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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

1,818 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | 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%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

plaugher, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

AceMan, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

13esd, Nov 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

deapokid, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
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.

Pintofbrown, Nov 25, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

WSUBuckeye65, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold colour with reddish hues. Good head and lacing.

Smell is juicy malt interspersed with English hop aromas.

Little bit of toast. Do get the yeast coming through with some fruity flavours. Fair bit of tea in the aroma.

Taste is simplistic malt with loads of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium thin with decent carbonation. Quite a lot of hop resin. Loads of bitterness all over the palate, reminiscent of over-brewed black tea.

Massive bittering hops without any malt to reign them in results in a beer which is a bit much on the palate and one I'm not in a hurry to return to. Nevertheless a good rendition of the style.

danieelol, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.