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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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1,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 64
Gots: 62 | 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 AgentDark
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Fluid Oz brown bottle. Standard non-twist cap. Location Drank: Columbus, Ohio

Drank from bottle:
A: Slight haze in color looking through bottle.

S: Caramel is appearent. It smells sweet, but this is decieving for the taste. I would give it a medium hop aroma.

T: Pretty bitter from the hops. Has a bery bitter taste. Moreso thank I prefer.

M: I would give it a Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O: A solid beer, but is on the verge of being too bitter for my personal taste. If you like a very hoppy/malty beer, this would be one to try.

AgentDark, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of wspscott
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at pazzos.

A: crystal clear dark copper with a little reddish color. No head at all.

S: very muted nose, even as it warms.

T: very malt driven, there is a weird metalic taste that I can't place. The hops come across as mostly bitter with a little bit of citrus.

M: crisp with what seems to be a high level of carbonation, not unpleasant but not winning me over.

O: this is a solid beer, but it doesn't do too much for me. I'm glad I tried it again, but I won't give it another chance, there are better beers out there.

wspscott, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Julian code on bottom.

Pours a lighter golden-amber. Just slightly cloudy, off-white ring stays around. Only category I'm rating below "good" because it's a little light in color for the style. Smell reminds me of honey biscuits. Taste is very good. Simply a well-balanced brew, with generous enough amounts of toasted malt and floral hops to satisfy. Reminiscent of a pale ale in its hopitude. Mouthfeel is just right. It's sweet and bitter. Again, balance. Excellent brew.

sixerofelixir, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a perfect amber color, semi-transparent with a two fingerwidths head with excellent retention.
S-caramel, sweet malt, medium hop aroma
T-caramel that leads into great hop bitterness and finishes with more caramel. very well balanced and both malt and hops have distinguished flavor profiles
M-medium bodied with medium carbonation
O-Great example of the style and very drinkable

atr2605, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I originally had this at a beerfest at Central City Brewing in Surrey, BC earlier this summer.

This has got to be, hands down, the best amber I've ever had to date. When it comes to an amber ale all I really, really want is a crisp, clean beer with a good taste with a little bit of bite to it, and this beer fits the mold perfectly. Sadly this beer isn't readily available in Vancouver (from what I know); if I had my way, it would definitely be my go-to amber ale, absolutely.

timtwoface, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A really nice looking orange/amber color, very good clarity, well filtered. Carbonation level looks good, a medium to strong pour provides a thick foamy light creamsicle colored head with a very decent amount of lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Heavy malt backbone here with caramel and a little toffee from what I can gather. A slight toasted/bready smell. However it's well hoped too, citrus and pine, it's pretty straight forward.

Tastes good. Slightly more bitter than would be expected from what I could detect in the smell, but it's really just because it's hoppier. Again with the toasted malts, same hop characteristics as the smell, just hoppier than I expected, which is very nice.

Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for the s. Lighter side of medium. Carbonation level is good with a clean, strong, and bitter finish. The whole beer itself has a clean, fresh, and pure feel to it. Overall a great beer, I've had it dozens and dozens of times and it's a great representation of the style.

AndyAvalanche, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on June 28, 2011.

A: Gorgeous red amber. Very clear. 2 fingers of head quickly went away though.

S: Grassy and hoppy with a nice malt backbone.

T: Grassy bitter up front with a caramel-bready malt. Nice bitter finish.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation.

O: This beer really impressed me. Instantly I fell in love with it and grabbed a second. I thought it had the perfect balance between the big maltiness with the hop finish. A definite go to beer for me.

tony223366, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a light amber color with a half-inch thick head that faded pretty quickly.

Smell - Some citrus and earthy smells. Nothing really stands out.

Taste - Some spices, maybe clove. Slight bit of citrus. Has a toasty, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - It's not bad but it's not really my thing..

jsisko01, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a long day of Professional Development/Training today and I have been thinking of this beer in my fridge for a good part of the day.

From the bottle: "Malt and hops are beutifully married in this copper-red pale ale. Generously hopped for a long spicy denouement."; "Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast & That's All."

I got a massive three fingers of thick tawny head with great retention from my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a citrusy scent up front, underlain by a mild biscuit maltiness. I was beginning to slaver from the smell. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but the hops were right there on the tongue. I began to feel better right away. I should mention that the hops worked well with the malt to create a slightly bitter honey-like sweetness in the mouth. Finish was semi-dry and very tasty. The sticky lacing that began to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove.

woodychandler, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of kneeland
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the most red beers I've ever had, and I mean that literally. The color is a cooper red color, it's beautiful. A thin laced head, not much to mention.

I enjoyed the taste. They were correct about the malted barley, it's a good blend. It just might be a tad too much. I really like the amber part of it, but the malt overtakes everything.

Bottom line, I like it better than I thought I would, and I would drink it again.

kneeland, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Scottyboy
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Samuel Smith tumbler.

Appearance: Beautiful amber red with an inch and a half biege head. Wonderful lacing retention on the glass.

Smell: Spicy, maybe a bit of clove, some pine notes and nice earthy malt.

Taste: A hearty ale with noticable hops and a strong malty backbone after taste. Medium alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a lingering spicy/malty/hoppy after taste. Not watery by any means.

A great amber ale that I will continue to patronize. A well done craft ale. Highly recommended.

Scottyboy, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Ap- Amber with a 1 inch white head. Barely hazy, almost see through. Laces a little bit as you drink it.

Ar- sweet malts and piney hops. nothing else really stands out.

T- nice balance between the sweet malts and the bitter hops. The "red" ness of this beer comes through mostly at the end. A smooth beer.

M- well carbonated, normal body for this type of beer. Faint hop oils linger in your mouth.

O- Pretty well crafted brew. For some reason I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

BeerNutz324, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1700th review, I picked this up at quick 6 Mt Rose. poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is deep amber, like fire bordering on copper with mild haze and thick cream of about 1/2 inch with a small bead. The smell is very inviting with a light fruitiness and subtle piney odor from the hops with mellow spice odor and almost floral hop accent. The feel is good with nice balance and subtle texture of toasted malt with gentle spice and slight citrus tanginess in the backend with mild sweetness and moderately high carbonation. The carbonation helps to amplify the hop spice and there is a crips slightly bitter, semi-dry finish which is pleasant.

The taste has a nice fruity yeast tang in the initial entry with slightly piney flavor from the hops with mild floral accents that is indicative of noble hops. The taste has a spicy finish after mild malt which helps to augment the yeast flavor with gentle sweet flavors. The beer has a good amount of flavor but the bitterness is smooth which adds to the overall refreshing quality of the amber. I liked this and the finish is nice and crisp with lager like finish. This comes off like an amped up anchor steam to me with some lager qualities but nice spice and yeast flavor-it is a pleasure to drink.

Slatetank, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a decent white head. The smell are of floral hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. The feel is medium. The taste is of floral hops with a nice malty after flavor, not too hoppy, but still pretty good.

DavidST, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of reilly88
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on cask in Philly at Khyber pass pub.

Appearance - red amber color with a 2 inch head that deduced to a thin lacey layer.

smell - nice sweet flowery scent, noticeable but not over powering

Taste - floral hoppiness, crisp and a nice fruity sweetness.

mouthfeel - very smooth and crisp. surprisingly light with a moderate amount of carbonation. very refreshing.

overall - a real quality ale with lots of flavor, but also very drinkable. highly recommend.

reilly88, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange in color with a reddish hue and a deep haze. Poured with a stiff, frosty white head that reduced to a thick cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet caramel malt aromas with lightly pungent herbal and citrus hops. On the lighter side of medium bodied and creamy smooth. Sweet caramel malt flavors combined with floral hops from beginning to end. The pungent aroma translates into a similarly pungent taste up front but fades as the assertive carbonation rolls through. Finishes with a light bitter pine hop aftertaste. A very smooth, pleasantly drinkable red ale.

IronLover, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Vashtar
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is red/gold.

The taste starts out bitter, but you get used to it. It's a familiar bitter, and it's a bit overpowering. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a bad beer. If you like bitter beer, you'll likely like this. I can tell it has quality, but it's not to my liking.

The smell is exceptional. It smells like candy

The mouthfeel is really smooth, and not very thick. It's a fairly thin beer. I like it.

The froth didn't last very long.

Vashtar, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is golden, orange brown.

It has smells of honey, malt, and orange blossom.

The taste is mellow. It has toasted malt with citrus notes, and a hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel has a large amount of carbonation; very refreshing.

Overall it is a refreshing, social beer; doesn't require much thought.

dorianmarley, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of olympicgatorade
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: red amber, not much of a head

S: bready, hints of fruit, cherry, faint fruit punch

T: crisp, slightly bitter, hearty malt, nice fruitiness

M: pretty clean, refreshing

O: enjoyable red ale. It's dryness drinks more like a pale ale than the wetter red ales I've had. Not at the same level as Bear Republic's Red Rocket or Ithaca's Cascade, but tasty and interesting nonetheless. Could easily drink a few of these.

olympicgatorade, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crowned with two fingers worth of head that is frothy and thick in texture. As the head thins out patchy lacing is left behind. The head retention is rather good. Underneath all this is a amber with red hues.

Aroma: Good amounts of bready malts are up front. Citrus hops are make themselves very well known with a little bit of sweet fruit towards the tail end.

Taste: This one is somewhat hop forward but not too far. The malts have a touch of caramel with a biscuity texture on the palate. A well balanced beer all the way around.

Notes: Definately a straight forward beer very tasty and drinkable as well. Cheers.

horshack7, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a white head, thin ring of retention leaves a little lace. Looks good for a cask pour.

Aroma has a bit of citrus rind and floral notes with some underlying toffee sweetness.

The flavour has the balance of a British Pale ale, but with some American hopping and malt sweetness. This is considerably better on cask.

M: SMooth moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Well crafted and reallly good when it's fresh on cask.

Derek, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has an alluring reddish color with a pretty good head and lacing. I'd say the smell is biscuity.

Taste is also biscuity with a sort of weird metallic undertone. Feel is pretty sharp with high carbonation. I wanted to keep drinking if only to figure out what I was tasting. After a few sips I got into it a bit more. It's fairly unique and every now and then I like this kind of taste and feel. North Coast has a good thing going on.

TheRealBigC, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jarmby1711
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clearly for me an enjoyable beer.
The colour was impressive , somehow looking classy and like quality.
A fulsome taste and mouthfeel that slipped down very pleasantly.
This is how beer should be as a standard. Easy drinking , flavoursome , dare I say , yummy .

jarmby1711, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FanofHefe, Aug 21, 2011
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.