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 | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Pours a clear reddish amber color with off-white head. Caramel malts, spices, and some piney grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spiciness and maltiness.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl.oz. bottle. 2014.7 bottled, so about one year old now. Pours into tulip.
A: little head. Clear copper in color.
S: medium to light sweet grain. A touch of grapefruit. Unfortunately hops are almost absent.
T: medium caramel/bitter. Slightly grapefruit. Hops character is somewhat more than smells.
M: light to medium bodied. High carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Not as great as reviews. Probably it had passed its best serving date. I'd expect a bit more hoppy, as the label described.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliantly clear amber, rich, clingy 1” off-white foam collar
S: Touch of hop and malt with the hop aroma more in the background. The malt aromas have a slight touch of roast.
T: Moderate hops, a little grapefruit, no diacetyl, moderate toasty flavors in the malt. Balance is slightly to the hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the finish and aftertaste.
F: Moderate body and moderate carbonation.
O: Very easy to drink. Would shine with just a little more complexity.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome hoppy red beer. One step below Founder's Red's Rye, but several steps above most red/IPA beers. I've seen this one around for a while, and wish I'd tried it sooner.

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Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with soft but noticeable carbonation. Smell is clean with faint fruitiness, bread, and subtle hop aroma. Taste is very balanced with malt up front and a nice amount of hop kick at the end. Notes of baked bread, almost like pumpernickle or rye, and a bit of sourness. Full mouthfeel with zesty carbonation. Overall, very balanced and tasty.

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Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, opaque red, thin, billowy head.

S - Sweet grain, slight, almost rye-esque spice.

T - Crunchy, bread-y, slightly roasty malt notes and woodsy, crisp hops marry very well and sort of blend into a fresh, earthy brew.

M - Medium body, with slightly active carbonation.

O - Goes down oh so easily, extremely balanced interplay of elements.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Due to a candida yeast overgrowth in my GI tract, I have been unable to drink beer or ingest more than 100g of carbohydrates for the last couple weeks. The goal is a month, but a beer here and there isn't supposed to hurt it too bad. So tonight, I sacrifice the Red Seal Ale.

Appearance : Pours a fluffy off-white popcorn colored head with 2 fingers of height and lots of lacing as it recedes gracefully down the straight walls of the pint glass. The body is a pilsner rich golden color with a slight bend towards amber, and is 90% transparent.

Aroma : Fresh hop flower out front, with an oily presence and buttered biscuits. Fruit rinds, unbuttered popcorn and carnauba wax further enhance the body and presence of the beer.

Flavor : Great piney hop bite with a thunder clap of roasted malts flooding in to balance the beer. A nutty richness leaves residue, and sweet caramel malts can be tasted faintly. The spiciness of the hop is something to be contended with. I like it, a lot. Left behind is a dry resolve with bitter pine tingling.

Mouthfeel : Oily, residual, mild creaminess, ending dry and scorched.

Overall : This is actually a Red IPA, not an "Amber Ale". Someone marked it wrong. In that regard it's great. I'd have it again, and I have five more to indulge in before the best by date is expired. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: biscuit, toffee, earthy hops; nicely balanced;

T: also well balanced; toffee, floral, and a little caramel from start to finish; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth;

O: easy to drink; flavor wasn't all that complex; I liked that there was more bittering hops than in most ambers;

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at "The Bucket Trade" in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a good mix of malt, hops and pine.
Appearance- Reddish copper colored beer with a fairly large off-white colored head.
Taste- A very nice malt / hop with caramel note flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation with a slightly oily texture.
Overall- A pretty good American Amber / Red Ale, I would drink this again if I come across it.

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Photo of chris_lo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish copper with an off white cream head and a lasting lace. The aroma gives off a really light sweet malt smell slightly overpowered by a medium citrus, piney, and slight earthy aroma. the taste is super well balanced between malt and slight citrus hope flavor with a light medium body and lasting dry finish.

Almost as good, or comparable to Red Rocket!

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Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours sunset orange with a eggshell one finger head. Lots and lots of little bubbles defying gravity. The smell is mild, bready, lite hops, overall nothing earthshaking. The taste is of bread, herbal hops and malt. It reminds me of a well hopped Wee Heavy. Prretty good, I'd have another.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Overall looks good, great foamy head
-light hop smell bright, and a light sweetness
-a good red ale but leans a little bland compared to most i have drank
-tastes watery and a little over carbonated but apart from that a smooth bubbly feel

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Photo of troobie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

5.4% ABV and 42 IBU's. Sampled from a six pack purchased in Eureka, California.

A: Two-and-then-some finger head from a strong pour. Eventually reduces to a patchy tan head with a ring. Lacing is strong. Significant amount of fine particles that look to be almost in suspension. The particles will accumulate on the bottom of the glass if given enough time. Attractive red hued copper color.

S: Floral and spicy hops, some pine and berries, caramel, toasted malts, and vanilla. Balanced, complex, and inviting.

T: Sweet maltiness up front with caramel and red berries. Hop spiciness transitions to hop bitterness with mild pine flavor. There is too much hop bitterness and it pulls the focus away from the outstanding flavors this beer has. Earthiness in the finish. It's worth noting that Red Seal leaves the taste of red raspberries along with that raspberry tartness on your palate.

M: I don't often think there is too much carbonation, but this is approaching my limit. A strong pour still leaves tongue-stinging carbonation. Slick on the palate in a way that begs you to drink more. Creamy. There is tea-like drying after swallowing.

O: This is one of those times I'm glad I picked out a beer other than the one I was intending to buy. Too hoppy to call this refreshing, but certainly sessionable. This beer with half the IBU's would be off the charts. Why force the bitterness in there North Coast? Flavors are amazing in this one.

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