Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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88
very good
2,083 Ratings
Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,083
Reviews:
1,011
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
215
For Trade:
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Photo of UnderwhelmingAlcoholic
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Juhnnybear
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one's been around a while, and still one of my favorites. A very well balanced statement -just good old ale. Nothing cute and no whammy flavors or aroma. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APA/Red Ale is a favorite style. While this one harkens to my first love - RedTail back in the 90s, it's mid pack today.
Otherwise love the brewer. Must try once.

a) beer pours a clear, bright medium reddish amber body, with one finger loose foamy, beige head, which fails to impress with stick or lace.

s) smells of grainy, bready, caramel malt, as a red should, balanced by peppery and floral hop, (nasturtium?) with mineral flintiness.
t) Follows smell. The taste resolves in nice mineral essence, with spicy herbal, grassy, and floral hops.
f) Mineral, smooth, finishes clean and dry, and hoppy.
o) Perhaps this is what I loved most about Red Tail Ale 25 years ago. For that it's a 4 overall.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/28/17:

Semi-clear orange amber. Head is a creamy textured, fine-bubbled, heavy foam, of moderate retention, creamy-tan in color. Smell is somewhat sweet, spicy but not too dank, a little toast and dark fruit behind all that. Palate is similar but with more resin, pine, crackers, and some toffee. Starts out on the sweeter side, gradually morphs in a mild leathery and herbal but still spicy bitterness that is great in the balance. Light pepper to almost licorice retro-olfaction. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, sudsy and gulpy, with no burn and only faint astringency.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with small head goes down really smooth. Had some maltiness to it but that brought out its flavor. Finishes great too. A beer worth trying

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Photo of npendres
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jjmj51
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerGoble1
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeanAmbrose
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clear plastic cup at an outdoor beach cafe. Amber in appearance with a nice head of foam. Aroma was of faint pine, freshly cut grass. The taste was amazing. Citrus with just the right amount of hop balance. Finish was crisp and refreshing. Overall a well crafted beer and solid B grade wise. Canned version would be perfect for a day out on the boat.

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Photo of rarigney
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark hazy amber to orange color that had a one finger white foamy head that died within about a minute. The lacing - wow - nice show as there’s a nice super thick clingy white foaminess that clung nicely even after several sips were taken. The smell had a decent amount of caramel malts that came across in a fairly roasty sort of way and then a decent spicy yet bitter hops delicately come into play as the beer warms. The taste is slightly spicy yet sweet but still allows a decent bitterness to tell me that this beer is no joke. The aftertaste has a long sweet caramel spicy flavoring, probably one of the best aftertastes I’ve ever had in any American Red Ale or APA (whatever style this one really is). The finishes bitter and has a nice kick on the tongue just as it leaves. On the palate, this one does a decent job of pummeling my tongue, but still does not overdo it. I say this one sits about a medium in body and still has a decent sessionable quality running about it. Overall, American Amber/Red Ale or American Pale Ale, I’m not exactly sure the intentions of North Coast on what they wanted to do for this, but hey, I would definitely have this again and would love to have it again with a peppercorn encrusted New York strip steak.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep amber. 2 fingers frothy, long persisitng head. Excelent lacing.

Moderate high aroma of floarl/earthy hops, some notes of berries. Moderate malty toffee notes.

Moderate caramel flavor, moderate-high flavor of hops, moderate bitterness

Medium body. Average carbonation, watery, dry finish

Very balanced very tasty

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Photo of D1noB
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty, citrus, and hoppy front that ends in a slightly earthy finish.

Taste Rating in Words: Swimming in the beautiful blue ocean and getting just that little bit of salt water in your mouth., It's still enjoyable but it could have been dream worthy.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

05/20/2017

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Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a copper red color with a vanilla colored full, creamy head, lots of lacing and carbonation, looks good.

A: Lots of aroma, floral, citrus, slight pine notes, heavy caramel and light toffee malt notes, bready, lots of hops.

T: Floral, herbal hop notes, moderate amount of bitterness with lemon, toffee, caramel, touch of honey in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a long dry finish.

O: A solid offering, good balance of hops and malts, light, very drinkable, definitely going to revisit this one during the summer.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ahypercube
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this delicious brew once again, and now I shall review it. I don't usually prefer beers of this low ABV variety, but this one is quite exceptional. Procured in a six pack from my local Vons--they had hidden them away from the refrigerated section with the specialty beers. Poured one into a pint glass...

L: Copper-red amber and completely transparent, it produced ample bone-white, soapy head that left delicate and plentiful lacing. Distinguished and attractive bottle art as well.

S: Fruity notes of strawberry, raspberry, plum and black cherry mingle with molasses and a nutty whole wheat cracker background. Clearly malt-forward, but still a little hoppy.

T: Delicious; a little tangy, a tad peppery. A distinct undertone of toasted walnut is splashed over with black cherry, faint raspberry and strawberry that gets quickly caramelized, feeding into orange peel, pine, and a grassy hop flavor that matures into toasted sourdough bread, yeast and basil. That walnut, which is prevalent to the finish gets also caramelized and finishes in black tea. Overall it reminds me of pizza.

F: Thin, and a little watery, but that's to be expected from such a mellow, sessionable brew. Crushable as hell, I'm definitely tempted to drink these too quickly.

O: Exemplary red ale. Perfect for introducing babes to craft beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper. Thick, short, off-white head Fades quickly.

Smells malt, Citrus, herbal, earthy.

Taste Citrus and Piney, bready malt and earthy hints. Finish is dry with a bitter linger of pine. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Genx
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aoyoc
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattD93
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,083 ratings.
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