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

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2,079 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 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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Photo of teovaldi
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing.

The smell reminds me of an IPA, citrus hops and a hint of malt.

The taste starts out with grapefruit like hops and finishes with a very slight lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice and heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a crisp, refreshing and highly sessionable.

Could have sworn this was an IPA with the hop taste and smell, not that I'm complaining...this is a great brew that is a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber/burnt orange in color; clear with lots of carbonation. Decent head that looks yeasty that dissipates into a thick lace that sticks somewhat to the glass.

S- Hoppy, slightly resembles an American IPA. A kiwi and tangerine are strong with very subtle toasted malt.

T- Slightly hoppy with that same tangerine like flavor. Very sweet aftertaste, tastes like strawberries and tapers off into a basic film left on the pallet. A lot more bitter than I was expecting, but a surprisingly complex beer!

M- Very carbonated initially, a little too much to bear. Medium body with a dry finish.

D- Good beer, but not something I would go out of my way for. The carbonation really takes away from this beers' potential, but all in all a drinkable beer!

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Photo of bcm119
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a chunky white head that melts into a fine lace. Yeasty malt aroma with some mild lemony hops. Malt dominates the flavor. Dry, slightly nutty, with muted fruit esters reminiscent of apricot and peach. Dusty and yeasty. Hops are mostly bittering, with a dry, lemony quality-- just enough to clean up the finish and bring the malt flavors out. A classic west coast style quaffer from one of Norcal's best breweries.

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Photo of Kitt
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger head of straw color. Head dissipates very rapidly leaving a rather thick lacing on glass sides.

Color a nice red amber

Aroma a pleasant citrus with malt background.

Underlying bitter hop taste that doesn't linger long but is a refreshing counterpart to the beer's heavy carbonation. Citrus undertones prominent. Hint of malt.

Mouthfeel of moderate texture with heavy carbonation -- about right for a strong red ale.

Drinkability very good. Crisp, refreshing, easy to put down. This is a good ale that I would say has borderline IPA flavor. Very refreshing.
Indeed, a fine American Red Amber Ale.

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Photo of tjd112
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Reddish amber coloue her with thick white head and well laced

Smell - Citrus-like and hoppy

Taste - Citrus, hops, and a little bit of caramel, like a more traditional style IPA

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

Drinkability - I could drink these all day

Overall - A good experience

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Photo of Spock187
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice reddish amber color. Just like bottle claims.

S: Smells like a pale ale. Slight citrus, and hoppy note.

T: Remember this is a pale ale, not an IPA. Citrus, slight grapefruit, and very clean after taste. Over all a very good beer.

M: Average, nothing amazing. Good session beer.

D: OVer all a very nice pale ale, will definitly buy again. Would like to try on tap.

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Photo of livewire78
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of the bottle and the color of the seal on the front are combined and that is the exact color of this beer.

Smells decent enough. Hoppy and not too strong. Hoping for good things here.

Swing and a miss on the flavor. Hops are up front and are the boss. Normally that's a good thing but this was way out of balance and not in a good way. Not nearly enough malt presence to balance out the hops. Too bad.

The mouthfeel is a foul tip off the catchers mit. Pretty consistent with other ambers but not velvety smooth like I'd hoped for.

This is one of those beers that can be crossed off the list. I wasn't very impressed. Would I have another if someone bought it for me? Absolutely. I wouldn't seek it out on my own though.

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

On tap into shaker:

A: Amber-to-red transparent body with wisps of head.

S: Barely anything to note. Sweet malt and a bit grainy.

T: Grainy and buttery-metallic, but not in too strong a way. It also has a nice bready taste, some sweet caramel, and very light hops. Weird tangy finish.

M: Very light carbonation, but somewhat creamy

D: Very disappointing. Weak smell, mild flavor, weird finish.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of my love of West Coast IPAs, particularly those from NorCal, admittedly comes from the three years, on and off, that I spent living in San Francisco. But, despite my personal attachment and pride, the West Coast is currently cranking out some of the finest beers on the planet these days, particularly IPAs, and North Coast's Red Seal Ale, is a great example of that. (NOTE: BA classifies this as an American Amber/Red Ale - most other classifications I'm aware of have it as an IPA - and it tastes a lot like an IPA to me).

APPEARANCE: Darker than most IPAs, it was a reddish copper color. It actually looks like it could be an Irish Red, so I see where the BA classification might come from. It had a nice, half-finger head of tiny bubbles tops it off. Strangely, the reasonably thick head led to almost no lacing whatsoever.

SMELL: I generally prefer a stronger nose than Red Seal provides, but what can be smelled is a nice, typical IPA, malty, hoppy nose full.

TASTE: One of the things I love about this beer is that it is not too sweet. As much as I love IPAs, the one thing that I wish there was less of is sweetness. This provides a bitter punch right off the bat that stays with you for the duration of your sip. Slightly malty and floral notes accompany the bitter hoppy taste, but the hops are the star here, and I like that a lot.

FEEL: Not much punch in the way of carbonation. The tiny bubbles faded away and became less lively after the first couple sips. Not bad, but I like some bubbles, and would to see North Coast find a way to add a little more carbonation to this one.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. This is one of the few North Coast beers that is relatively easy to find here in Chicago (You would be surprised at how difficult it is to find Scrimshaw here). It is a standard for me, for good reason. Delicious, not too high in ABV, fantastic session IPA.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served semi-cold in a standard pint glass.

A: Semi-cloudy amber with a golden hue. Nice, creamy tan head.

S: Big time toasty malt with notes of pine and a sour character that was a little off-putting.

T: Slightly bitter malty body with those piney hops really forcing their way through. Hints of spice. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, coming back around to a slightly bitter finish.

D: A good session beer. I'd get a six pack.

Value: $9.99 for a six pack. Price should come down a buck in my opinion, though obviously that's not North Coast's fault.

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

Red Seal poured real clear amber, decent head started even and receded gently wit some nice lumpiness.

Nose was well hopped. (BA says Amber/Red, seems more like a pale to me). Lot's of flavors: citrus hops, caramel, pumpkin and spice.

Flavor was real good as well. Abundant hops hit right away with the typical bouquet of resin, pine, and citrus. The sweet malt came in to balance it out perfectly, toasty sweetness carried through the finish.

Body was medium, crisp carbonation throughout and a somewhat creamy feel. Great beer, measures up with Sierra Nevada Pale.

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

on cask at Fat Head's Pittsburgh

A - big bold reddish amber color with a thin off white colored head, laced like any casked APA/Red ale would

S - little light on the nose, some grainy & biscuity malts and piney hop bitterness

T - mostly grain and doughy malts before a short lived but sharp piney hops attack. the cask conditioning really mellow the flavors and present them slowly but gracefully.

M - lightly carbonated but creamy

D - good, nothing outstanding or fancy off the cask

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with a lingering white head. The aroma is citrus and pine hops with some malt as well. The flavor is similar with strong citrus hops and a nice malt backbone. Medium body and high carbonation. Very good beer, kind of a mix between an American Red Ale and an American Pale Ale. Great take on the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on Christmas Day 2009. The pour is amber-red with nice clarity and about a half-inch of creamy, foamy head with clinging lacing. The carbonation remains active throughout the tasting. The aroma is mostly hopped but there is a kind of cherry-like note in there. The mouthfeel runs about medium. The taste is full of bitter hops, caramel malts, and a mixture of toffee and honey. Pretty nice.

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

A light hazelnut reddish pour. Clear with a one finger foam, white.
Musky malt aroma, lightly sweet. I noticed a bit of a caramel finish on the nose. A subtle citrus blend of hops. Perhaps a bit of coriander.
This is a well balanced brew. Malty backbone. Medium salience of lightly roasted malt. Just as it builds up a quick jolt of hops and citrus come into play to bring some crispness. Clean finish.
This is a well balanced amber ale. Very nice.
Drank it quick

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,079 ratings.
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