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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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1,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 55
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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Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – This one looks spectacular. The body is a deep, deep orange and the head was monstrous, went down slowly, and left some gorgeous lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The sharp hoppy aroma comes out beautifully. The piney fragrance fills the room. This Pale Ale has a remarkable nose.

Taste – The scent shows up in the taste but to a lesser degree. There’s a light sweetness and a faint toasted-malt flavor that combine to make this a symphony on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth as silk and barely medium in the body. This is refreshing and a delight to experience.

Drinkability – This was the fastest beer of the night. It’s not a heavy duty IPA, but a great pale session ale.

Update – I reviewed this over a year ago so decided to take another look at this fine ale using a 2004 vintage.

It really does look spectacular and is well deserving of the perfect “5.0” rating on Appearance. I found it to be more balanced this time around both at the nose and especially at the taste. My “fasted beer of the night” comment that I wrote under “Drinkability” still holds true. It is difficult not to gulp down this ale. Another gem from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 03:03:05 | More by RoyalT
Photo of TripelJ


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

Now quaffing: Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

Pours a vibrant clear copper with a thick off-white head that just won't die. Nice lacing with some clumpiness as the head finally does recede. While I wait and watch, an almost toasty malt aroma hits me followed by an inviting floral hop aroma. There is a nice contrast of malt and hops in the flavor as well, with a crisp finish. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate, but is not unpleasant. Overall a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 00:35:13 | More by TripelJ
Photo of dmarch


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

Pours with a red-copper color and an off-white head that slowly diminishes into a fine lace. Aroma is malty with a woody hop character. Hops are abundant in the taste, but not overly bitter. Caramel flavor come through making it quite enjoyable and drinkable. Send some more of this east.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 13:41:35 | More by dmarch
Photo of edchicma


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

Beautiful coppery color with a beautiful head that laces well....Smell is beautiful floral hops with a hint of malt. Taste is very nicely rounded..initial smoothness followed by a hop essence that is just right and that lingers just the right amount of time. Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and a nice crisp feel. Very easy to drink...excellent balance...a real treat...I'm glad my store stocks it!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 23:22:06 | More by edchicma
Photo of Winter


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a creamy white head. Floral hop and citrus aroma hits the nose right away along with a light scent of caramel malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The hop flavor shoots immediately to the forefront and remains the dominant characteristic throughout. Malt background is subtle. A light fruitiness can be detected just before the bitter hoppy middle. The finish seems to thin out both in hop flavor and texture. An easy drinking American Pale ale, just not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 18:16:55 | More by Winter
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper color with a moderate off-white head that thinned out rather quickly. Left decent patchwork lace on the glass.
Smelled strongly of floral hops with a bread-like malt note and mild citrus scent.
Taste was, bang!, hops. Had a strong but not overwhelming citrus hops bite and a bit of pine bitterness thrown in. Lingering spiciness and a bitter taste on the back of the tongue.
Feel is medium bodied, crisp, rather dry.
Overall, a good American pale ale. Leaning a bit too far into a bitter hoppiness for my particular taste but still a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:06:32 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a good head. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is a nice citrusy blend of hops...more bitter than a lot of pale ales, but not quite in IPA territory; Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could drink several of these.

Another quality California Pale Ale; as good as Sierra Nevada, though sadly not as widespread. This is certainly a beer that I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 17:01:03 | More by beergeek279
Photo of MJR


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

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a warm copper with light orange highlights. It's light tan head starts strong and holds well with solid lacing. The aroma is a bit subdued, but has a good balance of citric, earthy hops and crackery, caramelly malt. I detect a slight minerally presence. The flavor balance is skewed towards the hops, with the crackery malt providing a very solid backbone. There's a fair amount of bitternes and lots of citric hop flavor: grapefruit and lemon. Some pine resin as well. Medium in body, with a touch of acidic dryness that appears on the tail end. The flavor thins out a bit towards the end, but still manages a decent finish. A solid example of the American Pale Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 04:06:38 | More by MJR
Photo of beerguy101


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

Pale Amber Color, medium white foamy head. Spicy hoppy aroma. Medium bodied Amber ale. Roasted malts, heavily hopped ale. Fairly simple taste, good flavor, nice balance of hops and malts. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, somewhat bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:37:34 | More by beerguy101
Photo of ZAP


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

A very tasty pale ale....Pours a deep golde with a big pillowy off white head...rims the glass very nicely..nose is more floral and herbal than citric...a nice bready malt profile on the nose....smells like an English Paler Ale...Relatively hopped up on the taste...still getting more English Pale Ale qualities than West Coast American but this is definitely got a better hop bite than most English style pales...maybe a bit of pine like notes on the buds too....mouthfeel is very tight and crisp....medium bodied...very drinkable...a quality pale ale....not one of my all-time favorites but one I could certainly enjoy every day of the year for the rest of my life...a, solid, quality pale ale a tier down from the elite ones....

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 04:37:38 | More by ZAP
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal pours out a beautiful light amber color with a thin, yellowish head that sticks around until the glass is empty--which is probably going to be sooner rather than later.

The bouquet tips the drinker off to the hops, which give the Seal a wonderful multilayered flavor that begs to be tasted again. It's a touch creamy, but finishes quick and dry, leaving the mouth anxious to taste again.

Add to these characteristics a nice, round mouthfeel and perfectly light carbonation and Red Seal is truly an experience to be had.

Wow, I love this beer--even more than I thought I did before I sat down to review it. I don't know who Ruedrich is, but this brew makes me want to kiss him (or her--which would be better for me, anyway).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 01:31:33 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dullish copper. A soft and creamy off-white head recedes to a thin film rather quickly. Great nose. Spicy hops and thick caramel malt mix together wonderfully. And they are present highly detectable levels. This is a nice tasting amber. Heavy and sturdy caramel malts lay the foundation. Spicy hops do their thing. And some bready and yeasty qualities add complexity. And a bitterness to linger as well. Nice medium-full body and creamy mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 02:45:40 | More by Bighuge
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


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

Excited to try this beer. Cool label with a red seal on a stubby bottle. Poured copper color with a soft white head that receded into a mass of sticky lace and thick slick. Smell was pretty decent, with floral hops and a bit of metallic malts. Hops were subdued in the taste representing a nice bittering effect and plenty of rose petal like notes. Malts kicked in with bready sweetness sharing space with a toasted, buttery effect. Mouthfeel was crisp but appropriatly subdued. Very tasty pale ale in my book. A steady, easy drinker that I could have all the time. Pale Ales are a great style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 21:48:07 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of francisweizen


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

This excellent "session" pale ale pours out a lovely dark amber colour with a nice, white head. The aromas are heavily malty, and heavily hoppy, with a good balance of flavors. The taste is earthy, hoppy, and malty all at once, a very balanced ale. The mouthfeel is full and medium-bodied and the drinkability of this brew is excellent.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 21:19:38 | More by francisweizen
Photo of putnam


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

This was kept in my store's cooler, by the flourescent lights for about a year and a half.

Powerful rose-red and brown color beneath splotchy foam that gathers finely milled bubbles from across the surface...like an aerial photo of dunes.
Super bright, minty aromatics piled on top of roasty, resinous woods and sugars. It's too damn cold! But still, there is an obvious silky texture and *pain au chocolat* flavor beneath the complex canopy of fresh vegetation. Fantastically bitter. Very piney, like a northwest forest. Cool, crusty sappiness lays on the outside while bitter smoke bites its way down the middle.
I'll admit to feeling like I was finished with this style of beer about 10 years ago, but this is a prefect example of raw, rustic American craft pale. Obvious, but thoroughly competent at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 19:35:58 | More by putnam
Photo of hotstuff


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A small sized white head with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear with no carbonation observed.The hue of this APA was amber and the flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 16:18:21 | More by hotstuff
Photo of UnionMade


2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a bright coppery color, with a short white head, disappearing to a thin ring after a couple sips. Slow carbonation rising to the top.
Aroma is northwest hoppy, with a decent pale malt backing. Not much in the way of esters or complexity. Just hops, for the most part.
Flavor is mainly hops, with a slight yeasty breadiness and an adequate malt foundation. Slight grassiness, with plenty of citric tang in the finish. A bit coarse, with a grainy aftertaste. I guess i really wasn't into a hoppy beer at the time. Tasted like a light IPA to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 07:31:34 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Realale


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

Beautiful copper/gold. Thick fine slightly off-white 1" head settles slowly and stickily to a thin rocky complete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is a well-balanced mix of citric and earthy hops over rich crackery malt. Touch of mineral in the nose as well. Top-notch!

Great balance initially in the mouth. The earthier hops take precedence here, but blend nicely with all of the malt. There are some interesting fruity flavors as well. With time the hop bitterness and flavor push the malt too far into the background for me, but its still a good package, and much better balanced than a lot of other beers out there.

Excellent bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. I imagine this would be stunning on cask. Many thanks to MJR for toting this sample back from his vacation!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 13:21:51 | More by Realale
Photo of fattychubs

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber color with a bubbly barely off-white head. Aroma is floral hops, but somewhat sweet. Taste is strong hops, with mild malts in the background giving a subtle caramel flavor, a touch of sweetness, then a dry and slightly spicy bitter finish. Medium body which is creamy for some of the taste.

Very drinkable, not complex, hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 03:34:36 | More by fattychubs
Photo of Darkale


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

Clear, bronze-orange body, thick off-white head that quickly fades, very good lacing.

Light, fruity aroma -- I might perhaps smell lemons? Certainly shades of citrus, as every good pale ale should have.

Good bite from the carbonation and hops. It takes a few seconds for it to scrape your tongue, and then there is a lingering bitterness for several more seconds, followed by a memory of citrus, like a sharp orange.

It's a bit too bitter and sharp for me to give it a better drinkability score, though. But, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 14:33:01 | More by Darkale
Photo of SheepNutz


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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with two fingers of head, and lots of lace. The smell is rich in hops and citrus, much like an IPA. Smells very enticing. The taste is a reflection of the smell, just a little weaker, but very well balanced. Hints of orange and grapefruit blended with the right amount of hops. The mouthfeel is very nice and strong for a pale. The drinkability is fantastic, and I want more!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 22:04:20 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $5.99/6 pack from the Wine House in West LA; inappropriately magestic looking red seal on the label -- to me, a red seal's one which has been run over by a motorboat (just me?); first beer of the evening.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange copper with a fine, 1/4", carrot-white head; good retention; mid-to-light ring lacing.

Aroma: Hugely citrus (grapefruit), but with a healthy dose of caramel.

Taste: Light, malt sweetness throughout; strong, hop bitterness (both flowery and earthy) reminiscent of a subdued IPA; hint of orange; Reidrover mentions a faint note of "roasted chocolate style malts" in the aroma -- I get this in the taste. Creamy with a nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: Very good example of a West Coast pale ale; slightly overhopped to be considered well-balanced, but quite tasty nonetheless; not dramatically dissimilar from a good number of high quality APA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 08:15:06 | More by Mustard
Photo of clvand0


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

This beer pours a dark amber color with a small head and almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - some spices and maybe a little orange. The flavor is nice and hoppy with some US hops with some caramel as well. The body is moderate and the drinkability is ok

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 02:28:21 | More by clvand0
Photo of Shiredave

New York

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

Amber with hues of deep orange and a dense, off white heads with tenacious cling.
Aroma is amazing; rich caramel and honey blended with earthy, citrusy west coast hops.
Lush grain sweetness with smooth , nearly medium bodied mouth feel. Fruity, toasty malt flavor stands up to the navel orange and pine cone flavors which mesh impeccably and roll easily over the tongue and down the hatch. Nicely hoppy, fruity aftertaste.
Incredibly drinkable and a mainstay in my fridge for every day drinking and offering to ( sometimes uninitiated) visitors.
A perfect starter beer for the new commer to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 20:25:59 | More by Shiredave
Photo of aaronh


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

Served in a pint glass, this reddish orange beer was topped by an off-white head the clung tenatiously to the sides of the glass. The lace looked like little lines of plaster on the glass. The aroma was a good balance of caramel maltiness and sharp hops. The taste was also very well balanced, with just a bit of sweetness slipping between the very smooth hoppiness. Long, lingering bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is also enjoyable, and this 20 oz glass didn't last long in front of me. I've bypassed this beer for a long time, and now wish I would have given it the respect it deserves. This is a very solid session beer. Truly good in every respect.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 17:42:44 | More by aaronh
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.