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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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1,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998)
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Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, frothy white head that stays awhile. Nice bubbles and very good lacing.

S: Malty and fruity. Floral hop aromas as well.

T: Sweet toasted malt and caramel up front, then a nice, subtle hop bitterness. Light toasted malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not watery, refreshing. Slightly dry. Soft carbonation.

O: Great to look at. Smells wonderful, and the flavor has just the right amount of hops. One of my favorites.

08-22-2011 00:02:50 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of FanofHefe


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Served on-tap at the Global Brew Taphouse, Edwardsville, IL, in a pint glass. Clear Amber body with a little over one-finger of a tan head. The head has pretty good retention, falls to a foamy cap and leaves ringlets of lacing.

A little thin on the aroma. A bit of lightly toasted malt and a note of citrus hops. Not much else.

The flavor is a good bit better. Nice hop bite of lemon and grapefruit, that blends nicely with the malt. Very tasty overall.

Medium mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Would gladly have this again.

08-21-2011 21:04:54 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of smakawhat


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle a nice copper, but gets into a great amber red body with a lot of haze and tiny carbonation. Head is off white and three fingers big and consistently foamy.

A very good nose on this. Mild toast and cinnamon, with a whispy grain malt punch. I like this little bit of dry sweet cinnamon it's very nice and fits so well with this toasty character.

Mouthfeel is obvious at first, too bad, it's very fizzy and carbon dioxide full. Takes away all the flavor and taste in the palate. Afterfinish is a very dry pine hop bitter though which is nice but comes out of left field, its more of a gaseous tasting beer and then suddenly hoppy bitter. Everything from the nose is missing, toast, sweetness, malt balance, can't even find it. Even some watery texture on top of it to boot.

Overall this is a big disappointment, it really felt like a good beer was coming but this did not deliver.

08-19-2011 03:28:16 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under three fingers of billowy, light-tan head. Semi-translucent amber-orange hue. Head settles to a nice cap and generates a bit of lacing.

S - Lots of crisp, floral hops upfront with some warm caramel malt and grapefruit undertones. Very interesting.

T - Upfront this ale boasts a profile comprised of crisp herbal hops and simple malt. Finishes with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Although the flavor here is enjoyable, it feels a little too simplified. Some sweet fruity and floral undertones begin to make their way into the flavor as it warms.

M - Medium carbonation with a middleweight body. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Simple but drinkable red ale. A bit more hoppy than I had anticipated. I'm not really a big fan of hoppy beers, and there isn't a lot going on outside of the hops here, but this ale went down pretty easy.

08-17-2011 04:05:44 | More by Converge
Photo of rdub


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to DW for the trade. Looking forward to trying something from North Coast. Poured from the stubby bottle into a standard pint. Appetizing red ale color with a nice one finger head. Fruity, slightly hoppy aroma. Hop forward flavors with that "red" factor balanced by sweet malts. Just basic for me but certainly would try again.

08-16-2011 15:37:36 | More by rdub
Photo of plfahey


4.25/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber with a hint of orange and good clarity. Full beige-yellow head with decent retention.

Aroma-Malt comes across as sweet caramel with notes of bread and a hint of biscuit as well. Hop notes are low to moderate, and are primarily spicy, with slight floral character and a hint of pine. Profile is quite clean.

Flavor-High caramel flavor with bready malt notes. Hop notes are very green, spicy, and woody, and hop flavor is fairly well pronounced in the mid-palate. In the finish, woody/piney hop flavor comes through with moderate hop bitterness taking over. The aftertaste is nearly devoid of the initial caramel flavors, and is dominated by the spicy/woody hop flavors and bitterness. Numbing bitterness lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but in a pleasant way.

A solid Amber Ale with a complex flavor profile-quite tasty. The aroma could use a bit more hop character, but on the whole, it's a good beverage, and a great example of the style.

08-10-2011 05:42:56 | More by plfahey
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

12 oz into a bottle...let me say that I'm usually pretty hard on red ales, it not being one of my favorite styles. However, I do like this beer. Plenty of head on top of a bright burgundy body. Spicy hops in the nose and following up more of the same on the tongue, with a great malt backbone that forms the dominating tone of this brew;s flavor. Great mouthfeel. Would expect no less from NorthCoast. Cheers. Recommended.

08-09-2011 04:50:15 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of SWMeyer4141


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into Coca Cola Tumbler

Appearance-Dark orange, almost brown. two finger creamy vanilla head that dissipates slowly leacing some nice lacing.

Smell-Malts, Light hop bitterness, light citrus. Simple, but very inviting.

Taste-Sweet creamy malts with some very nice hop bitterness in the backround. Finish is dry and leaves some of that light bitterness on the tongue. Some flowers and grapefruit makes their appearance every now and then too.

Mouthfeel-Light to Medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Very very refreshing.

Overall-Really liked this beer. Bought it as a single, but will definitely buy this in 6 packs as well. Good year round beer.

08-07-2011 17:54:26 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Poured a clear copper with one finger of head and nice retention. Smells malty but soapy. Taste is caramel malt up front and a decent hop character for balance, but I taste soap in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

I've had this beer elsewhere, and I've tasted the same soap taste. I was hoping it was different this time since everyone else seems to enjoy this beer so much. In the end, I think I have to disagree. This beer is simply alright in my book. In a market with so many delicious ambers, this one fails in comparison.

08-04-2011 01:43:08 | More by tdm168
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Purchased from Leura Cellars, as a result of the relatively new import of North Coast beers to Australia. Awesome.

Pours a bright orange-amber colour, without perhaps the red tinges I expected. Head is full-bodied, frothy and persistent, leaving speckled lacing, and forming a wonderful crown to the beer. Relatively good body to it, and the carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nice mixture of herbal, slightly spicy hops with a round base of malt. Touches of lemon and citrus come through nicely to cut through the meaty malt, leaving a well-structured nose. Nice.

Taste is a little less full than I expected, especially the weight of the body, which is thin and a little flat. Peppery hops stand up well through the centre of the palate, giving a mild and nuanced bitterness, but the malt sweetness disappears, leaving very little connection in the palate. It feels a little empty as a result.

Drinkable little beer, and probably more so for the clear and thin palate. It doesn't feel like a really well-rounded brew, but it certainly has enough character to make it worthwhile drinking a few.

07-30-2011 02:40:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of draheim


3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip.

Red amber color with a 1-finger head, crystal clear.

Aroma is dank, metallic. Can't ID. Seal fin?

Taste: Fruity, malty, metallic; English hops? No likey. Something just not jibing here.

I have to write this sentence to meet the 250-character limit.

07-28-2011 07:07:53 | More by draheim
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

From notes...
A - Hazy copper orange, fluffy white head retained nicely
S - Toast, light toffee, earhty and woody with light fruit
T - Prominent hops of fresh grass, lemon zest, and spiciness, toasted grain and light caramel malt, spicy finish
M - Light and refreshing start, juicy, moving to medium dry bitter
O - Super tasty, big flavour but a delicate hop malt balance, all of the parts add up to a beer I need more of

07-24-2011 01:11:09 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of magictacosinus


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured into a glass pint. No freshness date.

Appearance: A lightly balanced amber color with a small foamy head that remains in the glass.

Smell: Caramel, floral hops, apples, grapes, as well as strong malty aromas.

Taste: This beer is so good that it even tastes nutritional! The honey-biscuit flavor is obvious and overpowering as with every amber style ale, yet this one brings its own unique, fruity and hoppy flavor. Its grainy, ambiguously sweet and bitter taste is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: The hops aggressively attack the tongue and leave a bitter aftertaste towards the throat and a sweetened flavoring on the palate. Despite them adding an intensely dry effect, the malty richness of the beer allows it to be creamy and smooth as well.

Overall: This is a complex ale that should not be underestimated. It is easy to drink and goes well with any meal that comes to my mind. Right here, North Coast Brewing demonstrates the uniqueness of their grains and hops, which do not really taste like any other West Coast beer.

07-18-2011 03:10:27 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of heygeebee


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Sourced from Leura Cellars.

Pours a light copper /amber colour, lovely frothy head and lacing throughout.

Moderate aromas - some pine, not quite into hop IPA territiory (of course), more malts.

Taste is funnily enough like a dull IPA. Realy quite light, as well.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light.

Hmm - unsure about this one, tastes almost like a past-it IPA. This beer is not the reason NC are imported to Aus (!). Would love to have fresh, but that really ain't gonna happen here :-0

07-15-2011 09:20:42 | More by heygeebee
Photo of eclipse54


2.7/5  rDev -30.8%

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A translucent copper/red color with about a half inch of bubbly, off-white head. Looks decent and leaves a little lacing as the head fades. Smells a bit skunked though, for lack of a better term. Perhaps algae-like would be a slightly better adjective, but still not a completely pleasant scent. It does have some faint grassy hops and toasty malts behind it though, which are welcoming. Tastes a bit bland, with a bit more emphasis on the malt than in the nose, the same bit of hop character, and that subtle off flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and under carbonated. Overall, not a beer I’ll pick up again as there are some other options that just sit better with me. I'm not disappointed I tried it though.

07-15-2011 03:25:17 | More by eclipse54
Photo of jalexanderhood


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

I tried this for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was responsible for giving me a greater appreciation for dry-hopped reds - they're quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. While the hops and malts are at center stage in this one, they don't obscure the fact that a complex set of flavors is at work here. I noted a mildly spicy aftertaste. All in all, a great brew and a good value.

07-14-2011 22:15:25 | More by jalexanderhood
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a Pint glass

A: nice light amber color, entirely clear, nice foamy white head, nice lacing
S: nice sweet scent with slight underlying light maltiness
T: Nice sweetness hits the pallet first, hits with a bit of deep maltiness at the back of the throat
M: smooth on the tongue, drinks smooth and light
O: nice representation of the style and quite enjoyable

07-10-2011 23:28:30 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of THECPJ


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: nice hop bite, with some caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a very nice well rounded red ale. Glad I got to try this one again so refreshing.

The cpj

07-08-2011 00:36:38 | More by THECPJ
Photo of JLeege


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

Appearance- Pours an amber color with a small white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell- Light caramel and subtle dark fruits,
mixed with some cereal grains.

Taste- Sort of a musty taste throughout. Slightly grassy, with loads of caramel. A little bit astringent as well. Where are the hops? Where is the bitterness, as described on the label?

Mouthfeel- Medium light body and carbonation.

Overall- This beer just didn’t do it for me, it could have just been a bad bottle I suppose. But nothing about it really called for a revisit, except to see if it was a bad bottle.

06-14-2011 00:13:40 | More by JLeege
Photo of ADZA


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

This brew pours a very light see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger frothy head and sporadic lacing here and there,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,lychee and boiled candy,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of citrus,passionfruit,lychee,goosberries,boiled candy and finishes with a hit of piney hop bitterness and overall i was definately hoping for way more abit of a let down and couldnt recommend.

06-12-2011 13:40:25 | More by ADZA
Photo of chodinheaven


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Big fluffy and sandy white head on top of an amber beer with nice notes of red in it. Nice lacing. Light aroma of citrusy hops and orange rind. Not spectacular, but pleasant.

Citrus and piney hops are most present in the taste. Both combine into a very strong hop character for this beer, with a nice balanced bitterness that would satisfy any hop head. Lemon and orange rind come to mind as well, especially in the dry mouthfeel. Its creamy and dry at the same time, making for an interesting feel. All around its not necessarily balanced due to the bitterness of the hops, but it is very delicious. The hops are definitely potent all the way through and really combine nicely to form a very solid pale ale.

06-11-2011 05:11:57 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of dgilks


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Clear amber-red colour with a small, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Mild citrus and pine hop aromas with a touch of malt. Nothing special but good enough for style.

Prominent resinous hop flavour with a slightly metallic and grainy malt profile. Something isn't quite right here.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent amber ale but nothing special. Easy drinking and a good autumn beer.

05-30-2011 07:47:00 | More by dgilks
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows generous amounts of rich malt and resinous hops. Lots of caramel alongside piney, spicy characters.
First impression upon tasting is the full-on, aggressive bitterness. There is some malt that attempts to counter the bitterness but it's definately a one sided battle. The finish is a bit metallic and some alcohol shows.
Carbonation is too high in my opinion.

05-27-2011 10:43:19 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of PicoPapa


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap. Pours a semi translucent dirty copper color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is malty and floral. Grape aromas as well as maybe some apple. Taste is almost like a light apple cider. Very malty. More apple flavor at the end. Somewhat floral but not as much as i thought it would. Crisp, refreshing, easy to drink and flavorful. Slight bitterness to this one. Overall, its a solid red ale that's perfect for the summer. Worth getting again.

05-26-2011 21:25:45 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of 1Adam12


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Caramel everywhere in this beer. Caramel color with small head, nice lacing. Smells of carmel and malt. Tastes of caramel and apple, quite nice. Nice carbonation on the tongue. Very nicely balanced. Bitter aftertaste that I could live without, but overall a very nice beer.

05-19-2011 02:16:11 | More by 1Adam12
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.