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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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very good

1,862 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 89 | 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 dherling
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.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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.

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of hero27
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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.

Photo of wolffman17
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of k75
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmz62565
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of marcobrau
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of soultrain
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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....

Photo of boulevard2
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AaronRed
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.