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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of markaberrant
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pretty much red, slight haze, light tan head leaves chunks of sticky lace.

S - fresh grapefruit nose, no detectable malt, but it might be lending some sweetness to the grapefruit aroma

T - well rounded malt sweetness, nicely balanced by more of that fresh grapefruit character. Malty finish, but enough hops linger to keep things dry.

M - med body, med-low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel works well with gentle sweetness.

D - well balanced, easy drinking, very sessionable.

Rides a fine line between approachable and something more challenging, which is exactly what I think of with this style. I could easily bring a 6-pack of this to a party and enjoy it all night. Amazing balance; it's hoppy, but not too bitter, and malty, but not too sweet. More hop character than most Canadian IPAs, and better too!

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

The ale is slightly red with more brownish colours. The head was about a centimeter in height, with a bit of retention. The nose on the beer is of sweet malts with hints of hops. The beer tastes of sweet malts with a nice bittering from the hops to finish the beer. It is very balanced and smooth. The sweet malts are quite tasty and make the beer drinkable. The mouth is creamy and slightly carbonated. This is my type of red ale, nice and hoppy, but a great sweet malt to go behind it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/copper with a creamy white head.

Scent of hops and malts with slight caramel.

Taste of hops is strong, but not overpowering, some malts and yeast come in to finish with a great bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is tight and clean, goes down very easily, lending to a high drinkability.

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

A -Deep Golden color, off-white head dissolving into some lacing

S - Sly, spicy smell of woody citrus and hops

T - Bitter and hoppy, with a fruity edge. Hints of apple and currant along with a more potent grapefruit finish coupled to the wheaty stockiness of the body

M - Medium body, but a light carbonation and astringent finish give the spry feel of a lighter beer

D - Very good example of a good beer without being as overpowering or strong as an IPA. A great introduction to craft beers for those who aren't very experienced.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy tarnished copper/amber with golden highlights and rising bubbles and a big pillowy beige head with good retention. that leaves moderate cobwebs of lace that form into many concentric drink rings. after it settles, it ends up as a shriveled up layer foam that resembles a dried out uncooked pancake.

S- nice pungent smell of piney hops and burnt citrus. caramel and toasted malt integrate themselves seamlessly into the hop aroma, somewhat accentuating the fresh resinous hops. earthy and herbal at the same time, woodsy, leathery and spicy, i'm gonna guess a mix of cascade and fuggles or goldings? and possibly some english malt influence as well. very pine tree, warm aroma with a lovely citrus edge and malt sweetness.

T- bitter to say the least, a very sharp biting noble hop tang is detected right away and it persists from sip to swallow and well into the aftertaste. a little grapefruit lingers behind that and after the initial shock of this one's hoppiness i can appreciate the flavor of toasted malt and whole grain bread, mineral water, and spicy light cigar tobacco, and a slight wheatiness. old whiskey barrel leads into a very resinous pine cone/ pineapple/ grapefruit rind taste that is best retrieved through retro-olfaction. herbal, grainy, and raw.

MF- slightly oily and a little astringent, i'm not surprised cuz this things is packed with hops. i guess i expected a sweeter mellower ale but i'm happy to have another hoppy red in my clutches. just above medium bodied and the same with the carbonation, it finishes with a drying pucker and a generous coating of alpha acids.

D- pretty aggressive for a red, even in america. similar to hoppus maximus in sheer hop force, easy in session due to relatively low ABV. i finally got to use my red seal pint glass!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark amber with a slight reddish tint to it. Head was initially 3 fingers, but dropped down to 1, and consisted of off white foam, almost like a meringue that clung very well to the sides. Aroma was hoppy, maybe a bit of vanilla, and reminded a bit of a good deli pickle for some reason. Tasted initially sweet, then shifted to buttermilk pancake, then became slightly bitter. Mouthfeel was a little lacking considering the initial sweetness. It was a little too watery for a beer that tasted this way. Very easy to drink, probablly go down much faster than expected.

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Photo of csmiley
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic

A - Pours fairly clear and a bright amber in color. The off-white head rose to just under one inch in height. It stuck around for a couple minutes and left an average amount of lacing in the glass.

S - Caramel and nuts hit the nose first and have a distinct roasted quality. Quickly pulling in behind is a citrus hop aroma. The background has some buttered bread and grain. This one pulls off a good balance with the aromas that are noticeable.

T - Hop flavors stand out in the flavor. There is a good amount of fruitiness hidden in there - orange with some berry. Things get more complex about midway. Caramel has a strong showing but has several other flavors that back it up / balance it out. Got some bread crust, toffee, and biscuit just to name a few. Some lingering hops finsh off the flavor with a little more citrus.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and somewhat dry but it works well for me.

D - Drinkability is quite good. It tastes good, smells good, feels good...that pretty much drives the point home. The low alcohol combined with just the right amount of hop bitterness really makes this one a solid beer from the North Coast Brewing Co. Recommended to anyone looking for a bit of a hop bite in their red ale.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,081 ratings.
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