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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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1,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 75
Gots: 103 | 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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Ratings: 1,891 | Reviews: 971
Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark orange-red with a nice head.

It smells like spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon along with fruit. Raisins and spice and everything nice. Complicated aroma but not overpowering.

Very smooth, slightly spicy hops up front along with sweet hops. It gets spicier in the back with a slight aftertaste of sour hops that leaves you craving more. Full, creamy body and it goes down smooth.

This is an exemplar of almost perfect hoppiness, especially since a lot of red APAs can be way too bitter. A very nice beer.

Photo of schrist275
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a decent loose formed head that is fed off of 4 or 5 lines of carbonation, A hoppy and fruity smell greets the nose... head retention is great.. first sip is mildy bitter followed by a rose?? petal style flavor that works its way back into a majority hop aftertaste with very minor undertones of the malts. A good hop!! Hits the major areas of the tongue but doesnt hang around... mouthfeel is normal.

Photo of niknar
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep copper color with a nice 2 inch almond-colored, frothy head. Gradually settles to a thin collar with some average lacing down the glass. Smell is pleasant, but not very well expressed. Notes of malt and perhaps a slight hop floral aroma. Taste is definitely one of the stronger suits for this offering. Nicely balanced maltiness with well expressed hop bitterness. Finishes sweetly, but contains a complex bitterness that lingers long after the final swallow. Overall, a nice flavor. Not world class, but well above average and true to the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with just the right amount of carbonation. I would consider this a beer worth trying, and definitely one I could see myself drinking again and again.

Photo of avylover
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

deep clear golden color here, whit a strong fluffy white head. North Coast beers have some of the strangest and stiffest heads, almost as if you could mold it like putty, but there are plenty of naturally weird shapes already in the head. not too exciting in the aroma dept. . a little bit of spicey hops in the nose...and traces of malt. Taste is also rather unimpressive, with a metallic fruity type taste jumping out at me at first, But not too mch else really. Dull maltiness is there, along with some slight floral hops. The mouthfeel is full and finishes powdery. That's right, it finishes powdery, like bitterness gone wrong. Pretty drinkable despite this.

Average, there are way better red or pale ales out there.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast does a good job describing this brew on their website - they call it an "Amber" American Pale Ale. They seem to have found the best traits of both an Amber Ale and an APA and combined them into one very tasty brew!

The pour is a nice dark red - bordering on being an auburn brown. The color promises quite a bit of taste and this one delivers. The only flaw is that the head was practically nonexistent - by the time I had tossed the bottle into the recycling bin the thin white foam was completely gone leaving no ring at all.

The smell was a bit muted which was surprising. There were faint notes of malt and light fruit notes but that was about it. I didn't find any prominent hops notes in the nose.

The taste is another story all together - this is a very full bodied brew with lots of large flavors. There are the nice amber ale notes of sweet malt and fruit. There were noticeable flavors of peach and apple cider along with a good bread-yeast note. On top of this is a very prominent APA hops bite which lingers quite a while after each sip. While I suspect some will describe this as an "aggressive" beer I was very pleased with how well balanced it is - neither the one note sweetness of some amber ales nor the excessive hoppitude of an IPA. While the taste avoids the extremes, it certainly pushes a few boundaries.

Mouthfeel was very pleasant - what carbonation was lacking in the head was lurking in the beer. This brew is a bit viscous and tends to coat the tongue a bit which is nicely balanced by a lot of fine, energetic bubbles.

Drinkability is certainly high - I can't wait to go get some more!

Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, pretty paltry lace. Smells rather faintly of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, with that nice amber ale flavor (I'm not sure why this is listed as a pale...), and enough hops (citrus sometimes) to provide a little bite. The mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but it's okay.

Overall, this is a good brew. Definite session material here.

Photo of cjhofelt
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty average beer, not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Deep copper color, like last years penny. Not much of a head, what there is more fizzy than foamy. Dissapates quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Slight floral aroma, but not too much. This is a very shy beer.

Hops flavor dominate with a bit of a malt finish. Not sweet, though. Decent taste.

Fizzy dry mouthfeel. Nothing really unpleasent here.

A pretty drinkable beer with a meal. A very good alternative to a macro, but you can do better in the beer aisle for the same price.

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

This arrived in a nice deep amber and red shade with a modest head. It looks very nice.

A solid malt feel dominates the smell of this beer. Up front the taste consists mostly of malts with a hint of caramel. Hops take over in the finish and leave no sign of malt. The hop blend is nice, if a little strong.

It's very full-bodied for the style, without being at all offensive or hard to deal with.

Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A smooth copper color to the body of the beer, and a dingy yellow head of compact froth that has above average retention.

Smell: A very floral and sweet nose to this, I can smell hops and sweet carmel malts. I can’t really pick it apart. It’s just very nice.

Taste: This is a wonderful Pale Ale, with a nice clean balance of sweet malts and floral hops. The finish is so bright and surprisingly not bitter, it’s refreshingly hoppy and sweet at the same time. I really like this off the tap. It may be a little more brash out of a bottle, but I can’t say.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: It has a medium body and decent but not ‘active’ carbonation. It doesn’t feel overly heavy in the mouth and that makes it a good session ale.

Photo of lastauss
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't understand why folks get so jazzed on this.

The color is lovely, but that's where the good points end. The aroma is lackluster, the flavor is completely out-of-balance, there is no discernable mouthfeel and the only reason I can think of to try another one is to make sure I had a representative bottle.

North Coast makes some seriously great beers, I don't know who they're trying to woo with this one.

Photo of beertaster13
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red with orange highlights. The head is a nice off white then resides to a fizzle. Lacing will coat the glass. The smell has a great hop ping, with pine and strong citrus blessing the nose. The tase is a nice smooth caramel malt then a blast of lemon and grapefruit take to the buds, hoppy and crisp, a refreshing ale goes great with meals. Very drinkable.

Photo of OhioBulldog
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very respectable deep amber-orange and a small off white head, which cleared rather quickly to leave a ring of lacing around the outside of the glass. The nose has a strong hop prescence, citrus , pine, and a small malt profile.
The Taste starts with a very clean hop taste, very similar to the smell, with citrus, pine, etc, then clears up to leave a very nice balanced malt taste. Very clean and refreshing. Mouth is very smooth with a medium body. I really wish I had more then just one of these, I enjoyed it thoroughly after work and would love to polish off a couple more.

Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at the brewery Tap House in Ft. Bragg, California. To me this had more interest than the regular tap version, basically due to the cask character, the hops and malt seemd to have more character, but in saying that, it wasn't a giant leap above it. Citrus and caramel were still there, just had a touch more character.

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

On-tap at Yesterday's in Newport, RI

Served in a pint glass. Nice crimson/copper color with a nice amount of carbonation that turned to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell was hoppy, malty, spicy with some nice citrus and fruity tones underlying. Taste starts out quite hoppy and citrusy with some big malts mixing in the middle to make this a big, bold, flavorful beer. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was medium. Quite good, I had this when I had some cod in lemon and thyme crust. Went well together. I have to buy a 6 pack of this stuff next time I go to Town & Country.

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an awesome pale ale from beginning to end. It poured a darker color than I was expecting for a Pale Ale with a dark amber color and a great frothy head that lasted till the end. The smell was quite full of citrus backed by a slight malty presence. The flavor was totally unexpected with a very big hop presence that was perfectly balanced by its slightly sweet maltiness and very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best West Coast APA's I've had.

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

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 48 degrees.
A lovely dark amber color.
It had a nice light brown head that quickly faded.
Smelled lightly of grapefruit and malt.
Tastes of grapefruit and tangerine with a nice hoppy finish. There is a good sweet malt flavor in the middle that ties it all together.
Nicely carbonated.
A very enjoyable and very drinkable brew. I'll be enjoying this one again.

Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Red Seal poured a medium copper with a nice medium density head. The lace played about the glass like a child’s toy. The head did not, however, retain for long. The aroma is a fruity hops with just a hint of malt. The taste yields a sharp citrus bite up front, that mellows to a hoppy middle. Just a hint of the hops on the back of the tongue where the malt comes out. It has a great medium to light mouth feel. Great drinkability. I have a 12-pack in the fridge fortunately

Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish color with a medium sized creamy off white head. Good retention.
Smells of lightly roasted malt, caramel and citrusy hops.
Tastes of toasty grainy malt, rich sweet caramel, a bit of fruit and a citrus/grassy hop bitterness in the finish that went on and on.
Light to medium bodied with a tangy, thin mouthfeel.
Very flavorful ale from a great brewery, excellent drinkabilty.

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

I had this on tap at Hard Times in Herndon Virginia. Pours a slightly murky deep copper color with a finger worth of white foam on top. A ring of lace hovers around the brew after the head dies down a bit. The aroma is an even mix of sweet caramel malts and citric bitter hops, very nice and very balanced. I would say the taste is exactly like the smell you get hit with sweet caramel flavors at the front before it fades into a nice citric bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good and on par with what you would expect of a good APA. This stuff couldn’t be more drinkable, it is tasty and very easy on you palette and it goes down oh so smooth. I could easily drink this stuff all day. Great all around beer that may not challenge you but it will satisfy you.

Photo of sitbooboosit
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thee architype of american pale ale, am i allowed to say that? this beer is one of the most satisfy beers i am able to purchase up here in canuckeland and am consistantly upset after draining the glass that i only bought one or two bottles.

Pours a caramel reddish colour( if there is such a thing). the head develops nicely, that is to say the head is dense yet not overly creamy allowing the bubbles to fizz against the roof of my mouth.
the aroma is rich and balanced, both the strong caramel malt and northwestern hops come through.
the flavour is strong and true to the aroma, an intitial hit of beautifully aromatic hops followed by rich malts that play well with the bubbles. in the finish the beer returns to hoppy bitter overtones supported by rich caramel, almost sticky backbone.
drinkability exceptional.


Photo of RedDiamond
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can tell just from pouring it, from the sound and feel of it, that this is a soft bodied ale. Tall cream colored head. Clear oaken body with animated carbonation. Malty aroma and malty taste at first with a gently smoked infusion. Enticing clarity. I detected a slight “leather or “cork” fragrance that was not unwelcome.

This is not a masterpiece on par with Old Rasputin, but a stylish workaday brew. The finish is broadly bitter without being too demanding on the palate.

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

Pours a very different-looking cloudy deep copper in color with a lasting layer of white lace that hung around for the duration and contributed to the appearance by ringing the glass with lace. Aromas are mostly citrus in nature, though there is some caramelized sugar in there as well. Flavor is a balanced blend of malty sweetness up front that quickly tapers off to an earthen/citrusy bitter aftertaste. Nothing too complex with this one. Very easy-drinking and one I'd love to try again sometime.

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

A dark amber ale with a creamy off white head. Has a sharp hop aroma with just a hint of grapefruit. The taste starts with a little malt at the tip of the tongue.Then a sharp hop bitterness with a light touch of grapefruit rushes over the sides of your tongue followed by a crisp easy finish.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uh, can I get a hell yeah?!! This has got to be one of the best pale ales I've yet to taste. I regretably only bought a single of this on a recent trip to Vancouver, I had yet to realize what NCBC had to offer except that I'd been itching to try their Old Rasputin for damn near a decade now. This Red Seal just seemed like an added bonus at the time. Oh, how I stand corrected.

I like North Coast's use of the stubbie, and this pale ale pours out a breathtaking deep ruddy semi-hazed copper hue, a rich gold/amber when held to the light. Minimal head, but I hardly missed it staring into that enchanting body. Thick, chewy caramel malt on the nose, blended seamlessly with flowery citrus hops, just an enticing sweetness to it all. The flavour delivers everything that has been promised so far, the malt and hops dance step for step in balanced unison, sweet malt and sweet flowery hops in a star-studded blockbuster musical from the 40's. Full mouthfeel that becomes almost but not quite oily on the finish, maintaining that smooth velvety character while the texture alters slightly but holds its integrity. I was a sucker to only buy one of these, and given the chance over again, would be laying down cold hard cash for more to fill the fridge with. A fantastic pale ale, and a fantastic intro to what North Coast is capable of producing.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Thick white head that subsided moderately atop a deep copper pale ale. Aroma was strong of hops but just as the head subsides the whiffs of hop aroma dissipated leaving one desiring more. The taste is excellent and i believe to be a prime example of an American Pale Ale with a northwest touch. Malt profile like an english pale ale but generously hopped with American varieties. The body is just a little light but overall this beer is a good pale ale that exemplifies the style.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.