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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Ratings: 2,086 |  Reviews: 1,012
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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Photo of brewdoc75
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-amber color with lively carbonation and a nice lingering head. The aroma is decent w/ a solid hoppy smell. Floral with a spicy note. A hint of maltiness is present. The flavor is very solid. Nice citrusy bitterness. Some fruitness and a little butteriness. Not overly bitter and goes down easy. Light and crisp body. Finishes nicely. A nice pale ale. Very drinkable. Not quite as awesome as some others I've had though.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a bright golden, very transparent with bright resilient head.

Smell is fairly unimpressive. It's that mild sweetness that's not really backed by anything of substance.

The taste is a pleasant surprise given the underwhelming smell. It has just enough hops to make it work. I'm usually not a fan of overly sweet beers, and this one starts down that road but is saved by the hops on the finish. Ends up be a fairly enjoyable, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a diminutive vanilla-coloured crown which leaves a residue.

Smell: Strongly sweet and fresh smell, similar to Belgian Dark Ales.

Taste: Moderate, but distinctively, bitter in collaboration with a gentle, fruity feeling and a somewhat artificial/metallic (in lack of better words) sense to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit "thin", or watery body with sensible carbonation.

Drinkability: Comes of as an ale that can be enjoyed in a numerous amount of occasions, however fails to become a prime choice due to its artificial aftertaste.

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

Pours a brilliant reddish-copper in color ("orange"), with a one-fingered pale tan head. Lacing is quite evident as well as visually appealing. Carbonation looks to be quite minimal.

The nose is a heady, rich blend of sweet crystal and biscuity caramel and pale malts, tempered with a pleasant citric hop quality that seems to hover like a raptor above the malts.

Alternately sweet, bready-yeasty, and robust on the first sip. The bready, biscuit malt character seems to dominate without truly overpowering, for the sweetness weaves in and out of the malt profile with great dexterity. As with the citric (lemony-orange) hop on the nose so there's the politest of spicy hop on the tongue, and it interjects itself into the malt profile with much more insistence than you'd expect, leaving you with a fairly bitter, dry finish.

On the palate the sweetness of the crystal malt takes on a candi-sugar like character, and this definitely adds to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and gently scrubbing, making for a very, very drinkable brew.

Although an APA in style, Red Seal has stylistically always fooled me into believing it was a British style ESB, and while I won;t split hairs I *will* get down to the bar and have another pint of this before a new beer replaces it in the rotation. It's well worth seeking out on draught, and worth paying the premium price I paid for it as well.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a real nice reddish copper color with a head that laces very nicely. this beer is very impressive, first off the smell has such a pleasant mixture of both hops and malt, one of the best i've ever smelt as far as a blend of scents. taste is the same as well, has a taste that is a perfect mixture of hops and malt. mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. poured into a shaker pint. Changing the tunes up ... listening to the Cowboy Junkies live at the BBC.

Nice lite tan head with huge lacing that sticks to the sides for the entire pint. Hop hazed slightly glowing orange amber.

WOW! Fresh beer is sooo much better. The aroma is perfect... spicey hops playing nice with the Americans... good caramel and toasted malt notes... fruity yeast undertones... sweet mango.. a little papaya.

Flavor is perfect... great complex toasted bread notes the blend extraordinarily well with the noble and citrus hops... lite/medium creamy body is spot on for the style and carbonation is dialed in.

North Coast is a class act... I enjoy Red Seal often... and for some strange reason, it is available in Boise often on cask... now that is all together a different story... a Fresh cask and my above compliments are racheted up at least a grade. This another brew that I introduce my macro friends to; and while it may be a little much at first, by the time it warms up a bit... everyone is always throwing out praise. Now, somebody just needs to hook me up with the barrel aged Old Stock and I will be a very happy camper... Any takers?

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Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a dark, murky, amber-brown color with a thinned head. The citrus aromas with it had lemon-like flavors very heavily floating from it. The drink had a perfect, sour-bitter balance. It also had a medium body that gave it an average carbonation. Overall, this was an excellent pale ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber-orange body with a small, fizzy off-white head. Sporadic lacing.

Smell: Caramelized sugar aroma with a perfumy hop scent mixture of cirus fruit and pine. Slight floral notes.

Taste: Earthy caramel sweetness breaks into a flavors of citrus and pine with a moderate bitterness. Medium acidity. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine pale ale when just a little more hops are required.

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Photo of baos
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Von den Anmerkungen.

12 oz into pint glass.

A: Nice reddish copper color with 3 finger ecru head.

S: Hop bang with a bit o malts.

T: Wow! I think this is the most perfectly balanced beer that I have ever tasted. Hops segue into fine malty character then to a perfect dry finish.

M: Nice

D: A-motherfucking-one!

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Photo of cameraman
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with a quater inch off white colored head forms. The scent of malt comes out at the start. Then it is followed by the dominate aroma of citrus abd pine, that hits the nose and lingers there for some time. The taste is a bit surprising, it starts with a citru bitterness, nothing to strong or overbearing. That is followed by a malt mildness, that hits halfway across the palate. This flavor dominates till almost very end, then the bitterness brings itself out again at the end. The feel is very medium bodied at the start, and as it crosses the palate it gains some heftness to its texture. There is also the slight tingle of carbonation at the back end. A fairly decent beer, very solid aroma, is almost let down by an inconsistant flavor. The feel is let down a bit by the carboanation. Though it does seem I being negative to this beer, it still is better than the average brew out there. This has potential to become a go to beer.

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Photo of praufs01
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy amber with a frothy off-white head and light lacing.

Aroma – Light fruit and citrus hop aroma.

Palate – Smooth, very nice on the palate.

Flavor – Light hop taste with a complex malty middle that finishes with a light citrus hop bite.

Final thoughts – Very nice, complex brew.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 2,086 ratings
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