1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,796 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,796 | Reviews: 957 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of Darkale
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Darkale, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

SheepNutz, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of Mustard
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mustard, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

clvand0, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Shiredave, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aaronh, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Reidrover, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Loki, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Rumrunner, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Indybeer, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LarryKemp, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kindestcut, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

marburg, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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)

RBorsato, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

pezoids, May 28, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

nomad, May 27, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After consuming nearly two cases of my own homebrewed red ale, I was a little tired of the style. I worried about my objectivity, and fairness in rating this one. But overall, the Red Seal met or exceeded any expectations for the style, and I enjoyed it. From the bottle, it poured a light red, almost orange color. A majestic appearance, it held a thin but fluffy head, and really impressive lacing. A pretty nice hop bouquet was evident in the smell, with just the right touch of malt. Interesting grapefruit or banana smell somewhere in there, too. The taste held a nice hoppiness...bitter but counterbalanced well by a sweeter malt presence. It reminded me somewhat of an IPA with obvious red ale characteristics. The crisp, clean mouthfeel was full of flavor, and nice and fizzy on the tongue. My homebrew didn't kill my taste for the red ale, and the Red Seal has kept me interested in this appealing style.

SchmichaelJ, May 16, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with an orange hue. The off-white head is frothy and foamy and fades to a thin covering. The lace hangs around awhile and sticks in a few places. The sweet malt and fresh hops vie for king of aroma. The caramel malt is sweet and a little doughy. Citrusy and floral hops are in abundance and well conceived and expertly executed. The brew is well balanced and very drinkable. Improves throughout!

BeerResearcher, May 12, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper-red beer. The head fades quickly, but provides excellent lacing. Smells a little of hops and some berries, too. It's also sweet: like a good peach, not like candy. Very crisp. It's the most drinkable red I've had.
*I also reviewed this beer in bottle and cask-conditioned... in my opinion, the draught is the way to go.

dwarbi, May 11, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see why micro-ale lovers rate this beer high. A good, quality pale ale. Looks good, tastes good. Overall, too bitter for my tastes. Has a nice malt profile to go with the hops, but as with many other quality American Ales, too much hop. It gave me cottonmouth. When I'm in the mood for the style, I would drink this again. Nice beer.
(almost three years later, I finally tried this again. What a difference three years makes. Not bitter or dry, a very nice Amber. I'll have to test it against Dead Guy and a couple others of the style, but this is one "good drinkin' beer!"

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've heard good things about this ale so I gave it a shot on a recommendation. Poured a copper red with a short but adequate beige head that dissapeared quickly. A surprisingly malty ale and a little heavy on the bittering. Noticed an immediate bitterness at the back of my throat and a slight aftertaste I didn't care for. Slightly higher in carbonation than other ales I've had recently in the same style. Has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel to it, although the bitter aftertaste will probably prevent me from buying again.

BierReise, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a medium red, with a medium sized, medium diminishing white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is floral, piney, grassy, and citrus from the hops, with some mild caramel maltiness in the back. Flavor has light caramel start, some apple poked through in the middle, and then a bunch of hops come in to leave a wonderfull bitter and lingering aftertaste.

goz, Apr 17, 2003
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.