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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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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 65
Gots: 56 | 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 RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +21%

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).

09-05-2003 01:31:33 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Hazy, dullish copper. A soft and creamy off-white head recedes to a thin film rather quickly. Great nose. Spicy hops and thick caramel malt mix together wonderfully. And they are present highly detectable levels. This is a nice tasting amber. Heavy and sturdy caramel malts lay the foundation. Spicy hops do their thing. And some bready and yeasty qualities add complexity. And a bitterness to linger as well. Nice medium-full body and creamy mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

09-01-2003 02:45:40 | More by Bighuge
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Excited to try this beer. Cool label with a red seal on a stubby bottle. Poured copper color with a soft white head that receded into a mass of sticky lace and thick slick. Smell was pretty decent, with floral hops and a bit of metallic malts. Hops were subdued in the taste representing a nice bittering effect and plenty of rose petal like notes. Malts kicked in with bready sweetness sharing space with a toasted, buttery effect. Mouthfeel was crisp but appropriatly subdued. Very tasty pale ale in my book. A steady, easy drinker that I could have all the time. Pale Ales are a great style.

08-30-2003 21:48:07 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +2.6%

This excellent "session" pale ale pours out a lovely dark amber colour with a nice, white head. The aromas are heavily malty, and heavily hoppy, with a good balance of flavors. The taste is earthy, hoppy, and malty all at once, a very balanced ale. The mouthfeel is full and medium-bodied and the drinkability of this brew is excellent.


08-27-2003 21:19:38 | More by francisweizen
Photo of putnam


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

This was kept in my store's cooler, by the flourescent lights for about a year and a half.

Powerful rose-red and brown color beneath splotchy foam that gathers finely milled bubbles from across the surface...like an aerial photo of dunes.
Super bright, minty aromatics piled on top of roasty, resinous woods and sugars. It's too damn cold! But still, there is an obvious silky texture and *pain au chocolat* flavor beneath the complex canopy of fresh vegetation. Fantastically bitter. Very piney, like a northwest forest. Cool, crusty sappiness lays on the outside while bitter smoke bites its way down the middle.
I'll admit to feeling like I was finished with this style of beer about 10 years ago, but this is a prefect example of raw, rustic American craft pale. Obvious, but thoroughly competent at that.

08-25-2003 19:35:58 | More by putnam
Photo of hotstuff


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A small sized white head with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear with no carbonation observed.The hue of this APA was amber and the flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and medium bodied.

08-25-2003 16:18:21 | More by hotstuff
Photo of UnionMade

New York

2.95/5  rDev -24.4%

The beer poured a bright coppery color, with a short white head, disappearing to a thin ring after a couple sips. Slow carbonation rising to the top.
Aroma is northwest hoppy, with a decent pale malt backing. Not much in the way of esters or complexity. Just hops, for the most part.
Flavor is mainly hops, with a slight yeasty breadiness and an adequate malt foundation. Slight grassiness, with plenty of citric tang in the finish. A bit coarse, with a grainy aftertaste. I guess i really wasn't into a hoppy beer at the time. Tasted like a light IPA to me.

08-17-2003 07:31:34 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Realale


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Beautiful copper/gold. Thick fine slightly off-white 1" head settles slowly and stickily to a thin rocky complete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is a well-balanced mix of citric and earthy hops over rich crackery malt. Touch of mineral in the nose as well. Top-notch!

Great balance initially in the mouth. The earthier hops take precedence here, but blend nicely with all of the malt. There are some interesting fruity flavors as well. With time the hop bitterness and flavor push the malt too far into the background for me, but its still a good package, and much better balanced than a lot of other beers out there.

Excellent bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. I imagine this would be stunning on cask. Many thanks to MJR for toting this sample back from his vacation!

08-08-2003 13:21:51 | More by Realale
Photo of fattychubs

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

This beer pours a golden amber color with a bubbly barely off-white head. Aroma is floral hops, but somewhat sweet. Taste is strong hops, with mild malts in the background giving a subtle caramel flavor, a touch of sweetness, then a dry and slightly spicy bitter finish. Medium body which is creamy for some of the taste.

Very drinkable, not complex, hoppy.

07-28-2003 03:34:36 | More by fattychubs
Photo of Darkale


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Clear, bronze-orange body, thick off-white head that quickly fades, very good lacing.

Light, fruity aroma -- I might perhaps smell lemons? Certainly shades of citrus, as every good pale ale should have.

Good bite from the carbonation and hops. It takes a few seconds for it to scrape your tongue, and then there is a lingering bitterness for several more seconds, followed by a memory of citrus, like a sharp orange.

It's a bit too bitter and sharp for me to give it a better drinkability score, though. But, a good beer.

07-24-2003 14:33:01 | More by Darkale
Photo of SheepNutz


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with two fingers of head, and lots of lace. The smell is rich in hops and citrus, much like an IPA. Smells very enticing. The taste is a reflection of the smell, just a little weaker, but very well balanced. Hints of orange and grapefruit blended with the right amount of hops. The mouthfeel is very nice and strong for a pale. The drinkability is fantastic, and I want more!

07-23-2003 22:04:20 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $5.99/6 pack from the Wine House in West LA; inappropriately magestic looking red seal on the label -- to me, a red seal's one which has been run over by a motorboat (just me?); first beer of the evening.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange copper with a fine, 1/4", carrot-white head; good retention; mid-to-light ring lacing.

Aroma: Hugely citrus (grapefruit), but with a healthy dose of caramel.

Taste: Light, malt sweetness throughout; strong, hop bitterness (both flowery and earthy) reminiscent of a subdued IPA; hint of orange; Reidrover mentions a faint note of "roasted chocolate style malts" in the aroma -- I get this in the taste. Creamy with a nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: Very good example of a West Coast pale ale; slightly overhopped to be considered well-balanced, but quite tasty nonetheless; not dramatically dissimilar from a good number of high quality APA's out there.

07-23-2003 08:15:06 | More by Mustard
Photo of clvand0


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours a dark amber color with a small head and almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - some spices and maybe a little orange. The flavor is nice and hoppy with some US hops with some caramel as well. The body is moderate and the drinkability is ok

07-23-2003 02:28:21 | More by clvand0
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Amber with hues of deep orange and a dense, off white heads with tenacious cling.
Aroma is amazing; rich caramel and honey blended with earthy, citrusy west coast hops.
Lush grain sweetness with smooth , nearly medium bodied mouth feel. Fruity, toasty malt flavor stands up to the navel orange and pine cone flavors which mesh impeccably and roll easily over the tongue and down the hatch. Nicely hoppy, fruity aftertaste.
Incredibly drinkable and a mainstay in my fridge for every day drinking and offering to ( sometimes uninitiated) visitors.
A perfect starter beer for the new commer to craft beer.

07-14-2003 20:25:59 | More by Shiredave
Photo of aaronh


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Served in a pint glass, this reddish orange beer was topped by an off-white head the clung tenatiously to the sides of the glass. The lace looked like little lines of plaster on the glass. The aroma was a good balance of caramel maltiness and sharp hops. The taste was also very well balanced, with just a bit of sweetness slipping between the very smooth hoppiness. Long, lingering bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is also enjoyable, and this 20 oz glass didn't last long in front of me. I've bypassed this beer for a long time, and now wish I would have given it the respect it deserves. This is a very solid session beer. Truly good in every respect.

07-14-2003 17:42:44 | More by aaronh
Photo of Reidrover


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

heard a lot of good things about this one..so picked up a single.
12 oz brown short neck..rather odd and sick looking red seal on label.
the beer looks very nice in my pint glass..dark orange..with a smallish but dense off white head..that shrinks to a film..but good lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma..but I can also make out faintly roasted chocolate style malts.
Very nice tasting pale..malty and hoppy and well balanced between the two..the finish is quick.
Very pleasant on the tongue smooth and creamy for a pale ale.
Very drinkablle stuff indeed

07-11-2003 23:11:24 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Sampled on tap at 1740 Tap Room in Greensboro, NC.

Poured a clear amber with a big off-white head. Left ribbons of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromas of hops and malt with hints of fruit.

Full bodied and very creamy with sweet malt up top that is quickly knocked out of the way by the hops. Slightly spicy, definitely bitter and all hops. Raw hops that finish somewhat dry, but are balanced on the end again by a slight sweet malt finish and some alcohol notes. Very nice, orginially I didn't not like this ale before I became more accustome to hops. This is a hop heads pale/red ale dream. Great brew.

07-11-2003 06:41:32 | More by Loki
Photo of Rumrunner


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

12 Oz. bottle.
This is an ale that I frequently purchase. It pours a nice deep transparant copper color. Not too much of a head. The scent is medium crisp with fruit and rind qualities. One can feel the carbonation in the smell.

The mouthfeel is fresh with a hint of over carbonation. The over carbonation mellows after a few minutes. It has a medium bitterness. The hops are apparent but not overpowering. This allows the malt to blend evenly. The flavors are floural hops with a grapefruit flavor. Even a little bitter bite like a grapefruit. It finishes dry and crisp.

I enjoy this ale. It is definately worth a try. North Coast, "Keep em' coming."

07-03-2003 00:05:55 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of Indybeer


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a smallish head, that quickly receded. Some lace on the glass. Aroma is all hops. Taste is just the right blend of sweetness, and hop bitterness. smooth clean finish. Very good mouthfeel, a very good session beer.

06-22-2003 18:10:47 | More by Indybeer
Photo of LarryKemp


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

This beer poured a nice amber that was clear and offset well by its relatively thick white head. The lace clung to the side of the glass long into the beer session. The aroma was of hops as was the taste. It did not overpower me. Of course I had just finished an IPA and a Loft both of which come much hoppier. The citrus still makes the top of my mouth dry and I left the bar an hour ago. It is a good pale ale one that I would recommend someone trying to find an example of style.

06-18-2003 19:58:26 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Hoppity do dah! I didn't do my research here and so I was very surprised. I was expected a red/amber ale and got a pale ale instead....which is what I should have been expecting if I had read the damn bottle!

So, my review should be titled "For an amber, Red Seal is an excellent pale ale!" It really is a good beer.

Red Seal pours a clear, bright amber. The off-white head is large and active. It dissipated to a workable, one-finger rather quickly.

The aroma is very evident which is enticing and makes for a nice beer-drinking moment. The hops are dominant, with a fruity aroma seeping through.

The flavor is also dominated by hops bitterness. I do detect a malty undercurrent but the pale ale bitterness is the star of this show. I really like this beer but I wouldn't call it easy drinking. It's like listening to Stravinsky...I think more than enjoy. That's not a knock, it's just not a simple beer.

A good beer, however, and one that I know I will have again. My plan is to start with something milder and finish with the Red Seal.

06-16-2003 06:08:57 | More by kindestcut
Photo of marburg


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Pretty straight-up American pale ale, a la Sierra Nevada and Co.. Hop bitterness is detectable in the nose via some citrus fruits and an kitchen herb garden from across the room. Bitter throughout with a crisp, quick, dry finish. The hops definitely push the malt aside a little. Flavorful but not overkill, this is an easy-drinker. Not at all balanced as far as I'm concerned -- this is hop attack after hop attack after hop attack from first scent to last drop. Very crisp.

06-10-2003 17:15:29 | More by marburg
Photo of RBorsato


4.9/5  rDev +25.6%

Copper with a full pillowy tan head, good carbonation, and good lace. Excellent citrusy hop aroma. Nice hoppy flavor with a good malt balance but much more hoppy like an American Pale Ale/IPA. Light-medium bodied with a bitter finish.

A classic staple brew !!

Per NCBC website:
Style: Pale Ale
Color: Amber
Bitterness: 45 IBU's
ABV: 5.5%

($23.99 / case)

06-04-2003 10:49:43 | More by RBorsato
Photo of pezoids


4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

This is a truly great beer! I knew, after the first sip, i knew that this was a finely crafted brew. Poured out a bright amber color and had a thin and creamy white head. Big citrus hop aroma with hints of flowers there too. Nice malt body beneath all those hops with some oak and caramel coming through. Finishes very clean, crisp and dry. Very tasty! An excellent beer that's almost perfect in my book.

05-28-2003 11:40:55 | More by pezoids
Photo of nomad


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured a nice red-amber color with a big rocky head, looked like cavernous limestone. Had some lace and some nice small bits of stain.

Scents were big: fruit and floral hops, specifically of peaches. Not much beyond that, simply big scents of fruit and florals, and good ones at that.

Tasted red as a red ale, if you catch my drift... First flavor is a sweet lick up front, then it slid back to tasty bitter: salty, drying, acrid fruity, great stuff. Like it smells, simply a very pleasing malt and hops. These two big halves (malt and hops) are big on their own but blend together to create a milder experience; yet, I never lose the big tastes either. It all aided the drinkability.

Had a solid session-ale mouthfeel and a moderate length dry finish that left salty and leafy bitterness behind. Very tasty as you can smell and taste the high quality ingredients and craftmanship. Easily a favorite for me in the everyday kind of ale category.

05-27-2003 14:34:37 | More by nomad
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.