA as my everyday? No. Will I buy it again? Maybe not, but that's only because the only place that sells it is also the only place that sells Indica (and many other things). Definitely worth trying though, and you can chalk up another victory for North Coast. Seriously though, try the Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 20:34:33 | More by Graebner
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.