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

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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and hoppy. A palate cleaner, and good after fish and tasty salad. Was good at below room temperature and at it. Fresh and refreshing. A smooth drink and our group could have handled this all night. Medium mouthfeel, a session ale. Some malts, piney floral. big hop bubbles in bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a slightly hazy golden amber body. Nice lacing circumferentually. Aroma is mostly malt and breads. Flavor is very interesting and unique with an initially malty and bitter taste which transitions to a floral and herbal finish. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation with a dry finish. Overall a very good and complex brew. I will be having this one agaIn

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Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper color with no head for me. There was no lacing either.

S - Smells of citrus hops, ripe dark fruits, and a hint of vinegar.

T - Tastes of subdued hops up front with a slight malty aftertaste. The bitterness on this beer was somewhat short lived.

M - Good carbonation. Nice crisp and slightly creamy feel.

D - Good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a sixpack of this baby for the furthur show last nigh at red rocks. it poured a nice red copper color with a two inch white head. the smell is nice west coast hops and red malt, hoppy for a red ale. it has a crisp bitter flavor at first, but the malt mellows the finish with some caramel and bready notes. its very well balanced, and slightly unconventional. the mouthfeel is nice too, medium body and very drinkable, intensely carbonated. lots of flavor packed into this beer, one of the better north coast products ive had. an excellent concert beer as well, hearty and drinkable at the same time, nice!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice red color, the head was a light orange and was pretty large at first. The lacing was good too. The smell of the beer has a good mix of malts and hops from what I could tell. The taste of te beer followed the same basic structure as the aroma did. Malts and some piney hops. The mouthfeel was pretty good too, just a bit heavier might have been good here. Overall a decent brew worth trying again.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that has excellent retention properties and ever faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of spicy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spicy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an excellent balance between the malt and hop flavors. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time because it goes down easily and the taste has quite a bit of flavor. It would probably make for a good beer to pair with food because none of the flavors are overpowering.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Ruedrich (I presume?) showing a nice red coat on the label, for the holiday season, I presume.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium orange amber hue, with two fingers puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy pale beige head, which settles sort of quickly, leaving a consistent pock-marked wall of saggy webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel/toffee malt, a bit of hard water flintiness, and peppy citrusy, floral, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is gritty biscuity pale and caramel malt, orange, lime (of two different manifestations here), and grapefruit citrus, and spicy herbal, grassy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is a bit high and testily frothy at first, but evens out soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight airy creaminess arising straight off. It finishes clean and off-dry, sure, but agreeably hoppy, in both the bitterly floral and fruity sense.

A pretty good amber ale, sporting a nice hoppy edge - but nothing over the top. It would make for a good repeat offender at the pub, I imagine, should this ever arrive in Alberta as such - I only suggest this particular conceit as a concerned, beer-appreciating citizen, y'know.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A much nicer beer than the Redhook IPA that I just drank. The colors are very nice--maroon or burgudy, very clear, well headed with some lace. Aromas are a nice balance of solid malts and American hops. Spicy and grassy in the nose with a plumb and dates like sweetness. The flavors are malty and hoppy as well. Good complex malt flavors bring out ripe plumbs, light syrup, and a light grain flavor. Hop bittering is big. This beer should be an APA rather than an Amber (if it were not for the color). The body is medium with much roundness in the clean malt texture and the hop bittering. Never astringent. Finishes clean and modestly dry. A very good beer for any occation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live. Reviewed from notes. It was overpriced at that location.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. Appealing.

Sm: A pleasant floral hop aroma. A mild strength aroma. Some cream. Maybe citrus esters.

T: Hoppy, with some orange peel citrus esters. Light cream. Nicely balanced, if simple. Pleasant and enjoyable. No real layering is plesant. I like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Rounded hop character is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Perfectly carbonated. Delicate and lovely.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have it again. The simplicity holds it back but it's pretty good. Probably best enjoyed out of the bottle at a better price. Not North Coast's best offering, but an enjoyable little Amber.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a decent head that does provide some lace

Smell: Nice balance between the caramel malt and the citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a big swath of caramel before the citrus kicks in; after the swallow, there is a decent balance between both the hops and the malt, but the hop flavor is a bit on the lemony side; in the aftertaste, the caramel malt clearly dominates, almost like a Bock

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would prefer a bit more balance but not bad, overall

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a tan, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, hops and some pine.

T - It tasted very malty. The hops were subtle and understated. There was a woody/oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good APA. A nice balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from North Coast.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours clear red orange color with a 2 finger off white head with decent retention. Aromas of citrus, floral, pine, caramel, and some spices. Taste matches the nose very well, with a nice crisp clean bitterness that lingers for a bit on the finish. This goes down very well, and is very drinkable. Very nicely balanced flavors. Medium body and fairly high carbonation. Overall this is highly enjoyable, and full of flavor. Before I knew it my glass was empty. Excellent stuff.

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