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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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1,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 53
Gots: 42 | 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 drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing low carbonation, served in a DFH snifter.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with a nice malt backbone.

Beer is lead off sweet with an immediate hop character opening up on the midpalate of the beer. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, minimal carbonation, nice connectivity. I used to have this beer on draft all the time in FL, one of the few craft beers available and the time, and I loved it. I'm glad to return to it now getting the same enjoyment from the bottle. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:25:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass jan25 2011

A nice copper color with the tiniest little particles and only a few slowly raising bubbles that somehow sustain a thick thumbs worth of foam that slowly falls to an island and leaves partial rings of lace well down the glass

S some toffee with faint citric hops and some bread

T not far from the smell but with a little bit of a spicy side and still quite malty

M a tad bitter and it leaves a little behind on your gums, thick for the color and more bubbles then I could see

D solid brew that grew on me as I dranki t, I could see myself drinking it again if I could get my hands on it

another solid beer from these guys, not my favorite brew from them but well worth drinking

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:34:17 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair pale-red ale, a bit short of great qualities but quaffable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Black and red design with a small emblem where the red seal resides. Brief description on neck label, with a repeat about the purity of ingredients, and medals received. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy medium to deep amber pour, small head, with moderate to low retention, fair surface ring, and some random lacing.

S - Very tamed nose, light malty aroma with a bitter touch, even with an skunky dash for an initial brief second.

T - Luckily the brew picks up a bit on the taste front without much fanfare. Dash of caramel, malt and bitter hops, a bit resinous,

M - Medium-light body, medium to low carbonation with a nice tingle to it.

D - Not a bad ale, but feels a bit generic, a bit bland... Maybe I don´t have the freshest of bottles and I´m not being too fair?

Notes: A brew that I´d gladly pick up out there but that I doubt I´ll ever bring home again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 02:26:37 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of kinupanda


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour is a nice light reddish-amber color with almost a coppery glow around the edges. A minimal head that dissipates rapidly and provides a very faint lacing early in the drinking. The smell is a sweet somewhat citrus scent and, while the malts are somewhat noticeable, the hoppy character shines through. On the sip, aside from the clean bitterness of the hops, the taste is somewhat smoky and earthy. Feels very crisp, but is not overly carbonated. A good aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

FourthBeer potential: ABOVE AVERAGE. Not very heavy, and the hoppy character is a good complement to the maltiness expected with the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:03:24 | More by kinupanda
Photo of beerquestman


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Goldish red, red cedar, or a dark copper

Smell: roasted hops, sweet, and a cider smell with a bit of citrus

Taste: has a smoky woodsy taste, can also taste spices, the hops and a nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: rolls well of tongue, has a pleasant aftertaste, and can taste some of the carbonation.

drinkability: Very smooth, it was lighter than expected and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:16:36 | More by beerquestman
Photo of nezelrac

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into standard pint glass

A - pours a copper-red w/minimal white head that dissipates to a trace

S - Delicate sweet malty notes - light caramel/burnt sugar are dominant some hop spiciness peeks out, hint of dried orange peel

T - hops give a firmness to the malt - not as sweet as it smells, good persistence of flavor; dried spices and citrus peel

M - firm edged from hops and CO2 - perhaps a little too cold?

D - good, but doesn't draw me back, but I would recommend it...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 21:26:14 | More by nezelrac
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Red Seal is a deep amber ale that shows some apricot highlights around the edges when held to the light. A small half-finger head forms atop the beer and disappears quickly to make a ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell: This beer is pretty light in the smell, though I can discern some faint bready malts that are pretty characteristic for the style. There are also some slight grassy hops lurking somewhere in there as well.

Taste: The flavor profile mostly mirrors the scent. There are some toasted, bready malts that are most evident at first, and an herbal, grassy hop bite at the finish. This is a nice, balanced amber ale, but not a hugely flavorful one.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty crisp beer, as there are lots of carbonation bubbles. It's definitely a medium-bodied brew as well, which is good for such a highly-carbonated beer.

Drinkability: This would definitely make a good beer to have on a warmer spring or sunny day. It's pretty light and crisp but flavorful enough to enjoy.

Overall, Red Seal is a pretty good example of an amber ale. It's not a potent, super flavorful brew, but it is a nice-drinking, easy-going amber ale that was well enjoyed by me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 20:48:41 | More by zoso493
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New York

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

Poured a nice, rich copper color into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. No ABV or freshness date on the label.
Solid two finger head that dissipated every so slowly to a thin persistent film of a head. Good carbonation and very nice lacing along the glass as the head dissipated.
Aroma is a refreshing blend of hops with a hint sweetness and malt.
Taste upfront is malty with a very nice hop finish. The bitterness in the finish is perfect. This is a very well-balanced, smooth ale.
Solid, chewy mouthfeel; coats the palate beautifully.
Creamy mouthfeel and the delicious taste of this ale make it highly drinkable. Paired perfectly with some spicy curry.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:25:38 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights that had a finger worth of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma of piney hops pop out first with caramel, citrus, and good malty presence. It did also have faint grassy notes.

T: the taste was also had the piney hop character which blended nice with the caramel flavor but had citrusy, grassy, and malty accents with a touch of nuttiness.

M: the brew was thin and light in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney, grassy, slight sweet but mild citrusy finish.

D: it drank good and was tasty and crisp. I recommend it paired alongside BBQ chicken.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:10:13 | More by Gobzilla
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Ruedrich (I assume?) showing a nice red for the holiday season...

This beer pours a clear orange amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a consistent pock-marked wall of lace around the glass. It smells of bready toffee malt, and mild citrusy floral hops. The taste is biscuit malt, citrus, and spicy floral hops. The carbonation is a bit high at first, but evens out soon enough, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes clean, and mostly hoppy, though not so much in the bitter sense.

A pretty good amber ale, sporting a nice hoppy edge - it would make for a good repeat offender at the pub, I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 06:00:26 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BB1313


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice amber w/ fluffy head and decent lacing. Scents are faint, w/ hints of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. It's goes up a notch w/ the taste! I'm tasting candy apples, w/ caramel; bittersweet. Not too hoppy; has an English influence. Slightly malty, making the mouthfeel enjoyable; medium-bodied. Drinkabilty is good, it's easy to put a couple back.. I've always enjoyed this one.

This is a classic craft beer.. great for people being introduced to the craft scene.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 21:47:13 | More by BB1313
Photo of PrivateEquity


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque Amber

Smell - A little sweet with light hops

Taste - Medium strong bitterness especially later with nice caramel malt taste.

Mouthfeel - Crisp mouthfeel with a medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer.

Summary: Good session beer, that won't bore. Good for everyday drinking

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:22:25 | More by PrivateEquity
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Murky amber color, a finger of head and slight carbonation

s - Wheaty Malts, citrusy hops, and slight pine hints

t - No bitterness, very tasteful, slight hints of bready malts and citrus

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

d - Something I definitely enjoyed, nothing crazy but a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 20:48:25 | More by thedoubler55
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this beer from Smoke Land/Liquor Store in Olivette, MO. Poured into a tulip glass and finished in no time!

Appearance- Orange, Cloudy base of beer and small amount of head (Less than 1/2 finger)

Smell- Smells EXACTLY like a Newcastle, except for a few more hops (maybe citrus as well)

Taste- Has the taste of a Newcastle too! Awesome. Almost like a traditional english lager with a kick of hop. I will be noticing more taste as my 3rd beer hits (on second)

Mouthfeel- Medium body beer, refreshing as it finishes, but also feel the hop in my cheeks.

Drinkability- While most beers I rate on BA are not my first time tasting, this one was and am shocked of how great it was! Not a beer for everyone. If your into English Ales/Lagers or Brown Ales, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:12:20 | More by DCon
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My "go to" for the style. Consistently pours with a white, creamy head which is thick and stays around nicely. Drinkability is outstanding, even for the style. A great summer beer with plenty of balance and enough going on in mouthfeel to not disappoint or bore you.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:26:07 | More by ebin6
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a very short description of the beer on the neck label but no other info like freshness date or abv.

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful amber color with some visible carbonation. Its head is just off white in color, tall and long lasting. The thick creamy head holds on well and makes nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some nice bready and fresh yeast notes with a good mix of herbal, earthy and lightly citrus like hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma its flavor has a well balanced mix of bready malt and tasty hops. Its medium bodied with a nice even level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a great drinking beer with very good balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 15:15:40 | More by generallee
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazzy copper color, with a white head. The aroma is of citrus hops and caramel malt. The taste at first is bitter, and then switches to a malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a medium light. Overall this is a drinkable beer with the way it finishes sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:33:58 | More by arboristfish
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery in Fort Bragg. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear light honey-amber with an epic dense creamy head that formed a tan dollop of whipped cream as I drank. Great head retention with decent lacing.
S: Not much scent to it. Hints of sweet malt and citrus hops here and there.
T: I pick up light flavors of sweet malt, a touch of cracker, and some grapefruit hops. Flavors are light, but what is there tastes very good.
M: Smooth mouthfeel over a flat, medium body. No carbonation is present but the beer isn't watery. There is a touch of chewiness, but it's not sticky.
D: This went well with my meal and was very refreshing. I've only ever had a few beers on cask so it's hard to say exactly how this matches up, but I was impressed with it at the time so there you go. I would order it again.

Serving type: cask

11-26-2010 03:58:03 | More by scottfrie
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A two finger light copper colored head sits atop this foggy, copper brew. As the head recedes it leaves nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is generously highlighted by grassy hops. As the nose balances out, these hops meld with fresh malts, and the faintest hint of caramel. As we sip, it becomes clear that the flavoring is quite simple, and well balanced. The forefront is inhabited by a heavy malt character that carries through nicely, despite the neutralizing addition of hops towards the back of the swallow. The aftertaste is fresh, with the mouth left satiated and moist. The carbonation is medium to light, but is palpable. The body follows suit, on the lighter side, to the point of being a touch watery. This brew is simplistically refreshing, making it easily consumable.

Overall, what was most striking about this beer was the wonderful symmetry of the hops and the malts. As suggested by the label, the brew is created with only the most basic ingredients, and that idea certainly comes through to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:45:29 | More by TheBrewo
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a shaker to reveal a clear brownish amber, through which visibly active carbonation streams up to join the off-white 2-finger head, dense with smallish bubbles. Head retention is pretty decent, a film of fine lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: A full--but not overlarge--aroma of malt, reminding me of a slightly sweet wheat bran bread or muffin, seems to cup sharply fruity hops. Perhaps a hint of alcohol.

Taste: As advertised by the aromas, the taste is a wonderful balance of malt bread-y sweetness and crisp hops. I taste malt first, but then the hops flare over the tongue with just the right amount of astringency, slowly gaining an edge over the sweet malt. The above-average carbonation helps the hops give the brew a biting crispness in taste and mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of body for a pale red/amber, silk sliding through the mouth. The quite active carbonation is not excessive, but, as mentioned, deliciously crisp. Then, by the end, the feel almost abruptly changes from slick to dry.

It's about as drinkable as it gets, especially in light of its sessionable 5.5 abv. It has substance and a distinctive flavor, but is never aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 06:40:23 | More by KeOw
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

Appearance: dark red, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, slight yeast, and malts.

Taste: hops, barley, and a slight nutty-malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This would be a great session ale. It is flavorful without being filling. It is more on the average side of beer because of the lighter body.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:30:19 | More by megahurts4
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cask offering at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: 2 fingers of foamy, beige head over copper-orange body, transparent. Leaves thick lacing.

Smells of orange candy drops, some hay & grass. Rich, fresh smell.

Taste is orange, lemon, tea, cracker-like malt backbone. Cascade hops, I'm guessing? Bitter finish, but not with a bite. Bitter bread crust in aftertaste. Pleasant, but kind of reminds me of an old IPA.

So smooth, a little flinty, not so much bitter & abrasive. Hard not to rate anything on cask high on the mouthfeel.

Very smooth drinker -- citrus flavor might wear after a while, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2010 03:14:42 | More by OneDropSoup
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely with a sharp contrasting divide between the white head and reddish brown body

The aroma seemed to consist of a dominant maltiness and a diminishing hop scent

The taste seemed to be the beers downfall. A bit weak abv was noticeable and overall seemed somewhat watery. The flavor that could be distinguished for me was a wood like taste with a hint of sweetness and a bitter fishish.

Easily drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 23:42:53 | More by Solafide
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District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, reddish-brown color, with about an inch worth of head (or a bit less?), and the carbonation is to die for.

S: Very faint, but I got a slight floral presence, and a bit of fruit. This one could benefit from a bit of wet-hopping.

T: Medium-light in body and I found this one somewhat watery in general. After a few sips, a bit of the hop bitterness started to stay on my tongue, but the brew never made up its mind if it was going to lean toward the hoppy or the floral side. There result beer.... meh..

M: Like I stated before, somewhat watery. However, the carbonation was pretty good.

D: I've heard rumors that this beer is now about half the beer it once was after some drastic recipe changes. I wasn't into craft beer back in those days, so I can't judge. However, I DO know that the version I drank was sub-standard.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 20:26:59 | More by Chaney
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This one poured a nice dark amber color with a 2-finger white fluffy head that left pretty nice lacing as it fell. Lots of carbonation bubbles and the head had good retention.

S - It smelled of light malts, some hop presence, and earthy. The smell was a little bit faint, and I think there was something odd about the smell, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

T - This beer tasted lighter than I expected it too. There was some sweet malts, and a little bit of hops came into play in the middle. This beer finished on a bitter note, but not exactly a good bitter note. It was also a little spicy from the yeast and there were notes of citrus.

M - The mouthfeel was kind of light and had quite a bit of carbonation. It was bubbly which I liked, and I thought it went down decently smooth.

D - This beer would have been more drinkable if it werent for the bitterness at the end. It was also a bit watery. I had high hopes for this beer after having other beers by North Coast, and I was sadly disappointed. This beer was alright, but I dont think I will be picking up any more.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:01:01 | More by JizackFH
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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