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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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1,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 63 | 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 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A smooth copper color to the body of the beer, and a dingy yellow head of compact froth that has above average retention.

Smell: A very floral and sweet nose to this, I can smell hops and sweet carmel malts. I can’t really pick it apart. It’s just very nice.

Taste: This is a wonderful Pale Ale, with a nice clean balance of sweet malts and floral hops. The finish is so bright and surprisingly not bitter, it’s refreshingly hoppy and sweet at the same time. I really like this off the tap. It may be a little more brash out of a bottle, but I can’t say.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: It has a medium body and decent but not ‘active’ carbonation. It doesn’t feel overly heavy in the mouth and that makes it a good session ale.

99bottles, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of lastauss
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't understand why folks get so jazzed on this.

The color is lovely, but that's where the good points end. The aroma is lackluster, the flavor is completely out-of-balance, there is no discernable mouthfeel and the only reason I can think of to try another one is to make sure I had a representative bottle.

North Coast makes some seriously great beers, I don't know who they're trying to woo with this one.

lastauss, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red with orange highlights. The head is a nice off white then resides to a fizzle. Lacing will coat the glass. The smell has a great hop ping, with pine and strong citrus blessing the nose. The tase is a nice smooth caramel malt then a blast of lemon and grapefruit take to the buds, hoppy and crisp, a refreshing ale goes great with meals. Very drinkable.

beertaster13, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of OhioBulldog
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very respectable deep amber-orange and a small off white head, which cleared rather quickly to leave a ring of lacing around the outside of the glass. The nose has a strong hop prescence, citrus , pine, and a small malt profile.
The Taste starts with a very clean hop taste, very similar to the smell, with citrus, pine, etc, then clears up to leave a very nice balanced malt taste. Very clean and refreshing. Mouth is very smooth with a medium body. I really wish I had more then just one of these, I enjoyed it thoroughly after work and would love to polish off a couple more.

OhioBulldog, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at the brewery Tap House in Ft. Bragg, California. To me this had more interest than the regular tap version, basically due to the cask character, the hops and malt seemd to have more character, but in saying that, it wasn't a giant leap above it. Citrus and caramel were still there, just had a touch more character.

rastaman, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Yesterday's in Newport, RI

Served in a pint glass. Nice crimson/copper color with a nice amount of carbonation that turned to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell was hoppy, malty, spicy with some nice citrus and fruity tones underlying. Taste starts out quite hoppy and citrusy with some big malts mixing in the middle to make this a big, bold, flavorful beer. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was medium. Quite good, I had this when I had some cod in lemon and thyme crust. Went well together. I have to buy a 6 pack of this stuff next time I go to Town & Country.

necoadam, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an awesome pale ale from beginning to end. It poured a darker color than I was expecting for a Pale Ale with a dark amber color and a great frothy head that lasted till the end. The smell was quite full of citrus backed by a slight malty presence. The flavor was totally unexpected with a very big hop presence that was perfectly balanced by its slightly sweet maltiness and very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best West Coast APA's I've had.

Dmann, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of stevef
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 48 degrees.
A lovely dark amber color.
It had a nice light brown head that quickly faded.
Smelled lightly of grapefruit and malt.
Tastes of grapefruit and tangerine with a nice hoppy finish. There is a good sweet malt flavor in the middle that ties it all together.
Nicely carbonated.
A very enjoyable and very drinkable brew. I'll be enjoying this one again.

stevef, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Red Seal poured a medium copper with a nice medium density head. The lace played about the glass like a child’s toy. The head did not, however, retain for long. The aroma is a fruity hops with just a hint of malt. The taste yields a sharp citrus bite up front, that mellows to a hoppy middle. Just a hint of the hops on the back of the tongue where the malt comes out. It has a great medium to light mouth feel. Great drinkability. I have a 12-pack in the fridge fortunately

carln26, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish color with a medium sized creamy off white head. Good retention.
Smells of lightly roasted malt, caramel and citrusy hops.
Tastes of toasty grainy malt, rich sweet caramel, a bit of fruit and a citrus/grassy hop bitterness in the finish that went on and on.
Light to medium bodied with a tangy, thin mouthfeel.
Very flavorful ale from a great brewery, excellent drinkabilty.

rkhaze, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Hard Times in Herndon Virginia. Pours a slightly murky deep copper color with a finger worth of white foam on top. A ring of lace hovers around the brew after the head dies down a bit. The aroma is an even mix of sweet caramel malts and citric bitter hops, very nice and very balanced. I would say the taste is exactly like the smell you get hit with sweet caramel flavors at the front before it fades into a nice citric bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good and on par with what you would expect of a good APA. This stuff couldn’t be more drinkable, it is tasty and very easy on you palette and it goes down oh so smooth. I could easily drink this stuff all day. Great all around beer that may not challenge you but it will satisfy you.

meathookjones, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of sitbooboosit
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thee architype of american pale ale, am i allowed to say that? this beer is one of the most satisfy beers i am able to purchase up here in canuckeland and am consistantly upset after draining the glass that i only bought one or two bottles.

Pours a caramel reddish colour( if there is such a thing). the head develops nicely, that is to say the head is dense yet not overly creamy allowing the bubbles to fizz against the roof of my mouth.
the aroma is rich and balanced, both the strong caramel malt and northwestern hops come through.
the flavour is strong and true to the aroma, an intitial hit of beautifully aromatic hops followed by rich malts that play well with the bubbles. in the finish the beer returns to hoppy bitter overtones supported by rich caramel, almost sticky backbone.
drinkability exceptional.


sitbooboosit, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can tell just from pouring it, from the sound and feel of it, that this is a soft bodied ale. Tall cream colored head. Clear oaken body with animated carbonation. Malty aroma and malty taste at first with a gently smoked infusion. Enticing clarity. I detected a slight “leather or “cork” fragrance that was not unwelcome.

This is not a masterpiece on par with Old Rasputin, but a stylish workaday brew. The finish is broadly bitter without being too demanding on the palate.

RedDiamond, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very different-looking cloudy deep copper in color with a lasting layer of white lace that hung around for the duration and contributed to the appearance by ringing the glass with lace. Aromas are mostly citrus in nature, though there is some caramelized sugar in there as well. Flavor is a balanced blend of malty sweetness up front that quickly tapers off to an earthen/citrusy bitter aftertaste. Nothing too complex with this one. Very easy-drinking and one I'd love to try again sometime.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber ale with a creamy off white head. Has a sharp hop aroma with just a hint of grapefruit. The taste starts with a little malt at the tip of the tongue.Then a sharp hop bitterness with a light touch of grapefruit rushes over the sides of your tongue followed by a crisp easy finish.

ybnorml, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uh, can I get a hell yeah?!! This has got to be one of the best pale ales I've yet to taste. I regretably only bought a single of this on a recent trip to Vancouver, I had yet to realize what NCBC had to offer except that I'd been itching to try their Old Rasputin for damn near a decade now. This Red Seal just seemed like an added bonus at the time. Oh, how I stand corrected.

I like North Coast's use of the stubbie, and this pale ale pours out a breathtaking deep ruddy semi-hazed copper hue, a rich gold/amber when held to the light. Minimal head, but I hardly missed it staring into that enchanting body. Thick, chewy caramel malt on the nose, blended seamlessly with flowery citrus hops, just an enticing sweetness to it all. The flavour delivers everything that has been promised so far, the malt and hops dance step for step in balanced unison, sweet malt and sweet flowery hops in a star-studded blockbuster musical from the 40's. Full mouthfeel that becomes almost but not quite oily on the finish, maintaining that smooth velvety character while the texture alters slightly but holds its integrity. I was a sucker to only buy one of these, and given the chance over again, would be laying down cold hard cash for more to fill the fridge with. A fantastic pale ale, and a fantastic intro to what North Coast is capable of producing.

IronDjinn, Jul 24, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Thick white head that subsided moderately atop a deep copper pale ale. Aroma was strong of hops but just as the head subsides the whiffs of hop aroma dissipated leaving one desiring more. The taste is excellent and i believe to be a prime example of an American Pale Ale with a northwest touch. Malt profile like an english pale ale but generously hopped with American varieties. The body is just a little light but overall this beer is a good pale ale that exemplifies the style.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 06, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from North Coast.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark orange with light red core. Great frothy tan head that leaves tons of lace.

Aroma is sweet and nutty in additon to the herby oily hops. More of the citrus bitterness than floral. Finish is dry and medium duration.

The beer is a little loose, meaning that the flavors seem a bit disconnected and watery. However the severity of this fault is not enough to lose serious points.

I like that they have put more into this than just hops I love hop, but in a Pale Ale I typically want some balance.

hobbes2112, Jul 02, 2004
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a fabulous off white frothy head about 2 fingers deep. Their is an abundance of lace that lingers throughout the glass. The aroma is of spiced apples, very nice. The taste is very good, also spicy with a good amount of hops thrown in for nice bitterness.

This one is good to the last drop. Highly recommend.

abcsofbeer, Jun 27, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish copper. Gracious off-white head with very lacy retention.

Aroma: Sweet citrusy grapefruit. Heavy on the malt sweetness with slight nuttyness. Very heavy on the citrus scents.

Taste: Nutty and a bit bready on the tongue. Caramel sweetness is big and bold in the beginning of the taste, but it fades out in favor of the bitterness near the finish. Hop bitterness is nice and balances well with the nutty caramel. Slight hints of spicing. Mouthfeel is very solid.

Notes: This is a staple beer in my fridge. I like it a bit more on tap, but I will certainly never pass up a Red Seal.

beerinator, Jun 22, 2004
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes fall of '03
This has some pretty favorable reviews here, and i was sucked in by the "one of the ten best breweries in the world" on the label, but i can't say i was overly impressed. I found this to be a fairly solid, but unspectacular brew. I enjoyed the nice, but typical amber color with a nice fluffy head. The smell was dominated by what seems to be cascade hops. The taste was good but typical pale ale, not all that well balanced, but there was some malt. The mouthfeel was rather nice, medium body with carbonation that awoke the mouth. All in all very solid but unspectacular. But good enough to motivate me to try something else they offer to see if they warrant the 10 best in the world ranking.

BittRnessabounds, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother and I bought a 6 of red seal last night and drank it on my roof.

This beer was solid in the categories of appearance and smell. Nothing special, just done very nicely. Red Seal really sets itself apart in taste though. The hops come through very strong (stronger than the alleged IPA that we had had earlier). The taste finishes surprisingly dry. In fact, this is one of the more dry beers I have tasted. I highly reccommend Red Seal.

thinkbreakfast, Jun 20, 2004
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This could turn a lager drinker to ales!
Appearance: gorgeous, clear, copper/root beer color, voluminous, buff colored,sticky head with fortitude and adherence
Smell: fine blend of sweet malt and piney hops, very fragrant and inviting right off the bat, great nose blast
Taste: followed smell nicely, big on the piney taste, sweetness up front with ample but not overblown bitterness
Drinkability: had this on a warm summer evening, great change up from a summer pils, it was...refreshing!
Comment: I'm sold! a great beer, the most impressive thing was the big hop flavor without oppressive hop bitterness

surfmeister, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a small but taught head that seems to be rather sticky. Good lacing.

Smell is mostly malt and hops. Bready sweentess, and florals make this one rather pleasent.

Taste. This is a great APA. The hops never overpower the malt backing but still make themselves known. This is by no means overhopped like some other APAs I have had.

This is just a great after-work relaxing kind of beer, certainly one that will become a staple in my fridge. It is much better than SNPA and will likely replace that.

LuckySevens82, Jun 14, 2004
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.