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

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2,082 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 Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours beautifully bright with a nice amber color and a creamy head and excellent lacing. The smell exhibits alight slightly sour graininess, some gentle sweetness, and some earthy hops. Quite a nice taste on cask. Slightly sweet and earthy, with nice earthy hops, and a firm but mild bitterness, which lingers nicely. Firm, but with a soft finish in the mouth. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of scottchesterhall
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper, but the head was thinner than I would hope for. Decent lacing, but after two sips the head was just a trace around the edges of the glass.

Nice hop aroma, but nothing extra special.

Taste is a really nice malt/hop balance. Some biscuit flavor, and a really full round malt base. Nice. And a very complimentary hop dosing to make it a full, balanced beer. Taste is its best quality.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road, but not in a bad way.

Very's second best quality.

I'd never refuse one, but I wouldn't have dreams about it.

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

Red Seal Ale has a medium, foamy, off-white head, and a very clear amber appearance. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is of citrus, earthy barely malt, and hops. The taste is an excellent blend of malt, faint oranges, and a good amount of delicious spicy hops. Mouth-feel is full and wet. This ale finishes filling and refreshing. I thought this was an outstanding example of the style and would love to have it again.


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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale ABV: 5%

A: The appearance is of a golden brown with a reddish color that just simmers in the light. Translucent fluid; however, can't really see what's on the other side.

S: smells very hoppy with a hint of a assortment of fruits smell. Out of the assortment of fruits, the citrus smell overpowers the rest. Also, I get a kick of the malts.

T: Taste very malty with the citrus aftertaste. Also, has a grassy hoppy taste. Overall, the taste is kind of appealing. However, I have had similar tasting beers.

M-D: The mouthfeel is very smooth all the way from the tongue, down the palate, all the way to the stomach. I can definitely easily drink this beer. This beer would definitely be part of another session, another day.

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Photo of NODAK
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is a strong mix of floral hoppiness with a lesser quantity of malt.

Taste is much like that of the nose. There's a good, but not overpowering, dose of floral hops at the beginning of the drink. This dominates the body of the beer, until the finish where some creamy, bready malts become evident. The beer is certainly more geared towards the hoppiness, but the malt was ample enough to make it balanced in my opinion.

I had thought this was an APA before...but saw it is an amber/red ale now. When I taste it, I can see why it's a red ale, even if it has the hoppiness of a typical APA.

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

Pours a nice golden brown with a very nice head with wonderful retention. A decent malt aroma with plenty of roasted nut to go along with it.

A decent balance of mild hops and malt flavor make this beer a pleasant SoCal beer. Not much complexity, but the simplicity definitely works for the beer. A smooth carbonation with a mild bitterness. Definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a murky amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of soap, citrus hops, piney hops, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, floral, and citrus hops. No bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation; easy to drink.

d - A decent red ale. A nice combo of hops and malts, would try again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Earthy hop notes, spice
Taste-Spicy, toasted malt, rye notes, and a nice hoppy bite that complements, rather than overpowers. Nicely balanced and sessionable. A good match for a cheeseburger or a pizza.

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Photo of aeminter
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color, clear, about one fingers worth of white foamy head

S - Nice hop presence, some slight esters and sweet cereal malts

T/M - Mild bitterness, a little watery, medium carbonation, lingering hops, balanced malts to match the smell.

All in all an excellent representation of the style and very easy drinking as well.

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

Pours nicely for a two finger thick head and has a copper colored hazy body.

The aroma has some orange like fragrance with some toffee overtones.

In the taste the hops are well upfront, but are not over powering. The malt comes through as caramel and the hops are there to make sure this beer doesn't become boring.

Feel wise this is crisp but a little powder. However, this is still a refreshing brew.

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

Some beers are unremarkable but good. This is one of those. Nothing about this beer stands out; it's just good. Good copper-to-red color, fine head, good lacing. Middle of the road pale ale aroma: some spicy hops over mild malt. Decently hopped over slightly sweet, slightly bready malt - well balanced. Smooth mouthfeel - again well-balanced. Drinkable as heck.

I've enjoyed this on tap before but usually avoided seconds in my quest to try everything else available. probably a mistake, since this is a good, good beer. Perhaps next time I'll eschew the variety and go with something that's just good. Like this.

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Photo of SAMUEL999
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become my favorite "go to" beer. It has beautiful reddish color with a perfect amount of head. A good hoppy upfront taste with a soothing after taste. Very well balanced. Not complex, just a straight-forward enjoyable beer. I continue to search, but have yet to find a better everyday beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Darker reddish color with copper and brown tones. Light head about one finger high with a slight amount of lacing while consuming.

S - Malt with some roasted tones, a touch of hops and sweetness also attempt to jump out.

T - Roasted malt right up front with touches of caramel, eventually the hop profile tries to slice through with a dash of assorted fruit. Pretty dry finish afterwards with some slight lingering flavors.

M - Bubbly! Plenty of carbonation, but still pretty smooth with medium body.

D - Easy to drink and definitely quaffable at 5.5%.

This is pretty true to the style with a nice color and decent flavors. Definitely not my favorite amber ale, but a solid brew to keep in the fridge, especially if you're planning on having burgers or other bbq'd food. More good stuff from North Coast.

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Photo of birchstick
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a reddish brown with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. There is a lot of carbonation

S - there is some malt that is rounded off with spicy and grapefruity hops

T - the taste follows the nose. It starts with some some sugary / caramely malts that give way to some bitter, spicy hops. Nothing flashy, but a well balanced beer.

M - this was a little thin and watery and heavily carbonated. The watery mouthfeel seemed to muddle some of the flavors.

D - this is a pretty solid session beer. Nice flavor profile, but I don't think I would have more than a couple just for the sake that I thought this could have been a little more flavorful.

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

A - Pours a shade between amber and copper, tending toward the latter. The creamy antique-ivory hued head is plentiful, moderately long-lived, and deposits its fair share of rocky streaks of lace.

S - The biscuit-y malt and herbal-vegetal spiciness meld quite aptly, and the resulting dynamic is slightly complex and more than slightly accessible and enjoyable.

T - This brew is very well-balanced, that is the first thing that stands out. And it's very good tasting, too. Biscuit-y and slightly buttery malt are apparent but they are never overbearing due to the omnipresent hop (which is quietly assertive from the nose to the taste, contiguously.) Though there is a good amount of hop character, it is not the vogue grapefruit-pine-citric hop flavor prevalent on today's store shelves, instead this hop profile is more savory, tea-like, celery-coriander-ish and herbal-dank, also like chewing on a weed stem. Something strikes me as English-ish about this brew, though I am not sure I can quantify it tangibly right now (...yeah I probably just wanted an excuse to say 'English-ish'.)

M - Lighter in body, but not short on substance. Refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter hoppy finish (not outrageously so...) I am impressed.

D - This is one of the better offerings from North Coast; I appreciate its understated qualities (by North Coast standards) and that it is so well-balanced.

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

Not the best Amber, and certainly not the hoppiest by today's standards, but this is a classic American Amber.

Red Seal Ale is a bright bronze color with sandy colored foam that sticks to the glass leaving a tiny white cap on top that is dappled and cratered reminiscent of a full moon rising at dusk. The beer smells very sweet, mostly from the caramel malts and yeast esters. There is very little hop aroma, which I would have appreciated.

The beer is malty and well balanced with high bitterness for the body and alcohol level. The beer is very clean with some caramel and a little fruit flavor. The hop aroma and flavor is mostly missing with just a little bit of pine in the finish. I think more citrus and floral hop contributions would greatly improve this ale. The finish is clean and dry with creamy carbonation, but there is a bit of tannic astringency.

Overall, not the tastiest beers around, but definitely a beer you could drink exclusively for the entire night and not be disappointed.

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Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy vibrant blood orange color. Head is moderate but very appealing and laces quite well and adds stickiness to each sip.

S - Orange peel, malt, coriander, pepper, and a whole lot of hops! Delicious smelling beer.

T - Delicious and GREAT beer. Fresh hops, citrus, caramel malt, all in perfect balance. Tastes a lot like a west coast IPA.

M - Couldn't be much better. EXTREMELY dry. Each sip is extremely balanced between hop and malt excellence. The finest ingredients in each part.

D - Extremely drinkable. It is extremely hoppy but it doesn't leave the tongue numb. It's medium bodied and very dry and crisp and I imagine you could drink a few of these in a sitting if you wanted to. A very, very, very good brew and the best I've tried from North Coast (the others I've tried include Rasputin, Pranqster, and Old Stock). Will DEFINITELY be getting this again. I think this might be my very favorite beer.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber color with a sturdy foam
Earthy and hoppy aromas (stones, soil, and mulch)
Tastes a little washed out. I honestly thought I'd never say this, but it's short on malt. And I'm almost never feeling that way with these types of beers. I recall liking this beer much more in the past. Maybe it just suffered from being poured after the Acme IPA, which I thought was a bit more flamboyant (but hardly a monster). I don't know.

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Photo of Long813
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Light red body with one finger of white head. Head dissipated quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint notes of sweet caramel malts, some grains.

T: Light sweet malts and some hops.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Water like texture

D: Feels likes it's a malty adjunct. Wasn't great, big let down.

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Photo of Frasier433
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours reddish amber, with a dull, barely transparent, luster. After pouring I was left with ~ 1/2 inch head that was gone in under a minute.

S - Aroma reminds me of bread baking in the oven. Very yeasty, with a fairly strong roasted barley aroma. I picked up just a slight hint of caramel and nut in there as well.

T - Mild bitterness that is just enough to be enjoyable. It has a slight caramel flavor somewhere in the middle, and it ends with a thick yeasty flavor.

M - Relatively thin, but it does coat the inside of your mouth for a little longer flavor retention. It goes down smooth and does not burn because of too much carbonation.

D - Easy to drink with just enough bitterness to leave you wanting more. It seems to be easier to drink as it warms. Next time I will let it sit out of the fridge for 20 minutes before I drink it.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and will gladly be drinking the rest of the pack.

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Photo of HopJ
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rolled through a few bottles of this recently. A nice beer but unfortunately the taste and mouthfeel don't hold up to the malty goodness of the smell. The smell is wonderful. Very concentrated malts along with nice balancing hops. I expect the flavor to be more intense. Instead it is a bit watery which is exacerbated by the early carbonation. As the bubbles ease, there is a bit more flavor but I want more. A beer that has a smell for deep thoughts but the flavor is a little bit simple. At the right price I still would enjoy this beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this one as an extra during our first trade.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is fairly clear orange with a bit of light brown tint. About a half finger of beige head dissapears instantly. No lace left behind.

The aroma is rather sweet caramel malt. A decent amount of earthy hops can be picked out as well.

The flavor is lightly hopped with a solid does of sweet malt.

Medum body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a simply average beer. Nothing really stands out to make it memorable.

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

This is a simple, yet solid ale. a little confused on the style (pale ale? red ale? american amber?).

Reddish amber white head. smells of malted barley and fresh hops. tastes like a pale ale should. piney, slightly bitter but malty and lively. mod-light body make drinkabality very nice. This is a great session beer. A true Go-To.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass at Map Room...Pours a light amber, mostly gold light white head, nothing special...Aroma is light rye with hops. Taste is mostly hops, but not tasty. The feel is ok, not very drinkable. Pretty boring in geneal, not a good effort.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,082 ratings.
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