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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/copper with a creamy white head.

Scent of hops and malts with slight caramel.

Taste of hops is strong, but not overpowering, some malts and yeast come in to finish with a great bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is tight and clean, goes down very easily, lending to a high drinkability.

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

A -Deep Golden color, off-white head dissolving into some lacing

S - Sly, spicy smell of woody citrus and hops

T - Bitter and hoppy, with a fruity edge. Hints of apple and currant along with a more potent grapefruit finish coupled to the wheaty stockiness of the body

M - Medium body, but a light carbonation and astringent finish give the spry feel of a lighter beer

D - Very good example of a good beer without being as overpowering or strong as an IPA. A great introduction to craft beers for those who aren't very experienced.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy tarnished copper/amber with golden highlights and rising bubbles and a big pillowy beige head with good retention. that leaves moderate cobwebs of lace that form into many concentric drink rings. after it settles, it ends up as a shriveled up layer foam that resembles a dried out uncooked pancake.

S- nice pungent smell of piney hops and burnt citrus. caramel and toasted malt integrate themselves seamlessly into the hop aroma, somewhat accentuating the fresh resinous hops. earthy and herbal at the same time, woodsy, leathery and spicy, i'm gonna guess a mix of cascade and fuggles or goldings? and possibly some english malt influence as well. very pine tree, warm aroma with a lovely citrus edge and malt sweetness.

T- bitter to say the least, a very sharp biting noble hop tang is detected right away and it persists from sip to swallow and well into the aftertaste. a little grapefruit lingers behind that and after the initial shock of this one's hoppiness i can appreciate the flavor of toasted malt and whole grain bread, mineral water, and spicy light cigar tobacco, and a slight wheatiness. old whiskey barrel leads into a very resinous pine cone/ pineapple/ grapefruit rind taste that is best retrieved through retro-olfaction. herbal, grainy, and raw.

MF- slightly oily and a little astringent, i'm not surprised cuz this things is packed with hops. i guess i expected a sweeter mellower ale but i'm happy to have another hoppy red in my clutches. just above medium bodied and the same with the carbonation, it finishes with a drying pucker and a generous coating of alpha acids.

D- pretty aggressive for a red, even in america. similar to hoppus maximus in sheer hop force, easy in session due to relatively low ABV. i finally got to use my red seal pint glass!

Photo of mountdew1
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark amber with a slight reddish tint to it. Head was initially 3 fingers, but dropped down to 1, and consisted of off white foam, almost like a meringue that clung very well to the sides. Aroma was hoppy, maybe a bit of vanilla, and reminded a bit of a good deli pickle for some reason. Tasted initially sweet, then shifted to buttermilk pancake, then became slightly bitter. Mouthfeel was a little lacking considering the initial sweetness. It was a little too watery for a beer that tasted this way. Very easy to drink, probablly go down much faster than expected.

Photo of csmiley
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic

A - Pours fairly clear and a bright amber in color. The off-white head rose to just under one inch in height. It stuck around for a couple minutes and left an average amount of lacing in the glass.

S - Caramel and nuts hit the nose first and have a distinct roasted quality. Quickly pulling in behind is a citrus hop aroma. The background has some buttered bread and grain. This one pulls off a good balance with the aromas that are noticeable.

T - Hop flavors stand out in the flavor. There is a good amount of fruitiness hidden in there - orange with some berry. Things get more complex about midway. Caramel has a strong showing but has several other flavors that back it up / balance it out. Got some bread crust, toffee, and biscuit just to name a few. Some lingering hops finsh off the flavor with a little more citrus.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and somewhat dry but it works well for me.

D - Drinkability is quite good. It tastes good, smells good, feels good...that pretty much drives the point home. The low alcohol combined with just the right amount of hop bitterness really makes this one a solid beer from the North Coast Brewing Co. Recommended to anyone looking for a bit of a hop bite in their red ale.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amber-red (no really?) light carbonation, thin layer of head and some light lacing

smell: rather spicy hop notes, a bit of flowers and some lite citrus

taste: rather tight, smoothly sweet at the beginning, nice hop bitterness at the end finishs with a certain citrus after-taste. Not bad

mouthfeel: fairly astringent, light and thin body and not a lot of carbonation.

drinkability: not like you had to choke it down but it wasn't all that special either, nothing really superb or really bad either. Just pretty good.

Photo of elniko
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stella glass

A: Beautiful looking brew, deep amber. Two fingers of head that dissipated but left some lacing.

S: Nose is incredible. Grassy, hoppy smell that whets the appetite for what is to come with the flavor.

T & M: The taste just explodes in the mouth. Mouthfeel is refreshing, lingers in mouth after drinking. Perfect mix of hops and malt, gives some bitterness but not overwhelming.

D: Goodness gracious this is a fine brew. I could drink several of this superlative ale. North Coast has to be one of if not the finest brewery in America.

Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep orangy copper color with two fingers of head that dissolves down to a thick film, leaving some light lacing as the beer drains into my belly. Lots of fruity hops and caramel malt. Almost a perfect balance. Flavor is likewise. This is really an excellent...oh, I thought it was an APA, but apparently not...in any case, it's delicious. A nice explosion of fruity hop bitterness mixed well with smooth malt. Man this is drinkable. Had this on tap before and thought it was delicious then as well. A good session (if a little high in ABV), and also good for a hot day.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange complexion. Nice head,good lace retention.
Floral aroma. Fruits/citric,malts and hops make up the aroma.
The taste is malts,caramel,and sweet.

The feel is well balanced,crispy and chewy with a dry,slightly bitter finish.

Notes: This became an automatic staple,but not easy to find. I will buy this as often as possible because it is so well balanced and so good. I try a lot of beers and this beer is just so enticing.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with an orangish-reddish hue. Reminds me a bit of one of those gummy peaches in color. A great looking head adorns this beer as well, its a bout 3/4 of an inch of pure white foam with nice bubbles coming up from the depths below.

Smell is very floral. Wow, that is a great smelling beer. Very crisp citrusy hops and a bit of that pine cone scent as well. Smells a bit like honey or caramel as well. This is definitely a beer that will draw you in quick as your face gets close to the glass.

Taste is very refreshing! This beer has that nice crisp and fresh tastes of hops but not that mouth puckering intensity of an india pale ale. The main tastes I get are floral hops and some powdered sugar sweetness. Nothing too intense. The malt backs it well and makes this a very balanced beer. This is a simple yet very delicious ale.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber color with a small amount of whitish head that had an almost yellow hue to it. The beer left a thin but present lace around the glass as it was consumed.

Smelled of malts and hops and little else.

This was a superb natural blend with a very crisp clean taste. Definately a refreshing brew with a nice hoppy finish that didn't overpower the brew.

It was heavy in the mouth yet sily smooth. Great balance.

I want more. Oh how I want more.

Photo of FleeVT
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with no date into a pint glass.

A: A fairly clear copper hue with a frothy white head.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a caramel malt sweetness backing.

T/M: Fantastic brew that's a real creeper with its hop distribution. Well balanced. Up front hops are light, the caramel malt sweetness seem to hit the palate first with a good dose of carbonation. The hops slowly overtake the malts in the back and persevere through the aftertaste leaving a slightly bitter and thirst quenching dryness.

D: Excellent brew and worthy of a slower session.

Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to standard pint glass, pours a redish amber, nicely carbonated, white foamy head.

smells of malts, bitterness, spiciness

tastes like load of hops in the first taste, bitterness followed by a honey floral orange blossom sweetness, malty with a grassy dry finish

mouthfeel is quite easy to drink, nice with carbonation

flavorful and sessionable, kinda reminds me a little of SN celebration

Photo of SchmoTerp
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit of a bronze color with this white head.

S - My nose detected nothing of consequence (normal)

T - The taste is well balanced against malts and hops. Alcohol taste comes through a bit which I enjoy. Very pleasant though nothing fancy.

M - This beer has a great amount of carbination which adds to its appeal. Only real negative is that it feels a bit "heavy" on the way day.

D - Easy to drink, except for the heaviness....something I'll be looking forward to in the future.

Photo of JBogan
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice slightly hazy orangey brown with a solid off white head. Good lacing left behind to remind one of the sip you just took.

Smelled of caramel, malts and a bit of pine in the background.

Tasted good and malty, balanced well with toffee and caramel along with the aforementioned hint of pine. Not super complex, yet very enjoyable.

Good somewhat creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to thick body and some carbonation present.

I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely be back for more. It's certainly worth a try if you happen to come across it.

Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange copper,big foamy off white head with sticky lace.

S-Fresh floral hop aroma some sweet caramel in the background.

T-Wonderfully balanced,spicy and hoppy with toffee maltiness in the finish.Very tasty.

M-Nice medium thick mouthfeel.Fine creamy smooth carbonation.

D-Darn close to perfectly suiting my palate seems better than the last time I tried it.Outstanding.

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

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has some citrus pine scents to it

T - Starts with some sweetness to it then the citrus hops come out

M - I thought that it was a little thin with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good beer that I would drink again sometime it has a good taste to it worth a try

Photo of Twerknasty
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hue darker than a regular pale, with a creamy off white head. A little different on the nose, really showing pineapple rind as the dominate characteristic! Brown sugar, and subdued red apples on the background. Palate shows about the same as the nose, but on a little darker side with a little bit more scorched malt characteristic. The hops were pretty well infused behind the malts, to show a lively character from mid-palate to the finish. Not a bad choice for a different type of a pale!

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow.
A- The appearance is a nice color, darker than many pale ales, amber, almost orange. A nice inch and a quarter head, with copious amounts of lacing. A good number of carbonation bubbles.
S- A strong hop scent. There is some fruit scent, light grapefruit seemingly, with an almost christmas tree scent in there too. Very appealing.
T-There is a malt taste here, light caramel, but hops are really king with this beer. A bit bitter, it has a fruit zest taste to it. Phenomenal.
M- It is really crisp. The carbonation is high. A bit heavy in comparison to your average apa.
O- One of the best beers I've had in a long long time. A very worthy pale ale. For those who like sierra nevada pale ale, this seems to be a step above.

Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a nice sticky off-white head. Very pretty lacing along the sides of the glass is left.

Plenty of hops and caramel sweetness in the nose. Fruity esters leaning towards pear. There is a pleasant citrus and pine character from the hops.

My first taste is very good: sweet but perfectly blended with the bitterness of the hops (I am thinking centennial. Pine and citrus are present in the taste with a medium body that bolds well for this American Pale Ale. Carbonation is fairly low and it gives this beer a slight chewiness.

Finishes dry but with a slight residual sweetness. Citrus is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Very nice APA and one that could be enjoyed frequently.

Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: low off-white head with light retention, nice amber colored beer

s: nice floral west coast hop aroma with notes of light pine and grapefruit, a base of clean pale and crystal malts

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, with a light-medium body...clean

t: lightly sweet pale and crystal malts, just a touch of caramel flavor, great grassy pine/citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness

d: great drinkability...a tasty beer with a clean finish, balanced all around, and simple fits this style very well

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary, an old favorite

Photo of Drewcifer
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-red color with only a slight white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is flowery hops over top of malt, fairly balanced though.

Taste is not as well balanced, leaning to the hops side with floral, citrusy notes. You can catch some of the malt in there if you're paying attention. A very, very slight bitterness on the end, just to let you know it's there.

Possibly a little over-carbonated, but not offensively so. Body on the light end of medium, nice dry finish to it.

Over all, a slightly above-average APA. Very drinkable, worth trying, but not the most intriguing APA.

Photo of drperm
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, this is the APA against which I will judge all other APAs. It is in no way over-the-top: unlike some APAs, which give me the distinct impression that the brewer fell asleep at the hop-pitching switch, allowing gallons and gallons of hops to enter into the brew, Red Seal is perfectly balanced and nuanced. Nothing unpleasant or brash or harsh at all. Nice complex hop notes, this is one to satisfy the Hop Head and the traditionalist alike. Bravo.

Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Seal pours a nice, golden, orangey-amber color, with a slim, fuzzy white lid.

The smell is sweet caramel malts and floral hops, with light citrus and grassy hops. Light but well balanced nose.

A light, pleasant sharpness accompanies the creamy carbonation in this medium bodied brew. Toasted and caramel malts introduce the flavor, as lightly sweet and floral lemony citrus balances, and toasted grains and earthy hops leave the finish mildly bitter.

This beer seems to have good balance. I wish that I had one more sip left to take in the whole thing one more time, but alas. There is no more.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As amber as it gets, somewhere close to color of Anchor Liberty (compared next to one another). Thin white head leaves a lace around the glass.

Smell: Immedately noticable and moderately strong hops presence with a fruity malt afternote.

Taste: Fruity hops that have a very floral finish. A little malt, but not as balanced as most pale ales. Delicious bitterness, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A slight astringency, but a beautiful thickness that leaves a nice mouth coating. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thoroughly drinkable.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.