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

Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

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very good

1,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 1633
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%

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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber orange in color. Yeasty murkiness as well. Great tan foam and lacing.

Smell: Yeasty caramel and a hint of pine. Some orange as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very orange-y for an amber. Excellent balance with the pine and caramel. A hint of herbs as well. Sweet finish...a lot like honey. Mouthfeel is a bit thin when its cool.

Overall Drinkability: Another very good North Coast beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:59:27 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of caulfield


4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 12 oz bottle on 12/15

Appearance - Pours smooth, nice minimal head, darker amber/caramel color

Smell- Floral smell, a hint of lemon, hops

Taste- Overall, a complex beer with a nice balance of malts and hops. The caramel comes through a little and the hoppiness is the dominant flavor. Overall, a great, easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- full body, but I wish it had a little higher gravity.

Overall - I wouldn't consider myself a hophead, especially in the winter when I usually want a malty beer, however, this is a great hoppy beer. I think it will please hop-and non-hopheads. This is a solid complex red ale that I would highly recommend. Its definitely worth picking up. Another winner by North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:46:56 | More by caulfield
Photo of BeerRangerBrooks


4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious on the palette. Complex, hoppy, crispy beer with a balanced malt body, high(er) carbonation that allows for a flavorful, refreshing/savory finish. Other flavors present, spices balance the hop to make this one of my favorite beers in awhile. From a famous, well respected brewery - if this beer had 7.5% abv or more it would be one of my favorites. Amazing for what it is, whole 6 pack consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 07:01:48 | More by BeerRangerBrooks
Photo of pkalix


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

pours a copper, but with an awesome and impressive, if short-lived, foam top
smell is all hops.
taste . . . . is all hops. well, a little malt balance at the front, but definitely hop-py all-around.
mouthfeel- medium viscosity; no significant amount of carbonation.
overall, another brewery with some decent brew, but nothing extra-ordinary. the stout was good, the pilsener was okay. but this ale is hoppier than i would expect it to be. it's still decent, and a drinkable brew. as much as i go against the hop-py standard, i do like this and could actually do a few in succession. i thik that part alone warrants a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:37:13 | More by pkalix
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only complaint is there is no date on the bottle. It has kept me from buying this beer in the past.

A - This beer pours a nice frothy off white head that has big and small bubbles with nice lacing. This beer is a hazy golden caramel color.

S - There is a nice citrus/pine aroma along with caramel as well along with some sweetness. Really pleasant aroma that smells pretty balanced.

T - This beer follows the nose pretty well with the lots of citrus hops up front that seem to linger throughout and the caramel maltyness coming in the middle to really balance it out. Very pleasant and easy drinking.

M - For a beer of 5.5% abv this beer has an awesome mouth feel coming in with a full body and some chewy-ness. I really like chewy full bodied beers and have not come across to many at this avb.

O - For a session ale this beer is a must for any hop head. If you just want a good hoped up beer to drink throughout the week this one would also work. Only downfall is the date; for it being a beer with hops and low abv it should have a date for the consumers. If it had one I am sure I would have picked one up sooner or been buying it more regular. It will get docked for no date on the bottle. As is, its a really good beer that will be in my fridge from now on.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:08:15 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Photo of mjurney


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

Clear, copper color. Lots of bubble rising up. Thick frothy head that stick round. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Sweet malts in the nose, caramel, fruity, some earthy-cirtus hops.

Starts off bready malts up front, mostly tosted-caramel along with citrus-floral hops. There some earthy toward the end of the palate. Dry finish and aftertaste. Medium bodied and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:36:31 | More by mjurney
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a sixpack of this baby for the furthur show last nigh at red rocks. it poured a nice red copper color with a two inch white head. the smell is nice west coast hops and red malt, hoppy for a red ale. it has a crisp bitter flavor at first, but the malt mellows the finish with some caramel and bready notes. its very well balanced, and slightly unconventional. the mouthfeel is nice too, medium body and very drinkable, intensely carbonated. lots of flavor packed into this beer, one of the better north coast products ive had. an excellent concert beer as well, hearty and drinkable at the same time, nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 16:20:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of BasterdInABasket


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle Poured into a Southern Tier Tulip
A- Poured 1.5 finger cream/white head, Hazy Amber
S- Decent aroma, straight hop, malt and citrus
T- Nice citrus hops to start, nothing overpowering, followed along by malt balance as hops continue to linger for a while
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, pretty easy drinking
O- If I had to describe it I'd call it a Pale Red Ale. Great balance leaning slightly hop-ward. A beer I've gone to multiple times and have always been satisfied with.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:56:41 | More by BasterdInABasket
Photo of ElSid


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

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Copper orange with a finger of off khaki head which quickly settles leaving a moderate amount of lace.

S: Orange, peach fruitiness upon first pour. Caramel, almost candy cane like sweetness with strong breadiness come through as the beer settles.

T: A wonderfully balanced brew with great sweet, caramel maltiness that has a biscuity, bready feel. A mild pepper zing comes through in the middle. Then comes citrus zest, notes of peach fruitiness along with elements of grass, spring flowers and even hints of pine needles.

M: Chewy, prickling, and linger are all there in the appropriate proportions

O: An awesome, round, balanced ale that does everything and anything. Pair it with meat, fish, chicken or just drink alone as a session ale. Simple yet complex, and highly recommended overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:39:13 | More by ElSid
Photo of klukoff


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Retains froth evenly across the glass. Not a huge head, but you ain't staring directly at the naked beer either. A rich bronze body that's spent time on the beach. Mild bubbles.

S - A strong straightforward smell of hops. A note of sweet honey, no bitter in the nose.

T - Strong hops and bitter. With a hint of cheerios, i mean cereals. Real bitters in the throat and the sides of the mouth. The tip of the tongue is still on those cereals though.

M - Medium vicousity with a taste that lingers for a good 20 seconds after a drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 15:56:38 | More by klukoff
Photo of raynmoon


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer I've been meaning to try for so long but always gets overshadowed by Old Rasputin.

It looks really nice.

Smells weird; Sweetness, smokiness, almost like BBQ sauce, a little vegetable mixed in, mostly BBQ and vegetable.

The taste is a little better. It's on the lighter side, a nice hop bitterness, some strange fruitiness that I cannot pick up on, and more of that vegetable taste. Perhaps I just don't like Amber Ales ha.

Overall, it isn't anything special. It is drinkable and smooth. But is kind of typical. Has a slightly unique bitterness to it that keeps you coming back but ends up only being an Amber Ale.

Very good for the style, over all, good.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 05:56:10 | More by raynmoon
Photo of ckollias


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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Hoppy malty aromas mixed equally.

T: Similar to the smell a great hop flavor up followed by a solid malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a good beer. Very refreshing and a good equal mix of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:42:31 | More by ckollias
Photo of PorterLambic


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives a slightly hazy orange color with what had been a finger width of off-white head, reduced to a film by server delay. Nice lace, though.
Smell is faint, with some malt, hops and citrus. Balance is good, presence is weak.
Taste is hops first, malt, citrus and woody notes playing supporting roles.
Medium bodied, warming from the swallow on, crisply effervescent though not overpowering, just noticeable. A solid, tasty, refreshing beer that could easily fill many roles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 21:59:21 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Amber colored with some moderate haze. Pours a very voluminous head

Smell - Yeasts, Malts and Barley. Fairly simple and while the smell is there, it isn't what I would call strong

Taste - Floral Hops, Yeasts, Malts and Barley. It's very simple, much like the smell; However, it's also alot more robust than the smell and the flavor really comes to life here

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low on carbonation, this is a very easy to drink and crisp feeling beer.

Overall - It's a beer that you can drink just about in any setting, from watching a football to a nice dinner thanks to it's simple yet enjoyable flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:34:45 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember this beer very clearly. It was a mystery beer that I had once and I knew it was from California and I remember this same dirty kind of earthen tone to it. Seems a bit nicer on the bottle than it was on tap. As far as the earthen tone goes, I mean. A decent amber, but too earthy. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 08:39:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this but I don't see why it would be world class. Seems more like the brewers reputation being rewarded than the beer. Poured a 3" custard head which took a long time to start to recede but once it did lost wind fast. The body is a clear deep golden yellow, which is nice, but doesn't at all look like an amber/red ale. Smells mildly of hops and malt, no surprises. Taste is good with a very mild butterscotch and mild malt, followed by a persistent hops finish. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 08:38:32 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of MattyG85


4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of off white foamy head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly strong and balanced aroma of caramel malts and spicy hops. Bready malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A fairly vibrant hop presence. Hops are very earthy and grassy with a light hint of citrus grapefruit and orange. Smells like an IPA with a heavy malt presence.

Taste: Hops are upfront with a nice mix of spicy floral and earthy hops with some notes of citrus orange, grapefruit, and apricot. Hops are well balanced by a big presence of bready malts. Good notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and crackers. Also a little pine. The balance here is really great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, somewhat chewy. Very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Red Ale. Has the hop presence of a IPA with a strong malt character to balance it very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 06:39:43 | More by MattyG85
Photo of TheSixthRing


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

Appearance - Pours a nice reddish amber with a good 2 finger head. Retention is great, and the resulting lace is thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Sweet, almost like dried apricot, with some floral and earthy hops sitting beneath.

Taste - Fruity with an earthy undertone. Hints of mellow apricot and citrus. Good balance. Finishes with a mellow citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A wonderful amber from North Coast. Really nice, approachable flavor and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 01:54:00 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of SmashPants


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: brown 355mL stubbie bottle, cool but cheap looking label.

Appearance: coppery red body under a thick foamy head and webs of lacing.

Aroma: floral and citrusy hops, caramel malts. A little strong at first.

Taste: grapefruit, orange, nice balance with the caramel and toffee.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely, great level of hops - not too much of a wham.

Mouth feel: medium bodied, almost chewy. Medium-to-high carbonation assists the hop flavours explode in the mouth.

Overall: quite a smooth and sessional ale, though I wouldn't want to have a whole heap of them in one hit unless I came into more money than I'm currently worth.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 12:36:05 | More by SmashPants
Photo of DocJitsu


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

Pours a clear copper golden color with a small off white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving an off white cap. During effervescence, the beer's bouquet is of mild floral, but mostly citrus hops. I love the greenish tint the beer has around it's top edges and in the foam as it's being poured. As the beer settles, the grain presents more prominently. The moutfheel is very nice. Smooth, wet, and perfectly carbonated. Very mild flavor. Light toasted malt with appealing mild hop flavor in the background. The maltiness does eventually succumb to the citrus hop that prevails late. What's left in the finish is a mild, unoffensive hop perfume in the palate. Very good and drinkable pale ale. That from a fellow who nearly never likes malty pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:47:30 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Danny1217


4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing left behind.

Smell has a nice balance between a sweet malty scent and the hops. I smell some citrus and toffee here.

Taste is hoppy and dry with some sweet caramel and citrus. Thick malty body. Very smooth drinking.

Really like this one. I pick it up quite often when I find it sitting in the local Whole Foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:18:30 | More by Danny1217
Photo of firemedic1343


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice. It captured the light and had a nice caramel hue.

Smell - Strong aromas of malted barley, hops and yeast. I believe that's all that's in it other than water, but it was a very appealing smell.

Taste- Delicious. I'd like a little less hop, but I'm very anti-hop.

Mouthfeel- Very chewy and nice.

Overall- Enjoyed it a lot, I recommend trying this.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:30:16 | More by firemedic1343
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - dark cherry/copper color with white head

smell - red cherry, malts, caramel

taste - caramel malts, red cherry, hops in the finish

mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, slightest of sweetness in the body, followed by a great deal of bitterness in the finish from the hops, grade is knocked down a bit since the hoppiness is more prominent than I would like

Overall - a decent beer for the style, had the hops been turned down just a bit, I would have enjoyed this even more

Price Point - $2.25/single 12oz

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 23:03:57 | More by keithmurray
Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live. Reviewed from notes. It was overpriced at that location.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. Appealing.

Sm: A pleasant floral hop aroma. A mild strength aroma. Some cream. Maybe citrus esters.

T: Hoppy, with some orange peel citrus esters. Light cream. Nicely balanced, if simple. Pleasant and enjoyable. No real layering is plesant. I like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Rounded hop character is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Perfectly carbonated. Delicate and lovely.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have it again. The simplicity holds it back but it's pretty good. Probably best enjoyed out of the bottle at a better price. Not North Coast's best offering, but an enjoyable little Amber.


Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 23:53:26 | More by kojevergas
Photo of rangerred


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a half finger off-white head.

Smells quite lemony which I'm guessing is from the hops. Some pine as well along with a little bit of caramel and toffee.

The flavor is also full of lemony citrus and pine. There is some slight roastiness and a little bit of caramel. A moderate bitterness is present throughout but is never overwhelming. The finish is slightly sticky.

Overall, I feel a little let down by this beer as I was hoping for a little more malt presence. That aside, it is a drinkable beer and something I would probably have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:13:21 | More by rangerred
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.