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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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1,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 74 | 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 stjarnflikka
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear, orangered beer with a nice foam and some carbonation.

Smell comes on citric hoppy with a somewhat malty tocuh and some sweetness. A little thin perhaps.

Gets nice and fruity at first taste. Strong prescense of citrus with a growing bitterness and malts present. Somewhat bitter throughout until it finsihes flowery and somewhat spicy with a nice sweetness.

Good beer, nice apa, though its not really my type.

stjarnflikka, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown bottle. No best before or expiration date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogony. Small off-white head appears, ok retention, little lacing.

Smell: spicy hop aroma and a light alcohol burn. Herbal and piney.

Taste: Medium carbonation, bready and biscuity malts, gentle and mellow hop bitterness that just lingers on the tongue in the dry finish.

Notes: light-medium body and has a very light astringency. It's good, but I wish it had more hop flavor.

dauss, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I recently had this beer for the first time in about five years. As it usually happens, my memory of how good a beer was differs from how I feel about it now. Example, Newcastle...I drank a ton of it in college and thought it was tits, now my palate has changed so much that I think it tastes like swill. Red Seal Ale is a pleasant surprise. It tastes as good as I remember it, if not better.

The color is that of glowing copper, capped by a chunky beige head that leaves lacey patchwork as it settles.

The aroma is fruity and floral with hints of oranges, peach, and wildflowers along with floral and piney hops A caramel-like malt presence makes itself known with a bitter-sweet toffee smell.

The taste starts off with caramel saturated malts perfectly balanced with jasmine flowers, tangerine and pinecone hop bitterness. This is a fresh bottle and the hops are very lively. There is great balance on display here.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, a perfect beer for mass consumption. Finishes with a touch of toffee malts quickly overtaken by floral and pine hops bitterness. An excellent beer, it has certainly made it's way back into my regular rotation of beers.

AlexJ, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber/orange color, somewhat cloudy, with thin white head.

Aroma: Very floral hops.

Flavor: Burst of hop bitterness and flavor, a mix of floral and citrusy taste. Malt lingers in the back, but never comes up front. Clean yeast character, and a good bitter end finishes it.

Body is medium, carbonation average, and texture is clean.

allengarvin, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/04/05- Purchased at my local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into my Reaper pint glass. No expiration date found.

Appearance- Reddish-orange coloring, average foamy head with light lacing.

Semll- Nice mix of caramel nose and bitter floral hops.

Taste- Almost exact what I expected from the smell. Malt and hops in pretty good harmony. First heavy on the caramel, then the hop bitterness kicks in.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation makes this a fairly smooth beer.

Drinkability- A bit better than SNPA. A bit different though. Still would be a good session beer.

GClarkage, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a medium red/copper with a good one finger head that quickly dissapated and left thin whisps of foam on top of the beer.

The smell was a strong sour citrus up front with a hint of hops, somewhere in the rear of the nose was a kick of sweet malt.

The drink started with a very sweet malt/caramel taste. Followed by a clean crisp middle. The finish was a quick hit of sour citrus followed by hop bite.

The only thing about this beer I didn't care for was the clean mid taste, it was too much like water for me and just destroyed the character of the beer. But all and all it was a quite enjoyable beer that I would recommend to anyone.

coasterfreak75, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My co-worker gave me a few bottles of this one night after work and I must say I was impressed. It pours a cloudy orange with a cornbread colored head that was nice and creamy. The head sat about a half inch and disipated about a quarter of the way through the drink. The aroma is predominately malty with a light hop smell. The taste is very well balanced between the maltiness and hops. It carbonated just right with a medium body. It is a very drinkable beer and I would recommend it to anyone.

Brian700, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark orange-red with a nice head.

It smells like spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon along with fruit. Raisins and spice and everything nice. Complicated aroma but not overpowering.

Very smooth, slightly spicy hops up front along with sweet hops. It gets spicier in the back with a slight aftertaste of sour hops that leaves you craving more. Full, creamy body and it goes down smooth.

This is an exemplar of almost perfect hoppiness, especially since a lot of red APAs can be way too bitter. A very nice beer.

mynie, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of schrist275
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a decent loose formed head that is fed off of 4 or 5 lines of carbonation, A hoppy and fruity smell greets the nose... head retention is great.. first sip is mildy bitter followed by a rose?? petal style flavor that works its way back into a majority hop aftertaste with very minor undertones of the malts. A good hop!! Hits the major areas of the tongue but doesnt hang around... mouthfeel is normal.

schrist275, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of niknar
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep copper color with a nice 2 inch almond-colored, frothy head. Gradually settles to a thin collar with some average lacing down the glass. Smell is pleasant, but not very well expressed. Notes of malt and perhaps a slight hop floral aroma. Taste is definitely one of the stronger suits for this offering. Nicely balanced maltiness with well expressed hop bitterness. Finishes sweetly, but contains a complex bitterness that lingers long after the final swallow. Overall, a nice flavor. Not world class, but well above average and true to the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with just the right amount of carbonation. I would consider this a beer worth trying, and definitely one I could see myself drinking again and again.

niknar, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of avylover
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

deep clear golden color here, whit a strong fluffy white head. North Coast beers have some of the strangest and stiffest heads, almost as if you could mold it like putty, but there are plenty of naturally weird shapes already in the head. not too exciting in the aroma dept. . a little bit of spicey hops in the nose...and traces of malt. Taste is also rather unimpressive, with a metallic fruity type taste jumping out at me at first, But not too mch else really. Dull maltiness is there, along with some slight floral hops. The mouthfeel is full and finishes powdery. That's right, it finishes powdery, like bitterness gone wrong. Pretty drinkable despite this.

Average, there are way better red or pale ales out there.

avylover, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast does a good job describing this brew on their website - they call it an "Amber" American Pale Ale. They seem to have found the best traits of both an Amber Ale and an APA and combined them into one very tasty brew!

The pour is a nice dark red - bordering on being an auburn brown. The color promises quite a bit of taste and this one delivers. The only flaw is that the head was practically nonexistent - by the time I had tossed the bottle into the recycling bin the thin white foam was completely gone leaving no ring at all.

The smell was a bit muted which was surprising. There were faint notes of malt and light fruit notes but that was about it. I didn't find any prominent hops notes in the nose.

The taste is another story all together - this is a very full bodied brew with lots of large flavors. There are the nice amber ale notes of sweet malt and fruit. There were noticeable flavors of peach and apple cider along with a good bread-yeast note. On top of this is a very prominent APA hops bite which lingers quite a while after each sip. While I suspect some will describe this as an "aggressive" beer I was very pleased with how well balanced it is - neither the one note sweetness of some amber ales nor the excessive hoppitude of an IPA. While the taste avoids the extremes, it certainly pushes a few boundaries.

Mouthfeel was very pleasant - what carbonation was lacking in the head was lurking in the beer. This brew is a bit viscous and tends to coat the tongue a bit which is nicely balanced by a lot of fine, energetic bubbles.

Drinkability is certainly high - I can't wait to go get some more!

RedwoodGeorge, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, pretty paltry lace. Smells rather faintly of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, with that nice amber ale flavor (I'm not sure why this is listed as a pale...), and enough hops (citrus sometimes) to provide a little bite. The mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but it's okay.

Overall, this is a good brew. Definite session material here.

skybluewater, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of cjhofelt
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty average beer, not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Deep copper color, like last years penny. Not much of a head, what there is more fizzy than foamy. Dissapates quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Slight floral aroma, but not too much. This is a very shy beer.

Hops flavor dominate with a bit of a malt finish. Not sweet, though. Decent taste.

Fizzy dry mouthfeel. Nothing really unpleasent here.

A pretty drinkable beer with a meal. A very good alternative to a macro, but you can do better in the beer aisle for the same price.

cjhofelt, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived in a nice deep amber and red shade with a modest head. It looks very nice.

A solid malt feel dominates the smell of this beer. Up front the taste consists mostly of malts with a hint of caramel. Hops take over in the finish and leave no sign of malt. The hop blend is nice, if a little strong.

It's very full-bodied for the style, without being at all offensive or hard to deal with.

watermelonman, Oct 10, 2004
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
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,823 ratings.