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

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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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

This is a great seesion beer.

Aroma: Big sweet malt on the nose that is balanced nincely by just the right amount of hop presence.

Appearance: Orange-red hues that have a nice white head that laces nicely as you drink the beer.

Flavor: Big malt flavor that (just like the aroma) is balanced by a nice amount hop American hops. Nice caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich mouthfeel that finishes with a hoppy snap.

Overall: A very good example of a West Coast Red Ale.

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

Pours a orange amber with just a hint of red. The creamy bone colored cap is a little small,but retains well for the style. It leaves a quarter inch cap that is still hanging strong and leaving some patchy lace. The nose is sweet and malty with some underlying flora/citrusy hoppy aromas. Lots of bread crust flavors here with a good amount of hop bitterness. A nice balance that leans slightly toward the citrusy bitter flavors. The mouthfeel has kind of a dirty dry feel,and borders on very dry. If readily available in your area Red Seal could be a good friend.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Is a light pale yellow color with one finger head.
Nose: A nice hoppy citrus aroma followed by a toasted malt character with hints of and citrus, resin, and sweetness.
Taste: A Nice hoppy grapefruit, citrus, piney with a good malt backbone. There are hints of resin and wood.
Overall: This beer as an astringent mouth feel and the finish is a bit bitter but acceptable with this style of beer. I Enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of albern
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer, and I'm glad I picked it off the shelf. It pours a beautiful clear amber color with a huge creamy, thick foamy off white head that laces and retains very well. The nose on this beer is just perfect. There are very nice bready malts, enticing caramel hints, all rounded out with a great hop presence. The taste is fantastic. This is a great beer, it comes off a little more like an IPA than an amber, as there aren't any of the tart reddish notes in the flavor characteristic of the red style. This is a creamy, bready, earthy malt beer with a very well balanced hop presence. The mouthfeel leaves just a slight bittering hop presence and there is little aftertaste noticeable. L'Chaim.

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Photo of esurreal
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has great balance. Very smooth from front to back. It has a very beautiful honey amber appearance with a nice cream colored head. Pretty strong lacing as well. Smells very apple like with strong scents of pine, sugary orange, bright citrus. There's also a hint of minty like cleaness. Similar to how spearmint gum makes your mouth feel fresh. Like I said it's one of the most balanced ipa type beers I've tried. It doesn't have a ton of hop bite nor a ton of malty sweetness, but it seems to blend the two perfectly with the hops dominating in the end. With that said, the sweetness never totally goes away. It's midbodied in mouthfeel and goes down very smooth. Coats the tongue and tingles nicely. Good Beer, great brewery. Definitely try the Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale that North Coast puts out. Both are excellent too.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle..

Pours a dark cherry red color with a thin foamy off-white head. Aroma and flavor both consist of a nice balance of malt and hops. Very drinkable session beer that starts off smooth and finishes off with a dry hoppy bitterness.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a clear, copperish, amber color with an egg white half inch sustained head.

Strong aromas of spicy hops and sweet malts and a hint of warm alcoholic aroma.

Despite a solid hop presence, the malt is the dominant feature which is common among the amber ale category. However, the hop bitterness gives this one a little extra zesty flavor, unlike most of the amber ales I have tried.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a full, complex mouthfeel.

This ale rises above the current glut of "amber" ales available due to the pleasant bitterness that complements the rich malty profile. I place it along side my favorite amber, Bell's Amber Ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo, May 2007.

A synthesis of bronze and amber that falls very near to a pumpkin orange. To the light, you can make out a clear junction where the colours begin to meld; it occurs from a clear, darker top and finishes on a lighter, bleary bottom. The beer is quite hazed. Fluffy clouds of white are perched over top and will - momentarily - pose along the sides.

The aroma showcases a nice dose of malt hunkered beneath a medium-level fronting of hops. It's apparent that few little green cones were spared for Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale, but those that were must have been the more pungent and fruity varieties. This lineup seems to promote the spicy side of lupulin.

The dose of malt mentioned above is presented with just the right amount of toast. It's a backbone of flavour ever so slightly caramelized, with resounding taste of biscuits and cookies. I'd think this is the perfect amount of caramelization - it adds that one extra gooey, sweet, toffee-laced spoonful needed to provide substance in a good pale ale. The hops, contributing some flavour of their own, don't hurt with the taste either!

The beer has plenty of contribution from both hops and malts, and, as result, the mouthfeel has components of each and contains a little of both sweetness (malt) and bitterness (hops). There is enough of both to please everyone and not enough of either to displease anyone - this is a quenching beer any which way you want to cut it.

North Coast offers a solid lineup of beers including some, Red Seal Ale among them, that should appeal to the palate of any beer drinker, no matter their tastes or experience. This is beer done well, period. Like I'd recommend their Old Rasputin and Old Stock to those learning to become connoisseurs out there, I'd recommend this as a first step along the way.

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Photo of 1thinmint
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good, drinkable amber but not the hardest beer to get down for someone looking at a good staple beer. gives a sweet peachy smell that combines what it says on the label of, water, barley, hops, yeast and that's all. as said above, very easy to drink with a mixture of hops, the sweeter taste of heavier malt, and semi-dry bitterness that ends with a floral nose as you set it down thinking of the next one. expensive though for its price in MO for 9.50 a six pack

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Photo of eddiebo
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: full-bodied light red ale
S: a bit spicy and some hop aromas
T: nice balance of malt without an overbearing hop presence and a spicy bite before the finish
F: full-bodied with perfect carbonation on this one like a fermented ginger brew or kombucha
D: quite sessionable, esp w/ some spicy food, could easily become a staple - very satisfying

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

From a 12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is caramel and pine. Color is a copper amber with a half inch tan head. Crystal clear. Malty and toasty but with bitterness to back it up. Some hop flavor in the finish with more pine and citrus. Medium bodied and dries in the finish. A great beer, one of my favorite Amber Ales.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so sure why it has such good ratings but..
North Coast Brewing's Red Seal Ale pours a big fat head over a
cloudy amber brew. The nose is ale yeast and disapointing. The flavor
is round malt propped up with sharp herbal hops, with a lingering, grassy
hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp but fairly full.

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Photo of niz
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy dark amber in colour with two finger of white fluffy head,
smell is sour and sharp with slight hop presence.
tastes fairly smooth and malty in the front with a souring hop presence quickly following. finishes dry yet slightly oily with a lingering sour note.
drinkabilty is good, pretty well balanced, average alcohol content.

overall, this was pretty good,it definately got better as the brew warmed,. bringing out more of a roasty essence, but overall i found it a little lacking in character and a bit more acrid for my personal taste.
all and all i would finish the 6 pack, but doubt i would buy it again. north coast has other brews that tickle my palate more than this particular brew.

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Photo of keoki182
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This soft pretzel-hued ale really threw me for a loop when I compared aroma to taste. It smelled nice and hoppy, with juicy orange scent. The beer's flavor profile was very much more balanced, leaving the hop blast forgotten in the creamy maltiness. There was a whisper of hop acid but it was overpowered by a significant metallic twang. Some buttery biscuit in there too. Smooth enough to drink several with just enough bitterness to keep my attention. I would like this with a grilled panini sandwich or maybe a casual thin-crust cheese pizza.

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

pours an impressive glowing light amber, with hints of pink grapefruit at the edges. A beautiful one-finger fluffy white head fades fairly quickly, leaving a nice ring that produces some impressive spongy lacing down the glass.

aroma is subtle, with some malts and a few spicy malt notes hitting the nose first, with strong floral hop notes coming up quickly. just a hint of citrus comes through mixed with caramel and toffee. All in all, the aroma is a bit milder than I was hoping for.

Strong caramel malts, woody and bready notes prevail. And some intense and unexpected hopiness, with definite floral hops up front and then a good wallop of citrus hops. Woody and fruity. Less sugary than other red ales along the same vein, which is refreshing. Tastes hoppy and crisp with a rich earthy malt backbone. There's a bit of sourness that I can't quite pinpoint... hops? just a touch funky.

chewy malt with some decent creaminess from some ample and almost-spicy carbonation. some definite dry crispness mixes with some close-to-astringent bitterness.

Definitely worth trying. An exceptional interpretation of a red ale. Impressive taste, impressive mouthfeel, and overall pretty dang impressive. North Coast never fails. This may not be my favorite Red, as I prefer a bit maltier and sweeter, but it's an impressive interpretation and gives some great variety to the usual amber/red category. Go give it a shot.

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

A: Pours a dark reddish amber color with about a half inch of head into my pint glass. The reddish amber hue is slightly hazy when viewed in good light.

S: You can almost chew the malts and hops in this ale as you smell it. The hops are the dominant flavor but, just like a good ale, it has a very evident malt backbone that comes through, surprisingly, even in the smell.

T: Tastes like a combination of cascade and chinook hops, which gives it a slight citrusy twang to go with the amazing floral taste of the cascade hops. Then the malts come through in the finish. This beer has a really complex flavor and I really enjoyed it.

M/D: WAY too much carbonation for my taste. I think it slightly took away from the beer's character, but the texture and ABV make this a sessionable beer by any definition...I just wish that I had bought more than 2 bottles...

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Photo of rhinos00
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice orange amber, slightly hazy. Inch of fluffy, white head that dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Was not expecting this smell at all. Had a great combination of citrus and malt sweetness with a hint of hops.

T- Taste was a little bit of a let down as compared to the smell. The malt sweetness lasted for a whole second with some hops, but then fell seemed as if it was just missing something.

M- Light-bodied with lots of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation was almost too much. It took away from the flavor of the beer (or masked the fact that there was none), turning it into a soda like feel. Almost reminded me of major macro brews.

D- Very sessionable. Light body and decent taste make for a great drinking beer.

Overall, I was rather impressed by the appearance and smell, but then was just let down with the taste. Despite this, still is great session beer.

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

Nice that this is now available at our local government liqour stores as it is a great session beer. Malty in profile but with plenty of hops on the finish this is a well made drinking beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting. Add this to Alaskan amber, Full Sail amber and Fat Tire as great drinking beers from the U.S.

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Photo of haver
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great example of a American pale Ale. The balance between malt and hops is spot on. This could be my new go to Beer(sorry Sierra Nevada) if it was more available in my area. The places that do sell Red Seal don't sell it COLD! You need a beer cooler Trader Joes!

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a nice reddish amber with my pour for this review producing a 1-inch off white head, it's a wonderful color for the style. Head slowly fades to a solid cover with some lacing as I drink it down.

Smell: Light malty aroma, slightly biscutty with a light roasted caramel scent. Some citrousy hop aromas exist within it as well.

Taste: Malty body with an acidic, citrousy, hop bitterness. I usually go for a little more malt in this style, but still well done.

Mouthfeel: Approaching medium bodied0. Lively carbonation and a bit prickly on the tongue going down.

Drinkability: A great easy drinking sessionable beer. As is my tradition I tend to drink beers with "Red" in the name during Nebraska Cornhusker football season. This RED Seal Ale fits the bill and I find myself going for it this fall. I have been able to get this for $7.49-7.85 a six, not a bad deal.

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Photo of Offa
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok, but I find it boring, rather bland, and overly grapefruity.

Red-copper, it has a large but airy off-white head that dissipates steadily.

The aroma is mostly hops and mostly citrus (espe. grapefruit), with pine, grass, and a faint hint of caramelly malt.

The taste has very light malty sweetness, mostly caramelly fruit, with mild but far more dominant, hop flavour and bitterness, mostly grapefruit with some other citrus and a light, stale piney quality. The bitterness is not strong in absolute terms, but it certainly dominates the whole beer, since the body is thin, the malt exceedingly weak, it lacks compelxity and it's watery and bland, with a thin character completely lacking anything underneath the thin surface flavours. It seems thin and has an old, stale quality, which makes no sense given my proximity to the brewery and its presnece in the region.

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

A hazy light amber beer with a nice diminishing head. Can definitely pick up some citrus tones in the scent. Tastes just great, just a little bit of bitterness, very well balanced. I'm loving that grapefruit-citrus aftertaste. A little more carbonated than I had expected, but very high drinkability.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice reddish amber and has two fingers of fine off-white head that leaves some fair lacing. Nose is that of classic malty sweet caramel aroma that I associate with good amber ales. Flavors of malt are moderate and not to strong while the hop flavors are supportive in the background. The overall taste is smooth and refreshing and it finishes great. Muothfeel is medium with good carbonation and it does not have the astringency the some other brews in the this style have. Well Done!


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

Appearance: Reddish orange in color, attractive two finger head with good retention and plenty of lace.

Smell: Citrusy aroma, over some caramel.

Taste: Decently bitter, citrusy, and a bit of biscuit/bread. A little acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but seems a bit heavy. Good example of an American Amber.

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

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium light tan head. Smells strongly of citrus, like a fresh grapefruit. Taste is also very citrusy, with a nice toasty malt middle, and a light piney finish. Nice bitterness that clings to your tounge. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels medium. Very drinkable, this is a great beer for sitting around and relaxing. One of the best Red Ales I've had, tastes a lot like an American Pale Ale too IMO.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,095 ratings
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