Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #11,595
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
Notes: Malt and hops are beautifully married in this full-bodied, copper-red Pale Ale. Red Seal is generously hopped for a long, spicy finish. An excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and rich sauces.
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Photo of Lucular
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz nitro pour. Looks great - a gorgeous cascade of fine red nitro bubbles that resolves into a small creamy white head. Kind of weak flavor with a hint of sourness. Somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of annp1022
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber-orange color with maybe a hint of red. Smells pretty much as expected, a little malty and citrus-y. It's light-bodied, faint bitterness, easy finish. I've paired it once with barbecued pork, another time with pizza and enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- burnt orange to light red with a half finger head. straight circular lacing around inside of pint. Clear.

S- dark caramel malts.

F- taste mimics nose wit hints of floral or hibiscus hops

M- malty and dry and quite complementary as well

O- decent red ale and i am not a big fan of them. good flavor and goes down smooth.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale | North Coast Brewing Co. poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a two finger thick off-white head, solid lacing& a copper amber body.

I smell hearty, sweet malts with mellower hops.

Tastes pretty similar to the aroma. Smooth clean finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose to rate Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale | North Coast Brewing Co. with a 4.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale brewed by North Coast Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.40% This American Amber/Red Ale pours out from a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color is a deep amber color with a small white head, almost copper in color. There is also some decent spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Really digging the copper color of this brew. The smell is rich with sweetness mixed with hop bitterness at first. Then you pick up on some nice earthy grains and malts. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, you first pick up on the hop bitterness, mixed with earthy grains and malts. This is a pretty solid red alert. The body of Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cool day. Overall I am going to give Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. North Coast Brewing Co., did a real nice job with this American Amber/Red Ale

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Photo of Guitarbeard
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear dark amber with a tinge of red, head sits at about 3/4's to 1 inch at the top. Very pleasant and encouraging scent, rooty initial flavor, malt dominant, it drinks exceptionally clean like a wheat beer. Carbonation is minimal and aftertaste is light and inoffensive. All in all a great ale, hope to make it a mainstay.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/10/17. Old as hell, but it’s hard to find around here. CBF pint.

A: pours a clear reddish copper with streams and streams of carbonation. One finger thick, foamy beige head. Rings of lacing as I drink it down.

S: sweet and citrusy. Candied orange. Sugary malt. Smells like the Three Frogs I had a few weeks ago, or like the Sam Smith’s IPA. What they have in common is that they were all old hoppy beers around 45 IBUs. Classic APA aroma.

T: tastes shockingly like those two aforementioned. Moderately sweet, citrus, malt, floral arrival. Toasted caramel malt and cascade hop flowers on the middle. A crisp, clean finish with a faint hint of lingering hop. I’ll bet this has more citrus “pop” when fresh. Alas, it was between a six pack at five months old, or a single of unknown age (which turned out to be 10 months). Lacks the darkness or dankness that GL Burning River brings to the table.

M: solidly midweight with high, but not excessive carbonation. Very clean finishing. Not very slick. Way crisper texture than Ridge Trail.

O: this, even more than Sam Adams Boston Ale, GL Burning River, or Wolf’s Ridge Ridge Trail typifies the ubiquitous pale ales of the late 90s. It is a style that takes me back, and reminds me of many happy pints with friends. It is a beautifully executed example, and a shame beers like this have lost so much popularity. I hope it won’t continue to be so hard to find, and would gladly buy a six pack, as it clearly holds up to age fairly well.

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Photo of ThorSon
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer, had it on tap with chicken pesto. Great combo, balanced flavor, nice color, flavor and mouthfeel. This beer is hard to find in the Upper Midwest. Would love to have it on hand for my beer fridge.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, alright, down the oh so familiar red brick road with this one. Easy on the malt, easy on the caramel like Fergie singing the national Anthem... this one just delivers. Not hot like Rihanna cooking breakfast, but aite enough like Katy Perry jarring some jelly.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wonderful amber brown with a small head. Flavor is great but also somewhat light, along with the feel. Functions more like a session ale. Simple yet effective.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice bitter malts, pretty balanced flavor with a nice spice. Pretty good mouthfeel, crisp. A good beer, nothing that makes it stand out. North Coast can always be relied on to be solid, though.

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Photo of Juhnnybear
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | 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 leaves moderate stick and 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 -5.4%
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%
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 DeanAmbrose
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +8.9%
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 -20.2%
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 Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Ahypercube
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 a little caramelized and it finishes in black tea. Overall it reminds me of pizza crust.

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: An exemplary red ale. Perfect for introducing babes to craft beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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 bwood06
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear, although slightly hazy (chill haze?), reddish tinted golden hue with nitro carbonation that cascades and a creamy, white head that dissipates ultra slowly (as do typical nitro heads). 4/5 The aroma is an equal mouth sweet, fruity, and hoppy with caramel and tropical fruits (mainly papaya and mango) leading the way. There is very light graininess, with the malt focus being more on the caramel here. 3.5/5 The flavor profile really follows the aroma nicely with caramel, white bread, tropical fruit (mainly just mango here) and herbal hops being the main players. The flavor does not really change as it warms. The bitterness is moderate and lingers for a bit after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is an ultra smooth (as a nitro beer should be) beer with a medium body and a light dryness that lingers after swallowing. 4/5 This beer may actually be better, based on reviews and ratings here, if I did not have it as a nitro beer. This is a well crafted beer with a good balance to it, but it feels like there is more flavor that is being left on the table. 3.75/5

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Photo of Sabtos
2.34/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brilliant, clear deep gold with a large dense off-white head leaving cobweb lace.

Floral and herbal hops dominate the nose, nearing perfume, almost soap territory. There's a little stale honey and caramel, but that soap just kills it all.

Taste is deep savory caramel, toast, cracker and pine.

Moderate body, fizzy, frothy, and pretty dry. Kind of meh.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember liking this beer when I had it this past spring; I didn't know what to expect in a red ale, but the malt base was good, and I believe it had a little more character than an standard ale.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2139 ratings