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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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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 65
Gots: 56 | 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 MiScusi


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Out of 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Color was a dark orange with a reddish tint. This was a very good beer. One of those red ales that leans more to the hop side, almost like a little heavier bodied and bitter pale ale. Similar to Stone Levitation than any other red/amber ale I can think of.

02-27-2005 21:50:19 | More by MiScusi
Photo of bark


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

The colour is medium deep copper red; the white compact firm head is two fingers thick.

The smell is sweet with a powerful, almost artificial touch of fruit drops (raspberries). There is notes of aroma hops and some unspecified malt.

The carbonation is rather soft (almost a bit weak) with small bubbles.

The taste is bittersweet – fruity with a complex blend of aroma and bitter hops. The mild malt got a slightly burned touch, which makes it balanced against all that hops. The aftertaste is bitter with notes of sweet citric fruits, raspberry jam and maybe some cherries. The long finish is kind of dry.

This is a fine American micro-ale with an interesting fruity taste and a mouthfeel that is more common among cask conditioned ales than bottled ones.

02-26-2005 22:05:55 | More by bark
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Such a great beer! Pours a hazy red-orange with a sticky white head. Smells malty and plenty hoppy. The taste is very balanced. There is enough citrusy hops and barely to go around. Has a tangy aftertaste. Meduim mouthfeel. I must say most west coast pale ales tend to go over board with the hops (which I do enjoy), but sometimes it is nice to drink a West coast pale ale that is balanced. A top notch brew, very well done!

02-23-2005 05:16:10 | More by Luigi
Photo of Thrasher


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

I feel like I've had this beer a million times but I've never reviewed it. It's on cask regularly at a couple bars around town (Moon & Sixpence, County Cork) but the bottle has a lot to offer too, with a smooth crisp refreshing mouthfeel and a slightly more outward hop quality. This is another fine California pale in stubbies (Sierra Nevada, Steelhead) which are all quite distinct, but interchangeably good. Red Seal is maybe the darkest of the bunch, even approaching robust red ale territory, with lots of malt and lots of hops. The hops do leave a lingering mark on the tongue which I personally am not crazy about, almost a burnt rubber quality, but many a hophead will love this very same aftertaste. Another very good beer from North Coast, and a bit stronger-tasting than Sierra Nevada so it might not win as many converts.

02-22-2005 02:05:06 | More by Thrasher
Photo of stjarnflikka


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours an all clear, orangered beer with a nice foam and some carbonation.

Smell comes on citric hoppy with a somewhat malty tocuh and some sweetness. A little thin perhaps.

Gets nice and fruity at first taste. Strong prescense of citrus with a growing bitterness and malts present. Somewhat bitter throughout until it finsihes flowery and somewhat spicy with a nice sweetness.

Good beer, nice apa, though its not really my type.

02-21-2005 20:12:44 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of dauss


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown bottle. No best before or expiration date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogony. Small off-white head appears, ok retention, little lacing.

Smell: spicy hop aroma and a light alcohol burn. Herbal and piney.

Taste: Medium carbonation, bready and biscuity malts, gentle and mellow hop bitterness that just lingers on the tongue in the dry finish.

Notes: light-medium body and has a very light astringency. It's good, but I wish it had more hop flavor.

02-06-2005 22:11:46 | More by dauss
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

I recently had this beer for the first time in about five years. As it usually happens, my memory of how good a beer was differs from how I feel about it now. Example, Newcastle...I drank a ton of it in college and thought it was tits, now my palate has changed so much that I think it tastes like swill. Red Seal Ale is a pleasant surprise. It tastes as good as I remember it, if not better.

The color is that of glowing copper, capped by a chunky beige head that leaves lacey patchwork as it settles.

The aroma is fruity and floral with hints of oranges, peach, and wildflowers along with floral and piney hops A caramel-like malt presence makes itself known with a bitter-sweet toffee smell.

The taste starts off with caramel saturated malts perfectly balanced with jasmine flowers, tangerine and pinecone hop bitterness. This is a fresh bottle and the hops are very lively. There is great balance on display here.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, a perfect beer for mass consumption. Finishes with a touch of toffee malts quickly overtaken by floral and pine hops bitterness. An excellent beer, it has certainly made it's way back into my regular rotation of beers.

01-29-2005 16:38:10 | More by AlexJ
Photo of allengarvin


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Amber/orange color, somewhat cloudy, with thin white head.

Aroma: Very floral hops.

Flavor: Burst of hop bitterness and flavor, a mix of floral and citrusy taste. Malt lingers in the back, but never comes up front. Clean yeast character, and a good bitter end finishes it.

Body is medium, carbonation average, and texture is clean.

01-14-2005 01:43:18 | More by allengarvin
Photo of GClarkage


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

01/04/05- Purchased at my local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into my Reaper pint glass. No expiration date found.

Appearance- Reddish-orange coloring, average foamy head with light lacing.

Semll- Nice mix of caramel nose and bitter floral hops.

Taste- Almost exact what I expected from the smell. Malt and hops in pretty good harmony. First heavy on the caramel, then the hop bitterness kicks in.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation makes this a fairly smooth beer.

Drinkability- A bit better than SNPA. A bit different though. Still would be a good session beer.

01-04-2005 20:39:05 | More by GClarkage
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

The pour was a medium red/copper with a good one finger head that quickly dissapated and left thin whisps of foam on top of the beer.

The smell was a strong sour citrus up front with a hint of hops, somewhere in the rear of the nose was a kick of sweet malt.

The drink started with a very sweet malt/caramel taste. Followed by a clean crisp middle. The finish was a quick hit of sour citrus followed by hop bite.

The only thing about this beer I didn't care for was the clean mid taste, it was too much like water for me and just destroyed the character of the beer. But all and all it was a quite enjoyable beer that I would recommend to anyone.

12-31-2004 21:33:20 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Brian700


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

My co-worker gave me a few bottles of this one night after work and I must say I was impressed. It pours a cloudy orange with a cornbread colored head that was nice and creamy. The head sat about a half inch and disipated about a quarter of the way through the drink. The aroma is predominately malty with a light hop smell. The taste is very well balanced between the maltiness and hops. It carbonated just right with a medium body. It is a very drinkable beer and I would recommend it to anyone.

12-09-2004 05:29:08 | More by Brian700
Photo of mynie


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Pretty dark orange-red with a nice head.

It smells like spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon along with fruit. Raisins and spice and everything nice. Complicated aroma but not overpowering.

Very smooth, slightly spicy hops up front along with sweet hops. It gets spicier in the back with a slight aftertaste of sour hops that leaves you craving more. Full, creamy body and it goes down smooth.

This is an exemplar of almost perfect hoppiness, especially since a lot of red APAs can be way too bitter. A very nice beer.

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by mynie
Photo of schrist275


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a decent loose formed head that is fed off of 4 or 5 lines of carbonation, A hoppy and fruity smell greets the nose... head retention is great.. first sip is mildy bitter followed by a rose?? petal style flavor that works its way back into a majority hop aftertaste with very minor undertones of the malts. A good hop!! Hits the major areas of the tongue but doesnt hang around... mouthfeel is normal.

11-25-2004 20:47:42 | More by schrist275
Photo of niknar


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours out a deep copper color with a nice 2 inch almond-colored, frothy head. Gradually settles to a thin collar with some average lacing down the glass. Smell is pleasant, but not very well expressed. Notes of malt and perhaps a slight hop floral aroma. Taste is definitely one of the stronger suits for this offering. Nicely balanced maltiness with well expressed hop bitterness. Finishes sweetly, but contains a complex bitterness that lingers long after the final swallow. Overall, a nice flavor. Not world class, but well above average and true to the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with just the right amount of carbonation. I would consider this a beer worth trying, and definitely one I could see myself drinking again and again.

11-18-2004 01:53:35 | More by niknar
Photo of avylover


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%

deep clear golden color here, whit a strong fluffy white head. North Coast beers have some of the strangest and stiffest heads, almost as if you could mold it like putty, but there are plenty of naturally weird shapes already in the head. not too exciting in the aroma dept. . a little bit of spicey hops in the nose...and traces of malt. Taste is also rather unimpressive, with a metallic fruity type taste jumping out at me at first, But not too mch else really. Dull maltiness is there, along with some slight floral hops. The mouthfeel is full and finishes powdery. That's right, it finishes powdery, like bitterness gone wrong. Pretty drinkable despite this.

Average, there are way better red or pale ales out there.

11-11-2004 02:17:15 | More by avylover
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

North Coast does a good job describing this brew on their website - they call it an "Amber" American Pale Ale. They seem to have found the best traits of both an Amber Ale and an APA and combined them into one very tasty brew!

The pour is a nice dark red - bordering on being an auburn brown. The color promises quite a bit of taste and this one delivers. The only flaw is that the head was practically nonexistent - by the time I had tossed the bottle into the recycling bin the thin white foam was completely gone leaving no ring at all.

The smell was a bit muted which was surprising. There were faint notes of malt and light fruit notes but that was about it. I didn't find any prominent hops notes in the nose.

The taste is another story all together - this is a very full bodied brew with lots of large flavors. There are the nice amber ale notes of sweet malt and fruit. There were noticeable flavors of peach and apple cider along with a good bread-yeast note. On top of this is a very prominent APA hops bite which lingers quite a while after each sip. While I suspect some will describe this as an "aggressive" beer I was very pleased with how well balanced it is - neither the one note sweetness of some amber ales nor the excessive hoppitude of an IPA. While the taste avoids the extremes, it certainly pushes a few boundaries.

Mouthfeel was very pleasant - what carbonation was lacking in the head was lurking in the beer. This brew is a bit viscous and tends to coat the tongue a bit which is nicely balanced by a lot of fine, energetic bubbles.

Drinkability is certainly high - I can't wait to go get some more!

11-05-2004 07:09:39 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of skybluewater


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a nice amber color, pretty paltry lace. Smells rather faintly of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, with that nice amber ale flavor (I'm not sure why this is listed as a pale...), and enough hops (citrus sometimes) to provide a little bite. The mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but it's okay.

Overall, this is a good brew. Definite session material here.

11-01-2004 03:32:58 | More by skybluewater
Photo of cjhofelt


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%

This is a pretty average beer, not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Deep copper color, like last years penny. Not much of a head, what there is more fizzy than foamy. Dissapates quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Slight floral aroma, but not too much. This is a very shy beer.

Hops flavor dominate with a bit of a malt finish. Not sweet, though. Decent taste.

Fizzy dry mouthfeel. Nothing really unpleasent here.

A pretty drinkable beer with a meal. A very good alternative to a macro, but you can do better in the beer aisle for the same price.

10-24-2004 05:37:54 | More by cjhofelt
Photo of watermelonman


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

This arrived in a nice deep amber and red shade with a modest head. It looks very nice.

A solid malt feel dominates the smell of this beer. Up front the taste consists mostly of malts with a hint of caramel. Hops take over in the finish and leave no sign of malt. The hop blend is nice, if a little strong.

It's very full-bodied for the style, without being at all offensive or hard to deal with.

10-10-2004 05:34:19 | More by watermelonman
Photo of 99bottles


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: A smooth copper color to the body of the beer, and a dingy yellow head of compact froth that has above average retention.

Smell: A very floral and sweet nose to this, I can smell hops and sweet carmel malts. I can’t really pick it apart. It’s just very nice.

Taste: This is a wonderful Pale Ale, with a nice clean balance of sweet malts and floral hops. The finish is so bright and surprisingly not bitter, it’s refreshingly hoppy and sweet at the same time. I really like this off the tap. It may be a little more brash out of a bottle, but I can’t say.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: It has a medium body and decent but not ‘active’ carbonation. It doesn’t feel overly heavy in the mouth and that makes it a good session ale.

09-28-2004 16:41:18 | More by 99bottles
Photo of lastauss


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

I don't understand why folks get so jazzed on this.

The color is lovely, but that's where the good points end. The aroma is lackluster, the flavor is completely out-of-balance, there is no discernable mouthfeel and the only reason I can think of to try another one is to make sure I had a representative bottle.

North Coast makes some seriously great beers, I don't know who they're trying to woo with this one.

09-24-2004 04:36:16 | More by lastauss
Photo of beertaster13


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a nice amber red with orange highlights. The head is a nice off white then resides to a fizzle. Lacing will coat the glass. The smell has a great hop ping, with pine and strong citrus blessing the nose. The tase is a nice smooth caramel malt then a blast of lemon and grapefruit take to the buds, hoppy and crisp, a refreshing ale goes great with meals. Very drinkable.

09-19-2004 23:41:29 | More by beertaster13
Photo of OhioBulldog


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a very respectable deep amber-orange and a small off white head, which cleared rather quickly to leave a ring of lacing around the outside of the glass. The nose has a strong hop prescence, citrus , pine, and a small malt profile.
The Taste starts with a very clean hop taste, very similar to the smell, with citrus, pine, etc, then clears up to leave a very nice balanced malt taste. Very clean and refreshing. Mouth is very smooth with a medium body. I really wish I had more then just one of these, I enjoyed it thoroughly after work and would love to polish off a couple more.

09-19-2004 03:21:11 | More by OhioBulldog
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United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Cask at the brewery Tap House in Ft. Bragg, California. To me this had more interest than the regular tap version, basically due to the cask character, the hops and malt seemd to have more character, but in saying that, it wasn't a giant leap above it. Citrus and caramel were still there, just had a touch more character.

09-13-2004 09:07:08 | More by rastaman
Photo of necoadam


4/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at Yesterday's in Newport, RI

Served in a pint glass. Nice crimson/copper color with a nice amount of carbonation that turned to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell was hoppy, malty, spicy with some nice citrus and fruity tones underlying. Taste starts out quite hoppy and citrusy with some big malts mixing in the middle to make this a big, bold, flavorful beer. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was medium. Quite good, I had this when I had some cod in lemon and thyme crust. Went well together. I have to buy a 6 pack of this stuff next time I go to Town & Country.

09-07-2004 19:11:56 | More by necoadam
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.