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 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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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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,101 ratings