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

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2,079 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep orangy copper color with two fingers of head that dissolves down to a thick film, leaving some light lacing as the beer drains into my belly. Lots of fruity hops and caramel malt. Almost a perfect balance. Flavor is likewise. This is really an excellent...oh, I thought it was an APA, but apparently any case, it's delicious. A nice explosion of fruity hop bitterness mixed well with smooth malt. Man this is drinkable. Had this on tap before and thought it was delicious then as well. A good session (if a little high in ABV), and also good for a hot day.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange complexion. Nice head,good lace retention.
Floral aroma. Fruits/citric,malts and hops make up the aroma.
The taste is malts,caramel,and sweet.

The feel is well balanced,crispy and chewy with a dry,slightly bitter finish.

Notes: This became an automatic staple,but not easy to find. I will buy this as often as possible because it is so well balanced and so good. I try a lot of beers and this beer is just so enticing.

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

Pours a deep amber color with an orangish-reddish hue. Reminds me a bit of one of those gummy peaches in color. A great looking head adorns this beer as well, its a bout 3/4 of an inch of pure white foam with nice bubbles coming up from the depths below.

Smell is very floral. Wow, that is a great smelling beer. Very crisp citrusy hops and a bit of that pine cone scent as well. Smells a bit like honey or caramel as well. This is definitely a beer that will draw you in quick as your face gets close to the glass.

Taste is very refreshing! This beer has that nice crisp and fresh tastes of hops but not that mouth puckering intensity of an india pale ale. The main tastes I get are floral hops and some powdered sugar sweetness. Nothing too intense. The malt backs it well and makes this a very balanced beer. This is a simple yet very delicious ale.

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

Poured a rich amber color with a small amount of whitish head that had an almost yellow hue to it. The beer left a thin but present lace around the glass as it was consumed.

Smelled of malts and hops and little else.

This was a superb natural blend with a very crisp clean taste. Definately a refreshing brew with a nice hoppy finish that didn't overpower the brew.

It was heavy in the mouth yet sily smooth. Great balance.

I want more. Oh how I want more.

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

12oz. brown bottle with no date into a pint glass.

A: A fairly clear copper hue with a frothy white head.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a caramel malt sweetness backing.

T/M: Fantastic brew that's a real creeper with its hop distribution. Well balanced. Up front hops are light, the caramel malt sweetness seem to hit the palate first with a good dose of carbonation. The hops slowly overtake the malts in the back and persevere through the aftertaste leaving a slightly bitter and thirst quenching dryness.

D: Excellent brew and worthy of a slower session.

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Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to standard pint glass, pours a redish amber, nicely carbonated, white foamy head.

smells of malts, bitterness, spiciness

tastes like load of hops in the first taste, bitterness followed by a honey floral orange blossom sweetness, malty with a grassy dry finish

mouthfeel is quite easy to drink, nice with carbonation

flavorful and sessionable, kinda reminds me a little of SN celebration

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Photo of SchmoTerp
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit of a bronze color with this white head.

S - My nose detected nothing of consequence (normal)

T - The taste is well balanced against malts and hops. Alcohol taste comes through a bit which I enjoy. Very pleasant though nothing fancy.

M - This beer has a great amount of carbination which adds to its appeal. Only real negative is that it feels a bit "heavy" on the way day.

D - Easy to drink, except for the heaviness....something I'll be looking forward to in the future.

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

Poured a nice slightly hazy orangey brown with a solid off white head. Good lacing left behind to remind one of the sip you just took.

Smelled of caramel, malts and a bit of pine in the background.

Tasted good and malty, balanced well with toffee and caramel along with the aforementioned hint of pine. Not super complex, yet very enjoyable.

Good somewhat creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to thick body and some carbonation present.

I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely be back for more. It's certainly worth a try if you happen to come across it.

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Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange copper,big foamy off white head with sticky lace.

S-Fresh floral hop aroma some sweet caramel in the background.

T-Wonderfully balanced,spicy and hoppy with toffee maltiness in the finish.Very tasty.

M-Nice medium thick mouthfeel.Fine creamy smooth carbonation.

D-Darn close to perfectly suiting my palate seems better than the last time I tried it.Outstanding.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has some citrus pine scents to it

T - Starts with some sweetness to it then the citrus hops come out

M - I thought that it was a little thin with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good beer that I would drink again sometime it has a good taste to it worth a try

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

Pours a slight hue darker than a regular pale, with a creamy off white head. A little different on the nose, really showing pineapple rind as the dominate characteristic! Brown sugar, and subdued red apples on the background. Palate shows about the same as the nose, but on a little darker side with a little bit more scorched malt characteristic. The hops were pretty well infused behind the malts, to show a lively character from mid-palate to the finish. Not a bad choice for a different type of a pale!

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Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The appearance is a nice color, darker than many pale ales, amber, almost orange. A nice inch and a quarter head, with copious amounts of lacing. A good number of carbonation bubbles.
S- A strong hop scent. There is some fruit scent, light grapefruit seemingly, with an almost christmas tree scent in there too. Very appealing.
T-There is a malt taste here, light caramel, but hops are really king with this beer. A bit bitter, it has a fruit zest taste to it. Phenomenal.
M- It is really crisp. The carbonation is high. A bit heavy in comparison to your average apa.
O- One of the best beers I've had in a long long time. A very worthy pale ale. For those who like sierra nevada pale ale, this seems to be a step above.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a nice sticky off-white head. Very pretty lacing along the sides of the glass is left.

Plenty of hops and caramel sweetness in the nose. Fruity esters leaning towards pear. There is a pleasant citrus and pine character from the hops.

My first taste is very good: sweet but perfectly blended with the bitterness of the hops (I am thinking centennial. Pine and citrus are present in the taste with a medium body that bolds well for this American Pale Ale. Carbonation is fairly low and it gives this beer a slight chewiness.

Finishes dry but with a slight residual sweetness. Citrus is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Very nice APA and one that could be enjoyed frequently.

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

a: low off-white head with light retention, nice amber colored beer

s: nice floral west coast hop aroma with notes of light pine and grapefruit, a base of clean pale and crystal malts

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, with a light-medium body...clean

t: lightly sweet pale and crystal malts, just a touch of caramel flavor, great grassy pine/citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness

d: great drinkability...a tasty beer with a clean finish, balanced all around, and simple fits this style very well

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary, an old favorite

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-red color with only a slight white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is flowery hops over top of malt, fairly balanced though.

Taste is not as well balanced, leaning to the hops side with floral, citrusy notes. You can catch some of the malt in there if you're paying attention. A very, very slight bitterness on the end, just to let you know it's there.

Possibly a little over-carbonated, but not offensively so. Body on the light end of medium, nice dry finish to it.

Over all, a slightly above-average APA. Very drinkable, worth trying, but not the most intriguing APA.

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Photo of drperm
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, this is the APA against which I will judge all other APAs. It is in no way over-the-top: unlike some APAs, which give me the distinct impression that the brewer fell asleep at the hop-pitching switch, allowing gallons and gallons of hops to enter into the brew, Red Seal is perfectly balanced and nuanced. Nothing unpleasant or brash or harsh at all. Nice complex hop notes, this is one to satisfy the Hop Head and the traditionalist alike. Bravo.

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Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Seal pours a nice, golden, orangey-amber color, with a slim, fuzzy white lid.

The smell is sweet caramel malts and floral hops, with light citrus and grassy hops. Light but well balanced nose.

A light, pleasant sharpness accompanies the creamy carbonation in this medium bodied brew. Toasted and caramel malts introduce the flavor, as lightly sweet and floral lemony citrus balances, and toasted grains and earthy hops leave the finish mildly bitter.

This beer seems to have good balance. I wish that I had one more sip left to take in the whole thing one more time, but alas. There is no more.

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

Appearance: As amber as it gets, somewhere close to color of Anchor Liberty (compared next to one another). Thin white head leaves a lace around the glass.

Smell: Immedately noticable and moderately strong hops presence with a fruity malt afternote.

Taste: Fruity hops that have a very floral finish. A little malt, but not as balanced as most pale ales. Delicious bitterness, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A slight astringency, but a beautiful thickness that leaves a nice mouth coating. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-orange with a pillowy, creamy head; lots of carbonation bubbles rising (easy to pour head); not much lacing on glass

Very appetizing hops; some hint of malt in there; smells very similar to Sierra's Celebration Ale--a big plus!

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nice hop sting on the initial mouthful; very crisp and clean; a little thin overall in body; very tasty doughy/bready maltiness in there to keep the hops at bay; another good bite of hops at the end

This is very tasty pale ale. I will gladly and easily work my way through a six pack. I especially like the presence of malts here, as it gives it an overall more balanced flavor--something you don't regularly get with a pale ale.

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Photo of becktone
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal tasting with Hazed and Infused(Boulder Beer), BBC Pale Ale, and Brooklyn Pennant Ale.

Eye: Next best looking of the four. Color is dark gold sprinkled with light brown. Head is very small, but at least it can still be called a head, it covers the beer without its color being altered by the darker color underneath and without any holes in the head. There is some lacing, but not too much, pretty poor in comparison with the Hazed and Infused.

Nose: Nice floral character on this beer with some citrus hints in the background, not to pungent though. Hops are in good balance with the malt. Almost a perfect balance, neither is in control, malt aroma balances hop aroma out after one has been inhaling for a few seconds. Some cereal grain malt characteristics along with some sweetness.

Tongue: Bitterness hits the back corners of the tongue right off the bat, nicely done. Citrus hop flavor comes through the most early on and then it finishes leaning more towards floral. Caramel notes and some slightly toasted/warm notes come through behind the hops. Also some hints of fruit character from fermentation as well as some cereal grain. This is a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied with higher levels of carbonation than the previous two, though given the lighter body it seems appropriate. This beer goes down easily enough, and I do recommend it. However, it is as I have said previously in this session(the horizontal tasting) it is just another one of the guys. Worth checking out, but it isn't good enough to get me to buy it again; I'm glad that I did give it a try, by no means do I not like it, but as far as this style goes I've had beers that I found to be much hoppier, and much better-all around.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of orange spice, slightly metallic. Some hops lingering in background. Palate is simple and satisfying. Lively carbonation, creamy texture. Nice dry/bitter finish. Slightly toasted grainy malts kick it off, a good dose of hops in middle, and short metalic finish. Some sweeter candy notes, slight lager/belgian taste.

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Photo of Pencible
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a typical pale ale. The flavor was pretty one-dimensional with decent hops, but not a whole lot of bitterness. Pretty easily drinkable, but there just wasn't much to it. I'd call it average. (Drunk from a bottle, so I don't have any notes on the appearance.)

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich amber color and a somewhat thick consistency. Sported a decent half inch head and some lacing.

The smell was rich in hops more than anything else, but not in an overpowering way.

The taste was sharp and bitter, with emphasis on the hops. There was a citrus flavor to go along with this. Nicely complex.

This had a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer if you like APAs. It has a pretty bitter taste, but it's likable nonetheless.

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

pours a clear copper color. dense, rocky off-white head. head settles down to a thin chunky film. mildly effervescent.

citrusy hop aroma is prevalent. followed by a hint of sweet barley. like aromatic malt before it is mashed. mmm!

floral and citrusy hope bitterness. i cant quite grab the malts on this one. slightly sweet, lovely lingering hop bitterness.

medium bodied, dry bitterness, medium carbonation.

mmm. very drinkable. I think the bitterness would be a little drying later on in a session, but pleasant and enjoyable in moderation. recommended. One of the better pales i have had lately.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden red color, filtered, thick creamy off white head with light lacing.

S: Floral hop smell with spices intertwined maybe allspice is the scent I am picking up.

T: Floral hop taste with light grain and yeast flavors all mixing well but you can tell the brewer went heavy on the hops and for good reason the taste was very good. There was some spice notes complimenting the flavor but this should be developed more in order to receive a five from me.

M/D: A we bit strong on the bitter do to the huge amount of hops but I would not take that away since the flavor was so good. Other than that it had a great feel in the mouth and I really want to drink this one again and again. I'll also be trying many more beers from this brewer they definitely know what they are doing.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,079 ratings.
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