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 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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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What you would expect a red ale to look like: Beautiful reddish amber tint with a full inch of foam for a head.

Smell: slightly hoppy with a hint of buttery biscuit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet initially with a toasted tinge...the hops comes next and then finnishes with a slight dryness (ie how your mouth feels after eating cashews...just going out on a limb). All in all, pretty mellow.

Drinkability: Very good! Have been impressed by all of North Coast's beers so far. Just wish this was more readily available in my area.

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

12 ounce stubby brown bottle without much information about the beer or freshness dating.

Pours mostly clear brown with red highlights. A prodigious inch-and-a-half tall tan head slowly melts to a film and exceptional lacing. The aroma is predominantly hoppy. Something like a pine needle strewn forest floor with earthy grain undertones and peach-like fruit notes. The nose segues smoothly into the taste. A very similar profile, though less fruity, with more hop and grain plus a bitter bite at the finish. Perhaps a little tobacco and dry wood smoke in the aftertaste. The body is clean, fairly light, and well-balanced.

A nice amber ale from North Coast. More subtle and pleasing than the average bear.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. A really pretty beer: red/orange color, thick off-white head, plenty of lacing.Not much aroma, a little sweetness. Taste was an improvement over aroma. Sweet fruit, good malt presence, ending with a hoppy bite. Good session beer.

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Photo of gpogo
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brilliantly clear light amber with moderate off-white head.

A- Moderate citrusy piney hop aroma which surprised me as I have not noticed it in other amber ales. Very faint aroma of malty sweetness.

T- Almost tastes like an APA. Light malty sweetness, leaves a caramel aftertaste. Bittered throughout.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A very crisp drink.

D- I suspect this to be a very refreshing brew for a hot day, which surprises me as an amber is not usually my first choice for something to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light copper color with decent head & smooth lacing.
Smells very strongly of breaded malt, sweet cirtus & hops.
Sweet biscuit malts, orange citrus and grainy hops make up the bulk of the flavor. Goes down very smoothly, as all the elements seem to be in perfect harmony.
Creamy and crisp all in one; leaves a nice twang from the citric note and bite from the hops.
I venture to say this is one of the best amber ales in the US, if not the world. It's light & smooth enough for regular enjoyment with enough malt & hops as to not grow boring. Extremely well-balanced & well-rounded brew.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. short fat brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about one finger thick and faded slowly.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts with some piney hops, pretty evenly balanced.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts at first, immediately followed by a bunch of bitter piney hops. The hops dominate through the middle, even turning a little spicy near the end. The finish is a combination of the two flavors, with the hops dominating.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: More hoppy than you'd expect from an American amber, that's for sure. But even with that in mind, I rather enjoyed this one.

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Photo of denflyr
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/reddish in color on the pour. Was a bit cool coming out of the cooler, so the head was bad!

Anyhow I got this bear as a single bottle from my Spec's Liquor store from a broken up six pack which allowed me to try a bear I was curious about.

I was quite surprised by the high IBU's. I think it was mentioned that the bear was APA...ish! I agree and it was a nice surprise!

Pleasent mouthfeel on the initial taste and a nice finish with some of the finish lasting for over 30 seconds!

Nice bear overall and will become a regular in my fridge...!

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

Appearance: copper in color, clear, white head with decent lacing.

Smell: light malt with predominant aroma coming from the floral/ piny hops

Taste: hoppy, light, flowery, and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: some tingle on the tongue, but not very substantial.

Drinkability: a nice light bodied, well made, with good hop flavor that is not too overpowering. A good beer to drink on a hot day, very refreshing.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium amber color with a decent head that recedes with only a tiny bit of lacing.

The aroma is nice and hoppy for a red ale. Seems to be balanced with some malt sweetness.

Taste is strong and hoppy, which gives way to a nice malt sweetness in the middle. Large emphasis on hops here though.

Mouthfeel is dry and hoppy with only a hint of malt. Seems to be too hoppy for the style though.

Drinkability is definitely high. Despite the hoppiness, this is very smooth and for only 5.5% ABV, nearly as hoppy as an IPA. I like it.

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

Poured a deep orange amber with virtually no head or lacing.

Nutty hops are prevalent on first whiff.

Mild hops throughout and maybe even a small tinge of fruit.

Smooth mouth feel with a tiny bite caused by the medium carbonation.

Only other experience with North Coast is Ol' Rasputin and this one doesn't disappoint. Some good flavors and a nice hoppy beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish and ruby color. A large white head forms that gently recedes to a ring. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sugary and caramel malt. Lots of fruit (orange, lemon, a bit of grapefruit). Enough hop bitterness and spice to balance everything out nicely.
T: Caramel malt and fruity hops that follow the nose. A nice roasted and woody character. The malt is almost chewy and very hardy.
M/D: A smooth creamy texture that has a full body. Very easy to drink. Something I could session with no problem.

I really like this. A very nice beer that I highly recommend, and can usually be found in my fridge.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy light amber-red body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma consists of equal parts pungent sweet caramel-honey maltiness and crisp citrussy American hops. Wow. Tastes sweet and malty initially, with caramel, honey, and slight biscuit notes, with a fair bit of support from grassy and citrussy American hops and a semi-dry finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a fair bit of carbonation which is just subtle enough to enhance the drinkability. Super-drinkable, though not so much so that any of the other attributes, most notably flavor, take a back seat. Unbelievable. Practically perfect in every imaginable way. Tastes to me like home-brewing smells. For the style and for any beer, this is about as perfect as they come - it's the first perfect '5' I have ever given. Amazing.

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Photo of daythree16
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a small white head.

The smell is hoppy citrus with a touch of grape. There is a small malt profile, but the hops play the lead. The tastes is a little sweet with a big hop bite and a pretty decent bitter finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel that goes down really well. Could be fairly sessionable as the hoppiness is well balanced.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08. Hand-pulled from the Beer Engine and presented in appropriate glassware.

A: Pours a clear, pale copper color with a thin, off-white head with excellent retention. Gorgeous chain-link-fence lacing materializes throughout session.

S: Malty nose with promises of sweet caramel, bread and biscuit.

T: Hoppy bitterness upfront with notes of sweet caramel and honey. Fades into a biscuit-like middle, before concluding with a sharp and spicy finish.

M: Creamy, glass-like mouthfeel. Cask-conditioned smoothness.

D: Crisp and refreshing.

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

A pale amber in colour, slightly hazy. Nice foamy two finger head that gives no indication of fading.

Smells of citrus hops. Grapefruit and lemon-lime.

Bready malt, but this one leans more towards a hoppy flavour. More floral in the mouth. Fairly pleasant.

Not a light body, but certainly not thick, carbonation is high, but not coarse. Works well.

The simplest beer I've had from this brewery. Would make a fine session brew, but wouldn't stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured a nice clear amber with a small white head that stayed well in to about halfway down the pint.

Bread and malt, hops and grapefruit rind in the aroma

Love love love this beer. Changes in your mouth as the waves of complexity hit your palate. Bread, hops, fruit, citrus (lots of grapefruit here), ending in a bit of dryness. All there and all well balanced.

Mouthfeel and drinkability go hand in hand on this one. Complex but not heavy, this has become a regular purchase in my monthly beer cycle (at least one six a month). This is my "fits all" beer. Good for sippin' or with food.

Found (warm) in Acton at Colonial Spirits (Great Road).

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color, good clarity, with just a fingers worth of off-white head. Aromas are extremely hoppy, all pine and herbal with little grapefruit or other citrus. I'm struggling to find any malt notes but getting just a touch of dark crystal malt sweetness coming through. On the palate, however, the malts make themselves much more present. Rich Munich and crystal malts really round out this beer with a bit of bitterness to finish. Hop flavor is quite a bit more muted than the aroma. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on for style. This is quite a nice drinker, next to St. Rogue Red for my favorite. Very high drinkability, I could hit these all day.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium level of toast and caramel malt aromas. Hop character is medium and includes grassy and floral notes. Some citrus roused itself later but at a low level.

Pours a medium copper color. Formed a dense two finger off-white head that collapsed to 1 and stayed put. Clear.

Flavor - Caramel maltiness upfront followed by a moderate level of floral hops. Bready/toasty malts. Medium finish. Bitterness is moderate. Aftertaste focused on malts with some hop flavor and a low lingering bitterness. No Diacetyl. Well balanced. A bit more focus on American hops for this style should boost the score.

Medium-full bodied, moderate/mid-high level of carbonation. Smooth.

Well balanced American Amber Ale that is drinkable enough to order a few pints. None the less, I prefer a bit more character from hops and malts in my amber ales.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice brownish ruby, with a nearly-white head that clung to the sides of the glass.

Some pleasant sweet malt on the nose - but I got a distracting whiff of copper from the nose that I did not much like.

Initially bready, with fruit. That gave way to some hoppiness, leaving a sweetly-tinged IPA flavor on the palate.

Pretty good.

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Photo of atsprings
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp orange with a nice head that lasted as a thin layer and left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was citrus hops and pale malts. The taste was a nice crisp balance of sweet malts and sharp citrus hops. The beer is very light and refreshing and almost perfect for Summer weather. This is a very enjoyable amber ale

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Photo of RobH
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

A hazed amber colour with a nice thick tan head that leaves a lacing in the glass.

Suprisingly a bit more hop bitterness in character than I was expecting based on other Amber Ales I've had. I'd have preferred more malt to balance it off but I understand that others like the hop bitterness to shine through.

Overall I did enjoy this beer on a warm summer afternoon, however it is not one of my favorite Ambers in the market due to the predominant bitterness.

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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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