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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

1,838 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 71
Gots: 81 | 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 FranklinPCombs
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

An awesome brew, and a brew built this solid deserves accolades. The near perfect amber color is set off nicely by the sticky lace and just right headage. A superb balance of malt and hops, with the hops in the lead, while the malt takes a best supporting role. The nose tells the same tale. Gorgeously refreshing and fullfilling, this is a beer pretty much without flaw, though it ain't spot on perfect, and it doesn't want to be-a beer for all. It has been gone from the Chicago scene for a year,and now it is back. One of my all time faves. Welcome back you slippery seal, and stay on shore awhile this time.

Photo of simmons
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I saw this on the top of a shelf in the back of a local beer store and it was not priced but i decided to buy it and give it a try seeing who i never hear of it, i think i bought it for a quarter. I was very suprised when i poured it out, it was a nice pale ale and it was full of hops aroma and flavor. When i drank it i just sat back and sipped it tring to enjoy every drop. When I bought one for my friends to try I got them hooked on it. Well done.

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

Pours an amber-copper color with a gorgeous beige head that lingers, finally settling and leaving lightly stickly sheets of lace. I'm not going too deeply into the smell as I am a bit sick, but there is sweet, sophisticated amber malt with a nice blend of cawscade hop presence. The taste is quite intruiging. The hops take the real presence. A brilliant mixture of cascade, and... dare i say it, sweet saaz hops perhaps? I am very happy. Very nice pale ale.

Photo of RootedFool
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a sixer at the grocery store.

Pours a bright transluscent reddish amber with a nice off-white head. Creamy ring of lace lingers on the glass.

Smell is of an awesomely balanced one-two hop and malt punch.

Hops find my tongue at first, very spicy edge to the bitterness that's refreshing and complex, followed by a malt sweetness. These two flavors intermingle flawlessly.

Mouthfeel is also balanced to perfection.

This is one of my favorite beers to drink, one after another.

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

Dark orange with a half-rocky white head that settles to a ring of suds. An occasional patch of lace forms on the side of the glass. The aroma isn't as big or complex as I'm used to with good pale ales, but it's certainly not bad. Nice rind-like hops with cereal-like malt in the background. The flavor has all of the great things I expect from a west-coast pale ale, very crisp with cereal grainy malt and great rindy bittering hops. Perhaps not as hoppy as some, but still excellent. Hops do come out more at the back, leading to a crisp dry finish with a slight sweetness to help it down. I'd definitely have several more of these. I'd be happy drinking this all night. Dangerously drinkable, very crisp, and downright tasty. A great pale.

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

It pours a golden amber, and somewhat hazy, much like honey. A bright white head springs up moderately, settling quickly to clusters of froth. Dainty patterns of lacing proliferate.

There's a muscular aroma of grainy, sweet malt dominating the first whiff, never giving way but carrying along a lesser but truly present aura of quite dry citrusy hops. The hops also maintain a mellow floral tone.

Unlike the aroma, in the first taste, hops take the point, washing a blanket of dry grapefruit across the tongue. There's still a strong pillar of malt that becomes more assertive toward the middle. The first phase of the finish is ever so slightly doughy, then slips slong to another dose of hoppy dryness. There's a very basic balance, making the simplicity a nice asset.

It's relatively light bodied, and doesn't really coat, but delivers flavor where it belongs. It's faily carbonated and leaves a layer of dryness across the tongue.

It's hoppy, it's malty, and oh my is it good! I was happy to find it locally after some nice reviews by a friend in CA, and I am not disappointed. There's no olfactory rocket science here; there's a malt/hops balance, with each element trading dominance a few times, making for a refreshing ale. There's no muss, and no fuss, just the basics, and there's no way I stop at just one of these. It just goes to show you: sometimes, simple truly is better.

Photo of Charthepirate
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich malty smell permeates from this deep red brew. Maintained a great head which left a rediculously thick lacing. the smell is balanced with the hops and feels just generally nice.

Flavor is quite nice, honey maltiness with a touch of biscutts. Mmm... biscuits and honey. It's all permeated by a lemony citrusy, sharp hops. It's intense and pleasant.

The flavors work well, but are a little heavy going down. Still, a great brew.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a somewhat hazy copper tint with excellent head retention; the rocky, off-white head lasted for minutes. Nice lacing as well.

Smell: The smell is somewhat non-descript; a bit malty, a bit floral/hoppy, mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a bit of surprise. It tastes almost like a steam beer, with a distinct yeastiness over the sweet malt body. The finish is hoppy, with a bit of ESB-like bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and fizzy for my taste.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a rare combination of light body and big taste, which makes it a great session brew. A unique, enjoyable red ale.

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

Served from a bottle, cold. Appearance was an orange/copper with a nice tan colored head. I found the smell to be quite hoppy with caramel malt undertones. The taste was a nice bitter hoppiness, very well balanced with the malt. I also detected some citrus and slight alcohol flavor in the back ground. Mouthfeel was excellent, the carbonation had some bite and it was crisp. Drinkability was excellent also. I wish I had more than one in fact. I will defiantly try this one again in the future.

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, dark ginger and caramel color with a khaki head. There's a distinct hoppy aroma, coupled with a tangy lemon substrata and some malts lurking around somewhere beneath that. The initial taste is less hoppy than I anticipated from the smell, but the hops become increasingly assertive as the taste lingers. Bubbly carbonation creates a tingly mouthfeel.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper red amber with tightknit beige lacing. Bubbles rush to the top of the pint glass. Head has excellent retention and laces all down the glass. Aroma is tart and citrus, while floral hops creep through with hints of orange blossom. Well carbonated and light to medium in the mouth. Taste is well balanced, pine and grapefruit mingle with a subdued malt background of darrker fruits and a touch of toffee. A solid, good drinking pale ale that has many characteristics of an IPA. This would be a nice one to stock the fridge.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden copper color with a thinnish beige head that leaves good lacing. West coast hops and biscuity, crystal malt in the nose. Tastes malty sweet with a hint of tea with the floral hop pungency showing up near the finish. Definitely not overwhelming; good balance to it. I always thought Red Seal was an IPA, but I guess it's a pale. Too thin to be an IPA in by assessment. Nonetheless, a quality beer that I"ve enjoyed for years. Now if we could only get more Old Stock ale sent to my neck of the woods...

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

A great beer for everyman...hard not to at least rate it good.

Nice amber color and nose. A bit thick, but nicely so, with a good blend of hops, malt and caramel. No citrus flavor to speak of.

This could be a pale ale to fellow hopheads, or a good introduction to IPA's for those who prefer a pale ale.

Wonderfully drinkable.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The amber beer arrived at the table with a low and very persistent head which laced the glass. The aroma was hops, malt, and caramel. Excellent hop bitterness and caramel flavor. The finish is caramel and dry bitterness. The bitterness dries even further on the tongue. Good drinkability.

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

I seem to remember drinking this beer back in my early days of "good beer" appreciation. Chances are I drink it straight from the bottle, so I figured it would only be fair and for research purposes to try it again.

The bottle has no expiry date, and I'm led to believe that this year might in fact be a year old or more. It pours out to a nice light red color. It also had no sizable head to speak of, but left a nice leggy lace around the glass.

The beer has a nice hoppiness in the nose, but not something that would make people gasp from 5 feet away. The beer's taste is familiar but not easily compared to other ales.

I really enjoy this beer because of its grace and simplicity. It isn't an extraordinary beer, but it is exemplary in its average status. It is just done right, not overdone.

If you had a pocketfull of cash, this would be the perfect session beer. It is rich without being overly sweet. It is hoppy but no overly so, even though I might argue that its malt exoskelton isn't as thick as it could be. Overall, the beer just has a pleasing taste that is well-hopped. Mouth-drying but refreshing. The paradox of the hop.

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

Another 3-4 year old bottle from a friend's stash that ages nicely. In fact, it still reads "Ruedrich's Red Ale," whatever that means. Pours a rusty red color with some sediment swirled in. Caramelly taste, a bit tart like a hint of cherry. Hops grab attention a bit further down; they are mellowed but still Pale Ale spicy, and impart a touch of cider. A decent, slightly strong beer that keeps well with care.

In the words of Elton: "Tell me, Red Seal, how does it feel / to be no Weizen?"
Little 70's album rock humor there.

Photo of Mitchster
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a brilliantly clear honey colored garnet, forming a decent light beige head atop medium-small bubbles. Retention is good, and lacing is adequate. Carbonation is medium. Aroma begins with spicy citrus hops, a faint biscuit malt, darjeeling tea. Mouthfeel is smooth and round. Taste begins with the floral/citric hops, followed by toasty pale malts, a bright astringency, somewhat balanced by a residual sweetness in the finish. Bitterness is medium-strong with a ruddy dryness.

This is a solid west-coast offering, comparable to some brews from Lagunitas or Stone. The very bright hop character does limit it's drinkability, however.

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

Pours a beautiful clear orange with a moderate white head. Smells of bread, yeast, and just a hint of malt.

This is what a pale ale should be. Malty with a lot of caramel coming through, just a hint of diacetyl, and a nice balanced hop finish. Very clean and tasty. Nothing takes away from this brew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.