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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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976 Reviews

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Reviews: 976
Hads: 1,958
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 85
Gots: 146 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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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)

Photo of FridayDave
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of caulfield
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of BeerRangerBrooks
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.22/5  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. (621 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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!! (365 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (609 characters)

Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of ElSid
4.22/5  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. (853 characters)

Photo of klukoff
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev +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. (478 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 (656 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.8/5  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. (762 characters)

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.