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

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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
Reviews:
998
Ratings:
2,052
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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Reviews: 998 | Ratings: 2,052
Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Brewmination
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be sung to the tune of "Kiss From a Rose":

♫There used to be a sweetness missing from inside of me,
You became the taste and the flavor I need,
And beer remained a drink that's delight not a swill
When I consume, my smile blooms,
Your scent on my nose and the color you glow can't compare...

Red ale, I do pour you with a thrill at the end of the day.
Ooh, the more I drink of you the better I feel, yeah.
When your sweet smell fills the room,
Your taste lifts the gloom on the day.

(Oh it's beer, yes it's beer, oh red ale...)


While I'm no musician, some styles of beer just make me want to sing. Red ales are one of those styles... so when I saw Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, I knew I had to give it a whirl. The beer has a non-presumptive label: "Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, & That's All." And I can't argue with that. It doesn't do anything fancy, which admittedly leaves with a bit less of an embodied taste than other creative and distinct reds. It's glory comes when you pour it in a pint glass: you know on the nose exactly what you're drinking.

I personally like my reds with a bit more creative zest, but there's nothing wrong with the traditional style this early 90s red ale exudes.

Best food to drink this with: Watermelon with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.
When to drink this: On a hot day, tending to your rose garden, when a pils just won't cut it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 kisses from a rose.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this beer in the 90s when I lived in NorCal. Glad I picked one up to rediscover. Light copper color, clear, an orange cream head that has excellent retention and sheet lacing. The aroma is orange, caramel malt, and herbs. The flavor has a bit of the herbal notes as well. Along with some malt and a bitter/grassy hops in the aftertaste. Medium body, dry finish, and very clean. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a lighter color than most amber/red ales, this one is like half pale ale and half amber ale. Good clarity. Solid 3/4" white head. Aroma was largely muted, some grain.

A clean malt bill that isn't bogged down by an earthy all red malt wooden profile. The hopping is good, before the lupulin threshold shift, this in the 90s was a decent hopped beer, today its kind of run of the mill.

Its an enjoyable beer in any era. There's bitterness, grapefruit and super mild citrus hop notes, good mild caramel and earthy malt grain/barley effect. Easy enough to drink.

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

Pours a clear reddish-orange color with a finger of dense and creamy yellow-tinted head which lasts quite a while before leaving heavy lacing. Floral, orange hops in the aroma, continuing to the taste. Light to medium bodied, with a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel for the style. Mild hop bitterness in aftertaste. This was one of my favorites back in the day, but it's nowhere near as hoppy or robust as I remember.

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Photo of ThemThangs
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste mostly makes me think of biscuits/bread, with just a little bit of hop bitterness on the tail end. The carbonation is quite tingly in my mouth. A pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Mollyellis
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a more hoppy version of an amber but I'm obsessed because I also love IPAs. This beer is great with coffee after tones and a full bodied finish. I paired it with pretzels but what beer is not good with some salty pretzels.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden red color, decent head and lacing. Malty smell, a bit bready. The taste is hoppy and a bit bitter. Nicely carbonated. A good beer!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember this brew from long ago, and it was nice to have one this afternoon. It had a real old school feel to it. Cool.

It's pretty enough to hold its own in the style that is the prettiest of all beers. The aroma is pronounced, unique, piney, and somewhaydeep and dank. The taste is a little dank and dark and hoppyto,balanced with nice malts.


This all sets down nicely and is pretty easy drinking. This was a nice blast from the part. Recommended for an old school hoppy red. The original American red ale.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it at the Carmel Mission Inn, so the buffet would be free. It has the balance you would expect from a red ale. Hops forward and malt finish. I would order it again. Nothing too over the top, but plenty of flavor. Matt liked it.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice, light ale that is a beautiful amber color with a thin caramel head a heavy lacing. Not much smell to speak of. Light and refreshing drink with mild carbonation, pine and citrus notes, with hops on the back end. Definitely a do again for the summer. Refreshing.

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Photo of drmeto
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear amber with a big,foamy,offwhite head
low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-pine,resin,grapefruit,peach
T:
-pine,resin,grapefruit,grassy,oranges
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
More of a Pale Ale than a Red Ale.
Good overall

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Photo of Sundrifter
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

North Coast makes some delicious beers and their Red Seal Ale is no exception. It's got the caramel maltiness of a red ale along with a some hoppy bitterness that puts it very close to pale ale territory. It's definitely got it's own thing going on and tastes very unique compared to a lot of other red or amber ales out there. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber body, big white billowing head, archipelago of lace. Smell is toasted malt, faint earth and pine hops. Flavor is more of the same, with the malt building itself up into moderately sweet toffee flavors on some sips. Sweet balanced by crisp bitterness on the finish. Full bodied and hearty, which I like, but the carbonation is sharp and harsh.
*Sigh*, amber ales... what to make of you. It's like trying to get excited about the most technically perfect tightrope walker whose rope is 3 feet off the ground. The balance is impressive, but at the end of the day it's just hard to get excited about such tame, raw flavor. Anyway, as far as this one goes, it's very good (within its own category).

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Photo of MGibbons
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slight malty and yeasty nose. Nice amber color. Not much head when poured from the bottle. Well-balanced with ample hop flavor. I always think of this a great four-season pale ale: light enough for summer, hearty enough for colder weather. You can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Filtered vivid amber body with a beautiful creamy persistent ivory head.
S- Citrus honey caramel.
T- Honey and caramel leads to a roasted malts with a hoppy touch. Leaves a slightly bitter palate.
F- Full, rich.
O- Nice amber ale but the important characteristics are not amazing. Just good.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A beautiful red/copper color. A big, course, white head that never really disappears. Great clarity. Moderate stickage.

Smell - A little sweet. A little toasty. A little hoppy. Nice.

Taste - Big malt flavor (equal measures of sweet and toasty). The pine needle hops complement, perfectly, the aforementioned malt. This ale is bold yet chugable.

Mouth - Smooth. Oily. Good.

Overall - This ale is the west coast definition of "balanced." All of the components that make up this amber work in perfect harmony. A touch more carbonation would have been nice but, overall, very good beer!

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with full, creamy head. Aroma wafts from the glass, nice mild hoppy nose. Flavor is right on target too, initial hops bite, with malt and spice flowing behind. Short pleasant lingering finish. This is nice...

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Pale Ale. Pours a clear light amber color with a big white frothy head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt/caramel malt with a little citrusy hops. Flavor is more of the same but the hops and bitterness are more present than in the nose. Starts out a malty beer but the West Coast citrus hops kick in to provide a nice balance. Mouthfeel is crisp, with some sweetness and bitterness balancing things out very nicely. A good go-to Red/Amber Ale.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear Amber Gold with abundant fluffy off white head that leaves sone nice lacing and bubbles
Smell: sweet maltiness and fresh citrusy aromas
Taste: Very dry, almost thin maltiness and a puckery citrus rind flavor with moderate bitter finish.
Feel: Light body and nice fine carbonation

Overall: a west coast style pale ale. Among those I've tried it reminds me most of the Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a stronger malt balance but similar hop characteristics. In the end this one is a bit too dry for my taste but still enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisClark
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red seal ale is my gold standard ale. I cannot find its equal or better and ive been looking for two years. This ale is in my opinion the embodiment of full body, smooth finish. This is a beer i keep on hand. Thank you North Coast for creating this legendary ale.

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Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the America on Tap day-fest in Wilmington Aug 15th. Someone said it was only 4% alcohol but turns out it's over 5, but still def. a session beer. Flavor is unique, I guess because of the amber/red ale combo idea. Going to look for this! Later, JK didn't like as much as before.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in late June from TW Arrowhead for $1.79. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark amber with a nice off white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose is a wonderful fresh citrus.

Taste has a nice caramel malt backbone generously hopped with citrus tinged hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is an excellent representation of a session amber IPA. Definitely will do this again!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was copper red in color with a little white head.
The smell had a light citrus over top of light caramel/nutty tones.
The taste took those flavors and added a sweet graininess to it. Light caramel aftertaste and a light sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light allowing the caramel/nuttiness to be the substance rolling over my tongue.
Overall, its a decent Amber/Red ale. I could see myself having again.

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Photo of J30wang
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wafts intensely of honey! Not a sweet beer, but honey is the dominating character here. Perfect late-night pal on a warm evening outdoors. Bitterness from the hops is very refreshing, but satisfying from the malt. Overall just lots of honey. Solid beer with medium head and lacing, but beautiful semi-milky amber yellow color w/ a brownish pinch. Recommend!

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