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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1,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 78 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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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.

Photo of alexskovan
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.

Photo of yelterdow
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!

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

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.

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.

Photo of dickieb
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 carbonation and cascading bubbles...very bitter!

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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
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.

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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Nessun Dorma in Milwaukee.

The appearance of this beer is very inviting. It is a dark amber color, like most APAs, but its most striking feature is a huge amount of head which towered like a thundercloud an inch above the rim of my glass.

Smell is faintly hoppy and slightly sweet. Good.

This beer struck me as being a very good beer, but not a very extreme APA. The hop character is rich, but not punch-you-in-the-face bitter or citrusy.

Mouthfeel is not too sticky (in my opinion, a characteristic of APAs) which made this beer very drinkable.

I thought this beer was quite nice when you want an APA but not a challenge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.