Red Seal Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

Red Seal AleRed Seal Ale
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,169
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,182
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 14, 2023
Added:
Jun 16, 1998
Wants:
  102
Gots:
  251
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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Label has the date code of '31120911'. Purchased at the North Coast store in Fort Bragg.
Clear, medium amber colored body. One finger of off white head. Leaves behind partial rings of lacing.
Aroma of toasted bread malts and floral hops with a bit of spice.
Taste has sharp caramel malts that also expresses toasted bread. Spice and floral flavors from the hops. Has a definite bitter note at the end, but sweet before that. Piney hops in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with a smooth texture. Slight metallic note. Very good carbonation.
Smooth and sharp are both included in the experience.
Dec 14, 2023
 
Rated: 3.85 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jul 27, 2023
 
Rated: 3.54 by amp112 from California

Jul 03, 2023
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Rated by Stpatrik77

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
A nice beer to drink if you are on the Mendocino Coast in California.
Jul 03, 2023
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear copper color with a nice, thick foam head.

Aroma is malty with a little hops in the background.

Taste is very well balanced between the malt and hops, with a nice little touch of caramel. A clean, crisp finish.

This is quite refreshing and delicious.
Jul 01, 2023
 
Rated: 4.1 by loco4toto

Jun 02, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by MEnoMoney

May 14, 2023
 
Rated: 3.85 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 3/06/23 (I think) into a pint glass.
L - Pours a reddish amber color with a finger width of white head.
S - Smells malty and hoppy.
T - Taste matches the smell, sweet maltiness and hoppy.
F - Medium body with carbonation on the lighter side.
O - Really tasty red ale.
May 04, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Mar 31, 2023
 
Rated: 3.79 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Mar 23, 2023
 
Rated: 4.53 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice cloudy amber appearance
Body came close to medium with at first average carbonation but dissipated a bit
Aroma was malt,roasted malt and some earthy hops.
Taste didnt stray too far from the aroma.
Feb 26, 2023
 
Rated: 4.19 by Whyteboar from Michigan

Feb 13, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Fine looking beer, very clear rich amber pour with 2 inches of dense, and persistent off-white foam. Leaves lace. The nose has a sharp but mellow floral hoppiness along with bread malt aroma which comes across more toasty in the tasting. The sharp floral hop also comes through in the flavor with a touch of woody character. Clean finish. The body seems light but smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation so that is never developed a crisp bite.
A fine example of an unsung style that leaves you wanting another.
Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle code: 20870718 = July 18, 2022 (first number is last number of year, last four are month and date)

Pours slightly cloudy, coppery amber; off white heady, has both great retention and lacing.

Nose is a rich and toasty malt; some yeast driven fruitiness, moderate spicey and woodsy hops.

Taste confirms the rich malt presence, slight toasted quality; the hops are very present with a pepper like bite.

Light body, but nice and full; yet maintains a very high level of drinkability, the carbonation is creamy like in quality, nice hop bitterness on the finish, tongue prickling in nature.

I really enjoy this beer.
Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, I don't know how to read the code. Opened 1-13-22.
2 finger off white head with excellent retention. Copper and clear body. Full web of lacing. Caramel, earthy aroma with a light hebal hop backing. Starts of with a toasty caramel sweetness followed by a leafy hoppiness that is a very nice combo. Medium body and carbonation with a lengthy finish. Superb balance and excellent drinkabilty for my palate. Very Good to Outstanding.
Jan 14, 2023
 
 
Rated: 3.75 by HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased from The Blue Door for $2.75. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Pours a clear dark amber, with a one-finger pale white head. Head goes away a bit more quick than I'd like. Pretty good lacing.
S - Wheat. Malty sweetness. Earth.
T - An almost perfume-esque floral quality hits you as the first thing. Rosewater, pine candy, and a hint of rye come through. Well-balanced. Brown bread finish, with a hoppy bite.
F - Medium-light in body, with mild carbonation. Super drinkable. Refreshing.
O - I love this brew so much. It exhibits everything you want in an amber ale, without going over-the-top in price. It's a no-frills ale, with floral complexity you wouldn't expect. It all works! Definitely recommend, and I'll be getting it again.
Oct 27, 2022
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