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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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very good

1,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother and I bought a 6 of red seal last night and drank it on my roof.

This beer was solid in the categories of appearance and smell. Nothing special, just done very nicely. Red Seal really sets itself apart in taste though. The hops come through very strong (stronger than the alleged IPA that we had had earlier). The taste finishes surprisingly dry. In fact, this is one of the more dry beers I have tasted. I highly reccommend Red Seal.

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

This could turn a lager drinker to ales!
Appearance: gorgeous, clear, copper/root beer color, voluminous, buff colored,sticky head with fortitude and adherence
Smell: fine blend of sweet malt and piney hops, very fragrant and inviting right off the bat, great nose blast
Taste: followed smell nicely, big on the piney taste, sweetness up front with ample but not overblown bitterness
Drinkability: had this on a warm summer evening, great change up from a summer pils, it was...refreshing!
Comment: I'm sold! a great beer, the most impressive thing was the big hop flavor without oppressive hop bitterness

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a small but taught head that seems to be rather sticky. Good lacing.

Smell is mostly malt and hops. Bready sweentess, and florals make this one rather pleasent.

Taste. This is a great APA. The hops never overpower the malt backing but still make themselves known. This is by no means overhopped like some other APAs I have had.

This is just a great after-work relaxing kind of beer, certainly one that will become a staple in my fridge. It is much better than SNPA and will likely replace that.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pale ale that pours an amber color. There seems to be some discussion as to the appropriate color of a pale ale - is this style appropriate for an American Pale? The smell is nice and hoppy with a spicy feel to it. Very floral.

The taste starts very watery and mild - almost tasteless. Then after a few seconds, it surprises you and moves into a sweet/sour bitter (graperfruit) that drys up gradually to a yeast and alcohol finish.

The body on this beer is a little thin for my liking, but this does give the beer a higher potential for long drinking sessions.

Photo of chriscolby
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish (as opposed to brownish) amber color with moderate head. Big, somewhat rough, hoppy aroma with sweet, malty undertones. (I'm picking up a moderate amount of oxidation in my bottle, although I've certainly had many fresh examples in the past.) The flavors starts with a sharp, spicy hop attack that fades to almost even with the malt in the aftertaste. The malt is very sweet and "thick," but not cloying, such that the near-IPA-level hops don't overpower it. The relatively high carbonation level gives a "prickly" edge to the hops, but keeps the full body of the beer from feeling too heavy.
I remember absolutely loving this beer when I first tried it. I still think it is a great pale ale, but these days I detect a certain "roughness" in the overall presentation. The hops are balanced by the level of malt, they don't really seem to meld together as well as they could. This, however, is just nitpicking at a very nice American pale ale, There are certainly tons of pale ales out there that can't touch Red Seal with a ten-foot pole.

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

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer was a nice dark copper with a decent fluffy head and decent lacing.

The aroma was of hops (cascade??) and lot of citrus/pine. Just a whiff of biscuits.

The taste was rock solid. Initial astringent hop bite with more than a bit of grapefruit in the background. The beer had some very subtle floral/fruit flavors as well. The malt packs just enough punch to keep balance, just a little sweetness 2/3rd through the beer reminds you its there.

Easy drinking beer with perfect crisp mouhfeel and carbonation. An enjoyable beer here!

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal poured clear and amber/red into a glass with a small head that disappeared into some wisps of white by the time I took the third drink. I didn't get much of a smell off of this one except for a little hop bitterness. There's pepper-smooth and then there's the bitterness, that's its gig. Tastes fair but not amazing, worth trying out.

Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a real soft spot for this beer as one of the most widely available yet tasty beers I had when first finding my way around TX.
The head is cream-colored, dense, medium in size. It's a clear, red/amber beer with nice, sticky lacing. Nice hops in the sweetish nose. A touch of sour milk creaminess too. A bracing, hoppy front sweetens to a milky middle. Just a little watery tasting when cool. Dark malt turns hoppy bitter in the finish. Some pepper makes an appearance. A nice, bitter but refreshingly mild APA.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent reddish orangish amber with a large head of firm beige foam that maintains a humped, craggy center as it drops. Thin rings and chunklets of lace appear in its wake. The nose contains all manner of citrus fruit, including lemon, orange and grapefruit. I think this is gonna be a good one.

Well-balanced overall with slight nod to the hoppier side of its personality. The lightly toasted maltiness rides shotgun, never completely fading from view and providing a nice counterpoint to the bitter citrus fruit. The hop flavor is a tad underwhelming. Just when things begin to get interesting, it crests and falls back to a weaker version of what might have been. The finish is increasingly bitter as the beer warms. Good body; on the full side for the style.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale falls a notch short for me. The promise of the aroma and the initial several seconds on the palate isn't realized in the end. However, it's still a well-made, drinkable beer that gets a Red Seal of approval from me.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, decent head.

Light sweetness and some flowery hop aromas.

Medium body, good carbonation. Malt sweetness combines with a crisp hop feel and moves to a light bitterness along with a very light bread flavor. Leaves a light bittersweet aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

Photo of maxpower
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing amber color, nice thick head of large bubbles,decent lacing. Sweet candy grapefruit, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, beautiful hoppy citrus and caramel flavors, a great session beer, very easy to down a few. I am glad to have this available again.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random and welcome sighting because I have heard good things about this brew. The best thing about this beer was the deep golden clor of the beer. The beer smelled of ripe fruit along with the hops. It was very smooth. Not bitter at all. Along with a pretty good hops flavor, the beer was smoothed out with a sweet malty flavoring. The finish was quite good and I would have happily ordered another but I was driving home.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed the quality, wonderful taste, and accessibility of this beer. Poured into a goblet, beautifual reddish amber color with a cascading foam, nice carbonation and a wonderful nose. I detect fresh baked bread or fresh cut lumber. Residual sweetness hits you at the beginning but finishes in a nice mellow way, distinctly dry and very pleasant. could I say that this is a wonderfully balanced beer. I think that this is a very good representation of the style. I would very much like to have this on draft as I think that drinkability is exceedingly high. I also think that this would be a good beer to transition people to craft brews. I will be buying and drinking more of this in the future.

Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours darker than any other pale ale that I remember experiencing. It's burgundy red in color with a medium sized super white head. Smell is quite bitter which threw me off a bit and maybe yeast, or atleast some kind of spicyness/slight sourness in the smell. Taste is very complex and big for a pale ale. Hops are the first thing I experience. Intense bitterness up front. Malts come in and add depth to this beer. Caramel is the main malt flavor I detect. Barley comes in next. Hops smooth out and are more flavorful towards the end but finish bitter once again. Very thick body, ingredients are a little rough with one another. This wasn't as refreshing as I had hoped, but I still got to give them credit for producing a pale ale of this depth.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish caramel with a large frothy white head.
Aroma is sweet, sweet malt with some citurs fruit hops aromas.
Flavor is sticky caramel and toffee with some citrusy and spicy hop undertones. Seems to be a fair amount of herbal bitterness but the relative sweetness of the malt vuts down on it.
Mouthfeel is very intersting, unlike the other West coast beat Pale Ales this is much more subtle and better balanced between sweetness and bitter.
Drinkability is very high, could polish off a six-pack with some tunes on a Saturday night pretty easily.

Photo of gentlebubbles
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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.

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.

Photo of krberg
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Gasp100
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of MobBarley
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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."

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.