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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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1,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 53
Gots: 43 | 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.

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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
Photo of

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
Photo of goschool


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

Red Seal at Trader Joe's is one of the great beer bargains.

The appearance is clear amber with a shrinking white head. The aroma has sweet fruity malts and grassy and citrusy hops. Fruity malts lead the way, picking up more caramel in the middle. Grassy hops come out just after the malts. Both contribute to the dry finish. This probably is a pale ale, but it has a bit of red ale in it. It's nice to get a malty APA that’s still hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 05:51:13 | More by goschool
Photo of tattooedtolley


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

Appearance: Poured amber in color, big foamy white head leaving tons of lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops up front followed with some nice sweet smelling malts.

Taste: The hops seem to like the center stage in this beer, while the malts help to balance it out, the hops aren't forgotten. I like it when I can actually taste some hop in a APA, too many lose it to the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, perhaps a bit lighter than medium. Crisp and clean with just enough substance.

Drinkability: For anyone who likes an APA, this is either known territory or something they should certainly have on their list to try. Its a good all around beer, no complaints from me.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 16:56:39 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of cabsandking


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber to orange. Sweet honey, rose, and floral nose. Taste has plenty of fruity nuances; orange, pineapple and nice heavy hops that right up front. Medium body with cloying mouthfeel. The wonderful hops notes are retained in the finish. Excellent balance with malt notes of smoked barley, molasses increasing towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 15:49:28 | More by cabsandking
Photo of malcontent


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

While the head leaves much to be desired (didn't yield much at all & what did materialize dissipated within minutes) the color is a bright, beautiful amber. That hue, when coupled with a nose chock-full of sweet, hoppy goodness makes for a beer just begging to be consumed.

The hops are more subdued than the fragrance would have led me to believe but the taste is definitely pleasing to the tongue. I'm getting what could almost be described as citrus peel/sour cherry undercurrents in addition to the malt-laced hops. Finishes quite cleanly, without the bitterness I've come to expect from some of the less competent APA's, so that is definitely a plus. Good, not earth shattering, but a well above-average APA. The straight-forward taste & smooth, nicely carbonated mouthfeel makes this a beer that can surely be an everyday kind of beverage.

While I wouldn't place this in my top tier of beers tried, I would say that the universality of its appeal makes it a winner; something that a mixed gathering of aficionados & Natty Lite drinkers could agree on.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 22:56:30 | More by malcontent
Photo of MLegendre


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

A: Pours a fairly dark hazy gold with a nice 1 1/2 in. fluffy white head that disapates at a very, very slow rate. LOTS of thick sticky lacing.

S: A nice combination of floral hops, citrus, and sweet malts. Very balanced.

T: Hops and malt come out togethergiving a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Both flavors are very strong, yet neither one dominates the other, the both work together to satisfy your tastebuds. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Could use a little more hops, but other than that it's almost perfect.

M: Very smooth and sticky with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: A wonderful example of a pale ale, and something I drink frequently. I highly recommend this to any fans of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 06:21:44 | More by MLegendre
Photo of hckyfn9999


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

Pours a nice burnt orange color with a 1 inch head, decent lacing. Smell is of faint floral hops and carmel. Taste is first a nice sweetness followed by some bitterness from the hops. A very nice mouthfeel and very drinkable during the miserable humid summers of the midwest. Overall a solid APA that I would drink again, although there are others that I would pick over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 01:50:19 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Applesauce1


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the Red Seal Ale at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Pours a copper-amber color with about a 1/2" head. Looked decent on the pour. The smell is a little different than most pale ales. I noticed some mustiness which didn't please my senses; there's some hops in there too. Taste, luckily, is good. Hoppy with a hint of some fruit. The carbonation here is a little bit weird. Stings the back of your throat a little when you swallow. Medium to light bodied, and pretty easy to drink. The one I had a few months ago impressed me more than the one I'm drinking right now, so I think I'll go back to another Red Seal.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 03:02:02 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of EvilKeith


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

In the glass was a deep golden amber color. The head is an off-white finger of fine tight foam, fell to a wispy cap and halo of bubbles. The lacing was thick and sticky.

The smell was sweet malt, a light fruitiness, and piney hops.

The taste was much the same as the scent with the addition of sweet caramel hints and a pleasant dry, bitter finish.

Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this and would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 13:34:04 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

this copper brown ale features a foamy white head that's built to last. The nose portends of hops, hops, and more hops. Upon first sipping, you're taken aback, because the hops from the nose are not nearly as pronounced as expected. It actually comes across well balanced. There isn't much to the beer as far as mouthfeel goes, but it finishes fairly smooth and refreshing. Something you can drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 04:30:08 | More by dherling
Photo of TrickKnee


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

Had this on tap tonight at Eli Cannons. Nice red color with a good smell of citrus but not to much as you would expect out of a red ale. Decent mouthfeel that did not linger in your mouth so that you were tasting it five minutes later. Was hoping for a little more head to get some more smell out of it but didnt see any, might have been the way it was poured.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2006 04:18:44 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium brown with some amber, a 1 finger head and decent lace. Smells of caramel malt followed by a nice hop floralness, neither of which over powers the other. Nice caramel malt upfront followed quickly by a hop flavor and bitterness. Beautifully balanced. A very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 20:50:36 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Hibernator


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Red Seal Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy orange. Big creamy head on top. Patterns of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass. The head sustains for a short amount of time and then transforms to a thin lace.

Plesant and spicy aroma of sweet malts and spicy, floral hops.

Toasted grains and juicy malts lay down a solid backbone that is extremely well balanced. West Coast intense, fruity hop punch on the finish that enhances the overall profile of the beer.

A well crafted and very enjoyable session beer. North Coast is quickly becoming one of the my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 18:58:17 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Beerzebub


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber, with off-white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Very good lacing. Fresh lemon and orange zest citrusy hop smell, with nuances something like fresh shallots and pork. Really appetizing.

The same fresh tasting citrusy hops, with good caramel malt backing it up. Finish is fairly sustained, with grassy herbal hops with the citrus. All very smooth and balanced, without being at all wimpy. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 07:39:02 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of neenerzig


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer before seeing it at World Market the other day. I bought a single bottle of this because I thought it looked interesting. This beer pours a medium sort of golden, reddish, amber color with a head that is about an inch thick after it settles. Very nice lacing going on also. Sweet aromas of hops, malt, and citrus dominate the smells. Tastewise it is mildly sweet upfront with malt, hops, malt and citrus present. Little else here tastewise, but it is very well balanced. Aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter. Has a very nice clean, smooth, frothy, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink with a clean finish.


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 19:48:11 | More by neenerzig
Photo of snilsen13


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

A - dark red, translucent. Minor head
S - mild
T - great! hoppy and clean! well balanced with a very crisp finish. think Anchor Steam, but less intense flavor. Not malty like I thought the color might suggest.
M - perfect finish, pairs great with sushi.
D - not quite enough flavor to merit more than a 4, but defintely a worthwhile beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 00:18:30 | More by snilsen13
Photo of mcallister


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

Crimson/orange, very clear and clean appearance. A froth monter lives on top he's off white and a good inch tall.

Sensual floral hop aromas, citrusy, orange, nectarine, very fresh smelling, with hints of malt.

Nice balanced medium bodied mouthfeel, good floral hop, with a hint of orange zest, a sensual elegant malt balances out nicely. Also some other citrusy type of flavors are in the finish. Easy drinker.

I did think the finish left to much of a grainy texture on the palate hurting the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 11:14:28 | More by mcallister
Photo of GPHarris


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

a - poured a pilloway two fingers thick head into a tumbler. no lacing on sides of glass w/ shades of red and purple.
s - sweet w/ a floral scent.
t - very sweet w/ a little bitterness but in a good way.
m - light and thin, very crisp brew.
d - pleasant to drink and finishes very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 15:54:24 | More by GPHarris
Photo of hero27


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

12 oz bottle.

Gently took off the cap, and a volcanic eruption ensued. Foam everywhere...cute. Once the thing settled down, it poured a hazy, dark orange.
Cascade overload aroma right off the bat.. thick caramel malt backing.
Plenty of sweet crystal malts balanced by the true cascade hop bitterness. Hop resins take up much of the taste, however.
Medium-bodied & goes down well.
I'd probably throw this in the "Amber Ale" category, but as it is, it's a hoppy pale ale that is heaven-on-earth if you love Cascade hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 04:38:33 | More by hero27
Photo of Da1nonlyBD


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

Just had some on talp, and it was one of the better APA's that I've had. The name pretty much sums the appearance of this beer, red. Had a good nose. Could definetly smell some "C" hops in there, as I could taste them too. I thought it could have used just a bit less carbonation, but overall a good beer. I will definetly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2006 01:23:09 | More by Da1nonlyBD
Photo of wolffman17


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear amber with a two finger head. Based on looks, you expect this to be good.
Smells sweet with a pinch of citrusy hops. Pulls you right in.
The taste is opposite of the smell. The hops are more obvious while the sweetness stays in the background. Good and well-balanced.
There's plenty of carbonation, and it's drier than expected.
Drinkability defined.

Great example of a pale ale, and one that'd be good to introduce "convertees" to. I need to find this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 00:28:34 | More by wolffman17
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a deep rust color, huge tan head with little retention, slight lacing

s - subdued hops, carmel hints of maltiness

t - sweet, caramel-like maltiness with a moderate hoppy bitterness, the bitter finish cuts off abruptly

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish

d - very drinkable, probably the best part of the beer

I was pretty unimpressed with this North Coast offering. It may be due in part because I've been drinking a lot of Alpha King and GD Fresh Hop, so that's not really fair. A drinkable, easy to find beer, just not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 00:56:52 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of acrawf6


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

Pours out a nice hazy creamy amber with a slightly tan head that goes down to small lacing.

Smell. It has a light citrus hoppiness with a creamy caramel sweetness in the aroma.

Taste. Has a dry and hop bitterness that is pretty much expected. but i also get a small roasted malt flavor i was not expecting. this effects the taste in an interesting way. it seems to take over the hops in this, making this a malty apa. aftertaste has a small caramel and metallic hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good. nice carbonation, nice balance (very interesting). body is medium.

Overall, the maltiest apa ive ever had, i think (i wonder if this is an older bottle where the hops have mellowed out). Very nice though. very good balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 18:51:58 | More by acrawf6
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.