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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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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beerinator

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish copper. Gracious off-white head with very lacy retention.

Aroma: Sweet citrusy grapefruit. Heavy on the malt sweetness with slight nuttyness. Very heavy on the citrus scents.

Taste: Nutty and a bit bready on the tongue. Caramel sweetness is big and bold in the beginning of the taste, but it fades out in favor of the bitterness near the finish. Hop bitterness is nice and balances well with the nutty caramel. Slight hints of spicing. Mouthfeel is very solid.

Notes: This is a staple beer in my fridge. I like it a bit more on tap, but I will certainly never pass up a Red Seal.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 23:44:43 | More by beerinator
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BittRnessabounds

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes fall of '03
This has some pretty favorable reviews here, and i was sucked in by the "one of the ten best breweries in the world" on the label, but i can't say i was overly impressed. I found this to be a fairly solid, but unspectacular brew. I enjoyed the nice, but typical amber color with a nice fluffy head. The smell was dominated by what seems to be cascade hops. The taste was good but typical pale ale, not all that well balanced, but there was some malt. The mouthfeel was rather nice, medium body with carbonation that awoke the mouth. All in all very solid but unspectacular. But good enough to motivate me to try something else they offer to see if they warrant the 10 best in the world ranking.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 03:11:57 | More by BittRnessabounds
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thinkbreakfast

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother and I bought a 6 of red seal last night and drank it on my roof.

This beer was solid in the categories of appearance and smell. Nothing special, just done very nicely. Red Seal really sets itself apart in taste though. The hops come through very strong (stronger than the alleged IPA that we had had earlier). The taste finishes surprisingly dry. In fact, this is one of the more dry beers I have tasted. I highly reccommend Red Seal.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 21:18:45 | More by thinkbreakfast
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surfmeister

California

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

This could turn a lager drinker to ales!
Appearance: gorgeous, clear, copper/root beer color, voluminous, buff colored,sticky head with fortitude and adherence
Smell: fine blend of sweet malt and piney hops, very fragrant and inviting right off the bat, great nose blast
Taste: followed smell nicely, big on the piney taste, sweetness up front with ample but not overblown bitterness
Drinkability: had this on a warm summer evening, great change up from a summer pils, it was...refreshing!
Comment: I'm sold! a great beer, the most impressive thing was the big hop flavor without oppressive hop bitterness

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 19:14:12 | More by surfmeister
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LuckySevens82

Florida

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

12 oz stubby bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a small but taught head that seems to be rather sticky. Good lacing.

Smell is mostly malt and hops. Bready sweentess, and florals make this one rather pleasent.

Taste. This is a great APA. The hops never overpower the malt backing but still make themselves known. This is by no means overhopped like some other APAs I have had.

This is just a great after-work relaxing kind of beer, certainly one that will become a staple in my fridge. It is much better than SNPA and will likely replace that.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 02:32:38 | More by LuckySevens82
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

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

A pale ale that pours an amber color. There seems to be some discussion as to the appropriate color of a pale ale - is this style appropriate for an American Pale? The smell is nice and hoppy with a spicy feel to it. Very floral.

The taste starts very watery and mild - almost tasteless. Then after a few seconds, it surprises you and moves into a sweet/sour bitter (graperfruit) that drys up gradually to a yeast and alcohol finish.

The body on this beer is a little thin for my liking, but this does give the beer a higher potential for long drinking sessions.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 18:14:17 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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chriscolby

Texas

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

Reddish (as opposed to brownish) amber color with moderate head. Big, somewhat rough, hoppy aroma with sweet, malty undertones. (I'm picking up a moderate amount of oxidation in my bottle, although I've certainly had many fresh examples in the past.) The flavors starts with a sharp, spicy hop attack that fades to almost even with the malt in the aftertaste. The malt is very sweet and "thick," but not cloying, such that the near-IPA-level hops don't overpower it. The relatively high carbonation level gives a "prickly" edge to the hops, but keeps the full body of the beer from feeling too heavy.
I remember absolutely loving this beer when I first tried it. I still think it is a great pale ale, but these days I detect a certain "roughness" in the overall presentation. The hops are balanced by the level of malt, they don't really seem to meld together as well as they could. This, however, is just nitpicking at a very nice American pale ale, There are certainly tons of pale ales out there that can't touch Red Seal with a ten-foot pole.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 03:56:54 | More by chriscolby
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Redrover

Illinois

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

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer was a nice dark copper with a decent fluffy head and decent lacing.

The aroma was of hops (cascade??) and lot of citrus/pine. Just a whiff of biscuits.

The taste was rock solid. Initial astringent hop bite with more than a bit of grapefruit in the background. The beer had some very subtle floral/fruit flavors as well. The malt packs just enough punch to keep balance, just a little sweetness 2/3rd through the beer reminds you its there.

Easy drinking beer with perfect crisp mouhfeel and carbonation. An enjoyable beer here!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 18:28:51 | More by Redrover
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal poured clear and amber/red into a glass with a small head that disappeared into some wisps of white by the time I took the third drink. I didn't get much of a smell off of this one except for a little hop bitterness. There's pepper-smooth and then there's the bitterness, that's its gig. Tastes fair but not amazing, worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 01:12:47 | More by chugamugofsud
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kbub6f

New York

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

I have a real soft spot for this beer as one of the most widely available yet tasty beers I had when first finding my way around TX.
The head is cream-colored, dense, medium in size. It's a clear, red/amber beer with nice, sticky lacing. Nice hops in the sweetish nose. A touch of sour milk creaminess too. A bracing, hoppy front sweetens to a milky middle. Just a little watery tasting when cool. Dark malt turns hoppy bitter in the finish. Some pepper makes an appearance. A nice, bitter but refreshingly mild APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 20:51:20 | More by kbub6f
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Lucent reddish orangish amber with a large head of firm beige foam that maintains a humped, craggy center as it drops. Thin rings and chunklets of lace appear in its wake. The nose contains all manner of citrus fruit, including lemon, orange and grapefruit. I think this is gonna be a good one.

Well-balanced overall with slight nod to the hoppier side of its personality. The lightly toasted maltiness rides shotgun, never completely fading from view and providing a nice counterpoint to the bitter citrus fruit. The hop flavor is a tad underwhelming. Just when things begin to get interesting, it crests and falls back to a weaker version of what might have been. The finish is increasingly bitter as the beer warms. Good body; on the full side for the style.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale falls a notch short for me. The promise of the aroma and the initial several seconds on the palate isn't realized in the end. However, it's still a well-made, drinkable beer that gets a Red Seal of approval from me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 20:47:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, decent head.

Light sweetness and some flowery hop aromas.

Medium body, good carbonation. Malt sweetness combines with a crisp hop feel and moves to a light bitterness along with a very light bread flavor. Leaves a light bittersweet aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 01:42:14 | More by Southernbrew
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maxpower

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing amber color, nice thick head of large bubbles,decent lacing. Sweet candy grapefruit, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, beautiful hoppy citrus and caramel flavors, a great session beer, very easy to down a few. I am glad to have this available again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 20:15:29 | More by maxpower
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random and welcome sighting because I have heard good things about this brew. The best thing about this beer was the deep golden clor of the beer. The beer smelled of ripe fruit along with the hops. It was very smooth. Not bitter at all. Along with a pretty good hops flavor, the beer was smoothed out with a sweet malty flavoring. The finish was quite good and I would have happily ordered another but I was driving home.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 01:40:49 | More by MuddyFeet
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

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

Thoroughly enjoyed the quality, wonderful taste, and accessibility of this beer. Poured into a goblet, beautifual reddish amber color with a cascading foam, nice carbonation and a wonderful nose. I detect fresh baked bread or fresh cut lumber. Residual sweetness hits you at the beginning but finishes in a nice mellow way, distinctly dry and very pleasant. could I say that this is a wonderfully balanced beer. I think that this is a very good representation of the style. I would very much like to have this on draft as I think that drinkability is exceedingly high. I also think that this would be a good beer to transition people to craft brews. I will be buying and drinking more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 23:31:36 | More by sublimesipping
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours darker than any other pale ale that I remember experiencing. It's burgundy red in color with a medium sized super white head. Smell is quite bitter which threw me off a bit and maybe yeast, or atleast some kind of spicyness/slight sourness in the smell. Taste is very complex and big for a pale ale. Hops are the first thing I experience. Intense bitterness up front. Malts come in and add depth to this beer. Caramel is the main malt flavor I detect. Barley comes in next. Hops smooth out and are more flavorful towards the end but finish bitter once again. Very thick body, ingredients are a little rough with one another. This wasn't as refreshing as I had hoped, but I still got to give them credit for producing a pale ale of this depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 00:28:00 | More by granger10
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Pours reddish caramel with a large frothy white head.
Aroma is sweet, sweet malt with some citurs fruit hops aromas.
Flavor is sticky caramel and toffee with some citrusy and spicy hop undertones. Seems to be a fair amount of herbal bitterness but the relative sweetness of the malt vuts down on it.
Mouthfeel is very intersting, unlike the other West coast beat Pale Ales this is much more subtle and better balanced between sweetness and bitter.
Drinkability is very high, could polish off a six-pack with some tunes on a Saturday night pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 03:06:18 | More by CRJMellor
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at Redbone's

Red copper ale under a low white head, that soon vanishes. Sour hops aroma and taste. Tastes a bit syrupy, with a musky rinse of an old sock in the finish. It's not enough to be objectionable, but I'm not interested in having another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2004 01:14:23 | More by gentlebubbles
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent with a citrousy hop aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is good. It has a nice balance of pale and crystal malts as well as a dry bitter hop finish. It has a watery mouthfeel, but it is still a damn fine beer. It is low bodied and well carbonated. This is a fine red/amber ale. It has nice hop content and malt balance; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 21:17:10 | More by WesWes
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krberg

Oregon

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

Pours bright copper with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells sweet and malty. Spicy hoppy. Smells like a SNPA. Could be the similar bottle is swaying my nose.

The taste is nothing like SNPA. A lot less hoppy with a more biscuit-like malt character. Somewhat bitter in the start but sweet and fruity in the finish. There are flavor hops here, but this doesn't taste to me like a typical West Coast PA.

Nice and creamy. It leaves a slickness on the roof of my mouth.

Great session beer. On tap or cask I'm sure this beer really shines. I would love to sit down to a few pints of this.

Overall, Red Seal is a nice, drinkable, tasty brew. Many thanks to Shiredave for recommending it. I could easily add this to my regular selection of friend friendly brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 21:38:39 | More by krberg
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a rich cream colored rocky, sticky and bubbly head that slowly takes it's time receding over clear medium amber/rusty liquid. Fresh bitter hoppiness mixing with an underlying caramel maltiness and fruit notes makes up the nose. The taste is a very flavorsome blend of perfectly balanced hoppiness, both bitter and very flowery fresh. Gentle maltiness coats the tongue, and some light frutiness tasted...very appealing! Drinks just way too easy, finishing on a long balanced hoppy/malty note. Fantastic stuff, one of my faves that I'm glad to become reintroduced to, it's as good as I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 13:28:59 | More by beerluvr
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Gasp100

Delaware

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

I've been waiting to try this for some time now, wish I had it on tap but had to deal with bottled instead. No problem. Pale Ales are one of my favorite styles and it's very hard to find one that really stands out without becoming something different like a light, boring IPA. This is a true west coast Pale Ale (APA?). Poured a deep amber with a red hue and light wispy off white head with nice solid lacing down the glass. The smell was pretty hoppy with a nice fruit nose (citrus, but not acidic) and grapes, maybe? The taste was heavy on the pine and citrus hops, very nice juicy fruit notes and a very solid malty caramel backbone. A little chewy (which I like) and full bodied but crisp ---- the fruit overtones were right on. The mouthfeel was very bright and crisp with bitterness lingering way after the last sip but I wanted more of the same after the first bottle. This is very drinkable brew and with a decent ABV (just right, not enough to kill a horse) this is clearly one of the best sessions brews as well as a serious Pale Ale/APA. Right up there with SNPA, Liberty Ale and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 01:41:30 | More by Gasp100
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More hometown goodness. This one shows a nice pumpkin orange body with ample carbonation and an average tan head with good retention and sticky lacing. The aroma, as expected, is dominated by piney/citusy hops over a quite warm malt background and a subtle alcohol smell. The taste is superb, and better balanced than many APAs. A flavor of toasted wheat greets the tongue, and then the flavor becomes progressively more bitter before closing with a tingle on the tip of my tongue that has a distinctly medicinal feel. Notes of sweet citrus are here as well, and a distinctive malty aftertaste that lingers long. A very fruity tasting APA. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: just slightly chewy and coating in action. Drinkability is top-notch. Distinctive!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 06:21:26 | More by MobBarley
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CBFanWish

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jen at MacGregor's always does this to me. I ask her to pick one for me, and it's always the perfect beer. North Coast Brewing always makes a great beer. This is no exception. It pours a beautiful orange amber colour with a moderate head. The aroma is citrusy with a huge blast of hops. The taste consists of hops hops and more hops. Citrus, pines, orange. Fantastic. It has a wonderful spicy finish that can't be ignored. This is a great pale ale. Something that should be tried at least once in everyones life.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2004 15:08:13 | More by CBFanWish
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red brew.

Smell is hop and malt.

Taste is very malty with a nice oak dryness. Citrus and creamy flavors show up too, with that woody dryness finishing every sip.

Mouthfeel is full without doing the over carbonation trick.

Super drinkable brew, fine balance of flavors and textures.

Strange thing is I expected this beer would suck, Nice that it did not "Suck."

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 04:17:45 | More by Zorro
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.