Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
The amber beer arrived at the table with a low and very persistent head which laced the glass. The aroma was hops, malt, and caramel. Excellent hop bitterness and caramel flavor. The finish is caramel and dry bitterness. The bitterness dries even further on the tongue. Good drinkability.
12-14-2003 16:57:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
I seem to remember drinking this beer back in my early days of "good beer" appreciation. Chances are I drink it straight from the bottle, so I figured it would only be fair and for research purposes to try it again.
The bottle has no expiry date, and I'm led to believe that this year might in fact be a year old or more. It pours out to a nice light red color. It also had no sizable head to speak of, but left a nice leggy lace around the glass.
The beer has a nice hoppiness in the nose, but not something that would make people gasp from 5 feet away. The beer's taste is familiar but not easily compared to other ales.
I really enjoy this beer because of its grace and simplicity. It isn't an extraordinary beer, but it is exemplary in its average status. It is just done right, not overdone.
If you had a pocketfull of cash, this would be the perfect session beer. It is rich without being overly sweet. It is hoppy but no overly so, even though I might argue that its malt exoskelton isn't as thick as it could be. Overall, the beer just has a pleasing taste that is well-hopped. Mouth-drying but refreshing. The paradox of the hop.
12-13-2003 04:58:04 | More by GreenWBush
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
Another 3-4 year old bottle from a friend's stash that ages nicely. In fact, it still reads "Ruedrich's Red Ale," whatever that means. Pours a rusty red color with some sediment swirled in. Caramelly taste, a bit tart like a hint of cherry. Hops grab attention a bit further down; they are mellowed but still Pale Ale spicy, and impart a touch of cider. A decent, slightly strong beer that keeps well with care.
In the words of Elton: "Tell me, Red Seal, how does it feel / to be no Weizen?"
Little 70's album rock humor there.
12-09-2003 16:40:44 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours out to a brilliantly clear honey colored garnet, forming a decent light beige head atop medium-small bubbles. Retention is good, and lacing is adequate. Carbonation is medium. Aroma begins with spicy citrus hops, a faint biscuit malt, darjeeling tea. Mouthfeel is smooth and round. Taste begins with the floral/citric hops, followed by toasty pale malts, a bright astringency, somewhat balanced by a residual sweetness in the finish. Bitterness is medium-strong with a ruddy dryness.
This is a solid west-coast offering, comparable to some brews from Lagunitas or Stone. The very bright hop character does limit it's drinkability, however.
12-04-2003 23:33:12 | More by Mitchster
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a beautiful clear orange with a moderate white head. Smells of bread, yeast, and just a hint of malt.
This is what a pale ale should be. Malty with a lot of caramel coming through, just a hint of diacetyl, and a nice balanced hop finish. Very clean and tasty. Nothing takes away from this brew.
12-01-2003 01:18:18 | More by yankeeheel
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
was a bit disappointed with this one, though it's still not a bad brew overall. it pours a light amber colour with a minimal head that leaves a slight stickiness but dissolves rather quickly. smells mainly of hops, with malt present along with floral, earthy and citrus smells. the taste is rather hoppy, more than i cared for. it was closer to an ipa than a pale ale in my opinion. a subdued malty flavour was evident in the background but the hop dominance was just too much here. again, not bad, just not as good of a balance in the flavour as i had hoped for. it's an easy drinking brew that i'd visit again, but have to remember that it's got a bit more of a hop kick than a traditional pale ale.
11-30-2003 23:27:37 | More by SixpointJMH
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
The beer was a hazy copper color that had a thin head that left a little lace on the glass.
I noticed a distinct malt aroma coupled with a faint touch of hops.
The flavor was hoppy and mildly bitter. The hops wrapped themselves around my tongue like a warm blanket and left a pleasant sense memory in mouth.
This is a very drinkable beer although I am an admitted hop head who enjoys a good bite from his brew. I think I could drink several of these without any complaint.
This is not one of the best beers I have ever had but it is pretty good and I definitely like to try it again.
11-24-2003 02:25:32 | More by filabrazilia
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
The coppery amber pint arrived with a small, frothy head which quickly faded and left some "legs" on the glass. It had very little aroma, but what was there brought to mind the open fields where I grew up. Perhaps that's not surprising, because my hometown used to be hop-growing country.
This beer is big, full, round, and satisfyingly hoppy. The most interesting thing is the way the hoppy bitterness snaps out onto the middle of my tongue and quickly migrates back and to the undersides where it puts down tingly little electric roots as thought it's planning on staying around for a while. In that regard it somehow reminds me of a very sharp cheddar cheese.
Although the hops play around in my mouth for quite a while, there's not a whole lot going on here besides the hoppiness. So it loses some points for complexity in my book. I certainly wouldn't mind having more of this, but I won't go out of my way to do it.
11-21-2003 02:33:30 | More by Weissenheimer
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
Aroma: Citric hop nose, and if you inhale deeply, a bit of malt
Appearance: Red (duh) with a quickly fading white head. Did leave some lace
Flavor: Pale Ale? Closer to an IPA in my book. Hops are very pronounced, but do let some malt come through
Mouthfeel: medium, with some pucker
Overall Impression: A good beer with classic Pale Ale citric hop notes, but the hops are a bit over the top for me. I love hops, so this isn’t a fatal flaw, but I was hoping for a bit more of the malt to come through. Drinkability was impared a bit by the bitter.
11-10-2003 01:43:58 | More by HardTarget
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
Nice head to start but not much lacing. The nose on this one is great, sweet hoppy goodness. The malt is up front but a nice west coast hop zing to follow and not over powering. Has a great malt flavor that really sets a nice base for the super fresh hop attack. Hops are citrusy and lingering, a great pale ale, circa Sierra Nevada. This one has a delicate and light mouhtfeel Really like this one more and more.
10-22-2003 00:55:12 | More by OatmattStout
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Sampled on tap at Anam Cara.
This ale poured a clear, amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice balance of floral hops and malt. The taste was malty with a good dose of floral hops. There was also some bread in the taste, and a decent amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and relatively clean but with a nice, lingering mild flavor. The body was medium. This was a very nicely drinkable ale.
10-14-2003 05:39:42 | More by UncleJimbo
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
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. Theres 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. Its 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.
10-08-2003 03:03:05 | More by RoyalT
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
09-24-2003 00:35:13 | More by TripelJ
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
09-20-2003 13:41:35 | More by dmarch
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
09-19-2003 23:22:06 | More by edchicma
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
09-19-2003 18:16:55 | More by Winter
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
09-18-2003 00:06:32 | More by Boilermaker88
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
09-14-2003 17:01:03 | More by beergeek279
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-10-2003 04:06:38 | More by MJR
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-06-2003 02:37:34 | More by beerguy101
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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....
09-05-2003 04:37:38 | More by ZAP
4.72/5 rDev +21%
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).
09-05-2003 01:31:33 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.25/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-01-2003 02:45:40 | More by Bighuge
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-30-2003 21:48:07 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-27-2003 21:19:38 | More by francisweizen
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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