Red Seal Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #30
Ranked #13,828
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Red Seal AleRed Seal Ale
Notes: Formerly known as: Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

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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Sigmund from Norway

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rerate, 355 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.6%. Amber to copper colour, pours very fizzy, big to moderate off-white head. Lovely hoppy aroma with strong notes of red berries and tropical fruits. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour has a great balance between the malts and the distinct and fruity hops, notes of red berries and blackcurrants. Moderately bitter finish and aftertaste. Good beer! Original rating: Sampled RBESG 2006, bottle. ABV is 5.6%. Reddish amber colour. Very nice hoppy aroma, vinous notes. Moderately hoppy flavour.

Apr 23, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A gorgeous clear reddish amber on the pour and yielding a generous off-white head that settles to a lid, leaving great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Fruity esters – apple & cherry, toasted grains, caramel, earthy notes, dough, a little citrus, fresh baked bread, and spicy hop notes
Taste: Follows the nose well. Big dough and bread notes start it off along with a little caramel and earthiness. Toasted grains along with fruity notes and some spicy hop notes dominate in the middle and closes with some light citrusy and strong spicy hops
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, clean throughout, and just a touch of dryness on the finish which I attribute to the spicy hop characteristics
Overall: This is tasty stuff. This is a great example of a classic American Pale Ale and is right up there on equal footing as a part of the big 4 in my opinion (along with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Anchor Liberty Ale) but differs slightly from those as it carries a unique and delicious profile with the earthy and spicy hops that are utilized and expressed so well. It’s been way too long since I’ve drank this and won’t make that mistake again. Recommended

Mar 18, 2021
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy reddish amber. Head is off white and foamy. Good retention and some lacing too.

Aroma is citrus, pine, hops, and something sweet, maybe caramel? I’m not getting as much malt in the smell.

Taste follows the nose but the malts and spices are more evident. For me, the overly bitter pine and the spices in the long finish didn’t really work, but I think I’ll try this one again with pork or steak or something at some point.

Feel is medium bodied, strong carbonation. The pine and spices leave a slight sting on the back of the tongue and the roof of my mouth, but I don’t mind the residual effect once the bitterness wears off.

Overall - pretty good, and definitely not overly malty like some reds/ambers can be.

Dec 07, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy amber. One finger of mildly off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Citrusy and piney hops and a light, sweet malt at the back.

Taste: Floral and citrus hops quickly overcome by a moderate bitterness. Minor malt flavor that’s hard to find. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, with very high carbonation.

Overall: Definitely an ale for hop lovers. A little too unbalanced for me.

Sep 08, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Dec 09, 2019
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annp1022 from California

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.

Oct 28, 2019
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 18, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

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

Dec 28, 2018
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Guitarbeard from New York

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.

Sep 16, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

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.

Apr 23, 2018
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ThorSon from Minnesota

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.

Mar 30, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

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.

Feb 25, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

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.

Dec 10, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

Sep 21, 2017
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Juhnnybear from California

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.

Aug 23, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

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.

Aug 01, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

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.

Jul 27, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

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

Jul 23, 2017
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DeanAmbrose from Ohio

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.

Jun 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 06, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

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

Jun 01, 2017
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D1noB from Oklahoma

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.

May 29, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

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.

Apr 24, 2017
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Ahypercube from California

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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