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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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1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 68
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

wedge, Nov 17, 2005
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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 06, 2005
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.

mntlover, Oct 25, 2005
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.

tastybeer, Oct 23, 2005
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2005
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.

Rodekill, Sep 26, 2005
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.

tgbljb, Sep 22, 2005
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.

nickss, Sep 15, 2005
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.

kmpitz2, Sep 15, 2005
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.

far333, Sep 11, 2005
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.

macpapi, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
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.

SupaCelt, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Illinick
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.

Illinick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of charlatan
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.

charlatan, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of KoG
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.

KoG, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of barrelman
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.

barrelman, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of jakester
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.

jakester, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
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.

GnomeKing, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
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.

JackStraw22, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of palliko
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!

palliko, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
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.

Ricochet, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of alexgash
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

alexgash, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of John1985
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.

John1985, Jul 09, 2005
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.