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

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2,081 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 BamaBeerBuff
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Red Seal pours a light coppery-orange with shades of light crimson. A large off-white head sticks around for quite a while and deposits some thick sheets and rings of lace on the way down. Retention is top notch, there's a firm disc of foam atop.

S: Citrus on the nose--notably orange and grapefruit. Some herb/spice is present, but the primary focus is citrus fruit. There's a light caramel backing that adds just the right amount of sweetness to the fruitiness.

T&M: Pale malt with a touch of caramel support an adequately substantial hop load that contributes spicy and citric flavors. Grapefruit is the primary fruit, but I'm also getting some orange, peach, and apricot, as well. Very complex and interesting. It gets just a little thin towards the back end. Body is medium with a spritzy carbonation that keeps things crisp.

D: Definitely a session amber. Flavor is accessible, yet enjoyable and the body isn't too heavy. Easy to quaff, yet substantial enough to sip. A solid amber.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a copper color with pearly head that left decent lacing. Smelled of caramel malts, bitter hops and fruit. Tasted malty, nutty, and slightly hoppy. A little bit dry feel to it, but otherwise pretty sessionable.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with reddish hues and a big densely bubbled sudsy white head and lively carbonation dancing from the bottom of the glass. The head holds its own for a while before giving way to a sticky, thick lacing.

Big sweet malt and barley aroma waft from the glass, caramel like, also straw and yeast.

Earthy and pine hops are much more apparent in the flavor but well balanced by the caramel malt. The thick hop bitterness returns at the finish and lingers on the palate.

Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation and a slight hop bite that lasts.

This is a very nice beer. Nothing overwhelming, easy to drink, something to enjoy multiples of while still getting good flavor.

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Photo of tyanow
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing exceptional.

A little too effervescent for my taste and perhaps the tiniest hint of dms, but not enough to offend grossly.

Copper with a thin head.
Floral with hops.
Tastes a little hoppy and spicey.
very effervescent, might have been the tap but it was thin and gassy like sprite.
Very drinkable, but nothing to look forward to.

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

Excellent find in the back of the shelf at my local store. Poured this aggressively from the bottle.

A- Nice amber color with two finger, cream-colored head. Excellent lacing. S- Even the smell is balanced between hops and malt. Taste is very hop forward, but it mellows with the balance of the malt. Overall mouthfeel is smooth and makes me want to continue drinking. My favorite part of this beer, besides the taste, is the price. Very affordable for the quality.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber color. There was a nice one finger head that gave way to some decent lacing. The overall aroma was of citrusy hops with malts at the end. The taste was up front of hops that were floral or citrusy. The end of the beer went to a malty taste. The mouthfeel was a little harsh...there was a slightly heavy amount of carbonation. The overall drinkability was average. The hop taste wasn't as clean as I would have liked and was a little harsher than I wanted. Overall though it was a good solid beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf tavern.

A: Pours a slight, hazy golden body with a small, white head with pretty poor retention and lacing. Not overly impressed.

S: A mix of bitter hop smells with some sweeter, malty citrus notes were evident.

T: A taste was equal to the smell and better. A very nice blend of some bittering hops to go along with the sweeter malts. The malty backbone were also more evident in the aftertaste while the hops took a back seat. Pretty balanced beer overall.

M: A light-bodied mouthfeel that complimented the style and the taste. Made this beer easy an enjoyable to drink for a nice session beer and was characteristic of a beer for the warmer months.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer still pretty good. While the appearance is not overly impressive, the taste and drinkability of this beer makes it nice, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish Copper color. Nice head with light, broken lacing

S: Perfumy and floral hops with slight malt and brown sugar tones.

T: Light sweet and tart malts in between classic amber ale flavor.

M: Light to medium body, decent carbonation (maybe tone it down a notch)

D: Very complex little beer, the scent and taste are not one and the same like many beers, which can be a good thing. Very drinakable.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a 1 finger off-white head that slowly recedes down to a light ring and leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is piney with some sweet malts also detected in upfront.

Taste of floral hops upfront with notes of bread and pine in the back. Medium level of spice and some light fruits make for an overall refreshing flavor.

Crisp and refreshing with a medium amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable amber that was surprisingly easy to drink. Tried this in the bottle before and wasn't nearly as impressed as when I tried it on tap. Overall this is something I'll probably have again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a small tan foam that has ok retention and decent lacing.

The nose is a good balance of bright, citrusy hops and sweet caramel maltiness. There is a bit of mild yeasty aromas and a touch of light red apple fruitiness. Smells good.

Tastes a bit more like a red ale than an amber ale to me with a bit less toasty flavors than a typical amber and a bit more hops and a nutty malt presence. It has a fairly well rounded feel and carbonation is about right. Tastes like another solid offering from North Coast.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears coppery/amber with medium carbonation, a steady pour produced a massive, slightly off white head with great retention!The lacing was broken and splashy, overall the appearance was very inviting. Smells of bright, spicy, semi floral hops! It's dominantly dry & hopy, with some tart grape citrus notes and some mild molasses, I couldn't detect much malt though, just lots of herbal hops. Seemed very fresh & inviting overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of herbal, and spicy hops, pine, burnt biscuit like flavors, and semi sweet caramel notes. Finishes with a subtle citrus note, and wonderfully robust, roasty/toasty malt, and hop bitterness that lingers very well. Not complex, tastes of dominate hops, but very tasty & fresh! Mouthfeel is smooth, semi thick, chewy and medium-full bodied, but more so on the medium side. The feel compliments the flavors well, I would of liked a little bite of carbonation though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Awesome! This beer isn't complex, but it just had this freshness to it that I haven't had in a beer for a while. It reminded me of my first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, only better! I loved the robust flavors of this beer, and the outstanding, overly inviting appearance! I could really enjoy a couple pints of this stuff on any given day, this beer wont leave you wanting something more robust, it's full flavored yet very drinkable. I highly recommend you try it. Cheers!

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Photo of ralree
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, no head. Looks like an IPA, but I know better.

S: Lots of hops and barley, with some brown sugar in the background. Alcohol comes through a just a little. Smells absolutely fantastic!

T: Nice hop flavor right out in front, backed by the strong grainy barley flavor and surprisingly some apricot fruit flavor. A great taste! Fruity flavor stays after swallowing, along with the leading flavors. One of the best red ales I've had in a while!

M: A little oily, but bearable since the taste is good. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Non-astringent entirely.

D: Drinks well. Would go well with a cheese platter. Not too rich or too weak.

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Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red, amber color. Ever so slight chill haze. This wispy head that fell to a coat quickly and left no lacing.

Smells of mild green hops and caramel malts with some fruitiness.

Taste of caramel malt up front with some fruitiness. The hops come in middle to end and include green and citrus. Well balanced.

Medium body, mouth coating and sticky.

A nice well balanced red all that I could easily turn into a session.

Thanks For Reading

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear light red body with good carbonation and small head. Great citric hop notes as some sweet malt. Keeping it simple, this beer is smooth and has a medium body. The hops pass easily and are well-balanced with a chewey, semi-sweet malt base that still has some carbonated crispness and a somewhat dry backbite to complement the beer. Just a great red that is easily sessionable.

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

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

From a 12oz. bottle.

A - Pours a beautiful light amber color with some golden hints. It produces a nice 1.5 in. off white head. Very good head retention.

S - Some sweet initial hints that quickly turn into a smooth floral and hoppy smell with hints of pine. A bit grassy and very appealing some hints of bread as well.

T - There is an initial sweetness that is quickly subdued by the resin of the hops. A slight pine but mostly floral character can be detected halfway through and ends with a crisp and dry bitterness. The taste is refreshing and crisp but a bit light. Midway through there is also a slight piney character.

M - Crisp and well balanced CO2.

D - Refreshing and very nice but not my fave.

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky amber orange with a 1/4 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sweet roasted malts and toffee with some earthy hops

taste is bitter earthy hops then a solid carmel toffee malt backbone with a bitter ash aftertaste

mouthfeel is light/medium good active carbonation that gives a nice crisp yet creamy finish

drinkability is good but i doubt i will drink this beer much in the future

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in bottle at Flanagan's Irish Pub - Louisville, KY

Earthy hop with malt aroma. Tan head with poor retention. Dark copper appearance. Tastes of roasted, caramel, malt with a good balance of earthy hops. Good hop bitterness. Medium body with a mild spice finish. Good, hoppy, red ale. Nice malt/hop aroma balance. Mild hop bitterness, but finishes clean, with just a hint of warm spice. Good session beer. As the beer warmed, malty sweetness became more apparent.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long time since I've had this one. Red Seal pours a rich mahogany with a cramy white head that slowly settles to a few millimeters thick. Carbonation is vigorous and very fine. Very nice lacing. This beer has a wonderful boquet. Toast and toffee are on the forefront, with floral, fruity aromas lingering in the back. This is one of the hoppier reds I have tried. Sweet maltiness hits the tongue with flavors of fresh-baked bread, followed by a clean, crisp hop finish. The finish is reminiscent of fresh fruit, yet with an almost steely character. This beer is very clean. It goes in and the flavors only last while on the palate. Red Seal is one of the best examples of this style of ale. Will I buy it again? Most definitely.

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Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Poured a completely crystal clear light amber/orange with plenty of carbonation ribbons and an ample off-white head which slowly receded leaving trace lace.

S- Sweet toasted caramel and mild earthy hops. Wonderfully aromatic.

T- At first, clean, refreshing grains. Then citrus - dried orange and grapefruit. After that toasted caramel and vanilla, followed by a subtle spice and grapefruit hoppiness but overall hop flavor remained wonderfully neutral. Mild lingering spice. Wow! This one is a winner.

M- Excellently smooth and creamy. Tickles the pallet with a balanced carbonation.

D- So easy to drink. This beer is so smooth and subtle with its complexity. Not your average American Amber. Hop flavor is amazingly clean and complements every other aspect of the ale brilliantly.

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Photo of illidurit
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear light-amber color with a solid cap of creamy beige foam. Aroma is standard red ale: crystal malt sweetness, tangy orangey hops. Flavor is a little more adventurous, with a solid caramel/maple syrup malt base and a nice dose of grapefruit and orange hops. Finish is dry and piney with a decent bitterness. Pretty much a good, drinkable red.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent sunset orange color, with a white head.

S- very bitter hop aroma, with a background of malt. Pretty much none of the hop aromatics *or* the malt aromas I was hopping for.

T- very good, much different from the nose. The malt provides a broad, stable, roasty background, while the hops go from sweet to bitter to fruity. The flavor is very bitter-sweet, in the best way, which creates a savory middle ground.

M- crisp, but a bit lighter than I would hope for. Satisfying and enjoyable, though.

D- pretty good. Very enjoyable beer. Definitely consider buying more of these.

Thanks to everyone in this thread for recommending this great beer! (

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Photo of Coutastic
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark amber color with a small off-white head that leaves some trace on the glass. A slightly hoppy aroma that doesn't over-power. It has a subtle taste that leaves a nice clean finish.

The Red Seal Ale is very drinkable, I wanted another! I could definitly have a couple in a sitting. Would absolutly have one (or two) again.

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

Clear, copper hue with visible carbonation topped by a thick off-white layer of foam that receded within a minute or two.

Fantastic smell of floral hops (maybe some distant grapefruit) and an underlying biscuit aroma. The taste is well-balanced; bready malts and a clean hop snap (though short on length). One might be lead to believe from the nose that an IPA level hop bitterness would be present, but it's not quite as pronounced as that.

Definitely a style I'm beginning to enjoy, however. Not quite as hop-assertive as Green Flash's Hop Head Red, but I'd definitely acquire the Red Seal again as an easy drinking alternative.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda an over-the-top head for this style. Poured 8 oz into a 24 oz glass--80% foam. I like how it recedes, leaving a dome of foam and chunky lace spots on the glass. The color is dark, very cloudy amber.

Sour milk aroma. Very light hop in the background.

Nice hop presence. Solid malt base...neither sweet nor dry. Long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. Overall, a very nice pale ale beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an attractive amber color with a moderate not quite white head.
the nose is big on caramel malts, and lemony & herbal hops.
the taste has those same caramelized malts and touches of graininess. it's got that pleasant round, light maltiness that reds tend to have, though not too sweet as some tend to be. the hops kick in towards the back with a very nice moderately bitter herbal touch, followed up with notes of citrus. it's got a little more hops than you might expect for the style and it works very well. there are no rough edges, the beer in it's entirety comes off very polished and deliberate, and i mean that in a 100% good way.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good, as i was saying before about it being polished, it's just clearly a well crafted beer. a red for people who aren't fans of reds.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,081 ratings.
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