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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,832 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,832
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 71
Gots: 77 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this here feller into a pint glass. Produced a nice foamy head that settled down, but always lingered as the volume of the liquid dissipated (...very quickly, I might add).

First taste won me over immediately. A sizable malt flavor along with a quick hop bite settles into a signature piney taste that I seem to get from a lot of North Coast's beers ...prolly the hops speak'n back at'cha...all faint like... or perhaps it's them waters they be use'n. I dunno.

A velvety, honey-like sweetness lingers gently on the tongue afterwards. Delicious.

Smells like a sea fog, and not too high of abv... it might just be able to save me from my double i.p.a. addiction which will probably lead to my demise.

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

App: Bright reddish copper with a nice glean. Creamy beige head with light lacing. Not a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Spicy and floral A good balance of roasted malts and pungent American hops. A slight English toffee tint to the malts. Nuts I smell a potpurri of sweet smells. Bubble gum, raspberry, cherry, plum and pomegranate.

Taste: Immediatly bitter Northwest hops. Piney and resinous Heavy breaded malts and tealike sweetness. Hints of chocolate and chicory. Dry finish.

Moutheel: Nice balance. Strong hops with great malt backing. Straightforward easily drinking hoppy alternative to a pale ale.

Overall: I admit to overlooking this beer as i forgot that it was so hoppy and well constructed. A classic american craft beer. Recommended.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

lightly hazed copper with a bubbly ecru head. nice lace panels

scent is subdued - some toasty notes and some grpaefruit

taste is grapefruit and citrus hops and a firm backbone of biscuity caramel malt. a touch of honey sweetness. spicy notes. pine

mouth is nicely weighted - on the heavier side of medium - and well carbonated.

drinkabiuility is very good.

A nice beer but not my favorite example of the style

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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A very nice three-finger head crowns this one. The off-white foam mass looks velvety smooth and dense, with generous pot holes from big bubbles. There is also a generous amount of webbing lace on the side of the glass.

The body is a deep amber more than anything. Even looks to be some auburn highlights in the clear body. Really fast streams of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- There is a subtle but pleasant hop note that channels citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit. It will be no surprise to any West Coast hop head. I really enjoy how the malt is used here.

It almost seems to be married to the hop, which is well done. A little bit of biscuit malt that swirls into vanilla and honey scents.

Taste- The taste profile is straight forward, much like the bottle that proudly displays "Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, & that's all." on the side. These profiles mesh wonderfully and make for a wonderful drink.

For as hop forward as the nose is, they are not dominant in the drink, the biggest hint of hops actually comes in the zesty and bitter finish. The front of the drink is all about a sweet barley profile that comes across honey-like.

Also hints of some grassy hop in there, but again, it is right beside the malt and not in front of, or really behind it. Just a very pleasant beer. A beer's beer if you will.

Mouth feel- A nice light-medium body. The carbonation is wonderful, such a creamy beer here. It does finish with a little zip thanks to the "generously hopped" profile, but it does not dissuade me from going back for more.

Overall- This North Coast offering is simple, yet unbelievably refined. I would give NC the benefit of the doubt every time on any beer, based solely on the experience I have had from this one.

I am gushing a little bit, so let me say that the generous hopping does add some flair, but is a detractor from the mouth feel. I have also had highly hopped ales that have had more personality on the palate, but if balance is what they were going for, then they got it.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,832 ratings.