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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | 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 nickss
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright redish-orange hue... completely transparent with a big fluffy white head on top.... looks delicious.

Smells of malt and firm hoppiness, citrus and lavender.

Wonderfully balanced flavor, with the maltiness just slightly overpowering the hops. Unfortunately not too terribly complex.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but as I have stated in many of my previous reviews, I like the thicker beers.

Very drinkable... extremely inoffensive... wonderful session beer.
I could make a night of drinking this.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep copper cdolor with a small head that falls to a very slight cover over top of the brew. The nose is slightly spicey from the hops with a slightly biscuity/bready background. Very interesting. The flavor is just okay. The flavor follows the nose very closely. Biscuity and bready with a mild spiceyness behind it. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay brew. It doesn't so anything to stand out to me, but its not bad.

Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-colored, slightly hazy with a low but thick beige head that seals the liquid below away from the air. Aroma is sweet bready malt, some ripe fruits and cinammon, and pineapple hops. Flavor is nice and malty, bready and even, not sweet. Citrusy hops give a slight pucker followed by a spicy tingle, and a bit of a tannic fruity finish. I'm enjoying the simplicity of this one - doesn't try too hard with any of the aspects, but has a good balance of malt and hops. Damn tasty and very drinkable. Good session beer, would go well with lots of foods. Thanks to Brent for passing it along.

Photo of macpapi
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very enthusiastic to try another North Coast beer, having been greatly impressed by my initial tastes. Red Seal Ale, a bit pricey in these parts was next on my list.

R.S.A., pours a clear amber color. Light easily shines through, showing decent bubble action. There is a very small, and pretty unimpressive white head. It smells very sharp. Malty, with quite a nice hop bite present. A bit of a citrus aroma completes a relatively basic, but nonetheless, nice smell. Tastes malty and hoppy at the finish. A bit of an aftertaste, composed of a nice bitterness, follows each swallow. Crisp and tasty. In the mouth, again, this beer is crisp. It is a bit on the full side and well carbonated. The bitter bite leaves a good feel upon the tongue.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. Although not quite at the level of O.Rasputin or Pranqster, still a good and recommendable beer from N.C.B.C. A bit pricey to have on a regular basis, but good change of pace from I.P.A.s every once in a while.

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

A copper coloured brew. A head of off white sprouts into a nice plume before dusting the top of the liquid and lacing the vessel's circumference.

Bready and lightly toasted qualities come through in the nose as well as a surprisingly dank hop character. The taste has a decent malt flavor although it diplays the hop character more heavily than I was expecting. Yeasty breadiness is overshadowed by the bittering dryness and sappy character brought forth by the generosity of the hopping.

The mouthfeel seems just a pinch light with the hop factor as high as it is. I would venture an opinion and say that this is probably at the heavy end of the spectrum for hops in an amber ale. I love hops so I am not disappointed in the least.

It is a very good drinker. This is surely one of the more fortunate amber ales I have had the pleasure of consuming. Another solid diplay courtesy of North Coast.

Photo of Illinick
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great offering from North Coast!
A: Amber/copper colored with a foamy white, sticky head that retains nicely.
S: Bready, biscuity, malty smell with a hint of floral/cirtus hops in brackground-particularly grapefruit. Nice smell-balanced.
T: More malt than I thought. Nice flavor that parallels the smell: bread, yeast, biscuit with a hoppy middle displaying citrus and grapefruit, and ending with a malt finish that is dry.
MF: A medium light mouthfeel with a dry finish.
Overall: A really nice brew that is well balanced and displays both malt and hop chracteristics nicely. Could definately be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of charlatan
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a pint of this at the bar adjacent to the brewery. Bronze coloured with a big head and marvellous slightly citrus, very herbal nose. Hops dominated with a very distinctive lemon rind flavour to the fore. Malt was apparent, but very much in the background. Good carbonation helps to make this eminently drinkable.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with thick pillowy head composed of extremely fine cells.

Smell: Pretty well balanced, maybe a little hoppy.

Taste: Chewy maltiness is the first impression, with some nice hoppy bitterness coming through as an aftertaste from each sip.

Notes: I like this, a nice American ale.

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

Red tinged body with a slightly offwhite head. Leaves a decent lace.

Smell is floral hop and a sweeter malt backbone. Bit of grain in there too.

Hoppy up front fading into a light caramel and chocolate sweetness. FInishes slightly bitter with a malt flash. Goes down pretty easy.

A pretty solid Red Ale and just about spot on for the style.

Photo of barrelman
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight amber hues with medium head. Aroma was generous portions of malt with little else. The mouthfeel, being cask-conditioned, was the highlight.Taste was malt-loaded with minimal-to-nothing hop character. Not too much balance. For me I like a little more balance in my pales. A good beer for those who fall on the malt side of the fence.

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

I had this on tap at 3rd and Spruce Cafe in West Reading.

Arrives a hazy (chill haze) pretty to look at orange with a one finger head of beige foam. Head drops to islands and a ring. Minimal lacing. As this warms, it clears.

Smells like lemon grass. Very nice smell. Clean caramel malts, light toffee candy. Really lemony.

Flavor is lemons and caramel candy, with a good dose of hop bittering to boot. Residual sweetness is fairly low, but present. Aftertaste is caramel lemons.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

This would be a great "session" beer. It has interesting flavors and smells, and I could drink this all, or probably not quite all, day. Recommended.

Photo of GnomeKing
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper-colored Red Seal is a very standard brew, resembling a pale ale with training wheels--hops in moderate doses, more than a macro but less than a braver micro. While I love hops, the hops in this one weren't well-chosen. There weren't many other tastes in this one. Nothing wrong, but nothing special about this one.

Photo of JackStraw22
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber/ornage body with a small amount of off white head.

Smell: Big spicy malt aroma, very sweet. Some nice hops there too.

Taste: Huge malt really hits you up front. Clean and bitterness gives a real nice finish. There's a solventy taste that I'm not big on, you can almost taste the alcohol, which is odd at 5.5%.

Nice red ale. I'd have it again, especially if it was fresh on tap.

Photo of palliko
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is medium amber, nice white foamy head that reduces quickly with a minimum of lace. Aroma has notes of plums, honeyed malt and hops. Initial taste is about like drinking half and half straight, slightly sweet from malt, but soon replaced by leafy hop esters. Finish is nice and dry, slightly bitter. Interesting!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stubby 12-er that several of the North Coast brews are sold in. White crown cap with a North Coast motif whilst the main label has a black background and a picture of a red seal inside a cream colored circle. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has great clarity, allowing the dark coppery orange body to exhibit its truly marvelous color when backlit, has only a feint hint of redness. Thin whispy dirty white head breaks quickly and leaves a thin slip of a halo ring and a broken scummy surface. Minimal lacing but the average carbonation supports the looks and the agitation after each drink from the glass helps to preserve the thin broken head.

Nose: Sweet malts and soft grassy hops with some acidic qualities. The aromas are crisp and clean with a pulling spice twist in the latter third.

Taste: Nice malty entrance that has a sharp balancing citric hop bitterness. The middle had caramel traits with a staining of grass cuttings. The finish brings a lot of hops and a charge of spices. Very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a soft feel on the tongue, the carbonation comes through in the back end with the spicy hops.

Drinkability: I’m not that big on Reds but this one is a cut above most and suffers from a high degree of palatability and is dangerous drinkable.

Overall: Nicely put together and pretty drinkable to boot. Can’t believe that I never picked this one before now. Tasty stuff. Recommended.

Photo of Ricochet
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice dark amber on the pour with a small head which lasted through my first few sips. Rich orange/amber color. Smelled deep and complex, not really a note that it was a red. In the mouth, above average, typical to some of my favorite APAs-

It was very rich, with the hops taking center as I like an alcoholic touches to end . The more I sipped this, the more I thought of JWD's Pale Ale. When it was from the fridge, it seemed a little tastier but as it went, the taste less impressed but was still good.

Drinkablity? Again, some of the notes to a red didn't seem like they were there, but this is still a good ale , no question, but not enough to make me want another when there are more definate styles/lower priced beers. Still, an average drinker.

Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of John1985
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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.

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.

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).

Photo of Hunter
3.12/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.