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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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1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | 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 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
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GreatPondBrewer, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


francisweizen, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

putnam, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

hotstuff, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

UnionMade, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of Realale
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Realale, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

fattychubs, Jul 28, 2003
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.