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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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1,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 71
Gots: 77 | 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 Stubbie1
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A red ale that is “amber” in color with a thin off white head on top. Aroma is light of hops and malt, nothing overwhelming. Taste is the same malt up front with a light hop feel in the end. A very crisp finish in the end, nice and noticeable. Balanced is a way to describe the flavor of this brew. Nice feel in the mouth and very easy to drink, little weak in the aroma but makes up in flavor sums up this brew.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber with (shocker) red hues. Full foamy head.

Smell – Raw citrus and piney hops. Woody?

Taste – Sweet and toasted malts up front and a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel – Great carbonation. Smooth and not too bitter, fair balance. Perhaps a little thin, but not a detraction. A bit sticky on the aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very refreshing. Not overwhelming hops but plenty to satisfy. A bold interpretation of the style. Try it if you can get your hands on it. (No freshness dating)

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

This Red Seal pours a nice copper with a red hue back-up. The head is full, fluffy and tan. Nice web of lace to be had as well. The aroma is malty with a pine hop background. The taste is of well blended malts that add a cream-like smoothness to an otherwise crisp brew. The hops show up mid-mouth to add a slight hop dryness to the drink while the mouth is left with a slight hop oil feel.
In short, another fine North Coast brew with alittle something for everyone.

Photo of tom444
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with a decent light tan head. Good head retention, with a fair amount of lacing.

Plenty of hops in the nose, with a bit of a "green" aroma to it, as well as some nice citrus and floral notes.

Taste is initially malty, with plenty of hop bitterness following. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat light. Some interesting spiciness in the hops, and a clean, dry finish.

An interesting interpretation of its style, and a very easy-drinking beer with a respectable amount of flavor.

Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy, amber peachy in hue, I really like the color depth of the liquid. Off-white head, at the apex the foam was a half finger high, it quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing. No matter, I like how this beer looks even if it is fairly boring.

The nose starts off with juicy citrus notes, in the middle a fragile caramel malt base shows itself, and in the finish a kiss of flowers emerges. The nose is fairly well rounded, moderately low potency but it’s not too chatty. I like the hops in the nose, this shows promise that this Amber Ale might not be a yawner. On the other hand, the malt isn’t very rich for an Amber Ale, typical of many American ales of this sort. Win some, lose some… still I’ll call the nose inviting.

The palate is plenty agreeable. I enjoy the juicy, citrusy hops; from start to finish a moderate bitterness plays nice with the humble caramel malt backbone. I’m one to think that Amber Ales need to have a tasty malt profile; Red Seal offers a more APA maltiness. With all that aside, how does it taste? It is good… I do like it. What is noteworthy about it? Well, nothing. There isn’t much more flavor development, just some light fruity and flowery notes. The aftertaste is long and citrusy with some alcohol warmth. What a very nice beer. IMO, this is an APA.

Medium in body, fairly firm on the tongue, the carbonation is moderate but natural. The mouthfeel fits well with this beer; it is fairly beefy for the style.

This is a great burger beer. Hell, give me some grapes and cheddar cheese and I’m happy. This beer surprised me. I had it before but I just drank it without thinking about… but, I put my beer cap on it tasted much better! I love when beers fool me like this. I’m happy I can get this beer in Council Bluffs, IA. I will get more. It is a good drinker. Try one.

Photo of jaluria
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An average Amber Ale with little to make it unique in anyway including taste. I noted the writing on the side of the bottle saying it contained only water, yeast, barley, and hops.

Pours a soft brown color with sublte red hues. A strong head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing behind. Aromas of yeast and different types of sugar seem to come out. The taste is as would be expected for this style with a more balanced malt & hop profiles. However, the taste does not linger; it quickly engulfs the tongue and is gone leaving little evidence to suggest it was even there, including an aftertaste. Without compelling flavors or unique characteristics, this beer isn't something I would want on a regular basis, but in a single sitting I could have more than one.

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

This came out of an "American Microbrews" 10-pack that I received for Christmas. It's 11am Christmas morning and I'm ready to try one. First time review and first time I've tried this beer.

Poured a refrigerated 12 oz. bottle (I got the 10-pack a few days before Christmas) into a pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy-orange. Slight head on the pour that rapidly vanished leaving little lacing. Aroma is a nice combination of malts and hops, favoring the malts as I drink on. The hops are very up-front in the taste with some apparent maltiness and a definite bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was average, almost felt over-carbonated in my mouth, even burning slightly on the way down, yet in the glass showed little signs of much carbonation at all. This sensation waned as I progressed thru the glass.

All and all, a good drinkable beer.

Photo of ChiSox05
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange, kinda foggy, not much head to speak of, tiny bubbles rise in two thin lines to the surface

Smells of Bready malt, grassy hops, like sweetened iced tea

Tastes biscuity in between a start and finish of slick, green tasting hops /w moderate bitterness

Medium body, somewhat chewy, crisp hop finish, lingering bitterness, goes down easy. A well-balanced beer that still shows off some malt and hops. Nothing spectacular, I think this'd be a fine choice for a friend who hasn't tried much besides macros. Session starter.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better amber ales I've had, but still nothing spectacular. Pours to light and clear amber color... who would've guessed? Has a nice carbonation that supports a decent sized head for quite some time.

Smells surprisingly hoppy for an amber. I like it. Very sharp grassy herbal hops. Below the hops lie a sweet malty aroma with a hint of metallic. The smell reminds me of a burton IPA with the mineral content.

The taste is good, but it seems to have one flaw: cheap, dirty malt. The hops are nice and all, but they are obviously hiding something in the cheap malt bill. Also tastes very mineralized, like a burton ale.

The mouthfeel is thin, slightly metallic, and has a decent bitterness to it. Not too great, but it's a good drinkable ale for when your palate doesn't need to be completely bludgeoned to death by complexity.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average in my opinion, didn't really stand out. I'm not a huge fan of this style though, so take it for what you will. Pours a reddish amber, decent head. Light floral hops and some sweet malt present. Tastes slightly hoppy, slightly "buttery", and a little malt sweetness in the end. Really a nondescript beer that could have been made anywhere really. Not one of North Coast's finer offerings. This is what I consider "safe beer" that places looking to give the appearance of being "up scale" use by offering craft beer, then taking each brewery's most boring, nondescript offering and stocking it. But at least they're trying, right?

Photo of cubedbee
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, this is a bright orange-red with some chill haze, a slight head, no lacing. Nose is a sweet slightly caramel malt overlaid with light floral hops. Taste is caramel malt, slightly buttery, with a slight amount of flowery hop flavor. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth drinker. This isn't a bad beer, but nothing really stands out and makes me want to order it again.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick, hazy, cinnamony brownish-red, glowing pinkish-orange where the light hits it. Parchment-colored, fluffy head with good retention.

Smell: Wheat toast with strawberry jam and honey. Tart, sweet, and roasty. Excellent, nutty malts. Hops impart a hint of citrus and an earthy character.

Taste: Sooo good. Tastes mostly of caramel malts, English breakfast tea, and grassy, perfectly dry hops. A hint of rummy alcohol. There's also something distinctly fruity about this beer, a very subtle blend of berries, bananas, grapefruit, and apples. Clean, dry finish. Goes great with Brazil nuts.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, somewhere between light- and medium-bodied, and clean. Good for the style.

Drinkability: This is an excellent session beer.

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

12 ounce bottle. Red Seal ale pours out a slightly hazy amber color with half an inch of head. The aroma is malty, creamy, and fruity with grapefruit-like hops. Fruity malt flavor with a little caramel. The malt tastes just a little toasted. Some grapefruit flavor from the citrusy hops. Good balance between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. A simple, but delicious pale ale. Good drinkability. This would make a great session beer.

Photo of bubbler
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this one at a small corner beer and cigs store.Sparse head,light carbonation nice medium amber color.Solid malt start,excellent hop finish,very balanced,a little thin not to complex,very drinkable.Going back for some of Red Seals' other offerings.Love this web site,first review

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber with an off white head. Malty sweet aroma mixed with spicy / earthy hops. Pleasant, smooth hop flavor with a solid malt backbone, even a bit doughy - nicely balanced. Medium body with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Super drinkable.

Very agreeable amber with a gentle flavor and smooth balance that is quite enjoyable. One of the best within the extensive amber style.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand pumped at Wonder’s pub in Madison’s Atwood neighborhood.

Medium bitterness with a healthy dose of sweet malts. Mildly crisp fruity notes and esters make it resemble a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very chewy and creamy but gives way to a bitter hop finish. This makes the red seal extremely drinkable. It is well balanced and with a smooth front and crisp finish. I’m not sure that it will please the hardcore hophead but it’s certainly a nice sipping/session beer for me.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that leaves kots of gobby lace.

Aroma is nice malty and hoppy juicey citrus fruits and a underlying spiciness. A nice inviting aroma.

Taste is nice and malty some caramel coming out lots of hop flavors for an amber. Grapefruity and light pine that leaves a lingering bitterness. Some light spice is also present almost pepper like in nature.

Mouthfeel is nice around medium nice lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice tastey amber ale from North Coast. If available would be in my DBF. Want to thank RedwoodGeorge for this sample.

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

Cloudy orange amber with creamy head. Nose is sweet all over with fresh floral hops. Tastes very well rounded and great mouthfeel. Taste comes on malty and sweet then moves into citric grassy hop bitterness. The sweetness is almost caramel like. Tasty combination. Mouthfeel is crisp, soft and smooth. Yet another very drinable beer.

Great all around malty + hoppy; Good to have....all the time.

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

A much nicer beer than the Redhook IPA that I just drank. The colors are very nice--maroon or burgudy, very clear, well headed with some lace. Aromas are a nice balance of solid malts and American hops. Spicy and grassy in the nose with a plumb and dates like sweetness. The flavors are malty and hoppy as well. Good complex malt flavors bring out ripe plumbs, light syrup, and a light grain flavor. Hop bittering is big. This beer should be an APA rather than an Amber (if it were not for the color). The body is medium with much roundness in the clean malt texture and the hop bittering. Never astringent. Finishes clean and modestly dry. A very good beer for any occation.

Photo of Rodekill
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.

Photo of tgbljb
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.

Photo of nickss
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
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.

Photo of far333
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.

Photo of macpapi
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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,832 ratings.