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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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1,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 96 | 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 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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had tasted this many years ago in college before my BA days but not before my beer appreciation had started. I liked it then and wondered how my palate had changed. SO I picked up a bottle.
I am pouring into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear amber color with a large fluffy beige head. Several streams of bubbles rise towards the surface. Aroma is some grassy hops and a bit of pine as well. There is faint caramel floating in the background. Definitely hoppy but not IPA nose for sure. First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Texture is soft and even slightly creamy.
Flavor starts with some caramel but rolls to grassy and herbal hops quickly. The beer is smooth and very easy to drink. Still a winner in my book!

Photo of skillerified
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden-orange-amber color. Almost no head. Interesting lacing. It sticks for a second and then quickly slides down the glass. Decent sized carbonation bubbles rise at a fairly slow speed.

Smells of malt, a little biscuit, a little grain and a delightful floral fragrance at the end. Just a touch of spices too.

Taste starts all malt. A little bread or biscuit flavor in the early middle. Late middle changes to a definite green plant (hop) flavor. Seems to have a bit of a fruity taste hiding in there too.

Starts sweet, but fades to a decent grapefruit like hoppy bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Fairly well balanced, but not impressive by any means.

Pretty much a solid session ale. Nothing too good or too bad about this one. Fairly refreshing. Could make a good cross-over/bridge beer between a BMC offering and a nice IPA.

Photo of Drew966
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a stubby twelve ounce bottle, it poured a hazy orange color with a thick off white head. It has a citrusy hoppy smell. The taste is pretty fairly balanced between hops and malt. It has somewhat of a lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Overall, I'd say this would make a good session beer, I could drink this all night. Recommended, I wouldn't go looking for this, but I would probably buy it again.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright orange amber with a light white, smooth head. Smells like powdery, lager-like caramel with a clover floral hops. The flavor begins with an oatmeal and honey malt with the big grassy organic floral hops accompanied by a fine electric sourness. Finishes with a lager-like dry pastiness and a hint of pine. The mouth feel is light bodied with lots of small bubble carbonation. This isn’t a bad beer at all, but it isn’t very inspiring.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A red ale that is “amber” in color with a thin off white head on top. Aroma is light of hops and malt, nothing overwhelming. Taste is the same malt up front with a light hop feel in the end. A very crisp finish in the end, nice and noticeable. Balanced is a way to describe the flavor of this brew. Nice feel in the mouth and very easy to drink, little weak in the aroma but makes up in flavor sums up this brew.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber with (shocker) red hues. Full foamy head.

Smell – Raw citrus and piney hops. Woody?

Taste – Sweet and toasted malts up front and a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel – Great carbonation. Smooth and not too bitter, fair balance. Perhaps a little thin, but not a detraction. A bit sticky on the aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very refreshing. Not overwhelming hops but plenty to satisfy. A bold interpretation of the style. Try it if you can get your hands on it. (No freshness dating)

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

This Red Seal pours a nice copper with a red hue back-up. The head is full, fluffy and tan. Nice web of lace to be had as well. The aroma is malty with a pine hop background. The taste is of well blended malts that add a cream-like smoothness to an otherwise crisp brew. The hops show up mid-mouth to add a slight hop dryness to the drink while the mouth is left with a slight hop oil feel.
In short, another fine North Coast brew with alittle something for everyone.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.