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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

1,776 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 62 | 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 merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper red amber with tightknit beige lacing. Bubbles rush to the top of the pint glass. Head has excellent retention and laces all down the glass. Aroma is tart and citrus, while floral hops creep through with hints of orange blossom. Well carbonated and light to medium in the mouth. Taste is well balanced, pine and grapefruit mingle with a subdued malt background of darrker fruits and a touch of toffee. A solid, good drinking pale ale that has many characteristics of an IPA. This would be a nice one to stock the fridge.

merlin48, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden copper color with a thinnish beige head that leaves good lacing. West coast hops and biscuity, crystal malt in the nose. Tastes malty sweet with a hint of tea with the floral hop pungency showing up near the finish. Definitely not overwhelming; good balance to it. I always thought Red Seal was an IPA, but I guess it's a pale. Too thin to be an IPA in by assessment. Nonetheless, a quality beer that I"ve enjoyed for years. Now if we could only get more Old Stock ale sent to my neck of the woods...

crookedhalo, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of loganmule
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer for everyman...hard not to at least rate it good.

Nice amber color and nose. A bit thick, but nicely so, with a good blend of hops, malt and caramel. No citrus flavor to speak of.

This could be a pale ale to fellow hopheads, or a good introduction to IPA's for those who prefer a pale ale.

Wonderfully drinkable.

loganmule, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of GreenWBush
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GreenWBush, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Mitchster, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

yankeeheel, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SixpointJMH, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of filabrazilia
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

filabrazilia, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of Weissenheimer
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Weissenheimer, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

HardTarget, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OatmattStout, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

UncleJimbo, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. There’s 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. It’s 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.

RoyalT, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TripelJ, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dmarch, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

edchicma, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Winter, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Boilermaker88, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beergeek279, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MJR, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerguy101, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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....

ZAP, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

RockyTopHeel, Sep 05, 2003
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.