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

973 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Reviews: 973
Hads: 1,946
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 82
Gots: 140 | 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 ahommell
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours copper or brass and very clear. Medium to full head. Fantastic retention with a fair amount of lacing throughout.

S: Herbal hops are dominated by caramel malts and vanilla spiced undertones. Faintest hint of apple can be found.

T: Interesting! Incredibly it is sweet at the beginning. Caramel is the most dominant flavor. There is some toast in the middle followed by a supurbly clean finish. Hops present but very mellow.

M: Medium to light bodied. Carbonation is less than expected and takes away from my enjoyment some. I think it would improve the lighter notes in the taste more if the carbonation was higher... but that is a personal thing.

O: I always find myself trying to pair light yet flavorful beers with foods. This beer should be your "type O" : IT GOES WITH ANYTHING. Fact: You could drink this at the tailgate or with a fantastic filet... and no one would be upset. A true jack of all trades. Completely drinkable. A must try for anyone who enjoys North Coast.... but not their best outing. (1,023 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head that lingers FOREVER and plenty of carbonation
S: Tropical fruit, orange/grapefruit and spice
T: Some earthiness, some caramel, some citrus. Balanced but light
M: On the lighter side, crisp
O: This would make a fine session ale but won't be memorable (332 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with apparent carbonation with a full three fingers head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Citrusy aroma with predominant notes of caramel and grapefruit.
Flavor of American yeast, tea leaves, oranges, grapefruit, mild spices, lemongrass, and caramel and slightly toasted malts. Becomes more lemony with time. And it feels bitterer than its 42 IBUs. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting but friendly bitterness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Interesting that it has a medium bitterness that does not goes away and both malt and hops are melted together. Though it felt a bit too thin, but this makes it very sessionable. (650 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather quickly and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of slightly thick larger bubbles and a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and a touch of spicy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of spicy and citrus/grapefruit rind hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and flavorful with now dominant or overpowering flavors/aromas - leading me to believe this would be a good beer to have with meals. Well balanced and drinkable - definitely could have another of these. (1,145 characters)

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark amber/caramel color. Nice white head which dissipates completely.

Smell: Grapefruit/citrus smell mixed with hops.

Taste: A little bitter from the hops. You can taste a little caramel as well as the citrus. No strong aftertaste.

Mouth: Easy body, carbonation is moderate.

Overall: Pretty good beer to pair with food. Would drink again. (404 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice 1-2cm head initially, fades into a pale brown 5mm head. amber/copper coloured, slightly cloudy

s - subtle odour, toasted malts, toffee, faint citrus as well

t - slight hop bitterness initially, burnt caramel taste comes through, leaving a lingering bitterness

a- slightly thinner than other apa's, nice moderate carbonation

Decent brew, bitter aftertaste lasts longer than expected (394 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring and a full sheet of surface foam. Frosty lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Standard pale ale aroma with a slight tinge of hops. Bready and a bit sweet.

T- The flavor goes more toward the red ale territory with bright yet muted hops (oxymoron?) and a solid malt profile that's sweet yet bready (repeating myself?).

M- Kind of thin but there's a decent amount of zing from the hops and carbonation to make up for it. Medium body.

O- Though there are many better examples of the style out there, it's not a bad red ale and it's one of the first beers I had when beginning my craft beer adventure. (770 characters)

Photo of tmm313
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely clear with some fine sediment floating around. Nice copper color. Poured a nice 2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Balance is immediately evident. Sweet malty scents like caramel and dark fruits with an even mix of both piney and sweet citrus hops.

Taste: Basically follows the nose. The word I keep thinking is "evenness". Everything is mixed together well, but nothing really stands out. Nice malt sweetness followed by both piney and sweet hop flavors. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

Overall: This wasn't bad. I felt everything was mixed together very well, but nothing really seemed to pop. I may give it another go down the road to see if maybe mine had too much age on it. (804 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

North Coast Red Seal Ale: Appearance: yellowish amber; Smell: piney hop, light fir sap; Taste/Mouthfeel: light piney hop; decent

A very confused beer, by the way. "Red pale amber"? Hardly amber, and not at all red!

Poured into a pint glass. (292 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a foamy two finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is nice. Honey, floral and pine.
The taste is well balanced. Moderate pine bitterness, a touch of honey and maltiness, and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable. (321 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruedrichs Red Seal Ale pours a reddish color with a very large lacing head. There is a malty undertone, with lots of floral hop notes in the aroma. The taste has a bold malty backbone, with strong notes of floral hop flavors. Full flavors, nice body. Overall a very nice and hoppy red ale. (289 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep caramel with copper tones and a frothy cream head that leaves sticky lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted, nutty caramel malt citrus hops, and resin form the initial aroma. Floral hops and a savory character add complexity. A bit of diacetyl surfaces late.

Perfumey hops and citrus underlie a toasted malt backbone to form the initial flavor impression. Grapefruit and resin balance a fairly resiny and bitter finish. The balance is toward bitter hops, but caramel malt character is substantial.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, slight hoop astringency, and alcohol warmth.

There's an interaction between the malt and bittering hops that gives the impression of burnt bread, which is fairly offputting, but the malt and hop flavor profiles are nice. Lots of floral hop presence, as well. not your typical west coast American amber. (867 characters)

Photo of bgkeeley
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer where the body stands up to the carbonation and hops. This beer is an example of balance wonderful taste.

The hops are great on this beer, they are fruity almost floral and flutter on the tongue. This beer has used its hops not just thrown them in to cover other deficiencies, but instead created an almost symphonic union of malt and hops.

This beer can be appreciated by all beer drinkers. (416 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I don't know if I got a bad bottle, or what happened here. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, some malts are present. Taste is pure bitterness. No balance at all. No citrus, pine, floral notes, just a whole lot of bitter. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall I did not much care for this beer. (385 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean caramel malts, a touch of copper penny and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a dry, grainy caramel with a healthy dose of herbal and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty and well balanced red ale. (458 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale is the last of the North Coast Brewing Co beers that is easily available in Australia, which is a shame as they've got some intriguing brews aside from the three that are over here. Oh well, choosers, beggars, all that stuff.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a hazy burnt orange body with a sticky 2cm cappuccino cream head.

S: Quite American Pale Ale in the aroma; big caramel malt base with notes of papaya and pine hops. There is a hint of spicy hops in there somewhere as well. Expecting a well balanced brew.

T: Malt is predominant, along with a touch of funky yeast and caramel sweetness. The hops aren't as big as in an APA but they're there and giving it the papaya/pine/spicy kick that was anticipated by the aroma. Finishes with a medium bitterness and a slight brewed tea after-taste.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and some oily hops.

D: As expected a very well-rounded and balanced Amber Ale. A great starting point for those who want to get in to APA's or IPA's but can't handle bitter hops yet. I would even go so far as to say that this is the best of the North Coast brews I've tried so far and would easy manage a session of these, were it but for the cost. Bit of a moot point there, good job anyway North Coast!

Food match: Great thing about a balanced beer is that it works with practically anything; dark meats, light meats, salads, cheese platters - I would personally lean towards Thai but that's just my preference. (1,507 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strangely auburn color with an amber interior and orange at the edges the head was thin, wispy, bubbly and fleeting.

Sweet malt and tea leaves are nicely presented in the aroma. A roasted grain scent lies within the malt and finishes with kilned nuttiness.

The taste almost follows th nose completely as the sweeter malt starts the taste and a hint of tea leaves comes next. It then finishes with the roasted grain and nut flavor.

I'm a big fan of Acme PA by North Coast an this is just another brilliant addition to there list. (531 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 06-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Hazy light amber color, with a nice off-white head. Both lacing and head retention are very good looking.

S: Spicy and citrus hops up front, with some malty sweetness in there for balance.

T: Very nice hop flavors; citrus and a lightly acidic taste with notes of orange peel, grapefruit and lemons. Also some sweet caramel malts in a supporting role.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a body in the medium range and high carbonation. The beer finishes with citrus hops and spice notes, followed by a bit of sweetness as well.

O: A wonderfully balanced beer that makes for a refreshing session ale. (759 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber, one finger head, not much carbonation.

S-Extremely malty, caramel, and grass. No hops.

T-Extremely malty (maybe it is old but no bottle date), caramel and grass, no hops or bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-I'm hoping the bottle was past due, the malt flavors were ok but the lack of balance destroyed the beer. (345 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a small foamy and frothy head. Gentle carbonation.
Aroma finds mostly malts, caramel and bicuit predominitely some hops but very sutle.
Taste is a malt bomb with biscuit malts and vienna malts too me. hops come into play at the end and only lightly.
Nothing to stand up and yell about here, your basic amber beer. (343 characters)

Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Underrated for the style! this is a quality brew that several years back won many awards. It's easy to get which makes me think that is why the rating is only in the 80's. That said it pours a nice head, amber color with good crisp carbonation. I am not saying this brew is an elite classic but it is pretty good.

Bottom Line: Shelf beer worth your time. (355 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Copper / red with pillow like head with some decent lace.

S. predominantly malty with some citrus and floral hop layers.

T. Rich malts finely balanced with crisp hop that snaps on the tongue.

O. Incredibly easy drinking red ale. This will become a staple in the fridge. (278 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a coppery color given the clarity, pretty much and even orange-red. It forms a nearly white head that grows to about one finger tall with some good retention. Lacing is patchy and fairly plentiful with a bit of legging as well.
The aroma is very nicely balanced and offers a great hoppy bouquet along with a strong malt backbone. There's a bit more of a fruits, citrus and otherwise, in the mix of sweet and bitter. In the flavor, the bitterness turns a bit more raw without going too pithy, giving off a flavor of orange and lemon rind, and for added complexity the hops bring out a bit of a spicy nip. This is a stronger, though very sessionable, more flavorful beer than I had expected.
Malts bring out a creamy smoothness that works with the hops oils and the carbonation to balance with a crisp bite in a medium body for a very good feel overall, making it even more of a surprise and a pleasure to drink.
In a great tasting lineup, this beer was the surprise standout. (987 characters)

Photo of capnamerica
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice copper color with a snow white medium head.

S: A lot of fruit (citrus), with a bit of spruce or pine. Great aroma.

T: Initially I noticed the hops with a slight sweet carmel finish. Nice balance.

M: Light but not too light.

O: A great beer, would be wonderful companion on a spring picnic. (301 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red seal ale

Appearance –more of a light orangish red 2 fingers or coarse white foam that linger

Aroma – floral citrusy slight pine and yeasty sourness

Taste- lightly roasted malts at the front like an easy drinking tea, maybe like a rye toast. they give way to a grapefruit and lavender hop bitterness. Slightly copper or irony aftertaste. Pleasant, it taste the best with the big floral nose at the beginning.

Mouthfeel- lighter bodied and easy drinking the flavors jump off sharply and leave the palette dry and wanting more.

Overall I think I may have drank this in the wrong glass. With such a strong aroma I should have had this in a tulip. It is an easy drinking “red”/ amber and I like the balance of hops and malt. I would order this again. (766 characters)

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.