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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

1,774 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 953
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 acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

acrawf6, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours bronze to amber with a rocky 3 fingers+ white head. fantastic lacing & very good head retention

Smell: Big piney hops& slight fruityness

T: Big earthy hops upfront followed by fruitty sweetness. Malt dryness follows along with yet more hops. Finishes crisp & piney

MF: Perfect blance, medium bodied & good carbonation

D: A quaffer to be sure. Always thought this was a red ale, what ever the hell you call it,it's damn tasty!

russpowell, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of k75
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

on tap

pours clear garnet red, slightly brown head of tight bubbles

nose is medium and of good balance, not overtly hoppy.

flavor is solidly enjoyable, but a bit unremarkable

finishes with just a bit of hop character and demands another

no flaws - a good everyday choice

k75, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

This beer pours a beautiful dark ammber with a giant tan foamy head. Really nice. The smell has a real "bisquity" aroma,almost bakery like. The taste has a subdued hop presence along with some sweet malt making this highly drinkable. This really is an everyday beer that I would have if I lived on the west coast. Excellant job North Coast.

jmz62565, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

This bottle of Red Seal is poured with vigor into a straight-sided pint glass. A huge amount of carbonation is released creating a sustaining thick, white head. As I top off the pour, a crater of thick foam is created and some lace is left as the head slowly falls. The appearance is terrific; a light amber-red ale topped with appetizing foam.

This beer smells good, too, with a subtle hop-pine scent. The West Coast hops and caramel malts play togetehr well in this beer and the finish has just enough lingering bitterness. There's a bit a candy-like sweetness right before the bitter finish which is very enjoyble. The mouthfeel is very smooth (due to the pour I'm sure).The body is just about right and allows for a high drinkability score.

This works very well as a session beer, as it is not too strong and quaffable, but with enough flavor to savor.

marcobrau, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of soultrain
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Hazy opaque reddish amber beer. 1" beige head quickly settles to 1/4" for the duration of the beer. Real nice lacing, all the way down. Appealing.
S-EXTREMELY fresh and enticing hop aroma for an ale. Top-notch "caramel sweet cascade hop smell."
T-Very hoppy, and I'm diggin' this beer immensely. Hops overwhelm the malts, but I like that. Nice bitterness, nice astringent aftertaste: nice burps!
M-Good mouthfeel, good carbonation. Light/medium mouthfeel.
D-Supreme drinkability. A joy to quaff.

CRUX: THIS WOULD BE A DBF STANDARD if I could get it where I live. Recommended Red Ale, and one of my favorites, as it's a simple way hopped red ale. Sessionable, indeed. Note: found a dust covered 6-pack in a local store once, was so glad to find it, I bought it; it was so-so: THIS BEER IS BEST FRESH! It's gotta be fresh. Live and learn....

soultrain, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz bottle

Pours a beautiful amber ale with a nice head that stands still. The beers has a hoppy perfume with citrus overtone. Thick biscuity flavor and scent is also present. The beer is chewy with good carbonation. This beer I paired with different cheese's and is wonderful with each one. This is a great pale ale and a regular in my fridge!

boulevard2, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

$10 for a growler over @ andy's corner bar in bogota nj.... yum

eyes...
surprisingly a little hazy, amber hue, rises up to 2 full fingers and settles down to one full finger.. and then it holds.. and holds... and holds... lots of lacing.. what a great looking APA... scores well in all optical realms.

nose...
northwest hop goodness, propbably cascade but I'm not sure, some sweetness from the malt base. all in all a solid but not outstanding nose, it smells clean and fresh... but I have smelled much better APAs...

taste etc...
slightly prickly carbonation, the sweetness of the malt tries to hold back the lovely bitter rush of hops.. but the malt is not enough and a gentle tidal wave (yeah.. that makes sense right ego? ya putz...) of hoppy goodness ensues. In it's wake is a pleasant bitterness but not overly bitter or overly lingering. The feel is not quite light and not quite medium.. in a way spot on for easy drinking.

verdict?
always one of my faves for the warmer months. I actually think I prefer it out of the bottle however. still.. another winner from north coast.

Ego, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +11%

12 0z bottle

Appearance: Pours a rich copper color with lighter shades of pale gold intermingled in its appearance. A nice, thick head tops the glass and slowly dissipates. Wispy lacing coats the glass as well.

Smell: A fruity sweetness dominates the nose with hints of grapefruity hops making their mark too. The fruitiness reminds of apricots.

Taste: The bittering hops mark the beginning, citrusy and herbal. The malty sweetness dominates the middle, balancing out the citrus hop bitterness. The hops mark the finish, with a very nice bitterness that lingers long on the tongue, leaving me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Red Seal is one of my "go to" beers that is always in my DBF. A highly drinkable session beer that is well balanced and with a 5.5 abv, one that is a tailgating favorite during football season. This is a beer that I have turned many macro drinkers on to with great results. One of the better APA's out there and one that I highly recommend. Seek and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours into my imperial pint glass with a nice mixture of gold and red. Nice sticky 2 finger head that retains through out at 1/4". Spotty spiderweb lacing.
Smell is buttery and biscuit. Not bad, just boring.
Taste is heavy on the malt for a west coast APA. With a hop kick on the back end. Nice dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Should be a summertime staple beer that's always in the fridge.

wcudwight, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +9%

I love this beer. Great looking, a deep red hue that is a bit different than your typical pale ale. Some red ales are mild- this one is not. Nice hit of bitterness and somewhat tangy taste upfront, and the flavor continues until the end of the glass. This beer has good body as well- but it'snot too heavy and you can have multiples without feeling weighed down. This is such a consistent beer- great for warm weather when you want something a little more.

AaronRed, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a cloudy red-amber color, with a sticky off-white head that retains very well. Aroma is sweet, toasted malts, with mild a hop note, and fruity esters...apple and pear I think. Taste is toasted malts up front, followed by a nice dose of hop and fruit notes. Mild alcohol bite warms the palate (pleasant), then finishes fairly clean with a slight hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean and slick, due to the medium body and subtle carbonation. This beer is closer to the English style pale ale, rather then the American style, but in any case, this brew is top notch! Very drinkable....I could kill a 6'er of this on a Friday night with ease! Great beer, nothing flashy, just damn good.

jockstrappy, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of CNeilP09
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

An interesting brew. I first tasted this at Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta after a RedHook tasting, and i was pleasantly surprised then, so i decided to pick up a sixer and see what was waiting for me. For starters, the beer looks good: slightly cloudy red-orange color, cuddly off-white head with formidable retention and penny-penched lacing. An herbalesque nose, with a touch of coriander, orange citrus, and earthy (on the idea of peaty) maltiness. The flavor is wonderfully balanced, with a crisp bite and quenching burst of dryness. Obvious malt and trumpeting hops. Red Seal has a linger to it, but it's a welcome one. Almost a smokeless (natural) tobacco and fruity finish. This beer is, in my opinion, lightly weighted, which allows for easier drinking. You could put down a six pack of this with ease if you are a moderately seasoned beer drinker. Good beer. Period.

CNeilP09, May 19, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Stubby 12oz with no dates purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper under a finger of eggshell that slowly falls to a ring. Minimal and spotty lace.

The nose is hoppy (cascade?) with some citrus notes. The malts barely register. Pleasant but not much for balance.

The malts are a bit more assertive when tasted and there is plenty of hop flavor. Slight caramel with a good dose of west coast hop bitterness. Dry almost piney finish with lingering hop flavors. Much more complex and balanced than the nose. A pleasure to taste.

Moderate mouth that has just the right amount of carbonation. While the nose falls abit short, the flavors make up for it resulting in a very drinkable beer.

ypsifly, May 09, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance- Clear coppery gold, nice foamy head that stick to the glass like glue.

Smell- Citrus sweetness with some spice.

Taste- Very nice crispness, American hops stand out and assault the palate. There's just enough malt to balance it all out and it is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean.

Drinkability- I hope this one hangs around for a while in my area. This is one of my absolute favorites, every time I drink some I like it better.

kirok1999, May 06, 2006
Photo of gnoff
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

355 ml bottle from Swedish Systembolaget.
Sold as a "temporary new beer", that will not be part of the standard selection.
According to the bottle it had 5.6% ABV.
Tried it on April 22, 2006.

Amber color, white to a bit beige head.
Lots of citrus hops in the scent.
Good initial bitterness, citrus taste.

Clearly used American hops, which I like. Good to feel the hops taste and scent.

gnoff, May 06, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

beer pours a beautiful amber color with a nice three finger head that lingers for a long time.

aroma is dominated by American hops, very nice indeed.


taste is caramel malt upfront then a lovely bouquet of hops makes its presence known, impeccable balance.


mouthfeel is pleasantly thin and drinkability is very high.

overall, this is a very exceptional little ale. I love the hop flavor and balance in this one, a real winner! i could drink these all day long.

evanackerman, May 04, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Really good looking semi-transparent, amber, honey brown, peach colored. Looks thick and fertile. Decent initial 1/2'' head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell = Hops shine through mixed in with some fruit scents: melon and grapefruit most prominent. Really clean, pleasant scent. Makes me think the beer will be delicious.

Taste = Rather average tasting. Thought it would be a bit better based on the smell but not bad. Good initial flavors but ends on a bland, off balanced note. A little too sour and astringent at the end and the alcohol cuts through more than it should. Initial flavors are well presented though. With a faint sweetness from the malt providing balance to the hops which dominate but aren't particularly flavorful. This knocks the drinkability down a bit. I probably would not chose to have another.

Overall = A decent beer to sample. I think there's better out there though and probably would not have more than one of these in a sitting.

LPorter33, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

On tap Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA.

Appearance- ruby red with a thin head.
Smell- strong malt with hints of earthy dirty hops.
Taste- nice bold malt with a slight pinch of woody/ earty hops.
Mouthfeel- strong well balanced malt not too sweet and the flavor buds in the aftertaste.

Overall- a delicious Ale that you could pound! Going from the gym to the bar and ordering this I easily polished it off under 2 minutes! The perfect beer for a hot spring afternoon!

NJpadreFan, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of NolanGTI
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Beer pours with one fingered head atop a gorgeous clear red body. Not a ton going on in the nose of this one, some slight hop aroma and and a touch of maltiness can be detected. A fairly well balanced beer with a good blend of mild hop bittering and malt undertones. Not overly chewy or cloying. Carbonation is perfect in the mouth and it finishes as strong as it starts. This could be a great session beer.

NolanGTI, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Red Seal was erecently introduced in the Swedish Systembolagets stores. Considering the richness of American beer making today there are to few US beer available here, so this is a welcome addition. The beer smells like a ale should and has a nice amber color. The first taste is of sweet malts followed by a hoppy bite. After that the bitterness dominates. It is perhaps too bitter for my taste but it's definately a well crafted and well balanced beer.

JanM, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.55/5  rDev -9%

Pale for a red/amber ale. Slightly cloudy with an almond tinted, small, rather bubly head. Smells grassy, herbal, and some caramel malts detected and piney hops. Tastes more like a pale ale or an IPA to me actually, not what I was expected from an amber.

Reminds me of Old Yankee Ale a bit in taste, but certainly a different hops profile and slightly maltier. There is a taste to this that I can't well describe but find in other beers...it makes me think, "rusty," "earthy." Medium bodied, healthy carbonation.

For a red/amber ale, it is not so hot, as I more so expect a less hoppy, sweeter, malty, darker pale ale from the bottle--more akin to a mild brown ales, even. But I don't enjoy most pale ales, so I was a little disapointed here. I absolutely prefer this to most if not all straight (truly pale) pale ales, but that is more a style preference. If this is instead just a "dark" pale ale, well, okay, than for this is fairly drinkable within that style. As an amber, per what I was expecting, it misses the mark. So, different than I was anticipating. By itself, apart from all stylistic expectations, this is a good beer, granted.

Liquids, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a light reddish amber with a really big head with large bubbles that holds a long time.
Aroma is slightly sweet malts, but with a grassy hop that balances out the sweetness nicely.
Taste is first sweet malty, then followed by a nice mild hop bitterness
Very, VERY clean tasting.
Mouthfeel is creamy but not cloying....just right for this style of beer.
Aftertaste only slightly of hops just to be thirst quenching.
I think this one may spoil me...it is very, very sessionable and one I think I'll be keeping in the fridge.

IntriqKen, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Color is a wheat field of amber. But what really seems to shine is the head, well maintained and very solid. Only about a finger and a half worth from initial pour, but maintains a very thick foam throughout the entire beer. Not to mention some very consistent lacing. Smell was a 60/40 balance of hops and dry malts, the hops making up the 60%. taste was just the same, a little more hops than malt in the balancing act. Not bad per se, just something I noticed. Hints of seltzer water mixed in with the dry malt flavor.

scruffwhor, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A bronze/amber color with a moderate ivory colored head that subsides quickly, leaving only a ringand traces of lace.

The aroma is pine forest hoppy, very nice.

The taste is also dominated by a strong pine/grapefuit hops presence over a slightly sweet fruity malt base, with a long lasting pine needle finish that's just slightly metallic.

Medium boied, easy to drink and enjoyable if you like this kind of hops (I do). Well worth a try.

whynot44, Mar 26, 2006
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.