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

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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No bottle date.
A: amber ale with a finger of white foam and excellent clarity. This falls to a sheet of the same leaving near cobweb lace.
S: malt, some grass, some pine. pretty simple.
T: Malt, oxidized, bitterness from some earthy, spicy hops. some metal.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. off-dry finish. needs some velvet touch on this style.
O: Not impressed.

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Photo of gfreed
2.17/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a solidly less-than-average beer with a pretty label and too much hype. It had an attractive copper color and a puffy head that looked comfy enough to float a beach raft, but it had an odd lack of aroma. I detected some soap and some yeast, and a little something that could be construed as malt. But the taste... what taste? Aside from a flabby, soapy, bitter flavor, this was nearly taste-free. It had the nippy fizz of an amber, but that's where the fun ended. Phooey.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.34/5  rDev -40%
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 samie85
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes; originally reviewed 6/4/10.

A-Pours a copper color with a little bit of white head.

S-Faint piny and citrus aromas with some bready malt.

T-Bready and caramel malt with some pine bitterness near the finish.

M-Really thin bodied with low carbonation.

D-Really let down by this one. I expected a lot more from it/ North Coast. Just a really bland, almost macro seeming version of a pale ale even though it's supposed to be an amber.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip. Couldn't find a bottle date anywhere.

Dark copper in color. A 2-finger sudsy head formed with an aggressive pour, quickly minimizing to half-finger in size.

Smelled a little sweet licorice-like malt at first but could never quite get it again. Unexciting malt profile with some spiciness sitting on top of it.

The malt isn't noticeable enough on the tongue - Its short, brisk flavor has a fairly unpleasant bittnerness. A dry spice finish doesn't sit too favorably on the tongue either.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and weight appropriate.

Drinkability is probably good for many people, however I found the taste uninviting and even a little off-putting. So it took me a while to finish it. I had to have some nuts with this to make it passable.

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Photo of pjwilson
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this is a give it a second chance review. I've had this beer several times over the years, and I just don't like it. I see it for 11 bucks a 12 and wished I liked it, but I don't. However, I haven't had it for a long time and saw a single, to see if I have developed my paleete more or something. Some things you just plain don't like and can't aquire a taste for, because you just don't like them and never will.
appearance: looks thin, pale redish ale. Could pass for a pale ale, or a light amber. The head brings it up a point or so, because it is a nice head.

smell: there are hops here, but some other stuff. like wet cardboard. The hops are nice, the wet cardboard not so much so. still, decent.

taste: just an horrible blend. somewhere in there are the taste of hops and some pleasing bitterness. But the mud the mud. normally, my problem with red beers is they are too sweet, but this one isn't really sweet. cardboard again comes to mind. cardboard with a side of absoulte nothing. blah

mouthfeel: so damn watery it's sad. it's not aiding drinkablilty one bit either.

drinkability: a chore to finish this. still it's not putrid, if this was all there was at a party i'd suck up and drink it. however it's not good and not easy to drink. thankfully i didn't do something dumb like buy a sixer.

north coast is such a hit or miss brewery. However, I know alot of people who like this beer so what can I say: different strokes ...

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Photo of Offa
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok, but I find it boring, rather bland, and overly grapefruity.

Red-copper, it has a large but airy off-white head that dissipates steadily.

The aroma is mostly hops and mostly citrus (espe. grapefruit), with pine, grass, and a faint hint of caramelly malt.

The taste has very light malty sweetness, mostly caramelly fruit, with mild but far more dominant, hop flavour and bitterness, mostly grapefruit with some other citrus and a light, stale piney quality. The bitterness is not strong in absolute terms, but it certainly dominates the whole beer, since the body is thin, the malt exceedingly weak, it lacks compelxity and it's watery and bland, with a thin character completely lacking anything underneath the thin surface flavours. It seems thin and has an old, stale quality, which makes no sense given my proximity to the brewery and its presnece in the region.

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Photo of Briken
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear orange amber with a fine tan head with little retention. For a red pale ale it's neither red nor pale. A very crisp hop aroma mirrors the start with good floral hops that disappears in a quick spicy moment. Malts are nondescript and it finishes with a watery feel that somehow leaves dry. The redeeming factor is the balance and hop spiciness but there's not enough to keep me coming back and after awhile it becomes bland.

I just can't get into this one. The first sip shows a lot of promise but it disintegrates quickly. I would like to try it on tap sometime and hope for a different effect.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.62/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Clear, medium amber brown body. Pours two finger loose off-white pearl head with decent to low stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Moderate grassy hop, balanced by as much maple syrupy malty sweetness. Medium bodied.

Taste - Light hop character up front, which fades away quickly and leaves a light lime peel bitterness in the aftertaste. Faint malt tries to balance the faint hop character, but doesn't quite to the job. Pretty light flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Light and somewhat acidic. Slight stickiness.

Overall Drinkability - Might make a decent session for newbs just getting into hops, but I find it a little to boring and unbalanced. Not a bad beer, just thoroughly forgettable.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- Copperish in color with a sandy head that stuck around for a while. Left little to no lacing behind.

S- Not much in the smell dept. Some faint sweet malt but nothing explosive.

T,M- Quite bland tasting, malt, slight hopps at the finish.

D- Its an ok beer, if thirst was an issue i could drink this beer again, but otherwise i wouldent buy it.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at Redbone's

Red copper ale under a low white head, that soon vanishes. Sour hops aroma and taste. Tastes a bit syrupy, with a musky rinse of an old sock in the finish. It's not enough to be objectionable, but I'm not interested in having another.

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Photo of eclipse54
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A translucent copper/red color with about a half inch of bubbly, off-white head. Looks decent and leaves a little lacing as the head fades. Smells a bit skunked though, for lack of a better term. Perhaps algae-like would be a slightly better adjective, but still not a completely pleasant scent. It does have some faint grassy hops and toasty malts behind it though, which are welcoming. Tastes a bit bland, with a bit more emphasis on the malt than in the nose, the same bit of hop character, and that subtle off flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and under carbonated. Overall, not a beer I’ll pick up again as there are some other options that just sit better with me. I'm not disappointed I tried it though.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange amber into a pint glass with a full inch of rocky head. Had to really monitor the pour to keep this one from overflowing. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is of malty citrus hops gone bad, reminiscent of many Firestone Walker brews. Is this a pure cascade hop brew? Malt variety? Time for a little research on my behalf. I am too often running into a rather undesirable odor. I'm liking the hops but the citric oil smell is killing me. As the beer settles the hops do become more dominant, quenching the negatives a bit.

Taste is equally cloying, a bit chewy and chalky at the same time. Not chewy as in something to savor but chewy as in do I want to spit out this gamey piece of meat. All this stems from the love or hate orange flavor as the beer is otherwise quite pleasant.

Decent feel and drink per se. Carbonation is high initially yet settles in the end, leaving a somewhat viscous finish.

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Photo of lastauss
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't understand why folks get so jazzed on this.

The color is lovely, but that's where the good points end. The aroma is lackluster, the flavor is completely out-of-balance, there is no discernable mouthfeel and the only reason I can think of to try another one is to make sure I had a representative bottle.

North Coast makes some seriously great beers, I don't know who they're trying to woo with this one.

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Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I don't know if I got a bad bottle, or what happened here. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, some malts are present. Taste is pure bitterness. No balance at all. No citrus, pine, floral notes, just a whole lot of bitter. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall I did not much care for this beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/19/2007 (12oz bottle):

Couldn't get a clean glass. Has a smallish head in the dark bottle. A malty sharp flavor, with a somewhat smooth aftertaste. Poured a little cold, decided to try it again after warming up for a bit. Warming up, nice & malty. Has a very malty aroma.

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Photo of witster18
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very dry ale...very hoppy....some floral in there. decent flavors...but all are perhaps a little overdone. while i can appreciate some of the flavors ...i do not find this to be very drinkable. decent head decent carbonation and cascading bubbles...very bitter!

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Photo of sjclay00
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer

A- A copper amber color with a decent head that seem to disappear quickly
S- A hint of orange and hops seems to be present
T- The taste was not to overwhelming. Somewhat water downed. Was hoping for a little more
M- A slight bitterness but mostly bland
D- This could easily be a session beer just because of the weak taste. Would be easy to suck down a few of these without problem, but prefer something with a little more flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so sure why it has such good ratings but..
North Coast Brewing's Red Seal Ale pours a big fat head over a
cloudy amber brew. The nose is ale yeast and disapointing. The flavor
is round malt propped up with sharp herbal hops, with a lingering, grassy
hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp but fairly full.

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Photo of JLeege
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours an amber color with a small white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell- Light caramel and subtle dark fruits,
mixed with some cereal grains.

Taste- Sort of a musty taste throughout. Slightly grassy, with loads of caramel. A little bit astringent as well. Where are the hops? Where is the bitterness, as described on the label?

Mouthfeel- Medium light body and carbonation.

Overall- This beer just didn’t do it for me, it could have just been a bad bottle I suppose. But nothing about it really called for a revisit, except to see if it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Crosling
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Nice nose with notes of caramel, berries, spoiled grapefruit and mustiness.

This is a solid well hopped pale ale but I don’t really like it. It has a solid hop kick (in fact, more so than most of the style) but I don’t like the hops used and the malt backround does not balance this beer well at all. Tastes like the finishing hop is cascade. I wish I knew what the other hops used were. This has notes of grapefruit, flowers, cellar mustiness, tangy and spicy hops and a pretty long and lingering, but unpleasant, finish. Also, for being 5.5%, the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

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Photo of Cresant
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into an IPA glass. Received 1-2 fingers of head. Orange/amber body with a chill haze.

Smelled of citrus-like hops. Mildly sweet malts noted.

Tasted rather juicy. Citrus/bitter hops outweighed the malts somewhat, but a nice representation of a APA. Salty hints (?). Nothing extraordinary here.

Mouthfeel was zesty toward the middle of my tongue. Slightly watery. Thin finish. I will probably pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A small sized white head with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear with no carbonation observed.The hue of this APA was amber and the flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and medium bodied.

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Photo of Crittervision
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

preface: red ales are probably far from my favorite style.

frothy, dense quarter-inch head, low to medium carbonation hidden by the fairly dark copper body. nice retention, head blankets the top after a few minutes and is easily regenerated later on.

smells like a balance between malty sweetness and a very gentle touch of hops that are hard to distinguish from what may be an alcohol smell. on further smellingz i get a fusion of caramel and celery, unripe vegetable plus something sweet.

taste is much more watery than the aroma led me to expect. then on subsequent sips it develops more. it reminds me of that hot (artificial-i think) cinnamon hard candy, minus the heat. concentrated celery and unripe vegetables in the front to mid-palate, bland hop bitterness really stands out in the finish with a touch of ginger.

medium carbonation. the body seemed thicker when it was colder, but it sits thinner as it warms.

the bittering hops on top of a watery and somewhat balancing maltiness doesnt do much for me. its drinkable, but given the option, id quickly choose to try something else. when i appreciate red ales a lot more, i will revisit this one.

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Photo of tmm313
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely clear with some fine sediment floating around. Nice copper color. Poured a nice 2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Balance is immediately evident. Sweet malty scents like caramel and dark fruits with an even mix of both piney and sweet citrus hops.

Taste: Basically follows the nose. The word I keep thinking is "evenness". Everything is mixed together well, but nothing really stands out. Nice malt sweetness followed by both piney and sweet hop flavors. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

Overall: This wasn't bad. I felt everything was mixed together very well, but nothing really seemed to pop. I may give it another go down the road to see if maybe mine had too much age on it.

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