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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

1,713 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 57
Gots: 45 | 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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This crimson aquatic mammal goes down in the books as the first great microbrew I ever tried from outside my home region, over a decade ago. It's great taste has always been reliable, and I return to it now, as it's availability is threatened. Have to drink it again, before we lose touch...
Color is dark orange, head is fine, off-white, but a bit short. The nose, however, is in a league of it's own. Bristling with hops, bursting with fruity and spicy notes. Citrus, grapefruit, peach and more. An aggressive, and tasty, hop attack on the palate, suitable malt back-up, but hops are really everywhere and what this delicious ale is all about. Warm, rich, and rewarding, Red Seal is among America's top ale's, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 16:52:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramely gold in appearance, topped off with a finger's worth of cakey off-white foam. Light but persistent carbonation cuts up through this clear pour. Wonderful hoppy, floral nose with a bit of spice thrown in for good measure. Malty and full up front with a semi-bitter effervescence that builds and seems to crawl back along the tongue. Fuller in feel than many pale ales but still possesses the requisite crispness. This one was a pleasant surprise; its reasonable price made me expect less.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 17:52:31 | More by BitteBier
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noticeable reddish and very cloudy hew once poured into the glass. Just the whispiest of heading bubbles which quickly subsided. Aroma was a great abundance of hoppiness. First taste provided a rather bold bitterness; subsequent sips revealed much more malty character with fine balance. I am not sure of this one; hence my 3.5 taste ranking. I suspect my bottle may have lingered around a bit? My first North Coast Brewing (Mendocina County, CA), hoping some day to try more.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 18:58:54 | More by Hobbz
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a small, white, foamy head that comes back with a simple twirl of the glass. The aroma is mostly hops. Malt and hops come through well balanced in the taste. The hops take over quickly and then provide a long bitter aftertaste. It's very crisp and enjoyable though, not overly bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a very refreshing and smooth beer. I will be buying more of this when summertime finally rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 17:18:17 | More by AudioGilz
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy, cloudy, darker amber color. thin, wispy head that leaves a nice bit of lace. delicious malty aroma, balanced with some of those aromatic and pungent northwest hops. tastes absolutely delicious....a fine balance between the bready, nutty, caramel laced malts and the chewy citrusy hops. what's nice about this american pale ale is that it seems to lean more on the malts rather than the northwest hops. a nice balance between the two gives way to a nice full mouthfeel. wow is this a fine brew!! full figured body....ample balance...beautiful taste...sweet smelling...smooth finish...teasing aftertaste...high drinkability...what more could you want? a top notch american pale ale. i'll be drinking more of this!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 21:51:00 | More by budgood1
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Hello Red Seal my old friend, it's good to drink of you again." With apologies to Paul Simon. I was elated to walk into my regular store this Friday and find this, along with all the North Coast brews, on the shelf after too long a Jersey absence.

The slighty chill hazed copper body is topped by a rocky head more than three fingers tall. Outstanding lacing. A strong, grapefruit nose, with a hint of background pine. A nice malty backdrop starts the taste, but the story here is the grapefruit grove of hops which arrive shortly thereafter, and hang around long after the actual beer has departed. Rich and silky and oily, the mouthfeel is wonderful. Drinkability? One of the few quality beers I've had four of in an hour. Simply a great American Ale, whether pale or red. Welcome back to Jersey.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:56:57 | More by RonfromJersey
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Morris729

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates into a nice amount of lace. Nose is dominated by sweet grains with notes of floral hops and a bit of fruity citrus. Taste starts sweet and crisp followed by a strong amount of hop resins, acidic citrus, and bitter grapefruit rind. Malt backbone does a nice job of holding everything together. Finish is crisp and dry. This is an outstanding American pale ale. Possibly my favorite example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 21:24:29 | More by Morris729
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large 3-finger off-white head. The smell is a mild pungent citrusy hop. The taste includes the same plus a mild caramel background. It is a light to medium bodied brew and finishes just slightly dry. The flavor is not real complex yet it is very likeable. Perhaps a great session beer with character.
I enjoyed it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 18:39:20 | More by BeerAngel
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sinistersteve

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this was something on the shelf so I decided to grab a sixer and try it out. Nice copper color and there was a great head on the initial pour. Head fizzled out after a couple of minutes though. Decent amber taste...almost like a McTarnhan's. Hints of carmel and citrus on the nose. This was a decent beer, but probably not worth the $8/six-pack the store was asking for.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 20:15:44 | More by sinistersteve
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johnrobe

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in the glass, this brew holds a 1/4 inch off-white head. It is very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with some notably subtle differences. The smell (a little more muted than SNPA) is mainly citrusy, piney hops...faintly like pineapple with some candy-bar-nougat-like sweetness in the background. Citrusy hops dominate the taste but, compared to SNPA, this brew has a bit more malt providing a creamier mouthfeel and making it a more balanced brew overall. I have fond memories of washing down fish-n-chips with this brew in the tiny coastal town of Mendocino, CA, just south of Red Seal's birthplace Fort Bragg. If it were more readily available to me this would be mainstay brew in my fridge.
If you're ready to jump into the world of west coast American style Pale Ales this is a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 11:47:13 | More by johnrobe
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored with a sticky white head. It gives you a nose full of hops with a bit of sweetness. The taste is a real pleasure: a little citrus with nice malty sweetness and a good dose of hops. It has a terrific creamy feel, contributing to a very nice experience overall. Why would someone ever buy "Poker Beer" when beers like this are already out there?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 20:17:56 | More by mickeymac
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, this beer looked great while being poured. It was a true thing of beauty to watch the head being formed. The head is three fingers tall and caps a copper colored brew. Citrusy smell predominates. There is more maltiness flavor then I remember the last time I tasted one. Ah, there it comes. The hops is staring to ramp up after a few sips leaving a bitter taste on the tongue. Still I'm surprised at the maltiness flavors, I remember this being more hopped than I taste. Of course, I just finished an IPA so that may have something to do with it. Maybe a hint of caramel? These go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 20:55:02 | More by mjohn27603
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is, by far, one of my favorite brews on the market. It is crisp and clean with some noticeable hops going on as well. It has as well balanced flavor and mouthfeel that allows it to be paired well with just about any kind of grub. If you can get your paws on it, do so. You will not be disappointed. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 04:16:54 | More by goindownsouth
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy deep orange-amber with the head is voluminous in size and the texture semi-creamy, the color a toothsome light tan and the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is sweet malt with a definite hop floral aroma, citrus crisp and clean, start is sweet with a pleasing malt profile and the top light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stinging acidity with the hops powerful in their spiciness and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 17:49:08 | More by Gusler
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jackndan

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Seal Ale: wonderful looking beer, deep amber color, and thick off white head that leaves substantial lace down the sides of the glass. Full aroma, markedly of hops. Very nice taste, very prominent hops, with more than a hint of malt sweetness, notably caramel. Warm aftertaste, with a dry crisp bite, and alcohol warmth. Very nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 14:21:05 | More by jackndan
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Jon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal was a pleasant surprise for me. It pours a nice copper hue with an orangish tint. The head is off-white and rather creamy. The nose is of hops, some citrus, and a bit of malt. This beer tastes great. It has some of the citrus aspects in addition to a well balanced hop-malt combination. The mouthfeel is creamy with an oily character near the end. The drinkability is quite good, also. For me, this one definitely has "session beer" written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2002 10:46:49 | More by Jon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a reddish-orange tint and a full, fluffy off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves some good lace. The aroma is mainly of floral, grassy hops above a light caramel malt background. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor offers a good combination of malt & hops. A gently caramel malt is backed by a solid, well balanced bitterness, and full of hop flavor with just a slight citrus note. A long lasting bitter and hoppy finish rounds it out. This beer is restrained enough to act as a cross-over beer for the uninitiated, while offering enough character and bitterness to hold the beer aficianado's interest. Extremely well made. A very drinkable, and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 18:28:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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marc77

California

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy reddish / orange hue, topped by an off white well retained heterogenously bubbled head that leaves sparse lace. The aroma is a combination of medium caramel, berry like fruity esters and a crisp, citrusy Cascade hop nose. Flavorwise, this brew is skewed towards hop bitterness which is assertive, but not overbearing. Caramel malt sweetness & biscuit malt offset the hop bitterness, leaving this brew fairly well balanced all around. Expectedly citrusy hop flavor. Moderately bodied, w/ carbonation lower than the norm that adds to the drinkability. Finishes w/ a fading extension of caramel malt & moderate hop bitterness. Red Seal Ale exhibits balance, excellent drinkability & has a touch more malt character than the typical pale. It could serve as both a flavorful session brew and an enjoyable pale ale to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 07:02:25 | More by marc77
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BeerManDan

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Seal Ale on-tap was very smooth and had a slight sweet velvety finish. Beautiful golden color with tight foam around the glass. As it warmed up it seem to creat a different complex of flavors! Very little bitter after taste! But, hoppy enough to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2002 22:01:04 | More by BeerManDan
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly better than average Pale Ale. Some of the strongest hops flavor I have ever experienced. Is that the norm for West Coast Pales? Dark gold in color. Crisp with a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 09:22:54 | More by Dogbrick
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a sticky, frothy off-white colored head. On the nose is a wonderful floral hop aroma. On the palate the hop spiciness is pretty much the whole story, along with a light/sweet fruitiness. Very enjoyable though…a very good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 15:01:37 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color, a hard-pour produced a medium, fading head, with some decent lace. Aroma was hoppy, floral and inviting! Middle-of-the-road body, but a little rough on the tongue. A mild malt start is overcome by a strong hop presence. Good, floral hop flavor, but a touch bitter at the end (less-so as it warms). Not bad.... Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 14:33:35 | More by Bierman9
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap here in North Carolina,poured a deep amber with a creamy slightly off-white head.Nice balance of roasted grain and caramel mixed with a citrusy west coast hop profile on the nose,flavor like the aroma is very nicely balanced roasted and lightly caramelly sweet up front but a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit in the finish makes a great beer..

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2002 08:06:58 | More by oberon
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice amber - reddish color and very average on the aroma. An easy beer to drink that won't make you beg for more, but that you would not hestate to try again........CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2002 11:36:01 | More by tigerpaws
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Mark

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Advocates i'm sure you will all agree cask is where it's at. My apologies to my pal Jaybeerman who is probably wanting to kill me right now. this is a fine beer that of course is even better cask conditioned. It takes on a much smoother mellower quality in this form. For all you California advocates get up to Fort Bragg. For everyone else, if you're ever out this way this fine brewery is worth checking out.

Serving type: cask

06-23-2002 13:56:32 | More by Mark
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.