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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of bgkeeley
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of capnamerica
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of FridayDave
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a shaker pint glass in the darkness of the Wayside.
It really does pour copper in color, very like a penny. Very light head gone quickly.
Very little smell which was good as it was for a meal.
First taste was clean refreshing a bit of hop on the finish.
Second sip is light as the first just the right carbonation, it hours down well with my falls and fish and chips.
Overall a great beer with a meal would have shalom and again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger white head that fades quite fast. Upon dissipation the head leaves only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of some caramel malt sweetness. This is mixed with a nice balancing aroma of a citrus and pine hop smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and bready flavor upfront. These flavors are complimented by a pine hop flavor initially. Soon however there is an oncoming of some notes of a light fruit flavor as well as notes of a citrus hop. The citrus hop grows stronger as the taste advances to the end where it is joined by a light earthy hop flavor to leave a semi sweet and bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average or just below in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is quite average. The average carbonation is a good feel for both the hop and caramel flavors, while the average to just below average body did make it very easy drinking.

Overall – A nice d red ale with a good balance of hop and malt. A good drinking brew.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerRangerBrooks
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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

Copper color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Citrus hops, a bit earthy, sweet caramel malts.

Citrus hops, floral, a bit earthy. Caramel malts, sweet bread. Finish is very crisp and dry. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, dry, tangy.

It's a world class beer. One of my all time favorite!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.