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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

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: biscuit, toffee, earthy hops; nicely balanced;

T: also well balanced; toffee, floral, and a little caramel from start to finish; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth;

O: easy to drink; flavor wasn't all that complex; I liked that there was more bittering hops than in most ambers;

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Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at "The Bucket Trade" in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a good mix of malt, hops and pine.
Appearance- Reddish copper colored beer with a fairly large off-white colored head.
Taste- A very nice malt / hop with caramel note flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation with a slightly oily texture.
Overall- A pretty good American Amber / Red Ale, I would drink this again if I come across it.

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Photo of chris_lo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish copper with an off white cream head and a lasting lace. The aroma gives off a really light sweet malt smell slightly overpowered by a medium citrus, piney, and slight earthy aroma. the taste is super well balanced between malt and slight citrus hope flavor with a light medium body and lasting dry finish.

Almost as good, or comparable to Red Rocket!

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Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours sunset orange with a eggshell one finger head. Lots and lots of little bubbles defying gravity. The smell is mild, bready, lite hops, overall nothing earthshaking. The taste is of bread, herbal hops and malt. It reminds me of a well hopped Wee Heavy. Prretty good, I'd have another.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Overall looks good, great foamy head
-light hop smell bright, and a light sweetness
-a good red ale but leans a little bland compared to most i have drank
-tastes watery and a little over carbonated but apart from that a smooth bubbly feel

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Photo of troobie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

5.4% ABV and 42 IBU's. Sampled from a six pack purchased in Eureka, California.

A: Two-and-then-some finger head from a strong pour. Eventually reduces to a patchy tan head with a ring. Lacing is strong. Significant amount of fine particles that look to be almost in suspension. The particles will accumulate on the bottom of the glass if given enough time. Attractive red hued copper color.

S: Floral and spicy hops, some pine and berries, caramel, toasted malts, and vanilla. Balanced, complex, and inviting.

T: Sweet maltiness up front with caramel and red berries. Hop spiciness transitions to hop bitterness with mild pine flavor. There is too much hop bitterness and it pulls the focus away from the outstanding flavors this beer has. Earthiness in the finish. It's worth noting that Red Seal leaves the taste of red raspberries along with that raspberry tartness on your palate.

M: I don't often think there is too much carbonation, but this is approaching my limit. A strong pour still leaves tongue-stinging carbonation. Slick on the palate in a way that begs you to drink more. Creamy. There is tea-like drying after swallowing.

O: This is one of those times I'm glad I picked out a beer other than the one I was intending to buy. Too hoppy to call this refreshing, but certainly sessionable. This beer with half the IBU's would be off the charts. Why force the bitterness in there North Coast? Flavors are amazing in this one.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There is some zesty orange and bready malt in the aroma. Pours a very clear, deep amber body with a rocky, off-white head. Nicely hopped but not too bitter; the malt rounds out the hop flavors and bitterness without stepping into the spotlight. The hops are spicy and fairly citrus-like; they provide a good bite alongside the judicious carbonation. The carbonation is lightly prickly and the body is moderately full; there is just a little acidity from the hops.

This hits the spot like nobody's business. The malt provides a good softening background for the reasonably intense hops, which are pleasantly bitter and citrusy.

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

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Finally getting around to trying this one from North Coast Brewing, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a coppery reddish-orange with some fine sediment visible and about a finger of creamy off-white head. Leaves good strands of sticky lacing behind. Looks very good.

S - The aroma is simple, yet pleasant and refined. Bready & malty, with a dry herbal / grassy hop presence to balance it out. Lightly spicy.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready & malty, grassy, herbal, & lightly floral, with a perfect amount of hop bitterness.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, clean, and very easy drinking.

Overall, I would call it a classic example of what a red ale should be, definitely a staple for the style and brewery, and it is definitely a beer I will be getting more of.

North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first rated this beer over a year ago, now deciding to revisit it. To my surprise, all five attributes are the same as they were in 2014. In that timeframe I've began to dislike some brews and grew to appreciate others but my love for this ale remains constant.

The look is great, its a nice, darker amber. Light still shoots through it, looks fantastic. Head is a nice touch, too.

Smells like a stronger ale but the malts shine through. Sweet. Almost piney I think. Like a camping.

My post-taste experience exceeded my pre-taste expectations which wasn't that surprising given the favorable sight and scent combination.

Mouthfeel is on point overall a go-to when options are wither unknown or undesirable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of hops, grapefruit and stale bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Taste was improved as beer warmed up. Overall it is a good brew

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK: Classic Hazy Copper Red Ale with Big 1 Inch Foamy Beige Head that last through-out, Excellent Lacing that Completely Coats the Glass

SMELL: Hops, Carmel, Citrus, Grains and Barley are All in the mix

TASTE: Very Smooth and Creamy Mild Bodied Ale with an Excellent Blend of Bready Malt and Grains, has a very Faint Bitterness that lingers.

FEEL: Creamy, Minimal Carbonation, Pallet Faintly Dry after the Swallow

OVERALL: LOVED the Classic Look and Enjoyed the Taste....Might have benefitted from a bit more of a Hoppy Aroma and an increase in Carbonation.....But All-In-All I ENJOYED it!

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Photo of JDbudget87
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just happened across this is at a local shop. Was in the mood to try something new and took a flier on this. Bought a sixer and had a hard time stopping after I poured and drank the first one.

Pours a nice foamy, amber color and left a good lacing on my shaker glass after I finished drinking. Definitely going to include this into my rotation.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber to copper color; it isn't very reddish. The head is a finger high and a shade or two away from white. Retention is average for the style, but what head is there has a lush creaminess to it. (3.5)

Smell: To my nose, the overall effect here is more English than American; a combination of toasted caramel and floral yet vaguely earthy hop notes help give it that notion. Cascade is present yet subtle. Nothing TOO special, but it seems balanced and delicate. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with a gentle caramel sweetness, while the end has (whodathunkit?) a gentle Cascade-esque hoppiness. I swear I taste a bit of gourd character redolent of a pumpkin ale; this would be pretty nice in the fall-time (OH WAIT, IT IS FALL-TIME; yeah, this beer is working nicely) Only flaw is that it's slightly mundane, but that's a fairly big one in fairness. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's drier and less stodgy than most amber/reds, which tend to linger obstructively on the palate. There is a touch of sweetness throughout, but nothing to kill the experience. Carbonation is average for the style - in fact, it helps to give the feel a decent creaminess. (3.5)

Overall: A good everyday drinker, this one. It has a crispness/dryness to it that puts it closer to a "standard" pale ale than a red ale. This would be a great beer to pair with food, too. (3.5)

3.39/5: Pretty good...one could do far worse for the style

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Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours an red-orange amber with a light tan head that settles and laces nicely.

S: A little earthy with a nice malt sweetness and a touch of floral and citrus hops.

T: Herbal spice, a little grassy, citrus hops orange and grapefruit stand out, backed with a caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of fbenz
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%

This is one of my favorite beers. It has an almost perfect balance. The malts make for a large rounded mouthfeel then the hops give it a bitter clean finish

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly clouded deep red. The head burns off pretty quickly and leaves on the slightest amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is not malty but nondescript, with a light funky earthy quality. The taste is deeper with the malt with some darker fruit notes and caramel malt breadiness. There's a nice moderate weight to the body and overall this is a good-to-very good red ale that doesn't blow you away but is very well made.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Barely any head was that reduced to nothing. It is a copper color with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Slight citrus, herbal, and grassy hops with some toasted, caramel, and pale malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above, but nothing sstick out and some lingering bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation,

Overall: Slightly above average pale ale. More hop characteristics would have been nice based on what the label says.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 1.89/12 oz bottle at Wegmens in Jamestown, NY
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Very faint malty aroma
Head large (6 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular layer which lasts the duration of the beer.
Lacing spotty – rings of irregular islands of various size bubbles
Body coppery, hazy
Flavor of light malt and a hint of lemon
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is a good example of an amber/red ale which meets the style characteristics quite well. The malt is not overly sweet or cloying but just right. I’m not a fan of this style, but this is one I could drink all day.

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Photo of ahommell
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of acdcsmith22
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of chogm54
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.