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

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2,074 Ratings
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 csiewert
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, OK. The beer pours a nice red amber color with a trace of white foamy head that leaves good lacing on the way down. The aroma has malty caramel notes, but is quite light. The taste starts very caramel sweet and then finishes malty with a slight hint of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated. Overall worth a try.

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

North Coast Reudrich’s Red Seal Ale….on tap at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY

Appearance-shimmering red color out into the pint glass, decent sized head that settles nicely into a little clump at the top of the glass. Not bad.

Smell-a little maltier than most of the style, pungent with grainy notes as well as some pine hop in the background, but sweet malt dominates.

Taste/Mouthfeel-well balanced mixture of tart hops and smooth grain, also some fruit notes in the background, smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Stays balanced all the way down finishes with a last note of grain. It works. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability-smooth, nice balanced flavors, very quaffable, nothing rash.

Overall-balance balance balance, it’s something more and more ignored in the Craft movement, which is shameful since it’s so important. This is a very good Amber, worth your time.

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

Pours amber coloured with a white head that disapears right away, leaving good lacing.

Floral hops dominates the nose.
Hops dominates the taste aswell but some toasty malts are definetly presant.
this beer goes down smoothly and is a good mix between red ale and IPA, wich is two of my favourite styles of beer.

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Photo of SamN
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tumbler.

One of my very first real craft beers. Nice to see Red Seal again, how ya been? Good, me too.

Pours a very deep and slightly static copper color, like copper wire. Some honey and amber highlights in there as well. Head is spotty and the bubbles are tiny and make up a sort of odd looking head. Obviously hoppy head, rainbow sheen and sticky lacing being left behind. Other than the odd head, a very solid and imposing amber ale, has a lot of magnetism in its looks. Smell is hoppier than most amber ale, citrus fruits, apples, very crisp and clean hop zing. Some malts too, but in the background and fainter. A faint metal tone is noticeable, too--- adjuncts? Taste is a delayed burst of sweet and juicy hop fruitiness. Surprisingly balanced, despite being distinctively hoppier. The bitterness never overpowers, it sorts of rides the perfect balance between sweet and fruity and producing as lasting bitter taste. The malts are smooth and somewhat creamy, relaxed and easy going. Feel is quite nice, some subdued carbonation makes it perfect for a dinner ale or a sessionable beer at a fairly low ABV. Not smooth, but with a lovely texture.

Overall, a delightfully hoppier amber with great West Coast character. Great for meals and equally sessionable. Thumbs up!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Finally taking the plunge after passing on this so many times at the store. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, grapefruit, flowers, and pine. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light caramel, and grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid red, but nothing that makes me wanna come back and grab another one. Not bad, though.

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Photo of Brunite
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a honey golden orange. Not as amber as I would have thought. Tan head....leaves a cap.

S: Sweet malt....some hoppiness.

T: Nice. Caramel, toffee, sweet maltiness. A touch of bitterness on the back side. Balanced.

M: Medium....average carbonation.

O: Very nice brew. A real good amber at a decent price. I'll have this again.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a generous one finger high, off-white, creamy head. Color is copper amber and looks somewhat dense. Some spider-web lacing at the top and some creamy lace at the bottom. Had a second and poured slightly more aggressive and the lacing was much better. Really sweet smell of malts, caramel, and ripe fruits, prunes, fig and also buttery. Some resiny earthy hops and dense moist bread. Slight earthy yeast notes and light sweet syrup.
The taste is really like it smells with the earthy hops showing a bit more than can be detected in the nose. Grassy pith finish that lingers. A candy taste like old school hard ribbon candy. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a solid malt chewiness.

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Photo of bpw28
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:Thin white head, Amber (about a 18 on SRM Chart), Good Lacing

Nose: Light Roast, Citrus, Brown Sugar, Fig, Milk Chocolate, Pine, Spice

Taste: Light Roast, Soft Sweetness, Spicy, Peppery, A hop bite, the body is too light almost like water

Final Thoughts: The lack of body upsets me because this could be a pretty nice brew. It meets everything a nice beer should besides head and body. I would buy this again, but it wouldn't be a must or a stand out.

Food Pairing: Pork, BBQ, Sandwiches (this would be a nice bread, meat, cheese beer.), Roasted Chicken, Mild Cheese, Ham, Earthy Greens

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Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I really enjoy the malt and hop notes that this beers brings. Nice head with a equally good bitterness to it. Very balanced. I really like how hopped, malted, and creamy/frothy this beer is. One of my top 3 if stranded on an island.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Hazy copper-red, off-white one finger head, light lacing, smells of light malt, alcohol, floral and pine hops.

T&M - Nice crisp light body, light alcohol on the front with some floral hops then very smoothly turns to a pine, alcohol, some smokey fruit.

O - Very drinkable beer. This is the one to show the friends for a nice beer drinkin' session.

Wonderful beer. Picked up a single at CostPlus. Shoutout to CostPlus WorldMarket where my dogs at?! I wish I would have bought a six pack. As I said its very drinkable. The alcohol is not too empowering but makes itself known which like. It really reeks of hops but doesn't taste like a hoppy beer. I really liked this one, go pick it up at your local WorldMarket. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's with Robert E and Zoe the Mousekateer Lee.

Appearance: Reddish orange haze. Off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty grains with some citrus

Taste: Citrus, Grass, Sweet malts. A real earthiness to it.

Mouthfeel: In between light and medium body with very high carbonation level

Overall: Flavor really lasts with this one. Overall a decent easy drinking beer.

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Photo of nazbotica
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice 1 finger head that holds for a minute or so and leaves specks of lacing on the glass. The beer is a very clear, deep bronze color, more brown than red.

S - The smell is citrusy, as well as a seedy berry note (raspberry or strawberry) with a pleasant malt in the back. Smells a little sour too.

T - I am hit mostly by the hops right off, resiny, citrusy, juicy. It makes my mouth water. The malt is prominent in the middle, but quickly drowned out by a very resiny bitter end. This is probably my least favorite thing about the beer.

M - Part of the harshness of this beer might be due to overcarbonation. It burns almost like a quick gulp of soda. The body is a nice medium, which helps the drinkability.

O - I read a lot of hype over this beer, so I am a little let down. I am particularly fond of good hoppy red/amber ales. I think this could be a little better balanced. However, it is a very crisp, hoppy and refreshing beer, and these are my biggest criteria for a go to beer. Well done, North Coast.

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Photo of Snow81
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange haze

Head: Light tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malty grains with a deep rich citric

Taste: Dark Citric with fresh grass and sweet malts

Weight: Medium to light body and carbonation is high to medium

Finish: Earthiness with fresh grass and a hardy citric that lingers for some time

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Photo of ntatum
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish amber with about a finger of head.

It has a floral smell with some light caramel and malt.

The taste is a lot lighter than i expected, which makes it refreshing. I get some hoppiness but then the malts come through as toasty and caramel-"ish". It definitely finishes with a bitterness and a metal copperiness, I believe one reviewer called the copperiness "tap water with flavor".

It has a good mouthfeel as it is medium bodied but still refreshing.

Overall, it is a good beer. To me this beer screams that it needs a pairing with a cheese or meat. I definitely think that would make this beer a better experience.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Beer bottle was frozen and thawed due to brother's idiot friend turning the mini-fridge up to the max setting. I'm not sure what effect it might have had on the beer so this is just for disclosure.

Appearance: The beer creates a nice a one fingered head that doesn't seem as fluffy as other amber ales have poured. The head dissipates quickly to a light lace sitting on top of the beer. The beer itself has beautiful clear copper red color.

Smell: According to my nose, the hops come out flowery and slightly grapefruitish but leans more towards flowery than grapefruit. The malts can also be detected but less so than the malts.

Taste: I admit that this amber ale is definitely more potent than ones I've had before. The hops taste more towards the citrusy and the mats slightly balance it out so that it's bearable. Beneath the hops and malts, the water used in the mix also stands out. I get a sort of flavored tap water towards the end, which oddly enough works for the beer rather than detract. I think the natural taste of the water might be enhanced by the hops used.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and fairly crisp. The beer goes down smooth enough with no real viscosity as there should not be given the style. But nothing unexpected.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable and possible sessionable as well given the ABV content. The unique flavor allows Red Seal to stand out among the other Amber ales. Furthermore, I think that the Red Coast Red Seal is certainly worth a look because it is a good cheap alternative to Oskar Blue's Gordon because of it's price.

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Photo of Preismj
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a 12 pack west coast sampler that my beautiful wife got me as a valentines day gift. Incredible woman.

a: a rusty copper look to it with a soft pour that produced quite a head. head fell quickly and left a weak lace curtain as it went...

s: flowers and bitter hops hit up front, and some citrus whiffs in the tail. this smells inviting and actually quite potent compared to what i expected to smell

t: much more of a hop taste than i anticipated. floral taste, reminds me of sunflowers and even a taste of sunflower seeds as a nutty component in an aftertaste along with wheat and a bitter kick of hops. Much better than I thought it would be, though the taste from the hops is weak and watery...expected it to carry for longer but it just kind of punches you and walks away.

m: crisp and clean, nice carbonation. very refreshing.

d: again..this brew is refreshing. the bitterness of the hops make you want another sip...though the watery taste i get towards the end makes me feel a bit more quenched. It is a bit of a tug of war. I could certainly drink a few of these, though there are things I prefer over it. Overall, a fun one to try and I'd revisit at some point down the road.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friday calls for a review. Red Seal is from a brewery I like and so it has been chosen.
A 12 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass. A satisfying 'pop' and a whiff of grain greet me upon opening. An orangy-amber ale with a thick, off-white head issues forth as I pour. The head stays a long while.

Smells are strong malt, a bit of yeast and an herbal hop note.

The taste is full and round with a very light sweetness and a balance to the strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light but not faint and the carbonation is ample while the finish is decidedly dry and herbal.

Drinkability is very high and overall impression is that of a well crafted beer. The dryness and herbal hop quality are a great departure from many of the sweet, bland ambers I have had.


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Photo of JesteR14
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Great amber/red color. Mellow bubbles that aren't very noticeable.

S- I tried to smell this. I even put my nose into the two finger head...i got barely anything!! Malts and the VERY mild sense of hop not expecting much hop bite. Some spices that i smell that i know will come out in the taste.

T- Okay, smooth.... lemme take a bigger sip..Wow..i love this beer. I taste wheat, spices and west coast freshness. I cant explain it but i love California, and this reminds of everything i love about that state.. fresh, bold and stands out. Its not a serious pallet beer but for me, this is a great wheat, malt and barley drink. Some mild fruits like pears and apples, and adds to why this is such a great beer. The bitter hops go fantastic with the bitter fruit in this beer, and manage to balance this fantastic brew. very easy for a craft brew head, id give this to any close friend!!!!

M- the mouth feel of this beer is exciting. Its not overly done with the hops and spices, its perfectly balanced with the fresh ingrediants and boldness of flavor. Every time i drink this beer its a trip to the west coast....And i live in Florida so this is a great vacation!

D- I love good amber ales, but this stands out. I love everything about this beer. I would drink a 6 pack any day because of how refreshing and easy drinking this perfect ale tastes!

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Photo of dmfrench
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly underwhelming but flavorful citrus hoppy 1/2IPA®

A: Hazy, pretty orange/copper body with a fairly persistent two finger yellowed white head. Unappealing were the 20 or so small, light colored sheet-like flecks that settled to the bottom of the glass.

S: Rich, sweet, and slightly toasty caramel with a delicious spicy, floral hopping. On of my favorite noses of recent memory.

T: Fairly big caramel malt hits you up front which quickly changes into a fairly potent DIPA like grapefruit hopping. Very flavorful for 5.5%. It's not exactly delivering a Double Trouble experience or anything, but I am still impressed with how much flavor they managed to cram into this relatively low ABV beer. Finish is medium length and on resiny hops.

M: Medium-high carbonation and a bit of a grainy texture... I'd say average plus on weight for the style.

D: Leaves me a bit underwhelmed... I'd rather have a DIPA anyday.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice translucent bronzy/red with a lot of carbonation soaring to the top. Nice off white pillowy two finger head.

S- First thing I get from the aroma is piny/earthy smell from the hops. I can smell some malty bread notes too. Very appealing aroma over all.

T- Nice piny bitterness on the tongue. Some caramel, bready, malty flavors here too. Nice balanced taste.

M- Good carbonation on the tongue creates a refreshing crisp feeling. light/medium body.

D- I could sit with a six of this and enjoy myself. Easy to drink with quality characteristics. Solid brew!

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Photo of richkrull
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Trader Joes over the weekend. Poured a very solid amber color, not a lot of head. Very nice hoppy aroma. Great taste. Good amber flavor with a bitter finish from the hops. Went down smooth, good mouthfeel. Very drinkable, I'll be looking for this beer again in the near future.

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Photo of CogSciBierNut
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Grapefruit colour, lots of bubbles, almost little to no lacing.

S- Lots of grapefruit, possibly a hint of orange, but overwhelmingly grapefruit-y.

T- At first taste, it's almost like an IPA, but then it turns into a red ale with a good balance of hops and grapefruit. Did have a lingering aftertaste that was hard to kick.

M- Generally very smooth, with bubbles dancing along my tongue.

D- Definitely drinkable, and worth sitting down to have more than 1 in a row.

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Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Lacy off white head. Clear filtered amber body.

caramel and nutty malty aroma. A nice light floral hop. A yeasty fruity twang too.

Caramel is very present in the body. A little less dynamic than the aroma, but very pleasant. A light citrus flavor to round out the taste.

Nice medium bodied not too light not too heavy. All and all a very nice American amber. I'm glad I've ventured outside of Ol' Raspy. North Coast is def no one trick pony.

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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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,074 ratings.
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