Red Seal Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

Red Seal AleRed Seal Ale
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #26
Ranked #16,250
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Feb 07, 2022
Jun 16, 1998
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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3.86 by irishevans from California on Feb 07, 2022
3.87 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on Dec 24, 2021
4.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 23, 2021
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3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 7/28/21; drank 11/7/21 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; nice tree-rung lace.

Pine, rye spice & baking soda notes in the nose.

Sticky, medium mouthfeel.

Pine & baking soda flavors.

Tough to get through; not awful, but certainly not very good.

Nov 08, 2021
3.85 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Oct 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by miwestcoaster from Michigan

L- LIght amber or Dark gold body. Long lasting white foam, 2 inches plus in my glass, nice lacing.
S- I pick up the normal amber beer notes. Slight citrus.
T- Mix of some malt, but definite hops come along side.
F- Enjoyable.
O- Excellent Amber ale. Highly recommend this one if you can find it.

Oct 14, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gus234 from Idaho

Really a perfect beer. Sure, we have all gone IPA, but this beer...this beer has been your friend for decades.

Apr 10, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

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
3.79 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 08, 2021
3.93 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2021
3.59 by MattSn from Oregon on Feb 19, 2021
3.94 by gefinley from California on Dec 19, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jwp777 from Oklahoma

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
3.86 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
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2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by chrisfy from Delaware

Beautiful color but blunt taste.

Nov 01, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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
3.75 by vidisad from California on Aug 24, 2020
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Aug 10, 2020
3.91 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Jun 11, 2020
3.93 by heymikew from California on Jun 05, 2020
3.63 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
3.75 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2020
3.67 by Vylo from New Jersey on Apr 02, 2020
3.52 by wc94wc from California on Jan 18, 2020
3.93 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Jan 04, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

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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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Overall due to not being an amber ale fan, but this epitomizes the toasty malt and clean mineral notes I expect from an amber ale.

Nov 21, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by annp1022 from California

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
3.5 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Sep 01, 2019
4 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 11, 2019
3.5 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 26, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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
3.81 by ThatSweetJazz from Kentucky on Jun 09, 2019
3.81 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4 by Marvicsin from California on Feb 17, 2019
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
3.77 by Dsimenson from California on Jan 25, 2019
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