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

Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
2,088 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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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, 5-13-09.

A: Clear coppery-orangey-amber body with a 1/2-finger ivory head. Leaves behind good rings of lace.

S: Faint at first, but as it warms I get cereal-type grainy malt and floral hops.

T: Leafy and floral hops over a cracker-type malty foundation. Some caramel malt as well. Bitterness lingers, with a dry citrusy (lemony) flavor.

M: Light in heft, a tad bit thin in feel.

D: Very good. Went down easily with a slice of pizza.

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Photo of TLove
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a great amber/reddish color and a splaying, white head.

Floral hop structure is all-consuming in smell.

Tastes a bit thin, but does not leave you dissatisfied in the least. The roundness and hop mixture are reminiscent of the best ales of its kind.

Mouthfeel a bit more commonplace. Fizzy like a kolsch, but substantive like a Smithwicks.

I particularly found this to be great with a dark fish such as a grainy swordfish or salmon.

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into mug.

Pours a clear copper, plenty of carbonation visible. Head is a finger high, slightly rocky and white. Decent retention and nice lacing left on the glass.

Nice floral to citrus hoppy nose. Very aromatic and pleasing.

Spicy and floral hops up front, followed by a light malty sweetness like caramel, finishing with some bitter, leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, smooth and crisp with a nice carbonated feel.

This is a tasty, easy drinking quaffer.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice auburn pour with a sturdy head and lacing all the way down.

S: Hoppy than expected more floral than citrusy for me.

T: Good hop, light on the sweet medium on the sour, I'm getting the impression this is how the red ales are supposed to be done.

M: Good body nothing out of character for the style.

D: Easy to drink, good body, great flavor that doesn't overpower, and a perfectly carbonated example of a red ale.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper in color. Clear. About an inch of foamy head that reduces down to surface coating, leaving a little lacing in the process.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, predominantly of floral perfume and grassy notes.

T: Lightly sweet. Lightly tart. A little bit of fruit and little watery. Some light malts and the not much in the way of hop character. Finishes with a slightly spicy finish that disappears quickly.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. A slight acidity is present.

D: Well, this one has a great hop nose, but the flavors just aren't very pronounced, though I don't believe that was ever the intention. Overall, I find this beer to be a little light for my tastes, but with that lightness, comes an easy drinkability. Very sessionable.

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

Pours to a generous head and plenty of lacing all the way down. Color is copper-red and almost crystal clear. Aroma is of sweet and toasty malt and citrus hops. Flavor comes on strong with sweet maltiness balanced by a solid hop bitterness. Medium-light mouthfeel. Easy to quaff. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with more complexity in the malt. Good Call.

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

On tap at River Street Alehouse for $2 during happy hour. Served in a standard shaker glass. Appears a hazed crimson / copper color with about a finger of creamy light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of fruity, floral hops, grapefruit, resinous pine, bitter lemon, and sweet caramelized malts and grains. Red Seal is medium bodied with ample carbonation. A pleasant bitterness stays with you into the finish. Another good one from North Coast.

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

on cask at hamilton's. a nice redish hue with a nice two finger head. left some lace but not a lot. the smell wasn't very strong, and it was really hard to get a good whiff. it had an almost "milky smooth" quality to it. it was very very smooth, but not very flavorful. this isn't something that i'm going to go back to any time soon. somewhat of a disappointment to be perfectly honest.

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Photo of kellywilson50
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good reddish hue with a good head retention and lacing. Appearance is fairly hazy. Excellent aroma, it's apparent that there's a fair amount of dry hopping. Flavor is predominantly from the hops, with a light maltiness and caramel flavor. If you're a fan of west coast style ales, you'll enjoy this beer. For those of us in light lager dominated countries, it's an absolute treat.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a beautiful brick red color with more than four fingers of pillowy white head, which refuses to subside. Plenty of lacing remains. The smell is a light mix of piney hops, lemon peel, and a dusty flavor I've noticed in Unibroue offerings like Blanche de Chambly and Ephemere. I'd also describe the taste as light; a pleasant mix of hops and sweet malt that makes itself known without smacking you in the face like some more extreme amber/reds. A fruitness in the beer also had me tasting cranberry.

Continuing on the previous theme, mouthfeel is light and very pleasant. This is one of the first beers I've observed with hop bitterness in the finish (albiet a small amount of it) that doesn't leave my mouth overly sticky and dry. Overall, the delicious, moderate nature of Red Seal Ale's smell, taste, mouthfeel, and ABV make this one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Highly recommended.

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

Poured into a mug as a reddish amber color with two fingers of frothy white head. Smell of hops is apparent as it poured. Taste started with some creamy with some sweetish malts. Evolves into a bit of spice and then finishes off dry. Very drinkable, my glass was finished before I realized it.

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

Pours a pretty orange with a frothy off-white head that leaves legs of laces. It's translucent, but oddly a bit hazy.

It smells of fruity, floral hops and a light, indistinct malt.

The flavor is a balance of grain and hops, with some fruity notes. It's good, but not very exciting. I would have liked the hops to be a little more interesting.

Overall, this is a good beer, but nothing about it is exceptionally notable.

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

Appearance pours out a hazy dark orange with a slim head. Smell of sweet malts with hops. Taste has a good amount of hops giving it a good bite, piney and grapefruity with light caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not bad, but a little on the hoppy side for not being an IPA.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Nice amber red color with great clearity and head/retention

S-Cereal grains, slight hoppyness, honey and toast.

T-Yeah buddy. Tons of crystal malt ranging from caramel to light raisin, nice deep hop bitterness.

M-Great full body viscous brew

D-Not hard to finish one

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

A- Foamy one finger head. Beer is orange amber color. looks like there is a lot of very active carbonation.

S- Mostly sweet aromas, with a hint of floral hops.

T- Sweet, malty taste. very well balanced. nothing too overwhelming. tastes great.

M- Medium carbonation level is just right. has an almost creamy mouthfeel.

D- I am very pleased with this beer. superbly balanced. i could drink a lot of this. highly recommended.

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Photo of jizdepski
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into a room temp pint. poured a golden amber color, with decent head and retention. smells of grapefruit rind and honey. the taste is very interesting, definitely has some stuff going on here. nice and hoppy, with sweetness balanced by the grapefruit bitter. i don't know exactly where the sweetness is coming from but it has kind of a burnt honey flavor that is quite appealing. lingering bitterness at the end. feels medium bodied, fairly carbonated, with that crisp zing at the finish. quite drinkable, i liked the flavor and really haven't had another beer like this to compare it to. another good job by north coast.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery-orange with a very faint haze. The off-white head falls quickly to a collar and thin layer with various-sized bubbles.

Delicious aroma of tangy citrus hops, reminiscent of orange marmalade. Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Big flavours of bitter orange over toasty caramel malt with some floral hop notes. Grapefruit rind character to the bitterness. Rounds into a tangy and lengthy finish with a lingering bitter edge and more grapefuit.

Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very tasty, pleasing brew. Balanced with a nod towards the hops.

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Photo of irish53b
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Leaves a decent amount of head some lacing remains, but not much head retention.

Bottle includes a simplification of the Reinheitsgebot. No freshness date.

The smell is on the clean side at first, but a nice aroma of orange zest, biscuit, and flowers comes through.

Taste is one of the best attributes of this ale. It starts off with a bit of a mineral water taste, similar to a Perrier. The bitter citrus taste comes through and is balanced with a banana and honey note. The ale manages to pull of a near perfect balancing act.

The brew is quite effervescent with tiny bubbles that tingle the tongue. It is of medium body leaning toward thin rather than heavy side.

Overall a highly drinkable beer. Wonderfully balanced taste and flavor and a barely detectable alcohol sting makes this an easily sessionable beer.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,088 ratings
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