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 charlzm
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed on 12/13/07.

Slightly hazy medium gold with nice off-white head.

Expected grapefruit hop aroma.

Tart and hoppy with some bready malt lurking in there. Bold bitterness like orange rinds mix with black pepper for lingering finish. Not well-balanced: bitter is by far the most prevalent flavor.

Not something I'm looking forward to having again.

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

A-Pours a reddish golden amber with decent head and some lacing. Slightly hazy.

S-Sweet malted barley, hops, tea and some mint.

T-Hoppy attack with some estery character, nice slightly sweet malty midpalate, and crisp, dry finish w/notes of grapefruit.

M-Good, not too light, and decent carbonation.

D-A smooth drink that is very agreeable.

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Photo of brewgetter
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a lovely copper orange with a slight haze and lacey off-white head. The smell is fruity, I get some peach aroma, and maybe apple. Hops come out a little in the smell, but not overpowering.

On fist taste the maltiness comes throuogh followed by the hops and a bitter dry finish. As it warms though all the flavors come out to play: pear, apple, nice slightly roasted maltiness, and good hops undertones. I could drink a lot of these. I don't know if I would crave this beer a lot, but after I've had one, another one sounds darn good!

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this short 12-ounce bottle from Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Appearance - The red glow of maple syrup with a head standing and inch tall. The beige head is frothy and light looking.

Smell - When I take whiff I see apple and cherry trees even though there is no apple or cherry in the aroma. It has a light malty scent that makes me feel warm. There are some hops in the scent as well but its masked very well by the malt. Very good smell in my opinion.

Taste - The flavor carries some complexity. It starts off smooth and malty. Then in an instant it transforms into its hoppy character. The hops are dry and sweet but the finish leaves a bit to be desired. I'm not left craving another sip.

Mouthfeel - The feel, like the taste, starts out smooth and then quickly transforms into a subtly coarse version of its former self.

~ I must admit I do like this brew. I'd certainly have another and would love to try it straight from the tap. Maybe the next time I'm in California I'll be able to indulge in a pint.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.99...
"Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, and that's all" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a hazy and cloudy dark, copper colored appearance with an immense foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before eventually receding...
Smell was bursting with fresh hops and caramel, and slightly resembled an IPA...
Taste was excellent for an American Pale Ale - loaded with hops, fresh fruit, pears, apples, grapefruit, and citrus... Above-average taste for a typical Pale Ale, bursting with flavor, characteristic, and quality... Nutty, hoppy, grainy, vanilla flavor really bursts through, this one packs quite a punch and is an excellent rendition of the style from North Coast...
Very creamy, rich, and filling mouthfeel with exceptional drinkability due to the amazing combination of intricate and rich flavors and the relatively modest ABV which is not noticeable at all...
Great Stuff... Definitely Recommended...

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Photo of sfsean
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well done North Coast.
The pour is a nice dark orange color, with a nice firm head.
Smells of citrus and warm hops.
Holy lord this beer tasted great. Nice calm malt and pleasently bitter.
So glad this comes from a west coast brewery. This pale ale his highly drinkable.

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Photo of manleyphoto
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is it possible for a beer to have a groupie? Well, if so, I'm it. I can't get enough of Red Seal Ale. I look for it everywhere, when I see it on draft at a bar, I always have at least one. And that's the thing about Red Seal; it's a great tasting beer that you can drink all night. So many craft beers are filled with character and flavor but also in the alcoholic stratosphere with levels on par with wine, or sometimes spirits. Red Seal packs in the taste and balances with just the right amount of booze.
This beer is a nice reddish amber drink with loads of floral hops, and a great balanced caramel malt backbone. Crackers pours it in a big 20 ounce pint which is just enough to make me want another. North Coast Brewing has a good roster of beers and Red Seal is the best daily drinker of the bunch. Perfect with food, perfect without food, just about perfect.

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

I had this one on cask at the brewery. I was supraised by the level of carbonation, there was more than I expected. There were tons of really small bubbles and a decent head that lingered through the whole pint. It poured a light amber color, somewhat cloudy though. The aroma was much more intense than this same beer in a bottle or on tap. The hops really shine and have an intense floral citrus smell and taste. Mouthfeel was very smooth. All in all a very drinkable beer that is made even better by the cask presentation.

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

A= This ale pours a lovely light amber color not unlike the best American pale ales. One of the first things I noticed was the 3/4 inch creamy off-white head. The head eventually dropped to 1/4 inch and lingered throughout.

S= This ale smells of hops, grapefruit citrus, and pine. Its obviously very similar in recipe to the great American west coast pale ales.

T= This is a fantastic tasting beer. The hops and citrus transfer well from the nose to the taste.

MF= This beer has a smooth, low-carbonation mouthfeel despite how much head and carbonation are present as it is poured.

D= This Red Seal Ale is extremely drinkable. It is crisp and fresh tasting enough for a hot summer day yet has enough flavor and body to be great choice year-round.

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

Orange amber pour with a really nice big offwhite fluffy, creamy head. Mildly sweet, nicely soapy, piney, hopped big smell. Taste is a nice mild hop taste, and a sweet caramel backing and a very smooth creamy, yet nicely carbonated great beer. Mild bitter finish on a great all around pale ale and one I will definitely have again.

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Photo of SargeC
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a decent tan head that laces well.

Smell: Sweet malt, touch of hops.

Taste: Sweet malt with flavors of fruit and toffee. The hop presence provides a nice bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The mouthfeel on this brew reminded me of a California Common.

Drinkablity: Very tasty and sessionable. Good flavor and consistency.

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

Nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and an amber color. I can see my fingers through the glass.

Smell is of toasted malts and faint earthy hops. Sort of faint.

Taste is of toasted malts and a citrusy/earthy hoppiness. The toastiness of the malts helps to roundout the beer.

Decent, full mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is fairly decent. The toastiness of the malts rounds the beer out. I think the hop profile could be a little bit more aggressive. Did I get an old bottle?

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

Light copper, orange body. Head is very light orange-tan; body clarity is high. Lacing is persistent and creamy. Excellent appearance for an American pale ale, taking into consideration that I am a malt-mouth.

Smell is crystal malts, both English and American variety of hops, possibly Fuggle and cascade, or hybrids thereof. Very bready, balanced with a light citrus, moderately floral aroma.

More citrusy American hops than in the nose, less bread also. Nice orange character, refreshing, but strong metallic middle and finish. As it warms, the bread returns, but not enough to mask the metal. Resembles a Dogfishhead if they had a pale during this season.

Effervescent, nice carbo-bite; body is moderately thick and refreshing. I was looking for something to complain about in this category, but it was actually quite nice. Very good for the style.

I feel bad about all the 5s, but for a pale ale, this brew excelled in many categories. It has the appearance and mouthfeel of an American red, except with all the flavor that an A.R. generally lacks (in my opinion). Despite the metallic aftertaste, the rest of the beer excels in its style, making me wonder why I don't see more of this on tap in Chicago. Distribution? If we can ever rectify the distribution conundrum faced by my city, I would appreciate more of this Pale Ale in my bars over the summer. Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a decent head that does provide some lace

Smell: Nice balance between the caramel malt and the citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a big swath of caramel before the citrus kicks in; after the swallow, there is a decent balance between both the hops and the malt, but the hop flavor is a bit on the lemony side; in the aftertaste, the caramel malt clearly dominates, almost like a Bock

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would prefer a bit more balance but not bad, overall

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been meaning to get around to this one. Always catches my eye when I'm browsing, but for some reason or another I always pass it up. Pours a light amber with a one-finger off-white head that sticks thick with some nice lacing. Smells of citrus and hops and faint malts in the background. There's a little sourness coming, that's my BEARD! Damn. A slither of sweetness comes out upon the first taste. Second taste reveals faint spice, orange peel and tea. The hops aren't too big leaving this a very drinkable and tasty IPA that would be perfect for sessioning after you've finished with the big beers.

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Photo of bags6lax
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6 over the weekend, only have one left...

Poured, a nice amber/red color, very clear, with a nice frothy head, that stuck around the entire time it was in the glass, leaving subtle lacing.

Nice hop aroma upon pouring. Medium body on the mouthfeel, with the bitterness coming in at the end sip. Had a nice maltiness that came through, and worked well with the hops.

Defintely going to be purchasing again, so long as I can find it...appeared to be the last 6 pack.

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Photo of dac
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served cellar temperature.

Copper amber color. Almost crystal clear. Thick, rocky off white head.

Subtle medley of hops and malt.

Very nice malt flavor profile, slightly sweet with carmelized flavors mixed in. A citric and spicey hop flavors complement the malt and nice crisp hop bitterness balances everthing out so the next sip tastes as good as the last.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for level of malt flavors present, carbonation is moderate and does a good job of carrying the hop aromas, but doesn't fizz up in your mouth.

A very good session beer, quite flavorful and satisfying, but it doesn't become cloying. Alcohol is restrained so I can have a couple for lunch and then go back to work.

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Photo of huck1081
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light copper two finger head with good lacing

S- Sweet and Hops

T- creamy then big hops in a fraction of a second. Kinda spicy in the finish

M- Crisp. just right for the style!

D- I am soooo glad this beer is finally available locally. This is one of the best west coast pales I have had.

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

Hazy copper color with a nice foamy white head. Very nice sticky lacing that really clings to the glass. Nice fresh hop smell. Very floral with some citrus note. Strong biscuit malt background. Taste follows suit. Medium body. Overall I was surprised by this one. For some reason I wasn't expecting something this enjoyable. A nice drinking APA.

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

Orange tinted copper with a thick off-white head. Some lacing on the side of my Duvel tulip. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is of pine sap and citrus with a light caramel background.

Taste reveals a more herbal and pine-like flavor. A touch of caramel sweetness in the middle to attempt balance. Finishes dry and with a woody bitterness. Mouth feel is crisp medium body with more than an enough carbonation.

Overall a really good APA, I liked it more than I thought I would. This is my first 6'er of Red Seal, but I will definitely buy more in the future.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Bright reddish orange coloration, filled the brim with an impressive amount of froth and displayed some great retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Slightly hoppy, but mostly sweet fruitlike aromas, kinda faint though.

T - Extremely smooth, sweet, yet dry and hoppy. Excellent balance. This is a very impressive and easily enjoyable brew. Nice clean finish.

M - Light bodied, great refreshing feel, light carbonation level, faintest of hop aftertastes.

D - Very high on this one. Easy to consume and enjoy. This will be a definite staple in my fridge from now on, highly recommended.

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a ambery golden color, might have been a chill haze problem but it was pretty cloudy, a thin but fluffy white head that was sticky

S- smells of hops, bitter but not too strong, a little trace of malts, but the noble hop scents seem strongest

T- Has a really nice smooth maltiness with a great flavor. Turns into a smooth bitter hops. really nice and well rounded. the hops are accentuated just right

M- medium body with light carbonation which is great for the style and in emphasizing the hops

d- sweet and it was $6.99

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

The Red Seal pours a light amber color with a little foam head. It leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is floral hoppy with a slight malt smell and a honey in the finish of smell. The flavor of the beer is smooth and cool. It is very well balanced. With the mouth feel it leaves a nice bitterness all around the inside of the mouth. A malty aftertaste lingers on the tip of the tongue. I would buy a sixer of this and enjoy it any time of the year.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet, grapefruity hops. In the taste, sweet to dry grapefruity hops and a touch watery. A smooth/ small light bitter mouthfeel and a dry grapefruity hop aftertaste. Good nose, but a bit lighter and not as bitter as expected, but good.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruedrich's RED SEAL Ale, North Coast Brewing Co., California

12oz glass bottle, sampler pack

Pours beautfiul. Golden brown with an orange tint. White head that develops quickly and just as fast fades into a tiny lace. Smell is average. Perhaps its because I've recently dranken Sam Adams Imperial Ale which is hop crazy. Hops and floral notes are present in smell but are more evident in drink. A good taste, of typical APA's, quickly fades leaving a dry, tasteless feel. Got another APA in the sampler pack which I thought was better if you have the choice... it's called Hazed & Infused, Boulder Beer, CO.

Bought at Binny's in River Grove, IL


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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,097 ratings