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

I ordered this at the sterling Sun Singer. Red-brown body with orange highlights topped by a finger of off-white head. Caramel malt dominates the nose, with whiffs of hops lurking. Creamy caramel taste, with hints of berry, nicely textured.

Moderate bitterness finishes this off, but nothing too obstreperous. Easy to drink, Red Seal is very enjoyable, smooth, but bitter as well.

Definitely recommended.

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

This poured a beautiful copper/red color with nice head that lasted a while. Smell is a pleasing blend of hoppy and fruity aromas. Taste is a well-balanced blend of initial maltiness that subsides to a nice hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel of this beer is good, as it has a thick, chewy character to it. Drinkabilty is high.

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

Let's get to it: from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a clean clear pint glass ...

The nose is a very floral, scented bitterness that somehow feels thin. It's sweet and hoppy, like a good pale ale should be, but it's nothing spectacular. Mid-beer the sweet malt smell is much more noticeable.

The pour from the bottle presents a well-condensed head that thins slowly atop a deep orange copper body. A steady stream of carbonation is noticeable but pleasantly slow. The head seems to slide down the glass like mercury and leaves no real lacing to speak of. Further down the beer there is well-carbonated foam hugging the sides during each sip, but that too disappears into the ether of the drink.

The first taste is a blunt but mild bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is slight and makes for a smooth, easy sip. A second sip and there is some stronger, more interesting hop notes, and a taste of sweeter malts. The malt flavor adheres to the tongue a bit, which is distracting. Continued drinking sees the hop flavor come to the front, subduing the malt, but the malt still lingers in a sweet finish on each sip that I don't particularly care for. A dulled taste emerges mid-beer, with the whole drink settling into a drinkable but not too distinguished blend of malty and hoppy (the hop taste by far the stronger), one over-reaching the other (but not really playing well together), with nothing standing out but nothing offensively distracting.

Well, what can I say? I've liked and enjoyed this beer before, but sitting down with a "review" copy, and thinking about the beer as a whole, has made me see it as one of the weaker offering's in North Coast's lineup. Drinkable? Sure, yeah, I could do another. But I can think of a handful of other pale ales, APAs or otherwise, that I'd prefer a second round of.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-amber body with a moderate off white head.. left some lacing in the glass. moderate carbonation.

S: A softer floral/grassy hop aroma is most noticeable.. not too much else going on..

T: As expected the floral/grassy hops punch through to start before being balanced out by sweet malts... a nice balance but like the aroma.. just kinda of lacking that little bit of depth to kick it to the next tier

M: Medium bodied.. a bit chewy for an APA... refreshing none the less

D: Not bad. just not complex enough to hold my interest.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper in color, poured a half finger head with decent staying power.

S- Nice pleasant hop aroma which hints toward more complexity to follow.

T- The hops come through up front but are carried off backstage by a sweet robust malt backbone.

M- Although a little heavy for the style I still find that it fits with the malt presence.

D- When I see this on tap, its on.

If you're bored of the cookie cutter APAs, give this one a shot.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- Copperish in color with a sandy head that stuck around for a while. Left little to no lacing behind.

S- Not much in the smell dept. Some faint sweet malt but nothing explosive.

T,M- Quite bland tasting, malt, slight hopps at the finish.

D- Its an ok beer, if thirst was an issue i could drink this beer again, but otherwise i wouldent buy it.

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Photo of Overlord
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this along with Abyss, Guardian '07,and Dreadnaught tonight. Needless to say, it was overshadowed.

Poured red with an inch or two white head. Smelled of grapefruit: taste was grapefruit hops with a hint of pine and a sweet caramel undercurrent. Not much going on here. Three Floyds and Mad River have really impressed recently with pale ales. This: not so much.

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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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,109 ratings