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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

1,713 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 57
Gots: 45 | 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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Rodekill

Colorado

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

As a big fan of ESB, I think this beer qualifies as a good drinkable example. I realize it's categorized here as an American Amber/Red Ale, but I think American-style ESB would be appropriate. It's well-balanced between malt & hops, with a bit more emphasis on hop bitterness than on hop flavor. Aroma is malty/bready and quite pleasant. Definitely a beer I could sit and drink happily while watching a football game. Much better on tap than in the bottle. I'm a huge fan of North Coast's Pranqster & Old Rasputin, but Red Seal is the best "session" beer they make, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 23:06:42 | More by Rodekill
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

as the beer exited its very attractive stubby bottle with the red seal on the label, it entered the glass as golden amber liquid with sparse white head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Smell is a fruity hoppiness that seems unique and very enjoyable. Taste is a nice mixture of flowery, fruity maltiness and background hoppiness that slowly becomes more prominent.The two blend to forn a nice taste. Finishes a little more dry that I would expect ( and would have enjoyed) but is still pleasureable. Nice easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 04:10:24 | More by tgbljb
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nickss

Texas

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

Bright redish-orange hue... completely transparent with a big fluffy white head on top.... looks delicious.

Smells of malt and firm hoppiness, citrus and lavender.

Wonderfully balanced flavor, with the maltiness just slightly overpowering the hops. Unfortunately not too terribly complex.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but as I have stated in many of my previous reviews, I like the thicker beers.

Very drinkable... extremely inoffensive... wonderful session beer.
I could make a night of drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 01:05:32 | More by nickss
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

Pours a nice deep copper cdolor with a small head that falls to a very slight cover over top of the brew. The nose is slightly spicey from the hops with a slightly biscuity/bready background. Very interesting. The flavor is just okay. The flavor follows the nose very closely. Biscuity and bready with a mild spiceyness behind it. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay brew. It doesn't so anything to stand out to me, but its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:46:53 | More by kmpitz2
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far333

Connecticut

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

Copper-colored, slightly hazy with a low but thick beige head that seals the liquid below away from the air. Aroma is sweet bready malt, some ripe fruits and cinammon, and pineapple hops. Flavor is nice and malty, bready and even, not sweet. Citrusy hops give a slight pucker followed by a spicy tingle, and a bit of a tannic fruity finish. I'm enjoying the simplicity of this one - doesn't try too hard with any of the aspects, but has a good balance of malt and hops. Damn tasty and very drinkable. Good session beer, would go well with lots of foods. Thanks to Brent for passing it along.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 19:11:11 | More by far333
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macpapi

Maryland

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

I was very enthusiastic to try another North Coast beer, having been greatly impressed by my initial tastes. Red Seal Ale, a bit pricey in these parts was next on my list.

R.S.A., pours a clear amber color. Light easily shines through, showing decent bubble action. There is a very small, and pretty unimpressive white head. It smells very sharp. Malty, with quite a nice hop bite present. A bit of a citrus aroma completes a relatively basic, but nonetheless, nice smell. Tastes malty and hoppy at the finish. A bit of an aftertaste, composed of a nice bitterness, follows each swallow. Crisp and tasty. In the mouth, again, this beer is crisp. It is a bit on the full side and well carbonated. The bitter bite leaves a good feel upon the tongue.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. Although not quite at the level of O.Rasputin or Pranqster, still a good and recommendable beer from N.C.B.C. A bit pricey to have on a regular basis, but good change of pace from I.P.A.s every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 01:04:01 | More by macpapi
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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

A copper coloured brew. A head of off white sprouts into a nice plume before dusting the top of the liquid and lacing the vessel's circumference.

Bready and lightly toasted qualities come through in the nose as well as a surprisingly dank hop character. The taste has a decent malt flavor although it diplays the hop character more heavily than I was expecting. Yeasty breadiness is overshadowed by the bittering dryness and sappy character brought forth by the generosity of the hopping.

The mouthfeel seems just a pinch light with the hop factor as high as it is. I would venture an opinion and say that this is probably at the heavy end of the spectrum for hops in an amber ale. I love hops so I am not disappointed in the least.

It is a very good drinker. This is surely one of the more fortunate amber ales I have had the pleasure of consuming. Another solid diplay courtesy of North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 03:22:24 | More by SupaCelt
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great offering from North Coast!
A: Amber/copper colored with a foamy white, sticky head that retains nicely.
S: Bready, biscuity, malty smell with a hint of floral/cirtus hops in brackground-particularly grapefruit. Nice smell-balanced.
T: More malt than I thought. Nice flavor that parallels the smell: bread, yeast, biscuit with a hoppy middle displaying citrus and grapefruit, and ending with a malt finish that is dry.
MF: A medium light mouthfeel with a dry finish.
Overall: A really nice brew that is well balanced and displays both malt and hop chracteristics nicely. Could definately be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 16:35:42 | More by Illinick
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a pint of this at the bar adjacent to the brewery. Bronze coloured with a big head and marvellous slightly citrus, very herbal nose. Hops dominated with a very distinctive lemon rind flavour to the fore. Malt was apparent, but very much in the background. Good carbonation helps to make this eminently drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2005 02:29:07 | More by charlatan
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with thick pillowy head composed of extremely fine cells.

Smell: Pretty well balanced, maybe a little hoppy.

Taste: Chewy maltiness is the first impression, with some nice hoppy bitterness coming through as an aftertaste from each sip.

Notes: I like this, a nice American ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:45:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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KoG

Nevada

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

Red tinged body with a slightly offwhite head. Leaves a decent lace.

Smell is floral hop and a sweeter malt backbone. Bit of grain in there too.

Hoppy up front fading into a light caramel and chocolate sweetness. FInishes slightly bitter with a malt flash. Goes down pretty easy.

A pretty solid Red Ale and just about spot on for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2005 19:25:17 | More by KoG
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barrelman

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight amber hues with medium head. Aroma was generous portions of malt with little else. The mouthfeel, being cask-conditioned, was the highlight.Taste was malt-loaded with minimal-to-nothing hop character. Not too much balance. For me I like a little more balance in my pales. A good beer for those who fall on the malt side of the fence.

Serving type: cask

08-10-2005 17:50:34 | More by barrelman
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jakester

Pennsylvania

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

I had this on tap at 3rd and Spruce Cafe in West Reading.

Arrives a hazy (chill haze) pretty to look at orange with a one finger head of beige foam. Head drops to islands and a ring. Minimal lacing. As this warms, it clears.

Smells like lemon grass. Very nice smell. Clean caramel malts, light toffee candy. Really lemony.

Flavor is lemons and caramel candy, with a good dose of hop bittering to boot. Residual sweetness is fairly low, but present. Aftertaste is caramel lemons.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

This would be a great "session" beer. It has interesting flavors and smells, and I could drink this all, or probably not quite all, day. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2005 11:45:26 | More by jakester
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper-colored Red Seal is a very standard brew, resembling a pale ale with training wheels--hops in moderate doses, more than a macro but less than a braver micro. While I love hops, the hops in this one weren't well-chosen. There weren't many other tastes in this one. Nothing wrong, but nothing special about this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 17:22:39 | More by GnomeKing
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JackStraw22

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber/ornage body with a small amount of off white head.

Smell: Big spicy malt aroma, very sweet. Some nice hops there too.

Taste: Huge malt really hits you up front. Clean and bitterness gives a real nice finish. There's a solventy taste that I'm not big on, you can almost taste the alcohol, which is odd at 5.5%.

Nice red ale. I'd have it again, especially if it was fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 02:29:45 | More by JackStraw22
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palliko

California

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

Appearance is medium amber, nice white foamy head that reduces quickly with a minimum of lace. Aroma has notes of plums, honeyed malt and hops. Initial taste is about like drinking half and half straight, slightly sweet from malt, but soon replaced by leafy hop esters. Finish is nice and dry, slightly bitter. Interesting!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 14:43:19 | More by palliko
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stubby 12-er that several of the North Coast brews are sold in. White crown cap with a North Coast motif whilst the main label has a black background and a picture of a red seal inside a cream colored circle. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has great clarity, allowing the dark coppery orange body to exhibit its truly marvelous color when backlit, has only a feint hint of redness. Thin whispy dirty white head breaks quickly and leaves a thin slip of a halo ring and a broken scummy surface. Minimal lacing but the average carbonation supports the looks and the agitation after each drink from the glass helps to preserve the thin broken head.

Nose: Sweet malts and soft grassy hops with some acidic qualities. The aromas are crisp and clean with a pulling spice twist in the latter third.

Taste: Nice malty entrance that has a sharp balancing citric hop bitterness. The middle had caramel traits with a staining of grass cuttings. The finish brings a lot of hops and a charge of spices. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a soft feel on the tongue, the carbonation comes through in the back end with the spicy hops.

Drinkability: I’m not that big on Reds but this one is a cut above most and suffers from a high degree of palatability and is dangerous drinkable.

Overall: Nicely put together and pretty drinkable to boot. Can’t believe that I never picked this one before now. Tasty stuff. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 04:18:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Ricochet

Ohio

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

Very nice dark amber on the pour with a small head which lasted through my first few sips. Rich orange/amber color. Smelled deep and complex, not really a note that it was a red. In the mouth, above average, typical to some of my favorite APAs-

It was very rich, with the hops taking center as I like an alcoholic touches to end . The more I sipped this, the more I thought of JWD's Pale Ale. When it was from the fridge, it seemed a little tastier but as it went, the taste less impressed but was still good.

Drinkablity? Again, some of the notes to a red didn't seem like they were there, but this is still a good ale , no question, but not enough to make me want another when there are more definate styles/lower priced beers. Still, an average drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 02:49:04 | More by Ricochet
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Bronzed amber, like a red seal's coat perhaps? Topped by a small, tight, light tan head. Nose of caramel, rich cookie dough, sweetish pear brandy. Solid, sappy, Westcoast bitter hop nose. Very nice. Modest malt flavors up front. Cookie-ish with caramelly sweet tones. A dash of fruit. Toasted bitterness follows. Deliciously bitter resinous hops into a bitter, crisp finish. Some lingering caramelly malt. A very good American amber. Very solid

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 03:58:32 | More by alexgash
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John1985

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with an ample head that laces down the glass. Faint malty aroma, good burst of carmel malty flavor with a good jolt of hops that comes in at the middle and stays for the finish. Very smooth with an excellent balance, If this is a red ale it is the best one I have had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 02:25:35 | More by John1985
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical red ale here. Not bad, not great. Poured out to a darker amber color, with hints of redness when held to the light. A touch of lace around the glass was noted, otherwise lower carbonation. Scent of barley and hops were present, as was a touch of yeast. Taste is good, but a bit on the blah side. Bitterness of hops and malt are detected, but a strange pine like quality is also noted. Finished rather clean and crisp, with a bread like aftertaste. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 02:43:59 | More by Frozensoul327
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Dithyramb

Maryland

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

Nice labeling, simple and to the point. Purchased as a single from Beltway Fine Wine.
Pours an amber color with a load of carbonation in the body of the brew. Fluffy tan head and loads of fancy lacing.
Muted smell of fruity hops
Chalky malts and fruity hops fill the flavor. Has body to it. Very slick and buttery on the tongue. Finishes warm for something with such a low ABV. Drinkable, but in an uncomplicated way.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 01:41:41 | More by Dithyramb
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sinistermadman

Oregon

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

This brew pours a auburn color while emitting a very light head.
Smell is of pine, mild floral notes, orange peel and well, that is it.
Taste is citrus hop laden with a mild astringent twang at the end. The lemon and orange rind taste is couple well with the hop bitterness. All in all a pretty decent brew, although I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 01:37:52 | More by sinistermadman
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BadBadger

New York

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a descent ale. It pours a nice copper-red color. The head was minimal. The smell has pleasant with a nice mixture of malt and hops. The taste was on the bitter end. While not a bad ale, this isn't something I would really suggest (considering all the options for a good ale of this class out there).

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 20:59:27 | More by BadBadger
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Hunter

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice red color, decent sized head.

Smell is hoppy with malt undertones.

Falls a bit flat in the taste. It's like SN Pale's younger brother. Hops are there but not enough to instill any character. Light mouthfeel and a clean aftertaste.

Not bad, but there's better out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 19:37:42 | More by Hunter
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.