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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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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 BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice amber w/ fluffy head and decent lacing. Scents are faint, w/ hints of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. It's goes up a notch w/ the taste! I'm tasting candy apples, w/ caramel; bittersweet. Not too hoppy; has an English influence. Slightly malty, making the mouthfeel enjoyable; medium-bodied. Drinkabilty is good, it's easy to put a couple back.. I've always enjoyed this one.

This is a classic craft beer.. great for people being introduced to the craft scene.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque Amber

Smell - A little sweet with light hops

Taste - Medium strong bitterness especially later with nice caramel malt taste.

Mouthfeel - Crisp mouthfeel with a medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer.

Summary: Good session beer, that won't bore. Good for everyday drinking

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Murky amber color, a finger of head and slight carbonation

s - Wheaty Malts, citrusy hops, and slight pine hints

t - No bitterness, very tasteful, slight hints of bready malts and citrus

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

d - Something I definitely enjoyed, nothing crazy but a good beer.

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

Bought a 6-pack of this beer from Smoke Land/Liquor Store in Olivette, MO. Poured into a tulip glass and finished in no time!

Appearance- Orange, Cloudy base of beer and small amount of head (Less than 1/2 finger)

Smell- Smells EXACTLY like a Newcastle, except for a few more hops (maybe citrus as well)

Taste- Has the taste of a Newcastle too! Awesome. Almost like a traditional english lager with a kick of hop. I will be noticing more taste as my 3rd beer hits (on second)

Mouthfeel- Medium body beer, refreshing as it finishes, but also feel the hop in my cheeks.

Drinkability- While most beers I rate on BA are not my first time tasting, this one was and am shocked of how great it was! Not a beer for everyone. If your into English Ales/Lagers or Brown Ales, this one is for you.

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Photo of ebin6
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My "go to" for the style. Consistently pours with a white, creamy head which is thick and stays around nicely. Drinkability is outstanding, even for the style. A great summer beer with plenty of balance and enough going on in mouthfeel to not disappoint or bore you.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a very short description of the beer on the neck label but no other info like freshness date or abv.

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful amber color with some visible carbonation. Its head is just off white in color, tall and long lasting. The thick creamy head holds on well and makes nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some nice bready and fresh yeast notes with a good mix of herbal, earthy and lightly citrus like hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma its flavor has a well balanced mix of bready malt and tasty hops. Its medium bodied with a nice even level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a great drinking beer with very good balance and flavor.

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

The beer pours a slightly hazzy copper color, with a white head. The aroma is of citrus hops and caramel malt. The taste at first is bitter, and then switches to a malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a medium light. Overall this is a drinkable beer with the way it finishes sweet.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery in Fort Bragg. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear light honey-amber with an epic dense creamy head that formed a tan dollop of whipped cream as I drank. Great head retention with decent lacing.
S: Not much scent to it. Hints of sweet malt and citrus hops here and there.
T: I pick up light flavors of sweet malt, a touch of cracker, and some grapefruit hops. Flavors are light, but what is there tastes very good.
M: Smooth mouthfeel over a flat, medium body. No carbonation is present but the beer isn't watery. There is a touch of chewiness, but it's not sticky.
D: This went well with my meal and was very refreshing. I've only ever had a few beers on cask so it's hard to say exactly how this matches up, but I was impressed with it at the time so there you go. I would order it again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A two finger light copper colored head sits atop this foggy, copper brew. As the head recedes it leaves nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is generously highlighted by grassy hops. As the nose balances out, these hops meld with fresh malts, and the faintest hint of caramel. As we sip, it becomes clear that the flavoring is quite simple, and well balanced. The forefront is inhabited by a heavy malt character that carries through nicely, despite the neutralizing addition of hops towards the back of the swallow. The aftertaste is fresh, with the mouth left satiated and moist. The carbonation is medium to light, but is palpable. The body follows suit, on the lighter side, to the point of being a touch watery. This brew is simplistically refreshing, making it easily consumable.

Overall, what was most striking about this beer was the wonderful symmetry of the hops and the malts. As suggested by the label, the brew is created with only the most basic ingredients, and that idea certainly comes through to the finish.

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Photo of KeOw
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a shaker to reveal a clear brownish amber, through which visibly active carbonation streams up to join the off-white 2-finger head, dense with smallish bubbles. Head retention is pretty decent, a film of fine lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: A full--but not overlarge--aroma of malt, reminding me of a slightly sweet wheat bran bread or muffin, seems to cup sharply fruity hops. Perhaps a hint of alcohol.

Taste: As advertised by the aromas, the taste is a wonderful balance of malt bread-y sweetness and crisp hops. I taste malt first, but then the hops flare over the tongue with just the right amount of astringency, slowly gaining an edge over the sweet malt. The above-average carbonation helps the hops give the brew a biting crispness in taste and mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of body for a pale red/amber, silk sliding through the mouth. The quite active carbonation is not excessive, but, as mentioned, deliciously crisp. Then, by the end, the feel almost abruptly changes from slick to dry.

It's about as drinkable as it gets, especially in light of its sessionable 5.5 abv. It has substance and a distinctive flavor, but is never aggressive.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale

Appearance: dark red, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, slight yeast, and malts.

Taste: hops, barley, and a slight nutty-malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This would be a great session ale. It is flavorful without being filling. It is more on the average side of beer because of the lighter body.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cask offering at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: 2 fingers of foamy, beige head over copper-orange body, transparent. Leaves thick lacing.

Smells of orange candy drops, some hay & grass. Rich, fresh smell.

Taste is orange, lemon, tea, cracker-like malt backbone. Cascade hops, I'm guessing? Bitter finish, but not with a bite. Bitter bread crust in aftertaste. Pleasant, but kind of reminds me of an old IPA.

So smooth, a little flinty, not so much bitter & abrasive. Hard not to rate anything on cask high on the mouthfeel.

Very smooth drinker -- citrus flavor might wear after a while, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Solafide
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely with a sharp contrasting divide between the white head and reddish brown body

The aroma seemed to consist of a dominant maltiness and a diminishing hop scent

The taste seemed to be the beers downfall. A bit weak abv was noticeable and overall seemed somewhat watery. The flavor that could be distinguished for me was a wood like taste with a hint of sweetness and a bitter fishish.

Easily drinkable

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Photo of Chaney
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, reddish-brown color, with about an inch worth of head (or a bit less?), and the carbonation is to die for.

S: Very faint, but I got a slight floral presence, and a bit of fruit. This one could benefit from a bit of wet-hopping.

T: Medium-light in body and I found this one somewhat watery in general. After a few sips, a bit of the hop bitterness started to stay on my tongue, but the brew never made up its mind if it was going to lean toward the hoppy or the floral side. There result beer.... meh..

M: Like I stated before, somewhat watery. However, the carbonation was pretty good.

D: I've heard rumors that this beer is now about half the beer it once was after some drastic recipe changes. I wasn't into craft beer back in those days, so I can't judge. However, I DO know that the version I drank was sub-standard.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This one poured a nice dark amber color with a 2-finger white fluffy head that left pretty nice lacing as it fell. Lots of carbonation bubbles and the head had good retention.

S - It smelled of light malts, some hop presence, and earthy. The smell was a little bit faint, and I think there was something odd about the smell, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

T - This beer tasted lighter than I expected it too. There was some sweet malts, and a little bit of hops came into play in the middle. This beer finished on a bitter note, but not exactly a good bitter note. It was also a little spicy from the yeast and there were notes of citrus.

M - The mouthfeel was kind of light and had quite a bit of carbonation. It was bubbly which I liked, and I thought it went down decently smooth.

D - This beer would have been more drinkable if it werent for the bitterness at the end. It was also a bit watery. I had high hopes for this beer after having other beers by North Coast, and I was sadly disappointed. This beer was alright, but I dont think I will be picking up any more.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Effervescent, bright red-orange color. Two fingers of off-white head with average retention and some lacing.

Smell: Straightforward with some citrus hops and some caramel malt. Nothing really exciting.

Taste: Doesn't really do it for me. Caramel malt sweetness followed by a strong orange flavor and a light hop bitterness. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation way overdone.

Drinkability: Drinks OK, but save this one for a hot day.

Final Notes: My first sort of disappointment from North Coast. It's not a bad beer, but for this price you could probably find a better amber ale. It's OK, but I'm not likely to buy it again.

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Photo of bminor7
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Hoosick on 10/19/10.

A - nice red color. a good head forms.

S - hoppy, good but light malt scent. might be an older bottle as the hops seem faded for a beer of this style.

T - malty, virtually no hops, a bit thin, could be out of date.

M - thin, but good for the style.

D - reasonable...probably a lot better fresher.

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

A lovely orange beer smelling of grassy hops and caramel malt. The taste itself is very sweet, with some fruity esters and spicy hop sneaking in over the caramel. The mouthfeel is kind of a mess, as I was expecting more of a clean finish--it gets bitter and sort of unbalanced towards the end--but overall it's a nice solid red ale.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a finger of ecru foam that fades into a thin layer upon the surface of the beer. The aroma is of nice fruit esters, particularly of red apple and orange zest. In addition there is a nice aroma of caramel that when paired with the apple smells wonderful. The first taste hits with a strong bitter flavor that does slowly fade away, but yet still leaves you with the fact that it is a bitter beer. Though the beer is nice and crisp there are notes of both cloves and caramel. The mouthfeel, while well carbonated, is in my opinion a bit on the watery side, but not too much that the beer is unpleasant. Despite all of the set backs it's a very nice drinking beer and one that I wouldn't have a problem telling people to get. The only concern I have is that it's not really a Red ale it's more of an EPA, or APA. But as a beer, it's not bad.

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Photo of bryman1999
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy copper red, tan head that fades leaving decent lacing

smell: citrusy hops w/ and almost strawberry sweetness

taste: smooth malty start w/ some citrus hops followed by a drawn out metallic tang at the end. as the beer warms more of the malt comes through and the finish becomes quite mild and smooth

mouthfeel: quite thick and full yet tingly on the tongue going down. very creamy

drinkability: it keeps you coming back for another swig but at the same time is full enough to make you take your time and appreciate it. definitely not a chugger, but a good session beer for sure.

overall: I like this beer, it has a real unique flavour that I can never quite put my tongue on. A very dynamic beer, it has a polished feel that seems to be missing in many macro brews.

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

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - A light, sweet caramel aroma with some toasted malt. Some musty hops with a hint of pine and maybe some brown sugar hiding in the background.

T - Brown, malty caramel up front with a light flavor of herbal hops. Some brown sugar notes in the middle with a little bit of yeasty apple and more spicy hop flavor. Finishes with a lightly roasted note and some dark, sweet caramel that its balanced by moderate bitterness and a hint of pine.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a drinkable red ale with a thick malt character. The hops fall a but too far on the musty side if the spectrum for my taste, but they serve their purpose by balancing the malt. A reasonably nice amber ale, but not nearly as exciting as the some other north coast beers.

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Photo of Lesbrad
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is for on tap, non-cask conditioned Real Seal Ale. It is very different from the cask ale, please see that review for details.

This is a very good American Amber ale. Not the very best, but very good and would appeal to most any quality beer drinker. The cask version is far superior on all levels except availability.

a copper/amber clear is a light and lacing head

s malty and citrusy

t very well balanced caramel malt and hop bitterness

m a little too prickly for my liking. the carbonation can take away from the flavor and sadly it does here.

d again the carbonation makes this less than a superstar beer. It is highly sessionable unless you find burping to be a big problem.

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Photo of littlesgtpepper
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the North Coast Brewery on 09/22/10 in a pint glass. This was a cask conditioned offering.

This beer had a thick, off-white head. It stayed pretty long and left a nice lace along the sides. The color looked like your average amber: dark red.

The smell was very nice with malt, a floral bouquet, and a strange butter hint.

This cask conditioned offering cut way down on the carbonation. It was almost like a nitro without the velvety smoothness, producing a rather unpleasant watery/thin mouthfeel, but allowing more flavors to emerge that the heavy carbonation of the regular version usually shrouds.

The flavors are spicy with sweet herbs, nice malt, with something approaching an earth/soil flavor. Faily unique in my opinion. The flavors lasts through the somewhat dry finish.

This is a very good session beer and another great beer by North Coast. Keep em' coming.

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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed light copper with a substantial and bubbly off-white head.

Balanced towards the big dose of herbal and citric hops that lend that lingering, raw hop oil character that I love. Malt is mild caramel with a hint of sweetness that barely softens the coarse hoppiness before the drying finish.

A hop-forward Amber that isn't too big to be enjoyed in quantity. Now only if North Coast would date their products so that I could confidently enjoy this at home.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 2,086 ratings
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