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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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1,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 67
Gots: 67 | 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 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
Photo of RenoZymurgist
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
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
Photo of abcsofbeer
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
Photo of beerinator
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
Photo of BittRnessabounds
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
Photo of surfmeister
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
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pale ale that pours an amber color. There seems to be some discussion as to the appropriate color of a pale ale - is this style appropriate for an American Pale? The smell is nice and hoppy with a spicy feel to it. Very floral.

The taste starts very watery and mild - almost tasteless. Then after a few seconds, it surprises you and moves into a sweet/sour bitter (graperfruit) that drys up gradually to a yeast and alcohol finish.

The body on this beer is a little thin for my liking, but this does give the beer a higher potential for long drinking sessions.

GuinnessSmurf, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish (as opposed to brownish) amber color with moderate head. Big, somewhat rough, hoppy aroma with sweet, malty undertones. (I'm picking up a moderate amount of oxidation in my bottle, although I've certainly had many fresh examples in the past.) The flavors starts with a sharp, spicy hop attack that fades to almost even with the malt in the aftertaste. The malt is very sweet and "thick," but not cloying, such that the near-IPA-level hops don't overpower it. The relatively high carbonation level gives a "prickly" edge to the hops, but keeps the full body of the beer from feeling too heavy.
I remember absolutely loving this beer when I first tried it. I still think it is a great pale ale, but these days I detect a certain "roughness" in the overall presentation. The hops are balanced by the level of malt, they don't really seem to meld together as well as they could. This, however, is just nitpicking at a very nice American pale ale, There are certainly tons of pale ales out there that can't touch Red Seal with a ten-foot pole.

chriscolby, May 28, 2004
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer was a nice dark copper with a decent fluffy head and decent lacing.

The aroma was of hops (cascade??) and lot of citrus/pine. Just a whiff of biscuits.

The taste was rock solid. Initial astringent hop bite with more than a bit of grapefruit in the background. The beer had some very subtle floral/fruit flavors as well. The malt packs just enough punch to keep balance, just a little sweetness 2/3rd through the beer reminds you its there.

Easy drinking beer with perfect crisp mouhfeel and carbonation. An enjoyable beer here!

Redrover, May 17, 2004
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal poured clear and amber/red into a glass with a small head that disappeared into some wisps of white by the time I took the third drink. I didn't get much of a smell off of this one except for a little hop bitterness. There's pepper-smooth and then there's the bitterness, that's its gig. Tastes fair but not amazing, worth trying out.

chugamugofsud, May 17, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a real soft spot for this beer as one of the most widely available yet tasty beers I had when first finding my way around TX.
The head is cream-colored, dense, medium in size. It's a clear, red/amber beer with nice, sticky lacing. Nice hops in the sweetish nose. A touch of sour milk creaminess too. A bracing, hoppy front sweetens to a milky middle. Just a little watery tasting when cool. Dark malt turns hoppy bitter in the finish. Some pepper makes an appearance. A nice, bitter but refreshingly mild APA.

kbub6f, May 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent reddish orangish amber with a large head of firm beige foam that maintains a humped, craggy center as it drops. Thin rings and chunklets of lace appear in its wake. The nose contains all manner of citrus fruit, including lemon, orange and grapefruit. I think this is gonna be a good one.

Well-balanced overall with slight nod to the hoppier side of its personality. The lightly toasted maltiness rides shotgun, never completely fading from view and providing a nice counterpoint to the bitter citrus fruit. The hop flavor is a tad underwhelming. Just when things begin to get interesting, it crests and falls back to a weaker version of what might have been. The finish is increasingly bitter as the beer warms. Good body; on the full side for the style.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale falls a notch short for me. The promise of the aroma and the initial several seconds on the palate isn't realized in the end. However, it's still a well-made, drinkable beer that gets a Red Seal of approval from me.

BuckeyeNation, May 13, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, decent head.

Light sweetness and some flowery hop aromas.

Medium body, good carbonation. Malt sweetness combines with a crisp hop feel and moves to a light bitterness along with a very light bread flavor. Leaves a light bittersweet aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

Southernbrew, May 11, 2004
Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing amber color, nice thick head of large bubbles,decent lacing. Sweet candy grapefruit, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, beautiful hoppy citrus and caramel flavors, a great session beer, very easy to down a few. I am glad to have this available again.

maxpower, May 08, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random and welcome sighting because I have heard good things about this brew. The best thing about this beer was the deep golden clor of the beer. The beer smelled of ripe fruit along with the hops. It was very smooth. Not bitter at all. Along with a pretty good hops flavor, the beer was smoothed out with a sweet malty flavoring. The finish was quite good and I would have happily ordered another but I was driving home.

MuddyFeet, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed the quality, wonderful taste, and accessibility of this beer. Poured into a goblet, beautifual reddish amber color with a cascading foam, nice carbonation and a wonderful nose. I detect fresh baked bread or fresh cut lumber. Residual sweetness hits you at the beginning but finishes in a nice mellow way, distinctly dry and very pleasant. could I say that this is a wonderfully balanced beer. I think that this is a very good representation of the style. I would very much like to have this on draft as I think that drinkability is exceedingly high. I also think that this would be a good beer to transition people to craft brews. I will be buying and drinking more of this in the future.

sublimesipping, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours darker than any other pale ale that I remember experiencing. It's burgundy red in color with a medium sized super white head. Smell is quite bitter which threw me off a bit and maybe yeast, or atleast some kind of spicyness/slight sourness in the smell. Taste is very complex and big for a pale ale. Hops are the first thing I experience. Intense bitterness up front. Malts come in and add depth to this beer. Caramel is the main malt flavor I detect. Barley comes in next. Hops smooth out and are more flavorful towards the end but finish bitter once again. Very thick body, ingredients are a little rough with one another. This wasn't as refreshing as I had hoped, but I still got to give them credit for producing a pale ale of this depth.

granger10, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish caramel with a large frothy white head.
Aroma is sweet, sweet malt with some citurs fruit hops aromas.
Flavor is sticky caramel and toffee with some citrusy and spicy hop undertones. Seems to be a fair amount of herbal bitterness but the relative sweetness of the malt vuts down on it.
Mouthfeel is very intersting, unlike the other West coast beat Pale Ales this is much more subtle and better balanced between sweetness and bitter.
Drinkability is very high, could polish off a six-pack with some tunes on a Saturday night pretty easily.

CRJMellor, Apr 13, 2004
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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