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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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1,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 88 | 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 ypsifly
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz with no dates purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper under a finger of eggshell that slowly falls to a ring. Minimal and spotty lace.

The nose is hoppy (cascade?) with some citrus notes. The malts barely register. Pleasant but not much for balance.

The malts are a bit more assertive when tasted and there is plenty of hop flavor. Slight caramel with a good dose of west coast hop bitterness. Dry almost piney finish with lingering hop flavors. Much more complex and balanced than the nose. A pleasure to taste.

Moderate mouth that has just the right amount of carbonation. While the nose falls abit short, the flavors make up for it resulting in a very drinkable beer.

Photo of kirok1999
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear coppery gold, nice foamy head that stick to the glass like glue.

Smell- Citrus sweetness with some spice.

Taste- Very nice crispness, American hops stand out and assault the palate. There's just enough malt to balance it all out and it is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean.

Drinkability- I hope this one hangs around for a while in my area. This is one of my absolute favorites, every time I drink some I like it better.

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

355 ml bottle from Swedish Systembolaget.
Sold as a "temporary new beer", that will not be part of the standard selection.
According to the bottle it had 5.6% ABV.
Tried it on April 22, 2006.

Amber color, white to a bit beige head.
Lots of citrus hops in the scent.
Good initial bitterness, citrus taste.

Clearly used American hops, which I like. Good to feel the hops taste and scent.

Photo of evanackerman
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a beautiful amber color with a nice three finger head that lingers for a long time.

aroma is dominated by American hops, very nice indeed.

taste is caramel malt upfront then a lovely bouquet of hops makes its presence known, impeccable balance.

mouthfeel is pleasantly thin and drinkability is very high.

overall, this is a very exceptional little ale. I love the hop flavor and balance in this one, a real winner! i could drink these all day long.

Photo of LPorter33
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Really good looking semi-transparent, amber, honey brown, peach colored. Looks thick and fertile. Decent initial 1/2'' head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell = Hops shine through mixed in with some fruit scents: melon and grapefruit most prominent. Really clean, pleasant scent. Makes me think the beer will be delicious.

Taste = Rather average tasting. Thought it would be a bit better based on the smell but not bad. Good initial flavors but ends on a bland, off balanced note. A little too sour and astringent at the end and the alcohol cuts through more than it should. Initial flavors are well presented though. With a faint sweetness from the malt providing balance to the hops which dominate but aren't particularly flavorful. This knocks the drinkability down a bit. I probably would not chose to have another.

Overall = A decent beer to sample. I think there's better out there though and probably would not have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

On tap Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA.

Appearance- ruby red with a thin head.
Smell- strong malt with hints of earthy dirty hops.
Taste- nice bold malt with a slight pinch of woody/ earty hops.
Mouthfeel- strong well balanced malt not too sweet and the flavor buds in the aftertaste.

Overall- a delicious Ale that you could pound! Going from the gym to the bar and ordering this I easily polished it off under 2 minutes! The perfect beer for a hot spring afternoon!

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

Beer pours with one fingered head atop a gorgeous clear red body. Not a ton going on in the nose of this one, some slight hop aroma and and a touch of maltiness can be detected. A fairly well balanced beer with a good blend of mild hop bittering and malt undertones. Not overly chewy or cloying. Carbonation is perfect in the mouth and it finishes as strong as it starts. This could be a great session beer.

Photo of JanM
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Seal was erecently introduced in the Swedish Systembolagets stores. Considering the richness of American beer making today there are to few US beer available here, so this is a welcome addition. The beer smells like a ale should and has a nice amber color. The first taste is of sweet malts followed by a hoppy bite. After that the bitterness dominates. It is perhaps too bitter for my taste but it's definately a well crafted and well balanced beer.

Photo of Liquids
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale for a red/amber ale. Slightly cloudy with an almond tinted, small, rather bubly head. Smells grassy, herbal, and some caramel malts detected and piney hops. Tastes more like a pale ale or an IPA to me actually, not what I was expected from an amber.

Reminds me of Old Yankee Ale a bit in taste, but certainly a different hops profile and slightly maltier. There is a taste to this that I can't well describe but find in other beers...it makes me think, "rusty," "earthy." Medium bodied, healthy carbonation.

For a red/amber ale, it is not so hot, as I more so expect a less hoppy, sweeter, malty, darker pale ale from the bottle--more akin to a mild brown ales, even. But I don't enjoy most pale ales, so I was a little disapointed here. I absolutely prefer this to most if not all straight (truly pale) pale ales, but that is more a style preference. If this is instead just a "dark" pale ale, well, okay, than for this is fairly drinkable within that style. As an amber, per what I was expecting, it misses the mark. So, different than I was anticipating. By itself, apart from all stylistic expectations, this is a good beer, granted.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light reddish amber with a really big head with large bubbles that holds a long time.
Aroma is slightly sweet malts, but with a grassy hop that balances out the sweetness nicely.
Taste is first sweet malty, then followed by a nice mild hop bitterness
Very, VERY clean tasting.
Mouthfeel is creamy but not cloying....just right for this style of beer.
Aftertaste only slightly of hops just to be thirst quenching.
I think this one may spoil me...it is very, very sessionable and one I think I'll be keeping in the fridge.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a wheat field of amber. But what really seems to shine is the head, well maintained and very solid. Only about a finger and a half worth from initial pour, but maintains a very thick foam throughout the entire beer. Not to mention some very consistent lacing. Smell was a 60/40 balance of hops and dry malts, the hops making up the 60%. taste was just the same, a little more hops than malt in the balancing act. Not bad per se, just something I noticed. Hints of seltzer water mixed in with the dry malt flavor.

Photo of whynot44
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bronze/amber color with a moderate ivory colored head that subsides quickly, leaving only a ringand traces of lace.

The aroma is pine forest hoppy, very nice.

The taste is also dominated by a strong pine/grapefuit hops presence over a slightly sweet fruity malt base, with a long lasting pine needle finish that's just slightly metallic.

Medium boied, easy to drink and enjoyable if you like this kind of hops (I do). Well worth a try.

Photo of Crosling
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Nice nose with notes of caramel, berries, spoiled grapefruit and mustiness.

This is a solid well hopped pale ale but I don’t really like it. It has a solid hop kick (in fact, more so than most of the style) but I don’t like the hops used and the malt backround does not balance this beer well at all. Tastes like the finishing hop is cascade. I wish I knew what the other hops used were. This has notes of grapefruit, flowers, cellar mustiness, tangy and spicy hops and a pretty long and lingering, but unpleasant, finish. Also, for being 5.5%, the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

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

Another good one from North Coast. Poured a cloudy orange / bronze colour, which I was not expecting. Big, craggy, pitted white head, also, unexpected. Looks very inviting. The smell is sweet. A little hoppy; kinda fruity. Smells nice. I can't wait to taste it. Mild to medium hop bitterness up front. Nice dry malt finish. Great carbonation level and seems well balanced. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is definitley sessionable. Overall, I'm impressed. A fairly mild ale with a pleasant smell and taste that is very easy to drink in fairly large quantities. Who doesn't like that?
Blessed Be

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

Poured from the bottle into a guiness pint glass. A nice 1 inch head on top of a dark golden colored beer with a reddish hue. Interesting carbonation was moderate, but had a combination of very fine bubbles laces with larger bubbles adhered to the sides of the glass. Nice clean hoppy aroma gave a promising impression.
The flavor was better than I expected. Nice moderate hop character with a malt backbone that stood up to give it a balance that most American amber ales lack. Nice and smooth across the mouth, the hop flavor expandes across the tongue and deep into the swallow. Nice finish, slightly dry but not so much as to leave you parched. Easy drinking amber ale that I would recommend.

Photo of Naes
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale is hazy brown with a lot of orange to it. The head is small and it disappeared quickly.
The aroma has a mild hop presence.
The flavor begins a bit watery, but finishes with a semi bitter finish from citrus hops. There is also a slight caramel malt flavor that becomes more apparent as it warms.
Mouth feel is medium in body and generously carbonated.

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

Deep red/copper body with a head that stayed around for a while. The nose was citrusy and had a nice caramely base to it, the malts smelled exceptional. You get more delicious malts with caramelly tones with the citrus hops there, but not in the way to make this beer experience too dominated by either the hops or the malt. A very well balanced beer, and another I will be seeking out again, great beer I could have had many more pints of.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal is a hazy copper with plenty of carbonation. Head is tall, creamy, and tan. Retention is very good. Aroma is of a enticing citrissy hop atop a sweet caramel malt. Citrissy hop is the first flavor noted, which is soon taken over by a combination biscuit and caramel malts. Finish is nutty. The is exactly what I desire in an amber ale, full flavors that are nicely layered coupled with a great drinkability. This is easily one of my favorites of the style.

Photo of DogFood11
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice light copper color under a white thin head that leaves some traces of DNA on the way down.

Orange rind zest, fruity, and slammin' with hops. This stands up strong against other west coast pale's. Sweet malts are quickly squashed middle to end by a earthy hop drying that takes a while to get a head of steam, eventually coming to prominence late.

Such a straight forward pale, near perfect. Right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale ale in my book. A bit milder in the hop profile and oh so complex that it doesn't ever get boring.

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

Got a growler of this last evening. More or less just got it on a whim, as I wanted to try something that I have not had before on tap. Luckily I was not disappointed in the least. The color of the beer in the growler was a amber/orange color. When poured from the growler a nice head was formed that was the color of off white hedging on a tan color. Had a good retention leaving lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice, citrus and floral hop smell. Definitely can pick up the grapefruit like esters. Also has a nice malt scent of caramel malt that is noticeable, as the hop scent does not seem to be overpowering. Brew has a very smooth taste; nice amount of hop flavoring is noticeable and does leave some of its essence on your tongue. While the hops is most noticeable they don’t seem to dominate as I am able to clearly pick up the balancing of the malts that lead to a somewhat caramel flavor. Over all this was a fantastic brew, one that I can/could drink a fair amount off. The growler was gone quite quickly! Will look for this one again in the future.

Photo of Byeast
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice , dark hazy copper-amber , with a 1/2 inch head. Taken to the nose , flowery-fruity hop smells , also some sweet malt. Taste is an exellent blend of the malt and strong hops. Starts of with a slighty sweet breadness then quickly turns to citrus, bitter, mildly herbal, and a floral hops punch. Beautiful west coast APA. A superb, great tasting and hoppy beer that is in my fridge almost all the time. I appreciate beers like this one sooo much. This is my pen-ultimate session brew , Damn! , what a fine job the brewers at North Coast did with this beer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top. The head was gone within the first minute to end up as a small thin layer of foam on top of the beer with very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrusy hops greet you in the nose at first. There is a bit of caramel in the background there also to add complexity.

Taste: There is a good bit of sweetness that you get at the beginning of the sip, but this quickly takes a seat next to the hops. A barrage of citrus and some floral hops start to dominate the flavor profile and stay in charge for some time. The hops start to fade near the finish where you get a bit of toasty malt and some sweetness to punch through to the end. There are some hops here, but it finishes pretty balanced. It is hard to tell, but I think that the malt is in charge as the beer fades. Really nice.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not a hop-head, but this beer really agrees with me. It has an assertive hop bill, but manages to have enough malt to give it a run for its money. I will be drinking this one in the future...guaranteed.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent bronze/auburn color topped off with a fizzy head. The smell is marzeny and sweet, very malty with some hops also present.

It tastes very well-hopped for a red ale, nutty notes in the middle and a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty darn good red beer here.

The mouthfeel is generously carbonated. Prickly and stingy. The drinkability is good also. This might have a shot at becoming my favorite red beer. Definitly worth a try. Cheers!

Photo of pjwilson
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this is a give it a second chance review. I've had this beer several times over the years, and I just don't like it. I see it for 11 bucks a 12 and wished I liked it, but I don't. However, I haven't had it for a long time and saw a single, to see if I have developed my paleete more or something. Some things you just plain don't like and can't aquire a taste for, because you just don't like them and never will.
appearance: looks thin, pale redish ale. Could pass for a pale ale, or a light amber. The head brings it up a point or so, because it is a nice head.

smell: there are hops here, but some other stuff. like wet cardboard. The hops are nice, the wet cardboard not so much so. still, decent.

taste: just an horrible blend. somewhere in there are the taste of hops and some pleasing bitterness. But the mud the mud. normally, my problem with red beers is they are too sweet, but this one isn't really sweet. cardboard again comes to mind. cardboard with a side of absoulte nothing. blah

mouthfeel: so damn watery it's sad. it's not aiding drinkablilty one bit either.

drinkability: a chore to finish this. still it's not putrid, if this was all there was at a party i'd suck up and drink it. however it's not good and not easy to drink. thankfully i didn't do something dumb like buy a sixer.

north coast is such a hit or miss brewery. However, I know alot of people who like this beer so what can I say: different strokes ...

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

Red Seal has a satisfying fresh hop aroma, with delicate floral notes and a mild sweetness. On the palate the bitterness is focused and steady, but actually fairly gentle. There is a nice dose of hop flavor, again staying on the fresh, floral side. This element melds nicely with the gentle sweetness imparted by the malt. The bitterness resurfaces to dry things out in the finish.

Another winner from North Coast.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.