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

A - Light amber color with an small off white head.

S - Caramel, malt with some citric hops.

T - Slightly sweet with a good amount of hops to balance things out.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Certainly enjoyable and drinkable. I'm not a big fan of amber ales but this one is better than most.

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

Great example of what a red ale should be. probably my second fav after Fat Tire, but this beer is more available around the country. It's not for everyone it has a strong hoppy flavor, which I like...

appearance- beautful copper - red

taste- very smooth, bright hoppynes flavor

drinkability- easy drinking

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-copper with huge, frothy, khaki-colored head. Head dissipates slowly, dragging a blanket of lace behind it.

Smell: Caramel, bready yeast, green apple (cider), and citric hops. Smells warm and crisp and very floral.

Taste: Fresh-baked bread and a citric-hop punch. Tastes more like a pale ale than an amber; less sweetness than anticipated and a much bolder hop character than the average amber. Lots of green apple, lemon-lime, and carbonation. Really a unique brew.

Mouthfeel: Big ol' bite to this one. Lots of carbonation and a couple handfuls of hops. Pretty chewy with a medium body. Too much bite for this wiseman.

Drinkability: Definitely not true to its style; tastes more like a pale ale. If it weren't for the stinging carbonation, this one would rank much higher.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with large, dense, near-white head that lasts a considerably long time. Copper in color.
S: Smells of yeast and malts and some fruits--citrus I think, but not grapefruitish like an IPA. Smells more like oranges or maybe strawberries.
T: The initial taste is a soft, malty sweetness that ends with hardly any bitterness.
M: Smooth--nothing that is sharp and protruding.
D: I can't describe this beer particularly well. The taste and smell are great but not terribly powerful, making it a great session beer. Picked a six-pack off the shelf not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.

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

Beer Name- Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale
Style-American Amber / Red Ale
Brewery-North Coast Brewing Co.

12 oz Bottle

Look- Golden caramel color with a chill haze. The head is white and froth like that sticks to the glass all the way to the bottom.

Smell- the smell of malt hits you followed by a sweet fruit aroma and hops.

Taste- Full mouth feel, with a large rich malt flavor. This bier has a more hoppy taste than I thought from the smell with a slight hint of grapefruit. This bier drinks smooth and crisp with a slight bitter back end. I real enjoyed drinking this bier and will definitely have it again.

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

5 red seal shines a coppery amber with an incredibly lasting off-white/light tan head. generous lace.

4.5 citrus, pine, and bread in the aroma.

4 snappy citrus rind bitterness right off, just a little of the bready malt promised by the nose. the finish lingers with the rind.

3.5 medium body and crisp carbonation. much cleaner mouthfeel than, say, SN anniversary ale. maybe a touch too clean for the style.

4 would be fantastic with a bit more breadiness, which should also impart a more multifaceted finish. nevertheless, very enjoyable.


v: oz3 al3 3.625

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

Long time favorite, finally a review.

Smell: nice american hops - citrus, grape, resin, some strawberry?, flowery and sweet. The taste is just as good. Nice sweet and soft malt, some light caramell/toffee notes, some red berries I think, plus those lovely hops.

The great thing about this beer is its mix of fresh hops and sweet malt. Its very easy to drink, with a pleasant amount of alcohol, and still rich in taste and character. Its great in the summer, as well as on a rainy autumn day.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange color with a thick two to three finger light brown head. Head slowly fades and leaves one finger of bubbly head. Sheets of lacing down the pint gless.

S - Sweet aroma of toasted malts. Caramel and a biscuity aroma. Light spicy hopiness in the background.

T - Biscuity malt taste up front with hints of caramel. A very light spicy hopiness comes through but is in no way dominating. Finishes sweet.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, a touch thin. Crisp and smooth and very drinkable.

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

12oz shorty poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber with lively carbonation rising from the bottom. The full 2 finger thick head looks like a nitro. Very tight small bubbles that dissipate in patches.

S - Sweet caramel malt and slight citrus hop oil.

T - Lots of flavor here. Malty and chewy goodness with a citrus bite on the finish. Slight ester aftertaste.

M - Rich body for an amber. Again chewy comes to mind.

D - Abover average, nice session brew.

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

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Reddish-brown body with a think white head.

S - Lightly roasted hops with a sweet backbone.

T&M - Moderately hopped with a nice crisp bitter finish, but not too strong. Nice and smooth flavor with a pete taste in the background. Moderate carbonation that makes this a creamy brew.

Very good and not overly hopped. Could go for more complexity with this one. It kind of just is what it is.

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Photo of currysage1
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a healthy dark orange with amber edges, creamy 1.5 finger cream colored head.

Smell is for some reason very comforting, dried cherries, green grass, hop infusion that is very subtle.

Taste is of the dried cherries to start, on to a solid malt base that ends with a faint dry hop twist at the end, citrus peel bitterness.

Feel is maybe a bit too thin for the style but not too bad at the same time, carbonation makes up for it.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,109 ratings