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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 gentlebubbles
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at Redbone's

Red copper ale under a low white head, that soon vanishes. Sour hops aroma and taste. Tastes a bit syrupy, with a musky rinse of an old sock in the finish. It's not enough to be objectionable, but I'm not interested in having another.

gentlebubbles, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent with a citrousy hop aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is good. It has a nice balance of pale and crystal malts as well as a dry bitter hop finish. It has a watery mouthfeel, but it is still a damn fine beer. It is low bodied and well carbonated. This is a fine red/amber ale. It has nice hop content and malt balance; a good drinker.

WesWes, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of krberg
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells sweet and malty. Spicy hoppy. Smells like a SNPA. Could be the similar bottle is swaying my nose.

The taste is nothing like SNPA. A lot less hoppy with a more biscuit-like malt character. Somewhat bitter in the start but sweet and fruity in the finish. There are flavor hops here, but this doesn't taste to me like a typical West Coast PA.

Nice and creamy. It leaves a slickness on the roof of my mouth.

Great session beer. On tap or cask I'm sure this beer really shines. I would love to sit down to a few pints of this.

Overall, Red Seal is a nice, drinkable, tasty brew. Many thanks to Shiredave for recommending it. I could easily add this to my regular selection of friend friendly brews.

krberg, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a rich cream colored rocky, sticky and bubbly head that slowly takes it's time receding over clear medium amber/rusty liquid. Fresh bitter hoppiness mixing with an underlying caramel maltiness and fruit notes makes up the nose. The taste is a very flavorsome blend of perfectly balanced hoppiness, both bitter and very flowery fresh. Gentle maltiness coats the tongue, and some light frutiness tasted...very appealing! Drinks just way too easy, finishing on a long balanced hoppy/malty note. Fantastic stuff, one of my faves that I'm glad to become reintroduced to, it's as good as I remembered.

beerluvr, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for some time now, wish I had it on tap but had to deal with bottled instead. No problem. Pale Ales are one of my favorite styles and it's very hard to find one that really stands out without becoming something different like a light, boring IPA. This is a true west coast Pale Ale (APA?). Poured a deep amber with a red hue and light wispy off white head with nice solid lacing down the glass. The smell was pretty hoppy with a nice fruit nose (citrus, but not acidic) and grapes, maybe? The taste was heavy on the pine and citrus hops, very nice juicy fruit notes and a very solid malty caramel backbone. A little chewy (which I like) and full bodied but crisp ---- the fruit overtones were right on. The mouthfeel was very bright and crisp with bitterness lingering way after the last sip but I wanted more of the same after the first bottle. This is very drinkable brew and with a decent ABV (just right, not enough to kill a horse) this is clearly one of the best sessions brews as well as a serious Pale Ale/APA. Right up there with SNPA, Liberty Ale and that's about it.

Gasp100, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More hometown goodness. This one shows a nice pumpkin orange body with ample carbonation and an average tan head with good retention and sticky lacing. The aroma, as expected, is dominated by piney/citusy hops over a quite warm malt background and a subtle alcohol smell. The taste is superb, and better balanced than many APAs. A flavor of toasted wheat greets the tongue, and then the flavor becomes progressively more bitter before closing with a tingle on the tip of my tongue that has a distinctly medicinal feel. Notes of sweet citrus are here as well, and a distinctive malty aftertaste that lingers long. A very fruity tasting APA. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: just slightly chewy and coating in action. Drinkability is top-notch. Distinctive!

MobBarley, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jen at MacGregor's always does this to me. I ask her to pick one for me, and it's always the perfect beer. North Coast Brewing always makes a great beer. This is no exception. It pours a beautiful orange amber colour with a moderate head. The aroma is citrusy with a huge blast of hops. The taste consists of hops hops and more hops. Citrus, pines, orange. Fantastic. It has a wonderful spicy finish that can't be ignored. This is a great pale ale. Something that should be tried at least once in everyones life.

CBFanWish, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red brew.

Smell is hop and malt.

Taste is very malty with a nice oak dryness. Citrus and creamy flavors show up too, with that woody dryness finishing every sip.

Mouthfeel is full without doing the over carbonation trick.

Super drinkable brew, fine balance of flavors and textures.

Strange thing is I expected this beer would suck, Nice that it did not "Suck."

Zorro, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, with a dark orange amber color. Head is full, and recedes into a thin layer on top of the beer, leaving little bits of lace trailing the sides of the glass. THe smell is very sublte with hops and malt and yeast (perhaps ringwood...?) present, and a sweet appley smell with hints of fresh flowers and spice comes under further inspection. The taste is quite complex, although all the flavors are very light. There is a butter taste, some good malt hints, and a citrusy tone, with the typical hop flavor blending into a nice light bitter aftertaste. There are very subtle floral grassy hints. The mouthfeel is wonderful, and as I drink this, I can only picture myself enjoying it on a nice warm summer night, sitting on a porch on a lake. It would be a wonderful light summer beer, chilled to perfection.

FranklinPCombs, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangeish golden color with a small creamy head. Beautiful aroma of hop bitterness, along with some oak and and light citrus. Amazing hop profile on the palate, again with some citrus, grass, and light astringency. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, finished with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Along with Mirror Pond, I'd say this is the perfect American Pale Ale.

ElGordo, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome brew, and a brew built this solid deserves accolades. The near perfect amber color is set off nicely by the sticky lace and just right headage. A superb balance of malt and hops, with the hops in the lead, while the malt takes a best supporting role. The nose tells the same tale. Gorgeously refreshing and fullfilling, this is a beer pretty much without flaw, though it ain't spot on perfect, and it doesn't want to be-a beer for all. It has been gone from the Chicago scene for a year,and now it is back. One of my all time faves. Welcome back you slippery seal, and stay on shore awhile this time.

moulefrite, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of simmons
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I saw this on the top of a shelf in the back of a local beer store and it was not priced but i decided to buy it and give it a try seeing who i never hear of it, i think i bought it for a quarter. I was very suprised when i poured it out, it was a nice pale ale and it was full of hops aroma and flavor. When i drank it i just sat back and sipped it tring to enjoy every drop. When I bought one for my friends to try I got them hooked on it. Well done.

simmons, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of gnaussea
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-copper color with a gorgeous beige head that lingers, finally settling and leaving lightly stickly sheets of lace. I'm not going too deeply into the smell as I am a bit sick, but there is sweet, sophisticated amber malt with a nice blend of cawscade hop presence. The taste is quite intruiging. The hops take the real presence. A brilliant mixture of cascade, and... dare i say it, sweet saaz hops perhaps? I am very happy. Very nice pale ale.

gnaussea, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a sixer at the grocery store.

Pours a bright transluscent reddish amber with a nice off-white head. Creamy ring of lace lingers on the glass.

Smell is of an awesomely balanced one-two hop and malt punch.

Hops find my tongue at first, very spicy edge to the bitterness that's refreshing and complex, followed by a malt sweetness. These two flavors intermingle flawlessly.

Mouthfeel is also balanced to perfection.

This is one of my favorite beers to drink, one after another.

RootedFool, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of hyuga
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange with a half-rocky white head that settles to a ring of suds. An occasional patch of lace forms on the side of the glass. The aroma isn't as big or complex as I'm used to with good pale ales, but it's certainly not bad. Nice rind-like hops with cereal-like malt in the background. The flavor has all of the great things I expect from a west-coast pale ale, very crisp with cereal grainy malt and great rindy bittering hops. Perhaps not as hoppy as some, but still excellent. Hops do come out more at the back, leading to a crisp dry finish with a slight sweetness to help it down. I'd definitely have several more of these. I'd be happy drinking this all night. Dangerously drinkable, very crisp, and downright tasty. A great pale.

hyuga, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden amber, and somewhat hazy, much like honey. A bright white head springs up moderately, settling quickly to clusters of froth. Dainty patterns of lacing proliferate.

There's a muscular aroma of grainy, sweet malt dominating the first whiff, never giving way but carrying along a lesser but truly present aura of quite dry citrusy hops. The hops also maintain a mellow floral tone.

Unlike the aroma, in the first taste, hops take the point, washing a blanket of dry grapefruit across the tongue. There's still a strong pillar of malt that becomes more assertive toward the middle. The first phase of the finish is ever so slightly doughy, then slips slong to another dose of hoppy dryness. There's a very basic balance, making the simplicity a nice asset.

It's relatively light bodied, and doesn't really coat, but delivers flavor where it belongs. It's faily carbonated and leaves a layer of dryness across the tongue.

It's hoppy, it's malty, and oh my is it good! I was happy to find it locally after some nice reviews by a friend in CA, and I am not disappointed. There's no olfactory rocket science here; there's a malt/hops balance, with each element trading dominance a few times, making for a refreshing ale. There's no muss, and no fuss, just the basics, and there's no way I stop at just one of these. It just goes to show you: sometimes, simple truly is better.

Foxman, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich malty smell permeates from this deep red brew. Maintained a great head which left a rediculously thick lacing. the smell is balanced with the hops and feels just generally nice.

Flavor is quite nice, honey maltiness with a touch of biscutts. Mmm... biscuits and honey. It's all permeated by a lemony citrusy, sharp hops. It's intense and pleasant.

The flavors work well, but are a little heavy going down. Still, a great brew.

Charthepirate, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a somewhat hazy copper tint with excellent head retention; the rocky, off-white head lasted for minutes. Nice lacing as well.

Smell: The smell is somewhat non-descript; a bit malty, a bit floral/hoppy, mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a bit of surprise. It tastes almost like a steam beer, with a distinct yeastiness over the sweet malt body. The finish is hoppy, with a bit of ESB-like bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and fizzy for my taste.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a rare combination of light body and big taste, which makes it a great session brew. A unique, enjoyable red ale.

WetCoaster, Jan 16, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, cold. Appearance was an orange/copper with a nice tan colored head. I found the smell to be quite hoppy with caramel malt undertones. The taste was a nice bitter hoppiness, very well balanced with the malt. I also detected some citrus and slight alcohol flavor in the back ground. Mouthfeel was excellent, the carbonation had some bite and it was crisp. Drinkability was excellent also. I wish I had more than one in fact. I will defiantly try this one again in the future.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, dark ginger and caramel color with a khaki head. There's a distinct hoppy aroma, coupled with a tangy lemon substrata and some malts lurking around somewhere beneath that. The initial taste is less hoppy than I anticipated from the smell, but the hops become increasingly assertive as the taste lingers. Bubbly carbonation creates a tingly mouthfeel.

longpondbeerman, Jan 03, 2004
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
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.