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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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very good

1,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It Christmas Eve....Eve....and I am trying the Red Seal from North Coast. I had had this beer many years ago and it is nice to try it again. The beer poured a very nice amber clear color with 1/2 finger thick slightly off white head that is lacing on my pint glass. The smell is not powerful...subtle nots of malt and hop. The taste is slightly bitter and has a very crisp finish. Malt is present throughout and a hint of roast at the beginning. The mouthfeel is a niceemedium body Amber with above average carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: clear, orange/amber with a half finger head the quickly dissipates. Decent lacing

Smell: Catching a lot of grassy hops with pine notes and a hint of caramel in back.

Taste: Hops come through, though not overpowering. Yeast and barley even out the taste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium; low carbonation.

Overall: After all the hype, I really wasn't that impressed. This is a decent session beer that's smooth and drinkable. Just nothing to get excited about.

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cuksumstu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spent a few minutes at the cold beer store looking to try something new, and I found this beer. There is little to no head and a slight fog when in a glass. When tasting it starts slightly sweet but finishes bitter. A hoppy aftertaste. This brew was a nice surprise!

Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of troysoy2
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly a bit too aggressive of a pour yields a finger and a half of luscious, tight cappuccino foam-like head. The body is a deep amber, captivating, and well carbonated. Awesome retention, and great lacing.

The smell is well-hopped, but not quite to IPA proportions. Grassy hops and bready, mid-to-light malt. Just a hint of herbal, even pilsener-esque hop content.

Definitely a crisp, clean, balanced taste. Hop-forward for the style, perhaps, but it is quickly evened out by a generous helping of malt. Mouthfeel fits the taste well, and is really close to being ideal. Nice, grassy, fresh lemon aftertaste leaves you really wanting more.

I am thoroughly impressed with this offering from North Coast. If I could, I would keep a sixer of this around at all times.

Photo of kionasativa
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of goldie2828
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks like a good amber with a slight haze. Head is only a 1/4 inch to a thick lace ring that looks sticky.

S - Smells slightly herbal, grassy, with a touch of caramel or toffee sweetness.

T - Starts off kind of sweet then a touch of grassy hops then again back to a bitter finish. Taste is kind of faint like tea with no real sweet undertones just a sweet malt. Kind of bland.

M - Light to medium just not that flavor packed.

Overall to me its a pretty drinkable amber ale but nothing really to reach for again and again. Ok beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No bottle date.
A: amber ale with a finger of white foam and excellent clarity. This falls to a sheet of the same leaving near cobweb lace.
S: malt, some grass, some pine. pretty simple.
T: Malt, oxidized, bitterness from some earthy, spicy hops. some metal.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. off-dry finish. needs some velvet touch on this style.
O: Not impressed.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Otisimaas
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice, medium copper color. Head was white and laced the glass as the beer disappeared.

Smell: nice floral hop scent right off the top. Nice overall light sweetness to the nose.

Taste: A delicate sweet maltiness with a hint of fruit or citrus undertones . Hop bitterness nicely finishing things.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied smoothness, nice mildness. Crisp.

Overall: One of my top beers, primarily because of consistent quality over the years. First had it in the early 90s while stationed in Maryland / Pennsylvania / DC area. Finely balanced between malts and hops, all ingredients complementing each other. It's all about the flavor up front and the alcohol hiding in the background. A great ale all around.

Photo of Koufax21
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep red orange color with a nice 1" of white head. It smells of citrus hops and mild,bread like malt. The taste is nice and crisp. This was one of my regulars in college. I credit this as one of the beers that really got me interested in beer. Good stuff.

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.