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

very good
2,076 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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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

Had on tap - appears almost mahogany, deep bronze and hint of red, though the head did not last much at all. Aroma nothing special, though does hint of the malt rather than the hops, and from the smell would suggest to it being a bit thin. The taste is much better than expected from the aroma, with light/medium body, slightly sweetish and malty to start, but the citrus and bitterness of the hops comes through and lasts well in the back of the mouth. After several mouthfulls the bitterness of the hops predominates, but remains fairly smooth and not overdone. I enjoyed this beer, and it might come closer the traditional English "Bitter" beer taste and texture than any other US beer on tap that I have had so far. If you enjoy a fairly light texture and bitter hoppy beer - but not "in your face" then this is a good beer and easy to drink too.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL May 2007)
B'ham UK

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fizzy beige low level head sits atop a mild amber copper body.

S: Eggos, soap, strawberries and coins.

T: Beings with malty red fruits, hints of raspberries, watermelon, cooked strawberries and blood orange. Really biscuity which then turns to an over the top soapiness that is quite unappealing. Finishes with a metallic bitterness and lingering red apple with a slight caramel aspect.

M: Medium body and fuzzy.

D: This beer tastes nothing like remember it. What a disappointment. I’ll need to try this again in the future to make sure the keg or lines weren’t dirty.

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Photo of shamrock7
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours dark amber in color with a fresh white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a combination of hops and pine. It has a nice flavor with hints of malt, hops and citrus. It goes down smoothly and the combination of flavors should satisfy a wide range of beer drinkers. The aftertaste stays with you for a little bit, but in this case it’s a good thing. Overall a very satisfying APA.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass

A: Pleasing red with short off-white head with decent retention and lacing

S: Caramel and malt with mild fruitiness and plenty of piney hops

T: Toasted malt is strongest but there is a generous amount of hop bite to add crispness

M: Medium-bodied, good amber-red aftertaste, a bit overcarbonated

D: A really nice red ale on-tap with plenty of flavor but not overwhelming.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label shows, surprise, a red seal. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 inch of big bubbled of white foam. This settles slowly to a thin layer or foam and a decent amount of Belgian lacing. The beer itslef is a light copper in color with hints of orange. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Resinous pine hops smell with a slightly sweet caramel aroma.

Taste: Piney and spicy hops with a medium bitter finish. Some butterscotch caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. A little on the thin side.

Drinkability: Overall, a nice beer with a good hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that recedes, but re-appears with gentle swirling.

The smell is citric and piney. Carmelized bread is in the back.

The taste is of citrus and pine and resin balanced by sweet caramelish malt. Bitter with a rounding sweetness in the finish.

The feel is buttery smooth in a medium body. Taste lingers.

A tasty West Coast APA - flavorful, smooth and well-balanced.

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Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrus hops. Taste is pleasant blend of grapefruit and sweet malts with very little to no bitterness. Very creamy and smooth and super drinkable. Great light APA that makes you want to grab another.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 3 fingers worth of head, and leaving light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is strongly of sweet hops. Not really complex. If there's anything else there, its completely covered by the hops. The taste is smooth hoppy citrus flavor. None of the harsh aftertaste associated with other pale ales. Medium mouthfeel. Yet another great beer from North Coast. A very smooth, easy to drink pale ale, full of flavor.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt & citrus sweetness along with some hops.

T: The taste starts out slightly sweet with flavors of citrus & caramel establishing the malt character early. A light and pale hops bitterness quickly follows and although it gets a little bit stronger as the beer starts to warms, it’s still kind of subdued. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these, but personally I would prefer a little stronger of a hops presence. Nonetheless, this is a good beer.

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

Reddish brown translucent but cloudy body with a rough creamy tan head with an orange tint. Decent retention and abit of lace.
Unusual scent, slightly sweet and honey. Very malty with abit of spice.
Malty taste, sweet and almost toffee like. Aftertaste lasts long and is well balanced with a hint of seltzer.
Medium body and abit of a dry finish.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange/reddish color with a small white head.

Aroma of hops, sweet honey, and malts.

Taste is sweet, malts and a hops backbone. Quite crisp and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and is dry and cleansing.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I was suprised and very impressed. Quite complex but nicely balanced. A good session brew. Looking forward to having another.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've avoided this beer partly because I thought it was a red ale, not one of my favorite styles. Anyway, I finally realized it was an APA and gave it a try.

A: Deep amber with pretty impressive head

S: Classic APA, clean piney hop aroma dominates

T: Has a wonderfully creamy hoppiness (if it can be called that) that's full of those delicious American hop flavors, again notably pine and citrus.

M: Creamy yet finishes very dry

D: Oh yeah, an underrated APA, one of the best I've tried. Stacks up nicely to SNPA, the benchmark of this style.

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Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice golden brown color, the head is thick and offwhite. I couldnt detect a strong aroma, but nothing unpleasant either. The taste really suprised me. This is a very clean hoppy mildly sweet ale. Not dry or too bitter, just an all around good tasting beer. This is a very drinkable beer and one that is worth trying.

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Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal Ale pours a hazy copper with a sticky head. Aroma is sweet, fruity malts, as well as a slight citrus hop aroma. The taste is delicious, a great balance. There is a slight caramel malt flavor followed up by a light citrusy and maybe slightly metalic bitterness. The finish is dry with an almost berry like flavor. This is a really solid beer from North Coast, a great session beer.

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

Filled a growler at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. The red color of this beer really comes out in a growler, which is pretty cool, but lightens up as it goes into a pint glass and becomes more of a golden-orange.
A - Golden-orange w/ a bubbly, foamy off-white head.
S - Vibrant fruits come out in the nose first, followed by subtle hops & sweet malt.
T - The ripe summer fruits and hops come together so well, with a smooth, sweet malty finish and a nice bitterness. The carbonation is perfect, creating the right crispness without having too much pop in the mouth. A nice change from overly hoppy Pale Ales.
M - The sweet malt and subtle hops stick to the mouth and coat it with a fresh feeling and the carbonation isn't overbearing at all.
D - Are you kidding? I would drink the whole growler tonight if I didn't want to save some for another time. I know North Coasts' flagship brew is Old Rasputin, but this beer is the most drinkable and well-rounded beer in their lineup. I'm glad I have a growler of Red Seal, b/c this is now one of my favorite Pale Ales.

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Photo of cichief
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy amber color, with a half inch of tan foam. It smelled flowery of hops. The hops burst out in the mouth, but was well balanced. It finished dry. It was a bit fizzier than I care for, but acceptable. Overall, this is a good example of the style, and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a 12 oz. bottle of red seal at Trader Joe's for $1.50...

Out comes a copper reddish ale with an off-white head and sticky lacing that screams: "Drink me!" And drink I shall. Aroma is hoppy as hell, loving it. Wooden notes of cedar and some aromatic floral fragrance.

The flavor surpirsed me...too watery for having such a hoppy aroma. However, it does hit the buds well with notes of caramel, oranges, and some roasted sweet malts. Could use a bit more carbonation, perhaps a bigger bite on the finish, but overall it's a helluva drinkable Pale.

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

Poured hazy amber/gold with a big sturdy coarse head. Aroma is understated, hops and grain. Taste is less aggressively hopped than a typical APA -- for which I personally am grateful -- in fact I would call this a more British kind of PA. It's got only a glimmer of that obnoxious grapefruit quality that so many other APAs are so redolent of, and the quality is more balanced in this brew.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a robust medium gold with the slightest possible haze... the two finger, nicely structured head has an orange tint that glows of hops. Bubbles pop into submission, revealing thin lacing all down the glass. Two thumbs up.

Smell- Crisp and toasty... this sums up the snappy, grainy nose that leads into a spicy hop finishing aroma. Simple but very distinctive and noteworthy. As the beer slowly comes to temperature, the husky malts are showcased beautifully.

Taste- The malt and hop integration works perfectly, great balance overall. A long, spicy hop finish is welcomed and dries the mouth well. Solid and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Just a bit too aggressive at the outset... it tames quickly enough to release the flavors and be more slick than prickly in the mouth. This is now my new favorite pizza beer!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy light brown, thin ring of light tan head, very faint miniscule bubbles of carbonation

S - buttery acetyls and slightly spicy with some mild background fruitiness

T - a thin rather empty taste, the hop bitterness is nice, just very faint, like a background with no foreground, an even fainter citrus flavor

M&D - wold make a great session beer due to its nice but low profile flavor and easy drinkability, easy to kill a 4-6 of these on a porch in the hot summer, you can be sure of that

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy amber color with two fingers of active suds. this leaves lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is citrusy hops like a good IPA. Good Hop flavor and nice maltyness.
Mouthfeel is very clean but not a lot of carbonation.
I like this beer and would drink this all night. This is a very nice clean smoothe hoppy beer that could compete with some of the bigger hoppy brews. Wasn't expecting anything but coming away pleasently supprised.

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Photo of mpyle
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ambert color with good clarity. Medium sized, tight-bubbled head. Retention fairly limited.

Big citrusy hop aroma, but not a fresh hop aroma. Almost like a stale hop aroma.

Hop bitterness and flavor overpower the malt. A bit of a skunky note, not at the peak of freshess. Finishes bitter with a slight hop bitterness linger.

Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

A hop balanced American ale, attractive reddish color, but seemingly lacking a freshness. Maybe it didn't have a good trip to the East Coast.

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Photo of dickieb
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty Solid Bevergae. Poors a solid reddish copper with an 1 1/2" head after a fairly vigoris poor. Smells mostly of sweet malts, with a hit of the hop. Taste is a little lighter then i remeber, and more or less replicates the smell. With its Medium this becomes a pretty deacent session beer.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, with a golden amber color. Similar in color to maple syrup, only lighter.

Smell: Sweet malt, complimented by a nice dose of hop aroma. The hoppy acids assertively stand out from the soft sweetness of the malt. Notes of caramel and possibly a very slight cinnamon-like spiciness.

Taste: Expansive malt, tasting of toffee. Delicately roasted flavor. The roasty malt gives way to a subtle bite of acidic hop flavor. Piney. The malt flavor is almost completely masked by the hops in the finish, leaving a dry & hoppy aftertaste.

Verdict: The malt wasn't quite as full and chewy as I would have liked. I like my APAs to stay balanced all the way through the finish, but maybe that's just personal preference. Regardless, this certainly isn't a bad stab at the style.

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

Pours a bright clear red color with a slight head.

Smells sweet, malty, and cereal like. A grape nut like aroma coming from this one.

Flavors are a bit light, but good. Crisp and quite dry. A touch sweet, and a nice amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty easy going, but a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, it's full and well rounded.

A extremely drinkable beer. VERY session worthy. It's not great, but it's certainly good, and very refreshing. This could easily be one of those beers to always keep around in your fridge.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,076 ratings.
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