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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. Low carbonation. Pours a half finger foamy brownish white head. Dissipates a little but pretty much holds a thin blanket of foam on the surface. Bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Sticky blankets of carbonation stick to the sides of the glass as you drink.

S: A little malt, a lot of hops. A little baked bread and Italian spice.

T: A light malt flavor. Very hop-laden, but not overly bitter.... just right. Citrus and a subtle spice... maybe oregano. Just a little bit of sweet on the front end. Grainy.

M: Light and refreshing in the front, very dry in the finish.

D: Very refreshing. The type of brew you're ready to finish and go ahead and have another.

Really good atmosphere. Appearance in pretty simple, but deep rich color and great lacing. Nose is also simple but very rich and full. It does what it does well. Flavor has a certain complexity of grain components, with some subtle spice and a little citrus. Really dry feel, but light and refreshing. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of runner72
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving - 12 oz bottle

Appearance is light brown with a red hue, lots of carbonation. The head is white, about 2 finger high and laces the glass. Smell is nice, with hops standing out. Taste is good. Not much bite from the hops. Smooth and malty taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful amber hue that is clear enough to see through. There is also a clean white head.

S- The nose is mostly the citrus and fruitiness of the west coast hops.

T- Mostly hops. Again you taste the fruity/citrus sweetness of the west coast hops at the front, which is very refreshing. In the back, there is a bitter crispness from the hops. In the aftertaste, the remnants of the hops coat your mouth with a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Fairly carbonated, not much body, but rather crisp.

D- Low ABV, refreshing hop flavor, and thin body combine to make it easy to drink. It seems like this beer would be appropriate for most any occasion. I could probably drink a six-pack by myself and still want more!

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clean amber with one-finger tan head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Great head retention. Good carbonation. Really good example of an American Amber.

S: Bouquet resembles a summer meadow infused with semi-sweet malts. Something almost "chewy" about the scent. Not often does a scent come off as "tangible," but this beer pulls it off.

T: Great balance of malts and hops. Sweet/Bitter grapefruit hops taste amazing. Almost no bitterness at all.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

D: One of the best examples of of American Amber I've tried. Refreshing without sacrificing flavor. A perfect session beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber in color, with a touch of red, this brew is free of haze, presents nice lacing, and maintains a grainy film atop its surface.

S: bouquet is somewhat reserved, with a bit of sweet caramel along with some citrusy hops making it through.

T: somewhat sweet, but not cloying. The sweetness is accentuated by the grapefruit nature of the hops. Overall, very juicy and quite refreshing.

M: medium body with significant contribution by the carbonation.

D: a great example of what an American red ale can be; hoppy, malty, and refreshing all at once. Definitely a session-worthy brew

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Photo of chickenflea
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber color a tall rocky head the color of whipped butter.

S - Hoppy aroma with strong notes of red berries and tropical fruits.

T - The flavor has a great balance between the malts and the distinct and fruity hops, notes of red berries and blackcurrants. Some citrus bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body with a watery texture. Texture is not off-putting though. Reminds me of the texture of a big mouthful of watermelon.

D - A good beer. Not over the top like some American Pale Ales. Balanced and refreshing. Good by itself or with food. Doesn't wear out your taste buds. Just makes them very happy!

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Photo of Damian
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, orangey-amber color with a small, flimsy, off-white head that quickly dissipated.

Not much was happening in regard to aroma. I really had to stick my nose in the glass to pick up anything. Subtle, orange marmalade notes were detectible. A touch fruity and sweet.

The flavor profile, on the other hand, was quite robust. Some biscuity, semi-sweet malts appeared briefly up front before the zesty hops took over. The hop profile was dominated by citrus fruits. Orange peel was most apparent. Semi-sweet in the center. The finish was crisp and a touch bitter with lingering notes of pine sap. Overall, very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was fantastic, parficularly for the style. Medium-full bodied. Creamy and silky smooth with fine, lively effervescence that enabled the liquid to glide across my tongue.

This is definitely a West Coast interpretation of an American amber ale. While not terribly complex, it was one of the more notable session beers I have tried in a while.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a nice light brown color with plenty of carbonation rising withing. On top sits a modest head of tan bubbles. It leaves a very slight coat on the sides of the glass. It has a deep floral hop aroma that is kind of woodsy. Behind this is the scent of pale malts (not wheat, but other light colored grains). The flavor is very balanced. The malts are bready and slightly sweet. The hops provide just a bit of bitterness to the finish. I wouldn't call it a bitter beer; the hop level is just right for a pale ale like the Red Seal. The mouthfeel is just right for the style as well; medium body, light carbonation, and a normal level of coating. It's a bit sticky but not sweet or sugary. It's supremely drinkable. This is the kind of beer almost and craft beer drinker could enjoy multiple rounds of. Plus, it's appropriate year round. I like this beer a lot. I've bought it in the past and will certainly continue to do so. Give it a try if you haven't yet.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with over an inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of malty notes with a hint of hoppiness at the end. The flavors were pretty similar with the hops having a more noticeable presence on the tongue.

The body was good, full and smooth. Drinkability was very good, this is a day long partner of a brew. It's been a while since I've had one of these beauties, and Ill try not to let it be so long again.

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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 Briken
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear orange amber with a fine tan head with little retention. For a red pale ale it's neither red nor pale. A very crisp hop aroma mirrors the start with good floral hops that disappears in a quick spicy moment. Malts are nondescript and it finishes with a watery feel that somehow leaves dry. The redeeming factor is the balance and hop spiciness but there's not enough to keep me coming back and after awhile it becomes bland.

I just can't get into this one. The first sip shows a lot of promise but it disintegrates quickly. I would like to try it on tap sometime and hope for a different effect.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a 1-finger off-white soapy head. Tiny bit of sediment seen floating. Stays in decent shape the whole time, leaves a tiny amount of lacing. Smell is good, hops and caramel, pretty spot-on for the style. Taste really doesn't do anything for me, much too watery and bland. It definitely could use some more hops, the slight flavors I pick up are a light fruity malt and a bit of bread in the aftertaste. I think I'm even getting a hint of booze which to me is unacceptable for a 5.5%. The hops along with some buttery-like sweetness seem to make themselves more known about half-way through which helps this beer a bit. Mouthfeel is definitely thin, a watery malty taste lingers afterwords. Aftertaste starts to reminds me of Magic Hat's #9 for some reason. Easy to drink, quite inoffensive, not terrible, somewhat refreshing, but overall pretty boring and watery. You can get a 6-pack of Nugget Nectar for 2 bucks more than a 6-pack of this. A pretty easy decision if you ask me.

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, copper body...a nice color with some carbonation bubbles...a small, white head was present but not for long...some lacing was left behind

S - A crisp, hoppy nose that was backed by a caramel malt sweetness

T - I enjoyed the nose more than the flavors...they worked but they didn't pack that punch...the hops shined more in the middle of the beer rather than being the star at the end...they presented a floral flavor and were more sweet than bitter...the malts had the caramel flavor and some butterscotch but they weren't as sweet as I expected

M - Medium bodied...the flavors did not last long on the palate

D - The drinkability for this one is there...I would have more than two of these but it would not be my go to

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Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish orange, lighter than I expected, with an eggshell colored head that rises high, dissipates relatively quickly, but leaves a chunky lacing on the glass.

smells of sweet malt with some citrus hops. kinda faint in the nose.

taste is of malt first, a bit of butter, caramel, and butterscotch, then a bunch of spicy and peppery hops which linger through the finish.

mouthfeel is a bit light, decently prickly and with a tingle from the spicy hops, but a bit watery at the same time.

drinkability is good. no harshness, and the spicy hops that stick on your tongue leave you thirsting for another sip.

a good, hoppy amber which sets itself apart from others due to its spicy and pepper hop character.

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Photo of association330
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date

A - Pours rich amber with a finger and a half of sticky, off-white head. Nice lacing.

S - Sweet and slightly fruity malt backbone. Gentle but noticeable hop resins.

T - Follows the nose, with the sweet malt up front. A gentle hop bitterness on the swallow which lingers into the finish.

M - A bit too flat

D - Falls between an amber and an APA, which works out nicely for what could be a decent session beer.

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

A clear amber color body with a thin off white head , medium carbonation , little to no lacing . Aroma is hoppy , pine and spicy hops with a toasty bread dough malt sweetness . Flavor is bitter spruce hops , spicy with hints of citrus , malty backbone is toasty and moderately sweet nice level of bitterness , good balance , long hoppy finish , smooth crisp clean mouthfeel , I would call it full bodied for the style. Very drinkable and a very good APA ,

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Photo of backfat
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this one hit me by surprise. i was outside with a buddy in the chill of last winter and he offered me a taste. not being mental, i never turn down a free beer. wow, don't overlook this one.
pours a beautiful amber copper with a fluffy, one finger off white. smell is wonderful with aromas of granny smith apples, citrus hops, and a solid malt back. taste is malty, stingy sweet alpha acids and pine hops. simplicity and balance. lingering pleasant bitterness. incredibly drinkable. a sure go to beer.

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Photo of Longhorn22
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium sized head, with a pretty amber color to it. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but it leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet smelling, but i is a bit weak. If it were stronger it would be higher.

T - This is a nice sweet tasting pale ale. It is one of the better ones I have had. It has a pure, natural taste to it.

M/D - It goes down pretty easily, but the carbonation is a bit weak in my opinion. But I was able suck one of these down and go get another one.

Bottom Line: This is a good pale ale. Nice and sweet and easy to drink. I would imagine this would be a nice beer to drink on a hot summer day.


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Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Bailey's, Red Seal is a hazy dull gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves tons of creamy lace rings.

Smell is sweet biscuit and herbal hops.

Taste is all about the bready malt, with a light fruitiness and snap to the hops to provide depth. Very clean, great beer, an American classic that shows very well on cask.

Mouthfeel is very soft, velvety, with a light body. The slickness is countered by a dry stickiness form the hops. Gorgeous.

Drinkability is super high, this is an outstanding beer made to drink all night, and if I wasn't at Bailey's, I would certainly be doing so from this cask.

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

A - Red amber colored liquid, with a small off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S - A good combination of malt and hops, some caramel is also there.

T - Malt, floral hops, caramel, some citrus and red fruits.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation.

A nice and drinkable Red Ale.

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Photo of Telix
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A beautiful pillowy head sits atop a clear, deep brownish copper, with great carbonation. Perfect and appetizing.

S: Mild, clean maltiness, with some mild spicy hop notes beneath.

T: Delicious mild caramel malt sweetness with a nice sharp hop bitterness to counteract it. Some subtle lemon and vanilla flavors are evident, along with a mild pepperiness. It's very creamy and smooth, with integrated flavors.

M: Creamy, smooth, mouth-filling - just great.

D: I really liked this ale - a really solid amber, with a great sweet flavor of vanilla caramel notes and a nice lemony, sharp bitterness to keep everything balanced. Subtle, flavorful, and fantastic.

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Photo of Crittervision
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

preface: red ales are probably far from my favorite style.

frothy, dense quarter-inch head, low to medium carbonation hidden by the fairly dark copper body. nice retention, head blankets the top after a few minutes and is easily regenerated later on.

smells like a balance between malty sweetness and a very gentle touch of hops that are hard to distinguish from what may be an alcohol smell. on further smellingz i get a fusion of caramel and celery, unripe vegetable plus something sweet.

taste is much more watery than the aroma led me to expect. then on subsequent sips it develops more. it reminds me of that hot (artificial-i think) cinnamon hard candy, minus the heat. concentrated celery and unripe vegetables in the front to mid-palate, bland hop bitterness really stands out in the finish with a touch of ginger.

medium carbonation. the body seemed thicker when it was colder, but it sits thinner as it warms.

the bittering hops on top of a watery and somewhat balancing maltiness doesnt do much for me. its drinkable, but given the option, id quickly choose to try something else. when i appreciate red ales a lot more, i will revisit this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber with a nice white head and little lacing. Aroma is of slightly-sweet amber malt and a bit of citrus hops. Taste has a bit of citrus hops along with caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty typical for the style; drinkability about the same--nice and crispy without all that much coming through.

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

55* snifter, bottle

A orange red, white off white head. pretty

S pleasant, hint of dust and light flour

T medical band aid up front, saved with nice acid and crisp back. malt front, hop back, but balanced

M full for style, round mid body

D i could enjoy a more than one, it seems like an early summer late spring beer. for the price, a great staple

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Photo of justincolts
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a really thick head, nothing frothy but thick and luscious. A golden amber red body, thick with nice color. As always, my sense of smell is awful, but mostly just a malt aroma. Simple yet solid, I'd say, or maybe complexly simple. As the bottle touts, the beer contains only water, malted barley, hopes, and yeast, so they take pride in this. Very good body to it, and easily drinkable, probably anytime of the year.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,069 ratings.
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