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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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very good

1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 74 | 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 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
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical red ale here. Not bad, not great. Poured out to a darker amber color, with hints of redness when held to the light. A touch of lace around the glass was noted, otherwise lower carbonation. Scent of barley and hops were present, as was a touch of yeast. Taste is good, but a bit on the blah side. Bitterness of hops and malt are detected, but a strange pine like quality is also noted. Finished rather clean and crisp, with a bread like aftertaste. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, May 30, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice labeling, simple and to the point. Purchased as a single from Beltway Fine Wine.
Pours an amber color with a load of carbonation in the body of the brew. Fluffy tan head and loads of fancy lacing.
Muted smell of fruity hops
Chalky malts and fruity hops fill the flavor. Has body to it. Very slick and buttery on the tongue. Finishes warm for something with such a low ABV. Drinkable, but in an uncomplicated way.

Dithyramb, May 27, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a auburn color while emitting a very light head.
Smell is of pine, mild floral notes, orange peel and well, that is it.
Taste is citrus hop laden with a mild astringent twang at the end. The lemon and orange rind taste is couple well with the hop bitterness. All in all a pretty decent brew, although I don't see what all the fuss is about.

sinistermadman, May 21, 2005
Photo of BadBadger
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a descent ale. It pours a nice copper-red color. The head was minimal. The smell has pleasant with a nice mixture of malt and hops. The taste was on the bitter end. While not a bad ale, this isn't something I would really suggest (considering all the options for a good ale of this class out there).

BadBadger, May 19, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice red color, decent sized head.

Smell is hoppy with malt undertones.

Falls a bit flat in the taste. It's like SN Pale's younger brother. Hops are there but not enough to instill any character. Light mouthfeel and a clean aftertaste.

Not bad, but there's better out there.

Hunter, May 18, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a copper-amber color with a bubbly, foam-like white-ish head. Slight hops in the aroma, but nothing pronounced. There’s a wood and dry nut character in the smell as well, with a dryish alcohol undertone. The taste takes the hop experience up a few noches. Very pronounced hop bittering, that’s eveident from the first sip. It’s very nice indeed. There’s some pine and tart citrus in the finish. Just a small amount of sweetness in the front, but overall the beer is fairly dry. Medium body, with notable carbonation. All in all, this is extremely drinkable.

Suds, May 08, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with some slow bubbly carbonation within its healthy glow. Big frothy, loosely placed, ivory hued head grows up after a vigorous pour. Settles to a heavy thick foam on top for a good duration of its imbibing. Webby curtains of lace stick along the glass.

Aroma is quite nice, big and bold wooded leafy hoppyness right up front, mildly dry with fragrent floral/grassy hints. A barely there sweet malt backing is evident once it settles a bit into the glass. Some of the woodish tones hint to cardboard but in a fresh inviting way and not stale or abtrusive as others might be.

Nice flavors here with this one as woodish hops make the mainstay with a great affectionate touch of grassy fields of wild flowers in the Fall. Cardboardishly fresh with little back up hints of pale citrusy fruits. Drys out slightly crispened carrying all sorts of herbal grasses, wood pulp, and leaves. Even bits of a light earthy roast tap off the end as it lingers.

Feel is medium bodied with a crisp noted touch from start to finish, well rounded too, with a finely pulped carbonation across the palate. The malt backing is nearly perfect as it helps coat the palate with just enough bits of sweet and fruit to make it glide right down.

This is a very good amber and I've been passing it up for years. Yikes? So I'll be getting this more often, only if I know for sure its as fresh as this sixer I got today was. It just came in, so... It's good stuff.

tavernjef, May 05, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, amber color with a frothy white head that settles in a minute or so, with little lacing. The aroma is a floral hops bouqet, followed by a sweet caramel malt scent. The taste beings with a bready, and sweet caramel malt taste followed by a grapefruit and overall citrus hops flavor. The finish is a grassy, eathy hops taste that lingers on your mouth leaving a dry, bitter finish and a warming sensation. This is probably the hoppiest red ale i've tried and its quite good if not overly complex. Quite drinkable and very enjoyable it has the makings of an excellent (if somewhat pallate numbing) session brew.

silver0rlead, May 03, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Excellent light amber color, creamy head, good lace. I can see what appears to be suspended yeast.

Smell - A good balance of potent malt and hops (non-floral). It just smells apppetizing.

Taste - Quite bitter, with a grainy maltiness. The bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste. The bitterness is not cloying, but is a tad gritty. Some esters also pop up from time to time.

Mouthfeel - The texture is a little rough initially, but the beer has a very substantial feel. The beer is very smooth in the swallow.

Drinkability - This is a a gritty ale, which is just the kind that I look for. The taste plus the overall mouthfeel equals one top notch beer.

Comments - This is an awesome ale - there is nothing mellow about it. Highly recommended.

mgdeth, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden-amber with a thin ivory head. Some light lacing. Smells of sweet malt and fragrant airy hops.

Tastes of crisp fruity malt. Lightly sweet. Pervasive understated bitter hops. the bitter and sweet interwine and come to a static balance. Very nice. Medium bodied with a crisp dry aftertaste. Very good. Really drinkable.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation that forms a creamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is doughy malt with grassy resinous hops and some pepper. Some DMS is present.

The flavor is hop bitterness followed by some sweet caramel malts with a touch of fruitiness and then a big bitter finish. It is medium to light bodied and a little watery.

Overall, I found it unexciting and rather mediocre. I'd take a Levitation or a Cinder Cone Red over this any day.

Beaver13, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber reddish color. Thick off-white head. Good retention, not much lace. Smells are slightly grapefruit, and apple. Caramel malt flavor, with a good amount of bitterness. Citrusy hop flavor. Not overly bitter for an APA. Medium body, moderate carbonation. A good APA, very good session beer. Not overwhelming.

Bierguy5, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My imagination told me that this beer would've been very red, buuuut it's more like hazy dark orange, with reddish tints. Moderately thick haze drifts up on the glass.

Nose is bizarre. Basic malt body, dry and apply, but also with something like wet clothes -- which drew me in but really isn't that pleasant.

Taste is light to medium-bodied, highly drinkable pale ale. Dry malt character. Strong but well balanced carbonation dominates alot of the taste. Bitter after with unpleasant metallic edge.

donnebaby, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and hoppy. A palate cleaner, and good after fish and tasty salad. Was good at below room temperature and at it. Fresh and refreshing. A smooth drink and our group could have handled this all night. Medium mouthfeel, a session ale. Some malts, piney floral. big hop bubbles in bottle.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling orange, capsized & carbonated head with some mean lacing. Light nose, mainly floral hops and some grapefruit rinds. Sweet and twangy, bitter hops backed large citrus offerings in the way of freshly squeezed lemons and orange juice. A pretty decent malt based backbone, patches of caramelized sugar with warming. Pretty laid back for an APA, don’t be taken though, tasty and session-able all the way!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this to be a great session brew. I poured my 12oz bottle into a pint glass which showed a nice copper/amber hue. The aroma was a pleasant piney hops which seguayed to a great taste blending the hops and barely. A great balance finishing on the hop side. A good light to medium body... I think I could drink this all day. A damn good brew.

SwillinBrew, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Color was a dark orange with a reddish tint. This was a very good beer. One of those red ales that leans more to the hop side, almost like a little heavier bodied and bitter pale ale. Similar to Stone Levitation than any other red/amber ale I can think of.

MiScusi, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of bark
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The colour is medium deep copper red; the white compact firm head is two fingers thick.

The smell is sweet with a powerful, almost artificial touch of fruit drops (raspberries). There is notes of aroma hops and some unspecified malt.

The carbonation is rather soft (almost a bit weak) with small bubbles.

The taste is bittersweet – fruity with a complex blend of aroma and bitter hops. The mild malt got a slightly burned touch, which makes it balanced against all that hops. The aftertaste is bitter with notes of sweet citric fruits, raspberry jam and maybe some cherries. The long finish is kind of dry.

This is a fine American micro-ale with an interesting fruity taste and a mouthfeel that is more common among cask conditioned ales than bottled ones.

bark, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer! Pours a hazy red-orange with a sticky white head. Smells malty and plenty hoppy. The taste is very balanced. There is enough citrusy hops and barely to go around. Has a tangy aftertaste. Meduim mouthfeel. I must say most west coast pale ales tend to go over board with the hops (which I do enjoy), but sometimes it is nice to drink a West coast pale ale that is balanced. A top notch brew, very well done!

Luigi, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I've had this beer a million times but I've never reviewed it. It's on cask regularly at a couple bars around town (Moon & Sixpence, County Cork) but the bottle has a lot to offer too, with a smooth crisp refreshing mouthfeel and a slightly more outward hop quality. This is another fine California pale in stubbies (Sierra Nevada, Steelhead) which are all quite distinct, but interchangeably good. Red Seal is maybe the darkest of the bunch, even approaching robust red ale territory, with lots of malt and lots of hops. The hops do leave a lingering mark on the tongue which I personally am not crazy about, almost a burnt rubber quality, but many a hophead will love this very same aftertaste. Another very good beer from North Coast, and a bit stronger-tasting than Sierra Nevada so it might not win as many converts.

Thrasher, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear, orangered beer with a nice foam and some carbonation.

Smell comes on citric hoppy with a somewhat malty tocuh and some sweetness. A little thin perhaps.

Gets nice and fruity at first taste. Strong prescense of citrus with a growing bitterness and malts present. Somewhat bitter throughout until it finsihes flowery and somewhat spicy with a nice sweetness.

Good beer, nice apa, though its not really my type.

stjarnflikka, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown bottle. No best before or expiration date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogony. Small off-white head appears, ok retention, little lacing.

Smell: spicy hop aroma and a light alcohol burn. Herbal and piney.

Taste: Medium carbonation, bready and biscuity malts, gentle and mellow hop bitterness that just lingers on the tongue in the dry finish.

Notes: light-medium body and has a very light astringency. It's good, but I wish it had more hop flavor.

dauss, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I recently had this beer for the first time in about five years. As it usually happens, my memory of how good a beer was differs from how I feel about it now. Example, Newcastle...I drank a ton of it in college and thought it was tits, now my palate has changed so much that I think it tastes like swill. Red Seal Ale is a pleasant surprise. It tastes as good as I remember it, if not better.

The color is that of glowing copper, capped by a chunky beige head that leaves lacey patchwork as it settles.

The aroma is fruity and floral with hints of oranges, peach, and wildflowers along with floral and piney hops A caramel-like malt presence makes itself known with a bitter-sweet toffee smell.

The taste starts off with caramel saturated malts perfectly balanced with jasmine flowers, tangerine and pinecone hop bitterness. This is a fresh bottle and the hops are very lively. There is great balance on display here.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, a perfect beer for mass consumption. Finishes with a touch of toffee malts quickly overtaken by floral and pine hops bitterness. An excellent beer, it has certainly made it's way back into my regular rotation of beers.

AlexJ, Jan 29, 2005
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.